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This week Zara announced the launch of their e-commerce site moving Stateside but UK readers do not despair because you are in for a treat too. This week leading high street retailer J.Crew announced that they are launching their first e-commerce site this month as part of their global expansion strategy.
The retailer is a firm favourite of everyone for First Lady Michelle Obama to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and like stores like Whistles, Banana Republic and Reiss, J.Crew sits on the top end of the high street spectrum with prices ranging from £25-£300.
They new season pieces are ready to drop and are looking good. This season's bright coloured capri pants are available and in a homage to all things British, they are also selling a selection of hacking jackets in herringbone inspired by traditional riding jackets.
Cindy Crawford goes pantsless for Vogue Mexico [Huff Po]
And here's Michelle Williams' Interview magazine cover [Fashin]
Gwyneth Paltrow is now the face of Coach [The Cut]
J.Crew's owners could possibly buy Jimmy Choo [WSJ]
Celine is opening flagships in New York and Paris [WWD]
Simon Doonan is staying put at Barneys, but tense rumours are still swirling [Fashionologie]
Juicy Couture's Fifth Avenue flagship shut due to bedbugs [The Cut]
J.Crew's board could have legal trouble, and very soon [WWD]
Is Sasha P, a Miuccia Prada favourite, in for the next Miu Miu ads? [TFS]
Monday was the biggest online spending day...ever [WWD]
Recently we told you about the big law suit former Next models, Anna Aleksandra Cywinska, Anna Maria Jagodzinska and Karmen Pedaru are claiming against the agency for allegedly keeping hold of their earnings. Well, things are getting worse.
Recent documents submitted in the lawsuit have been leaked, revealing how much the models were paid for certain jobs with big magazines. In a document detailing the payments allegedly being withheld from Jagodzinska includes a billing of $250 for a shoot with American Vogue and $125 bill for a shoot with French Vogue. In contrast, the model was supposed to take in $60,000 for a H&M campaign $15,000 for a campaign for J.Crew. As interesting as this is, is it actually telling us something we don't know?
GQ & Levi's have just revealed the list of nominees in the running for the Best New Designer in America Award. Hoping to win a limited-edition menswear capsule collection with Levi's that will be sold exclusively at Bloomingdales' nationwide are the likes of Richard Chai, Billy Reid, Eunice Lee of Unis, Caulfield Preparatory's Vincent Flumiani, J.Crew's Frank Muytjens, and Burkman Bros' Ben and Doug Burkman.
The designers will have to impress the judging panel consisting of editors, retailers and Levi's executives with their Fall '09 collections before the winner will be announced. As the first-ever female to be nominated for the award, Ms Lee is excited at the thought of designing for an institution such as Levi's. She told Style.com that she's "had Levi's on for all of my life," and has a penchant for the vintage men's styles. Having been inspired by climbers and sports from the '60s, she described her collection by saying: "...it was about your cotton waxed jacket and heavier twills and things like that...it's sportswear...in the original sense." Look out for the announcement of the winner at an event during New York Fashion Week next month. Let the games begin.
When MTV pulled the plug on Alexa Chung's 'It's on with Alexa Chung' show last year (despite its success), we wondered what the future held for the British style icon. Although she's still under contract with MTV, it looks like Ms Chung will temporarily be taking up a new role as she joins forces with J.Crew's Madewell range. Given how bright her star is, and the fact that she is undoubtedly one of the best-dressed celebrities of our generation, it was only a matter of time before a label snapped her up. Why Madewell? Chung told Vogue.com: "When I moved to New York, Madewell asked to meet me. I went in and I liked the company. Everything about our meeting was very organic and casual; not full on. They were open to suggestions."
The collection will be available in September and will feature "things my girlfriends would wear, and say 'That's sick!'" With this in mind, expect high-waisted pants and jeans, velvet dresses with Peter Pan collars, and "dungaree dresses...I want to bring back '40s tea dresses, '60s mod dresses...I want to bring cute back," she explained. The chance to dress in clothes designed by one of our favourite style crushes - perfection!
Coco Rocha making a clothing line [Oh So Coco]
Introducing 'iTunes for magazines' [AFP]
Tommy Hilfiger's Connecticut estate sold for $20 million [AP]
Erdem hits the V&A [Vogue UK]
J.Crew doubles its earnings. They can thank our closets. [WWD]
It goes without saying that there isn't an investment buy like a classic coat, especially one that will last you not only AW09, SS10, but years to come too. Without a doubt, the camel coat fits the description. If camel isn't your colour, stick to neutrals for a classic investment piece, and pick a shape to suit. This season there's been a fair share of the new cocoon shape, but we'll be going with the timeless trench - and how could we not after seeing so many global trench styles on the new Burberry Art of the Trench website?
She's not going to wear an anorak with a flower on it.
Creative Director Jenna Lyons says Wasson's tomboy style works just fine