September 26, 2013
Barneys' annual holiday themes are always attention-getting, whether it's Lady Gaga (2011) or Disney (2012). This year, the store has signed Jay Z, the male half of this year's celebrity power couple, who is curating the Barneys holiday collection of special-edition merchandise from labels including Lanvin, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Moncler and Hublot. [WWD] A judge in London has granted Rihanna a permanent injunction against Topshop, which sold T-shirts bearing her likeness without her permission.
September 25, 2013 |
A Glendale collection agency has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit accusing it of sending unlawful text messages to debtors and inappropriately disclosing the debts to their family, friends and co-workers. The Federal Trade Commission had accused National Attorney Collection Services Inc. of falsely portraying itself as a law firm in texts, telephone calls and by mail. In some cases, the FTC lawsuit said, the company falsely threatened to have debtors arrested. The FTC also accused the company and its chief executive, Archie Donovan, of illegally revealing debts to consumers' family members, friends and co-workers. In some cases, they sent notices about the debts in mailing envelopes that included a picture of a large arm shaking money from a consumer who is strung upside down. U.S. law does not allow debt collectors to publicly disclose someone's private debts, because doing so could endanger their jobs and reputations, the FTC said.
September 23, 2013 |
The Gap's limited-edition capsule collection with GQ magazine's 2013 best new menswear designers in America -- including Venice-based Paige Mycoskie of Aviator Nation fame -- is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 24. The collection, which includes apparel (think oxfords, chambray shirts, utility pants, denim), light outerwear (blazers, vests, parkas and waxed field jackets) and accessories (hats, belts, tweed ties, backpacks and scarves) ranges in price from $30 -- which will get you a graphic wave T-shirt designed by Aviator Nation's Mycoskie -- to $348 (a suede baseball jacket by Bespoken's Sammy and Liam Fayed)
September 20, 2013 |
Orvis, the Vermont-based upscale outfitters of the outdoorsy set, has rolled out a Theodore Roosevelt-themed roundup of apparel and accessories that will send 5% of sales to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. It consists of just 10 pieces (one of which is Douglas Brinkley's book "The Wilderness Warrior") including a pair of vintage twill miner's pants ($139), a leather vest (with buffalo-nickel snaps, $350), a poplin shirt (tailored, according to the company's website, in the style of those worn by TR's Rough Riders, $98)
September 18, 2013 |
The home furnishings of Bob and Dolors Hope -- think Lucite tables and lamps, McGuire rattan chairs and other design finds from properties that included a John Lautner mansion in Palm Springs -- will be sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from Friday and Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY: Bob and Dolores Hope auction highlights Hope's 1970s Lautner, which has been listed for $50 million , is contributing a wealth of 20th century classics to the auction, including a pair of acrylic table lamps by designer Karl Springer (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000)
September 17, 2013 |
Can you name any of the poets on the longlist for the National Book Awards' 2013 prize in poetry ? If you listen to National Public Radio, the answer is yes, you probably can. That's because one of 10 finalists, named Tuesday, is nationally known for his radio essays. But Andrei Codrescu isn't just a radio commentator, he's a poet, nominated for his collection "So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012," published by Coffee House Press. Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Brenda Hillman, who has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, made the longlist with her new collection, "Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire," published by Wesleyan University Press. Two of the finalists have been Cave Canem fellows, writers who participated in the selective workshops for African American poets.
September 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Will that be cash or credit? Depends who's asking, but Israelis may soon not have much of a choice. On Tuesday, the Israeli Cabinet approved establishing a committee to propose ways of reducing cash transactions and increasing electronic payment methods to combat the underground economy and tax evasion. Using cash can help create an off-the-books economy, allowing a gap between reported economic activity and genuine economic activity, as well as encouraging tax evasion and other financial crimes, the cabinet statement said.
September 17, 2013 |
The world's first guns made by a 3-D printer will join the ranks of some of the world's finest art. London's Victoria & Albert museum announced it's buying a pair of pistols, known as Liberators, for an undisclosed price to add to its Design Festival on display through Sept. 22. The museum, which has displayed priceless pearls from the Roman Empire and treasures from Russia's royal courts, purchased the pistols and some related parts from Defense Distributed, a nonprofit digital publisher that created the weapons.
September 16, 2013 |
Designer Stella McCartney and her longtime friend actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow have partnered for an exclusive, limited-edition Stella McCartney x Goop capsule collection ($695-$1,895), which launched last Thursday on Paltrow's lifestyle and e-commerce site goop.com . The six-piece line features tailored denim-and-velvet jeans, a classic wool blazer, a sleeveless wool jumpsuit and wool drawstring trousers, plus two versions of McCartney's new fall 2013 Beckett handbag, which have both already sold out. But there are still pieces available of all four apparel styles, and more bags are expected in the next few weeks.