H&M Trials Rental Service, Dior Collaborates With Shawn Stussy

by Aria Darcella

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H&M Gets In to the Rental Business (Evening Standard)
H&M is the latest retailer to test the waters with a clothing rental service. Loyalty program members in Stockholm can rent from a curated selection of pieces from the retailer’s flagship location. If all goes well over the three-month trial period, H&M could expand the program further. This is the second pilot-test H&M has launched tied to the resale market this year. In April, it began selling vintage and second-hand clothing through its upscale & Other Stories brand.

Dior Is Collaborating With Shawn Stussy (WWD)
Shawn Stussy, founder of the surf brand Stüssy, has come out of retirement to collaborate with Dior Homme. “I’ve said ‘no’ to a lot of things, and I was just waiting for the right one, and this just feels really good in that respect,” he says. “I almost feel like I’m handing the wand off to the young crowd, Kim [Jones, creative director of Dior Homme] being the team captain, and he’s a lover of the game, he’s knowledgeable, he’s a student of our culture. I just really get the right feel.” The collaboration will be revealed at Dior’s menswear show in Miami tomorrow night.

Alexander McQueen Displays Archival Pieces In-Store
Sarah Burton is exploring the use of roses in relationship to the house of McQueen through a new show at the label’s Old Bond Street boutique in London. Simply titled Roses, the installation features a dress from McQueen’s Spring 2007 show, which was originally created with real flowers. Burton first turned the third floor of the Bond Street store into an installation space last January. The goal being to educate students and the public on the skills and history of the house. Roses examines the technical feats required to bring the gowns to life, as well as the back and forth between present and past, and nature and craft. Roses is now open to the public.

CFDA Grants $500,000 to NY-Based Community Organizations
The CFDA and Susanne Bartsch, in partnership with MAC Cosmetics’ VIVA GLAM Fund, have donated $500,000 to eight New York-based community organizations chosen for their existing initiatives helping queer people of color, including the Ballroom Community, living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Grants of $70,000 were given to the Audre Lorde Project, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis,  and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Through the VIVA GLAM Fund, additional grants of $50,000 were given to the Ali Forney Center, the Anti-Violence Project, and The HEAT Program at SUNY.

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