Annie Sez, the plucky retailer with the tag line, “It’s not just a store. It’s an obsession,” survived lawsuits from luxury brands, disgruntled vendors, Hurricane Sandy, bankruptcy proceedings and new ownership. Now Toronto-based YM Inc., which operates specialty stores under different banners and in 2013 acquired the chain, is closing or converting to sister brand Mandee all 20 Annie Sez units.
While Annie Sez’ 25-year-old-plus customers favored deeply discounted designer duds, Mandee caters to juniors, ages 16 to 25. In the last few years, Mandee has been rebranding itself as fast fashion with low prices, as evidenced by a young woman on its web site standing on a beach and striking a sexy pose in a bikini top and long skirt with a thigh-high slit.
The first retrospective of Dior in the U.S. has landed at the Denver Art Museum — and though the exhibition is a continuation of the 70th-anniversary display that bowed in Paris in 2017, “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve,” the DAM show offers an entirely new look at the legacy of the house, and its relationship to the world, writes @leighen .
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Norwegian musician Anna of the North (a.k.a. Anna Lotterud ) has had a rapid rise in the U.S., thanks to her song “Lovers” which was included in this summer’s Netflix hit “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Next up, a show at Terminal 5. “I’ve never actually done promo or anything in the U.S. before so it’ll be interesting to see,” she tells @leighen . “Because of the Internet I’ve always had American listeners but never been here [playing music].” 📸: @jilliansollazzo #wwdeye