Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week
From Juul-friendly handbags to an athlete-filled runway show...
Off-White’s “Track and Field” runway featured actual athletes
Of course Virgil Abloh employed the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber for his latest show, but continue clicking through the images above and you’ll begin to see that in the midst of these “It Girls” are actual female athletes. What could be better for Off-White’s sporty/street aesthetic? And what could be better for a track and field-inspired show, then actual track and field stars wearing the clothes? The eight athletes he used included English Gardner, the 100-meter dash champion from the US, Cecilia Yeung, a high jumper based in Hong Kong and Dina Asher-Smith, a sprinter from the UK. It’s not the first time the designer has worked with sports stars–let’s not forget about his work with Serena Williams and Nike. Diversity on the runway is something that continues to be praised and requested and we just love that Abloh took this opportunity to feature real-life athletes. (Vogue)
Despite recent backlash, Nike reports strong quarterly earnings
Earlier this month, Nike featured NFL player Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign. The message was ‘Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.’ Many people took issue with the choice due to the fact that Kaepernick has a history of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media following the first time he sat out the anthem in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” It was a choice that divided many and that’s why Nike’s new ad garnered a considerable amount of backlash. In fact, immediately following the release, trading went down nearly 2 percent at $88.30. But even with that small dip, Nike also received a lot of support for their choice to feature the athlete and now the company has more than recovered. Their quarterly sales surpassed estimates, rising 6 percent in North America and revenue rose 9.7 percent to $9.95 billion. So even if some of Nike’s gear got burnt, the company didn’t. (Business of Fashion)
Ratio et Motus is making Juul-friendly handbags
Yep, you read that right. According to WWD the company Juul is currently valued at $15 billion. If you’ve been living under a rock, a Juul is a type of e-cigarette and–particularly with the younger crowds–has become something of an essential accessory. You’ve probably come into contact with Juul lovers before–personally, not a day goes by that I’m not engulfed in a cloud of sweet-smelling vapour on the sidewalk. After all, consumers are spending more than $1.29 billion on the product every single year. Brands are always looking to cash in on current trends and despite the fact that there’s evidence that vaping may be harmful, Ratio et Motus has decided to go ahead and tap in on the hype with a line of Juul-friendly handbags. The accessories feature a slim back pocket for Juul storage as well as a clasp where you can clip in your keys. Ratio et Motus has dubbed it the ‘Disco’ bag. (WWD)
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So, here’s the thing–confidence, fearlessness, and individuality make up the core of who we are, but size inclusivity was not always part of the conversation. Safe to say, we were overdue for a change. Which is why we’re excited to finally introduce our new fall capsule–a super rad lineup of transitional pieces, now available in an extended size range. @alessandragl ✨ #GetNastyGal #nastygalsdoitbetter • shop this edit via link in bio
Nasty Gal launches extended sizing, but is it enough?
“Safe to say, we were overdue for a change,” Nasty Gal wrote on Instagram earlier this week. The brand was announcing their new extended size range and although we applaud them–it’s about time!–it may not be enough of a change. Following the announcement, the company has received backlash from people who say it’s still not totally inclusive. The new collection includes sizes 0 to 18, but typically plus-size ranges continue all the way up to size 24 (if not higher). So although this is a positive step for the company, many are still unhappy and confused as to why they’ve halted sizing at this spot. However, it seems like they’re listening. Teen Vogue actually reached out to the company for a comment and they immediately responded confirming that they have plans for further expansion. “Please stay with us as we hope to introduce an even greater range of sizes in the near future, allowing everyone to enjoy our brand,” they wrote. (Teen Vogue)