Weekly Squirts

Check out how things went down last week…

Calling all ladies heighted 5’8 and up, this one is for you! Karl Lagerfeld and Long Tall Sally have joined forces for what some are calling an “intro to tall ready-to-wear”. This will be a first for Lagerfeld to initiate a tall collection for North American women, so we’re here for it. The assortment renders a broad selection, offering everything from outerwear to evening attire, and everything in-between. The sizes range from 6 to 18, and retails for $45 to $370. For my elevated ladybugs sleeping on Long Tall Sally, killing yourself trying to find those slacks that’re long in length and right in the waist – girl stop! Not only do LTS offer clothes just for women with a towering stature, but they also have a wide variety of shoes starting from size 9 to size 15, so make sure to check-out exactly what you’ve been missing here.

The Rag & Bone label wants to recycle your used jeans in exchange for 20% off a pair of their regular priced jeans. The brand has partnered with Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling program from now until the end of the year, December 31st. Founder and CEO Marcus Wainwright stated, “Now, more so than ever, each and every one of us has a responsibility to do our part to protect our environment. The Blue Jeans Go Green Initiative is making great strides in helping brands make a difference and we are honored to be launching this Denim Recycling Program.” The old jeans received are recycled into insulation, with a portion rendered to help communities in need. The label’s 20% discount is not valid toward any denim sales, jean shorts, rompers, or jackets. However, Rag & Bone isn’t alone in this marketing strategy as they accompany the Madewell label who also partnered with Cotton with a $20 initiative for recycling denim.

Black’ish sitcom star, Tracee Ellis Ross and JC Penney have joined together for a 45-piece limited holiday capsule release. This is just one of the efforts the retailer has made to gain a bounce-back in retail, along with in-store remodels, and their Project Runway partnership. This collaborated collection includes women’s apparel, accessories, as well as home décor. The sizes range from small to 3XL, and reasonably retails between $9 and $75. Ross expressed her enthusiasm stating, “Feeling great and looking great should be accessible to everyone and should be affordable, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to look incredible.” Expect the collection to release November 12 at JC Penney’s retailers and online here.

Toms has appointed John Whitledge as their new creative director. Adding his own innovation to the brand, he will be in charge of beefing-up the menswear footwear collection. Whitledge is extensively tenured within the industry with co-founding Trovata in 2002, and also previously collaborating with Toms on the debut of their 2011 eyewear collection. We can expect Whitledge’s first Toms menswear collection to premier spring 2018.

Maroon 5’s, Adam Levine has collaborated with YSL Beauty for the brand’s first ever digital-only campaign for their new men’s Y fragrance. What does that mean exactly? It just means that Levine will promote the new fragrance via social media and videos versus billboard and periodicals as we’re accustomed to seeing. L’Oréal USA president, Alexandre Choueiri stated, “We think he’s a perfect fit for the brand. He’s extremely creative and embodies what we love doing in YSL Beauty — telling our consumers to trust themselves and go above and beyond. We see his creative personality….He’s always exploring a new area.” The Y fragrance comes in a couple of packaging options, one in 2.0 oz. bottles, retailing for $72, and the other in a 3.4 oz. bottles, retailing for $94 with a complimentary engraving option. This isn’t the first fragrance rodeo for The Voice panel member, as he launched his own fragrance back in 2013, so check out his new venture here.

Japanese streetwear label, Mastermind and Vans have collaborated for a three-way collection. The capsule consists of hoodies, caps, and the Vans Mountain Edition kicks, all which are draped in both brands logo throughout. The hoodie retails for $140, the caps are at $60, and the shoes are hitting for $220. Unfortunately for the most of us, the collection will be sold exclusively at Japanese retailers starting October 13th before being sold online the following day, October 14th.

Chrissy Teigen hosted the celebration of her collaborated launch with REVOLVE last week in Los Angeles. The 27-piece collection contains sexy women’s apparel and shoes, retailing from $78 to $268. The party took place at the REVOLVE Social Club with the likes of Dorothy Wang, Martha Hunt, Amanda Steele, Raissa Gerona, and many more in attendance. Check out the Chrissy Teigen x REVOLVE capsule here while supplies last.

If you’re looking for motivation this week, you can find it with model Diandra Forrest. Forrest defied all odds by becoming the first albino woman to land one of the largest beauty campaigns with Wet N Wild Beauty. She expressed her enthusiasm via Instagram last week stating, ‘So excited to announce that I am one of the faces of the new Wet n Wild Breaking Beauty Campaign. It’s always great to be a part of a brand that celebrates diversity, and prides itself on being inclusive to all!’ Forrest joins other non-mainstream beauties in the campaign such as amputee activist, Mama Cax, and transgender model Valentijn De Hingh. After being told all of her life what she couldn’t do in the beauty and fashion industry just to turn around and single-handedly make the world into a damn lie is everything – she did that shit.

Coach has announced an identity change effective October 31, 2017. After recently acquiring both Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, Coach Inc. decided that it was time to bring all three labels together and call it Tapestry. CEO, Victor Luis stated, “We searched for a name to reflect these values while also expressing the cultural diversity of our people and our brands for today and tomorrow. We are establishing a strong and distinct corporate identity, which enables our brands to express their individual personalities and unique language to consumers.” The label is currently working with branding agency Carbone Smolan to help with the identity change, as well as the change of the New York Stock Exchange initials from COH to TPR. Personally, I’m wondering if Coach’s dinosaur mascot will still be around under the brand’s new image, but I’m sure that’s just me.

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