This woman’s pimple turned out to be a dangerous staph infection

A woman’s pimple turned out to be a dangerous staph infection caused by a dirty eyebrow brush  (iStock)

In the age of Dr. Pimple Popper, the previously repulsive act of pimple-popping has become an almost euphoric experience. Watching videos of enlarged cysts, deep-rooted blackheads, and even inflamed whiteheads getting slowly extracted has become an oddly satisfying pastime, which, admittedly, Allure editors take part in. But watching said stomach-churning clips is one thing, acting on them is another — because, in case you forgot, we don’t actually condone popping — of any kind. Sadly, Katie Wright found out why the hard way.

According to Pedestrian TV, Wright began squeezing what she believed to be an inflamed zit, but the situation quickly started going south. “A week ago I decided to pick at what I thought was a giant under the skin pimple because it had been hurting for a while and got too painful to ignore,” she wrote on Twitter. “Within an hour my entire face swelled up and HURT. It felt like something was going to burst out of my skin.”

Turns out, Wright’s pimple wasn’t actually a pimple at all — it was a serious infection possibly brought on by a dirty eyebrow pencil brush. “I went to the emergency room and they said it was a very serious case of Cellulitis, which is a version of a Staph infection, but instead of having a head like Staph, it effects the deep cellular tissues with no main source to attack,” she said. “Since it was on my face, there was a huge risk of it spreading to my brain or my eyes causing me to go blind. Serious shit.”

The area Wright is referring to is the elusive “triangle of death” (which is totally real, so real it’s a topic taught in medical school and there’s a Wikipedia entry under “danger triangle of the face”), a zone from the corners of the mouth to between the eyebrows.

Right smack in the center of that triangle, under the skin, is the cavernous sinus, which houses essential nerves and blood vessels that carry blood back to the brain. According to Sandra Lee, a Los Angeles–based dermatologist, who you may know as Dr. Pimple Popper, if the surface skin were to be infected, the infection could spread, seep into the blood vessels and, worst-case scenario, lead to cavernous sinus thrombosis (the formation of blood clots), stroke, or death. (See, it’s not just an urban legend!)

“If you ever get an infected pimple here it has a shorter distance to get to the cavernous sinus,” Lee says. “If the inflammation from a zit spreads, there’s the potential for blindness or stroke,” she explains. But with a little medication the infection can easily be cleared. “In this day and age with antibiotics, we won’t really let [an infection] get to that level,” says the dermatologist. “Obviously, if a pimple gets big enough and ends up causing problems, you should see a dermatologist or a doctor about it right away. And it’s easy to treat a lot of these infections with [oral] antibiotics.”

Bottom line: If you’ve got a lump, bump, or zit, clean the inflamed area with a gentle cleanser (like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Face and Body), top it with a spot treatment, and — most importantly — don’t touch it. Seriously, leave it alone.

Mandy Moore Called This the Ponytail of Her Dreams—Here’s How to Get the Look

Forget what you thought you knew about the classic ponytail. Sure, it’s a great go-to for the gym, but this hairstyle also has the potential to be so much more than that. Here to prove it to you is Mandy Moore, who debuted a loose, feminine ponytail at a recent press event. The This Is Us actress, 33, called the style “The ponytail of my dreams” on Instagram, and we can see why: her perfectly-messy updo was effortlessly chic without being overly complicated. We asked the man behind her look, celebrity hairstylist Bobby Eliot, to break down the five easy moves that made Moore’s ponytail dreams a reality.

Step one: Keep hair dirty

Dirty hair has more texture, making it easier to work with. “We went for a sort of lived-in French girl look,” says Eliot, “It’s both effortless and easy, and works great on second-day hair.” In other words, skip the fresh blowout.

Step two: Amp up the volume

Eliot recommends prepping hair with Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse ($39; for serious texture. Work it into strands, lifting at the root with your hands for extra volume. If you want, you can also blast a blow dryer angled upwards as you hold sections of hair straight up for added va-va-voom. The best part: no brush necessary!

