Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Black and White Ombre Swiftly, Fleece Please Pullover, and More

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Featherlight Mesh Singlet and Midnight Tulle Multi Wunder Unders

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Midnight Tulle Multi Free to Be Tranquil Bra (I think) and Wunder Unders

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Midnight Tulle Black Free to Be Zen Bra and Hi Rise Wunder Unders

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The new Black and White Swiftly with the Frozen Fizz backpack and Reflective All the Right Places Pant, which looks green for some reason.

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White Fleece Please Pullover and Fleecing Cold Pullover

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White Swiftly LS and Iced Wave Deep Breath Crops

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Tie It Up Singlet, Free to Be Zen Bra, and Variegated Knit Speed Tights

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Fleecing Cold Pullover

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Pretty Nocturnal Teal Alberta Lake Scuba IV
















46 comments:

sarah said...

I'm loving all of the new stuff. Customers at my local store and buying everything up like crazy. It's so nice to see something different after the same old stuff season after season. Everything is so design-y. The old Lulu styles were starting to look tired and dated IMO.

LuluAddict said...

Sure, Lee. Everyone loves the generic "design-y" looks you've created. The holiday sales numbers will tell the truth.

Anonymous said...

LOL, that was good for a laugh, omg.

Karissa Lozinski said...

Everything looks BOX-Y rather than design-y IMO.
I love black and grey, but really dislike all of the new frumpy looking clothing.

Anonymous said...

So given what they keep coming out with as far as product and how terrible it has been lately, how is this possible?

Lululemon Athletica Inc reported higher quarterly sales on Wednesday, helped by better-than-expected gross margins, and it announced a $100 million stock repurchase program. Net income rose to $68.3 million, ...
LULU : Summary for lululemon athletica inc. - Yahoo Finance
https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/LULU?p=LULU

Anonymous said...

It's great to hear customers are buying everything up like crazy. I didn't see this in any of the stores I went to. So it's good to hear that there are some stores that do sell.

BrownCow said...

Lol ... the first comment ... said no lulu lover EVER!!!

Anonymous said...

Design-y? I'm looking at these photos of the Fleecing Cold, the Fleece Please, and the Fleecing Cold Pullovers and I really don't see it. They just look so frumpy.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha

Anonymous said...

LOL! I thought that was a joke too!

Anonymous said...

I think Sarah is not an educator or lulu admin, she is probably doing some psychological testing on us, lulu fans, throwing this rather funny idea on here to create a swirl of emotions...

She Who Weaves Words said...

The Scuba is pretty, Nocturnal Teal is gorgeous! And I don't mind the black into white Swiftly. Everything else is DOA.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA @ Sarah. Thanks for the laugh. "Everything is so design-y" That's rich.This has been the worst year of product drop since ever. Bleeding Paris Pink and Flash > All product in 2016.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha!!!! I know I can't get enough grey boxy "design-y" overpriced sweat shirts in my wardrobe!

Anonymous said...

Oh I get it... Sarcasm, right?....for a second I thought you might of been on some sort of hallucinogenic substance

Anonymous said...

I'm over all of it. I do like some of the colors (teal). As much as I like black and grey, if I see one more drab upload, I'm forever done with Lululemon. And how many black/white prints can there possibly be?

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, Luluaddict @1:52! Good one!

Sara said...

LOL @ the first comment. I don't understand how and why Lulu created ombre tops where the focus is the midrift, the area most women want to conceal. I'll take flattering over "design-y," though I'm not sure what that nonsense term means.

Anonymous said...

i think Sarah is delusional LMFAO. Sarah, just because you say so doesn't mean it's true. I live in CT and shop in NYC all the time. Let me say this- the stores are packed with ugly and plain crap that NO ONE IS BUYING. New things go on sale within 2 weeks of being released. I now wait until things I'm ONLY interested go on mark down for the 2nd or 3rd time. It's only a matter of time the new items get marked down and they most of the time have full size run.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 2:08 pm- I was surprised, too, but listened in to the Q&A part of the conference call. I think a lot of the good results this quarter has to do with prices hikes, new stores, and a better efficiency at getting MD stuff to the customers. One thing Potdevin has done right is institute the store search feature on the app so you can hunt for an out of stock items on the website at local stores. The other thing he is doing is selling WMTM items straight from the store MD racks. One of the In Sculpt jackets that I ordered from WMTM came from a San Diego store. They are calling this the Ship From Store program. They admitted in the Q&A that actual store traffic was down. Moreover, if things were truly rosy sales-wise they wouldn't be offering eBates in the 8-10% region, give away $25 apple pay gift cards, and use other gift card give aways to get people to shop in the stores. So, a lot of the growth this quarter has to do with higher pricing and better efficiency at getting items into customer's hand from the store floors, before it heads to an outlet or warehouse sale to be sold at a much lower price. Once all the efficiency has been wrung out of the system, if the designs and color palette doesn't improve, we will see a decrease in year over year results.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 2:08 pm - It was also very amusing to hear the CFO try to finesse an answer as to how routinely having 125+ items on WMTM and having things go quickly to WMTM can't be compared to previous years' sparse WMTM sections because reasons blah blah blah look at our great results this quarter move along folks all part of the plan.

