The week's top stories in fashion news.
- 'Tis the season of Pharrell. After announcing his Uniqlo collaboration last week, the singer is taking that sacred rite of celebrity passage: the signature scent. While Pharrell's fragrance—produced with Commes des Garcons—sounds cooler than the average celebrity scent, we still think it's weird to call a unisex scent "GIRL," and even weirder that it shares its name with his new album. Then again, when you're famous, you don't have to make sense. (Billboard)
- A game of fashion musical chairs is underway at The New York Times. The newspaper has replaced its longtime fashion critics Cathy Horyn (who left the paper in January) and Suzy Menkes (who departed last month) with Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman. But the Times is also losing another staffer: Bruce Pask, T Magazine's men's fashion director, leaves 620 8th Avenue for a gig at Bergdorf Goodman. (WWD)
- Bottega Veneta is doing some spring green-ing. The retailer's new headquarters—located inside an 18th century villa in Vincenza, Italy—just received LEED platinum certification…which ain't easy to get. Seventy five percent of the facility, which includes solar panels, bicycle storage, and 592,000 square feet of outdoor space, was built with existing materials. The rest was sourced locally. If only more fashion houses said grazie mille to the environment. (WWD)
- We've always wondered where POTUS gets his day-off jeans. This week, Obama hit a Gap location on New York's Upper East Side to get outfits for his daughters—and a pair of jeans for himself. The shopping trip dovetailed nicely with the retailer's announcement that it would be increasing its minimum wage, but mostly we appreciated one cashier's candid reaction to the presidential visit. "He's better looking in person," she said. (ABC News)
- Are you wearing underwear right now? According to a poll by Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes, one in four Americans goes commando "at least occasionally." What we would like are a few hard facts about how the word "occasionally" is being used here. Occasionally as in, you don't wear underwear under your swimsuit at the beach? Or like, occasionally you don't do your laundry for six months? (Vanity Fair)
—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.