Welcome to your fashion news comedy podcast! Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
info_outline The Luxury Fashion Trombone 07/16/2021
The Luxury Fashion Trombone Skims is going to the Olympics, Chanel is raising prices, and Bergdorf Goodman might have interested buyers. Major apparel brands are under fire for allegedly using forced labor in China, and renting clothing isn't as good for the environment as we hoped.
info_outline The Price is Wrong 06/26/2021
The Price is Wrong Victoria's Secret is retiring its famous Angels, garment workers are having a hard time getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and all our clothing is still full of virgin plastic. Are wedge sneakers back? Were they ever gone? There's a Happy Gilmore anniversary collection, and brands are suing fast fashion retailer Shein.
info_outline The One Where They Have a Pivot Bracelet 06/19/2021
The One Where They Have a Pivot Bracelet Alex & Ani filed for bankruptcy, Forever 21 will be sold at Hudson's Bay, and you might be able to earn money recommending products on social media. Torrid is considering an IPO, and Conde Nast employees protested outside of Anna Wintour's house.
info_outline The JLo Fashion Filter 06/12/2021
The JLo Fashion Filter We found a place where you can pull off your own mannequin heist. JLo's ex is launching a men's cosmetic product, lipstick is making its post-pandemic comeback, and Authentic Brands Group might go public. Plus, we have an update on Johnson & Johnson baby powder.
info_outline Fashion News Slot Machine 06/05/2021
Fashion News Slot Machine Gap plus Walmart equals so many questions. Rent the Runway has a new board member (hint: it's Gwyneth), Dior is going to Greece, and North Korea banned skinny jeans. H&M workers protested layoffs in Spain, and ocean diamonds are the hottest new jewel.
info_outline J.Crew's Fashion Disruption 05/29/2021
J.Crew's Fashion Disruption Fashion magazine mastheads are getting reorganized, J. Crew's got a new men's designer, and Missoni's creative director is stepping down. Boohoo is tying transparency goals to C-suite bonuses, and shapewear is apparently back.
info_outline What's Next For Runway Shows 05/22/2021
What's Next For Runway Shows L Brands is spinning off Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren is selling Club Monaco, and Pyer Moss is headed to the haute couture runway in Paris. Unilever and Hourglass are about to change the world with the color red, New York Fashion Week has a new hype group, and H&M is getting into printable blanks.
info_outline Are Fashion Magazine Internships Dead? 05/15/2021
Are Fashion Magazine Internships Dead? We've got a crime ring to kick things off this week. ModCloth has a new owner (again), Valentino and Zara are both launching beauty, and brown is truly having a fashion moment again. Are fashion magazine internships a thing of the past? Plus: We announce our 7th anniversary microgrant recipients.
info_outline Who Owns the Sun? 05/08/2021
Who Owns the Sun? We spend some time talking trademarks in two disputes where brands you know try to get control of some really random stuff, honestly. Kenzo's top designer has left the fashion house and LVMH has launched a sales platform for deadstock fabric. And we remember designer Alber Elbaz.
info_outline Is it Hacking or is it Hacky? 05/01/2021
Is it Hacking or is it Hacky? We review the Gucci / Balenciaga mashup runway show and fill you in on the Valentino factory fire. Nike and Lululemon are launching refurbishing programs, and Canada Goose is keeping up with its sustainability plan. Plus, there's a Halston miniseries coming to Netflix.
info_outline There Hasn't Been a Valentino Around Here for Years 04/10/2021
There Hasn't Been a Valentino Around Here for Years Guess discontinued a Telfar lookalike bag, Fashion Nova is compensating customers for shipping delays, and Fifth Avenue is a hot real estate mess. Bottega Veneta launched a digital magazine, and manufacturers are patenting their leather alternatives.
info_outline The Pull it Together Present 04/03/2021
The Pull it Together Present Art Peck is trying to start a fashion SPAC, brands aren't hitting the sustainability mark just yet, and cotton from China is back in the news. Meanwhile, Brandon Maxwell is lending his design eye to Walmart, and fairycore is the next new fashion trend.
