Style Notes: First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Modeled After Olympian; J. Crew Apologizes for Model's Hairstyle

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Barbie's First Hijab-Wearing Doll Modeled After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad [Glamour WOTY Summit]
During Monday's Glamour Women of the Year summit, Barbie unveiled its first-ever hijab-wearing doll that was modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first hijab-wearing Olympian to compete for the U.S. "Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie Shero family!" she wrote on Instagram. "This is a childhood dream come true!" 

J. Crew Apologizes After Backlash Over Model's Hair [Business Insider]
J. Crew has issued an apology after several customers took to social media to complain that the hair of a black model on Madewell's website was too messy, implying that the brand did not know how to style her natural texture. (Several black models have spoken out in the past because hair and makeup artists did not offer products in darker colors or did not know how to style natural texture.) However, others — including the model herself — sided with Madewell, noting that the "messy" look was part of Madewell's unfussy and effortless aesthetic. J. Crew apologized, writing that the company "strives to represent every race, gender, and background."

Poshmark Raises $87.5 Million in Funding, Announces Amazon Alexa Feature [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox] 
Global shopping marketplace Poshmark on Monday announced both that they had raised $87.5 million in series D funding, led by Temasek, and that they have a new in-app stylist feature which uses Amazon's Alexa. The voice-enabled "social styling" system connects shoppers with real people (called "seller stylists") who will select various products and add them to the customer's "dressing room." Shoppers without Alexa can also use a stylist match system within the app that is not voice-activated.

Walmart to Launch Lord & Taylor Online Shop [WWD]
Walmart is looking to compete in the fashion realm by joining forces with Lord & Taylor. This spring, Walmart will offer Lord & Taylor pieces in an online "flagship" shop, which it hopes will elevate its current apparel offerings to be on par with other "premium" — but not "luxury" — retailers. "Basically, what we are doing is taking America’s oldest department store and bolting it onto Wal-Mart’s infrastructure to turn Lord & Taylor into a national retailer without all the costs associated with a national brick-and-mortar presence," said interim Hudson Bay Co. (parent company of Lord & Taylor) CEO Richard Baker.

 

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Conde Nast Italia Is Launching Academy to Train Influencers [WWD]
Being an influencer may seem like it's all free swag and and artfully staged latte Instagrams, but, as has been iterated by several bloggers, the job is harder than it looks. That's where Conde Nast Italia comes in. The Italian arm of the media conglomerate is launching a new academy at its headquarters this month to train influencers in the art of, well, influencing. The subject matter is mostly focused on how to post quality content while following ethical guidelines like managing followers and being transparent about sponsored posts. “We’re here to dispel a false myth, that influencers are the enemies of media companies,” Condé Nast Italia’s editorial director and corporate communication director Luca Dini told WWD. The five-month post-grad certificate program was conceived with the help of L'Oreal Italia and Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management.

 

Eating a focaccina after the fitting

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People Style Shutters Print [The Cut]
PeopleStyle, the monthly fashion-focused offshoot of People, is shuttering its print business. Formerly known as StyleWatch, the magazine's last issue will be the December 2017/January 2018 edition. An internal memo at Time Inc., which owns the People titles, notes that the brand will live on as its own section in the weekly print edition of People, as well as online, where the vertical will explore e-commerce and TV programming opportunities.

 

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