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Maison Martin Margiela Pulls a Saint Laurent with New Name Change

There have been many changes at the house of Margiela since John Galliano was hired as its creative director, but The New York Times‘ Vanessa Friedman picked up on another small but major alteration at the label. Maison Martin Margiela quietly updated the name it has used since it was founded about 27 years ago to simply Maison Margiela. 


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The change appeared on yesterday’s show notes without any fanfare, blink and you may have missed it. Much like when Hedi Slimane took over at what we now know as Saint Laurent, Margiela has adopted a similar move for its new creative director. A rep for Maison Margiela noted that the new name “reflects the evolution of the house.” Friedman points out that Margiela did not make an official announcement regarding the name change and in some respects, we think that’s appropriate for a house that has traditionally kept the identity of its designers anonymous, prior to Galliano. A quiet change seems to be just its style.

[via NYT]

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Nicole Kidman Improves Her Red-Carpet Game for the LA Paddington Premiere

We’ve been tracking Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe on the Paddington circuit for some time now, and her Nina Ricci ensemble for the LA premiere at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, on Saturday, January 10, is our favourite by far.

Nicole Kidman Nina Ricci

Photo: Apega/WENN

The Australian actress stunned in a matchy-matchy ensemble from Nina Ricci’s Spring 2015 collection, including a halter button-up top and frayed skirt made of tweed knit with shimmering sequin detail.

She styled the look with grey Mary Jane-style Valentino pumps, which complemented the dress’ sparkle, as well as her selection of jewelled bracelets, rings and drop earrings. Her softly tousled side bun was divine, and she brightened up the dark hues with a pink lip.

While Nicole’s red carpet outfits for Paddington have been hit and miss, making us umm and ahh about her dress choices, it turns out all we wanted was to see this home-grown celebrity shine.

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Renee Bargh Shines in MT Costello for the Golden Globes After-Party

Just when you thought you were getting over the magic that was the Golden Globes red carpet, in comes the after-party. Held at The Beverly Hilton and hosted by HBO, Renee Bargh donned an outfit to remember in a special-edition MT Costello gown.

Renee Bargh Golden Globes

Photo: Apega/WENN

The Extra co-host looked divine in the black floor-length piece, made extra special with the gold-lace detailing around the hips, shoulders and wrists. She played on the opulent look with ornate gold-chain and diamond earrings, classy two-strap heels and a slick middle-parted do. (more…)

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Global Retailers Set to Drive Australia’s Fast Fashion Industry in 2015

H&M Sydney Opening

Photo: Graham Denholm/ Getty

The global retailers Australia has so graciously welcomed in recent times are set for even bigger things in 2015. The stats are in, and international players including Zara, Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo and Forever 21 are expected to continue their growth this year — or as we like to coin it, their domination.

IBISWorld reports that Australia’s fast fashion revenue for 2014 was $1219.4 million, but is expected to grow by 10.4% in 2015 as Uniqlo, H&M and Forever 21 enter their first full calendar year down under. According to IBISWorld’s senior industry analyst, David Whytcross, the blazing success of openings like these “generate significant growth for the overall fast fashion industry” which brings the projected fast fashion revenue for 2015 to $1346.5 million.

Zara’s accomplishments are also something to go by, with the Spanish retailer doing extremely well since it landed on our shores back in 2011. “Zara posted exponential revenue growth with extremely high retail profit margins over its first three years of operation in Australia, and IBISWorld expects this growth to continue in 2015,” said Whytcross.

If Zara is still growing four years after its opening, we can only expect these global retail giants will continue to be huge and threatening players until at least 2020, potentially dwarfing Aussie retailers. In terms of fast fashion, though, we can’t really be too annoyed, when our market was previously dominated by Australian mainstay Cotton On. Not only are these global brands adding a little option to our seemingly small landscape, but they’re also boosting the revenue in our fast fashion industry in general.

[Via IBISWorld]

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Link Buzz: Michelle Williams Says Beyoncé Isn’t Pregnant, Fashion Folks Love a Good Mentor

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is very adamant about Beyoncé not being pregnant. Do we believe her? Do we even want to? [Perez Hilton]
  • Ad Age lists the best campaigns of the 21st century. [Ad Age]
  • Is this the laziest desk in the world? Because we need it. Now. [Stylist]
  • Lenny Kravitz will join Katy Perry on the Super Bowl stage. [Page Six]
  • Cosmo is expanding its website into countries like Nigeria, Denmark and Sweden. [Jezebel]
  • Tiffany & Co. isn’t doing too hot after a poor holiday showing. [Business Insider]
  • Mentoring is so in fashion these days. [NYT]
  • Time Inc. just launched a new millennial-focused DIY/home website. [Ad Age]

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Sophia Amoruso Steps Down at Nasty Gal

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Shocking but not entirely surprising news coming from Nasty Gal today as founder Sophia Amoruso announced she will be stepping down as CEO of her brand, which she has led for eight years. She posted a video message to the Nasty Gal blog talking about the change.

She’s chosen Nasty Gal President Sheree Waterson to take on the vacated role. “I’ve spent a long time, probably the last couple years thinking constantly whether this is the job that I want or the job that I’m best at,” she said in the video. “I found myself really just wanting to extend our brand, which means sometimes being out of the office. But it would really shortchange Nasty Gal not being out there with our customers.”

Calling Sheree an “extremely inspiring woman,” Sophia says she will oversee brand marketing and creative, that she is “setting myself up to mentor our incredible customer and to evolve our customer vision, voice, and experience while at the same time setting Sheree up to mentor our team (and sometimes me), and to lead our business, as Nasty Gal’s new CEO.”

The Cut notes that Nasty Gal has not been doing too well in the past year, having cut about 10 percent of its staff. Soon after the grim reaping, former employees took to Glassdoor to slam Amoruso and the brand’s leadership team, citing “awful management” and mentioning that Amoruso seemed “busy working on other ventures – which is great in press for the company – but she should be focusing more on the numbers of the business and why they’re having random layoffs…. it’s as if she is on cruise control and letting them do the heavy lifting while she offers direction.”

We guess we can call this a new chapter in Sophia’s #GirlBoss book.

[via Nasty Gal]

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