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Step three: Reach for your curling iron

Once the mousse completely dries on hair, use a curling iron to add some movement by creating loose bends. Eliot likes Harry Josh Pro Tools 1.25″ ($185; You don’t want this to look overly polished though, so leave the ends of hair out when curling the strands. It’s not important to curl every single piece, so focus on just a few strands throughout.

Step four: Secure the ponytail

Once you’re happy with the texture, part hair down the center and grab a few face-framing pieces to leave out (this works best on short to medium length hair.) Pull hair into a high ponytail nestled at the crown of your head and fasten with an elastic. Check yourself in a mirror and pull the pony tighter so you see the hair on top of your head lift a little. You can also use your fingers to mess it up a little—for the first time ever, flyaways are your friends!

Step five: Add some finishing touches

“We finished the look off with a blue velvet ribbon that I got at a local vintage store” says Eliot. Any ribbon will work, though—just tie the base of the pony in a bow so that it covers the elastic. Finally, polish ends with Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil ($55; Slick a pea-sized amount in hands and rub together to evenly distribute the formula, then grab the ends and rub between fingers for piecey-ness.


Inside The Kingdom in Calabasas. Photo: courtesy

The city of Calabasas, Calif. is something of an anomaly. Despite being home to countless celebrities — namely the Kardashians, Wests and Jenners, who arguably ignited a celeb migration to the hilly enclave — as well as the inspiration for an entire Yeezy collection and the setting for Dior’s latest Cruise show, it’s a somewhat unremarkable Los Angeles suburb.

Sure, it’s wealthy — the median income was $124,583 in 2010, and it’s likely gone up since — pretty, and rife with gated communities, making it appealing to famous people like Drake and Justin Bieber who want privacy. But unlike, say, Beverly Hills or Brentwood, there aren’t many places for wealthy inhabitants to gather, “see and be seen” and spend their money. Development on this front has been slow: In 1998, Caruso, the company behind The Grove, opened The Commons at Calabasas, an outdoor shopping center whose tenants were always pretty basic. (There’s a movie theater, a Ralph’s, a Lululemon, a Barnes & Noble, Sugarfish and Chico’s.) It functioned as a town center, a place where people of all ages could hang out on a sunny weekend; but still, nothing in Calabasas matched the chicness the city now connotes to those who live outside of it — until now.

Calabasas’s first fashion-forward luxury shopping destination is The Kingdom, a new, multibrand accessories concept located within The Commons. The boutique is the brainchild of fashion-industry veteran Jason Salstein and real estate expert David Lipp. “We put our two hats together and thought, ‘Where can we open a concept like this that is void in the market, that has the affluence, that has the need for women who really don’t want to go over the hill and women who just want to go in their backyard and shop the best brands?'” explains Salstein as he shows me around the 1,400-square-foot store on a recent, 100-degree weekday afternoon.

Inside The Kingdom in Calabasas. Photo: courtesy

Meant to resemble someone’s fantasy apartment, The Kingdom is anything but basic with its velvet pink couches, shagreen and chinoiserie-printed wallpaper, mauve carpeting and Carrera-Calcutta marble. It’s decorated with antique mirrors, a carved black Italian marble fireplace, a sputnik Artemisia chandelier, a tiger-print velvet ottoman and artwork by Al Hirschfeld featuring Audrey Hepburn. It’s also filled with “‘wow’ moments for Instagram and people to take a little shoe-fie with,” as Salstein enthusiastically describes it. “We are big on Instagram and social media, so we wanted people who can’t visit the store who are in New York to feel like they are in the store.”

The inventory is equally, if not more, special. Comprising only shoes, handbags and jewelry, the offering is a mix of recognizable runway hits, classic, wearable staples and exclusive items. You’ll find brands like Saint Laurent, Gianvito Rossi, Gucci, Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, Loewe, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Aquazzura, Golden Goose, Alexander Wang, Pierre Hardy, Francesco Russo and Paul Andrew. As we walk through, Salstein routinely points out special and exclusive items: Manolo Blahniks in custom colors and fabrications, $15,000 vintage Hermes bags, a reproduced Balenciaga brooch, a pair of JAR by Joel Arthur Rosenthal earrings. The store will also be stocking those sparkly Saint Laurent Nikki boots from the Fall 2017 runway, he tells me excitedly. They’ll cost around $10,000.

