Never forget: fashion ads are made to elevate a brand and sell stuff. Unrelated: here's a "behind-the-scenes" video promoting Louis Vuitton's lovely new handbag campaign, which stars actress Michelle Williams. [Fashionologie]
CELEBRITY BIKINI BODY BABY YAAAA. No just kidding, the following link is 100% classy. [FabSugar]
Lady Gaga has a "new look" and I luv it. [BellaSugar]
Apparently the only place you can buy Celine bags online is Overstock.com, which seems fitting. [SheFinds]
Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson's NBC show, Fashion Star, has been cancelled. [Earsucker]
Katy Perry spent three months prepping for her Vogue cover, because how else do you measure the value of a human life if not by highly airbrushed fashion magazines? [Fashionista]
- Kate Moss covers Esquire, making this the first men's magazine she's photographed for in 17 years. [Telegraph]
Issa is one of the most sought-after shows to get a seat at during London Fashion Week, with leading top models such as Cara Delevingne or Jourdan Dunn gracing its runways. That’s without even mentioning its high profile fans, which includes the Duchess of Cambridge herself, who opted to wear the label for her engagement portrait. So, upon hearing that Issa is set to launch a more affordable collaboration with the high street giant Banana Republic, let’s just say the fashion world was a tad excited!
The capsule collection is set to include 40 key pieces from dresses to clutches, and even an updated take on Kate Middleton’s iconic blue engagement day dress, the original having sold out almost immediately.
Elle magazine recently caught up with Camilla Al-Fayed, Issa’s Chairwoman, about the forthcoming collaboration and she explained that together Issa and Banana Republic are the perfect fit, as both brands target feminine women who are effortlessly chic. Issa also wanted to create a timeless capsule collection yet still promote patterns with a universal appeal. It sounds like the perfect collection and we can’t wait to see it!
Dresses from the collection will start at an affordable £75, and hits stores on August 13. So, maybe go and camp out in line now, as that’s definitely going to be one heck of a queue.
Huge retail news is breaking today as the Canadian store-formerly-known-as-The-Bay, Hudson's Bay, is planning to acquire U.S. retailer Saks and its 42 stores in a $2.9 billion buy-out.
The purchase of Saks caps a seven-year run of deal-making for Hudson's Bay Chief Executive Richard Baker, a longtime real estate investor who, last year, sold Zellers to Target and also attempted to take over Bloomingdales. In 2008, you may also remember Hudon's Bay scoring a deal with department store chain Lord & Taylor, however, the clothing retailer has still yet to make its move this side of the border.
Naturally, with Saks added to its portfolio, many are hoping the luxury chain will join Hudson's Bay in the snowy North, but according to news outlets, HBC "plans to keep Saks as a separate unit headquartered in New York and introduce the Saks brand in Canada through online and other formats." I'm not sure what that means other than Canada shipping and what? Pop-up shops on Queen West?
"This exciting portfolio of three iconic brands creates one of North America’s premier fashion retailers," says Baker in a press release. "This acquisition will increase our growth potential both in the U.S. and Canada, generate significant efficiencies of scale, add to our powerful real estate portfolio and deliver substantial value to our shareholders."
Value to shareholders yes, value to customers, hmmm. Hudson's Bay is quickly positioning itself as an unmatched conglomerate when it comes to clothing retail. This recent news only adds to the incestuous nature of the North American market, where profit and growth comes first. Just recently Loblaws took over Shoppers Drug Mart in a $12.4 billion deal, meaning that the end game looks as though a select handful of companies could soon monopolise certain sectors (ahem, Rogers/Bell and Chapters/Indigo anyone?). All is left now is for Hudson's Bay to drop a pretty penny on Sears and we're almost back to the 19th century monopoly enjoyed by HBC during its fur trading years.
Image via The Bay
Suboo has always been one of the most fun runways to watch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. But now they’ve joined the bevvy of local brands taking a whole new collection to far-flung countries, showing off a less floaty and more in-your-face swimwear collection at Swim Week Miami.
We’ve already established that Miami and swimwear are a very enjoyable combination, and the setting was perfect for designer Sue di Chio’s loud statement that Suboo is no longer just a local surf brand.
Over the course of 20 different looks, Suboo moved seamlessly from bright neons and cool, cropped rashies to lady-luxe one-pieces incorporating animal prints and dramatic mesh paneling. And there were plenty of Bond girl-inspired athletic separates along the way. Can we get an encore of that graphic Tetris-like print in futuristic silver?
Fix yourself a cocktail — shaken, not stirred — and watch the high-impact video below to see the local label that’s on the up and up.
There are days when, after spending ages looking for something worthwhile to post about and not coming up with anything, Karl Lagerfeld is my last resort. Without fail, every day, Karl has done or been involved with something ridiculous. Always and everlastingly.
And the Kaiser is apparently not only God's gift to me, he also believes he is God's fashion gift to all. In a new four-hour (!) documentary about the designer, slated to air in September in Germany, Lagerfeld reportedly refers to himself as a "fashion missionary." (To be fair, the film was titled Fashion as Religion, so the holy leader bit was probably a response to a question asked by the filmmakers, and not a thing Lagerfeld runs around calling himself at parties.)
And for those that have long had the burning desire to know Karl's opinion on papal chic, your time is now: "The only pope I thought was chic was Pius XII. Even though he may not be remembered for his popularity, I thought he was elegant. And Pope John XXIII was the most charismatic; you can keep all the others.”