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Raf Simons’ Interview with Cathy Horyn Sheds Light on Why He Left Dior

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The month of October saw two high profile departures at top fashion houses that left the industry reeling. Raf Simons stepped down at Dior and Alber Elbaz left Lanvin after fourteen years. In the days that followed, there were employee protests, rumored legal threats and lots of speculation about fashion burnout.

Now, two weeks after news of the first shocking exit, we may finally have some answers. Raf Simons spoke with famed journalist Cathy Horyn over a 6-month period for an interview in System Magazine and their last meeting ended days before his big announcement. Their talk sheds light on Simons’ state of mind during his final year at Dior. He speaks about the lack of a work/life balance, the dizzying speed at which he’s expected to create and his exasperating schedule, all of which left him creatively and emotionally drained.

Here are excerpts from the interview, which appears in the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of System Magazine:

On the increasingly short prep time for collections:

“You know, we did this collection in three weeks,” he tells me, not defending the show but, rather, stating the reality that now faces high-fashion houses. “Tokyo was also done in three weeks. Actually everything is done in three weeks, maximum five. And when I think back to the first couture show for Dior, in July 2012, I was concerned because we only had eight weeks.” (more…)

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No One Is Buying Handbags Anymore

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When did everyone stop buying handbags? It seemed like every week, a new It bag was selling out, from bucket bags to leather satchels. Now, handbag sales are so low that retailers must drastically cut costs or expand into other categories.

Business of Fashion reports that sluggish sales have led to “higher levels of leftover Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors products that will need to be discounted to make way for newer goods.” Both Kate Spade and Michael Kors’ third quarter net sales fell below analyst predictions.

To cope with lower sales, all three brands are venturing into other categories: Coach bought shoe brand Stuart Weitzman and produced its first women’s runway show, Kate Spade is setting its sights on home goods and Michael Kors is leaning toward watches, sunglasses and accessories. But will they abandon handbags altogether? (more…)

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Are Fast Fashion Brands Ripping Off Yeezy Season 1?

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Kanye West can finally stop complaining about his fledgling fashion career. The same Yeezy collection that was panned by major fashion critics not only won him a shoe of the year award, but it’s also a hit among consumers. Yeezy Season 1 nearly sold out just days after it became available, despite its high price tag. The line was so popular, in fact, it’s already getting knocked off.

Racked reports that fast fashion retailers are capitalizing on the buzz surrounding Yeezy Season 1 by duplicating the line’s most prominent pieces. Forever 21 is selling distressed sweatshirts in the same colorways, H&M released a similar faded sweater, American Apparel produced the same washed-out tees and Macy’s has an almost identical bomber jacket for sale.

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It’s hard to say whether these pieces are indeed duplicates as Kanye’s line was so intentionally basic, any clothing staples could be considered a copy. But the design elements of Forever 21’s ripped sweater, for example, are too similar to be coincidental. (more…)

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You’ll Never Guess the Most Searched Hair Trend of 2015

 

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If you had to guess the most searched hair trend of 2015, you might say bronde hair color or natural hair. Surprisingly, the answer has little to do with women’s beauty at all. This year, we spent most of our time looking up man buns, according to Google’s annual beauty trend report. No wonder Watchcut chose man buns as the quintessential hairstyle of the 2010s!

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Another shocker? Women aren’t necessarily doing the searching. The most popular queries are “how to grow a man bun” and “how to tie a man bun.” Who knew men spend their down time researching how to style their strands? In fact, Google says “there has been more interest in men’s hair than women’s hair on Google (by around 6%).” No one saw that coming.

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The most searched women’s hair trends were braids (namely, box braids and  goddess braids) and hair color trends (silver and gray hair were the top-trending hues). The only thing more surprising than the most searched hair trend is the second: comb-overs (but not the Donald Trump kind).

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Gigi Hadid as You’ve Never Seen Her Before on Vogue Italia (Forum Buzz)

We’re far too used to seeing Gigi Hadid vamp it up for the likes W Magazine, sit pretty for Vogue Netherlands and go glamorous on the cover of Vogue Spain. However, leave it to Vogue Italia to give the Victoria’s Secret recruit a whole new look. Our forums have made no attempt to hide the fact the magazine let standards slip lately, but Steven Meisel is back behind the lens for November, albeit leaving us a little lost for words. Complete with styling from Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, intriguing makeup applied by Pat McGrath and a funky wig tended to by hairstylist Guido Palau, the image was sure to set tongues wagging on our forums.

An unrecognizable Gigi did not go down lightly. “Why are they doing this to us? WHY? It’s sad enough that Meisel is doing only a few covers and the others are try-hard copies of his style but when his covers look like this,” slammed dcmaike.

“Hate it, she looks tacky and gaudy which was obviously intentional. Besides, wasn’t this done with Joan [Smalls] a few years ago? I don’t understand why she had to get cover billing when they don’t even give it to the greats,” Benn98 added.

Feeling the same way was Melancholybaby: “Awful attempt at imitating the 80s. The power of personality is enough to make a regular cover showstopping but alas Gigi possesses no such power.”

Aizanara wasn’t impressed either, ranting, “OMG this is so bad! The power of personality? This has no energy, no life and a black girl would have been 100x better. LMAO at the Photoshop, we all know Gigi doesn’t look like that in real life.”

“This is really bad, it’s such a shame,” echoed a disappointed KateTheGreatest.

“I really hope the skin tone is just the quality of that pic, because…” pointed out a dismayed Marc10.

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Is Justin Bieber Scorning Bette Midler For Being A ‘Meddler’ In His Personal Life?

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Justin Bieber has spewed some hocus pocus nonsense about not knowing that Bette Midler’s our hero and everything we wish we could be, saying he doesn’t even know who the First Wives Club actress is at all. 

She was brought up in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, where the 21-year-old claimed he doesn’t even know who this 69-year-old woman is after she tweeted about his personal life. “This Britt Meddler. I don’t even know who that is, honestly,” he said.  (more…)