English: Juicy Couture at 640 Fifth Avenue, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Juicy Couture‘s flagship store on Fifth Avenue is closing any day. I remember being so excited when it opened because I was working just two blocks away. The pink, the sparkles, the perfume could lift my mood after a long workday. ….Anywho, the company has been sold several times and the products are now going to be sold exclusively at Kohl’s. If someone had told me ten years ago that Juicy Couture, which once ruled almost the entire YES sportswear section of Bloomingdale’s, would fall out of favor, I wouldn’t have believed them. I wore Juicy in high school and college, and when I started working I still bought their shoes and polished outerwear. I still can’t find better upscale hair ties. I remember reading a survey a few months ago that teenagers today prefer “athleisure” wear, like Lululemon pants, over jeans, but I think that’s a really saturated market, and Victoria’s Secret PINK seems to have taken away a lot of Juicy’s business. It feels like the end of an era. [Racked] Also check out this longer BoF story by Lauren Sherman, The Fall of the House of Juicy, and The Glitter Plan, coming out next week, by the founders of Juicy Couture.
Harper’s Bazaar‘s 24 Hours feature is by far the most interesting fashion magazine franchise. It gives us an inside look into the lives of fashion heavyweights and I always find it fascinating. In this edition, we spend the day with Nicola Formichetti, creative director of Diesel, and he has some interesting quirks. He found some of his team on Instagram or Tumblr, and has no rules except no one is allowed to eat apples in his office because he hates the sound. [Harper's Bazaar]
Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger are best friends and a real-life Jungle Book! After reading about the horrible abuse and death of a cat named Quattro in New Jersey by the hands of elementary school children, I love to see a happy story about animals – and the pictures are so sweet! [Daily Mail]
image via Ivanka Trump Facebook page
Ivanka Trump was interviewed for Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s blog, Romy and the Bunnies, about her style, motherhood and her hectic schedule. She describes her daughter Arabella’s style as “all things pink and princess.” Sounds like my kind of girl! [Romy and the Bunnies]
Matt Dunford claims he is Britain’s Vainest Man. Spencer Pratt, is that you? Reading his interview did make me think about how an investment in one’s appearance can be beneficial for career prospects, but he takes this concept a bit too far for my taste. He’s kind of like the British version of the guys from Jersey Shore… proof that an unappealing personality can counteract good looks. [Daily Mail]
Jessica Alba talked to Glamour about balancing her work as President & Founder of The Honest Company with shooting movies and being a wife and mother. We find out that her mentor is Tory Burch. I liked this quote: “I never thought I was smart or good enough. I was scared of calling myself artistic because I thought I fell short of what it meant. And you know what? I’m not the dumbest person in the room. I’m not the smartest, and I’m OK with that. I feel like I’m smart, and I feel like I’m an artist.” [Glamour]
Image: Sophie Kinsella
When I attended Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic & Baby signing in New York a few years ago, she hinted that she might write another Becky Bloomwood book after her next standalone (Wedding Night). At the end of Shopaholic & Baby, it is either suggested or confirmed (I can’t remember, I read the book a few years ago!) that Luke has to move to Hollywood for a year for work. Sophie just posted on Facebook about SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS, so it’s true! The book will be out on October 21, 2014.
Author Meg Cabot revealed exclusively to The Wall Street Journal that she’ll be releasing two new Princess Diaries books in 2015. One is a middle-grade title featuring Mia’s long-lost half sister, and one will be an adult title focusing on Mia herself.
Ms. Cabot began working on “The Princess Diaries” spinoffs when she was in France last fall, on a yearlong sabbatical from writing that clearly didn’t stick. Since she had sworn off writing, she started sketching horses and other animals to amuse herself. Then, she saw a few news stories about Prince Albert of Monaco and the children he’s had out of wedlock, and imagined a scenario where Mia’s biracial half-sister, Olivia, is discovered. She decided to incorporate the drawings into Olivia’s notebook.
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