Thank you NOLA, Friday came quicker this week!
Pipedreams. Piperlime, an online boutique owned by Gap Inc. will be shut down by the end of February. This is a classic case of why retailers should not try to be all things to all people. Piperlime launched in 2006 and quickly became a favorite shoe site. The sales figures mistakenly convinced Gap to expand Piperlime into an everything-kind of website increasing inventory to include shoes, clothes, accessories etc. as a direct competitor to Zappos.com.
Gap decided to open a bricks and mortar Piper lime in Soho September 2012. reversecommuter was there in person, as was Rachel Zoe who was hosting a NYFW event.
Piperlime has been big in seeking out celebrity spokespersons, but apparently not big in sales. Piperlime was responsible for a whopping 1% of Gap’s jaw-dropping $16 BILLION in annual sales. Poor little Piperlime is no more, which should be viewed as great news for smaller high fashion online operations.
Not Well Suited. Jones New York, the brand that represented suits for women since 1970, is closing down operations.
Workwear for women is now a redefined industry that allows interpretation, style and separates to form the outfits in boardrooms. reversecommuter was the proud owner of a few JNY suits during my career as a stockbroker, usually in hot pink, navy, red and black. And yes, there was a rotation of suiting that reflected the market!
Alas, present day Jones New York is more Ally McBeal than Amal Clooney, clearly that just wasn’t working.
Just for giggles choose the shorter the hemline, ignore the snow drifts and own those pumps…while raising the champagne flute to the PATS on Superbowl Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Technically the jeans item is a jean jacket, but updating the jeans & t-shirt look for Spring is a great excuse to bring out the skirts. Swing style is big for Spring 2014. Movement is the key word. Cue silly video…
Jonathan Simkhai’s flirty swing skirt is one of my new fave staples – it can be dressed up or down – like way up with stilettos and a silk tank or way down with flip-flops and cotton tank. That is the sign of an incredible piece! Click here to go get one! J Crew has a couple of fun flirty skirts in solids & florals, all at an easy price point too. Click each picture to go get some retail therapy!
ps TOTALLY loving ZekeStringer’s medallion necklace which arrived as a fabulous surprise! Many Thanks!
Bring on the LOOOOOONG Choco-Bunny Weekend!
“It’s good to have goals.” – One of reversecommuter’s favorite mantras, and it appears the same can be said for The Gap Inc. in regards to China. Gap has 81 stores in China and is planning on adding 30 more shops this year. Gap Inc. will probably consider introducing additional Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores into China in the next 2 years.
The Gap wants to reach $1BILLION in sales in China by 2017. How do you say “Khaki’s Everywhere” in Mandarin?
reversecommuter mini-rant (* DIRECT bi-product of being cooped inside since Sunday with sick stomach flu children – apologies!)
The world’s total clothing spenditure is $1.4 Trillion. If Gap Inc. hits $1 Billion by 2017, reversecommuter shudders to think how very similar everyone’s outfits will be. At the risk of ranting (on a Fashion & Finance Friday no less!), fashion is not about looking like everyone else, nor is it about mass producing inexpensive, poor quality clothing – that puts garment workers in developing countries at risk.
King Karl once again proves his regal worthiness.
Despite the shared opinion of reversecommuter and Karl Lagerfeld (um, how much fun was that sentence to write?!?!?), it seems as though the fashion world’s love of all things workout-y is expanding. How is it that the suburban masses of yoga pant uniformed housewives are influencing Paris, Milan, New York and London?!?!?! net-a-porter is rumored to be expanding the website into workout wear, Tory Burch is about to launch her workout line, and Lululemon is about to launch their “&Go” line of everyday clothing.
reversecommuter mini-rant Part II (* DIRECT bi-product of being cooped inside since Sunday with sick stomach flu children – apologies!)
Tory Burch being “influenced” by recognizing a lot of women wear their gym clothes all day makes reversecommuter once again ask “how is she considered a leading designer in fashion?”. And if designers waive the white flag and surrender their creativity based on the bored masses in their yoga pants and unkept ponytails, this era will be more horrific than the 80’s shoulder pad debacle.
reversecommuter appreciates gorgeous, stylish workout clothing probably more than most, perfect example is this adidas by Stella McCartney top I just nabbed on net-a-porter.com, but I will be wearing it to work out in, and then I will shower, float around on my endorphin high and change into other clothes!
Easter Weekend is upon us, get ready for happy, giggly children, pastel outfits, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, family time, sugar highs, and Easter bonnet parades (my absolute favorite Bill Cunningham spread in the New York Times Fashion section of all year!!!!).
Dress up, smile for all you have and add some champs to that glass of o.j. at Easter Brunch!
Tis the season to run around from 5:30am through till midnight – OY!
What to wear to take you from School Party to Girls’ Luncheon, to Afterschool Celebration to Christmas Pageant to Drinks & Dinner with friends? (besides coverup under the tired eyes?!)
In a word – VELVET. It’s big this year, everyone from Banana Republic to Victoria Beckham Denim is offering it! Click the blue to go shopping! I have a friend that even bought two pairs (one dress pant and one jeans version…wonder if she kept them both?!).
Velvet pants Prada, shearling Miu Miu.