Fashion Cheat Sheet

11.26.13

Kanye West Ditches Nike for Adidas; H&M Promises Living Wages to Suppliers

And 17-year-old Harry Brant to pen new 'Interview Magazine' column.

Kanye West Ditches Nike for Adidas: Rap "God" Kanye West announced on Hot 97 radio with Angie Martinez that he has an "official, non-official, official" deal with sportswear brand Adidas. Adidas has previously worked with designer Yohji Yamamoto of Y-3, Jeremy Scott, and Mark McNairy on collaborations. West previously worked with Nike to design a line of Air Yeezy sneakers, but the collaboration turned bitter after the brand refused to pay West royalties, reasoning that he is not an athlete and therefore not entitled to additional renumeration. After West's split with Nike, the company has indefinitely postponed the release of the final Air Yeezy designs named 'Red Octobers.' Neither West nor Adidas have revealed details of the deal, but West did proclaim, "I am going to be the Tupac of product...I'ma be bigger than Walmart." [GQ

H&M Promises Living Wages to Suppliers: H&M's global head of sustainability, Helena Helmersson, revealed the company's plans to ensure that all of their suppliers receive wages that cover living costs. The announcement was made on Monday at the European Conference on Living Wages, and comes just one week after the Scandinavian mega-chain joined the Bangladesh Work Safety Standard. The scheme includes a multi-year roadmap to establish fair wage structures with annual wage negotiations and reviews in all 1,800 of its garment factories in Bangladesh and Cambodia. "Textile workers should be able to live on their wage," Helmersson said. "Wage revisions from the government are taking too long." [The Telegraph

17-Year-Old Harry Brant to Pen New Interview Magazine Column: When you grow up around fashion royalty, you're bound to have some opinions. To voice them, Harry Brant, the 17-year-old son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and billionaire Peter Brant will receive his own fashion column in Interview magazine—the glossy founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, which Brant's father now owns. His column, "The Look" will debut in the December/January issue and, according to Page Six, "will cover beauty, culture and style," with Brant interviewing "someone who epitomizes a particular look." His first profile will focus on the style of Marie Antoinette with contemporary portrait artist Elizabeth Peyton. [Page Six

Furby and Tamagotchi Return for the Holidays: Makers of the classic '90s toys announced a revival this holiday season. Already on the shelves, the Furby Boom, an update of the fuzzy, talking, blinking original comes with an app—to make it more interactive—a new voice, brighter colors, and an LED panel for eyes. Tamagotchi, who is also releasing a clothing line, will return to the toy scene with Tamagotchi Friends, an updated version of the 90's staple. In this model, the Tamagotchi characters will be able to interact with one another using the same near field communication technology common in smart phones. The update virtual pets cost $20 and while already out in the U.K., won't be available in the U.S. until early 2014. [Refinery29

Dior Designer Sell Ceramics: Christian Dior's Raf Simons donated 99 pieces from his personal ceramic and furniture collection to auction at Pisa Rive Gauche in Paris. Though a fashion designer by trade, Simons amassed an impressive collection, which includes a Georges Jouve coffee table worth an estimated $40,668, a tree-like vase by Valentine Schlegel ($22,112), and the corolla Pol Chambost vases that he used as inspiration for Jil Sander's Fall 2009 collection. “Raf Simons, who began working as a furniture designer, is a born collector,” Pisa Rive Gauche's auctioneer, François Epin, told WWD. Epin said Simons used to trade his collected ceramics in exchange for cash during the early days of his career while interning at Walter Van Beirendonck. The collection hits the block on December 17. [WWD