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Must Read: Kim Kardashian West Covers 'Vogue' Taiwan, 'Bag Snob' Founder Launches Influencer Agency

Plus, Eckhaus Latta is looking to scale.
Kim Kardashian West on the cover of "Vogue" Taiwan. Photo: @voguetaiwan/Instagram

Kim Kardashian West on the cover of "Vogue" Taiwan. Photo: @voguetaiwan/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Kim Kardashian West covers 'Vogue' Taiwan
Kim Kardashian West fronts the February issue of Vogue Taiwan wearing a full face of KKW Beauty. In the issue, the perfectly contoured and highlighted reality star-turned-mogul talks building a cosmetics brand and her fascination with fragrance — in case you haven't heard, she just launched three of her own! {Hypebae}

"Bag Snob" founder launches influencer agency 
Tina Craig, the Dallas-based blogger behind "Bag Snob," is launching a global talent management agency called "Estate Five" to cultivate the next generation of online talent.  Craig's teaming up with a fashion publicist and a former lawyer to start the company, which has already signed 14 influencers — including fashion's favorite Insta-cop Diet Prada. {Business of Fashion}

Eckhaus Latta is looking to scale 
According to Business of Fashion, Eckhaus Latta — the buzzy brand founded by two art school grads — is in search of a business partner with the knowledge and funds to help it scale. The label saw immense sales growth in 2017 and got picked up by Nordstrom. Following this transformative year, the founders are reportedly ready to raise their ambitions and introduce their gender-fluid and textile-clashing offerings to new markets. {Business of Fashion}

Revolve launches partnership with Nike during All-Star weekend with a LA pop-up
Revolve is partnering with Nike to host a Los Angeles pop-up during the NBA All-Star weekend (Feb. 16-18) to celebrate the exclusive launch of Nike's "The 1s Reimagined" — a new, more feminine take on the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1 styles. The pop-up will consist of a highly curated retail concept and a "Makers Studio," in which customers will be able to gain insight into the design process and have the opportunity to customize their Nike purchase. Programming will also include special guest appearances by Nike athletes and Revolve's expansive network of influencers. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Should fashion houses invest in star designers? 
In Alexandra Shulman's latest op-ed for Business of Fashion, she argues that hiring a star designer to head up a fashion house has numerous advantages. "To have a promotable figurehead who knows how to feed this voracious machine is of enormous value," Shulman writes. "As the fashion industry becomes larger and more international, and the audience grows more knowledgeable and demanding, the need to stand out is vital. A person leading the brand who is either highly visible — or has a vigorously articulated point of view — can be an invaluable tool for a global fashion house." {Business of Fashion}

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L.L. Bean scraps its unlimited return policy
In a Facebook letter released on Friday morning, L.L. Bean revealed that it has updated its long-held return policy, which enabled customers to return products years — or even decades — after a purchase: The company will now give customers only one year to return purchases, and only with a receipt. You can read the full letter issued by the outdoors retailer below. {L.L. Bean/Facebook}

Retail sales are expected to climb in 2018 
On Thursday, the National Retail Federation estimated that retail sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.8 percent this year. This predicted sales gain comes on the heels of new tax legislation, lower unemployment rates and increasing wages. {CNBC}

Endeavor hosted a panel about the catalytic changes going on in the beauty industry 
Earlier this month, CVS announced that it will stop manipulating photos on the marketing and promotional displays for its in-store makeup brands. In light of this news, Endeavor hosted a panel where supermodel Ashley Graham, makeup artist Daniel Martin, Endeavor Global Marketing EVP Seth Matlins, CVS Health CMO Norman de Greve, journalist Noor Tagouri and television host Joy Reid came together to discuss the changing face of beauty. You can watch the full conversation in the video below. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Bibhu Mohapatra launches new line during NYFW
Bibhu Mohapatra will be debuting a new collection during his Fall 2018 runway show. Titled "Sashi by Bibhu," the line is set to offer dresses, outerwear and sporty separates, at more affordable price points. The collection is named after the designer's mother and is intended to give a new generation of consumers greater access to his couture-quality offerings. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Mercedes-Benz launches #WeWonder
For 2018,  Mercedes-Benz launched #WeWonder, a collective that brings together seven of the world's most innovative and inspiring visionaries to dream about the potentiality of the future. This year's collective includes: musician Solange Knowles, fashion model Slick Woods, designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, social activist Kimberly Drew and Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma. Each member of the group will lead a conversation on an impactful topic, which will be shared throughout 2018 through a series of global events, appearances and digital activations. {Fashionista inbox} 

The Mercedes-Benz Collective. Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz Collective. Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Chinti & Parker collaborated with Farfetch on a capsule celebrating womanhood
Chinti & Parker launched a capsule collection of cashmere sweaters and graphic T-shirts that celebrate womanhood on Farfetch. All proceeds are going to the non-profit organization Women for Women International, which provides practical and moral support to female survivors of war. Model Arizona Muse, who is a Women for Women International ambassador, is the face of the campaign. You can shop the Chinti & Parker capsule on Farfetch below. {Fashionista inbox}

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