Fter a demanding 2016, expansion from the 2.4 trillion sector might accelerate next year, according to the initial joint report by McKinsey and the work of style.

Fashion is just one of the last decade rare financial success stories. During this period of time, the sector has increased at 5.5% annually, according to the McKinsey Global Fashion Index, to currently be worth an estimated $2.4 trillion. In reality, not only does this touch everybody, but it would be the planet's seventh-largest market if rated together with individual nations' GDP.

"Perhaps unsurprisingly, 67 percent of executives said conditions for the fashion industry have worsened over the past 12 months" as quoted by fashion designers in Mumbai.

This fact is clearly borne out in the industry's financial performance. Sales growth seems set to slow to a mere 2 or, at most, 3 percent by the close of 2016, with stagnating profit margins. Speculation and uncertainty over the repercussions of the US election outcome could further dampen consumer sentiment and affect sales. This is in stark contrast to the fashion industry's performance over the previous decade, which saw the industry expand at 5.5 percent annually.

Yet this sluggish overall growth masks some big winners: affordable luxury, value, and athletic wear.

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With respect to sales growth, the affordable-luxury and value sectors have outperformed all other segments by one to one-and-a-half percentage points. This is consistent with their compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years, which has been 9 percent for affordable luxury and 6 percent for value, the highest of any segment since 2013.

Affordable-luxury players benefited from consumers trading down from luxury, particularly among Chinese consumers. However, their profit margins are expected to decline, especially after 2016, because of a pricing-arbitrage disadvantage across geographies and fluctuating foreign-exchange rates.

The value segment continued to grow in 2016, particularly as a consequence of large global players expanding geographically. With its clearly defined value proposition, the value segment has been taking share from discount this year.

In 2016, the 8.0 to 8.5 percent growth for athletic wear is more than double any other category. This is consistent with its 10 percent CAGR of the past decade, driven by consumers' more busy lifestyles, the growth of"athleisure," emerging manufacturers at the high-end sections, and product innovations. As athletic wear keeps growing, it is going to develop into a class with the capability to compete on equal terms with clothes and apparel, especially in the midmarket and superior sections.

2017: Glimmers of retrieval
So what's going to change in 2017? Nobody would place cash on volatility and doubt diminishing. Yet our report finds that trend businesses are optimistic they can enhance their performance through a combination of natural growth and Implementing new technologies. Successful companies invest more to cultivate local clientele: 2017 is going to be the year of natural growth by deepening relationships with existing customers, instead of through geographical, station, and store-network growth. And electronic invention will go behind the scenes: digitization is going to be the secret to supply-chain efficacy, lowering procurement costs, and the improvement of sourcing opportunities.

Some 40 percent of executives interviewed anticipate conditions for its fashion sector to increase in 2017, compared with the 19 percent who reported improving conditions in 2016 (exhibit). This is very true for the significant players in each of the market segments and product groups. Many have already undertaken substantial cost cutting and restructuring, and They're now primed to catch the advantages

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Tara Sharma is an notable fashion writer , her fashion acumen has resulted in many exceptional articles. She has been the most looked up writer in the fashion industry.