• Rent the Runway revenue doubles in Q1 as women dress up again
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    Rent the Runway revenue doubles in Q1 as women dress up again

    Dive Brief: Surprising some analysts, Rent the Runway doubled its revenue in Q1, from $33.5 million last year to $67.1 million, according to a company press release. Its active subscriber base rose 82% to 134,998 by quarter’s end, a 17% increase from the previous quarter and its highest end-of-quarter count. Gross profit rose 178% to $22.5 million, as gross margin expanded to 33.5% from 24.2% a year ago. The company’s net loss widened from $42.3 million last year to $42.5 million. Dive Insight: Before the pandemic, Rent the Runway had begun to expand its market by offering more office-appropriate options, but its momentum right now is being driven by special…

  • Christopher John Rogers Returns to the Runway
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    Christopher John Rogers Returns to the Runway

    In March 2020, Christopher John Rogers was having, as they say, a moment. The then-26-year-old graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, known for his riotous colors and throwaway ballroom silhouettes, had just won the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund award for young designers, and was widely acclaimed as the future of New York Fashion Week. Then the pandemic arrived and shut everything down, including the stores whose orders supported emerging brands. Mr. Rogers was forced to pause and regroup. When, come September 2021, fashion screeched “the shows must go on!” he begged to differ, releasing collections digitally on his own schedule, named by number instead of season. Not that…

  • Australian Fashion Week hosts its first ever plus-size runway show
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    Australian Fashion Week hosts its first ever plus-size runway show

    Written by Oscar Holland, CNN For modeling agent Chelsea Bonner, securing catwalk spots for plus-sized women at Australian Fashion Week has always been difficult. “The challenge every season, to get one, two or three models over a size 12 onto a fashion week runway, is enormous,” she said on the phone from Sydney. “The amount of time it takes, the amount of convincing you have to do — it’s just a real battle.” So Bonner, whose agency Bella Management has around 60 fuller-figured models on its books, took matters into her own hands: She organized the event’s first ever runway show dedicated exclusively to plus-size brands. A model walks the…