Inside The Kingdom in Calabasas. Photo: courtesy

The decision to focus on accessories, and to prioritize a mix of directional pieces with essentials, reflects the Calabasas shopper. “We obviously carry a lot of fashion-forward product but also know that, where we are, a lot of these women are moms… they go to soccer practice and they run around to Pilates and things like that, so we really wanted to have a lot of basics, whether it’s Valentino flats or just your regular Gianvito slides,” says Salstein. Though I’m no Calabasas expert, I feel comfortable asserting that you’re much more likely to see one if its residents in athleisure than a cocktail dress, but just because a woman wants to be comfortable doesn’t mean she isn’t looking to invest in something nice. “A lot of people out here, they’re just a jeans-and-a-T-shirt kinda girl and they really want to focus on their bag or their shoe.”

The location is also strategic. “The valley, Calabasas, Westlake Village have some of the highest net worths in the country; [there are] very good schools and it’s 20 minutes from Malibu, close enough to LA to get to work but far enough away that you feel like you’re in a suburb,” explains Lipp, the real estate expert. There’s also Caruso’s atypical success in an exceptionally challenging retail landscape — especially for malls. “There’s a waiting list of people who would love to be in here,” notes Lipp. “It’s a very healthy market.” He points to the on-site security and copious free parking as big draws as well. The area is also an easy stopping point for Los Angelenos on their way to Santa Barbara for the weekend.

Salstein, who describes the Commons as the “epicenter” of Calabasas, says the clientele is a mix of locals and tourists. Might a certain reality TV-famous family be responsible for an uptick in tourism (in what is literally just a suburb, you guys)? “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t [Kardashian-related],” says Salstein. “Calabasas is becoming more and more on the map, not only because of the Kardashians but because of Adidas, the Calabasas line, all the celebrities who are moving into [gated community] Hidden Hills. They feel like it’s safe; people look at them like regular people.”

Inside The Kingdom in Calabasas. Photo: courtesy

In other words, it’s precisely because Calabasas isn’t Beverly Hills that celebrities are drawn to it, and Lipp doesn’t think the area will change anytime soon — whether Kanye West starts designing school uniforms or not. “There’s not much more that’s going to happen here in the near future, maybe a hotel if it gets approved,” he says. “It’s a slow-moving community because people want it that way —  just like in Malibu. Rarely are things getting built. This is going to be downtown Calabasas forever.”

But if anything, the city’s refusal to evolve will continue to make The Kingdom stand out. Salstein wouldn’t name names, but says a number of VIPs, or their personal shoppers, have already come in to pull things; and that, while he wants to store to feel democratic accessible, they do have a back entrance and will lock the doors for private shopping if needed. Then, shoppers can pop over to Lululemon to purchase an outfit to wear with their Gucci slides or Balenciaga tote.


Photo: Courtesy of Ouai

Hairstylist Jen Atkin’s hair-care line, Ouai, has been all about social media and influencer marketing from day one — she’s part of the Kardashian Krew, what do you expect? A new campaign for the brand, shot entirely by Atkin’s photographer husband Mike Rosenthal, is no exception. Dubbed the “Live Life Your Ouai” campaign, the series of images features some of Atkin’s best friends (nary a Kardashian, though), Instagirls aplenty and even a dog-fluencer: Chrissy Teigen’s pup Pippa. Yes, influential canines are here, and they’re ready to sell you hair products.

In addition to said furry friend, human stars of the campaign include bloggers Sazan Hendrix and Elle Ferguson, KNC Beauty CEO Kristen Noel Crawley, makeup artists Haley Olsen and Shayla Mitchell, models Porscia Horvath and Cameron Patterson and — representing the Kardashian squad — Stephanie Shepherd, COO of Kardashian West Brands and Kim’s right-hand gal. The tag lines for the campaign read “Live life your Ouai” and “Life’s hard, looking good should be easy.” The whole thing is a lot to take in for sure. But there’s something sweet about the fact that Atkin tapped people she truly cares about — her real-life friends and women she looks up to, not to mention her own husband — to represent her brand.

