Extended Women’s Fashion Sizes Are Now the Norm

The average American woman today wears between a size 16 and 18, up from the previous standard dress size of 14, according to a new study.

Published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, the study found that the size 14 standard was based on data from ten years ago.

Many fashion brands stop at size 10 or 12, using smaller sizes for patterns and fit. Researchers suggest the novel concept of creating sizing standards based on updated consumer data to reduce returns and frustration due to size and fit.

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Rihanna Takes Fenty x Puma to Paris Fashion Week (and Tidal)

On Wednesday, September 28, Rihanna will present her Spring 2017 Fenty x Puma collection during Paris Fashion Week. “It’s a dream for me to be able to present my second collection of Fenty Puma by Rihanna in Paris,” the songstress said via release. “I approached this season very differently and felt the theme and concept was best suited for one of my favorite cities, Paris.”

Following in the footsteps of fellow Tidal co-owner Kanye West, the show will also stream live on Tidal – membership not required.

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Kate Moss Goes All In On the Business of Bookings

Today, Moss is the only one of the 1990s-era supermodels who still has an active and lucrative career in modelling. According to analysis conducted by Forbes, she earned $5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, ranking her 13th amongst the 20 highest earning models in the world. This may be less than in years past, when Forbes says she earned up to $13 million or more, but at 42, Moss is the oldest model on this year’s list and has the longest uninterrupted streak at the top the modelling game, making her one of the richest women in Britain with a net worth estimated by the Sunday Times to be more than $75 million…

Earlier this year, Moss took the industry by surprise when she left Storm Models after 27 years. Instead of going to a rival agency, however, Moss brought her agenting in-house and quietly began acting on a plan that could transform her from supermodel to budding businesswoman.

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Hermès Birkin Bags Outperform the S&P 500 Style
Hermès Birkin Bags Outperform the S&P 500

According to a research study by resale marketplace Baghunter, you’d do better putting your money in a (Birkin) bag than in the stock market or gold.

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Band of Outsiders is Reportedly Finished

Fashionista is reporting that Band of Outsiders, which launched as a shirt and tie company by Scott Sternberg in 2004 before gaining a cult following and expanding to a full range of men’s and women’s clothing, is “done.”

Primark’s Cheap, Fast Fashion Is Parent Company’s Sweet Spot

AB Foods, which also produces and sells food items, revealed in a regulatory statement that Primark sales rocketed by 15% ahead of last year. It added that trading was strong in the stores it opened over the last 12 months across Europe.

The fashion chain, known for clothing priced as low as £1 ($1.49 at current exchange rates), saved its parent company from disappointing fiscal year food sales, driven by low European sugar prices. Expansion plans are underway for the Northeast United States, where the chain will compete with chains like Forever 21.

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Yoox and Net-a-Porter Are Now Part of the Same Company

In a press release, YOOX founder Federico Marchetti confirmed an all-share merger which will join Net-a-Porter with the Italian luxury e-tailer. The new company will be the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, and see Marchetti retain his title of CEO. Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet will be executive chairman of the company.

YOOX will continue to be listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, and Net-a-Porter will maintain its headquarters in London.

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A Newborn Gained Nearly 19,000 Instagram Followers in 2 Days

Looking to replicate 2-day-old Ioni Conran’s social media ascent? Step 1: Convince social media savvy model Coco Rocha to become your mom. Step 2: Practice cooing for the camera. Step 3: Profit!

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SOLVED: Definitive Proof That the True Color of That $80 Internet Breaking Dress Is Style
SOLVED: Definitive Proof That the True Color of That $80 Internet Breaking Dress Is

Tumblr user swiked posted a photo of the dress, worn by a friend’s mother, and ignited a color debate. A lot of people saw white and gold, others argued blue and black. Others argued that the dress in question was too ugly to even think about.

Unretouched Photos Show That Beyoncé Has Pores Style
Unretouched Photos Show That Beyoncé Has Pores

And sometimes, for makeup advertisements, wears heavy makeup.

For New York City, Fashion Beats Football By $400 Million

According to a study by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, which apparently studies these things, New York Fashion Week brings in almost $900 million in revenue for the city. Quoted in WWD, Representative Carolyn Maloney pointed out that the biannual event has more economic impact than the U.S. Open ($700 million), last year’s Super Bowl ($500 million), and the New York City Marathon ($340 million).

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BucketFeet Raises $7.5 Million to Become the Threadless of Shoes

Artists from all over the world can apply to be a BucketFeet artist and the best works are printed up on BucketFeet’s shoes. All the manufacturing and distribution is handled by BucketFeet, and artists walk away with a minimum of $250 as a down-payment and $1/shoe sold.

The Chicago based company also sells to brick-and-mortar retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord & Taylor, in addition to their own studios and pop-up shops.

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After Chasing Growth In China, the Luxury Industry Looks West

“The US market has been very positive for luxury and fashion businesses in the past two years, primarily supported by asset price rebounds, both in the stock market and in real estate,” explained Luca Solca, head of luxury goods at Exane BNP Paribas.

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Oscar de la Renta's Legacy Style
Oscar de la Renta’s Legacy

At 82, it’s difficult to describe a death as surprising. Yet that was the feeling after it was announced that fashion designer Oscar de la Renta had died. Just over a month ago, de la Renta made his appearance at the close of his Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show, looking as vibrant as the dresses which […]

Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Dies at 93 Style
Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Dies at 93

Credited with coining the phrase “prêt-à-porter,” and building a business on it at a time when haute couture and custom made fashion dominated, Chloé founder Gaby Aghion died in Paris on September 27th at the age of 93. Just one day away from the Spring/Summer 2015 runway collection, scheduled for September 28th, the French fashion house […]

This Has to Be the Scariest New York Fashion Week Trend Yet Style
This Has to Be the Scariest New York Fashion Week Trend Yet

Today at Ohne Titel, however, milliner Gigi Burris created bows made of horsehair that mane master Jordan M fastened beneath undone knots. {Style.com} Described as “something very simple,” our first impression was actually something very dead. While the effect is striking to be sure, it’s hard to imagine a cluster of hair creepily brushing against […]

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$50 Nail Polish Sets a New Record

$50. For a new pair of shoes or jeans, it’s a reasonable amount – a bargain, even, depending on the quality and brand. For nail polish though, it’s unheard of. Christian Louboutin will be launching a full, 30-color range of nail polishes on August 31st, but kicked things off with Rouge Louboutin, a red that closely matches […]

And the Survey Says... Matching Isn't Fashionable Style
And the Survey Says… Matching Isn’t Fashionable

In a study by psychologists at the University of North Carolina, Duke and Carnegie Mellon, researchers found that overly coordinated outfits weren’t deemed fashionable. While Google translate has let us down on an exact translation, we believe that “compositus compositus” is the Latin form of “matchy matchy.” You’re welcome, scientific fashion community. In a new […]

Prada Enters the Customized Shoe Market Style
Prada Enters the Customized Shoe Market

The streetwear and athletic crowds have long been able to get their customized kicks via on demand platforms like NIKEiD, which inspired similar options from Converse, Reebok and Adidas. Australian startup Shoes of Prey stepped in to fill the role of the more fashion minded shoe customization platform, but there hasn’t been much on offer […]

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