Style Notes: Whoopi Goldberg Launches "Ugly" Holiday Sweaters; Under Armour Stock Nosedives
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Whoopi Goldberg Launches Ugly Holiday Sweaters With Zappos [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Whoopi Goldberg once again has whipped up a collection of unisex holiday sweaters just in time for party season. The 12-piece collection is exclusively available on Zappos, and the sweaters are priced at $89 each. Said Goldberg, “This started with my love for what were once thought of as ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters. My collection is for anyone with a sense of humor, joy, and wonder, no matter how you celebrate the holidays.”
Under Armour Stock Plummets [Business Insider]
Under Armour's plight continues. Sellers betting against the stock have made almost $1 billion in 2017, as the stock has fallen 54 percent. On Tuesday alone, the stock fell 22 percent after the company cut its earnings outlook for the rest of the year after a disappointing third-quarter report. Recently, the company considered pulling out of the outdoor and tennis categories, and co-founder Kip Fulks took a leave of absence.
Tory Burch Debuts Smart Watch [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Tory Burch is launching a new collection of hybrid smartwatches, called ToryTrack, just in time for the holiday season. The smartwatches connect to smartphones via Bluetooth and also have activity tracking and sleep tracking functions, but have the look of a classic analog watch. The ToryTrack is now available for $250-$295 at Tory Burch stores.
WSJ Magazine Taps Reese Witherspoon as Entertainment Innovator of the Year [WSJ]
Reese Witherspoon has been named "Entertainment Innovator of the Year" by WSJ, the Wall Street Journal's magazine. The actress, producer and entrepreneur was photographed by Cass Bird for the cover and opened up to writer Derek Blasberg for the feature, in which she discusses her brief time at Stanford University and what she'd be doing if she hadn't found success as an actress. “[If acting didn’t work] I would have gone from Stanford to medical school and become a surgeon," she said. "Right now, I’d probably be the premier surgeon and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University. What? I’m just being honest. I’m ambitious, and I’m over hiding that.”
Breitbart Has a Fashion Critic [New York Times]
You may be surprised to learn that Steve Bannon's Breitbart has a fashion critic. The conservative news outlet employs fashionisto John Binder, 25, who considers himself an outlier amongst the left-leaning fashion industry, to comment on the latest looks in Hollywood as well as on Capitol Hill. (He also reports on political matters.) Among those who have recently received his praise is Nicole Kidman, and he considers Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins "the greatest living women." But his real style hero is Melania Trump, who he says "is transitioning us into a kind of bitch-goddess ultra-femininity.” Of course he has no qualms taking aim at outspoken Hollywood liberals like Samantha Bee and Jane Fonda.
Chanel Replaces Chaumet as Sponsor of French Cesar Awards [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Chanel has replaced Chaumet as the sponsor of the Cesar Awards, which are regarded as France's equivalent of the Oscars. The French fashion house will accompany the young talents who are competing for the title of most-promising actor and actress at the ceremony, which is scheduled for March 2. Chanel already has strong ties to cinema and sponsors the Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Institute via the Tribeca Film Institute.