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Kate Spade Saturday

If you're a fan of Kate Spade Saturday, Kate Spade's younger, more casual offshoot, you may be disappointed to learn that the company is shuttering all nineteen of its stores, as well as all twelve Jack Spade brick and mortar locations. The news comes as a surprise, as Saturday is only two-years old and as of late last year was still opening new stores. Still, weak sales couldn't cover the costs of promoting the label, and that's bad for business. The stores will close gradually over the first half of 2015, but there is a bright side to all of this--neither label is disappearing completely. According to the company, Kate Spade Saturday will remain its own label and merchandise will be sold in Kate Spade stores. As for Jack Spade, Kate Spade & Company's twenty-two year old menswear label, a statement from the company said the label would "pursue a new business model" and "expand its e-commerce platform." 

 

Piperlime

We suspect a major liquidation sale is on the horizon because Gap is shutting down Piperlime, both the e-commerce site and its one brick and mortar located in New York. And the sale will be taking place fairly quickly as it's being reported that Piperlime will be finito by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Piperlime is the smallest of Gap Inc.'s brands, bringing in less than one percent of the sixteen billion dollar revenue across all six of the company's brands, which include Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athlete. The website sells designer labels such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, and Haute Hippie, as well as more moderately priced brands like Tinsley Road, Eight Sixty, and its own Piperlime Collection. We're sad to see this one go; the free shipping and returns (no minimums!) made this one of our favorite shopping sites.

 

  Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Kendall and Kylie Jenner sure know how to stay busy. The teen sisters have already designed collections for Madden Girl and PacSun, and now the girls could possibly be collaborating with British retailer Topshop. Apparently the duo are in talks with Topshop CEO Sir Philip Green, although neither side is confirming or denying a design collaboration. If the rumors are true, the Jenner sisters would be joining model Kate Moss and superstar Beyoncé as celebrity designers for the retailer. Stay tuned!

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Target Ava & Viv Plus-Size Line
Curvy girls looking for fabulous fashion at a great price can rejoice because Target, yes Target, is launching an in-house plus-size line called Ava & Viv. "We are constantly scouting for new business opportunities and this market is growing," stated Target's senior vice president of merchandising Stacia Andersen. "We felt it was time to enter this market in a really strong way." The timing is really what's key here. After decades of offering a less than spectacular selection of plus-sized clothing, not to mention the recent complaints about selling the plus-sized pieces from the upcoming Lily Pulitzer collab exclusively online, a collection for curvy girls was long overdue. 

The first collection for Ava & Viv has 90 pieces, including everything from denim to work wear, and will be updated monthly. Ava & Viv will be sold in every Target store, with its own floor space, as well as Target.com, making it completely accessible. And since Target commissioned popular plus-size bloggers Nicolette Mason, Gabi Gregg, and Chastity Garner to consult on the line and model for the lookbook, the line will no doubt get plenty of promotion. Ava & Viv arrives in stores in mid-February and online on February 22. It's about time!

Sarah Jessica Parker

The iconic Fendi Baguette bag is getting a makeover, and some of the world's most famous stars are the ones giving it. To celebrate the opening of a new Fendi store in New York city, celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker (whose Carrie character on SATC helped push the bag to its covetable status), singer Rihanna, model Jordan Dunn, and The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine, are putting their own stylish spins on the Italian fashion house's most popular bag. The remixed bags will be on display at the new store, located at 598 Madison Avenue, from February 13 to March 13, and will be auctioned off for charity after that. 

 

The Daily Front Row FLA

The Daily Front Row hosted its first annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards (FLAs) on January 22 to celebrate the fashion elite and their contributions to Hollywood style. "The Daily adores the glamour and influence of the awards season and we believe that the red carpet is the most powerful extension of the fashion runways. We are delighted to premiere the first-annual Fashion Los Angeles Award, complete with a special Hollywood edition of our oversize glossy, honoring the style stars who matter most right now. We plan to produce this event and this Hollywood issue every year from here on," said the mag's editor-in-chief Brandusa Niro. Among the honorees, Jeremy Scott for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Christian Louboutin for Shoe Designer of the Year, August Getty for Emerging Designer of the Year, and Gigi Hadid for Model of the Year. 

