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Weekly Roundup: December 28, 2013



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Fast fashion is coming quickly to Australia’s high streets. Image courtesy H&M.

Weekly Roundup

  • You go, girl. Transgender model Jenna Talackova has scored a spread with Elle, which probably helps dull the sting of being kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant.
  • We love the entrepreneurial spirit of Natalie Massenet, founder of online style hub Net-a-Porter. She’s launching a print magazine¬†(and simultaneously¬†thumbing her nose at everyone screaming “Print is dead!”). The publication will be called Porter. We can’t wait to read it.
  • Gorgeous model Behati Prinsloo was the inspiration for a new capsule collection from L.A.-based denim label This Here Very Moment (THVM). Prinsloo, known for her humility and laid-back attitude, was an obvious choice for the collection. “She has this really natural sensibility,” says label co-founder Brian Kim.
  • If you haven’t tried on a pair (or five) of Warby Parker glasses yet, don’t worry–the eyewear company isn’t going anywhere. Warby Parker just announced plans to expand, after raising $60 million in its latest round of venture capital funding.
  • Aussies, take note: high-street shopping on the continent down under is about to get a lot more competitive. Big fast fashion brands like H&M and Uniqlo are set to open early next year in the Land Down Under, and rumor has it that Forever 21 and Marks & Spencer aren’t far behind.
  • London’s iconic Dover Street Market has come to New York, with rabid shoppers camping out for days in anticipation. The seven-story luxury shopping center opened last Saturday with exclusive collections designed just for its launch by Prada, Vuitton, Visvim, and more.
  • Technophiles, meet your fashion-conscious counterparts. Overstock.com may begin accepting Bitcoin, the world’s most-used digital currency, in 2014. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne has been quoted as saying that a healthy monetary system isn’t based off of an “upside pyramid” or government whim.
  • It doesn’t have the world’s most creative name, but Houston’s new Suitsupply store is garnering good reviews nonetheless. Clocking in at 5,700 square feet, the giant men’s style emporium offers a “James Bond” tuxedo, among other suit styles. Vice President Nish de Gruiter says of the store’s offerings: “The best compliment is when a lady tells you how good you look in the suit.”
  • Jones Group Inc., which owns Nine West and Jones Fashion, has sold itself to Sycamore Partners LLC, a private equity firm. The sale went down at $15 a share; considering that Sycamore is in the business of snapping up retail investments, we’re thinking this could only be good for Jones brand fans.
  • Let’s close on a high note. High fashion, that is. South Asian designers, including Ground-Zero, Ffixxed, and A Boy Named Sue, stepped out in style this week for the South China Morning Post.

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