Last week, the mainstream media suddenly remembered racial profiling exists after a series of high-profile incidents in New York City. Unconnected to each other (as far as I know), several young Black people came forward about having been detained by police after shopping in department stores after they were accused of not reeeeally being able to afford the pricy items they bought.
Two were college students who were detained after they shopped at Barney’s, one for buying a Ferragamo belt and another for buying a handbag; another was actor Robert Brown from “Finding Forrester” and the TV show “Treme,” who was detained after he shopped at Macy’s. (He has subsequently filed a lawsuit against them.) Even male supermodel Tyson Beckford spoke up about being racially profiled and “followed all the time, any time I go to a store,” including Barney’s.
In response, Barney’s agreed last week [third item] to meet with civil rights leaders to discuss the allegations of racial profiling. However, many folks were waiting on Jay Z, who sells a high-end collabortion through the store, to respond. He also became a target last week of a Change.org petition with over 16,000 signatures asking him to end his partnership with the store.
This weekend, Hova finally released a statement, although it is perhaps not what everyone would have liked to hear. Keep reading »
Macy’s is really getting on their designer collaboration flow these days. Their first few capsule lines were little-hyped and could have fallen easily to the wayside, but they followed up with a power line-up: first Doo.Ri, with Alberta Ferretti hot on its heels, and now news has broken that Calvin Klein designer and perennial supermodel favorite Francisco Costa is next up before the Ferretti line has even hit stores. Hey, we’re not complaining — the more high-end designers with mid-range price points, the better, if you ask me. Unlike the other collars, which were part of Macy’s contemporary Impulse line, Costa’s collection will be part of the chain’s promotion to benefit the Amazon rainforest under the title of “A Magical Journey to Brasil” — consequently, Costa’s home. The “fresh, youthful” line of crepe and jersey dresses will be priced from $135 to $180, a mere shadow of what his other designs go for, and sold in more than 80 Macy’s stores and on Macys.com starting May 15. Is that a subsequent database crash I see in the distance? [The Cut]
Last month, Macy’s announced that their next Impulse capsule collection would be designed by Italian fashion entrepreneur Alberta Ferretti. All of the line’s pieces were presented online yesterday and (of course) I already know which ones I’ll be making a beeline for when they hit 185 Macy’s locations on April 17. Priced from $49 to $119, the collection of dresses, skirts, and tops was destined for some serious summer lovin’. Considering Ferretti’s runway looks generally sell for over $1,000, this Impulse feature is the perfect wallet-friendly way to incorporate the designer’s trademark romantic styles into your wardrobe. Even better, I think all of these breezy pieces will be easy to wear and flattering on a wide range of body types. Might I add that the promotional images have me seriously craving a vacation to the Amalfi Coast, ASAP? I’ve included my personal picks from the collection — which ones are you itching to get your hands on? [Fashionologie] Keep reading »
Just last week, I told you about Doo-Ri Chung’s upcoming collection for Macy’s, but this week, I heard about the next designer up for an Impulse capsule and I can say with all honesty that this is the one I’d wait in line for in a heartbeat. In two months, Alberta Ferretti will join the ranks of other Macy’s collaborators like Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli, and I have faith that she’ll blow them all out of the water. I’ve been a fan of her eponymous line and Philosophy since my worship of fashion first burgeoned, and my favorite thing to see on the runway season after season is expertly draped, ethereal dresses, blouses, and skirting that just ooze craftsmanship and devotion to creating a work of wearable art — this describes Alberta’s designs to a T. Keep reading »
On the off chance that you live in deep seclusion, designer capsule collections for budget-priced stores are all the rage right now. H&M is perhaps the most prolific collaborator for this purpose: Commes des Garçons, Lanvin, and Versace have all produced lines with the mass retailer, and Marni is next in line. I’m familiar — very familiar — with such partnerings, but I’ve pretty much ignored designers’ efforts with Macy’s Impulse. Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli both released lines with the store last year, but they seemed to fly more under the radar when compared to the utter chaos that H&M’s collections have been known to create.
On February 15, CFDA winner Doo-Ri Chung will debut her high-low line with Macy’s, a 33-piece collection chock full of spring basics. Doo-Ri is famed for her stunning drapery skills (and the showstopping deep purple number she outfitted the First Lady in), particularly with jersey dresses, which is something that has the potential to translate extraordinarily well in a lower-priced collection. (Two dresses from the collection are above.) Brightly colored cocktail dresses, tanks and tees, and drapey blouses abound — I’m not going to do anything crazy to get my hands on this merchandise (ahem, Versace for H&M), but I will be buying more than one piece. Taking Macy’s unbeatable prices into account, I may even pick up the whole collection. [Racked]
You wake up in a stupor. You think: Where is my scarf-covered microphone stand? Where are my platform man-boots? My feathered hair? My deep-v jumpsuit and coordinated leather earrings? And then you remember: I’m not Steven Tyler, and your world comes crashing down. But! Oh! Now, at least, you can dress like you’re an aging rock star grasping onto the last vestiges of his former cool! Tyler’s new line — called Andrew Charles — is a collaboration with Andy and Tommy Hilfiger (whaaaaaaat?), and can be found at Macy’s. [ABC News Radio]
Love Karl Lagerfeld’s designs, but can’t actually afford Chanel or one of his eponymous collections? Well, you’re in luck because Uncle Karl is going to release a collection just for Macy’s. Yep, you read that right. Karl Lagerfeld plus Macy’s equals a mass collection that will include jeans, party dresses, and everything in between. The collection is slated for a 2011 release. This collaboration is quite shocking as Lagerfeld doesn’t seem like the type of person to even walk into a Macy’s. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Imagine wandering around the mall one day and having more than 600 people spontaneously break into song. That’s exactly what happened to shoppers at a Philadelphia Macy’s last month when they were treated to an ebullient rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” Part of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture”
initiative, the event included members of the Philadelphia Opera Company, along with participants from 28 other choral groups. The group was accompanied by Macy’s in-house Wanamaker Organ, the largest pipe organ in the world. [YouTube
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Madonna? Designing for Macy’s? A mall store? Yes, it’s true. Macy’s has released the first sketches from Material Girl, the juniors’ line the pop star is “designing” with her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Don’t mean to be a hater, but these clothes look like any other generic juniors’ brand sold at Macy’s. I know they’re for kids, but kids can get outfits like this at Forever 21 or Target or, like, 20 other stores. Where’s the Madonna in all this? [FoxNews.com] Keep reading »
We’ll have to wait until August to see Madonna‘s much-hyped new fashion brand, MG icon, but we had to wonder why the Material Girl chose to launch with a junior’s line at Macy’s instead of, say, a more sophisticated collection at Barneys. Turns out, it was all a matter of convenience: In a recent AP interview, Madonna claimed that daughter Lourdes was the brains behind the threads: “Really she does most of the work, honestly.” And she told “Access Hollywood” that Lourdes comes in to start working while she’ll “sit back and watch.” Well, alrighty then. Lourdes is only 13, but she does have a killer fashion sense, and designing clothes beats the chores we used to have to do. And we have to admire Madonna’s cajones on this one, as opposed to all these stars denying they ripped off their so-called designs lately. Instead of lying about it, just put it all out there. You’ll sleep better at night. [NBC New York] Keep reading »