How fur became a fashion favorite again


For people who don’t follow fashion closely, it’s an article of faith that no one wears fur any more. It certainly seems like it. After all, didn’t fur go out with shoulder pads, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and being a fabulous bitch?

Maybe, maybe not. Fashion is cyclical, and what’s dead and buried in the 1990s can come back again at a moment’s notice. So while fur will never become an everyday fabric like cotton, reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

According to the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), U.S. fur sales were $1.39 billion in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. This represents an increase of 10 percent over 2012. FICA’s data also showed that 55% of fur buyers are under the age of 44, and the celebrities who have been spotted sporting fur by the tabloids are firmly within…

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‘Seinfeld’ is good for business (yada yada yada)


The “Seinfeld” rerun has been a fixture of syndicated television since the show’s 1998 series finale. Created by comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, this sitcom’s steadfast refusal to embrace such sitcom norms as lessons, hugging or heartwarming “very special” episodes set it apart, and to this day there’s never been another show like it.

It was initially slow to catch on, but today its commercial success seems like a given. In 2013, The Independent reported that in 15 years of syndication, it had earned $3.1 billion, putting $400 million in each of its co-creators’ pockets.

Earlier this week, all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” became available for streaming on Hulu. The streaming service paid $160 million for it, and the money is split between Sony TV, Castle Rock Entertainment and the show’s profit participants. In other words, the metaphorical beds made of money that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld…

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It’s so over: Sarah Palin loses Fox News gig


The Fox News Channel has chosen not to renew its contract with former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, according to an exclusive report written by Mike Allen of Politico this morning. A spokesperson for the Fox News Channel confirmed the report to Fortune in an e-mail.

This is not the first time the former governor and the network have split. She was originally hired by the network in 2010, and given a contract worth $1 million a year, according to CNN Money, and the association ended in 2013. She came back to the network, but a lot had changed. Her new financial arrangement was worth “only a fraction” of what the network had paid her previously, according to The Daily Beast.

The Politico report added insult to injury by disclosing that Fox “executives consider her less relevant now, and her appearances were sometimes…

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Remembering James Horner: His 5 greatest movie scores


On Monday, June 22, film composer James Horner died in a plane crash just north of Los Angeles, California. The 61-year-old was piloting a small two-person aircraft and was the only person on board. The circumstances of the crash are not yet known. News of his passing was met by an outpouring of grief from members of the film community, who had worked alongside him for years.

“Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend and collaborator on seven movies has tragically died in a plane crash,” director Ron Howard tweeted. “My heart aches for his loved ones.”

The winner of six Grammy awards and two Oscars, he earned his first film scoring credits in 1980 when he was only in his twenties, with such low-budget Roger Corman movies as “Humanoids from the Deep” and “Battle Beyond the Stars.” He worked his way up to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”…

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Here are Father’s Day gifts for the man in midlife crisis


Father’s Day is almost upon us, and Dads are about to receive gifts from loved ones to celebrate the occasion. Most will accept them, grumble appreciatively and go back to their yard work, but for others, the day brings a bittersweet ambivalence.

These men, all of middle age, have a sinking feeling that their best years are behind them. That life is passing them by. In other words, they’re suffering from midlife crisis, and no necktie or pair of socks will lift this funk.

Such a man needs something to invigorate his spirit and telegraph to others that he is still possessed of all the virility and fecundity of “Smokey and the Bandit”-era Burt Reynolds. And it can’t be something with a modest price tag, such as tickets to see Journey perform “Don’t Stop Believin’” on their current U.S. tour.

Here are some high-end products, services and experiences for…

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From Chanel to Elie Tahari: Fashion greats embroiled in controversies


Elie Tahari, Ltd. is a fashion company founded by Israeli immigrant Elie Tahari in 1974. His philosophy is simple: “Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her true beauty can shine through.”

Speaking of quiet women, Tahari may be wishing that fashion consultant Marcy Castelgrande were one right about now. On Friday, The New York Daily News reported that she filed a $12 million sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

The suit alleges that in an incident that occurred in December 2011, he touched her inappropriately in front of “at least ten people,” then fired her when she complained about it. The New York Daily News contacted both Tahari’s attorney and a spokesperson for the company, and both declined to comment.

This comes less than two months after designer Catherine Malandrino sued him for $15 million. According to her attorney, Tahari and his partner bought a 75 percent…

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