Style Notes: Proenza Schouler to Launch Fragrance; Margiela Prospers Under Galliano
Fashion chit chat, hump-day edition.
Proenza Schouler, the uber popular red-carpet label that Kim Kardashian recently sported at the CFDA Awards, is delving into the world of fragrance. The 13-year-old brand has signed a long-term license agreement with L'Oreal to add perfume to its growing repertoire, which already includes licenses for swimwear and shoes in addition to its seasonal womenswear collections. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who are also looking to eventually branch into menswear, said they are excited to bring their design aesthetic to the "subtle and highly emotional world of scent." [PR Newswire]
Though only a few of the pieces created under the direction of John Galliano have hit the shelves since the designer took the post as creative director of Maison Margiela at the end of last year, sales have increased 20 percent for the brand — a trend that Renzo Rosso, the main shareholder in Margiela's parent company, attributes to the controversial designer's appointment. Galliano seems well on his way to the comeback of the century, especially after managing to get his designs onto the likes of America's newest sweetheart, Amal Clooney. Someone give his PR team a pat on the back. [Reuters]
Some of the mystery shrouding Band of Outsider's demise is slowly but surely coming to the surface. Following reports that most of its staff had been laid off, its fall orders were canceled and its flagship store was closing, WWD has learned that one of the label's main problems was simply finding investors. The trade reports that at the end of the day, Band of Outsiders founder Scott Sternberg "simply ran out of money." [WWD]
Fashion illustrator and creative consultant Donald Robertson — also known by his Instagram handle as "Drawbertson" — has launched his own collection of emojis available for free in the Apple App store. You can now send your friends doodles of the bespectacled artist in a variety of facial expressions to communicate what cannot be said through text alone. Extra emojis are also available for purchase within the app, including an extremely necessary keyboard of animated food doodles. You're welcome. [DonaldEmoji.com]
According to a new report, minority retail workers make significantly less money than their non-minority counterparts. Blacks are paid the least, followed by Hispanics and then Asians. In addition to lower wages, minorities were also found to be much less likely to receive a promotion. Yikes. [AP]