Today’s Fashion Headlines: Prince George Turns One, Christophe Lemaire To Leave Hermès, Retail Apparel Prices Rise

July 22, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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The Fashionable Prince George Turns One Today!

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge turns one year old today. In just 12 months, the tiny royal is a trendsetter. He’s followed in the footsteps of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, whose wardrobe choices regularly spark sales frenzies up and down the British high street. From jaunty nautical looks to classic stripes to bold colors, his wardrobe has created what the British press has dubbed “the Prince George effect.” Brands including Petit Bateau (his overalls pictured above), Les Petites Abeilles, Rachel Riley and My1stYears.com have all reported a surge in sales, especially during the royals’ trip to Australia and New Zealand, where young George was the star of the show.

Christophe Lemaire Leaving Hermès

Hermès International revealed it was parting ways with designer Christophe Lemaire and surprised markets on Monday, but analysts said the decision carried little risk to the brand’s image, with its strong ties to timeless products like its Birkin bag. Lemaire, the brand’s artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear since June 2010, will show his last collection for Hermès in Paris on Oct. 1. The French luxury house is expected to make an announcement regarding his successor as early as this week. Lemaire wants to dedicate more time to his namesake label.

Retail Apparel Prices Rise in June

Prices on all apparel sold at retail rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in June, bolstered by increases in both women’s and men’s apparel prices, the U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Tuesday. Prices for women’s apparel rose 1.2 percent last month, while prices for men’s apparel increased 0.9 percent. There was also pricing strength in boys’ apparel, which rose 0.3 percent, although girls’ apparel prices fell 1.5 percent. The overall CPI rose 0.3 percent in June, while the core index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, inched up 0.1 percent.

–Carol Calacci

Source & Photo: WWD

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