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Kate Spade Saturday Stores Are Shutting Down

Just call January the grim retail reaping. Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade are the latest brands going to slaughter with Kate Spade & Company announcing that it will be closing freestanding stores for both labels. But don’t worry — we won’t have to completely say goodbye to these brands. Kate Spade New York will absorb Kate Spade Saturday, while Jack Spade will shift its focus to e-commerce and building its presence in other stores.

So, if you were a fan of shopping IRL at either of these stores, you only have a few more months to cash in on that retail experience. Kate Spade & Company should have all the stores closed down by the middle of the year.

 [via WWD]

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Creative Director Rebekka Bay Leaves Gap

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Rebekka Bay is the latest designer to leave a brand, vacating her post as executive vice president and creative director of Gap. Not only is Bay leaving, but the retailer is eliminating her position completely. This comes at a rough time for the retailer, which just announced plans to shut down its Piperlime subsidiary in order to focus on more lucrative brands like Intermix and Banana Republic.

Gap has gone through a lot of changes in the past year. In addition to hiring CEO Art Peck after former CEO Glenn Murphy retired, it hired two new presidents: Jeff Kirwan (Gap) and Andi Owen (Banana Republic). Clearly, there are a lot of shake-ups going on at the company as it restructures.

[via WWD]

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Amal Clooney Has Best Answer Ever for “What Are You Wearing?”

Amal Clooney pictured at the Golden Globes awards

Image: WENN

By now, it’s pretty clear that the world is a bit more fascinated with George Clooney’s wife than they are with the actor himself. And can you blame us? Amal is supremely intelligent, an accomplished human rights lawyer, beautiful and stylish to boot. She is exactly what you think of when you imagine the modern woman who has it all. Though she is quite a glamorous woman whose love story is something of a Hollywood fairy tale, when she’s at work, she means business.

Journalist Bruno Waterfield found this out the hard way when he asked Amal about her personal style during an appearance at the European Court of Human Rights. The reporter tweeted the details of the exchange, saying he asked her about “fashion speculation,” to which the 36-year-old lawyer replied, “I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft,” a brand established in 1689 that makes ceremonial robes for graduations — and also for the U.K. judiciary. It even provides those wigs lawyers in the U.K. always have to wear.

Guys, she handled that one perfectly. We’re putting this one into the “reasons to love Amal Clooney” file we’ve been keeping, which right now, is pretty much full. 

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Marie Gillain’s Lui Magazine Cover Upsets Forum Members (Forum Buzz)

Lui magazine may not be the go-to publication for fashion, but we still get excited about its covers. After all, the magazine has tapped Kate Moss, Rihanna and Laetitia Casta. For the provocative magazine’s February issue, Marie Gillain is its latest cover conquest. Mark Segal shot the Belgian actress, most likely best-known for her portrayal of Adrienne Chanel in Coco Before Chanel to us fashion folk, striding through an apartment building wearing nothing except a pair of briefs and a silk robe. Marie looks effortless but that doesn’t seem to be what’s upsetting our forum members.

Lui Magazine February 2015 Marie Gillain

IMAGE: LUIMAGAZINE.FR

“Does that tagline say what I think it says?” immediately asked kokobombon.

KateTheGreatest also noticed and responded, “I was thinking the same thing, I hope it doesn’t.”

“In the context it doesn’t mean ‘whore,’ in French it’s also a slang to say ‘very good.’ I don’t know how you would translate it exactly in English, maybe someone else could be more precise. But they’re not saying that she is a ‘putain.’ But I agree that they could have chosen a better tagline, it’s not very pretty,” noted Zelda Zonk, informing us of the correct terminology.

Also quick to voice his concerns was Benn98: “I don’t know why Marie Gillain decided to do Lui. Sorry, but I feel a bit territorial about her as she’s one of my favorite actresses. Don’t mind nudity or sexuality, but I’d have liked her for Vogue Paris. The image also doesn’t look very promising.” But once the full cover surfaced, he returned and posted, “Oooh, she looks hott! Actually, I’ll let this slide.”

Luxx shared a positive outlook and admired the cover for being “super sexy and bold!”

“This cover is hot but in a good way…” added KissMiss.

What’s your opinion of Lui‘s February 2015 cover? Let us know here.

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Watch: Michael Pitt Directs Rag & Bone’s Latest Fashion Film

Rag & Bone’s latest film effort revolves around the label’s Spring 2015 campaign. Creative Directors Marcus Wainwright and David Neville once again tapped Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt to star in the ads and also direct a 12-minute film to coincide with the collection. Today, a trailer for the short popped up on the Rag & Bone website. 

Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey stars alongside Michael and British actor Stephen Graham. A carefree Àstrid kicks around New York City, going to nightclubs, girlishly chatting on the phone and riding in the back of fancy cars with Stephen. A broody Michael knocks around a punching bag. Though we’re not 100 percent sure what’s going on in the trailer, we’re hoping all signs point to a torrid love triangle.

Watch the video clip above. 

[via WWD]

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Rihanna Stars on i-D’s Perfectly Styled Pre-Spring 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

While i-D may be bimonthly, that doesn’t stop the magazine from pulling out all the stops when its newest installment is set for release. The British glossy tapped Rihanna for its pre-spring edition dubbed “The Music Issue,” making the star the perfect choice. Paolo Roversi shot the songstress-turned-Puma creative director sporting braids, a Celine top and a piercing gaze.

i-D Pre-Spring 2015 Rihanna

IMAGE: FACEBOOK.COM/IDMAGAZINEOFFICIAL

Forum members were as fast as lightning to voice their opinions. “I like the 90s vibe… and that she isn’t styled like her usual glamazon,” appreciated kokobombon.

“This looks wonderful, the styling, the hair, everything. Very different mood for Rihanna as well – interested in seeing the full shoot,” added Luxx, also showing enthusiasm toward i-D‘s new cover.

Forum member mistress_f couldn’t agree more about the different vibe. “The 90s styling is really working here. She looks great and it might be the first time in ages I’m finding something interesting about i-D even though I couldn’t care less about Rihanna,” she noted.

Feeling the same way was MON: “Even though the hair is not my cup of tea, this still pleases me. It’s not the typical high fashion Rihanna. And yes, there is indeed some 90s vibe to it which I love.”

“Love this! Rihanna pulls off that style like no other and it’s always great to see Paolo stepping out of his comfort zone,” complimented Marc10, echoing everyone else’s sentiments.

“I immediately thought of FKA Twigs when I saw this, perhaps it’s the braids? Either way, I find the lip colour is quite vile. Since the i-D reader is bound to fall within Rihanna’s demographic fold I won’t begrudge her this cover. Does she have a new album out?” asked Benn98, having a slightly different opinion.

Await the contents and share your own opinion with us here.

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