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Dolce & Gabbana China Show Cancelled Amid Racism Outcry
Dolce & Gabbana has cancelled a high-profile catwalk show in Shanghai following an outcry over what many in China perceived to be a racist marketing campaign. A video posted on Weibo Monday of a Chinese model attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks was taken down after less than 24 hours, but widely shared on both Chinese social media platforms and Instagram.

via: Business of Fashion

Brian Procell Explains Why the Fashion World Started Taking Vintage Seriously
When I enter the cramped confines of Procell on Delancey St., flashbulbs are strobing off the white walls and curious passersby are lingering outside the glass front. Inside, a half-dozen kids with cool haircuts—dressed in an assortment of vintage Fendi, vintage Stone Island, and...Crocs—pose among double-stacked racks of denim and T-shirts for GQ Style’s photographers, who are there to shoot the Procell crew for the holiday issue.

via: GQ Style

At J.C. Penney, Everything’s on Sale. Will That Be Enough?
Walk into a J.C. Penney and it’s a sea of red stickers. Almost everything is marked down, from apparel, jewelry and home goods to Christmas decor, bedding and appliances. And it’s not even Black Friday yet. Even for a retailer whose identity is built on promotions and discounts, there’s an urgency to this holiday season. J.C. Penney Co.’s bonds are near record lows, its stock has slid toward a buck a share, and brand new chief executive Jill Soltau is pushing her team to shovel out the dated goods that she says make the stores feel 'over-assorted and heavy on inventory.'

via: Business of Fashion

Why Dressing “Handsome” Is the Antidote to Today’s Fashion Overload
Ever since I started stealing my dad’s Polo Ralph Lauren pocket tees in sixth grade, I’ve been into clothes. Years later, when I got my first 'real' job as an adult, I realized I had no idea how to dress like a grown-up—or at least know what was considered “adult” attire at the time. Naturally, I turned to the internet to help me out.

via: Highsnobiety

Restlessly Seeking Celine
Gabrielle Boucinha, a freelance graphic designer, introduced her Instagram account in the wake of Phoebe Philo’s much lamented exit from Celine. Her feed, @oldceline, a compilation of images dating from Ms. Philo’s decade-long tenure at the luxury house, has drawn an ardent following, swelling from a few hundred in September, when Hedi Slimane was set to replace Ms. Philo as creative director, to a current 143,000.

via: The New York Times

Can Sneakers Made From Recycled Plastic Save Our Planet?
Recycled plastic has become the material du jour for the fashion industry. But one area in which plastic has really taken off is footwear. Brands like Adidas, Rothy’s and Veja are just a few that are incorporating materials made of recycled plastic in their shoes. Plastic isn’t great for the environment: It’s harmful to wildlife and coral reefs, and there’s a good chance we humans are consuming plenty of it ourselves.

via: The Huffington Post

At Giorgio Armani’s Weekend Retreat, Live Swans and Gilded Arches
Giorgio Armani, now 84, spends a great deal of time shuttling between his nine residences throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. Unsurprisingly for someone whose exacting, understated aesthetic has profoundly shaped both fashion and the culture at large, he likes things to be just so in each of them. One of the reasons he keeps such a vast array of homes is that he doesn’t like to stay in hotels; he is easily upset by a sink mounted too high or an unnecessarily oily bruschetta. Decorative flamboyance dismays him, as does poor execution.

via: The New York Times

Black Friday is Longer, and Tamer, Than Ever
Black Friday is upon us. The shopping holiday, which was once relegated to the day after Thanksgiving, now takes up the better part of November, with retailers offering Black Friday deals earlier and earlier in an attempt to lure customers. The result? A longer Black Friday season, which is becoming less frenzied than in previous years.

via: Vox

The Power Of Designer Collaborations
Buy One, Get One Free isn’t the sort of sales incentive you’d expect to find in a luxury fashion boutique. Yet in the last few years, one would be forgiven for thinking there are bargains to be found in the form of two-for-the-price-of-one luxury goods that bear the branding of not one, but two monolithic brands.

via: British GQ

Nike's Global Flagship Masterfully Combines the Best of the on- and Offline Shopping Worlds
There's so much data floating around regarding modern consumer shopping habits — especially those of millennials and Gen-Z-ers — that staying up-to-date on the findings requires serious effort. A quick scan of recent studies would bring several key buzzwords to the forefront: mobile, experiential, personalization, exclusivity and community are among the most commonly mentioned.

via: Fashionista

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