December 19, 2014

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Retro Read: How Does Fashion’s Latest Round of Musical Chairs Match Up?

A significant round of fashion musical chairs is underway as Peter Copping is out at Nina Ricci; Carven’s Guillaume Henry is leaving the Paris-based design house and is headed to Nina Ricci; Oscar de la Renta subsequently named Copping the man for the job (just days before the death of the house’s iconic founder); and the rumors that were swirling that John Galliano had landed a position at Maison Martin Margiela were finally confirmed, as well. While such job switch-ups are not terribly uncommon in fashion, very few are as exciting as the Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons placements of a couple years ago, and the designers’ subsequent debuts, which garnered the following headlines: “Paris Face-off: Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons in the Spotlight,” “Battle of the Champions: Slimane v. Simons,” “Dior Duels with YSL at Paris Fashion Week,” “Paris Fashion Week’s biggest face-off between Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane.” Here’s a bit of the background …

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Hey Everyone, Stop Buying Social Media Followers

My Twitter timeline was buzzing last week with commentary on Instagram’s latest round of clean up efforts. If you didn’t catch the “Changes to Followers” message on your activity feed last week, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app announced: “Your number of followers may change in the next few days as we clean up more spam accounts.” The December clean up comes on the heels of a similar effort in April 2014, the first time Instagram deleted inactive, old and spam accounts on a mass scale for the first time. A spokesman for Instagram said: “We believe this will provide a more authentic experience and genuinely reflect people who are actually engaging with each other’s content.”

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Today: From Around the Web

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Gucci and Coach Inc.upstaged Burberry to take the top spots in L2′s study of luxury fashion brands’ digital strategies – Bloomberg

Here’s Why You’ll Never See Louis Vuitton Products On Sale – Business Insider

Joe Fresh’s new senior vice president of women’s design boasts an impressive resume. She was VP and women’s design director at Calvin Klein. Before that, she worked closely with Phoebe Philo at Céline and also worked as a senior designer at Dries Van Noten. – Racked

Do Diffusion Lines Still Make Sense? In the face of fierce competition and heavy cost structures, some brands are rethinking the logic of their diffusion lines. – BOF

Alexandre Vauthier has become the latest designer to be made a member of France’s prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. – Vogue UK

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SEE: Rock Men’s F/W 2015 Video

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The Nike ACG Collection is Here

Nike ACG, once the standard bearer for clunky-if-functional athletic outdoors gear, was a 90’s staple for the sportswear behemoth. Well, as of a few days ago, we received word that Nike would be resurrecting the long-forgotten sub-label. To Nike’s credit, the timing of the ACG resurrection couldn’t have been more perfect; it’s laid dormant long enough that any previous negative associations have probably been long forgotten (in case you forgot, ACG was credited with producing some truly heinous Teva ripoffs in its heyday) while still being fresh enough in the minds of consumers to evoke some feelings of nostalgia. All this while remaining a relatively neutral platform for reinvention – a hot topic around these parts lately. And so Nike brought in the master of technical outerwear, and unabashed TFL favorite, Errolson Hugh, to help reimagine the line for 2015 and beyond.

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Gucci May be Exciting Again in the Near Future

With the recently announced departure of Gucci Creative Director and CEO, the industry is one again filling up content quotas by ruminating on who might be the next creative director. And, for the first time since Hedi Slimane’s appointment at Saint Laurent, this could be really exciting!

You’ll remember, the label formerly known as YSL had languished for years under the creative direction of Stefano Pilati, turning out interesting-enough collections and branded belt buckles that served more as a place holder for a once great brand rather than a bonafide powerhouse. Exit Pilati, enter Slimane, and the fashion world was blessed with one of the most exciting runway debuts of the decade.

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Today: From Around the Web

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5 Times Fashion Plagiarism Got Called Out In 2014 – Fader

Rumor has it: Gucci is considering Hedi Slimane for the creative director position now that Frida Giannini is out – Racked

Speaking of creative directors, PORTS 1961 has appointed Natasa Cagalj as its new one. Cagalj, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, replaces Fiona Cibani who has been at the creative helm at the label for four years and will now take on the role of president of Ports NY Inc – Vogue UK

Germany is Europe’s biggest consumer of fashion. So why isn’t the country a bigger force in the international fashion world? – BOF

Adidas, Dior, Aeropostale, and Ray Ban were among Tumblr’s Top 20 Sponsored Posts of 2014 – AdWeek

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American Apparel Has Officially Fired Dov Charney

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 5.35.36 PMAmerican Apparel fired former CEO and founder Dov Charney after an internal investigation concluded that he violated the terms of his employment agreement. He will be replaced by Paula Schneider, formally of Warnaco and BCBG Max Azria, effective January 5, 2015. Charney was suspended as president and CEO this past June for alleged misconduct and violations of company policy (think: violating the chain’s sexual harassment policies and purchasing travel for family members with company funds). “We’re pleased that what we set out to do last spring—namely, to ensure that American Apparel had the right leadership—has been accomplished,” said Allan Mayer, board co‐chairman, in a statement. Schneider has a “reputation for improving the financial performance and operational efficiencies of numerous global fashion brands,” according to the statement. The termination was “for cause,” American Apparel said in a statement. Interim CEO, Scott Brubaker, will remain on until Paula Schneider takes over as CEO.

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