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Lululemon’s Bad PR is Great for Competitors

Image: Facebook/Wearcoryvines

Image: Facebook/Wearcoryvines

In the past week and a half, Lululemon has been facing an avalanche of negative press, related to reports of "pilling" in newly-purchased yoga pants. The activewear company's CEO Chip Wilson didn't help matters when he said, in a video interview with Bloomberg TV, that Lululemon might not be responsible for the quality issues.

"Quite frankly, some women's bodies actually just don't work for [the pants]. They don't work for some women's bodies," said Wilson. "It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there, and over a period of time how much they use it."

We're not surprised that some women are taking their business elsewhere. 

And that's where startup Cory Vines comes in. A relative newcomer to the athletics apparel space (earlier this year, Forbes called it "the Warby Parker of activewear"), the e-commerce site is reporting a staggering sales boost in the wake of Lululemon's recent batch of controversies. 

A Cory Vines representative told me that the company has seen a 400% increase in leggings sales (compared to the weekly average) since November 1, when the "pilling" issues were first being reported. The company's leggings retail for about $45, which is less than half the price of a pair from Lululemon. 

I asked CEO Daniel Lieberman why he thinks Lululemon is facing all these quality control issues and what Cory Vines was doing differently, in terms of production and sourcing. 

“I have no firsthand knowledge of what’s causing Lululemon’s issues, but I can make a few guesses. The original see-through problem may have happened because of a break in their supply chain in Taiwan, and the pilling problem may have happened because they tried to fix the see-through issue by using a heavier fabric,” Lieberman said over email. “We source our leggings in Canada and do all of the manufacturing here, so we have exceptional control over the whole process. So far, that has paid off for us with a return rate of less than 1% and – thankfully – compliments about our quality rather than complaints.”

Related: An Open Letter from Canada: We’re Sorry for Lululemon’s Body Discrimination

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Jessica Chastain Finally Gets a US Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

image credit: fashionscansremastered via the tfs forums

image credit: fashionscansremastered via the tfs forums

It’s about time actress Jessica Chastain got her Vogue cover. But as much as her appearance on the cover was anticipated, the result takes some getting used to. Inspired by the painting ‘Flaming June’ (by Sir Frederic Leighton), photographer Annie Leibovitz shot the two-time Oscar-nominee in a yellow THEORY by Olivier Theyskens gown. Although the iconic painting was successfully simulated, members of the tFS forum were not in agreement about the image making a good cover for this December issue.

CommanderTMugler remarked, “I always love editorials with paintings as inspiration (Julianne Moore x Peter Lindbergh was fantastic) but this image specifically is not working as much for a December/Holiday cover.”

“Overall I think this is a striking cover, but there is something off about Jessica's face. She looks rather lifeless, as Annie seems to like her subjects,” wrote VogueDisciple93.

And valliaddict obtained a lot of approval for his comment. He posted, “Oh no. No no no no no. This is bad. That dress is wearing her, not the other way around. She looks like she has a cramp in her neck. The primary color scheme is wrong for any month, but especially for December. The ed preview looks a lot better than the cover.”


But not everyone was as critical with the cover. 

Catalytic gushed, “Beautiful. Jessica is one of the most deserving actresses to be on the cover of Vogue. Supremely talented and effortlessly elegant.”

“Definitely the BEST cover of Vogue US this year,” found Avogadro.

And jmrmartinho expressed similar feelings, “I’m so happy. This is my favorite Vogue US cover since…ever. The colors are beautiful, Jessica looks stunning, they took a risk with the angle. I couldn’t be more happy. This is one to remember.”

A lot of different opinions on this cover image. What is your verdict?

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Watson x Watson Take Their Spring 2014 Collection Stateside

Watson x WatsonWatson x Watson are the latest Aussie brand to test the waters of the USA, embarking stateside with their Spring 2014 collection.

