1. A look at how P. Diddy established 1990s hip-hop fashion: As well as being a tour de force in the music world, Diddy’s style established hip-hop fashion standards in the 1990s, and he remained faithful to his signature New York street style. – See More on Vogue Paris
2. RETRO READ: The Rise of Sean John: A Landmark, A Label That Continues to Impact. Initially characterized as a “hip-hop” brand, a “street” label, Sean John was met with pushback from buyers, adding to the already uphill battle that newly-formed labels face upon entering the fashion industry. But despite initial hurdles, the privately-owned Sean John has been nothing if not fast-growing and wildly successful. – Read More on TFL
3. Fashion’s Disrupter, Olivier Rousteing of Balmain: Since becoming creative director of French house Balmain in 2011, he has favored a populist ethos rather than the elitist one that is in the DNA of many high-end labels. In other words, he has endeavored to keep luxury fashion – and soon, haute couture – exclusive while making it more inclusive. – Read More on WSJ
4. Fashion labels up their eco vibe to keep millennials buying: Retailers like J. Crew, Levi Strauss, H&M, Marks and Spencer are focusing on producing sustainable apparel to appeal to 22- to 37-year-olds, per Bloomberg … BUT most studies show that most millennials care more about price than brands’ social values and sustainable fashion is still, on average, prohibitively expensive.
5. Teens embracing Crocs is fashion’s latest so-uncool-it's-cool trend: Dad sneakers, Birkenstocks, sportswear brand Fila, and UGG boots have all seen a revival, as influential teens have decided they’re so uncool they’re acceptable again. And perhaps no brand has done as much to turn ironic revivalism into fashion acceptance as Crocs. – Read More on the Guardian
THE LEGAL ANGLE: Following a court ruling in March, Crocs is no longer the only brand allowed to make the ugly clog (thereby, potentially opening up the floodgates for a slew of low-prices lookalikes). And all the while, California-based Uggs has been in the midst of a David v. Goliath battle over the rights in the ugly-yet-iconic Australian boot.