The organizers of the "Dump Trump" petition — so far signed by over 660,000 people who agree that Macy's should distance itself from its public face, the politically conscious toupee Donald Trump — gathered with a small group of supporters outside Macy's flagship yesterday to ceremoniously cut up their Macy's store credit cards. Among the demonstrators was a software developer who gave her name as Suzanna:
I have been a shopper at Macy's for years and years," said Suzanna. "I really like shopping at Macy's but I dislike Trump's rude behavior and bully tactics more. I'm here because I'm hoping this solidarity can get the word out to Macy's and let them know that I'm disappointed."
Fellow credit-card-cutter-upper Josie Alvarez, a transportation planner, added, "I support the movement to dump Trump because he goes around spreading vicious lies about people. I'm here to say, no Donald, you're fired." [Fashionista]
- In case you haven't noticed, a lot of stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day this year, and this has made some people — especially minimum-wage retail workers — mad. The Gap, Wal-Mart, and Target are all among chains that are opening for business tomorrow. Nordstrom, meanwhile, stands opposed to this trend — a position that seems popular with at least some customers. A photo Nordstrom posted to Facebook about its holiday hours ("We won't be decking our halls until Friday, November 23rd") has been shared over 26,000 times. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, market researchers claim to have identified the Three Kinds of People Who Actually Shop On Black Friday. "I don't understand those people. They should be home with their families," says Saks Fifth Avenue's creative director, Terron Schaefer. The three "types" are supposedly as follows: 1) teenage girls and women under 30, who shop in packs, do their research before leaving home, and buy mostly for themselves. 2) Hard-core shoppers, who are men and women mostly aged 25-55. These people shop alone, shop strategically, and shop only for what they consider to be deals. 3) Families, mostly low-income, who shop together because they cannot afford baby-sitters. [WWD]
- Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber may no longer be a couple — or maybe they are; shrug — but they will be united as co-ambassadors for Adidas' Neo label until their respective contractual obligations expire. Gomez attended a photo op for the brand in L.A., remaining silent throughout to avoid answering reporters' questions. 43% of people who shop on Black Friday don't even find it fun. [WWD]
- Nicola Formichetti did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, in which he revealed that the meat dress he designed for Lady Gaga was his favorite garment to work on because "love it or hate it, it had a cultral [sic[ impact." The meat came from a butcher in Los Angeles. It was, says Formichetti, Argentinean meat. No bacon was used to make the meat dress. [Reddit]
- Philip Treacy says that his recent London fashion show was inspired by the idea of "Africa getting rich." A cast of the world's top black models walked wearing Treacy's hats and Michael Jackson's stage costumes. Treacy explained:
"I love African girls, and I love Michael Jackson — he's the ultimate African-American entertainer. The show was also based loosely on the contrast between white women who come into my shop, try on a hat, and then look at me for reassurance — and black women. They'll put on a hat and think, I look great! They have a different sense of exuberance, an inner exuberance."
- Anna Wintour says she looks for strong-minded individuals when hiring for open positions at Vogue:
"I look for strong people. I don't like people who'll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue, and disagree, and have a point of view that's reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to the Standard. I try to do that here, too."
Wintour's father, Charles Wintour, was the longtime editor of the London Evening Standard. Wintour, who when not running her magazine is a prominent Democratic fundraiser, is happy with the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election. "It's very rewarding to see that money can't buy the White House," she says, "which is what the Republicans were trying to do with all those hundreds of millions of dollars that the Super PACs were raising." And despite her claim that she welcomes a challenge, the Telegraph's reporter describes himself as "too gutless" to ask Wintour about the rumors that she may be under consideration for an ambassadorship. [Telegraph]
- Under new C.E.O. Richard Alibert, Cacharel is changing its brand name to Cacharel Paris and lowering its prices by 35-40% in order to reposition itself in the contemporary price bracket. Designers Dawei Sun and Ling Liu will remain. [WWD]
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has cut the asking price on her Greenwich Village one-bedroom (which also has a great-looking outdoor terrace and a balcony). It could be yours for $885,000. [Daily Mail]
- Yoko Ono is launching a collection with Opening Ceremony. It's weird:
Ono's eccentricity and penchant for quirks are evident in the playful collection, which includes suit pants adorned with a hand cutout sewn over the crotch and a jersey pullover with eyelets cut out over the nipple region. A separate "lightbulb bra," which is embedded with battery-operated light bulbs, can be worn underneath the pullover.
- Moody's cut J.C. Penney's credit rating by three notches, to B3. That grade is described as a "high credit risk" with a "negative outlook." J.C. Penney is still struggling to find its feet under newish C.E.O. Ron Johnson and his new pricing plan, which favors lower prices overall over higher prices that are always cut thanks to permanent "sales." Moody's is the third credit-rating agency to cut J.C. Penney's rating this month. [WWD]
- Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy is pledging $1 million to the American Red Cross and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Sandy relief. [WWD]
- And after one year learning the ropes, Jordi Constans has officially taken over from Yves Carcelle as C.E.O. of Louis Vuitton. [WWD]