Marc Jacobs Apologizes, Henri Bendel Closes for Good

by Charles Manning

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Marc Jacobs Apologizes for Being Late
Marc Jacobs is known for the rigid punctuality of his shows, which have started precisely when they said would every season for over a decade. So the nearly two hour delay before the start of his most recent fashion spectacle took the fashion world by surprise. At one point, Anna Wintour got up and began pacing, while other top editors simply gave up and left. Of course, those who stayed were treated to a stunning collection full of life and joy and theatrical aplomb that was well worth the wait. Jacobs took to Instagram last night to apologize for the late start, but, honestly, it wasn’t really necessary. The fact is, things happen. Jacobs and his stylist and design consultant, Katie Grand, make magic every season and magic doesn’t always follow a schedule. So keep making magic, you two. We’ll wait.


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I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone who was inconvenienced by my lateness at our Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. For anyone interested, below is not a list of excuses but rather a list of facts. I fully understand people have plans, lives, commitments, flights, families to return to, etc and that I fully RESPECT. I’ve heard, read and reflected on your frustration, anger and outrage. If you choose to read the below, I hope that you can find your own place of understanding. 1. The night before the show at midnight, I believed that we would absolutely be starting at 6pm, as planned and it was my intention to do so. 2. At 3:30pm on the day of the show, I became aware that we would most likely be an hour late. In good faith and hope it was communicated that the show would start at 630pm and that was a mistake. 3. After years of being beyond punctual and once again, with every intention of remaining so, the fact is, more is always expected from us with fewer and fewer resources. That is not unique to me personally or us as a company. I have learned that I need to adjust to our realities. 4. It was my wishful thinking that we could accomplish all that needed to be done for this show with the circumstances we faced. I was wrong. Not because everyone didn’t make every effort or give it their all and more, life is just that way sometimes. I’ve always been told that, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” With our shows, I always strive to present 7-10 minutes of live fashion theatre that hopefully makes some kind of statement or touch the audience in some way both aesthetically and emotionally. I think we all have to be a little more sensitive and flexible to the fragile state of the live experience. I hope anyone reading this will reflect on my thoughts as I have on yours. 
Sincerely and respectfully, Marc

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The End of Henri Bendel (WWD)
L Brands Inc., which owns Henri Bendel, has announced plans to shut down the brand entirely, closing all 23 stores — including the historic 5th Avenue flagship — and the e-commerce website by January 2019. “We are committed to improving performance in the business and increasing shareholder value. As part of that effort, we have decided to stop operating Bendel to improve company profitability and focus on our larger brands that have greater growth potential,” said Leslie Wexner, chairman and chief executive officer of L Brands. “This decision is right for the future growth of our company, but not easy because of the impact to our L Brands family. I want to thank our Bendel associates for their dedication to this iconic brand and to our loyal Bendel customers.”

Carbon 38 Launches Collaboration with Cushnie (Harper’s Bazaar)
Carbon 38 has teamed up with luxury fashion label Cushnie on a 10-piece activewear and athleisure collection, which “serves as a lifestyle collection, and as an extension of the brand’s ready-to-wear,” says designer Carly Cushnie. “Cushnie active gives me the opportunity to dress my woman for the casual aspects of her day, with styles including cropped jackets, flare pants and jumpsuits—all in luxe knitwear, neoprene and performance materials.”

Cushnie x Carbon 38

Revolve Issues Apology for Tone Deaf LPA Slogan Shirts
E-commerce giant, Revolve, came under fire recently when they began selling a slogan t-shirt with the phrase “being fat is not beautiful it’s an excuse” printed on the front. The $168 sweatshirt from LPA was apparently intended to highlight the harassment women face from body-shaming trolls online, but that message was lost when the sweatshirt in question, which is only available in straight sizes, was shown on a skinny model without context. Last night, Revolve issued an apology via Instagram and announced that they are donating $20,000 as recompense to the nonprofit Girls Write Now, who were apparently always meant to receive some undisclosed portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts.

The New Hermès Apple Watch Has Arrived (Vogue)
The New Apple Watch Series 4 by Hermès is here and it is a beauty! Well, technically, it doesn’t arrive in stores until September 9, but it is available for preorder right now. Designed in collaboration with Hermès’ creative director of jewelry and shoes, Pierre Hardy, the watch features speakers that are 50 percent louder, and a face that is 35 percent larger, although the watch size remains the same. The watches retail for $1,249 for the Single Tour and $1,399 for the Double Tour.

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