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Gisele Bündchen’s $700 Book Sold Out Before It Was Even Released

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We can’t imagine what could make a book cost $700. Is a $50 bill attached to each page? Is it personalized in hand-tooled 24-karat gold like this Neiman Marcus Christmas gift? Gisele Bündchen’s new tome has none of the above and yet all 1,000 signed copies sold out in pre-orders before it was even released.

To be fair, it does feature 300 photographs of the stunning model including a naked picture of her on the cover, shot by Irving Penn. And the eponymous book celebrates her 20-year fashion career with tributes from her famous friends and family. That’s obviously worth $700, right?

At least the money is going to a good cause: the former supermodel will donate every dollar to charity.

[via The Telegraph]

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Fickle Retail Landscape Sends Arthur Galan Into Voluntary Administration

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Aussie designer Arthur Galan has put his eponymous family-owned label, Arthur Galan AG, into administration, citing a “challenging” retail landscape for the “tough decision” to sell the label to new owners. 

Ragtrader reports that the label received a wind-up order from the Australian Taxation Office on October 19, and the label released a statement via its Facebook page on Friday. “I feel very sad today, as I have had to put my family owned business into administration. Everyone is aware that the retail industry is challenging and I have tried very hard to make it work, throwing everything I have into it. Unfortunately I have had to make this tough decision,” it read.

Arthur began his namesake label back in 1998 with just menswear, before branching out to womenswear in 2005. Both women’s and men’s collections will continue to be sold through the label’s South Yarra and Doncaster stores which are remaining open, before the label relaunches with its new sole focus on menswear in March 2016.  (more…)

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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

Aurelio Costarella

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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…)