“With our ‘Live Life Your Ouai’ campaign I wanted to show the spirit, independence, and strength of women,” Atkin said in a press release. “The women I know are multi-tasking AF. They are meeting the challenges of life everyday…. and it’s not easy. They are driven, stylish and are breaking down barriers in all kinds of industries. So I called my girlfriends…. all in different places in their lives to be a part of our message. Some figuring out who they are and what society tells them they should be. Some juggling their careers, school, children and relationships. They are sisters, mothers, girlfriends, wives, daughters and business women. What do they have in common? They do all of this with grace and fierceness.”


Makeup junkies, we have some important news to brighten up your Monday: Inexpensive, massively successful color cosmetics brand ColourPop is about to make its debut at Sephora. This marks the first time the three-year-old beauty brand will be sold in brick-and-mortar stores; until now, it’s been an entirely online business, sold through the brand’s own e-commerce site.
According to WWD, the brand will launch in stores — though it has not yet been announced whether this means all Sephora stores — in November of this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The development comes as a response to consumer demand for in-store availability (consumers will be able to swatch and test the shades before purchasing them) as well as desire for same-day fulfillment.

“ColourPop has always been a brand full of personality… We look forward to connecting with our customers on an emotional level by meeting them offline and creating a special experience with each product they encounter,” said Laura Nelson, ColourPop co-founder and president of the brand’s parent company Seed Beauty, in a statement to Refinery29.

But it has larger implications for the brand as well. “This is not simply a distribution play for ColourPop,” said John Nelson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Seed Beauty, in an interview with WWD. “Instead, we are looking to disrupt the traditional brand and retailer model by taking collaboration, innovation and speed to the next level. Sephora shares our vision.”

It’s a game-changer for Sephora, too. As the retailer seeks to solidify its millennial and Gen-Z consumer bases and compete with mass beauty sellers, like Ulta, Target and even Amazon, turning to young, lean, digital-first brands is a smart strategy. That ColourPop’s offerings will be among some of the least expensive options on Sephora’s shelves likely won’t hurt matters, either.

WWD reports that Artemis Patrick, senior vice president of merchandising at Sephora, has cited ColourPop one of the “top brand requests” from customers.

Details about whether the full ColourPop line will be available in Sephora stores are slim as of now, but a makeup junkie can certainly dream. With that in mind, we rounded up a selection of some of our favorite (not-currently-sold-out) ColourPop product picks in the gallery below — all of which we hope to soon see IRL on the shelves of Sephora.


Lorde in Monique Lhuillier. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

Live from Los Angeles, it’s time for the VMAs! In between performances by Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and more, and quips from host Katy Perry, famous faces will be doling out moonpeople (MTV has done away with the “moonman” term in addition to gendered categories) all night. Meanwhile, we’ll be at at our laptops trying to figure out who all these teen pop stars are and, obviously, bringing up-to-the-minute updates on what everyone is wearing.


Candice Huffine in a Michael Kors dress. Photo: 11 Honoré

When Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer decided they wanted to combine their decades of experience in the fashion industry and launch something new together, they didn’t want to do another project that would just be lost in the noise of the new brands that launch every day. Instead, they wanted their work to help improve the industry they love so much — and what would do more to improve it than to make it more diverse?

“What we were both looking to do in the space was to come up with something truly meaningful, something disruptive,” Herning says. “The opportunity to create a platform for the [plus-size] customer, the opportunity to provide her with something that didn’t exist from the fashion community, was very important to us.”

Herning, formerly of HL Group, and Retzer, formerly of Vogue, knew that there was a customer who was being underserved — if, that is, she was even being served at all. The duo knew if they could create a platform for her, that she would come; thus, 11 Honoré was born. It took just over 11 months from ideation to its official launch on August 21. “We’re very proud of this fact,” Herning says. “It has been the perfect storm.”

