Kanye West Has Disastrous First Showing
As you may have heard, Kanye West made his womenswear debut at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday night. The results were shoddy at best and the criticism was not to kind. So of course, Mr. West had something to say about the situation. Though there is a long-winded speech (surprise), you can pretty much catch the gist of it.
“This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place.”
StyleOwner Gets Social Selling
StyleOwner launches this week, inviting bloggers, stylists and fashionistas to create their own online fashion boutique: they name it, customize its look and select the merchandise. They can then market their shop to their circle of friends and family via blogs, e-mail and social network sites like Facebook and Twitter and operate online like personal shoppers, earning a commission off each item they sell. The challenge of the Web, particularly the e-commerce component, is that it’s largely impersonal. Brands and retailers have been grappling with how to generate greater followings and higher revenues through all viral networking.
StyleOwner, according to founder and chief executive officer Joel Weingarten, “is about making the Web shopping experience more personal, collaborative and engaging. The most effective marketing tool is a recommendation or approval of a friend. That’s the essence and effectiveness of StyleOwner.” “We all want to self-express on the Web and we all want to shop with our best girlfriends or boyfriends,” added Tracy Gardner, the former president of J. Crew who has become a partner and member of the board at StyleOwner.
Glenda Bailey Taking High Honors
Glenda Bailey will soon join designers Yohji Yamamoto and Marc Jacobs on a small list of fashionistas that the French government has bestowed with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. This distinction was established in the late Fifties to recognize artists and writers that have contributed to furthering the arts in France. Bailey, who was awarded an OBE in her native Britain in 2008, is expected to receive the honor early next year.
– Taneisha Jordan
Source: Fashionista; WWD