Anonymous said...

The first comment praising Lulu for the wonderful offerings is absolutely a fake, and proves that many of those type comments on this blog are fakes or from an *educator*
Tired of this company, I will ONLY buy something if it's a must, if not, I pass. And, the WMTM items coming from stores now...I don't like it. I always ordered online because I knew the item was shipped from a warehouse and not a store, with 95% certainty. It's precisely why I don't go to the stores to purchase, I don't want to buy something with makeup, deodorant stains, BO, ladies that try on items way too small, no thanks. I'm really done for good this time. The market is plenty saturated with quality workout wear now.

Anonymous said...

Hi LLA - I listened to the conference call as well and thought the CFO answered the WMTM question like a good politician, he didn't answer the question. If this wasn't an issue then why did they take away over 50 plus items from both the US and Cdn WMTM just days before that article came out saying customers just aren't that into LLL anymore based on huge amount of product on WMTM and tanks not selling. I am certainly not surprised their gross margin increased given the increased prices for product so cheap to make because there is no design detail, cheap fabric and basic no frill designs. Were sales up due to more product selling or less product sold but with higher prices, I think the latter. So I totally agree with your assessment LLA @11:02pm post.

As for Sarah's comment about LLL old stuff looking tired and dated, yeah I guess that's why it sells so well on Ebay, right? As for these new designs, it doesn't take much creative talent to come up with what they have been putting out but when the goal is to increase gross margins, I kinda feel sorry for the designers.

Anonymous said...

the model is beautiful the clothes are ugly

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 4:39 am - very good point about them also wringing profits out of making the designs much plainer, more mesh/less fabric, simpler pocket systems, etc. and thus cheaper to manufacture.

I guffawed when I read this in the transcript: "Starting with product innovation, our design vision continues to cut through with the application of more intentional and beautiful craft detail grounded in function. These details are what sets us up apart and what our guest continues to expect from us." Used to be but not anymore, buddy.

They've also gone to making cheap singlet tops and bras instead of complicated tanks with built in bras. It's very similar to what we saw happen under Day, where designs got very plain but she also tried to cut costs by making fabrics thinner and used cheaper thread/less stitching, which came back to bite her in the ass during Pantsgate. It's too bad they don't try to curate the collection better and make higher quality pieces but with less overlap regarding design similarity and color but that requires a lot more upfront work/thought.



LuluAddict said...

@ anon 3:44 am - Good point about things coming from a store that are not in pristine shape. It's one reason when I order from the website I try to do it right at upload and I definitely like to do that with the more delicate pieces like Swiftlys that are very vulnerable to being snagged on a ring or nails. If there has been a "re-stock" of an item it's most likely coming from a store and more likely to have been tried on.

Anonymous said...

@3:44 AM You're so right about WMTM items coming from stores. I just received a tank from another province and it fits at least one size bigger than I previously tried locally (same colour). It's been stretched out by folks who tried to squeeze in. I guess you get what you pay but these WMTM prices are what regular prices used to be. /done with WMTM online.

Anonymous said...

Excellent point about the lack of complicated tanks. I pulled out an old Lulu tank this summer with a built-in bra and man, was it constructed beautifully.
Soo different from the cheap, flimsy uniboob tanks they are pumping out now.
I was held up and and everything looked tight. I was so sad knowing that we will never see that again, I think we all know that the magic is gone.
Keep coming back to this great blog to see if things have changed, but we know it's done.
One more thing about the WMTM items coming from stores, my last order literally had the item thrown in the bag, no protective bagging, nothing.
And I was concerned it had been through the mill too.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree about not wanting to buy stuff that others have tried on and stretched out, snagged, gotten deodorant and make up on, BO and other nastiness, etc, etc. Over the years I have seen this all of this kind of stuff both in store and have been an unlucky recipient when ordering from LLL website (I definitely returned), have even seen someone's little skin flakes all over the inside of a pair of plain black Wunder Unders - so gross. This is also one of the reasons why I don't buy off ebay or anywhere else like that, not even new with tags. Gives me the creeps. Even when washed the sweat/body oils/fluids stay within the fabric's fibers to a certain extent - you can get some out with washing but not all of it!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

Sarah must be Lee's or Potdevins wife or daughter ☕️��

dogrunner said...

I went into the store and desperately tried to find a pair of hero blue pants as I love the color. I found the hero blue to be sheer in the align and the really sheer in the Wuc. I brought home the wuc thinkjng a pair of hipster would do the trick but no....they stretched sheer so badly that you could see my out line of my hipster when in a 3/4 squat. Not to mention that all the pants I chose to try on were "not" for lifting weights. Ugh. Workout pants I can't workout in and I refuse to go the $150 route to all the right places. All the other things I looked at paled in comparison to previous years models. I get that people need basics but shoot it's the holiday's. let's have some color and some SE designs. Remember the ombré scuba?? The scuba with detachable sleeves.., thick fuzzy Sherpa??

