TAYLOR HILL EXUDES COOL GIRL VIBES IN TOPSHOP’S FALL ’16 CAMPAIGN

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Taylor Hill stars in Topshop's fall-winter 2016 campaignTaylor Hill stars in Topshop’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

Taylor Hill follows in the footsteps of Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne as the face ofTopshop’s fall-winter 2016 campaign. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by the brand’s creative director, Kate Phelan, Taylor exudes pure cool. In one image, Taylor wears an embellished black dress. In another, she models an embroideredleather jacket and semi-sheer slip dress. In an accompanying (and fun!) video, Topshop captures Taylor and her dog, Tate, around the city.

Phelan says about Taylor’s campaign, “Taylor walked in the February 2016 UNIQUE show – she is a social supermodel and a young woman with style and personality; she is every Topshop girl rolled into one. Whether she is a tomboy in jeans, glamorous in cocktail, or pretty in polka dots, Taylor is Topshop’s ultimate girl crush.”


Taylor Hill wears a little black dress in Topshop's fall 2016 campaignTaylor Hill wears a little black dress in Topshop’s fall 2016 campaignTaylor Hill models Topshop embellished leather jacket and polka dot pint dressTaylor Hill models Topshop embellished leather jacket and polka dot pint dress

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LVMH'S FASHION BUSINESS HASN'T GROWN AT ALL THIS YEAR

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Marc Jacobs's fall 2016 runway show. Photo: ImaxtreeMarc Jacobs's fall 2016 runway show. 

LVMH had a disappointing first half of 2016 when it came to its most important (and relevant to this website) categories: fashion and leather goods. Overall sales of ready to wear and leather accessories — encompassing brands like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Celine and more — were completely flat on an organic basis and down about 1 percent including negative currency effects. The French conglomerate saw stronger growth in its other businesses like wines and spirits (up 9 percent) and perfumes and cosmetics (up 8 percent). Overall revenue was up 3 percent.

LVMH does not break out sales for its individual brands, but it did give some indicators as to who was a boon to revenue and who was dragging it down. As for the former category, the company emphasized the "strong creative momentum" at Louis Vuitton, always a strong performer. Fendi, Kenzo, Loewe, Berluti and Céline also saw growth, the company said. Unsurprisingly, the stragglers were Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, that latter of which — it was announced Monday — is being sold to American company G-III. Execs confirmed during Tuesday's earnings webcast that both companies saw declines in sales during both the first and second quarters of this year. But don't expect LVMH to go selling off Marc Jacobs next just because it's another American brand in the midst of a repositioning.

During the call, LVMH CFO Jean-Jacques Guiony explained that the G-III/Donna Karan deal (which LVMH did not actively pursue) made sense because of the importance of diffusion line DKNY to the brand, noting that "access is a key component of the success of [Donna Karan]," and that for the rest of LVMH, "access is not necessarily a priority." Simply put, the price was good and G-III is likely a better home for the brand in the long run than LVMH, which is better at maintaining exclusivity than it is at creating accessibility. He assured investors and analysts that "Marc Jacobs is not for sale," and that the Donna Karan deal does not indicate any change in strategy for the company.

So, no scandal there. But what about recent rumors that Nicolas Ghesquiere will be leaving Louis Vuitton soon? While he didn't address them directly, Director of Financial Communications Christopher Hollis said that a "top priority" for the rest of the year would be "continuing the momentum at Louis Vuitton under the direction of Nicolas Ghesquiere." Does that mean anything at all? We'll have to wait and see.

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Why Gianvito Rossi is Poised to Become the Next Great Shoe Designer

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN HEADS TO SCOTLAND FOR FALL ADS

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Mica Aganaraz stars in Alexander McQueen's fall-winter 2016 campaignMica Aganaraz stars in Alexander McQueen’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

Alexander McQueen’s fall-winter 2016 campaign takes an outdoor approach with images captured in Scotland’s Shetland Islands. Creative director Sarah Burton and photographer Jamie Hawkesworth shared their mutual love of nature with the advertisements. Model Mica Aganaraz wears Burton’s surreal inspired designs which are brought down to earth with the the romantic landscape. From sheer gowns to tailored jackets, the McQueen woman looks to be walking on air.


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The 15 Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of July 15

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China’s refusal of Jane Birkin could put Hermés at high risk on exit

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The connection is “Birkin’s participation in a protest calling for Tibet’s independence during the 2008 Summer Olympics’ torch relay in Paris… where she also reportedly told the media what she felt about China’s “lack of freedom of speech.” Twitter has been trolling the British singer and also the orchestra. One even suggested banning the Birkin bag. Now that could touch a sensitive note with the rich and luxury-lover Chinese who have a special affection for the Hermés handbag. So much, that recently a bag got sold for a staggering $300,168 – perhaps the most expensive handbag in the world! Sales for the handbag have “skyrocketed” in recent times, and such vehement opposition to the namesake can come at a mighty large price. Did I say Jane Birkin is having a bad year? I meant Hermés. They are just not getting a break, are they? Why you do this, China, why? For now, let’s Stay Calm and Watch Out.

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