Style Notes: Macy's Officially Dumps Trump; Sole Society Raises $8 Million
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Macy's and Donald Trump are never, ever, ever getting back together (probably). As of today, the two announced that they are officially parting ways — but like any rough, public breakup, there's been drama regarding "who dumped who." Earlier this week, a petition that gathered over 700,000 signatures was filed asking Macy's to stop selling Trump's products following his controversial comments about immigration. Today, Macy's declared that it would no longer be selling Trump merchandise in its stores. But the presidential hopeful later stated on Instagram that it was he who decided to end their business relationship in light of the "outside pressures" being put on the company, and he went on to ask Americans who supported "tighter border security" to boycott the retailer. This breakup just may be juicier than Ben and Jen (but less devastating, obviously). [THR]
Sole Society, an online accessories brand that launched in 2011, is the latest e-tailer to get a big vote of confidence from investors — a vote that comes in the form of cold, hard cash. Little-sister brand HauteLook (which was acquired by Nordstrom for $270 million in 2011) announced today that it raised over $8 million in funding from Nordstrom and Insight Venture Partners. Not bad. [Fashionista]
Though it has had a less-than-successful track record wooing luxury brands to get on board its platform, Amazon still is slowly but surely building up its fashion cred. The web giant is sponsoring the first Men's New York Fashion Week and was also a sponsor of the Met Gala earlier this year, most likely in an attempt to forge friendships with brands and be seen as a serious fashion contender. However, at the moment, Amazon is spending most of its energy focusing on enhancing its customer experience. [Business of Fashion]
Teen Vogue has become something of a crystal ball when it comes to predicting the fashion industry's hot new faces — most notably Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman and Jennifer Lawrence. For its August cover, Vogue's little sister chose Imaan Hammam, Aya Jones and Lineisy Montero as fashion's biggest rising stars. Especially after the backlash that followed the glossy's recent story about dreadlocked hair (which starred a light-skinned model), it's also worth a mention that all three models are women of color. [Teen Vogue]