The Latest Retail Gossip

Kohl’s Department Store and Facebook

Could Facebook be selling its data on millennials to Kohl’s? The department store struck up a deal with Facebook to begin in 2020 to help it sell clothing and home accessories. With the help of Facebook it will be able to identify what a particular market segment is looking for.  The project is called Curated by Kohl’s collection and will introduce new and emerging brands.

Chanel Has A Moment

Amongst all the protests and uncertainty in Hong Kong this past week, Chanel is rethinking its appearance of its cruise show. The show is set to be rescheduled for November 6th 2020 in the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.  A final decision is yet to be made, so stay tuned if you plan on traveling to Hong Kong.

Avenue Plus Size Clothing

Bye-Bye to Avenue stores. They are planning on closing 222 stores are after filing for Bankruptcy. The reason for the liquidation is decreasing mall traffic, online competition, and other apparel that is heavily discounted at outlet stores.  Avenue will be selling off its e-commerce divisions, Avenue.com and Loralette.com. Avenue was originally a spinoff of The Limited Brand. Plus size ladies will have no problem finding plus size clothing at Nordstroms Rack, Marshall’s and T.J. Max online and offline.

Shopping Apps and Your Data Security

A recent study shows only 12% of shoppers are using apps to buy retail merchandise according  to the findings of the PYMNTS and LISNR report entitled “Which Apps Do They Want?” One of the reasons the percentage comes in so low is data security.  Eight out of ten retail consumers have either Amazon, Target or Walmart on their phones.

Revlon No More?

 The largest shareholder, holding company MacAndrews & Forbes, is open to selling the iconic brand and is looking into a sale. Competition is heating up for the Revlon brand as drugstores such as CVS, Rite Aid. and Walgreens that sell Revlon are expanding into new and upcoming brands for beauty to attract more customers to the stores. Competition is fierce and Revlon has not done to much to enhance its brand identity.

Donna Karan And Kenneth Cole

Legendary Donna Karan New York based designer is teaming up with Kenneth Cole to design shoes. She will be working with craftsmen form Haiti. Many of you know that Kenneth Cole closed all of their retail stores but still thrives online at www. https://www.kennethcole.com/

Desperate Retailers?

Mall space vacancy is up. Stores are liquidating and filing bankruptcy. Many brands are reinventing the wheel to stay afloat. Heck, Macy’s and J.C Penny is even forging head on selling used merchandise to customers in its partnership with ThredUp, the largest second hand clothing store. Consumers can purchase these items in the brick- and -mortar stores. After all, Ebay is still a great success and consumers swoop up hot deals on used designer clothing. We all love a great bargain and now you can touch and feel the hunt at these department stores offering used merchandise.

Banana Republic is launching a subscription service called “Style Passport”. The monthly subscription fee is $85   The services includes the purchase of three garments, and free priority shipping.  You can make as many exchanges and returns as you want. Free laundering services are also a perk.

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Victoria Secret to Close 53 Stores

Will angel wings take a step back on the runway? L Brands which owns the struggling Victoria’s Secret brand will be closing about 53 stores in 2019.

Women don’t want to be marketed to as sex objects anymore.

Women want to be respected for who they are, and not to be viewed as some type of persona for some man’s fantasy.

Sexy lingerie will always be a nice addition to any woman’s wardrobe, but women today are looking more for comfort that has an affordable price point.

Victoria’s Secret does not emphasize the large and plus size market for women. The advertising they portray is that of underweight, skinny models with almost unattainable looks for the average woman.

When a plus-size woman walks into a Victoria’s Secret store she does not have a lot of choices size wise. And, while she may want to attain a healthier weight at one point in her life, it can take many years or months to lose weight. The plus-size woman goes in and window shops, but would not bring any items to the register because nothing would fit.

Plus size clothing is an extremely popular segment in the clothing industry.

Brands need to step up and take notice. The plus size women niche is seriously undervalued within the under- garment industry.

One such company, Thirdlove is doing just that. They are paving the way how women want to be marketed to. Thirdlove offers 34 items among their product line, and has 74 sizes to choose from. The website offers bra sizing tips and educates their audience on how to choose the right fit.

Women want customization and it’s proving to be a great success.

They feature real life women of all ages and all body types in their advertising. Thirdlove has been successful in offering customers what Victoria Secret was not. They launched a return policy like no other. Customers were able to take the tags off the item, where it for 30 days, and return it – even if it didn’t work out for them. It’s lowered the return rate on items in the low double-digits.

Can Victoria Secret repair itself for the next wave of the online shopping experience? What do you want to see change in the way women are marketed to to buy clothing and accessories?

Evening fashion finds at Forever 21 for Fall

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Forever 21 has just released trendy evening wear and accessories that look more expensive than the price.

Black patent leather, shiny metallic and white footwear are standouts for fall and winter fashion. Browns, cognac, rust and gray are perfect for fall fashion.

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The Little Black Dress- How to Wear it This Spring

As we know it, the little black dress in our closet is always our “go to” for the perfect thing to wear for a date, an evening event, or a formal business affair. 

Our obsession with this dark elegant color we call black has a bit of history.  The color black represented romance and artistry in the 18th century. While symbolically black represents darkness, in the fashion world, it represents mystique, class and wealth.

