Happy Monday and welcome to a new issue of The Spin. Today we look at Topshop's troubles in Australia, the meaning of couture in the social media age and the ascent of the formerly so humble hoodie. Enjoy the read and feel free to share! Best, Ulrike


Fast fashion failure. The administrators for Australia’s failed Topshop franchise are closing five of the British retailer’s nine stores, including the flagship on Melbourne’s Chapel Street. Topshop Australia collapsed into voluntary administration in May. Franchisee Hilton Seskin blames a broken business model and alleges that he was shipped outdated and substandard clothing.


Slimmer Sears. The embattled US discounter is closing 43 additional stores, among them eight Sears and 35 Kmart locations, leaving the retailer with 1,140 stores. In the future, CEO Eddie Lampert plans to introduce smaller concept shops while further reducing the number and the size of larger-formats.



Hidden agenda. In the exhibitionistic climate of the social media age, in high fashion it's what you don’t see that becomes special. At Paris Couture Week (image gallery), the tension between those two value systems became (paywall) an important subtext. While some designers embrace the visibility factor, others focus increasingly on wearability.

Classic comeback. A new breed of male customers prefers classic styles and high-quality craftsmanship over flashy trends. As the industry prepares for New York Fashion Week: Men’s and New York Men’s Day, retailers are looking for under-the-radar designers and items that offer classic elements with an individual or quirky twist.


S&M meets mainstream. Popular fetish wear designer Zana Bayne, who’s outfitted pop icons like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, just got her first museum show (image gallery) at New York’s Museum of Sex. Fans of her leathery bondage wear can buy specifically designed harnesses, chokers and handbags at the museum store, the full collection is available on the label's homepage .

Kopy Kats. TMZ photographer Michael Miller is suing Kendall and Kylie Jenner of the Kardashian clan over a T-shirt in their Kendall + Kylie collection featuring his image of late rapper Tupac Shakur. Back in June, Plugged NYC accused Kylie of ordering, endorsing and then copying several of their signature camouflage styles.


This hoodie can cost you… Elevated to high-fashion fame by brands like Gucci and celebrities like the Kardashians, the humble hoodie has made its way out of the gym and into elegant pairings with pencil skirts and pumps. Simultaneously prices have now reached far into four-digit territory.

…a bundle. It can be equally costly to wear a hoodie in Oklahoma. A state legislator in the the South Centrall US state would like to impose a $500 fine on people who cover their faces with clothing like hooded sweatshirts.


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