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Hostility Towards Radhika Jones’ Vanity Fair (Intelligencer)
Radhika Jones’ vision for Vanity Fair garnered far more harsh criticism than previously thought — some of which came from within Condé Nast. According to Intelligencer, an unnamed but prominent publicist, who is apparently unaccustomed to diversity, approached a VF editor at a party after Jones’ first issue was published with Lena Waithe on the cover and asked, “What is this, Ebony Fair?” Meanwhile, a Condé salesperson took issue with the pared-down styling. “That could have been an incredibly powerful moment — changing the culture, upending Hollywood. But did she have to wear a T-shirt?,” source said. “It felt like they were completely walking away from fashion.”
Th Intelligencer article is about more than just Vanity Fair. It is a deep dive into the world of Condé. Writer Reeves Wiedeman has crafted a particularly detailed account into the company’s recent shifts, and considers where it will go in the future. Read the whole thing here.
Google Owner Makes a Bid to Buy Fitbit (Reuters)
Alphabet Inc., which owns Google, has made an offer to buy Fitbit, the wearable fitness trackers. The price on the offer has not been revealed and neither company has commented on the news. As Reuters notes, while its competition — including Apple — have all developed wearable fitness products and smartwatches, Google has yet to introduce a product in the category.
The Woolmark Prize Announces 2019 Finalists (Dazed)
The annual International Woolmark Prize challenges designers to toe the line between artistic and commercial creations, to adapt their vision to utilizing only wool, and of course, to use said wool in innovative new ways. This year, the competition is also asking the rising designers to focus on sustainability. After winning their regional competitions, the 2019 finalists have just been announced. The overall winner — who will receive $200,000 AUD ($137,151 USD) and have their collections sold in the Woolmark Prize retail network in 2020 — will be announced in February. Here is the full list of finalists:
*A-Cold-Wall, United Kingdom
Botter, The Netherlands
Feng Chen Wang, United Kingdom/China
Ludovic de Saint Sernin, France
Matthew Adams Dolan, USA
Richard Malone, Ireland/UK
Michael Kors Gets Into the Holiday Spirit
Bella Hadid, Salomon Diaz, and Austin Augie bring a snow globe to life in the new joint MICHAEL Michael Kors and menswear holiday campaign. Inspired by the season, Cass Bird captures the models getting ready for a snowy adventure.