We’ve only been in 2015 for a little over a week and it is not looking like a good year for retailers. C. Wonder just announced it was shuttering all its stores, Wet Seal just closed 338 stores and now more closings and layoffs are in the future for two retailers: Macy’s and J.C. Penney.
Macy’s is downsizing, cutting out 14 of its stores and a handful of jobs, though the company plans on filling jobs to handle demands for e-commerce and direct-to-consumer positions. The goal is to beef up its “ship from store” and in-store pickup services, though the retailer also mentions the downsize will help pay for higher retirement and health care plans.
As for J.C. Penney, the company will close 39 of its locations, leaving the retailer with 1,020 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Last January, J.C. Penney got rid of 33 stores. It says that this bout of restructuring is to increase profits, which will ultimately leave 2,250 employees out of a job.
[via The Business of Fashion, WWD]
Want to smell like Adidas? You can start by getting your hands on the brand’s new fragrance with designer Jeremy Scott, aptly named Jeremy Scott for Adidas Originals. The limited-edition unisex scent is housed in a bottle modeled after Scott’s famous winged Adidas sneaker, with detachable wings, of course.
Only 10,000 bottles of the scent will be available and will retail for $105. Notes of white pepper, cashmere wood, Calabrian bergamot and incense make up the fragrance, whose campaign was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Scott says the fragrance’s unisex nature came by accident. “It was just like wow, men and women seem to be responding to this scent when I’m wearing it. And I feel fine about it. A lot of my design is very non-gender specific. So it, in a way, ended up reflecting what I do in fashion.”
The bottle is packaged inside a shoebox (naturally) and will hit shelves in February.
Are they or aren’t they? That’s the question one everyone’s minds when it comes to model Lara Bingle and actor Sam Worthington’s marital status, but now Who magazine has reported that the pair got hitched late last month.
An “insider” told Who that the couple tied the knot between Christmas and the new year in a “small and simple” ceremony, with only a handful of guests including Lara’s mum, Sharon, and brother, Josh. We’re not ones to simply believe said insiders or close sources who wish to remain anonymous, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that the Australian power couple have made their love official.
The rumour mill was in overdrive when Lara changed her name to “Lara Bingle Worthington” on her Instagram account and posted poem I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E Cummings, commonly recited at weddings, around the same time. TV presenter Sally Obermeder was among the 470 comments on the post, writing, “@mslbingle congratulations sweetheart. Wishing you every happiness XX.” (more…)
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Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about Miranda Kerr, the Australian model goes and jaws racy topics with Harper’s Bazaar for its February 2015 issue. We must have missed the memo, because we thought this kind of talk was reserved for men’s mags. Maybe it was the Terry Richardson cover shoot that inspired the conversation? Nevertheless, the findings were interesting.
Let’s get one thing straight: Miranda’s not looking for a relationship. “I’m just not,” she reiterated. But when she is on the hunt for a special someone, sleeping together (not the slumber kind) on the first date is probably not on the cards. “My philosophy is that until you get to know them it’s better not to, because energetically as a woman you get attached,” she explained to Harper’s Bazaar, presumably in her best philosophical voice. “So you’re better off to go on a few dates and see if you want to get attached or not.”
Interestingly, when given a great opportunity to namedrop Wonderbra, she mentioned a high-waisted garter belt by Myla as a good choice of underwear for the first date. “Say it’s winter, and you have really nice underwear on, a garter belt, stockings, boots that come up, and a dress on over the top,” she said. “No one needs to know.” Hmm. No one excluding the entire world that you just delivered that information to, Miranda. (more…)
Well, can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Chanel has filed a lawsuit against trendy e-tailer Shop Jeen for its popular iPhone covers, modeled after Chanel’s perfume bottle purse from the brand’s Cruise 2014 collection.
According to The Fashion Law, Chanel is suing Shop Jeen for violating Chanel’s trademark, counterfeiting, creating serious brand dilution and a host of other legal no-nos. The French fashion house is asking for $2 million for every time the e-tailer used Chanel’s trademark and every unit sold, plus other fees.
It looks like Chanel has a case here. While the covers are very cute, it seems silly to think that emblazoning the word “Chanel” on the back of a non-Chanel item without even attempting to parody or modify the logo would go unnoticed or unchallenged. Chanel accused Shop Jeen of “defrauding of Chanel and the consuming public for the Defendants’ own benefit,” adding that Shop Jeen knew it was wrong but moved units anyway. Chanel also wants Shop Jeen to stop using its trademark altogether for selling non-Chanel goods.
[via The Fashion Law]
It was only a matter of time before parodies of Justin Bieber and Lara Stone’s Calvin Klein campaign started rolling in, and we’re so glad The Bondi Hipsters have kicked things off. The pair took to Facebook yesterday to show fans their personal take on the shoot, this time with chest hair, love handles and man-on-man fondling. Be warned: the results will leave you in stitches.
Dom Nader and Adrian Archer — real nahms Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshie — told their Facebook fans that, although they commend Biebs for giving “zero shits” in the campaign, and refer to his modelling skills as “groundbreaking and heroic,” they feel they’ve brought “something edgier and slightly more realistic to the table.” That they did, picking belly button lint and taking even more piss with hashtags like #mydeadeyes and #mystolenchildhood replacing the now-famous #mycalvins.