12 Fashion Stories You Need To Read Now

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1. Moschino Amputates Sasha Luss


When I hear about photoshop mishaps concerning magazine covers or ad campaigns all of which are staked on amounts of money beyond my meager imagination, I can only think one thing. Who let this happen? It’s so obvious that it will be called out, and so, IMHO, ‘twould be better to let bodies be real and avoid the outpouring of critique that is then inevitable. But sometimes, it’s not even about body image. As is the case in Moschino’s otherwise pretty cool new ad campaign, shot by Steven Meisel and starring the very hip Anna Ewers, Hollie-May Saker, and a mysteriously one-legged Sasha Luss. Whatever happened to your leg, Sasha, we hope it was painless and you’re back on two feet now…and all that.

2. Biebs for CK (#hiscalvins) 


Justin Bieber may skateboard in sweater dresses and frequently rock harem pants, but no matter what trend he tries, he stays loyal to his Calvins, because, duh. The now-20 year old drops trou (well, rocks ’em extra low-rise) to show off that infamous waistband in a series of also photoshopped pics for his starring role in the new campaign. He appears to have received an, um, upgrade, in definition, as well as some extra pubes. Cool.

3. And…in the Category of People Who Hang Out With Biebs, We Have Kylie Jenner on the Cover of Cosmo


All by herself. So there Kendall. And Kim. And Khloe. She’s sporting hyper-ombre’d hair (grey?), a trend I didn’t know was still happening, and discusses her lips (a very popular topic of conversation in this world) stating that surgery is not something she “desires” right now, and she has simply learned to kontour. Oh, to be a Kardashian.

4. Alexa’s Music Video Debut–Inspired by Denim

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Alexa Chung’s music video debut, directed by Gia Coppola, and inspired by her upcoming collaboration with AG, features the leggy Brit enthusiastically performing a karaoke rendition of her song “Blue Denim” (how meta) to an audience of bored party guests. She’s got on a little denim dress and white skimmers and looks cool (obviously) in spite of her disinterested friends (and boyfriend?). I would like the dress, please.

5. Bloggers Go Print on Lucky’s Latest Cover

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Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl, and Zanita Whittington of Zanita.com.au have just become the first bloggers to grace the cover of a major mag. It’s no surprise that it’s Lucky being that Editor-in-Chief, Eva Chen, is known for pioneering the rocky road that is the relationship between print and digital. This is sure to be a cover that stirs up opinions.

6. This is Not the Best Revenge

C. Wonder, awkwardly founded by Chris Burch after his divorce from ex-wife Tory, and said to be an act of revenge, will close its last 11 stores due to the competitive nature of the industry. The brand’s social media accounts are already gone. Burch, however, will be okay. He recently bought an island in Indonesia.

7. Jared Leto’s Abs Might Make You Want a Fanny Pack


Here is an example of ombre that I have no sass about. You do you, Jared Leto, you shirtless, legging-ed “hip pack” hawker. I’d also like to note that this seems very appropriate to Jordan Catalano-era fashion too.  Some celebs make fragrances, Leto has this. 

8. The Show Will Go On at Schiaparelli

In spite of Marco Zanini’s recent exist and the house of Schiaparelli’s current creative director-less-ness, the show will go on, on January 26th for Paris Couture Week.

9. The Jagger Sisters Team Up for Sonia Rykiel


The beautiful offspring of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, sisters Georgia May and Elizabeth Jagger co-star in Sonia Rykiel’s new ad campaign shot by Juergen Teller. The two also both walked in the September runway show. This casting represents a cross-section of those we’re seeing make headlines–the celebrity/model/celebrity-by-association hybrid. Either way, the girls have their father’s rockstar panache.

10. Marc Kerimzadeh Joins the CFDA as Editorial and Communications Director

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Kerimzadeh formerly worked at WWD and has fifteen years of fashion coverage experience. He will help the CFDA develop their editorial voice and brand.

11. Cara Delevingne: Renaissance Woman


Another woman whose name requires many “///” Ms. Delevingne can now add “contributing editor” to her supermodel/actress/designer/set-of-eyebrows C.V.

12. Jourdan Dunn Makes History

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Jourdan Dunn made history this month as the first Black solo cover model for Vogue UK in 12 years. She’s wearing a beautiful Prada dress and Patrick Demarchelier took the pics. The last woman to do so was Naomi Campbell in 2002.

H & M Causes Hysteria In Tel Aviv & Toulouse (Not LA)

A friend living in Tel Aviv just sent me video of the opening of H&M’s first Israeli outpost. A description of the scene this morning reads as follows: “at 11 A.M. the doors opened and the crowd stormed into the 2,000-square meter store on the mall’s third floor, pushing and trampling anyone and anything in its way, grabbing whatever it could before nothing would remain.” Apparently 1,000 or so eager shoppers took to the freshly debuted shop’s racks today with a no holds barred approach. And Tel Aviv’s not the only global capital that saw a stampede run through its local H&M this week.

The same thing happened in Toulouse, France on Saturday, when Sonia Rykiel’s second installation of her line for the retailer debuted. Grazia has footage of the mania here. In both cases women appear to be consuming so crazily you’d think a real life Johnny Depp comes with every purchase.

