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]