Jonathan Saunders Shuts Down Fashion Company

Jonathan Saunder’s company is closing after the namesake steps down (The Guardian)

After Jonathan Saunders stepped down as creative director of his company, it was announced on December 8 that the company will be shutting down. Saunders left his position citing personal reasons and the company has decided to close the company. All orders from the Spring 2016 collection will be honored, but there will be no more from the company after that time.

“It is not a decision that I take lightly and I am eternally grateful to my team for all their hard work and dedication,” said Saunders. The designer will be able to retain the rights to his name and intellectual property belonging to the brand. A statement was released that Saunders and his investor and business partner, Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, split amicably and the decision to shut down the company was the best for the brand.

Looks from Jonathan Saunder’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection (Fashionisers)

As of now, Saunders is collaborating with British brand The Rug Company, on rugs and home decor. He joins Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson, who have previously collaborated with the company.


Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to Premiere Tonight

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Kendall Jenner walks in the exotic butterfly themed portion of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (George Chinsee/WWD)

Got your wings ready? The 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will premiere tonight, December 8, 2015 on CBS at 10 pm. The runway show will feature the Victoria’s Secret new line. Models include Angel veterans, with the likes of Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, and newcomers Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. The models will walk to a star-studded soundtrack this year, with Ellie Goulding (who preformed “Army”), The Weeknd (“In the Night” and “Can’t Feel My Face”), and Selena Gomez (“Me & My Girls”) preforming.

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Ellie Goulding preforms at the VS Fashion Show 2015 (George Chinsee/WWD)

In classic Victoria’s Secret tradition, the wings are back and better than ever. With a main theme of exotic butterflies, the wings emulate that of a cocoon-like shape emphasizing the beauty of the garments the models are wearing. Pink USA, the Wild West, and fireworks were other major themes showcased throughout the show. For the finale of the show, as always, all the models took the stage and danced to “Electric Love” by Børns.

The finale of the VS Fashion Show featured the song “Electric Love” (George Chinsee/WWD)



“Fashion Santa” Puts a Twist on Ol’ Saint Nick

Fashion Santa, actually named Paul Mason, will be appearing at the Yorkdale shopping center for the holiday season (Toronto Star)

A mall in Ontario, Canada has sent the Internet into a frenzy with their updated version of Santa Claus. Model Paul Mason has been unveiled as the “Fashion Santa” – a slimmed down, more stylish version of the beloved Christmas icon. Instead of the red suit and long beard, Mason showcases the modern Kris Kringle.

In the recent days, stylish ads have been released featuring Mason as the fashionable Santa. He will be appearing at Yorkdale shopping center during the month of December and will be available to pose with mall patrons. For every selfie that is taken with the Fashion Santa, Yorkdale will donate $1 to the SickKids foundation. Mason, 50, has walked the runways in Paris, London, and Milan, and has appeared in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY.

The modern Kris Kringle is a hipster take on Santa Claus (Toronto Star)

As for why Fashion Santa should be taken seriously? Its a modern take on a classic holiday staple. “The biggest similarity would be our approach,” Mason said. “We want to make people smile and bring joy and goodwill to everyone over the holidays.”

Fashion Santa probably has sleigh bells as his iPhone ringtone this holiday season (Toronto Star)

Land’s End Rebrands to Attract Millennials

Lands’ End advertising from Fall 2015 (Multivu)

Out with the old, in with the new. Lands’ End has recently gone through a rebranding period to attract a younger customer base. By creating streamlined store layouts, trendier garments, and incorporating technology into the shopping experience, the brand is able to reach a younger audience. Lands’ End was previously known as a company with target audiences and demographics within the Baby Boomer and Generation X generations. By keeping their aesthetic and image true to heart, these key changes have allowed for the brand to draw in new markets.

Inside the Land’s End pop up shop on Fifth Avenue in New York City (Jennifer S. Altman/New York Times)

It seems to be working, with a raving positive review from Molly Young of the New York Times. The fashion writer describes the brand, “If the store were a party, it would be the kind where the guests are gone and the dishes washed by 11 p.m.” Young, who is of Generation Y, was attracted to new store layouts and updated fashions. “The younger me would have been blind to these components, but time has a way of turning defects into assets,” says Young.

The outside of the Fifth Avenue Lands’ End pop up shop (PR News Wire)

Karl Lagerfeld Pays Tribute to Paris in Exhibition

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Teatro No. 5 is a 9,800-square-foot film set inspired by a Left Bank neighborhood in the 1960s (Agnes Dherbeys/New York Times)

The reveal of the 13th Métiers d’Art collection for Chanel unveiled Karl Lagerfeld’s homage to Paris this past Tuesday, December 1. Placed with Lagerfeld’s designed, this annual presentation of craftsmanship of Chanel-owned ateliers was held in Rome. With a theme of Paris, Lagerfeld paid tribute to a city close to his heart.

“We decided to do this months ago, of course,” Lagerfeld stated. “We could never have known what was about to happen. But it seems very fitting to salute Paris and its way of life when the reality of the city at the moment is so black.”

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A snapshot of the collection Lagerfeld premiered at the event (Agnes Dherbeys/New York Times)

The recreation of Paris in Rome was inspired by the city’s romanticism and beauty. Previous held in Dallas, Salzburg, and Edinburgh, the Métiers d’Art collection was presented on the Teatro No. 5; this set is a monochrome 9,800-square-foot film set created by Chanel on the famous Cinecitta movie studios built by Benito Mussolini.

