The week's top stories in fashion news.
A pink, wagging tongue may be a key accessory for fall 2014. For its Milan fashion show, John Varvatos surprised guests with an appearance from KISS, during which Gene Simmons and his face-painted crew brought the crowd to its feet with a thumping rendition of "Rock and Roll All Nite." Whether the clothes alone would have received a standing ovation seems less likely. (Huffington Post)
What ever happened to ol' Buzz Bissinger, the Friday Night Lights author who confessed to a crippling shopping addiction (with a predilection for Gucci) last year? Today, Buzz is out of shopping rehab and keeping his swanky personal collection in a climate-controlled, $244-per-month storage locker. (Complex)
There's something furry afoot. In keeping with its recent emphasis on fur-accented everything, Fendi sent models down a runway padded entirely in real goat fur for its latest menswear collection. As lovely as it may have looked in photos, the stunt left critics uneasy. As fashion writer Charlie Porter put it, "In the end, accomplished as the clothes were, it did not feel like anything to celebrate, for anyone." Least of all, the goats. (Fashionista)
This week, the CFDA announced the next wave of inductees to their incubator program, which provides designers with affordable studio space and industry mentors to guide the growth of their budding businesses. The latest menswear member to watch: Argentinean designer Lucio Castro, who sources ethical fabrics for fresh, sophisticated gear. (CFDA)
How to lure shoppers off their asses and back into stores? Why, "multi-sensory" shopping environments, of course. For Selfridges' menswear department, U.K. designerGareth Pugh has created "Monolith," a virtual-reality chamber described in the press release as "part art installation, part futuristic fashion film, and part fairground ride." Shopper, beware. (Selfridges)
—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.
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