Friday, May 22, 2015

News Brief: Women Reportedly Banned From Cannes Screening for Wearing Flats, Changing Fashion Cycle Sparks Confusion

News Brief: Women Reportedly Banned From Cannes Screening for Wearing Flats, Changing Fashion Cycle Sparks Confusion:

Rooney Mara, director Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett attend the Premiere of "Carol" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Rooney Mara, director Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett attend the Premiere of "Carol" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
These are the stories making headlines in fashion this morning.

Women reportedly turned away from Cannes screening for wearing flats

Gender inequality has been the hot topic at this year's Cannes Film Festival — but some of the event's organizers apparently didn't get the memo. According to Screen Daily, some female guests — several of them elderly — were turned away from a screening of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's new film, "Carol," for wearing flats, which were deemed inappropriate. Chiming in on Twitter, other women said they have had to argue their way into screenings for wearing shoes that didn't pass muster, even if medical reasons warranted it. {The Independent}

Nasty Gal wrongly claims Taylor Swift wore its Balmain knockoff to the Billboard Music Awards

Fast-fashion retailers are notorious for riffing off designer collections, but few are as precise in their replicas as Nasty Gal, which mistakenly claimed credit for the white jumpsuit Taylor Swift wore to the Billboard Music Awards on Instagram. The jumpsuit is in fact by Balmain, and Nasty Gal has since deleted the post. {Fashionista}

The fashion cycle is in flux, and it's confusing everyone

For years, designers have complained that the longstanding fashion cycle — where fashion collections are shown six months before they hit stores, giving fast-fashion retailers plenty of time to design and sell knockoffs — is broken. Increasingly, designers are setting their own calendars: While most fall/winter 2015 shows took place in February, Versus Versace waited to show its fall/winter 2015 collection last week, at the same time it arrived in stores. And T by Alexander Wang decided to hold back photos of its pre-fall 2015 collection until Monday, just two months before it goes on sale. While the moves might be a step in the right direction for brands, it's creating a whole lot of confusion for press and consumers alike. {The Independent}

Pharrell's next Adidas collab drops May 30

The fourth installment of Pharrell Williams's collaboration with Adidas, which kicked off 14 months ago, will hit stores and adidas.com on May 30. Once again, Williams has reimagined the athletic brand's Stan Smith shoe, this time done in a floral brocade, one turquoise and one beige, with a matching turquoise jacket. The shoes will ring in at about $205; the jacket, of which only 200 are being produced, at $854. {WWD}

Vivienne Westwood to streamline fashion lines
Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Victoria Beckham aren't the only design labels consolidating their diffusion lines: Vivienne Westwood is planning to reduce her four lines — Red Label, Gold Label, Man and Anglomania — into two by the end of next year. {Fashionista}

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