THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Mary Katrantzou, Timo Weiland, Rizzoli, Emporio Armani & More On Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the designers and brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Mary Katrantzou, Marabelle, Cosabella, Timo Weiland, Antonio Maurizi, Saint Laurent Paris Eyewear, STEVEN by Steve Madden, Prada, Annie Bing, Marissa Webb, Linda Farrow Luxe Eyewear, Donni Charm, Nicole Miller, Vince., Ron Tomson, Emporio Armani, Salomon Shoes, Rizzoli Books, Mepra Tableware, Wedgwood by Vera Wang, Mauviel Cookware —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Trina Turk, Arche, Jay Godfrey, Ray-Ban, Alice & Trixie, MARC by Marc Jacobs, Samuel B., Taylor, Nine West, Breville, Zutano, Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Thomas Pink, Free People, Bon Vivant Cigars,    —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Splendid, The Sak, Suslo Couture, RVCA, Jack Mason Watches, Maaji Active & Swim, FitFlop, Michael Kors Sunglasses, Bailey 44, Pam & Gela, Belstaff, Autumn Cashmere, Vince Camuto, Base London, Current/Elliott, Aquatalia, Equipment, SmashBox, NuFace, Morphe Brushes, Supersmile, Lindbergh, Dockers, Threads 4 Thought —join HERE

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Christophe Lemaire's Next UNIQLO U Collection Arrives In Less Than 2 Weeks

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Collaboration watchers have another date to mark on their shopping calendars. The second season of the Uniqlo U capsule collection from its dedicated Paris studio led by designer Christophe Lemaire will be available at Uniqlo.com after 9 PM on February 15th, arriving in selected stores the next day. As usual, most U.S. Uniqlo stores will have a limited selection, but the exceptions include the North Michigan Avenue location as well as the three Manhattan flagships on Fifth Avenue, 34th Street and in SoHo, which will all carry the complete collection for men and women. For Spring, fans can look for the same clean-lined luxury basics aesthetic that has marked all of Lemaire's work with the chain. The collection is now meant to represent Uniqlo's most innovative materials and manufacturing techniques, so expect more cutting edge textiles along with silhouettes that incorporate current runway trends like wider legged pants and boxy, oversized knits. Women's swimwear will be a new addition, arriving later this season, along with a greater shoe offering and more workwear-inspired denim pieces including jeans and outerwear. Have a look at the full collection Here, and see a few more lookbook shots in the gallery after the jump.

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REVOLVING DOOR:

Riccardo Tisci Exits Givenchy
Is He Heading To Versace?

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In what is sure to be intriguing to fashion watchers and deeply annoying to luxury retailers, Givenchy's star designer Riccardo Tisci has chosen not to renew his contract with the storied Parisian label. While there have been rumors swirling as there often are  when it comes to a major designer's contract renewal negotiations, it is unusual for a designer who had become so comfortably ensconced, as Tisci had been, to voluntarily moved on, but that is exactly what has reportedly happened. Givenchy parent LVMH was reportedly happy to have Tisci continue on, and there was apparently no major conflicts between the designer and his corporate overlords. In fact, Tisci had succeeded to do what the rather illustrious group of designers who succeeded house namesake Hubert de Givenchy failed to accomplish: create a new fashion image for the brand that had the global appeal to vault it into the top tier of international luxury brands.

With Tisci's departure confirmed, rumors of his future moves are amplified with the top option being a move to Versace. Tisci is known to be a fan of the late Gianni Versace, and is close enough with Donatella Versace to have her as a guest model in a recent Givenchy advertising campaign. With Versace on increasingly stronger financial footing a designer with a following like Tisci's could give it a further boost as it prepares for an eventual IPO which has been repeatedly postponed. What is unusual, however, is that when Versace has supported young designers like Christopher Kane and Anthony Vaccarello, it has been under more of a mentoring-type structure which generally turned over the "younger" label Versus to an emerging talent. Were Tisci to join Versace, it's hard to imagine him being tapped as anything less than the chief creative director, a role occupied for the past nearly 20 years by Donatella Versace who stepped in after the 1997 murder of her brother, founding designer Gianni Versace. Presumably, Tisci's arrival would mean that Donatella would be stepping down from her role at the company that bears her family's name. There hasn't been much indication that she is looking to retire, but that doesn't mean that she is not aware of the value of having Tisci take over.