What’s amazing is not only the determination and frenzy of these shoppers, but the fact that at the same time, halfway around the globe, Sonia Rykiel’s designs are sitting relatively untouched in an H & M in Los Angeles. RackedLA described the latter as indicative of LA’s “indifference” to Rykiel, a bona fide French institution. It’s just another reminder that all of the fuss is most definitely subjective.

Luxury Brands Fight Back

If ‘stealth wealth’ is a new catch phrase for the luxury fashion market (a CNN doc here explains that high-end products are now incorporating inconspicuous references to the lavish, rather than being straightforward about it), then so is ‘heritage.’ High-fashion brands are attempting to highlight their lineage, from a Louis Vuitton line of wallets called ‘heritage, Prada’s recent 708-page book about its history, to Gucci’s planning to start a museum in Florence in 2011 for its 90th anniversary. “Consumers want something they can believe in, and heritage is the best anchor that luxury brands have,” says WWD.

As Cathy Horyn recently wrote when reviewing the men’s FW10 shows, “At a time when many aspects of contemporary life feel unreliable, heritage brands offer a degree of security.”

Is this a backlash to fast fashion? Quality of manufacturing and the lineage behind a brand’s name are the two things a label like Louis Vuitton or Gucci can hold over the H&Ms and Zaras of the world. And high-fashion brands are still arguably setting the trends, only for fast fashion outlets to then rip them off weeks later. Take for instance Nathalie Rykiel (daughter of Sonia) who recently divulged the fact that she teamed with H&M mainly because the Swedish chain was knocking off Sonia Rykiel’s designs. “They copy me all the time!,” Rykiel told Nylon. “Finally I said, ‘Look, if you want your girls to wear Sonia Rykiel from H&M, let’s let them have the real thing!’.” If you can’t beat ’em…

First Look: Sonia Rykiel’s Second Go Around for H&M

Just last week images of +J — Jil Sander’s highly anticipated follow up collection to her first for Japanese retailer Uniqlo — dropped. And now it’s Sonia Rykiel’s turn. Rykiel’s second line for H&M debuts this spring. While her first focused on lingerie and bedroom attire that moonlighted as club gear (e.g. a very glam, floor-length nightgown), this spring it’s all about knits. But, thanks to Nitrolicious landing a look book of the entire line, shoppers won’t have to wait until warmer weather to preview the goods.

Included in the collection are distinctly french styles whose bright palette calls to mind the Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Stripes are omnipresent: on socks, tanks, jumpers and dresses that fall above-the-knee. Embellished leggings (far more demure than Christopher Kane’s for Topshop), sailor shorts and a vest are among other pieces. The line is cute and whimsical — signature characteristics of Rykiel’s designs — and is appropriately cheerful for spring.

Diffusion Fashion: Kane’s Atomic Bomb & Rykiel’s Swedish Knits

The New York Times profiles H&M’s relatively new, very young CEO, Karl-Johan Persson (34), today; the occasion is the fashion mega brand’s recent Paris runway show in honor of H&M’s lingerie collaboration with designer Sonia Rykiel. But, apparently Rykiel-approved lace undergarments and sleepwear aren’t all H&M has up its sleeves. “Next, a Sonia Rykiel knitwear capsule collection will be unveiled on Feb. 20 in 200 select H&M stores,” says the NYT. “It will be the first time H&M has allowed a fashion house to carry its collaboration inside a designer’s signature stores.” Also in store for the retailer: more of a focus on Germany, the US, Spain, Italy, China and Japan.

Speaking of lower-priced lines: shoppers can now land Kane’s atomic wares (as seen in his SS09 resort collection) at a fraction of the price. The designer is serving up t-shirts, tanks and dresses in the same vein for a mere $295 (the originals were in the ballpark of $1400). Considering the designer did the same thing with his gorilla tees and dresses for Topshop (which boasted an identical print to a coveted runway look from his namesake collection), there’s no denying that Kane knows exactly how to give the masses what they want.

Sonia Rykiel’s No-Pants Look Coming to H&M

H&M continues to roll out covetable collaborations with top-notch designers. Their latest partner in crime: Sonia Rykiel. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the Parisian designer (renowned for whimsical, dynamic designs) will create a collection of lingerie for the budget-friendly retailer that’ll debut in time for the holiday season. Specifically, “The collection is to be launched Dec. 5 in 1,500 H&M stores worldwide, and also at Rykiel boutiques — the first time a guest designer for H&M will do so. The French firm counts 44 boutiques worldwide, along with 52 shop-in-shops.”

Given the fact that no-pants and bustiers (which Rykiel’s collection will ideally include) are dominating catwalks for SS10, there couldn’t be a better time for H&M to cash in on the trend of lingerie moonlighting as standalone clothing. And good news for those prospective shoppers not living near an H&M or Rykiel outpost: “Rykiel’s next project is the November launch of an e-commerce site in France, where customers will be able to shop for the brand’s signature knitwear and playful accessories. The plan is to expand online sales to American, Japan and the U.K. next year.” So, while H&M hasn’t boarded the e-commerce bandwagon just yet, rest assured you can snag high-end lingerie for a low-end price point from anywhere you can get an internet signal.