Fashion & Finance Friday

6 more sleeps till Santa comes / 3rd night of Hannukah and it is Friday – can you say Holiday Party?!?!?!

Just in case you are stumped in the “whatshouldIweartothatparty?” feel free to peruse the first 7 days of reversecommuter’s 12 Days of Christmas Party Outfits (or Holiday Party Outfits depending on what side of the menorah you are sitting on).

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The shakeup that shook up horse bits around the world occurred again this week.  In case you were still sobbing loudly into to your velvet Tom Ford for Gucci tuxedo jacket, Gucci once again released their lead designer, Frida Gianini and the CEO, Patrizio di Marco, who interestingly are a real life couple and parents to a 2 year old.

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Giannini will depart after her final collection is shown at the Milano fashion week ending February 25, and Patrizio will have become the world’s best dressed stay-at-home daddy beginning January 1, 2015.

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Gucci’s holding company, Kering, shakes the world of interlocking G’s every now and then – Tom Ford anyone?!?!?! – and the reason behind this double dipped sword is based on sagging sales figures.  Mamma Mia that is one big lump of designer coal.

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Speaking of Gucci Gucci Goo, the SEC has charged AVON for ding-donging some Chinese officials with goodies that included Gucci bags and trinkets from Tiffany’s.

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The Avon bribes back in 2006 helped the door-to-door makeup company secure some of the early direct business selling licenses issued by the Chinese government to foreign companies.

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$135 Million is the fine – that is a lot of Skin So Soft, just saying…

Whip yourself into a fancy dress frenzy, calm the nerves with a  perfectly chilled flute of champs and ignore the sore feet while you dance the night away on the very last weekend of Holiday Parties 2014!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion and Finance Friday!

Oh Yeah, it’s Friday!!!!!

I cannot even BEGIN to wax on about Jeff Bezos, Amazon and the fashion world takeover….that will come in a separate, completely devoted posting, and it will be TRES GOOD!

All I will say about Jeff Bezos is that he wore Tom Ford to the Met Ball earlier this week, and was a fashion dude DO!

….and speaking of Tom Ford…..

Tom Ford takes four to five baths daily, says the baths are meditative and help him decompress after stressing about emails.  LOVE THAT!  He was very serious as a child, even carried around a briefcase at the age of 7 – ADORABLE!   He also freely admits to walking around his house naked – lucky neighbor!  He was the host of 92Y in NYC on Wednesday, and the event sold out four months ago on the pull of his gorgeousness alone!

Coty Inc. really wants to buy Avon, and back for a second shot at it Coty has called in the BIG DOG…Warren Buffett!  Coty has a new offer of $10.65 BILLION, and this despite Avon being decimated on the stock market (down another 3% yesterday to $20.89 per share).  DING DONG….TAKE THE OFFER!!!!!!

“‘Cause if you don’t look good, we don’t look good, we take pride in you”……Vidal Sasson passed away earlier this week.  An icon in the hair industry, he built his company on the merits of one amazing haircut – an asymmetrical bob.  Then of course came his hair care products and his designer jean line as well.  Truly an inspiring, business-brilliant, talented man.

Fashion & Finance Friday

Vive l’Hermes!  There is nothing like receiving an orange box!  Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Profits are up 21.9% for the first quarter of the year for Hermes.  Interesting considering  almost all retailers are feeling the pain of a low performing year, and Hermes’ price point.   Speaking of interesting…Fake makers beware, the US court ordered 34 websites that were selling counterfeit Hermes bags to pay Hermes $100 MILLION!

Ding Dong Avon Calling!

Remember when there used to be a mini-army of Avon sales ladies ringing the doorbells across middle America?

Safe bet Andrea Jung won’t be answering that doorbell.  She just stepped down after a 12 year roll as CEO of Avon.  Her replacement, a 30 year veteran from Johnson & Johnson, Sheri McCoy, has a BIG challenge on her hands.  Avon’s stock is beaten up – as in 81.6% dive in profits, and there is a big fish (Coty, Inc.) who wants to buy Avon out.  Meanwhile, Andrea Jung who had been given the role of Executive Chairman has announced she is stepping down immediately.

Remember when there used to be a mini-army of Avon sales ladies ringing the doorbells across middle America?

Happy Friday!!!!