loose threads

Terry Richardson Shot New Ads for Equinox; People Shopped a Lot This Season!

• Retail sales were high this holiday season, possibly because customers were tired of holding back for the past two years. [WWD]

• Terry Richardson shot a campaign for Equinox, but the ads don’t seem to have anything to do with the gym. Unless you exercise in lacy underwear. [Styleite]

• A ton of people shopped online this holiday season: researchers saw U.S. Internet sales rise 15.4 percent between Oct. 31 and Dec. 23. The same study found that Internet purchases now account for 10 percent of all retail sales. [WSJ]

• JET designer John Eshaya is collaborating with Hot Topic and Torrid on a line of casual clothing. [WWD]

• See photos from the Valentino retrospective exhibit in Singapore. [WSJ]

• Pendleton is launching a lower-priced line called the Portland Collection. [WWD]

• Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s skin looks significantly lighter than usual on the cover of Indian Elle’s December issue. It’s unclear if she was posing under strong lighting, or if retouchers purposely whitened her skin tone. [Jezebel]

• The Telegraph has some tips on extreme layering. “The fact that very little matches is beside the point. The object is to keep as warm as toast from the tip of your nose down to your toes. And if this means looking as if you’re wearing every piece of clothing you own, together with the entire contents of your accessory drawer, so be it.” [Telegraph UK]

Catherine Malandrino is meeting with potential distributors in China. [WWD]

Terry Richardson Shot New Ads for Equinox; People Shopped a Lot This Season!