Must Read: Kendall Jenner Gets Inked for ‘V’, Amazon and Forever 21 Said to Be Courting American Apparel

Kendall Jenner for "V" Magazine’s V105 January 2017 issue. Photo: Mario Testino/"V" Magazine

Kendall Jenner for “V” Magazine’s V105 January 2017 issue. Photo: Mario Testino/”V” Magazine

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Kendall, Lara, Joan and more get tattoos for V Magazine
New York City-based tattoo artist Jinai Chin inked six models for six different covers for V Magazine’s January 2017 issue. (The tattoos featured on the covers were temporary, but served as inspiration for real tattoos created by Chin post-shoot.) The impressive cast — who were photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Paul Cavaco — features Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Amber Valletta, Lara Stone, Ellen Rosa and Carolyn Murphy in all their semi-clad, inked glory, and we’re here for all of it. Click through the gallery below to view all the covers from the shoot. {Fashionista inbox}

Retail groups clash in bidding war over American Apparel
Amazon and Forever 21 are among the suitors submitting offers to purchase American Apparel LLC, according to “people familiar with the talks,” cited by Reuters. In addition to the two aforementioned brands, California-based Next Level Apparel and brand licensor Authentic Brands Group are also vying for a chance to acquire the sometimes-controversial “Made in U.S.A.” brand. No matter who comes out on top, any offer submitted would have to exceed a $66 million stalking horse bid by Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., which American Apparel agreed to at the time it filed for bankruptcy. {Reuters}

The Limited to shutter stores nationwide
After reports across the United States announced widespread closings of local The Limited stores, Racked confirmed that all stateside retail locations will be closed as of Jan. 7. This news had been anticipated for some time, with Bloomberg predicting bankruptcy in the mall mainstay’s near future. {Racked}

Indian politicians in hot water over comments about “Western” clothes
After the Bangalore Mirror reported on a New Year’s Eve party that resulted in several female attendees’ “mass molestation,” Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara voiced his opinion, attributing the occurrences to the women having worn “Western” clothing. “They try to copy Westerners not only in mindset, but even the dressing,” Parameshwara said, according to Al Jazeera. Using various metaphors, Abu Azmi, the head of the Maharashtra state branch of the Samajwadi Party echoed the Minister’s statements. “If there’s petrol and a fire comes along, then the fire will light,” he told the news station. “People will get angry with me for this, but it’s fine because it is true.” The comments quickly went viral and gained harsh criticism by Indian Home Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, who denounced Parameshwara’s comments on Twitter as “irresponsible.” {The Washington Post}

High fashion, indeed…
Weed-printed Alexander Wang dresses, Vetements grinders and trippy intarsia-print fur coats? It seems that the fashion industry is embracing marijuana paraphernalia in full force, suggesting an opportunity for a largely untapped luxury market for fashion enthusiasts who like to light up. {Business of Fashion}

What to expect from retail in 2017
According to analysts, personalization, subscription services and smart stores will be among retail trends to look out for this year. Other sectors including athleisure and a rise in mobile shopping are projected to only grow, while departments stores and chains will continue to have their work cut out for them if they hope to remain relevant. {Retail Dive}

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January 5, 2017 at 09:56AM