Must Read: Brian Atwood Leads Express Footwear, E.l.f Beauty Acquires Naturium

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Plus, FIDM students are protesting the school’s partnership with fast-fashion retailer Shein.

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Brian Atwood joins Express to lead footwear design

Acclaimed shoe designer Brian Atwood has joined Express as creative director of footwear. The announcement coincides with the launch of a new collaborative shoe collection, “Brian Atwood for Express,” launching Tuesday. Items in the joint collection span women’s boots, heels, flats and more with prices between $68 and $298. The next drop will include men’s footwear as well. “We were really focused on elevating the product and creating timeless shoes that people want to get resoled because they love them so much,” Atwood said in a release. {Fashionista inbox}

E.l.f. Beauty to acquire Naturium

E.l.f. Beauty signed a deal agreeing to acquire skin-care brand Naturium for $355 million through a combination of cash and stock. E.l.f. Beauty expects the deal to double its presence in skin care to about 18% of retail sales. Naturium launched in 2019 via a Los Angeles-based brand accelerator and became quickly known for its efficacy-focused formulas like a vitamin C serum and sunscreen. “With efficacious products at accessible price points and a community first mindset, Naturium reminds me of where E.l.f. was when I became CEO over nine years ago. Naturium demonstrates the same spirit, values and growth characteristics we find in E.l.f,” CEO Tarang Amin said in a release. {Fashionista inbox}

FIDM students protest the school’s partnership with Shein

When the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) announced it would be offering a dozen full-tuition scholarships of $40,000 paid for by Shein, student Lexy Silverstein didn’t feel right about it. This put the school, which boasts its leadership in sustainability, directly in a partnership with an ultra-fast-fashion company that’s known for unsustainable practices… not to mention ties to human rights and labor abuse. “How can a school that has been named and promotes itself as one of the top 10 most sustainable fashion schools in the world, then partner with a company that is potentially the biggest fast fashion polluter on the planet?” Lexy Silverstein said in an interview with Christina Binkley for Vogue Business. Her petition has about 4,300 signatures, but the cash-strapped school doesn’t plan to end the partnership. {Vogue Business/paywalled}

Daniel Roseberry talks couture from Texas to Paris in Vogue profile

Daniel Roseberry joined Schiaparelli as creative director in 2019 and subsequently moved to Paris. But it’s a long way from where he grew up: Texas. The couturier revels in this, explaining how the cross-cultural experience spills into his surrealist design, in a wide-ranging interview with Nathan Heller for Vogue. “I think my work can be summed up in Plano, Texas, Place Vendôme. Everything that works at Schiaparelli works when the New World starts talking to the Old World and the Old World answers back,” he said. Plus, the designer reveals that he doesn’t shy away from reviews to his work but cherishes them. {Vogue/paywalled}

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Karlie Kloss reportedly in talks to purchase i-D

Karlie Kloss may be vying to be the next print media mogul as she is reportedly in talks to purchase fashion magazine i-D from Vice Media. (Alastair Mckimm would remain editor-in-chief.) It wouldn’t be the first time Kloss, a supermodel and entrepreneur, chartered territory in media. After all, she led a huddle of investors to partner with Bustle Digital Group and buy W in 2020. As Kloss’ talks to purchase i-D are said to be in early stages, many details of the acquisition remain unclear. {Puck/paywalled}

The age of $500 lipstick

Designer fashion brands are turning what used to be seen as disposable beauty products into collectors’ items. Where a $500 lipstick may have been inconceivable before, Dior has made it a gold-infused reality. “We wanted to do lipstick that you can also hand down, and make it a whole couture piece that is expensive and precious,” Peter Philips, who serves as creative and image director for Christian Dior Makeup, told Kristen Bateman for Business of Fashion. Lipsticks, compacts and eye-shadow palettes costing hundreds of dollars are increasingly common. It’s helping brands meet the bottom line while bringing in new customers who may not be able to afford the actual couture. {Business of Fashion/paywalled}

Emma Chamberlain stars in Aritiza’s fall campaign

Emma Chamberlain is front and center in Aritzia’s Fall 2023 campaign, for which she curated an assortment of her favorite pieces. “I never dread putting on a fun outfit because I have so many comfortable pieces in my closet!” she said in a Q&A with the brand. “I don’t buy clothes that are uncomfortable anymore, and it makes getting dressed in the morning such a fun experience. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort.”  You can shop Chamberlain’s curation here and see the campaign below. {Fashionista inbox}

Brooke Bobb is Harper’s Bazaar new fashion news director

Brooke Bobb has been named fashion news director at Harper’s Bazaar, reporting to Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr. Most recently, Bobb served as senior content editor at Amazon Fashion. Before working at the tech firm, Bobb was on the editorial side, working as shopping editor at Vogue Commerce and senior fashion news writer at Vogue Runway. {Fashionista inbox}

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