Fashion & Finance Friday!

Beach + Friday = PURE HAPPINESS!

That’ll learn him!  Chip Wilson – ousted founder and former CEO of lululemon just sold 20.1 shares to Advent International – the investment banker brought in by lulu’s board once they decided to throw Chippy out.

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Remember when Chip told the bigger girls that lulu’s yoga pants were not meant for curvy body types on national tv?  BEST AWESOME CORPORATE F-UP EVER!!!!  (Click here for a reminder of the awesomeness!)

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The board wanted Chip gone immediately after that, and so Chip agreed to sell 20.1 million shares yesterday and made $845 MILLION.  reversecommuter is quite sure Chippy learnt a valuable lesson here…

Luxury design houses are starting to report lower sales and earnings, based primarily on China not buying as much as was projected.

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Tod’s just released a profit decline, citing China as well as two major US boutiques closing for renovations as the reason behind the lag.  CEO Diego Della Valle is optimistic that 2014 Fall Collection is strong enough to rally Tod’s clientele back into power shopping mode.

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Note to Diego, the awesome car shoe and delicious Italian leather handbags are what makes Tod’s clients deliriously happy, and apparently Simon Doonan a little bit hungry!   Attempting to draw us in for a clothing line hasn’t accomplished the same pull.  Stick to what you know, let the profits grow (catchy huh?!).

Champs in a flute and the sun shining is reason enough to slap on the fancy shoes and wow the world with that outfit you secretly want/need to wear…Do It!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

What is it about Friday that instantaneously adds a big smile?!

NYFW is over, LFW is began today.  Snow to rain, fabulous fashion to fabulous fashion.

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Marc Jacobs ended the shows in NYC, and he did not disappoint! Rich luxe colored furs, caramels, winter whites, mod patterns sequins, a little lace, some hand stitched organza and quite possibly some of the most beautiful dresses presented in a long time.  Almost like a celebration of his emancipation from other lines (Louis Vuitton) to give his line the love it demands!

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Ralph Lauren’s collection was dreamy and rich, a line up of soft grey and purple and cream floated down the runway, dripping in cashmere, satin and wool crepes.  reversecommuter was hoping Ralph would end the show in one of those INCREDIBLE U.S. Olympic uniform sweaters, but alas his only nod to the snowy sports celebration was to be found on his feet!

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Tod’s owner and all round favorite Italian patriarch (click here for why) is having a little spat with Fiat, or to be more specific with Fiat heir John “Yaki” Elkann, grandson to founder Gianni Agnelli.  The two “gentlemen” are throwing insults at each other in the media (click here to have a giggle), in a war of words that starting over soccer (football in the rest of the world except the U.S.).  The luxury Italian leather maker is also the owner of a soccer/football club in Italy, and it happens to be the main rival of the Fiat owned team.

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I rigazzi sono rigazzi – that’s “Boys will be boys” in Italian!

On that note, pop some prosecco while wearing your cutest weekend get-up and celebrate love over this Valentine weekend!

xo reversecommuter

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It’s that time – it happens every season – the closet is edited, the weather has changed and  the list appears…

Trench Coat ( I found a Dolce & Gabbana that I really love & cannot stop thinking about…)

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Winter Jacket – happily that was solved in a previous post (click the blue to revisit)

Patent loafers – Tod’s or Gucci, why try to reinvent the wheel?

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Boots – hmmmmm, completely undecided TBC…

Winter Coat – love the red shown by Valentino (aka King of Red) and Alexander McQueen, plus it might make the winter a little brighter! (click the itty bitty picture to go to net-a-porter to buy)

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Bag – YSL for sure, grey or navy….  (click the pictures of the GORGEOUS YSL Classic Duffle to go to YSL & buy)

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YSL Grey Bag

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Jeans – Mother “Touch Not the Cat” wash skinny  (click the tiny picture & buy at Neiman’s)

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Touch not the cat Mother Denim

Sweaters – one black & one navy cashmere and a fisherman’s knit cream classic (click the picture, go to Nordstrom’s & buy the Michael Michael Kors’ sweater)

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Michael Michael Kors fisherman's knit sweater

 

Clearly reversecommuter has some serious shopping hours in her near future….YAY!

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

OHEMGEE!!!  Friday is here again!

J.C. Penney has some rather influential friends in it’s corner.  Nina Garcia tweeted a positive message regarding the retailer and KERPOW the stock ticker popped up 10%!  Nina signed on as the JC Penney “Style Voice and Fashion Collection Currator” on July 18th (see full press release here).  But it was the power of her tweet that sent the JC Penney stock waaaaaay up – bet the executive team that brought in the mighty Nina Garcia are pleased as punch with themselves!

Joe Fresh (Canadian H&M-esque retailer) has signed on to be part of the instore boutiques to be launched in the new & improved J.C. Penney stores.

Seems as though JC Penney wasn’t kidding around about completely changing the way they deliver retail.  reversecommuter is intrigued and thought it might be interesting to casually track the stock’s performance.

The ticker is JCP.  This should be fun!

Diego Della Valle, the owner of Tod’s (Italy’s butter soft luxury shoe and bag company) is shelling out 21 MILLION Euros to restore the Colisseum in Rome.

I wonder where he is going to put the little nobs?

Happy Happy Weekend!

XO reversecommuter

Arrivederci and the Car Shoe

The founder of Tod’s, Signore Delle Valle, passed away today at 89.  

Amazing man with an eye for design, quality and creativity.  He brought that delicious Italian leather and those wonderful little nobbles on the bottomImage of his shoe to us.  Grazie Mille!

Celebrate his greatness, slip into your fave pair of Tod’s and pretend you are sipping Prossecco with your bffs on the marble patio of your Sicillian palazzo.

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Ciao!

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