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the people that try on clothes after their workout! G-R-O-S-S!

Anonymous said...

LOL - "design-y." Don't confuse cost-cutting minimalism with actual form. "Dated" is wearing clothes that are sloppy, ill-fitting, and analogous to what you'd find at a big box store, or buying things based on passing trends. LLL was/is popular precisely because it wasn't trend-based. Now that it is, the pieces are generic, poorly made, and not dissimilar to the garbage you find at fast-fashion stores.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 11:29 am - so true about form. I wouldn't be so down on the new designs if they had good form because I tend to be in the less is more camp when it comes to clothing. Look at the original CRB, literally a masterpiece of form in a very minimalist style. Simple, with beautiful lines and flattering fit. If only lululemon could recapture that.

Anonymous said...

No need to waste my time listening to their earnings report. It's all smoke and mirrors. By doing eBates and gift cards, they are still managing to get customers to buy because they think they are getting a discount. I know you can do whatever with the eBates money but the gift card is going straight back into LLL! To choose...what?

LLA makes good points on what current management has done well. Otherwise, the company has gone so far from what it was and it is on its way out, imho. CEO and management's party line is that they are innovating and progressing design, and look at the results! All spin. They are gonna stick to their guns.

As for first comment by sara - lol, whateve! You are delusional. Customers used to spend, spend, spend, week in, week out. Insane amounts of money. I was not totally insane, I have always been strategic, never impulsive. I always buy classic and my clothes do not look dated. I take very good care of my stuff, plus it all gets rotated, so it looks brand new. I cannot tell you the number of compliments I get on the LLL choices I have made and of course have to tell everyone "they don't make it anymore" and how old it is. They never believe me. I also add "quality and design today is mostly crap and I barely buy anything anymore." LLL has gradually lost my money in the past three years. In the last year it is especially minimal. Multiply my situation by how many customers? The fact that this is a mystery to LLL management is very, very amusing.

Anonymous said...

Lol! And, the Paris pink and flash are my FAV pieces ever! (Not sarcastic). But, I'm OCD about not wearing them with colours they could bleed into and avoid actually "sweating" in them. Lol, again, totally serious! The colors were SOoo fun and vibrant. I miss fun colors. This is the least I've spent on lulu in 3-5 years!!! Where are those ivivva designers ?!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:28 pm - Sticking to their guns is what I am afraid of. I hope the holiday numbers are terrible for them so they wake up quicker.

I've chosen my LLL the same way - classics, things get worn once a month max, usually a lot less so they last and last and I get the same compliments on my lulu pieces and I always have to say the same thing - this is old, they don't make it any more.

I'm sure they have metrics on how much less their regular customers are buying. Chip Wilson certainly knows they can sell a lot more: http://www.bnn.ca/make-lululemon-great-again-chip-wilson-says-retailer-can-be-us-20b-company-1.626810

Anonymous said...

Ok Chip is hilarious wearing that hat lmao!!! He should sell those hats, in different colors. I'd totally wear them! Lololol!

Btw, still on team Bring Chip back!

Anonymous said...

I used to buy the heck out of some Lulu, back in the day. Now the stuff is just too "blah". There's no sizzle here. And as an avid yogi, people aren't even wearing full Lulu to class anymore. Practice has become more chill & relaxed, IMO. The Garanamials matchy matchy stuff is history. Honestly, I'd prefer some funky $15 leggings & tops from TJ Maxx.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:33 pm - The hats are hilarious. I kind of wish he'd come back, too.

Anonymous said...

I took away something completely different from that Chip Wilson video than you guys! It sounds to me like he's supporting this new direction and that Lululemon is in the process of reinvention and that will eventually be what makes it great again.

I also think it's hilarious when I see people wishing he'd come back again like that is magically going to change anything. Don't get me wrong, I do not like what all has happened since Laurent Potdevin has taken over, but I digress.

Amanda Tempest said...

That's a huge and unfair generalization. Stuff may come from a store but you're forgetting the ample supply of backstock that doesn't get touched by guests at all. Our backroom is literally overflowing and what we ship is rarely on the floor, never mind tried on.

LuluAddict said...

@Amanda - Good point. The In Sculpt I was sent from a store seemed like it had never been tried on. I think the ship from store is a good program and I know people are loving the search function on the app and that send sales are back.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 9:30 am - I think people only want Chip back from a design point of view, or perhaps we really only want Sheree Waterson back or whomever gave us the more feminine, fun, and detailed design perspective. I believe Chip didn't run the company well when it came to setting up supporting infrastructure and that Potdevin has cleaned up the behind the scenes stuff a lot.

Anonymous said...

Huh? You lost me on granimsals