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Style Notes: Lil' Kim's New Look; Charlotte Olympia Does Activewear

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Lil' Kim Reveals New Look on Instagram [CNN]
Lil' Kim's got a brand-new look — and not all of her fans are into it. After posting a selfie collage on Sunday, Lil' Kim's Instagram page blew up with fans voicing their anger at the rapper's decision to change up her appearance over the past few years by lightening her skin and refining her facial features. Lil' Kim has been known to change up her hair color in the past, however she's currently sporting light blonde locks, which has caused many to criticize her for "trying to look white." 

Charlotte Olympia Debuts Activewear [WWD]
Accessories brand Charlotte Olympia — best known for cheeky, colorful clutches and heels — has officially joined the activewear movement. The brand partnered with Bodyism for a collection which features 10 ready-to-wear pieces as well as a gym bag and two sneaker options. Naturally, the offering includes leopard-print pieces and Charlotte Olympia's "kitty" face, which is a signature on the brand's uberpopular ballet flats. Prices range from $108 to $425 and the linelaunches in the U.S. this May on Shopbop.com.

Mickey Drexler Gives out Email Address, Asks Customers for J. Crew Feedback [Business Insider]
J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler is getting personal with customers. In a new ploy to win back shoppers, Drexler sent the retailer's email subscribers his own email address, encouraging consumers to get in touch with him directly to voice their opinions about the product and make suggestions about the retailer's website and stores. J. Crew has been struggling for the past few years, but only time will tell if this stunt is successful. (For the record, his email address is msd@jcrew.com.)

YSL CEO Opens Up About Post-Slimane Era [Business of Fashion]
Following Hedi Slimane's departure from Saint Laurent last month, many have wondered how the brand will continue its staggering upward momentum (the company just reported double-digit growth for the first quarter). In her first-ever in-depth interview, CEO Francesca Bellettini promises that under newly appointed creative director Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent will definitely evolve, however the changes implemented by Slimane will not necessarily be wiped clean. Going forward, the French luxury house will continue its focus on balance, with regards to both men's and women's offerings, geographic distribution of its stores, national diversity of its customers and its product categories.

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