info_outline Revenge is a Complete Sentence 03/27/2021
Revenge is a Complete Sentence Revenge shopping may drive post-pandemic consumerism. Garment workers in Myanmar are protesting the new military regime, and in Egypt, at least 20 workers died due to a factory fire. Vikings had bling, the Ikea catalog is now a podcast, and Loft cut its size range.
info_outline Two Snakes 03/20/2021
Two Snakes Kanye's presidential campaign is in hot water, and West Coast Joe has new allegations against his would-be sneaker empire. What comes after skinny jeans? Christian Louboutin sold part of his company and a famous tattoo artist's former cosmetics company is going through a re-brand. Yes, you read that right. Come hang out!
info_outline The Fashion Crime Birthday Show 03/13/2021
The Fashion Crime Birthday Show We are celebrating our 7th anniversary with a surprise! In fashion news, a lot of Conde Nast employee perks are going away, somebody's trying to evict Andre Leon Talley, and we have yet another alleged fashion crime involving Nike. Jil Sander is getting acquired and dollar stores are still thriving. Come hang out!
info_outline Build a Bear Birkin 03/06/2021
Build a Bear Birkin Vera Wang is making vodka, Jay-Z is selling off half his champagne fortune, and this week's fashion crime makes us want to pour one out (for ourselves). Estee Lauder is taking a majority stake in Deciem while also closing down Becca Cosmetics. Handbags are back, there's a new option for leather restoration, and have we found the fastest bankruptcy in retail history?
info_outline Welcome to the Show 02/27/2021
Welcome to the Show New York Fashion Week happened, but was anyone paying attention? We have answers about what Bottega Veneta is doing (or not doing) on social media, and what's going to happen between Adidas and Reebok. Plus, Century 21 is planning a comeback, Gucci is having a small struggle, and Rebecca Minkoff is on OnlyFans?
info_outline Fashion Crime Alias 02/20/2021
Fashion Crime Alias Rihanna's Fenty collection has been put on hold, buy now pay later (BNPL) is coming for us all, and companies with adaptive clothing are running into ad problems on Facebook. Plus, we figure out what the heck a "pully top" is, and dissect a big 'ol fashion crime involving Nike, pop-up shops, and a guy named Frank.
info_outline Diamonds in the Streets 02/12/2021
Diamonds in the Streets LuLaRoe is paying $4.75 million to settle a pyramid scheme lawsuit, and the guy who robbed Kim Kardashian wrote a book. Nike has a new adaptive sneaker, Donna Karan got COVID, and Ulta has a new diversity initiative. Plus, what will Uncle Jeff Bezos do next?
info_outline Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts Fashion 02/06/2021
Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts Fashion Fendi's latest collection has a literary connection, men are wearing suits to work from home, and Gorpcore is here to take normcore up a notch. L'Occitane filed for Chapter 11, Belk is getting ready to file for bankruptcy, and we discuss a small Twitter battle between two retailers.
info_outline The Woodland Creature Hair Salon 01/29/2021
The Woodland Creature Hair Salon Christian Siriano launched an interior design firm, Sotheby's is going to sell sneakers, and Christopher & Banks is shutting down. L'Oreal won't use animal fur in its cosmetic brushes and there are more Ferragamo sale rumors. Plus, we've got a fashion crime and some whistleblower news.
info_outline Thank You, But What? 01/23/2021
Thank You, But What? American Apparel cut back its American-made option, Barney's is moving into Saks, and Sephora is implementing anti-racism measures. The Row is selling its research archive, and Kering is helping restore a 600-year-old Italian site. Come hang out!
info_outline Uggs at the Drive-Thru 01/17/2021
Uggs at the Drive-Thru Alexander Wang has responded to allegations, JC Penney ousted its CEO, and Bottega Veneta's social media accounts are missing. Meanwhile, a major fashion editor is partnering with Ugg, a makeup artist was named a Dame, and we've got a new fashion crime (movie) to watch.
info_outline Shaq Attack 12/26/2020
Shaq Attack Anna Wintour got a promotion. Kering is being investigated for tax evasion, and we may have found the worst (alleged) snake of them all. Plus, Thomas Pink shut down. Hugo Boss has a new collaboration in the works, and you'll never guess who might want to buy Reebok.