Must Read: BCBG Announces Store Closures, Donald Trump Isn't a Tom Ford Fan

Plus, how a former "Vogue" staffer helped plan Friday's inauguration events.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

BCBG is closing stores and "restructuring"
BCBG Max Azria Group has announced a plan to restructure the company, which will reportedly involve store closures and a shifted focus to e-commerce, licensing and shop-in-shops. The brand, which at its peak was a celebrity- and cocktail-party-favorite, has "too large a physical retail footprint," said Seth Lubove, a spokesman for BCBG at Sitrick & Co., in an email to Bloomberg. "In order to remain viable, the company — like so many others in its industry — must realign its business to effectively compete in today's shopping environment." {Bloomberg}

Donald Trump's hot take on Tom Ford
In November, the designer revealed that he had declined the opportunity to dress Melania Trump, explaining that "she's not necessarily my image." During an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Donald Trump addressed the matter with a few choice words of his own. "[Melania] never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford," said the prolific president-elect. "[She] doesn't like his designs. He was never asked to dress her." Trump also felt the need to note that hotelier Steve Wynn told him he "thought that it was so terrible what Tom Ford said that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel." (Racked confirmed that The Wynn did, in fact, stop carrying Tom Ford products at its Las Vegas property.) {The Cut}

Well, that's one way to throw an inauguration...
It was announced back in November that former Vogue special events planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had been chosen to help plan Donald Trump's inauguration events. As for what we can expect from a woman who previously worked on Met Galas galore and the (now defunct) VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards? Making things look "gorgeous," and yep — that's about it. "This is not about partisan politics," said Winston Wolkoff in an interview with The New York Times. "It's about being able to celebrate the history of America." {The New York Times}

Bobbi Brown: the new face of indie beauty?
The beauty entrepreneur announced in December that she'd exiting her namesake brand, leaving many to speculate what her next move would be. During a recent Q&A session at the Indie Beauty Expo's Connect Indie event in Los Angeles, Brown proclaimed that she's "again an indie beauty person," hinting that new products may be in the works. "I don't know what products I'm going to come out with," she said. "I don't know what categories I'm going to come out with yet, but I'm really excited about reinventing the way I see a line should be." {WWD}

"Nothing is more lethal to cred than a sellout."
By now, you've probably (definitely) caught wind of Louis Vuitton's highly tweeted-about collaboration with streetwear brand Supreme. There's no denying that a partnership of this scale will be a top seller, but considering that the two brands famously feuded back in 2010, it's easy to figure that this new parternship exists for the sake of generating mass hysteria — simply because they can. "Nothing is more lethal to cred than a sellout," wrote The New York Times's Guy Trebay, before likening the collaboration as "the fashion version of a murder-suicide." {The New York Times}

Bangladeshi garment workers are going on strike
The Rana Plaza tragedy that resulted in the deaths of 1,138 garment workers spurred important progress toward increasing the safety conditions in factories, but there's still a long way to go in terms of fair wages. Female workers began going on strike over the holidays amid backlash from factory owners and government officials. The results, however have been mixed: Workers have been losing their jobs and even getting arrested for taking action, but the good news is that fast fashion retailers are taking note. (Gap, H&M and Inditex are among 20 brands that have collaborated on a joint letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, urging their administration to "take steps 'to ensure the protection of the workers' rights.'") {i-D}

R.I.P. Twitter's 'buy' button
E-commerce platform Shopify is ending its click-to-buy integration with Twitter for new and existing merchants this spring, following news that Twitter would phase out product development related to its "buy now" function, which allowed brands to sell products directly within the social media site. Instead, Twitter is now reportedly working on developing ad targeting programs that would help marketers aim ad placement based on previous user browsing activity. {WWD}

Is Vogue Italia ready to name a new EIC?
Sources say the answer might be . According to an anonymous source, Condé Nast is set to name GQ Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti to the role, most previously held by the late Franca Sozzani. Farneti had previously held positions at Architectural Design. An official announcement could be made as early as this week. {WWD}

Shiseido acquires new shade-matching technology
Shiseido Americas Corp. has purchased California-based MatchCo., a techy beauty start-up that has created software designed to help consumers determine their correct foundation shade. MatchCo.'s technology will no doubt be an asset to Shiseido's skin-focused cosmetics brands, such as Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier. {Fashionista inbox}

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