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Pandemic May Have Changed Thinking on Blue Jeans

'New denim cycle' may be here: goodbye skinny jeans, hello mom jeans

(Newser) - Of all the changes wrought by the pandemic, a shift in blue jeans fashion may not seem of great importance. But it certain circles, it's leading to serious-sounding pronouncements like this one, from Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh to the New York Times : "It's very possible that...

Lena Dunham's New Plus-Size Line Slammed for Cost, Sizes

Critics say not enough larger sizes are actually offered, and that pieces are too expensive

(Newser) - Lena Dunham has a new clothing line out, but like much other news involving Lena Dunham, it's a project not without controversy. Per Today , the collaboration between the 34-year-old Girls star and fashion retailer 11 Honore offers various apparel for women sizes 12 through 26, a line Dunham says...

Second Stepdaughter Makes Fashion Runway Debut

Her knitwear collection sold out within hours

(Newser) - This has been an amazing week for Ella Emhoff, one of two people who call Vice President Kamala Harris "Momala." The 21-year-old "Second Stepdaughter" not only made her catwalk debut at New York Fashion Week, her knitwear collection made its debut at online shop Mall Thursday and...

Kamala Harris Gives Jolt to a Certain Sneaker

Sales of Converse's Chuck Taylors spike after vice president wears them

(Newser) - Supporters of Kamala Harris appear to have helped boost sales of the vice president's favorite pair of shoes. Women across the country vowed to wear Converse sneakers —specifically the Chuck Taylor versions Harris loves so much—and/or pearls for Inauguration Day, in honor of the nation's first...

Fashion King Pierre Cardin Dead at 98
Adieu to
a French
Fashion Icon
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Adieu to a French Fashion Icon

Pierre Cardin, whose name graced everything from watches to bedsheets, is dead at 98

(Newser) - France's Academy of Fine Arts says Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose Space Age style was among the iconic looks of 20th-century fashion, has died at 98. The academy announced his death in a tweet Tuesday, per the AP . His family tells AFP that he died at the American...

He Heads a $23B Fashion Site. He's Walking Away for His Wife

Rubin Ritter, co-CEO of EU e-commerce giant Zalando, wants to prioritize his spouse's career

(Newser) - Rubin Ritter's contract with Europe's largest fashion site isn't set to expire for two-plus years. But a surprise announcement Sunday from the 38-year-old co-CEO of the Berlin-based Zalando indicates he has other plans for the near future—ones that include letting his spouse's career take center...

Harry Styles Makes History in a Dress
American Vogue
Cover Makes History

American Vogue Cover Makes History

Harry Styles is the first solo male to make American Vogue's cover

(Newser) - Harry Styles, in a Gucci ballgown? American Vogue has it, on the cover no less—the first time a man has graced the 127-year-old magazine's cover all by himself, USA Today reports. "Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What's really...

Designer Face Shields With $1K Price Tag Are Now a Thing
Fending Off the Virus
Just Got Fancy

Fending Off the Virus Just Got Fancy

Louis Vuitton will make a $1K face shield

(Newser) - "An eye-catching headpiece, both stylish and protective" is in the works, courtesy of Louis Vuitton and meant to help keep COVID-19 at bay, but it won't come cheap. Per the New York Post , the fashion house's new plastic face shield, which is part of the brand's...

In New Suit, 'Scandal That Could Tarnish the Gucci Name'

Heir Alexandra Zarini says stepdad sexually abused her

(Newser) - A lawsuit that threatens to sully the Gucci name has been filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles. Alexandra Zarini, the 35-year-old great-granddaughter of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci, says her former stepfather sexually abused her from when she was about 6 to age 22. She accuses Joseph Ruffalo of...

Kanye Strikes 10-Year Deal That Might Just Save a Big Brand

The singer-songwriter joins forces with the Gap

(Newser) - "He just might make Gap cool again." That's how TMZ describes a new 10-year deal between Kanye West and the Gap to forge a clothing line. The mall brand and Kanye's company, Yeezy, say the new "Yeezy Gap" line will provide "modern, elevated basics...

