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As Michael Kors, Versace Merge, a Big Name Change

After $2.1B buy goes through, new company will be called Capri Holdings

(Newser) - Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion, continuing its hard charge into the world of high-end fashion. The deal announced Tuesday follows the New York handbag maker's $1.35 billion acquisition last year of the shoemaker Jimmy Choo,... More »

Fashion Label to Stop Burning Unsold Stuff

Burberry also will stop using animal fur

(Newser) - Luxury fashion label Burberry is conceding to environmental activists: The brand will stop using fur in its products, phase out existing fur items, and put an immediate end to its practice of destroying unsold items. It was that practice that drew attention in July, as an earnings report revealed that... More »

Kenneth Cole Deletes His Kate Spade Tweet

He later tried to clarify why he called her an 'accessory'

(Newser) - After news of Kate Spade's death broke, designer Kenneth Cole took to Twitter to post an #RIP message. It didn't go over well. "'I believed that I could, so I did.' She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory,... More »

Kate Spade Left Suicide Note for Daughter

Fashion designer reportedly let her know that suicide wasn't daughter's fault

(Newser) - The fashion world was jolted Tuesday with the news that designer Kate Spade, who made her name with chic handbags, died in an apparent suicide at the age of 55. Spade was found hanged in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment in New York City by housekeeping staff at... More »

This Year's Most Eye-Catching Met Gala Looks

Divine designs was the theme

(Newser) - Divine designs floated up the red carpet at Monday's religion-themed Met Gala in shimmering golds, reds, and fuchsia; in crowns and in crosses; and even a pair of giant wings. One lesson of the night: If anyone can make a mitre modern, it's Rihanna. The Grammy-winning artist arrived... More »

H&M Struggles With Mountain of Unsold Clothes

Profits are way down; unsold inventory is way up

(Newser) - H&M says it is struggling with shrinking profits and a massive, ever-growing pile of unsold clothes. The fashion retailer, full name Hennes and Mauritz AB, is sitting on a $4.3 billion mountain of unsold inventory that has grown by 7% over the last year as shopping habits change,... More »

After JFK Died, Jackie Asked Givenchy for a Black Dress

Hubert de Givenchy, who has died at 91, also famously dressed Audrey Hepburn

(Newser) - French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's, has died at the age of 91. "He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for... More »

JLaw on Dress Brouhaha: 'This Is Not Feminism'

Lawrence took flak for wearing a slinky dress in London winter, is not having it

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence is snapping back at "sexist" critics who gave her flak for wearing a slinky Versace dress outside in the London winter. Lawrence appeared Tuesday with her male Red Sparrow co-stars, all of whom wore layers, in a black Versace dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.... More »

With 3 Months to Go, UK Abuzz Over What Meghan Will Wear

Markle widely expected to pick a British designer, but will she take a fashion risk?

(Newser) - Where does one shop for a wedding gown set to be the dress of the year—an outfit chic enough for a fashion-loving bride but suitable for a church that's the burial place of monarchs? Everyone at London Fashion Week—and elsewhere—is dying to know. With only three... More »

Supermodel Kate Upton Goes After Fashion Giant

She accuses Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of 'sexually and emotionally' harassing women

(Newser) - Kate Upton, a former face of the fashion brand Guess, has taken to social media to accuse co-founder Paul Marciano of "sexually and emotionally" harassing women. "It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo,"... More »

Say Goodbye to the Hospital Butt-Hang

New hospital gown promises easy access for medical staff but coverage for patients

(Newser) - "Embarrassing backside exposure" may soon be a thing of the past—at least when it comes to hospital gowns. "The current patient gown, with the ties in the back, reinforces a power imbalance between patients and caregivers," Dr. Mark Smith, head of the MedStar Institute for Innovation,... More »

Meet the College Student Growing His Own Clothes

'It can get a bit smelly'

(Newser) - Why bother to weave and sew new clothes when you can just grow them? The Washington Post reports on Luis Quijano, a 19-year-old former political science major at Liberty University who is experimenting with growing his own "leather-like material" using water, sugar, green tea, kombucha, and fermentation. While Quijano,... More »

What 2 Brothers Started in NC in 1905 Is No More

Iconic Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro will close Dec. 31

(Newser) - Moses and Ceasar Cone founded their denim brand in the late 19th century, and in 1905 opened the Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro, NC. Within three years, it was churning out more denim than anywhere else in the world, reports the Triad City Beat ; in its heyday, White... More »

Suit: LuLaRoe Has $1B in Sales, but Sellers in 'Financial Ruin'

It's accused of 'pyramid scheme' in 2 class-action suits

(Newser) - When consultants told LuLaRoe they could no longer afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars building an inventory of its merchandise, the clothing company offered several solutions, including that women max out their credit cards, take out loans, or sell breast milk to come up with the funds. Those... More »

Engineer's Award-Winning Idea: Clothes Grow With Kids

UK student Ryan Yasin comes up with Petit Pli

(Newser) - It's an age-old problem for parents: Shell out money for clothes that their young children quickly outgrow. Now, however, 24-year-old London designer Ryan Yasin has put his degree in aeronautical engineering to use to create origami-like pleated clothing designed to grow along with the kids, reports Quartz . The result... More »

'Jorts-Wearing Bandit' Mocked by Fashion-Conscious Cops

His 'disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends'

(Newser) - Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police." The AP reports St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a... More »

Night of Beer Swilling Spurred This Outfit for Guys

Introducing the RompHim

(Newser) - Men embraced skinny jeans first sported by women, then "leggings" became "meggings." Now one company hopes to start the latest "fashion revolution" with the RompHim, which is indeed a romper for men, touted as being versatile enough that it can be worn to Coachella and the... More »

10 Most Eye-Popping Met Gala Looks

Rihanna declared 'queen of the ball'

(Newser) - High fashion was on display once again at the Met Gala Monday night, and it was all about avant-garde this year, in tribute to honoree Rei Kawakubo, the 74-year-old Japanese creator of the Comme des Garcons label. Some of the most talked-about looks at one of the ritziest nights on... More »

Would You Put an Amazon Camera in Your Bedroom?

Introducing the new Echo Look

(Newser) - Amazon wants you to install a WiFi-connected camera in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever you regularly get dressed. You read that correctly. CNBC reports the idea of the newly announced Echo Look was so weird the site originally thought it was a joke. Amazon is billing the Echo Look as... More »

Hot New Trend: Jindows?

Yes, that's jeans with windows

(Newser) - If the fear of a chilly breeze has prevented you from donning holey jeans, Topshop has just the thing: "Clear Knee Mom Jeans." As the name suggests, the jeans being sold for $95 on Nordstrom's website feature rectangular patches of clear plastic over the knees—because, fashion.... More »

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