Hi, and welcome back to Line Sheet. I hope you had a great weekend, wherever you are in the world. And if you’re in the U.S., I wish you a meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Today, I’ve got all the legacy fashion-media news you need (you don’t need much, I promise), plus, a look at what’s going on—and what’s not going on—behind the scenes at Farfetch. Finally, by popular demand, I attempt to vivisect those Blake Lively and Taylor Swift outfits. And if you’re wondering: I will indeed dig into what’s happening at the men’s shows… on Thursday. (Send me your thoughts.)
Before we get started, though, I have some pretty big news. Line Sheet is expanding to three days a week starting February 7! I’m thrilled to announce star reporter Rachel Strugatz, inarguably the most knowledgeable and well-sourced beauty writer on the planet, is joining Puck as our contributing beauty correspondent. Every Wednesday, we’ll be sending a beauty-themed edition of Line Sheet featuring a dispatch from Rachel on what’s happening in her world. She’ll also be contributing reporting and insights on a rolling basis throughout the week.
Why are we doing this? Well, as you know, I have a lot to say, and adding a third email will give me more room for those shorter updates at the top so I don’t feel like I’m cramming so much into two issues. More importantly, though, the beauty industry is woefully undercovered—it’s even more opaque than fashion—and I want to clear it up for you. As I mentioned last week, 2024 is going to be a huge year in beauty M&A, and a pivotal moment for the strategics. There is no one better placed than Rachel to document it all. We also happen to be good friends who spend a lot of time texting about shopping and surgical procedures, so I promise I won’t shy away from (appropriate) buddy-comedy content.
All that said, I know you have a lot of emails coming at you right now, and I want this to feel good. Line Sheet has an 80 percent open rate with its thousands of paying subscribers—I didn’t even know that was possible. I promise we will make this as gripping and essential as you and I both need it to be. If you are a brand that wants access to Line Sheet’s elite readership—and more broadly, the Puck universe—simply email email@example.com about sponsorships and firstname.lastname@example.org about events. They’re ready for you.
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Mentioned in this issue: Tara Donaldson, Penske, Jim Fallon, Roger Lynch, Congress, Andrew Robb, Taylor Swift’s ill-fitting boots, Blake Lively’s platform heels, José Neves, drained fortunes, Phoebe Philo, Lucali, Richard Dickson, Sam Hine (don’t worry!), Derek Lam and Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, Greta Lee again, Rosamund Pike and Leith Clark, Lauren Sánchez and Jeff Bezos, and many, many more…