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The DMA Digest is an edited gathering of information relative to DMA United's business model. With the goal of propelling deal flow and internal awareness, the criteria we use in selecting these topics is reflective of our company philosophy: innovation is born from a polycultural and multi-disciplinarian environment.

Fendi’s Leather Coat Is a Graphic Feat of Craftsmanship

A leather coat in the summer? Sure, but make it breathable. Not known for subtle design, Fendi suggests one can surely sport leather in the heat with this new not-so-simple coat. The lattice-like design of contrasting pale pink and hunter green leather creates a 3-D effect, evoking chain links or a sporty mesh net. Memorable for its intricate design, it’s the right amount of coat for the hot season and can easily be layered into fall wardrobes.

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Nordstrom investors balk at 5-year plan

Nordstrom has big ambitions for growth, but investors and analysts don't seem to be entirely convinced. The upscale department store retailer was downgraded by Cowen & Co. analysts early this month, citing pressures on full-line sales, store traffic and margins and a need to improve its off-price Rack division.

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J. Crew unveils inclusive summer and fall collection

J. Crew on Tuesday unveiled a collection with Universal Standard, a women’s apparel brand specializing in inclusive sizes, for summer and fall.

The apparel line — which includes a range of tops, dresses, skirts and pants — will be available in sizes up to 5x, according to a company press release emailed to Retail Dive.

Four years ago, J. Crew was slammed for its attention to skinny sizes after it unveiled a triple zero, which the company then said was in response to demand in its Japan market.

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Prada Is Making Progress

Hindsight is always 20/20, but the Italian fashion brand should have realised right from the start that its decision to position its products at the very high end of the market — think prices in the same range as Hermès and Chanel — was a mistake. After all, Hermès and Chanel have a wide assortment of product categories beyond fashion and leather goods, such as jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances… the list goes on. These effectively form a pyramid of price points, with their most expensive handbags shining somewhere near the apex.

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Hypebeast Shuts Down Its Kids Site

Last week, Hypebeast shut down Hypekids.com, the site it launched last summer to cater to a streetwear-obsessed generation that is beginning to have kids. The vertical will live on through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where it has 95,800 followers.

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Ariana Grande Covers 'Elle,' Kylie Jenner Named One of America's Richest Self-Made Women

Ariana Grande graces Elle's August cover in a billowy white Chloé top and a soft layer of rose-tinted makeup. In the Alexi Lubomirski-lensed shot, the pop star's platinum blonde hair is gently windswept, and she rests her hand on her hips while giving a doe-eyed expression. Inside the issue, Grande opens up about life after the Manchester attack. {Elle}

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Kylie Jenner Is Richer Than Kim Kardashian West Thanks to Kylie Cosmetics

It’s official — Kylie Jenner is the richest self-made member of the Kardashian clan. The 20-year-old was ranked 27th on Forbes’s list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, with an estimated net worth of $900 million. Her sister Kim, the Kardashian who started it all, was 54th with an estimated net worth of $350 million. Forbes estimates that with another year of growth, she’ll become the youngest billionaire ever, trumping Mark Zuckerberg.

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Macys and Bloomingdales customer profiles hacked

Some security experts think the broad breach of Macy's e-commerce sites was due to weak authentication. This is the first time that Macy's is known to have been breached, and it reported the incident quite quickly compared to others like Panera Bread and Ticketmaster UK.

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How ‘Fashion’ Became a Bad Word

In New York, the epicentre of America’s fashion industry, fashion is not so fashionable anymore. And designers, the ultimate arbiters of trend, can feel it.

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Luxury Resale’s Quiet Reckoning

With the luxury resale market on track to hit $6 billion globally in 2018, according to Bain, consumer appetite for used fashion goods continues to grow. But the boom that has fuelled the rise of major luxury re-commerce players like The RealReal and Vestiaire Collective will only last if the market is fed with product that people actually want to buy.

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Looking For Something Worn on Your Favorite TV Show? Theres an eBay Shop for that

If you follow me even remotely, either here on Fashionista or on my various social media channels, you know that I'm, well, kind of obsessed with Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). It's a (one-sided) love affair that started back when "Gossip Girl" premiered in 2007; I was in college and too broke to stock up on the high fashion labels Blair regularly wore, but still picked up every headband my local Forever21 carried. A decade later, that obsession hadn't calmed down at all, and after a celebratory rewatch inspired me to start a hashtag series dedicated to her style on Instagram (it's #WaldorfWednesday!), I found myself diving deep into eBay trying to get my hands on pieces from the show I've never stopped thinking about.

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Searches for Women's Soccer-Inspired Apparel Spiked 520 Percent This Year

It looks like we've all got a bad case of World Cup fever — and the only prescription, according to fashion e-commerce aggregator Lyst, is more soccer apparel.

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A Declaration of Independence at Valentino and Fendi

PARIS — The couture shows ended on July 4, fittingly enough, with a declaration of independence.

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Bolo Ties and Neck Wallets Along with other unusual, sly, and just plain weird trends of summer 2018.

Each summer brings new trends. Last year, it was graphic T-shirts, ruffled tops, and bright-yellow maxi dresses. In the early aughts, it was miniskirts. Same for the ’60s, but instead of Paris Hilton in Juicy Couture it was Twiggy in Courrèges. But this season already seems to have brought a bewildering — and at times beguiling — array of fads.