11 Honoré founders Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Photo: 11 Honoré

11 Honoré caters to women sizes 10 through 20 and is launching with an impressive list of designers: Prabal Gurung, Brandon Maxwell, Christian Siriano, Marchesa, Tome, Zac Posen, Michael Kors Collection and Monique Lhuillier are a few of the labels that were on-board from the beginning. Herning and Retzer started by approaching the brands with which they had a relationship who they knew already offered extended size ranges. Some, like Siriano and Gurung, have offered it through their own e-commerce sites, while others, like Lhuillier, offered plus sizes through trunk shows and custom orders.

But they’re most proud of the brands that didn’t have any experience in plus sizes at all. “What was so exciting for us was to meet with brands like La Ligne and Baja East, who had not necessarily been in the space but who were also so excited and they never blinked an eye,” says Retzer. 11 Honoré was able to court these designers by taking on the cost and labor of finding experts who could properly grade and pattern their existing designs for a plus-size customer. Designers who partner with 11 Honoré don’t have to worry that quality or design will be compromised. Even more essential, the e-tailer will take a shorter mark on profits to keep the cost of the garments the same as their straight size equivalents.

“Price consistency is one of the most important things we’re going to provide our customer, so when she is at Saks, Barneys, Neiman’s, and she sees a designer she loves, when she finds that designer on our site, that will be the exact same price,” Herning says. “There are a lot of sensitivities around this customer, and we want to be a platform and a destination where we’re doing nothing but making her feel better about herself.”

Candice Huffine in a La Ligne sweater. Photo: 11 Honoré

Retzer is also applying her editorial background to add a three-dimensional quality to the site; 11 Honoré features a blog, “The Honor Roll,” which features profiles and Q&As with the models, designers and stylists that are part of the community. They also want to maintain a luxury feel to every aspect of the site, tapping supermodel Candice Huffine to model. As for critics who argue that the plus-size customer isn’t willing to buy at a luxury price point, Herning and Retzer are ready to prove you wrong.

“I challenge anybody who says that to sit in the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel for 60 minutes, and tell me this customer doesn’t like luxury items,” Herning says. “This customer is spending it on shoes; this customer is spending it on handbags; this customer is spending it on jewelry; this customer is spending it on trunk show options. What we’re doing is creating a solution for an aspirational luxury focused customer and making her life so much easier, because she does want this — she has just not been able to have it.”

The feedback from the soft launch has already been great; the duo says that even just a few industry press pieces have garnered them organic traffic and interest from customers who are ready to shop. But Herning and Retzer aren’t ready to stop just yet; there’s hope that their plus-size samples could be used for editorial shoots, as well as hope that a brick-and-mortar option, permanent or pop-up, could be in the future. But before then, they want to get more brands involved with their message.

“I can’t get to Europe fast enough, to get young contemporaries on board to truly give our customers as many options as we possibly can and to get out there and find young designers to work with the CFDA,” Retzer says. “We want to create a platform that is unlike anything else and that has it all.”


These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

The Cut relaunches, takes a 43-day fashion road trip
To help relaunch The Cut, Portland-based photographer Holly Andres circled the U.S. for 43 days in search of women willing to tell their American story. The stunning female subjects she met and captured, come from diverse backgrounds and occupy various roles in society; some are 18-year-old aspiring actresses, while others are designers, performers, retail associates, marketing leads and stay-at-home moms. Yet, despite race, religion, age, occupation and any other number of dividers that separate humans from one another, the images are strung together through ubiquitous fine dressing. Each woman is shown in her natural habitat draped in Valentino, Missoni, Dior and more pieces plucked from Net-A-Porter and international runways. {The Cut}

L’Oréal Paris and Balmain unveil new lipstick campaign
Balmain’s color riche lipstick collaboration with L’Oréal Paris will launch Sept. 1, but the campaign was just unveiled on Monday. The debut ad features 12 Balmain-clad models showing off bold lip shades from the line, with the brand’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, posing front and center as he leads his army of strong female stunners through Paris. According to a joint press statement released by both parities Monday, the lipstick campaign paid close attention to casting to send “a message of beauty in diversity and female empowerment.” {WWD}