Of course, Tisci is currently quite accomplished enough not to have to hunt for a new employer. His success at Givenchy has been such that he may be in a position to revive the short-lived eponymous label he had launched just before he was hired by the brand. He has had enough of his own name recognition to produce two seasons of a sneaker and apparel collaboration with Nike under his own name. Whatever his choice is, we probably won't know for sure for several months at least. As his contract ended on January 31, he is presumably still under a standard non-compete agreement for at least a year if not longer, which will allow plenty of time for new rumors to present themselves.

(WWD)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Coach, Bonobos & More on Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Jay Lane, Elie Tahari/T Tahari, Paul Smith, Andrew Marc, Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Portolano, Paul & Joe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Unsimply Stitched, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zanella, Romano Martegani, Royal Copenhagen, WMF Cookware & Flatware, Sonie Rykiel Bedding —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Gottex, Genevieve, Max Studio, Elizabeth Cate Girls, Avocado, Argento Vivo, Rochard Limoges, Frette, Le Creuset, Hale Bob, Coach Nike, Theia, ML Monique Lhuillier, Terre Mere, Steiner Sports —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Burberry, Steve Madden, For Love & Lemons, Cohesive & Co., Salvatore Ferragamo Sunglasses, MARC by Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Taverniti, Jean Claude, Hawke & Co., Philosophy, Donald J Pliner, Carmen Marc Valvo, Johnston & Murphy, Mikoh Swimwear, Chiara Ferragni, One Teaspoon, Kendall & Kylie, Bonobos —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

One More Theory/Helmut Lang Blowout + Cadet, Hood By Air, Taschen & More

Along with the extensions of last week's FIVESTORY and AMERICAN GIANT sales, some last minute additions have livened up this week's sale roster including a critics darling or two. Here are some highlights:

HELMUT LANG and THEORY are making one more big appearance this season at Clothingline in the Garment District through Friday. This time around, the sibling labels are promising their biggest discounts to dade including original samples and, caveat emptor, slightly irregular inventory.

Starting today and running through Sunday, up and coming men's sportswear label CADET is holding a blowout sale on the eve of Men's Fashion Week in its Williamsburg boutique. Deep discounts are promised on overstock along with unique, inspirational samples, previous season stock and special extras like runway shoes which can often be rare bargains for men of larger feet.

Esoteric ready to wear, evening and bridal brand MORGANE LE FAY will be offering savings starting at 70% off on Broome Street in SoHo for a solid week through next Wednesday. Look for sophisticated, architectural designs with clever details in sumptuous fabrics.

Starting on Thursday the 26th, find discounts of 50% to 75% off at TASCHEN's Warehouse Sale in its Greene Street store. Look for lavish art books and pop culture volumes in various conditions from mint to gently handled. Shop through Sunday.

Also on Thursday, avant-garde streetwear sensation HOOD BY AIR will be holding a "Wearhouse" sale on the Lower East Side for its collections from the past five years. Daily replenishments will each highlight one year over the course of five-day sale. Look for items ranging from trendy sweatshirts to elaborate showpieces through Monday the 30th.

Finally, Saturday brings Swiss watchmaker and jeweler De GRISOGONO Soiffer-Haskin near Penn Station. The sale promises up to 70% off precious baubles and watches protected by the venue's typically restrictive entry policies, so leave your big bags, strollers and any kids under 12 at home. Shop through Monday the 30th.

