J.Crew’s customer base may not be shopping, but they sure are loyal. WWD reports that the retailer’s sales continue to fall, albeit by a narrower margin — the cashmere slinger saw a net loss of $8 million in the first three months of 2016, compared to $462.4 million in the first quarter of 2015. All the while, its weary devotees are still watching from the rafters, as vocal and monitoring as ever. Fans of the Gilded Age of J.Crew have thrown open letters, websites and even hashtags at the problem — the problem being the brand’s heightened prices, movement away from classic designs, and the decline in quality of its fabrics and tailoring.
Among these forlorn fans is Belle, the fashionista behind Capitol Hill Style, who is spearheading a tough-love social media-based uprising to #ReviveJCrew, encouraging shoppers to air their grievances with the brand using the aforementioned hashtag.
“Almost every reader who shopped at J.Crew in the 2006-2010 era talks about how much better the quality was then,” she shared on her blog. “Their evidence is anecdotal, but if a buyer feels that their seven-year-old suit is better made than the one they bought last year, they’re going to shop elsewhere. If we want ‘fast fashion,’ we’ll shop at H&M.” (more…)
You’re no doubt well aware that Photoshop is a prominent fixture in today’s world of fashion photography, with the vast majority of magazines and fashion brands continuously pushing overly-airbrushed imagery. So you can imagine our delight to see Naked Cashmere’s refreshingly raw and untouched Fall 2016 campaign. Kate Moss is the face of the Los Angeles-based brand’s new stripped-down campaign, shot by master photographer Peter Lindbergh on location. Kate goes au natural in the stunning black and white images which are understandably being raved about on our forums.
Members of our forums were certainly on board with Naked Cashmere’s refreshing approach. “Flawless,” described a delighted whitewine92 the moment the campaign dropped.
The September issues have clearly gone to the younger generation of stars this year, with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Lucky Blue Smith bagging covers of major fashion titles. Now, teenagers Willow and Jaden Smith pose together on Interview for September. The brother and sister duo were shot by Steven Klein and profiled by Pharrell Williams for the occasion while both serving up a fairly simple yet stimulating portrait cover shot. Complete with Willow wearing Chanel (natch) and Jaden decked out in Stella McCartney, our forum members like what they see.
“I have no idea what they do that they need to promote but I do like the cover,” confessed kokobombon straight away.
Wolkfolk felt the same way, admitting, “I tend to find them particularly insufferable and obnoxious, especially Jaden, but I’m not gonna lie this is a flawless cover. Their facial features are really stunning, Willow is especially fascinating, she should grow up into one hell of a gorgeous woman. Love the styling as well.” (more…)
All of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne’s $125K to $300K sponsored Instagram posts have, unsurprisingly, paid off. Today, Forbes released its list of the world’s highest-paid models and while Gisele Bündchen managed to retain her top spot even in catwalk retirement, earning $30.5 million, Kendall Jenner, who occupied the number 16 spot just last year, made a dramatic leap to third place. The Vogue cover girl banked $10 million — that’s a 150 percent increase from last year’s paltry $4 million. Meanwhile, Kenny’s style twin Gigi made her Forbes debut in fifth place, earning a cool $9 million.
The reality star turned model could likely pull a Gisele and bring home the figurative bacon without walking in a single runway show (besides Victoria’s Secret) thanks to her huge social following. She’s used her 64.4 million Instagram followers — more than any other model on the list — to land million dollar contracts with brands like Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein. (And Kendall’s barely on Keeping Up With the Kardashians anymore, so you know it’s not E! that’s signing her checks.)
“Our business has changed,” Chris Gay, President of The Society Management, which represents Jenner, told Forbes. ”These models [have] become more and more influential because they are the conduits of media–not only somebody who can be the face of the campaign but a powerful means to distribute it.” (more…)
Ever since V Magazine celebrated its 100th issue, our forums have had a rocky relationship with the title, which has served up some questionable covers over recent months. The cast of The Neon Demon managed to thrill us on the cover of the last issue, but V Magazine has taken two steps backward with the unveiling of its latest. For its Fall 2016 edition, Mario Testino was brought in as the photographer of choice, capturing Taylor Hill straddling Troye Sivan (below) and Lucky Blue Smith with Kacy Hill for issue 103’s two covers.
It’s safe to say that magazine covers have been a total disaster this month. “Literally no redeeming feature for me whatsoever. And it’s odd that Testino managed to make his own work look like a cheaper and inferior version of the original. It’s as awkward and overwhelming as his Vogue China cover,” disapproved Benn98.
“Testino’s imagery is outdated to the point of being cartoonish. Who still thinks that a pant-less woman sitting on top of a man is ‘sexy’ or ‘fierce’? And to make it worse, whoever cast this story is insane,” Marc10 chimed in. (more…)
Fashion road kill is real, people. And if the above clip doesn’t have you convinced, a recent study conducted by social scientists from Paris Descartes University and the University of Southern Brittany just might.
Seeking to determine how environmental cues affect people’s tendency to help those in need, the researchers made the streets of Paris their stage.
The setup was pretty simple. Groups of undergrads went incognito as damsels in distress in both “ordinary” places and more “haute” locales (i.e. near luxury outposts like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Prada and Versace). They then feigned an obvious need of assistance. Some, wearing crutches, “accidentally” dropped their belongings in front of unsuspecting passersby. Others were told to take a more active approach, asking random pedestrians to lend them a cellphone or temporarily watch their wheelchair-bound companion slash co-conspirator.
The results? Near designer boutiques, participants were far less likely to help. While 77.5 percent of those on couture-free streets lent a hand, only 35 percent of luxury clients did the same. Sacré bleu. (more…)