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Social Commerce On The Rise As More Brands Adopt Shoppable Content

"Social commerce" is an exciting, enticing phrase, suggesting the potential to tap massive social networks to unlock spending by younger demographics of consumers whose wallets have proven so elusive via other marketing channels.

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Activewear Brands Are Ignoring Plus-Size Women

Lululemon, Ivy Park, and the new Serena Williams line mostly lack options for women above size 14.

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Dior Couture Celebrated Its Esteemed Atelier With The Fall 2018 Collection

Maria Grazia Chiuri's latest showing for the brand was a lovely display of simplicity, femininity and classic elegance, with a modern twist on house codes.

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Apple’s New Ad Cinematically Captures the Pressure of Remembering Yet Another Password

A daily frustration becomes a high-stakes quiz show

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How Huda Kattan Built A Multi-Million-Dollar Beauty Brand From A Blog

Huda Beauty’s wildly popular online presence has grown into a dynamic brand that aims to rival the big dogs and challenge non-inclusive beauty standards.

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Unilever’s Esi Eggleston Bracey Wants to Make Women Feel Good About Themselves

Her favorite subjects were math and science, she skipped the fourth grade, and her hobbies were building model airplanes and crocheting. Unilever’s Esi Eggleston Bracey had her sights set on becoming an M.D.–Ph.D. when her age was still a single digit. If you’d asked this child of a math teacher and an attorney for the underserved how she’d feel about running a company someday, she likely would have winced.

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Hudson's Bay confirms talks over European joint venture

HBC's quest to unload assets continues. It wasn't even five months ago that the department store retailer's CEO told investors, after rejecting Signa's $3.5 billion offer for its German unit, that it was confident it could go alone in Europe and bring returns to shareholders.

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New Threat to Retail: Rising Commodity Prices

Apparel companies already grappling with a difficult retail environment face a new challenge: steep increases in the prices for the raw materials they need to make their clothes.

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What's Ailing America's Fashion Darlings?

They’ve won CFDA awards. They’ve opened stores in Dubai, Bangkok and Tokyo. They were called the “cool kids,” the “anointed ones” and the “fashion darlings.”

For the cohort of American luxury brands that rose to prominence a decade ago, growth and prosperity are no longer a given. As brands like Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler work to reconfigure their business models in order to adapt to changing times, others are shrinking their staffs or hiring new kinds of employees.

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How Michael Mente Took Revolve From an E-Commerce Start-Up to a Global Powerhouse

When you think of Revolve, you might not immediately think of Michael Mente. You probably have visions of mega-influencers like Rocky Barnes, Chiara Ferragni or Aimee Song posted up on an exotic beach or sitting in VIP at a music festival.

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The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple

Vintage dealer Gauthier Borsarello is the man clothing designers often go to when they want to buy a weathered pair of Woodstock-era Levi’s or a just-so military jacket to stir their inspirational juices. So when Mr. Borsarello, who formerly worked for Ralph Lauren, extols the virtues of the humble chambray shirt, it’s wise to listen carefully: “To me chambray is the best compromise in terms of density, breathability and strength,” he said of the way the fabric marries the ruggedness of denim with the dressiness of a classic cotton button-up.

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Meet the Entrepreneur Making Lipstick for Working Women

Multiple-step Instagram beauty tutorials might be fun to watch, but not all of us have the time to use four different kinds of lipstick and a liner when we’re rushing out the door on the way to work. That’s why beauty entrepreneur Roshell Rinkins launched Liquid Courage, a line of vibrantly pigmented lipsticks aimed at busy women.

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WeWork opens shop with WeMRKT retail concept

WeWork has branched into various business areas aimed at benefiting its members, including the establishment of a gym in New York, education with the acquisition of coding school Flatiron School and plans for an elementary school, as well as a tie-up with J. Crew.

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Nordstrom downgraded on margin, Rack pressures

The Cowen team's assessment and downgrade is what the Nordstrom family was likely hoping to escape when they made their attempt last year to take the company private, an effort that ultimately came up short.

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Dior's Avant-Garde Rebellion

There’s a skew-whiff spark of feminist defiance smouldering in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s bosom. I can’t think of any other designer who would feel comfortable referring to haute couture as “a psychological place of female resistance.” But her yen to resist convention took a turn for the surreal with the collection she showed on Monday. Surreal? No, that was last season. Now it was the avant-garde that Chiuri was invoking in her show notes.

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Can Beirut Steal Some of Dubai’s Thunder?

Some pointed and a few sneered but soon they were all stunned into submission. A group of immaculately coiffed ladies had come expecting a feast of frothy glamour — or at least a few delicate frocks inspired by their national fashion hero. Instead, what they got was a subversive serving of bondage, queer politics and schizophrenia on the catwalk.

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The American Southwest is Fashion's New Go-To Source For Aesthetic Inspiration

Relying on the American southwest and all of its cultural cornerstones, like the romanticized cowboys and indigenous peoples, is nothing new for fashion. Lately, the region has attracted even more attention than usual — not strictly from the fashion world, but from the lifestyle space at large. Beauty brands and influencers have drawn aesthetic inspiration and made pilgrimages, respectively, to destinations outside of America's coastal cities which are often left out of the societal conversation.

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