“It’s more about the air than the reality,” notes Lagerfeld. “Times today are not that romantic. We need to work on that.”

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Lagerfeld after his bow, holding the hand of his godson, Hudson Kroenig (Agnes Dherbeys/New York Times)

Everything that Glitters Isn’t Gold – Its Probably Sequins
Sequins were one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2016 (E! Online)

It was a sequin takeover this past fall at the various Fashion Weeks, so get ready to shine bright. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Tibi were using the glittery goodness in their ready-to-wear and couture pieces. Adding to the extravagance of a typical garment, sequins were seen all over the world from New York to Milan to Paris this fashion week season.

Prada Spring/Summer 2016 (W Magazine)

Even though sequins are a staple of the evening wear wardrobe, the modern day woman can incorporate sequins into the workweek. By limiting the shine and shimmer, small touches of sequins can add a little opulence to a work outfit. Knowing how to incorporate trends into everyday life is a skill; sequins are fabulous, but try not to look like the New Year’s Eve ball that’s right around the corner at the office. But hey, we were all born to sparkle.

Examples of how to wear sequins during the day (My Fashion Cents)

Pantone Announces Color of the Year – Twice

Pantone announces two colors for the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity (Pantone)

For the first time ever, the Pantone Color Institute has chosen but one, but two colors of the year for 2016. Throwing caution to the wind and breaking tradition, Pantone has named Rose Quartz, a soft pink, and Serenity, a light blue. These colors, both pastels, are said by the company to, “fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security” as modern day stresses become more prominent. By selecting calming colors, Pantone hoped to aid those “seeking mindfulness and well-being” going into the new year.

Rose Quartz and Serenity swatches (Pantone)

The company’s process for deciding on color (or now, colors) of the year is a complex one. They investigate which colors they are notice are being repeated all over the world, on the runway, and in everyday cultures. It is well known that upon the announcement of the Pantone color of the year, the color will explode. Expect to see an increase of the color usage in the decor, fashion, beauty, and design industries. You can shop the colors here.

Marist College Fashion Sets Date for Fashion Show

Abigial Taylor’s senior collection at the 29th Silver Needle Fashion in May 2015 (Sabrina Sucato/Hudson Valley Magazine)

The Marist College Fashion Department announced that the 30th Silver Needle Fashion Show will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016. The event will be held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, which is about five minutes from the college. The Silver Needle Fashion Show showcases the capsule collections of the junior and senior fashion design majors in the Fashion Department. There are will be two shows, one in the afternoon and one at night, that host an audience of on average 2100 people. Tickets will be available online before the show, as well as in the Marist Fashion Department with discounted student prices.

Models being photographed for a previous Silver Needle Fashion Show (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Each year, the Fashion Department and the Fashion Show Production course directs and produces the show. Completely student-run with professor advisors, the Silver Needle Fashion Show is run by various committees that allow students to have real world runway production experience. All facets of the show are produced by students, such as the invitations, model casting, choreography, and public relations. Marist students are also asked to volunteer as model dressers and ushers, which allows for the whole school community to become involved.

Study Finds Any Heel Height Affects Your Feet
High heel street style (Favim)

One of most joyous aspects of being a woman comes in the form of shoes – flats, boots, sandals, wedges, and most importantly, heels. But as any woman who has worn a pair of uncomfortable high heels knows, there is no better feeling than taking the shoes off. A new study conducted by Who What Wear and podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera found that heels of any height can have negative impacts on your health. Dr. Sutera stated in the study that many differences can be seen once your feet leave the ground, but the most damage is done two inches or higher.

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Infographic showing the affects of high heels on feet (Who What Wear)

“High heels shift weight to the ball of the foot, so the higher the heel, the more pressure,” Dr. Sutera said. “Knee joint pressure can also increase by up to 26% when a woman wears heels.” The study found that at three inches, 76% more pressure is put on the forefoot, whereas at one inch, only 22% of pressure is put on the forefoot. This pressure can ultimately cause foot deformities, longterm knee pain, and achey joints. As the saying goes, beauty is pain – but here are a few pain-relief tips for the next time you want to grow a few inches.


J. Crew Experiences Significant Loss, While Madewell Makes Gains

J. Crew storefront (Emerson)

On Dec. 3, it was reported by J. Crew Group that the company made a substantial decrease in sales and net profit in the third quarter of 2015. J. Crew continues to make losses in the double digits as the year progresses, this quarter being no exception.

In the third quarter of 2015, J. Crew has experiences a net loss of $759.7 million, compared to $607.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. The total revenue of the retailer has decreased 6 percent, while comparable company sales have decreased 6 percent.

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J. Crew finds itself at a stand still with consumers, who want discounts on the retailer’s full-priced items (Business Insider)

On the other hand, sister company Madewell continues to thrive in a tough market. Both J. Crew and Madewell are owned by the same company, yet are experiencing completely different sales trajectories. Madewell sales increased 14 percent to $78.7 million during the third quarter of 2015. Generally, the company’s sales have increased 1 percent on a comparable basis.

Many believe the lack of sales on J. Crew’s end of the market is due to a lack of direction, stemming from their administrative staff. J. Crew Group announced on Dec. 3 that Michael J. Nicholson will become president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer. He will report to group chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler on Jan. 11 to begin his time as president.