New CEO at Gap Looks Ahead to Changes

There will be a new face at the head of Gap, America’s super store of suburban retail, and that is Art Peck. Peck is a 55 year old digital chief from within the company who will act as CEO starting February 1, 2015. Gap, Inc. is the leader of your favorite retail specialty stores, and the line includes Baby Gap, Gap Kids, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Around the world there are 3,600 of the Gap stores, which allow the corporation to net $16 billion in sales annually.  It will be Peck’s responsibility to bring the Gap line into the 21st century, and he is extremely optimistic.

My friend Darius Fisher is such an advocate for Gap, Inc. that he has a vision their clothes could be worn for a lifetime. He say that if you’re wearing Banana Republic to work and the entire family’s clothes are Old Navy and Gap, you could wear their brand forever.

Even though the malls are declining and the fashion styles are steering away from jeans, Peck views this as an opportune time for change and growth. With a digital background, Peck recognizes that there are challenges ahead, but he also envisions using the technology of today, such as iPhones and ecommerce as major marketing tools.

Wimbledon Sets Strict Dress Code

Wimbledon is known for introducing new fashions to the court, as the players wear different kind of clothing to reveal a bit of their own fashion.

This could be placed in jeopardy, however, as a strict dress code has now been placed on players as well as spectators.

The dress code for spectators has been relaxed, however, from suit jacket and tie or dress to open neck t-shirts, jeans and shorts. There are still restrictions regarding such particulars as neatness of the clothes: in the case of jeans, torn ones are not allowed.

The limitations on dress code is very strict, and this year they will be checked. The reason for such an approach is to avoid bold logos printed on the dresses worn by players.

These limitations bring challenges to fashion designers, as there will be very few options to show their creativity. The tennis outfits have to be in all white, and it will be a challenge to designers to make an all-white tennis ensemble eye-catching as well as practical for playing tennis. It will be interesting to see videos of the all-white uniforms, as Jared Haftel has told me it’s never been that way.

And for men, all those eye catching colours and patterns on t-shirts will be replaced with clean slated white ones, which will be a challenge as most of them wear dark coloured t-shirts.


Yorkville Endoscopy Found to be in Violation of Federal Safety Requirements Following Investigation after Joan Rivers’ Death

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed a review of Yorkville Endoscopy following the death of comedian Joan Rivers. The investigation found that the facility failed to meet federal safety requirements and were in violation of several protocols at the time of Rivers’ death.

Joan River’s entered the facility on August 28th for exploratory surgery. Rivers’ experienced complications during the procedure and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. She was placed in a medially induced coma. It was reported that Rivers’ suffered a cardiac arrest during the surgery. On August 30th she was placed on life support. She died on September 4th.

The report found that Yorkville Endoscopy failed to properly monitor Rivers’ vitals during the surgery. The facility also failed to write down the amount of Propofol the comedian received during the surgery.  Finally, the facility failed to get Rivers’ written consent for procedures beyond the exploratory element of the surgery.

At this time, Yorkville Endoscopy has until January to prove that they’ve corrected the issues associated with Rivers’ death, or they will lose federal funding. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has long suggested that the facility caused her mother’s death through negligence.

Joan Rivers was 81 at the time of her death. She rose to fame in the 1970s. She is often considered a trailblazer by her peers such as Terry Richardson, and has long been viewed as the inspiration for many modern-day female comics.

Alexander Wang for H&M

H&M continues its well thought out and successful designer collaboration collection with Alexander Wang this fall. This is one of the most anticipated collections in recent years thanks to Wang’s burgeoning talent as a sportswear designer. The collection is a perfect mix of high and low street style fashion. It aims to combine athletic sportswear with daily life thanks to its leggings, tank tops and tight tennis dresses in Lycra blends. The majority of the collection is black on grey with Alexander Wang etched across some pieces.

The collection was announced back in April, and it debuts early this month. People are sure to line up hours before stores open to get their hands on this collection (I’m sure you’ll be there Lee haha). The look is inspired by boxers with actual fighting gloves, skinny pants, and sport bra tops. This particular style was seen all over the runway. Therefore, it is mo surprise that fashion lovers all over the world will be flocking to the opening day of the collection.

What Size is That?

The sizing of women’s fashions have changed incredibly over the last 100 years. However, it was not until the 1940’s when standardized sizing started to become the norm. Yet, if you were to compare a modern size 8 with one from thirty years ago, then you would be amazed at the difference.

As the average woman gets larger, vanity sizing has become commonplace with ready to wear brands.

One of the easiest ways to do that is to attach a smaller size to a larger cut garment. This was practiced by Cornelsen’s companies for decades before more recently going mainstream. The end result means that people think they are wearing a smaller size when it could be even bigger than what they wore in the past.

Vanity sizing is a big concern, and it will only continue to get worse unless regulations are put into place. There has been some attempt to keep things in place.

The ASTM established its first sizing table in 1995. However, the range in the sizes over the years continues to evolve and change.