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L’Wren Scott’s First-Ever Mass Market Collaboration is With Banana Republic [Preview]

Image: Laforce + Stevens

Image: Laforce + Stevens

L'Wren Scott's new limited-edition capsule collection with Banana Republic marks the American designer's first-ever collaboration with a mass market retailer. Scheduled to launch just in time for the holidays*, the collection will include more than 50 pieces of apparel (ranging from $39.50 – $165.00) and accessories ($39.50 – $198.00). 

Designed with holiday parties in mind, the range will include festive attire such as sequined cocktail dresses and embellished cardigans as well as more casual but still polished pieces, like tailored jeans, lace dresses and pencil skirts — all with silk and faux fur accents throughout. 

The collection will launch at select Banana Republic locations and online December 5. 

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen

Image by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen


*Just wanted to point out that it's July and people are already talking about Christmas. 

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Does Pinterest Really Have 70 Million Registered Users?

Image: Facebook/Pinterest

Image: Facebook/Pinterest


According to a new study conducted by the French analytics group Semiocast, Pinterest has reached 70 million registered users. The findings were conducted using statistical sampling and by crawling Pinners' public profiles.

The report was also able to determine that 20 million of those users pinned, repinned or liked a pin in June 2013. Semiocast also found that 79% of those active users are based in the U.S. (The researchers determined geographical information by compiling users' declared location.)

When I reached out to verify the report, Pinterest's Head of Communications told me that they don't disclose internal numbers. 

However, he did suggest that a February 2013 Business Insider post reporting 25 million registered Pinners was quoting a third-party number for users located in the U.S. and referred me to a Reuters article from the same month citing digital analytics giant comScore, which reported 48.7 million unique monthly visitors worldwide. 

A full summary of Semiocast's findings is available for viewing here

 

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Link Buzz: Marc Jacobs Menswear Campaign; Retailers Sign Bangladesh Pact

Image: MarcJacobs.com

Image: MarcJacobs.com

  • The Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Menswear campaign was photographed by Juergen Teller, features safety pins, distressed leather briefcases and the kinds of guys that like to hang out at Asian speciality food stores. [Forums]
     
  • Fall 2013's best ad campaigns — pretty things that want to sell you pretty things. [Fashionologie]
     
  • How to find the perfect swimsuit for your non-feline body type. Sorry cats! You're not invited to our pool party this summer.  [FabSugar]
     
  • Rooney Mara's new Calvin Klein perfume ad will transport you into the scent-filled world of your computer screen. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Better to buys bras online than to have never loved at all. [SheFinds]
     
  • Retailers have signed a pact to institute new factory inspections in Bangladesh. [NPR]
     
  • Rachel Roy lays out her favorite red carpet moments because that's what it's like to be a famous designer. [StyleList]

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First Look: Isabel Marant Wearing Isabel Marant for H&M

Image: Twitter/HM

Image: Twitter/HM

Above: Isabel Marant wearing a dress from her forthcoming H&M collection. The image was shared over Twitter this morning by the Swedish retailer, and it's our first look at the French designer's foray into fast fashion. 

Marant's decision to collaborate with H&M came as a surprise: high street retailers have long looked to her haute-cool everywoman designs for "inspiration" — why was she now giving her copiers a seal of approval?

But still, consider me interested. As we previously reported, the designer is creating her H&M collection as an "ideal wardrobe," which sounds … you know, ideal. (She'll also be unveiling, for the first time ever, designs for guys and kids.)

As for the dress above: maybe it's not something to cherish and love forever, but if it were hanging in your closet, you might wear it again and again and again. 

Isabel Marant for H&M will be available on November 14. 

PreviouslyWatch Isabel Marant Talk About the ‘Ideal Wardrobe’ She’s Designing for H&M

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Preview the Wonderful Suzy Menkes’ Online-Only Christie’s Auction

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Suzy Menkes, one of the single most influential fashion journalists of the past few decades (for a sense of how deep her roots go, consider the fact that she attended Anna Wintour's 21st birthday party) will be auctioning off some of her possessions in an online-only Christie's auction, which opens for bidding on July 11. 