Former Right-Hand Man: Wintour Gave Me 'Scars'

Andre Leon Talley tells of 'huge emotional and psychological scars' in new book

(Newser) - It was the 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada, written by a former assistant of Anna Wintour, that cast the Vogue editor-in-chief as a nightmare. Almost two decades later, a new book from her former right-hand man reportedly confirms some of the narrative. In a memoir that will be out...

Canada Goose Makes a Big Change on Fur

Parka maker says it will only buy 'reclaimed' fur

(Newser) - After years of pressure from PETA and other groups, Canada Goose says it is making a big change on the use of coyote fur in its luxury parkas—but it's not being eliminated. Instead, the company says that starting in 2022, it will no longer buy "virgin" fur...

Witherspoon Wanted to Help Teachers. It Backfired

One million educators applied for a free Draper James dress; there were only 250 available

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon said she wanted "to show teachers a little extra love" in offering free dresses through her fashion line, Draper James, earlier this month, per Glamour . But love is hardly what teachers are feeling following the promotion, described as a way to honor those who are "working...

Rihanna Makes a Little History at British Vogue

She dons a durag on the May 2020 cover

(Newser) - British Vogue contributing editor Funmi Fetto calls it "a powerful mic-drop moment." Guardian fashion editor Priya Elan calls it history in the making. What's going on? Rihanna is the first woman to grace the cover of British Vogue in a durag (see it here ), a look...

To Make a Point, Eilish Sheds the Baggy Clothes

Singer critiques commentary on her body in world tour kickoff

(Newser) - Billie Eilish chose the kickoff of her world tour to address comments about her famously oversize clothes, and the body underneath. The singer, who turned 18 in December, has previously found issue with comments praising her clothes as a statement about the sexualization of women. Indeed, she's said such...

Fried Chicken-Scented Crocs Are Now a Thing
KFC Crocs Don't Just 
Look Like Fried Chicken
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KFC Crocs Don't Just Look Like Fried Chicken

They smell like it, too—at least until feet enter the picture

(Newser) - For $59.99, you can "make your dreams of wearing a bucket of chicken finally come true." That's according to Crocs , which is out with what is surely (seriously, no contest) its oddest design yet. Revealed in a fairly out-there ad released Wednesday, the KFC X Crocs...

Fashion Wunderkind 'Deeply Saddened' to Shutter His Label

Zac Posen's namesake brand is no more

(Newser) - Designer Zac Posen is shutting down his namesake label. Posen has been a red-carpet favorite for close to two decades, known for glamorous, body-hugging gowns, often with long trains or big, flamboyant ruffles, for stars like Katie Holmes and Rihanna. An announcement from the label's owners, House of Z...

Iowa Teen With Punishing Past Is the New 'It' Girl

But Ugbad Abdi is embracing her modeling career and cultural role

(Newser) - From war-torn Somalia to middle America to fashion runway—it isn't exactly a time-worn path. And teen model Ugbad Abdi seems just as surprised. "Everything that has happened so far to this moment, it's like, all a dream come true," she says. "I always get...

It's Chapter 11 for Forever 21
It's Chapter 11 for Forever 21

It's Chapter 11 for Forever 21

Retailer calls bankruptcy filing a 'deliberate step'

(Newser) - Low-cost fashion retailer Forever 21 says it has filed for bankruptcy protection—but that doesn't mean it is doomed. In a letter to customers Sunday, the 35-year-old chain said it will be business as usual during reorganization and filing for Chapter 11 protection "is a deliberate and decisive...

Model Wasn't Happy With the Clothes, Protested While Modeling Them

'Mental health is not fashion' was written on Ayesha Tan Jones' hands

(Newser) - Ayesha Tan Jones walked in Gucci's Spring/Summer 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week—but they did so while protesting the very clothing they were wearing. The models were all wearing white straitjacket-like garments and similar outfits, and as Tan Jones walked the runway, they held up their hands to...

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