Fash Points: Alexa Chung Designs Handbag, J.W. Anderson CEO Steps Down, Karl Lagerfeld Gets Political

And Karl Lagerfeld is under fire for his migrant Holocaust comments.

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Alexa Chung has designed her first-ever handbag

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Photography via alexachung.com

Alexa Chung has designed many things, but handbags weren’t one of them… until now. The stylish multi-hyphenate has teamed up with Amex to create a gingham tote bag imprinted with a small letter A to promote Small Business Saturday — a shopping event on Dec. 2 that encourages consumers to shop at local, independently-owned stores. It retails for $30 and is available at alexachung.com(Vogue U.K.)

J.W. Anderson CEO, Simon Whitehouse, steps down

Another shakeup is going down at LVMH — Simon Whitehouse is stepping down as CEO of British label, J.W. Anderson. The brand confirmed to Business of Fashion that Whitehouse is leaving for personal reasons but will “take up different opportunities in 2018.” Whitehouse has been at the company since 2014. (Business of Fashion)

Lord & Taylor to be sold at walmart.com

Here’s something we didn’t expect — luxury department store Lord & Taylor will soon have merchandise available at walmart.com. The companies said come spring 2018, Lord & Taylor will set up its on storefront on the site in the hopes of becoming “a premium fashion destination on Walmart.com.” Interesting. (Racked)

Karl Lagerfeld criticizes Germany’s open-door migration policies

Never one to shy away from controversy, Karl Lagerfeld is currently making waves for his critical remarks on Germany’s migration policy. During an appearance on Salut les Terriens! (which translates to “Hello Earthlings!”) talkshow on the C8 channel in France over the weekend, the fashion designer attacked chancellor Angela Merkel for opening Germany’s borders. Along with reportedly saying Merkel made a “huge error” by accepting so many refugees, he also reportedly stated “One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place. I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said: ‘The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust.'”

France’s media regulator, the CSA, said that several hundred people have filed complaints against the program and C8 following the interview. The CSA is currently in the process of investigating the program. (The Guardian)

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