Forbes is all about the ladies today. The magazine released its list of 100 most powerful women in the world, which includes fashionable names like Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch. Forbes also highlights on a separate list, 50 of America’s richest self-made women, many of whom – surprise – made their fortune off fashion.
Coming in at #3 on the list is Gap co-founder Doris Fisher, who is worth $3.1 billion, followed by Forever 21 co-founder Jin Sook Chang, who is worth about the same amount. Sara Blakeley’s Spanx fortune puts her at $1 billion and #17, neck and neck with Tory Burch. Donna Karan comes in at #31 with a $450 million net worth, tied with another legend in fashion design, Diane von Furstenberg. Vera Wang’s $400 million net worth puts her at #34 on the list.
Though many of the people occupying the upper echelons of the business side of fashion are men, it is wonderful to see women in charge and building their companies into the powerhouses they are today. These ladies are sitting on fortunes they amassed on their own, which is definitely giving us some girl-power feelings.
Gucci is shedding all signs of Frida Giannini, a process that’s been sped up thanks to this epic Gucci sale happening in China. According to Business of Fashion, shoppers in China have been enjoying up to 50 percent off Gucci wares designed under Giannini’s direction. People have reportedly been lining up in front of the Italian label’s location at Shanghai’s International Finance Center in the wee hours of the morning to be first to pick up the coveted goods at discounted prices.
China recently decreased its import tariffs on clothes and shoes, presenting another incentive for shoppers to take advantage of the discounts – and part of the reason behind the feeding frenzy. The sale seems to come at a great time for the label, which is trying to move into a new era under creative director Alessandro Michele. “Bizzarri [Gucci’s CEO] is clearing inventory from the previous collection, as Gucci is looking forward to turning the page on Frida Giannini,” analyst Luca Solca told Business of Fashion. “Gucci needs a new direction and some correction — I consider this inevitable.”
But don’t be too jealous of the big Chinese Gucci sale. The rest of us can browse Neiman Marcus’ designer sale to get our hands on some discounted Gucci goodies.
[via Business of Fashion]
Actress, mother, budding lifestyle guru and now, designer. Blake Lively is joining the storied tradition of celebrities designing things, taking to Instagram to announce her latest collaboration. Lively has teamed with indie label Amour Vert, a San Francisco-based eco-conscious line Lively sells on her Preserve website.
Lively showed off her co-designed creation: a sleeveless silk sundress with a tie-front top attached to a pink printed skirt. “I may not be able to draw worth a lick, but I am proud of this dress I co-designed with Amour Vert for@preserve_us,” Lively captioned the post. The frock, called the “Champagne Dress” is already available for pre-order on the Preserve website for $230.
The dress isn’t shipping until early June, but that’s plenty of time to get your hands on it before the summer officially starts.
Forbes has released its list of the world’s most powerful women for 2015. Of course, you’ll find names like Hillary Clinton (#2) and Oprah Winfrey (#12), but one of this year’s newbies on the list is Taylor Swift, who has arguably been having the best year ever since releasing her 1989 album in October. Swift comes in at #64, with Forbes giving her props for being one of three artists to see their albums reach platinum status in 2014. It also doesn’t hurt that Swift has been quite savvy about her money and intellectual property, having removed her music from Spotify’s free streaming service.
Beyoncé, who inspires and influences us each and every day with her glorious existence, comes in at #21. No list of influential women would be complete without a few notable members of the fashion set. Anna Wintour (#28), Tory Burch (#73), Diane von Furstenberg (#75), Miuccia Prada (#79) and Sara Blakley (#91) round out this list of influencers. Ellen Degeneres (#50) also gets a mention thanks in part to the ED lifestyle brand she’s expected to launch soon.
Talk about ladies doing it all!
Cara Delevingne might be trying to focus on her acting career these days, but it seems as if she isn’t slowing down on the modeling front. Delevingne has been tapped to star in Mango’s latest ads, alongside another model you may have heard of, Kate Moss, for the retailer’s fall campaign called #somethingincommon.
And indeed, the two have plenty in common: they’re both supermodels from the UK, Delevingne has often been called the next Kate Moss and they’ve already posed cheek-to-cheek for Burberry. For this latest set of ads, Mango tapped Inez and Vinoodh to capture the British beauties who, in mere T-shirts, manage to look as elegant and ethereal as they would in full-on ball gowns. Some girls truly have all the luck.
Moss has worked with Mango before, but this is Delevingne’s first time with the brand and she is predictably stoked. “Having Kate as my partner in crime is ideal! We are a lethal combination,” she said. “I admire her personally and professionally, she represents a true fashion icon. It is a privilege to learn and to share this experience with her. The shoot has been epic, it’s always fun when Miss Moss is around.”
We can’t wait to see what the rest of this campaign looks like.
[via The Independent]
The Fall 2015 advertising campaigns are trickling in earlier than expected. Roberto Cavalli is already out with Ciara and now Marc Jacobs has unveiled his mainline campaign featuring Cher. Yes, the Cher stars solo in Jacobs’ brand new fashion spots which have set our forums ablaze, though we’re not completely surprised. The designer took the 69-year-old icon as his date to this year’s Met Gala, which should have sent alarm bells ringing. Nonetheless, the first image captured by David Sims is here and ready to be dissected by our forum members.
The campaign only just dropped this morning but everything’s looking positive so far. “I love the fact that Marc uses women of different ages for his campaigns. Cher looks stunning, the collection was incredible and works great on her! Looking forward to seeing more!” Nepenthes hailed.
Also showing some love was LastNight: “A big YES to this. Love Cher and love this photo, excellent choice.”
GIVENCHYlover was quick to rave about the image too, using the word “stunning” to describe the shot.
“Beautiful!” agreed FashionPhoto1134.
“I love it! Morticia Addams in Marc Jacobs!” Khyrk shared soon after.
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