Style Notes: 'Allure' Founding Editor Ousted; Alibaba Hits $14.3B on Singles' Day
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Allure founding editor-in-chief Linda Wells is stepping down from her post after 25 years with the Conde Nast-owned beauty mag. Michelle Lee, who announced just last week that she would be leaving her job as editor-in-chief of Nylon magazine, will take her place effective immediately. Wells will be transitioning into an unspecified advisory role at Conde Nast. [Fashionista]
In the past few years, China's Singles' Day has become synonymous not just with self-pity gifts, but also with record-breaking sales. This year, one of the nation's biggest retailers, Alibaba, shattered yet another record with over $14.3 billion in sales — with the first billion grossed within the first 8 minutes. Not too shabby. [The Atlantic]
Bloomingdales has issued an apology following a questionable ad in their holiday catalog which many customers allege encourages date rape. The photo shows a woman laughing with her eyes closed while a male friend looks on, followed by the words, "Spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking." Several customers took to social media to express their outrage at the "horrific" and "creepy" photo. In their apology, the retailer admitted the ad was "inappropriate" and "in poor taste." [TechInsider]
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is mixing things up at the Italian brand yet again with his decision to show the label's cruise 2017 show in London. Earlier this year, the designer showed his first cruise collection in New York. Given his popularity among celebs like Salma Hayek and Dakota Johnson, there will likely be a star-studded front row. [WWD]