Nina Garcia is fairly plush at the moment. The Marie Claire editor recently signed on as JCPenney's style voice, is a judge on Project Runway and sits on the advisory board on Moda Operandi. It comes as no surprise, then, that she seems to have lost touch with the spending power of the average American.
This is the bag that you can spend a few weeks’ salary on and not feel guilty. It is going to last you a lifetime. http://modaoperandi.com/heritage-auctions-special-collections/2012/accessories-708/items/
The link takes you Moda Operandi's Hermes birkin auction, which featured ags ranging from $14,500 to $74,500 so what part of the average person's salary could afford those whopping prices is a head sratcher. Her role with the online retailer naturally involves promoting their activity but expecting people to be earning between $4,884 and $24,833 a week just doesn't make sense and her Twitter followers didn't think so either. One tweeted ''@ninagarcia you might want to double check your math on this one.' The moral from this story? Maybe a Twitter blast on expensive luxury pieces isn't the way to go.
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Good news for fashion-retail jobs: WWD reports that some companies are back to hiring. Liz Claiborne, for example, is recruiting for both Juicy Couture and Kate Spade, and the retail sector has taken the top spot for a National Association of College and Employers survey for post-bachelor's-degree job opportunities. Some of the biggest recruiters on college campuses? Macy's, Target and JCPenney.
That said, fashion students won't necessarily coast into those jobs. Students like psychology grads and MBAs also might be prime targets for recruiters. Macy's recruits on 40 college campuses and seeks out all majors, from fashion retailing to business to psych.
“We look for leadership potential, smart students that are interested in retail, that have good critical-thinking skills, are involved in campus, have juggled their multiple priorities and have an ability to be flexible,” says Anne Voller, vice president for executive recruitment and college relations for Macy's. Voller explained that Macy's doesn't recruit MBAs, but Bloomingdales seeks out a few. Take notes, retail hopefuls...
Now that we know Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are designing a juniors' line for JCPenney, of course we have to give the looks the once-over. The twin designers' collection, Olsenboye, will focus on teen trends across the world interpreted at a realistic price tag. Try $20 to $50 for clothes in sizes 0-15, plus handbags and shoes.
“Olsenboye is an extension of the Dualstar brand delivering trend-based fashion at affordable prices,” Ashley said in a statement. A preview of the collection will launch at select stores and on jcp.com from Nov. 6 for a limited time, with a full launch set for February 2010.
JCPenney, it's not that we didn't think you had it in you. After all, you've secured designer collaborations with Charlotte Ronson and Kimora Lee Simmons, so clearly you have negotiating power. But nabbing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to design for you? Now that one we didn't see coming.
The twins appear to be launching a juniors' line called Olsenboye. Previews of the Olsens' range are starting now, which suggests the line will launch for spring. Do we see a cheaper version of The Row or Elizabeth & James on the horizon? If so, we know what budget-conscious style addicts can wear with their H&M Jimmy Choos.