Monday, January 19, 2015

SNL Spoofs Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein, Shoes Are Getting More Expensive

SNL Spoofs Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein, Shoes Are Getting More Expensive:

The Internet has already ripped it apart -- and now SNL is having its fun with Calvin Klein's latest ads, reprising Kate McKinnon as a tattooed and hairless Justin Bieber (above).

It's not just you -- shoes are getting more expensive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of clothing dropped 2 percent over the past year; jewelry and watches have gotten cheaper, too. But shoes have increased by 2.8 percent in price on average, thanks to a U.S. cattle shortage and rising leather prices. {Quartz}

Lacoste, which recently outlined a plan to make over itself as a fashion-first brand, now has a new CEO to execute it: Conforma CEO Thierry Guibert is taking the reins from José Luis Duran, who served as CEO of Lacoste for five years. The company noted that Guibert has a track record of transforming retail brands into luxury ones. {WWD}

The Duchess of Cambridge made another public appearance Monday, greeted by crowds on her way to a coffee meeting with Family Friends, a volunteer organization that mentors families in poorer parts of London. She wore a powder blue coat from her favorite maternity brand, Seraphine, with a matching navy blue suede clutch and pumps. The whole look has of dreaming of spring. {Us}

Gucci's in-house design team had been "working 'round the clock" to put together its men's collection, shown in Milan on Monday. Alessandro Michele, Gucci's head accessories designer and reportedly a front-runner for the creative director position, has been directing its completion following Frida Giannini's early departure from the Italian brand. {WWD}

Escada is still a well-recognized luxury brand -- but it hasn't been perceived as a fashion-forward label for quite some time now. Glenn McMahon, who was appointed CEO of Escada in mid-December, plans to change that. {WWD}

The UK has embraced online shopping, but there's one category the country's citizens are not as keen to buy online: beauty. Only 11.3 percent of beauty sales in the UK take place online, versus 16.5 percent of overall retail, according to a L2 study. Part of the problem may be a lack of availability: Only half of brands in the study have e-commerce-enabled websites, and only 38 percent sell through Amazon UK. {L2 blog}