The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: June Ambrose Talks Style with the New York Times, A Look at Gareth Pugh x M.A.C., and the Decline of Couture

June Ambrose sits down with Lola Ogunnaike of the New York Times to discuss her illustrious career, her new reality show, and her humble beginnings. The Bronx native wasn’t always lauded for her fab personal style: “As a teenager in the ’80s, she dressed in elaborate get-ups to glamour-flage her severe acne. She was often teased as the odd duck. ‘I’d wear a ponytail with watches in my hair or mismatched tights,’ she said. ‘They didn’t know what to make of me.'” (NYTimes)

Christian Louboutin has an ally in the fight to retain his trademark red sole. While YSL insists that colors cannot be trademarked, Tiffany & Co, filed a legal brief saying that they indeed can. The jewelry company has trademarked its iconic blue box. I think the best way to settle this is for Mr. Louboutin to go to Crayola and request a “Louboutin red” shade. Because if it’s in the Crayola box, you know it’s official. (The Cut)

• The first images of designer Gareth Pugh‘s collaboration with M.A.C. are here! The collection consists mostly of grays, plums, and lavender hues offset by a sprinkling of neutral tones. I am clearly in need of that deep purple eyeshadow and those nail lacquers. See anything you fancy? (Fashionista)

Louis Vuitton shoes, Louis Vuitton luggage, and now, Louis Vuitton perfume. The famed design house is said to be releasing its first fragrance soon. (WWD)

• The Wall Street Journal explores the increasingly elaborate world of ready-to-wear, and the decline of couture:“Perhaps this new high-end side of ready-to-wear, referred to by many as demi-couture, is what couture looks like in the 21st century. These clothes have hefty price tags, which run from the mid-four figures into the fives, but are sold off the rack, typically through the usual retail channels. By contrast, haute couture, shown twice a year in Paris, is governed by strict rules set by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The code dictates the minimum number of employees in an atelier (20) and the minimum number of looks in a show (25), and requires that garments be hand-sewn and made to clients’ measurements. But the customers who have the time to fly to Paris to sit through shows, lunch at Maxim’s and visit designer ateliers for multiple fittings are few and far between these days.” While they have a point, I don’t think couture will ever die. As long as trophy wives with nothing to do exist, there will always be someone sniffing around the atelier. (WSJ)


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