Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
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.
info_outline Fashion Fries 06/28/2019
Fashion Fries Marchesa's co-founder is leaving, the Supreme Court made a decision about FUCT, and Zara's Indian partner has big plans for a cheaper fashion chain. British lawmakers said "nah" to a sustainability proposal, Prada is introducing recycled Nylon, and Amazon is opening a store just for professional beauty artists. Vetements had a runway show at a McDonalds! Plus, we've got another diamond crime.
info_outline Clutch Your Diamonds 06/22/2019
Clutch Your Diamonds Lululemon has closed its men's stores, Chanel swears it isn't for sale, and Forever 21 is asking for advice. Kenzo is looking for a new creative director, Target had a very bad weekend, and Gen Z shoppers are propping up China's luxury market. Italy's got a big ol' diamond scandal. And, we look back at Gloria Vanderbilt's career.
info_outline Handbag HQ 06/14/2019
Handbag HQ We've got some stats on counterfeit bags, a bad earnings report from Ted Baker, and news of another shakeup at Calvin Klein. Which retailers are most likely to see price increases because of (probable) tariffs? Theres'a movement underway to ban dress codes requiring heels in Japan, and Prada is pulling back on its wholesale strategy. Whoopi Goldberg has a new clothing line, and Olay is testing a refillable package to cut down on plastic waste.
info_outline Tom Ford is a Slytherin 06/06/2019
Tom Ford is a Slytherin Cynthia Rowley's in big legal trouble. Overall apparel sales are in the pits. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang hosted his latest runway show at Rockefeller Center. The CFDA Awards happened, and they've appointed a new role. Plus, Tiffany Haddish warms our hearts once again.
info_outline Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess 05/30/2019
Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess Dressbarn is shutting down, Topshop is shutting down U.S. stores, and Sports Illustrated Magazine was sold to an apparel company. Someone tried to sell counterfeit military gear. Serena Williams is once again using her ensembles to make a statement, Adidas is trying to close the loop, and Kering is trying to set a new standard for young models.
info_outline The Mystery of Goyard 05/23/2019
The Mystery of Goyard A listener asked how Goyard bags slipped under her radar for so long before appearing on everyone's arm in the Midwest. So we dove into the brand's secretive, storied past to find some answers. The keys to this French luxury house's recent resurgence may surprise you.
info_outline Fashion Nostalgia 05/17/2019
Fashion Nostalgia Vicky Hush Hush is leaving network TV, Betsey Johnson is headed to Urban Outfitters, and the Army has a new/old look. Is Laura Ashley doing OK? Is New York Fashion Week OK? Balenciaga is paying for some scholarships, Rihanna is taking over the world (we are not complaining) and Amazon really, really wants you to be a delivery driver. And, fashion desperately needs more women CEOs.
info_outline Thank You, Rihanna 05/10/2019
Thank You, Rihanna LVMH is in a legal battle with...its own attorney. We reflect on what Rihanna has done for the lingerie market, and check on the ongoing battle between Victoria's Secret and everyone else. Rei Kawakubo did the best interview ever upon winning an award, Lord & Taylor might be for sale, H&M is quitting catalogs and the tariffs are coming. And, we remember designer Max Azria.
info_outline None of This is Ethical 05/03/2019
None of This is Ethical When does fashion criticism go to far? You decide after hearing two recent examples. El Chapo is starting a clothing line. American Apparel is holding off on its big comeback, Bluefly is for sale, and Alibaba is settling a lawsuit about counterfeits. Last but not least, a show favorite is the new face of Saint Laurent.
info_outline Wrangler on My Booty 04/25/2019
Wrangler on My Booty We talk about the cross-section of fashion and rap music and sing zero bars of any song you might recognize. You're welcome. Hermes is getting into cosmetics, we're running down some spring trends in stores, and Amazon is making changes to its business in China. Francesca's is in some financial trouble.
info_outline (Retail) Financing U Can't Trust 04/18/2019
(Retail) Financing U Can't Trust Luxury fashion brands are offering funds to repair Notre Dame after it was damaged by fire. The Supreme Court is talking about the F word, Dollar General is taking on the beauty market, and Hudson Yards has a secret. Elizabeth and James is headed to... Kohl's? And something's up at Ross.
info_outline Gluttony of Fun 04/11/2019
Gluttony of Fun There's trouble in Manolo Blahnik paradise, Roberto Cavalli officially liquidated, and Rent The Runway is expanding. Are you ready for the Goop pop-up cafe in Tokyo? H&M will sell vintage clothing (again), Goodwill is ready to fight big e-commerce retailers, and contraceptive jewelry may be in our future. Plus, we've got a museum update for fashion history lovers.
info_outline It's the Shopping Algorithm 04/05/2019
It's the Shopping Algorithm A YouTube star got majorly burgled, J.Crew is shaking up its business plan, and we've got the details on the abrupt shutdown of Roberto Cavalli in the U.S. There is a ton of Calvin Klein news this week, and we talk a lot about machines. Are they taking over? Probably. Milly is getting sued for allegedly not paying a vendor, and the latest Forever 21 collection is a head scratcher.
info_outline 5th Avenue Heartache 03/28/2019
5th Avenue Heartache A high-profile attorney was accused of extorting Nike. There's big drama involving the board of Bed Bath & Beyond. A secondhand retailer has new numbers on the popularity of secondhand shopping. You can thank Ferragamo for preserving history, and Burberry has a new sustainability plan. Plus, we mourn the loss of retail flagships on 5th Avenue (and probably 6th, what the heck).
info_outline Big Brother Lives at the Mall 03/23/2019
Big Brother Lives at the Mall Armani is headed back to Tokyo, Victoria's Secret is bring back swimwear, and NYC's newest shopping "experience" is open for business. Gucci is the latest design house to announce a diversity initiative, and we're learning what it takes to be a luxury resale authenticator. But let's cut to the good stuff: What do people buy when they're drunk?
info_outline Is It Makeup or Is It Poison? 03/14/2019
Is It Makeup or Is It Poison? We're trying to keep up with the huge college admissions scandal involving a fashion designer. We've got an update on asbestos-tainted cosmetics, and a peek into L'Oreal's new science-y partnership. Is the eyewear industry a monopoly? Baby Phat is coming back, the V&A is extending the Dior exhibit, and Kohl's is leasing space to (more) other retailers.
info_outline Gotta Make These Nachos 03/07/2019
Gotta Make These Nachos We take a spin through Paris Fashion Week (70s! Black lights! Snow!) before digging into a major ouster at Ted Baker and Old Navy's breakup with Gap Inc. New York City's Department of Sanitation is pitching in to reduce clothing waste, and Amazon is letting you customize your delivery dates. And a denim retailer filed for bankruptcy.