Next week's sale forecast is a bit hazy, so keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times, locations and other details along with any late-breaking events.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Moncler, Gant, Bottega Veneta, TOD's & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Bottega Veneta, Ramy Brook, Alexander McQueen, Original Penguin, Senz Umbrellas, Acacia Swimwear, Free People, Alice + Olivia, TOD's, Philip Stein Watches, Genie by Eugania Kim, Isa Tapia, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler, Gilded Age, Ron Tomson, FACTO, Montblanc Eyewear, A.Testoni, Stuhrling Watches, Vera Wang Bedding, Lladró, Oscar de la Renta Tabletop —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Magaschoni, Tommy Bahama, Kenneth Cole New York, Marc Fisher LTD, Moncler, Caporicci, Naturino, Nambé, Teleflora, Amanda Uprichard, Rachel Reinhardt, Three Dots, Andrew Marc, Eberjey, Hudson Jeans, Effy Fine Jewelry, Juara Botanical Skincare —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joe's Jeans, Alternative, LOVE Moschino, WOW Couture, Kenneth Cole, GANT, Ted Baker, ViX Swimwear, Mackage, Loveappela, OOBERSWANK, Rockport, Slate & Stone, Jack Georges —join HERE

THE PENDULUM SWINGS:

Does Hermès Herald A Luxury Revival In The Meatpacking District?

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The Meatpacking District may be entering its fourth phase (or fifth —who can keep track anymore?) as the most exclusive of luxury brands, Hermès, has announced its fourth New York City boutique will open at 46-48 Gansevoort Street (pictured above). The three level 10,000 square foot boutique will be only a short stroll away from the recently relocated Whitney Museum which may be beginning to live up to the expectations that it would revive the neighborhood as a destination for major shopping. While a decade ago, the neighborhood boasted Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Moschino boutiques, much of the neighborhood's luxury gloss faded when those stores moved either to SoHo or Madison Avenue. Last year's shuttering of upper contemporary chain Scoop NYC also drained some of the area's fashion juice as retail spaces gave way to less exclusive names like Levi's, Patagonia and UGG. Still, tony pioneer Jeffrey remains in place as other retailers have come and gone, and Diane Von Furstenberg is not likely to go anywhere anytime soon, so the neighborhood has not been given over completely to mall stores. It has become something of a destination, however for non-retail "brand experience" spaces like the Samsung 837 tech showplace and the upcoming "Intersect" from Lexus which will include a gallery and restaurant under the nameplate of an automaker. Well, at least it is a luxury automaker, which points to a renewed upscale direction for the areas with Hermès being the first full-on luxury player to enter the neighborhood since the relocation of the Whitney. Other upcoming arrivals will include the return of the sorely-missed Pastis restaurant which will be conveniently down the block in the former Gansevoort Market space. Area merchants are also looking to the eventual opening of the Restoration Hardware RH Gallery mega-store on Ninth Avenue to give the area a boost of retail excitement.
As for Hermès, the upcoming store is promised to be more casual than the Madison Avenue flagship and Wall Street units, and certainly larger than the Brookfield Place store which is mostly limited to fragrance and scarves. Plans include a rooftop terrace to attract both current and new customers, and impart a "downtown" ambiance to the store. Now we have to wait and see if the other luxury players who have sniffed around the Meatpacking District on and off over the past 15 years will follow Hermès and take the plunge themselves.

(WWD)


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Fivestory's Blowout, TIBI's Rare Walk-In Sale, Sweats & Hoodies On 5th Ave & More

It's a pleasantly busy sale week again as winter settles in and designers are shedding the last of their samples and overstock with a few special events for good measure.

The first bonus sale comes from TIBI, whose SoHo shop is undergoing a renovation this season. While the brand has moved its seasonal sample sales online for a few years now, it will be holding a special in-person 'Demolition' sale at its temporary shop on Wooster Street featuring past season stock and samples. Fans of the label should appreciate the rare walk-in sale opportunity through Monday.

The week's biggest event may be seasonal FIVESTORY clearance sale that, this season, can be found on Greene Street in SoHo starting today, Tuesday the 17th. The uptown boutique has typically brought its final sale downtown in recent seasons, and this season should be no different. The menswear selection is gone now, but shoppers should still look for a cavalcade of women's runway star designer labels along with a generally excellent selection of shoes and accessories. Shop through Sunday.