Estée Lauder grew sales 40 percent in China — here’s how they did it
Estée Lauder is enjoying exponential sales growth in China, thanks to a savvy local strategy that embraces both third-party partners and operates direct-to-consumer e-commerce sites. In addition, the beauty conglomerate has turned to Alibaba’s consumer marketplace Tmall to launch brand storefronts, where shoppers can browse brand content and purchase items directly through the site. “Tmall is where our brands shine. We control our sales in Tmall,” Dennis McEniry, president of the brand’s online business told Glossy. “The dedicated e-commerce team in China handles all of that, and we have the control over those storefronts in a way that lets us present our brands in a prestige way.” {Glossy}

Two YSL museums will open in the fall in Paris and Marrakech
Two Yves Saint Laurent museums will open its doors this October in Paris and Marrakech. The Marrakech exhibit will open Oct. 19 to 43,000 square feet of permanent exhibition space showcasing the late designer’s work, as well as a temporary exhibition area, a research library, a store, a café and an auditorium. The Paris museum opening, meanwhile, is set to coincide with Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 3. The former home to Saint Laurent’s couture house and the current headquarters to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent will house the new YSL museum, where visitors will be able to view the former couture salons and Saint Laurent’s design studio for the first time. {WWD}

Brands are now being forced to rejigger how — and to whom — they sell jewelry
According to Lyst, the bulk of expensive jewelry purchases — 85 percent, to be exact — were made by women. This marks a shift in the industry, as for years, a spike in fine jewelry sales occurred around holidays like Valentine’s Day, with men doing the majority of the purchasing. Hence, both brands and marketplaces are now having to alter their usual “courtship song-and-dance” in their promotional efforts. “Generally in society, we’re moving away from the type of romance built on chocolates, roses and diamonds,” said Lyst’s fashion editor Charlotte Austin. “Women feel a lot more empowered to buy exactly what they want, when they want, jewelry-wise.” {Glossy}

How the Nike Air Jordan 1 became streetwear’s go-to sneaker
Initially, Michael Jordan wanted to sign with either Adidas or Converse on a footwear collection, but both companies turned him down. Left with Nike, he agreed to a $2.5 million endorsement deal, which would include his own signature shoe and apparel line. The shoe took off early on with the skateboarding set and became a quick, unwavering staple among the hip-hop; devoted fans have long included Kanye West, Jay-Z and A$AP Rocky and more. Air Jordans also attracted the attention from the California rock scene during the 1980s and made their way through Hollywood A-listers, such as Jason Sudeikis and Mark Wahlberg. In short, over the past 30 years, this sneaker style has become a must-have footwear item, as well as the backbone of streetwear and culture. {Highsnobiety}

Virgil Abloh and Nike confirm major — surely drool-worthy — partnership
American sportswear giant Nike has enlisted Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to reimagine 10 models from its iconic sneaker archive. The styles that will receive an Abloh upgrade include: the classic Air Jordan 1, Air Max 90, Air Max 97, blazer, hyperdunk, Air Force 1, AirVaporMax, Air Presto, Zoom Vaporfly and the Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Five of the 10 models will be pre-released at NikeLab stores during the upcoming fashion weeks in New York (Sept. 9-13), London (Sept. 18-22), Milan (Sept. 21-25) and Paris (Sept. 26-30). The full collection will launch worldwide in November. {Business of Fashion}


Celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin giving a complimentary blowout at Sephora. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday

Jen Atkin discusses the success of her hair-care line, Ouai, which is set to bring in $15 million this year
When hairstylist Jen Atkin, who is also the founder of the off-duty model-inspired haircare line Oaui, isn’t busy perfecting Hadid or Jenner hair, she’s hard at work growing her brand. And all of that work — not to mention social media coverage and pun-infused marketing campaigns — appears to be paying off heartily. The almost two-year-old company is already in 300 Sephora stores in the U.S. and is expected to roll into all locations nationwide in September, bringing Oaui’s expected net sales for 2017 to around $15 million. {WWD}