 

Vince Camuto

Footwear designer Vince Camuto passed away last week at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The designer, who founded the Camuto Group, co-founded Nine West, and had licensing deals and partnerships with BCBG Max Azria, Lucky Brand shoes, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Tory Burch, and many more, once said, "We do shoes for just about everyone, I don't know if we're allowed to say, but any better shoe, we're making it." Camuto's eponymous footwear line has 30 U.S. stores and 62 international stores. "Retire isn't in my vocabulary," he said in 2013. Camuto was 78 years old. 

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid is among a handful of young models who are destined for supermodeldom, so it makes sense that the nineteen-year old California beauty has just inked a contract with all-American beauty brand Maybelline. The news came as a surprise--literally, the contract was wrapped in a box and given to her as a present to open while at a meeting with her agent--and naturally Hadid is excited about the deal. "In middle school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup," she recalls. "I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world." Hadid's first Maybelline ad campaign will launch this October. 

 

John Galliano Maison Margiela

The fashion world has been waiting for John Galliano's debut Maison Margiela collection since the announcement of his creative director appointment last October, especially since it's his first since his infamous dismissal from Dior four years ago. The big moment came last Monday in London, when Galliano unveiled his inaugural collection during London Collections: Men. The twenty-four piece collection was marked by the designer's signature over-the-top costumes, along with the crystal-encrusted masks that Maison Margiela is famous for. "It was brilliant," said Anna Wintour, who has always shown her support for the designer. "What I loved was the mix: There was so much that we know and we love about John, but then he took the Margiela vocabulary and translated it in such an appealing and innovative way. I loved seeing all the toiles at the end where you can see all the work and the new embroidery." It sounds like Galliano's avant garde aesthetic will fit right in at Maison Margiela.

 

Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal founder and #GirlBoss writer Sophia Amoruso is quitting while she's on top; the CEO of the online retailer announced in a personal statement that she was resigning from the company that she started back in 2006. Amoruso has selected Sheree Waterson to take the reigns, saying, "Sheree is someone who has the experience, ability, and drive to attack our future with a four-pronged approach with elements that have never been combined in all of Nasty Gal’s history – art, commerce, purpose, and leadership." But Amoruso isn't completely leaving her baby behind; creative and brand marketing will still be reporting to her. We bid farewell to Amoruso, and wish Sheree Waterson the best of luck in her new role. 

Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson

Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson have both reached heights of fabulousness that most of us can only dream of, but they've somehow managed to to that fabulousness to the next level by starring side by side in the Alexis Bittar Spring 2015 campaign. The 93-year old fashion icon and 18-year old founder/editor of Rookie were shot by Terry Tsiolis and styled Arianne Phillips, and takes a rather palpable stand against the rampant ageism in the fashion industry. "In terms of the fashion industry, we’re selling to women who are predominantly over 35, but we’re showing them images of girls who are 19 and retouched," New York-based jeweler Bittar said in an interview with WWD. "For the campaign, we honed in on the essence of strong women who haven’t conformed." Even with the 75-year difference between them, the two ladies both look insanely cool, and we can't wait until the campaign debuts this February.

Coach menswear

As part of its massive brand refresh, American label Coach has launched a menswear line which debuted in London last week. The Fall 2015 collection featured bomber jackets, bulky shearling coats and hiker boots, as well as classic peacoats and parkas with updated details like leather accents, leopard lining, or pops of paint splatter. "New Yorkers are quite practical, and they don’t sacrifice function," said the brand's Creative Director Stuart Vevers, who added that the collection was inspired by Gus Van Zant's "My Own Private Idaho" and functional winter street style. "There are no tricks — the collection is straightforward with honest construction." 

 

Stuart Weitzman

And in other Coach news, the brand has just spent a fortune on shoes, buying shoe line Stuart Weitzman for a cool $574 million. The Stuart Weitzman footwear line is a favorite amongst bloggers, fashion insiders, and celebrities alike, so this acquisition is an important one for the label. Clearly Creative Director Stuart Vevers has a vision and for Coach and isn't stopping until the label is seen as a more legitimate luxury fashion brand. 

Jourdan Dunn

Congratulations are in order, both to model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn for being the first black model to do a solo cover for Vogue UK since Naomi Campbell back in 2002 (that's twelve years, people!) and also to the magazine itself for finally getting it together after such a long pause. The British babe posted the above pic of her February 2015 cover on Instagram, saying, "I'm so Happy to finally say I'M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!!" The gorgeous cover was shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier and features a newly blonde Dunn in a sunny frock from the Prada Spring 2015 collection. We're hoping that praise for the cover will encourage British Vogue, as well as other fashion and beauty glossies, to feature a more diverse point of view when it comes to their covers. 

