Here’s what I’m seeing in stores, out and about, and on social media as I start to shop for summer:
1. Wide leg pants and other oversized silhouettes
- Especially interested in checking out the new styles at Anthom (see wide leg orange pants above)
- For this past winter, I loved their oversized knit sweater which I wear with my COS wide leg pants (note the Anthom sweater is the most expensive single item I bought in 2016).
- Have been very impressed by everything the brand has been doing lately as it outperforms both Nike and Under Armour. Their high-end collaborations with designers e.g. Alexander Wang have been outstanding.
- I will be checking out their classic shoe styles e.g. the Stan Smith and the Superstar, as I prepare for my upcoming trip.
3. Comme Des Garcons
- Absolutely not in my budget but lately I have been seeing so many young women downtown sporting Comme des Garcons and I am craving their jackets – see above pic right, with the frayed edges – I absolutely adore this look (her entire outfit is close to $3000). And, btw, my fondness for Comme des Garcons is longstanding – it used to be my favorite brand when I was in my financially irresponsible period.
Also found some interesting info on beauty trends – especially on Ulta. See below.
Biggest news is Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance which continues to dominate the space.
- Shares surged 38% last year, four times higher than the S&P’s 500 Index’s gain.
- Each of their stores offers both mass and prestige brands, a hair salon, and brow grooming (no other stores offer all 3 services apparently?)
- This format — a one-stop retail model with salon services — helped it overtake Sephora in 2015 to become the largest beauty-specialist retailer in the U.S., with a 27% market share.
- Since it went public a decade ago, annual revenue has quadrupled to $3.9 billion.
- The company is opening its first Manhattan location in 2017
- 90% of sales come from loyalty program members
- 90% of its stores are located in outdoor shopping centers, rather than enclosed malls.
- Interest in pop ups has increased by 50% in last 12 months
- Pop-ups optimize short term promotional campaigns
- Global and economic uncertainty is impacting brands’ attitudes to risk – making short term pop ups a more rational option vs. long term leases/flagship stores
- Labiotte’s lipsticks come in mini wine bottles and contain real wine extract
- They include Cabernet Red, Malbec Burgundy, Nebbiolo Red and Shiraz Red
- The lipsticks, glosses and balms also promise huge anti-ageing benefits
- Seed Beauty, an LA-based company, is the hottest beauty incubator today.
- They are the brand behind cult beauty brand Colourpop and Kylie Cosmetics whose new product releases sell out within minutes.
- This beauty startup’s iPhone app scans your skin and creates a foundation specific to your skin tone for $49.
- MatchCo mixes up a foundation exclusively for you, rather than matching your skin to an existing range of shades.
- As of last October, their app had been downloaded more than 100,000 times
- Their user base is women in their 40s and older.