THE FASHION CHARTs FOR THE WEEK OF 16TH NOVEMBER 2014.
1. Ever dreamed of owning some pieces from a supermodel’s closet, well now here’s your chance. Naomi Campbell is selling items from her closet to raise money for ebola at Westfield White City shopping centre in London. She will be opening up a pop-up shop where you can buy her and other supermodels’ clothes all for charity. the pop-up shop will open on the 28th November and will be there for one week, so if you’re in London I’d make a dash there before all the good pieces are gone. Read more about it here.
2. Calvin Klein and plus-sized models are back in the news again, and depending on whom you ask, this is either a good thing or a bad one. Calvin Klein released a slew of images of plus-sized models wearing their lingerie and I, for one, think it’s a good thing. Sure a US size 10, a size 14 in UK terms is not what we’d call plus-size, but the fact that it was released without the usual fanfare that goes with these PR decisions, makes me think the fashion industry is taking a step in the right direction. Read more about it here.
3. Kim Kardashian has gone and done another nude spread again. I know, I know it’s starting to become a tired trend with her, but this one seems to be showing off everything in one go. The editorial and cover shot is part of Paper magazine’s winter issue and not only is her rear end on the cover but she bares all inside. Their tag was called #breaktheinternet so it looks like they may have succeeded. For more read about it here.
4. Barney’s are undoubtedly having a good week, after they unveiled their window display collaboration with none other than Baz Luhrmann, and true to his style it’s as wacky as his other creations. Luhrmann and his costume designer wife Catherine Martin have teamed up with Barney’s of New York to design the annual holiday window display and gift line. As a fan of Luhrmann’s films, I think they’re outrageously over-the-top but gorgeous and if I was in New York, I’d be hightailing it over there to view it in person. For now I’ll just have to settle for an image of it below. For more on this, read it here.
5. Alibaba, the Chinese equivalent of eBay made an absolute killing for the national holiday, Singles Day. The company made an estimated $5.9 billion in sales on the one day alone and it could reach $8.13 in total sales. Read more about it here.
6. According to The Guardian fashion article, we’ve reached the end of the hipster. After years of market saturation and hipster jokes, it seems not even hipsters want to be hipsters anymore. Bad news for hipsters, but hurrah for the rest of us. Shoreditch will never look the same again. Read the very interesting article here.
7. In news that’s both good and bad for The Fashion Charts, Condé Nast have finally settled its class action lawsuit over underpaid interns and the sum is $5.8 million. That equates to approximately $700 to $1,900 per intern. Fantastic for the interns part of the class action, not so great for Condé Nast. Read more about it here.
8. American Apparel, a company that seems to want to get itself into constant trouble is facing more financial uncertainty as it’s latest quarter sales are in; and they’re not looking good. Net sales dropped 5 percent, coming in at $155.9 million compared to $164.5 million at the same time last year. Read more about it here.
9. Abercrombie & Fitch still seem to be in legal hot water. After firing their CEO Mike Jeffries to appease their investors, they are still facing a lawsuit over Jeffries’ poor management skills and frivolous spending. Read all about it here.
10. Ralph Rucci, the creative director and founder of his eponymous label is out. After more than 30 years in the business, he has resigned as head of his company. For more information read about it here.