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Kaarin and Lisa presents
Welcome to your fashion news comedy podcast! Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
May 22, 2021
What's Next For Runway Shows
L Brands is spinning off Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren is selling Club Monaco, and Pyer Moss is headed to the haute couture runway in Paris. Unilever and Hourglass are about to change the world with the color red, New York Fashion Week has a new hype group, and H&M is getting into printable blanks.
May 15, 2021
Are Fashion Magazine Internships Dead?
We've got a crime ring to kick things off this week. ModCloth has a new owner (again), Valentino and Zara are both launching beauty, and brown is truly having a fashion moment again. Are fashion magazine internships a thing of the past? Plus: We announce our 7th anniversary microgrant recipients.
May 8, 2021
Who Owns the Sun?
We spend some time talking trademarks in two disputes where brands you know try to get control of some really random stuff, honestly. Kenzo's top designer has left the fashion house and LVMH has launched a sales platform for deadstock fabric. And we remember designer Alber Elbaz.
May 1, 2021
Is it Hacking or is it Hacky?
We review the Gucci / Balenciaga mashup runway show and fill you in on the Valentino factory fire. Nike and Lululemon are launching refurbishing programs, and Canada Goose is keeping up with its sustainability plan. Plus, there's a Halston miniseries coming to Netflix.
April 10, 2021
There Hasn't Been a Valentino Around Here for Years
Guess discontinued a Telfar lookalike bag, Fashion Nova is compensating customers for shipping delays, and Fifth Avenue is a hot real estate mess. Bottega Veneta launched a digital magazine, and manufacturers are patenting their leather alternatives.
March 27, 2021
Revenge is a Complete Sentence
Revenge shopping may drive post-pandemic consumerism. Garment workers in Myanmar are protesting the new military regime, and in Egypt, at least 20 workers died due to a factory fire. Vikings had bling, the Ikea catalog is now a podcast, and Loft cut its size range.
March 20, 2021
Kanye's presidential campaign is in hot water, and West Coast Joe has new allegations against his would-be sneaker empire. What comes after skinny jeans? Christian Louboutin sold part of his company and a famous tattoo artist's former cosmetics company is going through a re-brand. Yes, you read that right. Come hang out!
March 13, 2021
The Fashion Crime Birthday Show
We are celebrating our 7th anniversary with a surprise! In fashion news, a lot of Conde Nast employee perks are going away, somebody's trying to evict Andre Leon Talley, and we have yet another alleged fashion crime involving Nike. Jil Sander is getting acquired and dollar stores are still thriving. Come hang out!
March 6, 2021
Build a Bear Birkin
Vera Wang is making vodka, Jay-Z is selling off half his champagne fortune, and this week's fashion crime makes us want to pour one out (for ourselves). Estee Lauder is taking a majority stake in Deciem while also closing down Becca Cosmetics. Handbags are back, there's a new option for leather restoration, and have we found the fastest bankruptcy in retail history?
February 27, 2021
Welcome to the Show
New York Fashion Week happened, but was anyone paying attention? We have answers about what Bottega Veneta is doing (or not doing) on social media, and what's going to happen between Adidas and Reebok. Plus, Century 21 is planning a comeback, Gucci is having a small struggle, and Rebecca Minkoff is on OnlyFans?
February 20, 2021
Fashion Crime Alias
Rihanna's Fenty collection has been put on hold, buy now pay later (BNPL) is coming for us all, and companies with adaptive clothing are running into ad problems on Facebook. Plus, we figure out what the heck a "pully top" is, and dissect a big 'ol fashion crime involving Nike, pop-up shops, and a guy named Frank.
February 6, 2021
Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts Fashion
Fendi's latest collection has a literary connection, men are wearing suits to work from home, and Gorpcore is here to take normcore up a notch. L'Occitane filed for Chapter 11, Belk is getting ready to file for bankruptcy, and we discuss a small Twitter battle between two retailers.
January 29, 2021
The Woodland Creature Hair Salon
Christian Siriano launched an interior design firm, Sotheby's is going to sell sneakers, and Christopher & Banks is shutting down. L'Oreal won't use animal fur in its cosmetic brushes and there are more Ferragamo sale rumors. Plus, we've got a fashion crime and some whistleblower news.