Style Notes: Sponsors Suspend Work with Maria Sharapova; Aritzia Comes to L.A.
News that doesn't involve a Twitter feud.
Maria Sharapova's Sponsors Add Distance Following Failed Drug Test [New York Times]
On Monday, Maria Sharapova revealed that she had failed a drug test at the Australian open, testing positive for the recently banned prescription, meldonium. On Tuesday, her sponsors — Tag Heuer, Porsche and Nike included — were already working to distance themselves from the Russian tennis star. Though no specific actions have been taken, the brands have all "suspended negotiations" with Sharapova pending further review.
Canadian Retailer Aritzia Comes to L.A. [WWD]
Popular contemporary clothing retailer Aritzia will open its doors in L.A. this November at the revamped Westfield Century City mall. The opening is part of the mall's greater $800 million renovation plans, which will also include the opening of a Nordstrom. The new Aritzia store will be its third California location, though it's first in the So Cal area; the two other stores are located in San Jose and San Francisco.
Urban Outfitters Inc. Sales Slump, Shares Rise [Forbes]
Though Urban Outfitters Inc. reported flat sales during the fourth quarter, investors are cheering about the news that regular priced apparel sales have increased, meaning that the retailer can scale back on its mark downs. The news caused shares to jump 16 percent on Tuesday. Sales for both Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters saw a small decline, while Free People's sales were up two percent. The company also pointed out a very positive response to their new assortment of beauty products as well.
January Jones Is a Kerastase Ambassador [Instagram]
January Jones' perfectly coifed blonde waves are finally getting the attention they deserve. The actress revealed on Instagram this morning that she is the new face of Kerastase's Nutritive collection of products. Betty Draper would be proud.