The latest in Christie's series of single-owner fashion collections (previous owners include Daphne Guinness, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Piaggi, Vivienne Westwood and Marilyn Monroe), IN MY FASHION: The Suzy Menkes Collection will consist of over 70 lots, the majority of them on offer for under £1,000, with many starting at £200. (Interesting that this auction seems geared to the Internet generation… Menkes recently published a high-profile editorial, "The Circus of Fashion," which criticized bloggers and street style for creating a flashier, fame-driven fashion culture.)

Given that Menkes is auctioning off pieces of fashion history — such as ten early items by Christian Lacroix, a 1980s Yves Saint Laurent trouser suit and a 1960s Emilio Pucci sleeveless silk dress — her explanation for why she's selling the garments might seem a little jarring: 

“I have never thrown anything out of my wardrobe since 1964. If I had a large open space in my home, I would dedicate it, like an art gallery, to my collection. But there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.” 

A tomb of trunks! And Menkes is parting with only 70 items … I bet that doesn't make a dent. 

 

Christian Dior sunglasses / Image via Sunshine Sachs

Christian Dior sunglasses / Image: William Thom

(read on for more of her collection)

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Trends We Are Sick Of: The Designer Open Letter

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

I don't know how you handle perceived slights (I find that either giving people the stink eye at parties or exercising emotional maturity and getting over whatever happened typically does the trick), but designers have been taking a peculiar approach. Following the example set by fellow designers Oscar de la Renta and Hedi Slimane last Fall, John Paul Gaultier has released an aggrieved open letter attacking a prominent fashion critic. 

As a refresher: In September 2012, de la Renta took out a full-page ad in WWD attacking Cathy Horyn of The New York Times following what the designer mistakenly thought was a negative review. But it soon became clear that he'd read an insult where none was intended, making the feud a minor embarrassment for the designer. But that didn't stop budding Saint Laurent visionary Hedi Slimane from piling on with his own open letter, where he went after Horyn more abrasively, criticizing her sense of style and claiming that it undermined her professional credibility. (Speaking of things that are tasteless…)

Although Gaultier also took his letter-writing to Twitter, his actions are arguably more rational than either de la Renta's or Slimane's, given that he's responding to a review which, in its opening sentence, accuses the designer of "work[ing] a theme like a last nerve." Style.com editor-at-large Tim Blanks' write-up of the French designer's Fall 2013 couture collection comes down against Gaultier and his recent work in no uncertain terms:

"A few outfits later, a 'millefeuille de mousselines' echoed Yves Saint Laurent's way with color, as a reminder that Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion. But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed."

The designer's response: 

Image: Twitter/JPGaultier

Image: Twitter/JPGaultier

And if you were wondering where he learned that it was acceptable to parade his inability to withstand criticism, here's how he followed the open letter he posted to Twitter:

(Feeling like a scolding mother — "If Hedi and Oscar jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?")

The open letter may be a timeless form (you could trace it all the way back to the Bible), but right now it's also in vogue — and like everything else in fashion, it's a throwback. 

From what I can tell, the open letter's first appearance as a weapon in a fashion feud was in 1988.

At the time, designer Pauline Tri­gère was banned from the pages of influential trade publication WWD, possibly because she opposed publisher John Fairchild's controversial obsession with the midi-skirt (which he'd termed  “the longuette” and no, I'm not making this up) so she took out a full-page ad in The New York Times Magazine

From a 2012 Vanity Fair profile of Fairchild

"In a letter in red ink on her personal stationery, she wrote: 'A Dear John Letter to John Fairchild … is it really over between us? You don’t call, you don’t write, I still love you.' Publicizing the fight gained Trigère a tremendous amount of attention. As Amy Fine Collins wrote in a 1999 Vanity Fair story on Trigère, the advertisement did not end the feud, but Trigère could take satisfaction in being applauded for taking on the fashion-world giant. Stanley Marcus, the former chairman of the retailing chain Neiman Marcus, wrote an editorial in The Dallas Morning News saying that 'only Pauline Trigère has had the courage to publicly protest … this pompous, self-appointed fashion dictator.'” 

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