Fashion Bites: The Steve Jobs Effect, Plus the Gap’s Great Descent

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The week’s most exciting, surprising, and bizarre moments in fashion brought to you in delectable bite-sized portions. Bon appétit!


People Love Mock Turtlenecks Now
This week—in what can only be described as an homage to the man who gifted us with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad—the world decided to place a moratorium on its long-held feelings toward the mock turtleneck and agreed that for one hot minute, it wants them—all of them. Luxury sportswear purveyor St. Croix reported a nearly 100 percent spike in sales of their mock turtlenecks in the days after his death, and now they’re out of stock. No word yet whether people actually intend to wear them in public (unlikely) or use them as holy cloth in their Steve Jobs altars at home. (Via Shine)


The Gap Will Make More Room for Starbucks
The Gap is finally coming to terms with the fact that it’s not the most popular kid on the block anymore. The retail giant, whose sales were lagging even before it had a recession to blame, announced Wednesday that it will close more than 20 percent of its North American stores by the end of 2013. We imagine the company was doomed as soon as people realized that wearing khakis doesn’t actually make them better swing dancers, it just makes them people who are wearing khakis, and who wants that? (Via New York Post)


Andrej Pejic Dons a Skirt for The Queen
The prettiest boy in the world, Andrej Pejic, wore a Versace pencil skirt to meet The Queen on Thursday. The brazen act of defiance prompted a heap of silly speculation, of course, about what constitutes “appropriate attire” for the Palace, but the androgynous model was characteristically unburdened by the scuttlebutt. After all, he wore a British-designed blazer on top: how much more appropriate could he have possibly been? (Via British Vogue)


Urban Outfitters Offends the Navajo Nation, People in General
The Navajo Nation has a bone to pick with Urban Outfitters—twenty-four of them, actually. The retailer has twenty-four products in their online store that use the word “Navajo” in their product name. Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Law of 1990, this could be illegal as it implies an association with the tribe where there is none. The story went viral on Columbus Day when a Native American shopper posted a scathing letter to the UO suits on Racialicious. It can’t have helped that one of the products is called “Navajo Hipster Panty.”


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