Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
info_outline I Hear Purgatory Has Snacks 12/27/2019
I Hear Purgatory Has Snacks Zac Posen's trademark was sold at auction, Kanye West is opening... something in Wyoming, and Everlane's employees are trying to unionize. Dollar General is taking over, Ralph Lauren is missing (from the NYFW schedule) and the basic bitch ruled the decade, whether you liked her or not.
info_outline So That’s a Disaster, But I’m Enjoying It 12/20/2019
So That’s a Disaster, But I’m Enjoying It Prada and L'Oreal signed a big fragrance deal, Fashion Nova garments were allegedly made by underpaid workers in Los Angeles, and a whole bunch of retail CEOs just got canned. Diamond sales are down, and Marc Jacobs threw a big party.
info_outline Let's List Our Enemies Alphabetically 12/12/2019
Let's List Our Enemies Alphabetically H&M is trying clothing rental, Versace is suing Fashion Nova, and Marc Jacobs is countersuing Nirvana. Stussy is partnering with Dior, and a makeup museum is coming to NYC. Can malls survive by catering to millionaires?
info_outline Put on Your Eating Pants 11/28/2019
Put on Your Eating Pants Gucci is investing in ...call centers? Women are buying themselves something special at the holidays, Nike will stop selling on Amazon, and everyone's losing their mind over pants. Italian police discovered a sweatshop, and clothing rental may not be as sustainable as we hope.
info_outline Exploring & Analyzing Your Fashion Options 11/21/2019
Exploring & Analyzing Your Fashion Options This week - Kylie Jenner is $600 million richer after selling part of her company to Coty, gift certificates for Barneys will be honored at a Philadelphia store and Brooks Brothers may have changes on the horizon. An Italian sweatshop may be linked to a bunch of fashion houses and Patagonia opened its first Worn Wear store.
info_outline The Pink Bathrobe 11/15/2019
The Pink Bathrobe Art Peck is out of a job at Gap and Zac Posen closed his business. Virgil Abloh is back at work, researchers have developed a shirt that foils facial recognition programs, and we've got a fashion crime about an allegedly stolen $40 million diamond. And there's more information about The RealReal's authentication practices.
info_outline Mix and Match Runway Shows 11/07/2019
Mix and Match Runway Shows Alexander Wang has a new talk series and it's set in a weird place. H&M's CEO has feels about consumer shaming. Nike promised not to take Arctic shipping routes. Amazon was selling clothes from factories deemed too dangerous by other retailers. Ferragamo will present at Milan's Men's Fashion Week. Why is Louis Vuitton setting up shop in Texas?
info_outline Fashion Detective Sommelier 10/31/2019
Fashion Detective Sommelier We've got more details in the downfall of Forever 21. LVMH wants to buy Tiffany & Co., there's a wacky fashion crime from inside a Sephora order, the NCAA is going to let college athletes get paid for their likeness, and Swatch and Calvin Klein are breaking up. Click here to get Shoptagr for free and be entered to win $500!
info_outline The Case of the Botox Bandits 10/17/2019
The Case of the Botox Bandits California is banning fur, people are stealing Botox, the co-founders of EOS are battling, and Bermuda shorts might be back. Plus, workers making Lululemon apparel have made some shocking claims about their working conditions.
info_outline Flamin’ Hot New York Fashion Week 09/12/2019
Flamin’ Hot New York Fashion Week Virgil Abloh is getting sued, Target is fighting tariff price increases, and New York Fashion Week events are going cuckoo bananas. But beyond the parties and gimmicks, we have lots of opinions about this new round of runway looks.
info_outline Haute Mess Beauty Products 08/30/2019
Haute Mess Beauty Products Would you buy used beauty products? Will Amazon sellers donate their unsold goods? Will Revlon survive a potential shareholder sale? Will retailers figure out how to make clothing recycling products work? We have so many questions this week, so come hang out.
info_outline The Importance of Missy Elliott’s Garbage Bag Suit 08/24/2019
The Importance of Missy Elliott’s Garbage Bag Suit We've got a fashion crime to the tune of $10 million. Missy Elliott is getting a pop-up museum in her honor. How do luxury brands weather economic downturns? And Kate Spade's numbers aren't looking good.
info_outline The Mystery of Father Frank and Cartier 08/15/2019
The Mystery of Father Frank and Cartier A Cartier counterfeiter got busted...in his own church! Zara is setting out to achieve some major sustainability goals, and beauty products have a big problem with glitter. Museum fans, get ready for this Iris Apfel exhibit. Come hang out!
info_outline Pay the Olsen Twins 08/09/2019
Pay the Olsen Twins Barneys filed for bankruptcy, and we have the list of which fashion companies they owe the most money. EBay is suing Amazon for conspiracy. Jessica Simpson launched an activewear collection. Maybe it's time the fashion world takes her seriously?
info_outline Save the Runway Turtles 07/20/2019
Save the Runway Turtles Charming Charlie filed for bankruptcy again, Barney's might file for bankruptcy, and Saint Laurent is in trouble for its latest runway show in California. Stella McCartney is teaming up with LVMH, London Fashion Week will be open to the public, and palm frond print is still everywhere you look, but why?
info_outline Be Kind, Rewind 07/13/2019
Be Kind, Rewind Amazon's gearing up for Prime Day and some employees are planning a work stoppage. Thousands in North Face gear was stolen from a Wisconsin store, Lady Gaga is launching a cosmetics line on Amazon, and flip flops are back in vogue. Is Costco the next biggest fashion center? And why is vintage clothing getting so expensive? Come hang out!
info_outline Kim K should have named it Westwear 07/04/2019
Kim K should have named it Westwear Nylon magazine might be returning to print, Alber Elbaz has made an appearance for a new partnership, and The RealReal went public in a very big way. Chanel is in good hands with its new creative director Virginie Viard, Rent the Runway is working with Nordstrom, and Reebok is getting into maternity clothes. Kim Kardashian West had a big flub for her new shapewear line, but is planning to fix it.