On the other end of the spectrum, activewear brand AMERICAN GIANT is setting up shop at 260 Fifth Avenue through Sunday featuring good old fashioned, American-made sweats and hoodies —a perfect opportunity to stock up on cozy winter duds or classic workout gear for the retro-minded.

On Wednesday the 18th, VIVIENNE TAM will be staging one of her periodic sales at her Garment District showroom featuring  vintage samples as well as stock, and back in Soho, indie designers TESS GIBERSONM.PATMOS and DARYL K are joining forces for a group sale on Crosby Street through Saturday promising up to 80% off their collections.

Finally, on Friday fur specialist DENNIS BASSO returns to Soiffer-Haskin for five days for his annual clearance including not only his legendary fur coats but also ready-to-wear, Children's wear and home collections.

See our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours, locations and other details as well as any other late-breaking sales.


GOING SOON:

American Apparel Leads The Latest List Of Retail Implosions

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We have been hearing about American Apparel's woes for so long that it is almost a surprise that it took the once innovative chain this long to finally shut down, which it is the process of doing right now.
We have certainly spent plenty of time going on about American Apparel various antics over the years, most recent it has been about the removal of its controversial founder and former CEO Dov Charney whose removal in 2014 shined a light on the company's worst attributes behind the scenes including not only his highly questionable work behavior and the environment it created, but, more importantly, his mismanagement of the retail chain which had grown larger than he was able successfully steward. It was an ugly fight and —long and complicated story short— he lost. New, more experienced management arrived, but the damage was more than they were able to repair, and after AA's most recent bankruptcy last year, the company's intellectual property and some of its equipment was sold for a mere $88 million to the Canadian company Gildan Activewear which was not interested in continuing to operate the chain of retail stores that in more optimistic days threatened to overrun New York City. While many American Apparel stores have already been closed through ongoing reorganization efforts, the rest will be gone in a few months. More upsettingly, Charney's pride and joy, his Los Angeles factory at which much of the company's products were made has been shut down. Workers spent Monday this week in lines at the facility to pick up their final paychecks. Monday's layoffs came to about 2,400 workers.  No severance and likely more layoffs to come.
American Apparel joins a group of retailers who have seen a sad New Year including the final shutdown of the once dominant women's apparel chain The Limited and the announcement of major store closures from iconic American chains Sears and Macy's. Each of these companies have long been suffering from their own systemic problems, so it may be premature to announce a crisis for the retail industry in general, but the loss of 100 Macy's units alone is going to be a jolt to retail landlords who now have to either redevelop the spaces or attract a shrinking pool of large stores to try and fill all those square feet —not to mention finding new tenants for the newly or soon-to-be empty Limited and American Apparel spaces that dot shopping areas across the country.

(WWD)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Miu Miu, Mary Katranzou, Jason Wu, Barbour, UGG & More on Flash Sale This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Tocca, Sandro, Pure Navy, Movado, New Balance, Kenton Michael Jewelry, Miu Miu, Mary Katranzou, Melissa Odabash, SUNO, Badgley Mischka, Ben Sherman, Fendi, Vince Camuto, Clarks, Royce Leather Goods, Sferra, Kanthas, Speakman Bath, Yamakazi, BergHOFF, Waterford, L'Objet, Chilewich, Spode, Lalique, WMF —join HERE
RUE LA LA
LaBlanca, Kate Moss Style, Hunter, Nicole Benisti, Hobo the Original, Pomellato, The Art of Shaving, Clarins, La Perla, Saucony, NUXE Paris Skincare, Stuart Weitzman, Swarovski Lighting, Mia Belle Couture, Jimmy Choo, TechnoMarine —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
UGG Australia, Pour La Victoire, Dolce Cabo, theBalm, Robert Graham, William Rast, TUNI, Vince Camuto, Few Moda, Original Penguin, Guess, Jason Wu, Fendi Timepieces, Libeskind Berlin, Splendid, NADRI, Badgley Mischka, Barbour —join HERE