Style Notes: Rihanna Covers 'Vogue' U.K.; Uniqlo's Lemaire Collab Is Here
Rihanna Covers British Vogue [British Vogue]
Rihanna went Western for the cover of Vogue U.K.'s April issue, rocking a bedazzled cowboy hat and a matching white leather jacket. In the accompanying spread, photographed by Craig McDean, the multihyphenate showcases her newest collaboration with Manolo Blahnik and gives a warning to the first woman she sees on the street rocking her designs: "I am sorry for that woman because I'm going to literally run after her, shouting, 'Stop! Selfie! Who are you? Where did you get them?' I'm going to have a moment!"
Pieces from Uniqlo's Lemaire Collab Sell Out in Minutes [Racked]
After the success of his first collaboration with Uniqlo, Christophe Lemaire built quite the loyal fan base. The fans are so loyal, in fact, that just hours after the second iteration of the collaboration debuted, several pieces sold out. Customers took to social media to complain (as customers have been known to do) that some pieces are already offline. If this collection is anything like the first, the pieces hopefully will be restocked within a couple months' time.
Rebecca Minkoff's In-Season Show Deemed Success [WWD]
Rebecca Minkoff was one of a handful of designers to dive head-first into an experimental, consumer-facing and in-season fashion-show presentation schedule, and it looks like her risk-taking paid off. Minkoff's brand saw a 213 percent increase in sales in the weeks following her spring 2016 presentation at New York Fashion Week — including the "highest ever sales day" at her New York store — prompting her to declare the trial a success. She has announced that she will continue the strategy into next season.
Saks Fifth Avenue Introduces 24/7 Personal Shopping Online [WWD]
Online shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue just got a little more dangerous. The retailer has introduced a new, 24/7 associate-assistance program for its online shoppers, in which associates can create customized boutiques for individuals. Saks president Marc Metrick says of the service: "This is a highly personalized online solution to selling, merging our highest trafficked channel, saks.com, with our highest converter, our associates."