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Here’s All the Fashion News You Missed This Week

Kim Kardashian Wore Vetements to Visit Donald Trump

Perhaps the most surreal moment of 2018 so far is the borderline Twilight Zone image of Kim Kardashian, a black-clad unsmiling Ice Queen standing in the Oval Office, next to a seated Donald Trump, who has a sh*t-eating grin plastered on his face, like a child who has just made a mess that he knows he won’t have to clean up. The New Yorker called the image a “nightmare we can’t wake up from.” Kim’s meeting with the President was to discuss prison reform; she has been advocating on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offense, since October 2017. So what does the most important reality tv-star-cum-influencer wear to meet a President who also used to be a reality television star? Vetements, of course. Because irony is the only currency we have left and nothing matters anymore. (The Guardian)

 

Gucci’s 2019 Cruise Show was a Bacchanalian Spectacle of Death

The aesthetic of the Gucci girl, as defined by Alessandro Michele, has come to mean a purposefully mismatched dog’s breakfast of exuberance, thrown together with the kind of careless élan that transformed Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens into a lingering fashion icon. The Gucci 2019 Cruise collection, presented this week in Arles, France, was no different. The collection included Queen Elizabeth I bouffant hairdos, Gunne Saxe-inspired vintage looking dresses, buffalo platforms and even a creepy rubber mask that made the model resemble a sex robot. According to the label, the collection was built on Michele’s fascination with “the idea of death.” (Fashionista)

 

Rodarte is Missing from Paris Couture Week Schedule

Last July, Rodarte became a guest member of Paris Couture Week after a thumbs up from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. However, according to a provisional schedule released by the Chambre Syndicale, Rodarte is missing from Paris Couture Week’s July lineup. A spokesperson from Rodarte told WWD that the label is still firming up their plans to show their Spring 2019 show. Last season, Rodarte eschewed a traditional runway show in favour a stunning look book featuring the likes of powerful, talented women like Joanna Newsom and Kim Gordon modeling the label’s Fall 2018 collection. (WWD)

 

Sears is Shutting Down 72 More Stores

Brick and mortar retail isn’t dead, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so after Sears announced it would be closing 63 more stores. This is after the over 160 closings that have happened this past year. Sears, an approachable discount department store where I’m pretty sure my mom bought me my first training bra, was once a huge employer in my hometown of Belleville, Ont., so I’m a little mournful, but not shocked, that this icon of working class retail is on its last legs.  (Business Insider)