H&M’s new concept store Arket to open flagship in London
H&M will open its new Scandinavian-inspired concept store Arket in London on August 25th. The brand, which has slightly higher price points than its fast-fashion counterpart, will have a two-storied flagship space featuring a curated selection of menswear, womenswear, children’s clothing and home items geared to those with an appetite for minimalism and quality. {WWD}

Walmart partners with Google Home to enable voice shopping
Unlike Whole Foods, Walmart refuses to give in to the almighty Amazon. To compete with the retail giant, Walmart is teaming up with Google on a voice command shopping action via Google’s virtual home assistant — Alexa didn’t shop at Walmart anyway. Starting in late September, a large assortment of Walmart goods will be made available through a conversation with your Google Home or on the Google Express website or app. {WWD}

Patagonia takes small website to federal court over copycat logo
A Simply Southern Brand-owned website, Dazzle Up, is under federal court fire due to its usage of Patagonia’s trademarked logo. According to the outdoor wear company, Dazzle Up has been selling T-shirts that bear an almost identical ’80s-inspired silhouette of the Fitz Roy mountain range. According to WWD, Patagonia has asked the court to require Dazzle Up to immediately terminate the selling of these copied products and $150,000 in damages for each infringement, as well a relinquishing of any profits earned. {WWD}

Rodarte sisters to make directorial debut at Venice Film Festival
Rodarte sister designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are taking their eyes for beauty off the runway and onto the big screen with their debut movie “Woodshock.” The pair both wrote and directed the film, which stars Kirsten Dunst, in a sorrow-filed psychological thriller. The design duo’s movie will run from August 30th to September 9th and will open in American theaters on September 22nd. {WWD}

Chelsea Manning leaves prison with a new lease on dressing
Post-inmate coveralls, the recently freed Chelsea Manning is now able to experiment with vintage dressing, chic trousers and pencil skirts. She aspires to achieve a millennial aesthetic, which to her translates to logo tees and chunky boots. Perhaps most profound is her ability to live in dresses — a monumental moment in dressing for a trans woman who is finally getting to showcase her true gender identity. {Vogue}

I-D Magazine speaks with Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri
Last summer, the house of Dior made the groundbreaking decision to appoint its first-ever female creative director. The label is known for creating collections that are sartorial love letters to the female body, so it was about time for a woman to take charge. Enter: Maria Grazia Chiuri, who after a year in the role has already left her mark on the brand by adding practicality to the Ready-to-Wear collections and infusing lavishness into the Couture shows. In this particular interview with the designer, I-D Magazine checks in with Chiuri at various inflection points (runway shows) throughout her first year. {I-D}

Brands speak out regarding Louise Linton’s Instagram post
Actress Louise Linton is receiving backlash after posting a photo to Instagram of her husband Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary, exiting a government plane and captioning it with numerous designer hashtags. Brands like Valentino — who were mentioned in the post — were quick to deny any official ties to Linton; a spokesperson for the brand told WWD that, “Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino.” {WWD}

Eberjey x Rebecca Taylor launch intimates collection
Lingerie brand Eberjey and ready-to-wear staple Rebecca Taylor will fuse their feminine touches to create a limited-edition intimates collection for fall. The collaboration will hit stores and online in August and will consist of intimates and sleepwear in a series of silk and lace silhouettes with delicate floral prints and neutral tones. The collection will retail for between $68 and $368. {Fashionista Inbox}


With a sparse set and hip-hop inspired clothes, Marc Jacobs’s “Respect” Fall 2017 show in February was celebrated as one of his best runways — and collections — to date. On Thursday, the brand released the accompanying campaign video, and it carries the same strong, yet simplistic vibes as the presentation did.

The short film was shot by Jesse Jenkins and features the song “Tomboy” by up-and-coming New York rapper Princess Nokia. In the video, models Slick Woods, Kiki Willems, Alek Wek, Cara Taylor, Casil McArthur and Natalie Westling wear clothes from the Fall 2017 collection in an empty warehouse space. Watch the full video below.