But unlike fellow Sydneysider Phoenix Keating, whose harsh materials and couture-like detailing might have failed to resonate on the sunny shores of Bondi, Watson x Watson have been quietly building up a loyal following during the last six seasons they’ve showed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. The fan base they’re hoping to build here is probably more in tune with Zimmermann’s — Americans who want to inject a nonchalantly sexy Australian attitude into their downtown cool wardrobe.

Fittingly, for their latest range, sisters Somer and Liberty Watson explore between charismatic black tie and everyday casual wear. The collection’s signature print is a muted plaid featured on silk cotton jogger pants, draped dresses (the strangely named “Boyfriend” dress is all flowing silk and a feminine X front) and also a check long-tail shirt. At the other end of the spectrum is a sequined lace that winds up on camis and a glitzy formal maxi skirt, while other pieces dabble into the athleticism trend. A hand-stitched mesh tee and a pair of leather jogging pants (paging Kanye West) sit alongside the season’s unconventional fabric du jour — a fancy version of neoprene.

And don’t forget to check out the shoes. Those Jerome gladiator sandals are sure to strike a chord with any modern sartorial warrior. 

Watson x Watson

Image: The Collective PR


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H&M Holiday 2013 Campaign: Christy Turlington, Doutzen Kroes and Other Beautiful People (Forum Buzz)

H&M Holiday 2013 Campaign

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Talk about an overload of gorgeous people all in the same room. For the brand's Holiday 2013 campaign, H&M cast so many gorgeous top models, I won’t blame you for feeling a little overwhelmed when looking at these supposed family portraits. Cora Emmanuel, Tess Hellfeuer, Sean O'Pry, Ryan Burns, Erik Andersson, Maximiliano Patane, Catherine Loewe, Simon Sabbah, Marcel Castenmiller, Liu Wen, Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are shown gathering in a living room that’s excessively decorated with festive kitsch. 

“Great campaign with a great cast!” exclaimed justaguy 

Tarantino likes that the campaign is “homely and traditional." She also said, “It's nice to see a return to this look in a winter campaign.”

And KINGofVERSAILLES nailed it with the observation that this was reminiscent of a Tommy Hilfiger campaign, "Except with a better cast and more personality. I like it very much.”

“These are the less wealthy but much more fun relatives of the Hilfigers,” agreed Urban Stylin 


Photographer Alexi Lubomirski captured the personality of these top models perfectly. Radiant smiles, relatable styling, a warm atmosphere.

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Vogue Netherlands Does The December Party Theme Wrong (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Netherlands December 2013

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A festive theme and a lot of silver and gold almost seem like a requirement for December issues, and we've seen many examples of this being done right. Vogue Netherlands, however, delivers a perfect example of how it shouldn’t be done. A group of mostly unknown models, incohesive styling, a confusing variation of facial expression and very poor editing. Members of the tFS Forums were amused by the disastrous effort.

“Horrible, looks like the Addams Family is in town," laughed Nymphaea

GivenchyHomme wrote, “It looks like an advertisement for a television series. 'The Party Season Premiere.' The photoshop is killing me. This type of crap is unacceptable for a high fashion magazine.”

“Someone needs to shake them ( up!” posted DutchHomme 

“Hahaha nobody is positive about this issue, and of course not, it's dreadful! It's a nice group of models, believe me I would have done a better job with styling hair make up and photography," summarized peter1980 

Some members made the effort to identify all the models on the cover. Anlabe32 recognized Agnes Nabuurs (2nd from left) and Cato van Ee (far right). Mr-Dale identified Justine Bakker (far left) and Sylvia van der Klooster (front, center).

It’s hard to believe that a country that spawns a staggering amount of top models every season and is home to some of the best fashion photographers and young designer talents fails to establish a solid edition of Vogue. But with this cover, this publication is not doing itself any favors. Next!

PreviouslyDoutzen Kroes Covers the Vogue Netherlands September 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)

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