Fashion Insider: 5 National Fashion News Bits You Actually Want To Know

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Welcome to the newest blog series on, Fashion Insider, where we will share a variable selection of national fashion news bits, trends and articles handpicked to entertain, educate and enlighten. Here’s our first round, straight from the desk of yours truly …

Photo courtesy of Balmain x H&M.

Photo courtesy of Balmain x H&M.

1/ For aspiring fashion students, one of the most important decisions to be made is where to invest in their education. The right school can not only provide the necessary knowledge to launch a career, but can also enable young designers to get their foot in the door at a higher level with notable internships, industry mentors and key business-related education. Just a few months after Business of Fashion released Global Fashion School Rankings (where Missouri-based Stephens College ranked high with top international schools), the news source asks: What is the state of fashion education and are our schools doing students justice?

2/ Is “tomboy” a retro term outdated for today’s society? That’s what several key players in the publishing world are saying in a recent article published by The New York Times, “Where Have All the Tomboy’s Gone?” On the cusp of a new generation of progressive—or what I like to refer to as reality-based thinking—the role of gender and gender dressing in today’s millennial-minded society is getting a much-needed update. “Tomboy doesn’t feel present tense to me at all. It feels retro, this affirmative way of talking about a girl who likes boy things, as if boy things were better,” says Jennifer Baumgardner, the publisher of the Feminist Press, in the piece. Digging in to what has become a hot-button topic, the article gives gender-bending naysayers a gentle nudge in a more affirmative direction. You go girls (and boys!).

 3/ Taking me (and thousands of others) nearly over the edge of excitement, AbFab, aka killer ’90s British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, is slated to make a big comeback in 2016 with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Harper’s Bazaar reports that Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will be back in action as Edina and Patsy, a disgruntled fashion editor and a PR agent living a life of drinking, partying, shopping and of course, complaining. Now that hits close to home. Wink.

4/ Entertainment conglomerate WME-IMG (IMG Models, New York Fashion Week) and Apple TV has announced that a new fashion channel is coming soon, to the delight of fashion-lovers everywhere. Made2Measure will air “series, documentaries, feature films, news segments and runway shows,” according to both Business of Fashion and DazedDigital. According to the article, “M2M” has already secured the rights to air shows by Givenchy, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Céline and Marc Jacobs, documentaries such as “Valentino: The Last Emperor” and movies like Tom Ford’s directorial debut “A Single Man.” Coming to Apple TV near you in December 2015. 

5/ And lastly, if you think you have the quick fingers that can capture a coveted piece (or as many as you can grab) of the highly anticipated Balmain x H&M collab (available in select stores and online Nov. 5)—then puh-leese—grab something for me too? With all the signatures that designer Olivier Rousteing is known for (view the lookbook here, courtesy of The New York Times), it’s no doubt that it will fly off the shelves (or sell out on the web for us St. Louisans) as fast as you can say “Balmainia.”

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