- Actress, musician, and style icon Jane Birkin has passed away at the age of 76.
- Since her death was announced, all things Birkin are booming on resale sites.
- A microscopic bag (less than 0.03 inches wide), created for musician Pharrell Williams, has sold for more than $60,000.
- Thanks to the Barbie movie, the high ponytail is in again.
- Phoebe Philo’s new namesake fashion brand is gearing up for its Fall launch.
- Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton — dubbed “the wizard with the scissors” — whose military-inspired suits were worn by everyone from Twiggy to Mick Jagger, the Beatles and Elton John, has died.
- From belts and buckles to bright-coloured tights, these are Fall’s biggest fashion trends according to Refinery29.
- A new trend for vintage Gap has seen demand for the high street store’s clothes from the ’90s and ’00s soar.
- Fashionista reports that luxury hotels are fashion retail’s latest target.
Over at The Guardian, several writers mourn the products they once treasured that have been cruelly discontinued. I have a feeling Adam Gabbatt’s predicament will strike a chord with many of us:
“Not to be confused with the Clarks desert boot, I’ve had the same pair of brown (beeswax, to be precise) Desert Mali boots for 11 years. They’ve been resoled three times, I’ve worn them in hurricanes, floods and snow, and when I briefly dabbled in motorcycle riding. I planned to buy a replacement pair but they stopped selling them. I’ve tried other, more expensive boots, but nothing has compared.
For the last four years, I’ve checked eBay, Poshmark and Facebook Marketplace twice a month, but have never found a pair in my size. Sometimes stores will tease me by pretending they have them, but they never actually do. I did manage to buy a used black pair off eBay but they’re just not the same. Beeswax is a classic colour for a leather boot: unfussy, untreated, ready for action and the choice of Indiana Jones, it teams easily with black, blue or grey jeans, or smart trousers, and can be worn in the office, pub or, well, the desert. My entire wardrobe is based around a single, now extinct, pair of brown boots.”