1. The Truth Behind Fashion Nova's Kardashian Knockoffs Reveals How the Brand Became a Global Powerhouse (including a look at whether any of this is legal). – Read More on Cosmo
AND: In case you missed it, Fashion Nova thinks that by enlisting celebrity endorsers and styling its wares with Gucci and Chanel accessories, it can "dissolve the perceived separation between" high fashion and mass market.
2. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are giving the beauty industry a makeover: While beauty conglomerates like L’Oréal are making acquisitions to become more tech-enabled, tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are pursuing the high margins in beauty through partnerships, consumer insights, e-commerce, and more. – Read More on CB Insights
3. At 50, the Ralph Lauren brand is desperate to reach consumers half that age: It can be hard to tell today whether Ralph Lauren stands for mansion-to-ranch living or polos in the bargain bin. The company’s image suffered as it flooded the marketplace with cheap products and relied on struggling department stores that discounted—and diluted—its brand. Whatever Ralph Lauren stands for, it is clear that the company is having a harder time attracting these days are American shoppers, especially young ones. – Read More on Quartzy
4. Tao Liang interview: The wildly influential Chinese blogger who calls himself Mr. Bags. He shifted nearly $200,000 worth of designer bags in 12 minutes when they went on sale last year just because his name was attached. With 35 million online followers, 26-year old Tao Liang’s so-called Bagfans hang on his every word. – Read More on the Times
5. Men’s make-up: How bloggers are changing the face of male beauty in China. “My peers, both male and female, are starting to pay attention to the way they look. Even if they don’t wear make-up, they would use tools such as blotting paper or a bit of face powder to keep their face matte.” – Read more on SCMP