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Australia Finally Gets a Taste of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Can you Aussies remember the last time you wore a jumper on Christmas Day? Yeah, us either. We’re generally too busy melting somewhere, peeling the prawns while we wait for mum to sort out the ham, while the Northern Hemisphere sets up camp in the loungeroom, by the fire place in their fantastically ugly christmas sweaters.

Truth is, while Christmas down under sure has its perks, plenty of us feel a little left out and envious of those snowflake-encrusted knits that we would sweat profusely in, should we join in on the ugliness. But this festive season we can feel that little less excluded, thanks to the elves at Kozii who have invented a rashie version of the ugly Christmas sweater for us isolated folk. 

Staying patriotic in red, blue and white, the swimwear label has taken a geographical spin on the classic look by stripping it clean of snowmen, snowflakes and all things chilly, and instead replacing it with trees and kangaroos, because Straya. (more…)

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Aurelio Costarella Makes the Move From Myer to David Jones

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The rivalry between Australia’s top two department stores has been strong of late with rumoured, sneaky battles throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival last week, and now one of Myer’s top designers is jumping ship to its major opponent, David Jones.

After six years under the helm of Myer, Sydney Confidential reports that Perth-based Aurelio Costarella will be stocked at David Jones from February 2016. “We had to look at our strategy going forward and where we see ourselves sitting in the market and felt quite strongly for some time now that David Jones was a better fit for the Aurelio Costarella brand,” he explained of the decision.

Other top-notch Aussie labels like Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc and Michael Lo Sordo are all also stocked at David Jones. “They have a really impressive portfolio of Australian designers and are renowned for supporting and propelling their homegrown talent so it was kind of a no-brainer for us in terms of where we wanted to be positioned,” Aurelio explained of the label’s new home. (more…)

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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

Fall Handbag Trend: Saddlebags

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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.

Yeezy Season 1 Knockoffs H&M

Yeezy/H&M. Image: Racked

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).

[via Hello Giggles]