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In 1926 Gabrielle Coco Chanel published a photo of a  black dress in the American version of Vogue Magazine. Women all over took notice. The photo symbolized the death of the morbid black tone, and the color rose into the fashion statement that the black dress was chic and high- class.

Audrey Hepburn

In 1961 Audrey Hepburn wore a sheath little black dress in her starring role in the movie ” Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”  The original dress designed by Givenchy deemed not to be suitable for the movie because it showed too much leg. The lower half of the dress was later designed by Edith Head.

Edith Head is an award-winning costume designer winning a record number of eight Academy Awards for best costume design.

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The little black dress has evolved over the years. It is not just for evenings out on the town but makes its way into the boardroom for executive women. It wears well in the office under a grey jacket to soften the look. It works well when wearing a boho style mid-length black dress such as the dresses designed by Free People. Free People has some amazing casual black dresses perfect for spring and summer.

Black is perfect at the office when you mix it up with some pattern and color.

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Black works well on the high seas.

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Black takes the stage at an event when you can pair it with comfortable shoes. 

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Traveling in the black dress with a jean jacket- Transitions well to an evening cafe after long strolls of shopping activities.

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The black party dress.

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Passionately pregnant in black. The ultimate slimming trick.

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The black dress “works it” on stage.

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When you know your being photographed, the black dress is great against any backdrop.

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There are so many ways to make the black dress work for your spring debut. One thing to note, the black dress will never go out of style. Keep shopping!

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Thirteen Iconic Images of Bridgette Bardot: Spring Fashion 2018 Is In The Air

 

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Besides being a sex symbol of the 50’s and 50’s, did you know that Bridgett Bardot was a big animal activist? Yes, she was.

He brazen beauty led to capturing the camera with perfection, at every angle, and in any light.

After starring in 47 films, she quit show business in 1973. She was also a singer and recorded 60 songs.Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. From 1969 to 1978.

In the early 2,000’s she was an outspoken critic of Islam and immigration in France. She was accused of racial hatred and fined many times.

In  1952, Bardot married director, Roger Vadim. They divorced in 1957. her affair with  Jacques Charrier led to the birth of her 1st child. She later divorced.  After her divorce, she had minimal contact with her son.Nicolas-Jacques Charrier.

If you look at all her photos, take notice of her neckline. She popularized the wide open neck decolette with open shoulders, still a popular and coveted look for today’s fashion.

The beehive hairstyle still is a classic and was duplicated many times by the model Claudia Schiffer in the Guess ads from the 80’s.

Her current stance on the “me too” movement was quoted in the Observer Magazine, on March 12,2018 –  “Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed…I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside.”

What’s your favorite photo from this article? Please share it here and comment. Sharing this article with other fashionistas keeps others in the know.

 

How To Wear Leather Outfits in 2018: Take a Peek Inside

Leather or pleather, whatever you choose it’s not just for handbags and shoes. Nothing speaks more texture than leather. Short skirts, long skirts, tops, shorts and leather dresses will take center stage this year.

Leather is Sexy

What’s so great about Leather? It’s rich, it makes us feel very fashionable, and it mixes with anything from jeans to t-shirts.

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Red Celebrity Style Dresses: What To Wear This Christmas Season

It’s that time of that year again for the holiday festivities. The perfect red dress is a staple that can be worn over and over again. Not just for Christmas, but after Christmas season for Valentines Day.

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From rich red velvets to satin and lace adorned with sequins, there is a red celebrity style dress out there for you.

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See Why You Must Own a Faux Fur Coat This Fall

The Faux Fur trend is on and here to stay. Big Fashion Brands like Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein have taken a stance against real fur coats and merchandise.

The move at Gucci to #nofur will do well with its younger client base attracted to their styles this year.The Millennials look to sustainably made products for fashion. We believe everyone should be concerned with the practices and procedures on how fashion manufactures source and make their products.

But buyer beware. “Thomas Salomon, general manager of Yves Salomon working with fashion house Christian Dior says “Fake fur is the least ecological product, which is done with plastic and non-renewable materials,”

Fake fur is known as pile fabrics. They can be made into many colors and some are even machine or hand washable. These bulk fibers are composed of blends such of acrylic polymers. One chemical included is petroleum.

Bulk fibers are typically composed of polymers, including acrylics, modacrylics, or appropriate blends of these polymers. Acrylic polymers are made from chemicals derived from coal, air, water, petroleum, and limestone. They are the result of a chemical reaction of an acrylonitrile monomer under conditions of elevated pressure and heat.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed “The Truth in Fur Labeling Act” into law which restricts the sale of products containing real fur if they are not accompanied by truthful labeling.

Throughout the year’s many manufacturers have sold real fur as fake fur. Around the year 2015, The Humane Society of the United States accused Neiman Marcus of violating an agreement not to sell “faux fur” products containing actual animal fur. The complaint was filed with the Federal Trade Commission. In  2010 Neiman Marcus was also accused of deceptive advertising of faux fur and hairs of rabbit, raccoons dogs and coyotes were found in the advertised products.  Since then, the items have been removed from all store shelves.

What are your thoughts about faux furs? Do you love them or hate them?

Do you believe they still falsely give off the impression that we want to still kill animals for the look of luxury, whether the practices are sustainable or not?

Feel free to comment here.

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