Kick Your Mass

Mass retailers must be feeling very left out because of all the attention on Fashion Week. The proof is today's email inbox, which overflows with u
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Mass retailers must be feeling very left out because of all the attention on Fashion Week. The proof is today's email inbox, which overflows with u
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Mass retailers must be feeling very left out because of all the attention on Fashion Week. The proof is today's email inbox, which overflows with uppers and downers from the world of high / low collaborations... *H&M confirmed their release date for Madonna's new line (called "M by Madonna") today. The clothes will be in American stores on March 22, but Italy gets them a day earlier, on March 21. Presumably, this is because Italians eat tons of pasta and are still thinner than we are, and therefore deserve a prize. *TopShop's London Fashion Week show went up yesterday with mild applause and one empty seat: "guest designer" Kate Moss went on vacation and didn't sit in the front row. Excitement transferred from the paparazzi pit to Oxford Circus, where Christopher Kane's new line for the brand finally debuted (and, we have to say, it might be cooler than a Kate sighting). *Couture legend Paco Rabanne lashed out at his legacies today, calling John Galliano and Alexander McQueen "gratuitously provocative... fashion hooligans." It seems nobody informed Mr. Rabanne that after his clothing label shut down, his own head designer Patrick Robinson made a deal with Target for a Spring '07 line. Oops. *The Gap won't own up to Phoebe Philo's ghost designs (cough, Paddington bag, cough), but they will reveal their new ad girls to WWD: Kyra Sedgwick and Jess Stam will grace a billboard near you, and they'll be wearing khakis. *Meanwhile, Forever 21 continues to poach from Miu Miu, Marc, and Gucci; we continue to pretend we don't own it all.

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