Must Read: Inside Dolce & Gabbana's Fallout in China, Why Holiday Windows Are Still Important

Plus, Gap to close hundreds of stores.
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Looks from Dolce $ Gabbana's Fall 2018 runway show. Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images 

Looks from Dolce $ Gabbana's Fall 2018 runway show. Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Inside Dolce & Gabbana's failed fashion show in China 
A model, who was booked to walk Dolce & Gabbana's Shanghai spectacle, wrote a tell-all essay for Dazed on the collapse of the show. The anonymous first-hand account is equal parts fashion industry insight, cultural criticism and exploration of truth in an age of social media; it also gives us a very clear vision of the chaos that ensued backstage. {Dazed

Why holiday windows are still important 
"November and December are the biggest months in retail, and the windows help suck customers in, not with product so much as theme," writes Matthew Schneier regarding the enduring relevance of fantastical holiday storefronts for The New York Times. "Even for those who can't make it to the windows, those themes radiate outward, setting the tone for the season: in store, online, in mailers and on all-important social media, a 360-degree wallop of shoppable holiday spirit." {The New York Times

Gap to close hundreds of stores
Gap Inc. is planning to shutter hundreds of its namesake stores as sales slump and the clothing brand finds itself dragged down by underperforming locations. Despite the Gap closures, the company's CEO Art Peck told analysts that Old Navy and Athleta remain robust and showed positive growth in the last quarter. {Retail Dive

Avon gets a digital makeover 
Avon's sales have declined in recent years as the company has struggled to connect with today's Instagram-obsessed young consumers. Now the pioneer of door-to-door selling is getting a digital makeover with updated technology and a new digital team. The new initiatives include a personalized beauty app and a digital brochure that representatives can send to their clients via mobile messaging apps. In addition, representatives from over 20 countries now have the option to launch digital storefronts on Avon's website. {Business of Fashion

The candle market is heating up 
The glow-up on candles is real: In 2018, everyone from Goop to haircare gurus to speciality retailers created single flame wonders that smell good and look even better on your vanity. Business of Fashion explores how a once-sleepy market dominated by Yankee Candle and Diptyque has become a thrilling space filled with indie brands and fashion giants who see candles as a way "to snag entry-level consumers, expand into the lifestyle space" and "pack a visual punch on Instagram." {Business of Fashion

Black Friday pulled in $6.22 billion in online sales
No amount of turkey could stop shoppers from coming out in full force on Black Friday: According to Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions for 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the U.S. like Walmart and Amazon, the Friday after Thanksgiving pulled in a record $6.22 billion in online sales, up 23.6 percent from last year. Adobe also found that this was the first major shopping day in history to see more than $2 billion in sales stemming from smartphones. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Victoria Beckham is launching a YouTube channel
Victoria Beckham may not be joining the Spice Girls for their reunion tour, but we will be seeing more of her and her posh designs on a new YouTube channel. Beckham announced the news over Instagram alongside YouTube's Fashion and Beauty Director Derek Blasberg and said that the page will feature beauty tutorials, styling tips and plenty of insight into her company. {British Vogue

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