Macy’s and DonaldTrump are never, ever, ever getting back together (probably). As of today, the two announced that they are officially parting ways — but like any rough, public breakup, there’s been drama regarding “who dumped who.” Earlier this week, a petition that gathered over 700,000 signatures was filed asking Macy’s to stop selling Trump’s products following his controversial comments about immigration. Today, Macy’s declared that it would no longer be selling Trump merchandise in its stores. But the presidential hopeful later stated on Instagram that it was he who decided to end their business relationship in light of the “outside pressures” being put on the company, and went on to ask Americans who supported “tighter border security” to boycott the retailer. This breakup just may be juicier than Ben and Jen. (But less devastating, obviously.)
Sole Society, an online-native accessories brand which launched in 2011, is the latest etailer to get a big vote of confidence from investors — a vote that comes in the form of cold hard cash. The little sister brand of Hautelook (which was acquired by Nordstrom for $270 million in 2011) announced today that it raised over $8 million in funding from Nordstrom and Insight Venture Partners. Not bad.
Though it has had a less-than-successful track record wooing luxury brands to get on board its platform, Amazon is still slowly but surely building up its fashion cred. The web-giant is sponsoring the first New York Men’s Fashion Week and was also a sponsor of the Met Gala earlier this year, most likely in an attempt to forge friendships with brands be seen a serious fashion contender. However at the moment, Amazon is spending most of its energy focusing on enhancing its customer experience.
Teen Vogue has become something of a crystal ball when it comes to predicting the fashion industry’s hot new faces — most notably Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman and Jennifer Lawrence. For its August cover, Vogue‘s little sister chose Imaan Hammam, Aya Jones and Lineisy Montero as fashion’s biggest rising stars. Especially after the backlash that followed the glossy’s recent story about dreadlocked hair (which starred a light-skinned model), its also worth a mention that all three models are women of color.