Can Private Equity Win With Fashion E-Commerce? | This Week in Fashion, BoF Professional

This week, Gap Inc confirmed it would sell Intermix to Palo Alto-based private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners as part of a wider push at the American fashion giant to streamline its portfolio and focus on its four core brands: Gap, Athleta, Old Navy and Banana Republic. Intermix, a chain of accessible luxury multi-brand boutiques, was always an anomaly at mass market Gap and generated under $140 million in 2020, or less than 1 percent of Gap Inc revenues that year.

Altamont is acquiring the entire Intermix business, including leases for its 31 US stores and its e-commerce operations. The

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The Serpent’s Costumes Were Inspired by the ’70s Jet Set

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Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world.

Rachel Walsh recently traveled thirty years back in time. After costuming (alongside Adam Howe) the BBC series-turned-Netflix-hit The Serpent—based on the real-life hunt for a serial killer in Southeast Asia in the ’70s—she’s now speaking to me from the set of a project that takes place in the ’40s. But the Me Decade is still fresh in her mind—and in those of viewers, who have been particularly drawn to star Jenna Coleman’s bohemian-meets-jet-set aesthetic. The series, says Walsh, “had

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How Chanel reinvents its famous symbols in jewelry, fashion

From fashion and decor to jewelry, the French house reinvents its enduring emblems

Few luxury brands have as many instantly recognizable motifs as Chanel. The maison’s genius lies in constantly interpreting its symbols — founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s favorite flower, color pairings and more — across categories. Here’s a look at six of her original symbols and how they’re translated from fashion to glamorous jewelry, watches and a stunning boutique backdrop.

The feather

A feathered look from Chanel’s spring 2021 show by creative director Virginie Viard calls to mind a Plume de Chanel 18-k white-gold bracelet with diamonds, $12,900. All jewelry available at London Jewelers.
A feathered look from Chanel’s spring 2021 show by creative director Virginie Viard calls to mind a Plume de Chanel 18-k white-gold bracelet with diamonds, $12,900.
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For teens, back to school means back to fashion

Like many L.A. teens, 17-year-old Sheccid Vazquez spent the last year in pajamas.

“During quarantine, I would wake up and stay in my pajamas until the end of school,” said the Ramona Convent Secondary School senior. “I wouldn’t change because teachers gave us the option not to turn our cameras on.”

But with high school campuses reopening across L.A. County — including all last week at the Los Angeles Unified School District — teens are redefining back-to-school wardrobe, shedding their remote-learning loungewear and constricting before-times ensembles for innovative and eye-catching new looks.

“I definitely had a lot of time on

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My ’90s Fashion Obsession? Thanks to My Mom, It’s Talbots

While my colleagues scour the internet for ’90s-era Versace prints and Tom Ford for Gucci jeans, I’m searching for Talbots. Yes, that Talbots. It requires more digging, sure, but the prices can’t be beat—a recent score was $56!—and that retro crimson T label takes me right back to my childhood.

My mom’s closet was filled with Talbots back in the day. When my twin sister, Liz, and I were born 30 years ago, she worked evenings at our local Talbots in Indianapolis while my dad juggled two babies (then three when our brother arrived 18 months later) and

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Y2k: the late 90s and early 00s fashions making a comeback | Fashion

Just when you thought current times couldn’t get any more fraught, along comes the threat of a low-rise jeans renaissance. And not just low-rise jeans – birthed by Alexander McQueen as “bumsters” – but many staples of late-90s and early 00s fashion.

The industry is calling it a “Y2k trend”; millennials everywhere are calling it harrowing. But Gen Z is on board (there are TikToks galore) and, predating the trend slightly, Etsy is reporting a 11360% increase in searches for smiley face jewellery, as well as huge upticks for mood rings.

A whole section of Etsy

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