 

Lucky cover February 2015

We're used to bloggers sitting front row at Mercedes Benz fashion week or getting free swag from It designers, but we never considered the possibility that bloggers would start gracing the covers of fashion magazines. But leave it to Lucky EIC Eva Chen to shake things up--she put three top fashion bloggers on the February 2015 cover! Instead of a model or mainstream celeb, The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, and Aussie blogger Zanita Whittington are featured, marking the first time personal style bloggers have covered a magazine. The trio, dubbed "Fashion's Digital Superstars," were flown to Paris for the shoot (so fabulous!). The fashion glossy recognizes that bloggers are tastemakers, saying, "It's no longer uncommon at shows to see editors seated alongside bloggers who just a few years ago saw fashion as a mere hobby rather than a full-fledged career."  We hope this trend catches on. 

Botkier Bracelets

Botkier is behind some of our most favorite bags, and now the accessories label has launched a line of jewelry that will undoubtedly become our favorites as well. The collection, which includes bracelets, rings, and necklaces, features Botkier's signature no-fuss style and zipper detailing. "Zippers are one of the most functional pieces to add to any item," said designer Monica Botkier. "They inherently have a biker feel or punk-rock vibe, but they can also be very sleek. It’s the rocker-chic girl in all of us that can relate to that sensibility." Prices range from $58 to $188, so we suspect these pieces will quickly become the go-to jewelry of fashion girls everywhere. Look for the entire Botkier jewelry line on Botkier.com.

 

GlamGlow

Is it us or has Estée Lauder been on a major shopping spree this year? We've already reported on several major purchases the beauty behemoth has made this year, and now we've learned that GlamGlow (one of our favorites) has been added to their impressive roster of beauty brands. GlamGlow is relatively new to the skincare game, having launched just four years ago, but already the facial muds are receiving global recognition and accolades from top beauty editors and bloggers. "GlamGlow is a top performer in specialty channels and effectively engages its devoted fans across digital platforms. Its unique focus on facial masks strategically complements our current prestige skin-care offerings," Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. president and CEO Fabrizio Freda said in a statement. And Estée Lauder certainly paid for the GlamGlow's unique focus; according to reports the acquisition could have a final payout of over $200 million!

Quvenzhane Wallis

She's baaaack! After what has surely been an epic year for Quvenzhané Wallis--the young actress is currently starring in a remake of Annie and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe. Now the eleven-year old has reprised her role as the face of Armani Junior's spring campaign. She first posed for the children's line last season for the fall campaign. The adorable first image for the spring collection features a smiling Wallis wearing a super cute striped dress and flat sandals. We can't wait to see the rest of the campaign.

Mercedes Benz Fashion week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is getting the boot from Lincoln Center! In a settlement reached between New York City and advocates of Damrosch Park, the biannual event, which has been held at Lincoln Center since 2010, will have to find a new venue come February 2015. The reason? Apparently IMG Fashion Week, the event's organizer, failed to comply with the city charter by using the venue for non-park purposes, which ended up causing damage to the environment. Oops! And while there were plans to move NYFW to Hudson Yard's Culture Shed, that location won't be ready for at least another three years. IMG is no doubt scrambling to come up with several backup plans, as fashion week is just a few short weeks away. Stay tuned...

 

Nicki Minaj

Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj has landed her first high fashion campaign, and it's a good one. The recording artist is the star of the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini. The rapper, who is best known for lighting up red carpets with her outrageous outfits and neon wigs, has toned it down her eccentric style in recent months but still dresses to show off her famous curves (which is why she was the designer's pick to be the face of the label). "In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," said Cavalli in a press release. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength." Congrats to Ms. Minaj!

 

KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons

From the modeling career that began when she was 14 to her reign at Baby Phat to her current role as president and creative director of shoe subscription service JustFab.com, Kimora Lee Simmons has had her hands in the fashion industry for well over two decades. Now the Queen of Fabulosity (she trademarked the word) has launched a new line, KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons, but this one is decidedly different from anything she's done before. The denim and mesh that marked her Baby Phat line have been replaced with cashmere, leather, and silk for KLS. And don't expect to find KLS in your local mall; with prices ranging from $600 to $3,500, this line is "definitely catered to the woman who has a little spending power," says the designer.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn

Burberry continues with its British-supermodels-of-the-past-and-present theme (you've seen the Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne ads, right?), this time with the incomparable Naomi Campbell joined by Jourdan Dunn. The pair, who have never worked together, will front the Spring 2015 campaign, which was shot by Mario Testino under the direction of the label's CEO Christopher Bailey. "Naomi and Jourdan — two great British icons, two strong, beautiful women and the two perfect faces for our new campaign," said Bailey. The campaign will launch globally in January, and will be quite aggressive, featuring outdoor and indoor prints as well as platforms on Burberry.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Youku and WeChat.

