Must Read: Madewell Continues to Outpace J.Crew, U.S. Online Holiday Sales to Exceed $100 Billion

Plus, Forever 21 was found to be using sweatshops in Southern California.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion this Wednesday.

Madewell continues to outpace J.Crew
J.Crew reported its third-quarter earnings Tuesday and they were... not great. Overall revenue for the company declined 4 percent from the same period last year, with the J.Crew brand seeing a 7 percent drop to $488 million, which was offset by a 12 percent gain at Madewell, which brought in $88 million. The company also plans to close 13 J.Crew stores in the next few months. Mickey Drexler blamed "traffic challenges and a highly promotional retail environment." This follows several periods of decline for J.Crew (and growth for Madewell), and recent rumors that Madewell could be spun off into its own company. {J.Crew}

U.S. online holiday sales expected to exceed $100 billion
With Cyber Monday sales already in high gear, calculated predictions for the success of the holiday season are beginning to roll in. According to Forrester Research, U.S. online holiday sales are expected to reach $112 billion for November and December of this year, representing a 13 percent growth from the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, 74 percent of consumers plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, compared to the 55 percent who plan to do so on Black Friday, reported Deloitte. {WWD}

Forever 21 found to be using sweatshops in Southern California
A recent Los Angeles Times investigation found that garment workers at a number of factories in Southern California were earning just $4 an hour — that's less than half of the state-mandated minimum wage of $10 — for making clothing for retailers like Forever 21 and TJ Maxx. In an email to the publication, a company representative denied responsibility for the factory's conditions, saying that Forever 21 "takes these issues very seriously, and requires all of its vendors to comply with these laws." {Los Angeles Times}

Met Gala "mastermind" to plan presidential inauguration events
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, whom Page Six refers to as the longtime "mastermind" behind the Met Gala, is reportedly being brought in to plan the events surrounding the upcoming presidential inauguration. The ex-Vogue staffer (who now runs SWW Creative) was spotted at Trump Tower this week, along with Tom Barrack, chairman of President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee. Sources say that Wolkoff is serving as a senior adviser to Barrack. {Page Six}

Comme des Garçons releases its own emojis
Fashion is certainly no stranger to customizable emojis, with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and, most recently, Iris Apfel getting in on the action over the past couple of years. Now, Comme des Garçons will create its own emoticons, launching 24 characters that riff on its iconic "Play" logo. The app — which you can get for just £0.79 (about $0.98) — is available for download on the App Store. {Dazed}

Four full-time bloggers sound off on the "Vogue vs. Blogger" debate 
Vogue published its controversial story attacking bloggers post-Milan Fashion Week nearly two months ago, but its reverberations are still being felt throughout the industry. Insider, a lifestyle-focused site beneath the Business Insider umbrella, tapped four full-time, highly successful bloggers — Camille Charriere, Elma and Amra Beganovich, Camila Coutinho — to sound off on the comments for a new documentary, "Fashion Wars: Bloggers Bite Back." You can watch the full video over at Insider's Facebook page. {Insider

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