Fashion News Recap: Dolce & Gabbana Runway, American Apparel to Close All Stores & PETA as Shareholder of LVMH

by Lisa Heverly and Nell Yu, Fashion News Correspondents


Social Media Stars Walk Dolce & Gabbana Runway

Do you want to see your favorite Instagramer or YouTuber walking a runway? Then you need to check out Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2017 menswear show. The social media stars who would usually sit in the front row walked the runway. Cameron Dallas opened the show as Austin Mahone provided the music. The cast also included Sophia Stallone, Diggy Simmons, Lucky Blue Smith and Chen Xue Dong. With over than 20 social media celebrities, the show focuses on the millennial generation. By putting the crowns on these social media stars, they became the new princes and princesses of Dolce & Gabbana.


Say Goodbye to 110 American Apparel stores

After reporting bankruptcy for the second time, American Apparel has been purchased by Gildan Activewear. American Apparel’s LA headquarters and all 110 retail stores will close and 3,500 employees will be dismissed. Though you won’t be able to see American Apparel on the street, you can still get your hands on your favorite bodysuits. According to The Huffington Post, analysts predict that American Apparel products will be sold through chain stores or wholesale.

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PETA Stops Louis Vuitton from Associating with Animal Cruelty

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) just bought one share of LVMH, Louis Vuitton’s parent company, according to New York magazine. PETA bought this share after accusing Louis Vuitton of using skin from inhumanely-treated crocodiles from a Vietnamese farm. The animal rights group recently released a disquieting video on cruelty in the crocodile skin industry.  As a shareholder, the animal right group hopes to pressure Louis Vuitton to not sell products made from mistreated animals.


Louis Vuitton x Supreme?

As the past mutual dislike between high end fashion and streetwear brands subside, an unusual collaboration may be in the works. Earlier this month, a photo was leaked online showing a sweater embossed with both the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton and streetwear company Supreme’s logos. While some websites such as claim they’ve gotten reliable confirmation about this collaboration, there is yet to be a solid answer.


Dolce & Gabbana endorses Melania Trump, Stefano under fire

Dolce & Gabbana caused controversy as designer Stefano Gabbana posted a photo on his personal Instagram account of Melania Trump wearing a dress made by D&G. He called her a #DGwomen and thanked her, causing much protest. Many commenters threatened to never buy Dolce & Gabbana again but Stefano wasn’t fazed one bit. The Italian designer replied with “cry-laughing” emojis and hearts. It’ll be interesting to see if this will affect the company’s sales. Plus it raises the question of which other designers will be willing to dress the new First Lady this year.

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Macy’s to cut over 10,000 jobs, close 68 stores

The retail giant, Macy’s, announced their plans to cut over 10,000 jobs and close down 68 stores across the US earlier this month. This action is in response to a faltering holiday sale season and low earnings in the 2016 fiscal year. A professor at Columbia Business School, Mark Cohen, predicts that this is only the beginning of job cuts this year in the retail industry and expects many others to follow suit. This major cut emphasizes the rise of online retailers that are taking big tolls on department stores.


17 Years Later, Customer returns Gap shirt

A customer allegedly returned a Baby Gap shirt to the store almost 17 years later, quite past the 45-day return policy. A humorous photo of the returned shirt along with a slightly angry note from the store manager surfaced on the internet. The debacle provided the fashion community with a good laugh and cautionary tale for retail employees to always carefully check return receipts.


Other News


Ivanka Trump steps down from her eponymous brand with plans to be more involved in politics during her father’s presidency. But can we completely distinguish Ivanka from her brand while she continues to attend events in her label?


Balmain is about to launch its first accessories line on January 21, targeting the ever-growing fan base of the luxury brand.

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