 

Olivia Wilde H&M

For its Conscious Exclusive collection, Swedish fashion chain H&M has linked up with actress Olivia Wilde to be the face of the environmentally sustainable clothing line. "Sustainability is one of my biggest passions," said the actress, who worked with H&M earlier this year on a DoSomething.org campaign called Comeback Clothes, which encouraged young people to recycle their clothes. The new Conscious Exclusive collection draws inspiration from African, Asian, and Indian cultures, with a focus on dresses (yay!) and hand-drawn prints. We can't wait to see the entire collection when it hits stores and the H&M website on April 16.

 

Style Print

If you're a fan of Style.com's quarterly print magazine we have a bit of bad news for you--after less than three years the glossy is going bye-bye. The decision was made to nix the print version, which launched in 2012, because traffic to the website has seen a significant increase.  "Since relaunch in early September, the site continues to exceed growth expectations," a rep for Conde Nast said in a statement. "To continue that momentum, we've made the decision to focus 100% of our efforts on our core digital business." The good news out of all this--we clearly don't have to worry about our beloved Style.com getting the axe.

Denim x Alexander Wang

If you're a fan of Alexander Wang (and let's face it, who isn't?), his latest venture is going to just completely send you: Denim x Alexander Wang. Yes, you read that right--the designer who recently launched a best-selling collaboration with H&M, whose t-shirts are better than magical unicorns, glitter, and ice cream all rolled into one, and whose edgy-meets-glam aesthetic has positively killed on the red carpet, is now designing what is sure to become your favorite go-to pair of jeans. "I wear jeans every day," Wang said, so it makes sense that a denim line be added to his already impressive line up of gear under his eponymous label and diffusion line. For now the collection, which is available on AlexanderWang.com starting today, has three styles--Wang 001, Wang 002, and Wang 003--but our fingers are crossed that Wang will expand his denim line to include other pieces (we're thinking an Alexander Wang denim jacket or pencil skirt would be the new must-have for celebutantes).

 

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc

We're starting to think that there's nothing Victoria Beckham can't do--she's a wife and mother, is a true style icon with a fashion empire under her belt, has designed everything from a luxury vehicle to shoes, and we wouldn't be surprised if her holiday cookies taste like actual comfort and joy. And yet with all that she's already got going on, the notoriously straight-faced British beauty has hooked up with Nails Inc. and created two fabulous new shades. Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. launches today and, as you can see from the picture, the colors, "Bamboo White" and "Judo Red" are perfect for the holidays. A limited supply is now available on the Nails Inc. website, otherwise, you'll have to wait until February when Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. hits stores.

Prabal Gurung
There's a good reason fashion darling Prabal Gurung waited so long to launch a line of footwear (he debuted his first collection five years ago): "Instead of getting immediately into it, I wanted to understand the business," the designer explained. Lucky for us, Gurung has a clear understanding and now has plans to launch a shoe line. Having collaborated with the industry's top footwear designers, including Manolo Blahnik and Nicholas Kirkwood, Gurung is no stranger to the business of crafting high fashion footwear. Of his debut collection, Gurung said, "The first season was inspired by luxurious trekking, You’ll see strap details, little spikes, very much what I see in nature." (Clearly it will be nothing less than spectacular.) The collection will have six styles, with prices ranging from $695 to $1,165.

 

Johnny Coca

British fashion label Mulberry has a new creative director--former Céline accessories designer Johnny Coca. Coca is pretty much a fashion genius having studied art, architecture, and design at Paris, France's Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Boulle, and had stints at Bally and Louis Vuitton before his time at Céline. "I very much look forward to joining Mulberry as its new creative director and to leading a new design direction at one of the very best British brands," the designer said in a statement.  For its part, Mulberry is equally excited about bringing Coca onboard. "We are delighted that Johnny is joining us," said Mulberry Chairman and CEO Godfrey Davis. "Johnny will ensure that Mulberry continues its tradition of encouraging new young talent as he helps to build the next generation at Mulberry." The new creative director will be responsible for all Mulberry collections, ready-to-wear included, and will take the helm on July 8, 2015.


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