Headline Round-Up

    Barneys Buckles Under Backlash? Did Barneys re-makeover Minnie Mouse, just in time for this week’s Electric Holiday debut? Following images released in September in advance of the retailer’s short film collaboration with the Walt Disney Co., a media backlash ensued against its pin thin recreation of the beloved character (as well as several of her animated friends). Dennis Freedman, Creative Director of Barneys New York, stated at that time, “The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress.” Upon Electric Holiday’s premier this week, however, that scary-skinny Minnie was nowhere to be found. In her place, a more reasonably rounded mouse walked the film’s runway. Above, see Minnie’s makeover before (left), and the final version (right). And, for the record, she looks fab in the French frock.       Emma Stone Tops Vogue Best Dressed List American Vogue’s Best Dressed List for 2012 debuted this week, highlighting ten trendsetting celebrity women. “All are born in the U.S.A., but are strikingly international in sensibility,” states the countdown’s intro. Among the honorees are Rooney Mara (2), Zoë Saldana (4), Solange Knowles (6), and Dree Hemingway (10). Designer darling Emma Stone earned the top spot - a charming choice, indeed. Popular vote, however, puts Mara in the lead by a good margin. For the full list and photos, click here.       CFDA Names Fashion Fund Winner A prize package including mentoring and a generous check will go to Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman, winner of this year’s ninth annual Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award. Since its inception in 2003, the fund has awarded some $2.8 million to emerging American designers to help them realize their dreams. Past honorees include Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. In other words, note the name Greg Chait, as we’ll likely be hearing of many more achievements from this luxury knitwear designer.       Fast Fashion Facts Revealed Finally, have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a fast fashion giant? How do these massive retailers produce runway-inspired clothing so quickly, so cheaply, and in such volume? This week, The New York Times gives an insider’s look at Zara, the world’s leader in the fast fashion sector (it dwarfs H&M by comparison). A fascinating read, the article touches upon all aspects of the operation, from design and distribution to why the European company just can’t abide American sizing.     (Image Credits, from top: Lead image via CelebrityDays.com, 1. WWD.com and Barneys.com, 2. GermanBeautySabine.WordPress.com, 3. ArtInfo.com, 4. FashionBombDaily.com)  

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