Style Notes: Blake Lively Pulled 256 Press Tour Looks; Hermes Profits Rise
Get over hump day with four fashion stories.
Bag theft aside, Hermes had an excellent first quarter, with sales up 19% to $1.2 billion. Compared to fellow luxury good competitors like Gucci and Prada, who've been forced to make some changes after sales fell in 2014, the French fashion brand is on a roll. Perhaps North West's handpainted Birkin bag inspired a new generation of fans. [The Wall Street Journal]
Professional clothes-changer Blake Lively may have worn 7 outfits in one day, but according to the Age of Adaline actress, it could have been a lot more. Lively reportedly pulled 256 looks (from her original list of 500) before making the final outfit selections for her ongoing press tour. A lesson to be learned from Lively: When you don't know what to wear, wear it all. [Page Six]
The top 10 finalists for the regional U.S. Woolmark Prize were announced Wednesday, with names like Tanya Taylor and Novis making the list. The menswear and womenswear winners will receive $40,100 to put towards their collection and will go on to compete for the international prize. Past winners include Altuzarra and Public School—not bad company to keep. [Woolmark]
Contrary to popular belief, high fashion does not have dibs on model armies. H&M released its summer 2015 promotional video, which stars Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls and Natasha Poly on a jet-setting island adventure in Antigua. Major girl power. [YouTube]