The week's top stories in fashion news.
- The man cuts a mean trench, but is Christopher Bailey—Burberry's longtime creative director—CEO material? That's the question this week as former CEO Angela Ahrendts heads to Apple to oversee retail operations. Bailey, who has no boardroom experience, will continue to oversee Burberry design in addition to fun new duties like shareholder relations and cost control. Let's hope he likes multitasking. (The Guardian)
- Everyone seemed a little worried about how Stefano Pilati would fare following his dramatic ousting from YSL, but a new interview with WSJ confirms that the designer is settling into his new Zegna post just fine, thank you. Pilati dished with writer Louise Neri about his nine-month hiatus from fashion, much of which he spent in Berlin, where he also located his Zegna studio. "Each day I would literally jump out of bed, take a shower, have breakfast, and start work," Pilati said. "This dynamic is totally new for me." (WSJ)
- U.K. High Street brand Whistles—a favorite among stylish Brits like Kate Middleton and Samantha Cameron—has its sights set on menswear. CEO Jane Shepherdson told Vogue U.K. that "this is an ideal time to capitalize on . . . the contemporary middle market . . . and bring the Whistles aesthetic to menswear." Looks like the Duke of Cambridge may become the unofficial Duke of Whistles if Middleton has anything to say about her husband's wardrobe choices. (Daily Mail)
- If your workout socks could use a dose of awesome, allow us to introduce you to the foot-fashion gurus over at Cool Socks Bruh, who went and stamped Aaliyah and Prince Akeem on their latest crop of Nike Elite socks (lauded for sweat-wicking technology and extra padding). Sure, they're $60 a pair, but it's a small price to pay for having the best-dressed piggies at the gym. (Cool Socks Bruh)
- If your daily commute takes you through the Union Square subway station, keep your eyes (and wallet) open for Uniqlo's new pop-up. Starting mid-October and open through Christmas, the strategically located underground shop will stock HeatTech layers and $50 puffer jackets in a smattering of hues, so you won't have to freeze your ass off after a morning wardrobe miscalculation. Best of all, the gift-with-purchase isn't some random tote or a T-shirt you'll never wear; it's a $5 MetroCard. Cool move, Uniqlo. (Racked)
—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.