Supreme Foamposite Sales Show How Secondary Market Dominates Sneaker Trade

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Retail prices are meaningless in the sneaker scene these days. Only way you pay retail for a pair of fresh, high-demand Jordans or Foamposites or SB Dunks is: 1) stand outside the sneaker store for at least several hours--several days in some cases; or 2) get lucky and snag them online in the five minutes before they sell out.

The large crowd that gathered outside Supreme New York last Wednesday night arrived with pipe dreams of paying $250 (plus tax) for the Supreme X Nike Air Foamposite One the following morning. So many dreamers packed the sidewalk and spilled into the street that the NYPD shut down the release for public safety reasons.

It was a spectacle that sparked headlines. But this isn't 1994; the setting for sneaker madness is not a sidewalk in front of a storefront. Madness in 2014 is not standing in line the night before a release; madness is having to pay $690 for a pair of sneakers on eBay the day after a release.

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NYPD Shuts Down Foamposite Sneaker Release Because of Big Crowd

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Supreme New York
Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One sneakers, released Thursday April 3 at 11 a.m., retail for $250. They sold out by 11:05 a.m. April 3, but you can cop a pair on eBay for $900.

That sort of appreciation rate explains why a crowd of sneakerheads and sneaker investors and the kind-hearted girlfriends/boyfriends of sneakerheads packed the sidewalk in front of Supreme New York in SoHo on Wednesday afternoon. By Wednesday night, the crowd had spilled into Lafayette Street. Most of these folks were too late. The line had started forming on Monday, when Supreme announced the release date.

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Fashion Week: Marc By Marc Jacobs Goes to the Skate Park, Anna Sui Hearts Anna May Wong

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Angela Ashman
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If you weren't up on the latest changes in the house of Marc Jacobs, you might have been wondering why two blonde women took a bow at the end of the Marc by Marc Jacobs show. Was the designer taking a sick day? No, he was clapping in the front row right next to Sofia Coppola.

Though Jacobs is still involved with the line, most of the credit this time goes to the brand's new creative director, Katie Hillier, and design director, Luella Bartley, two savvy British fashion veterans with big ideas for shaking things up London-style.

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Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Sets the House On Fire (Not Literally, But Almost)

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Betsey Johnson on Wednesday night.
Betsey Johnson sealed her Fall/Winter 2014 show last night at Lincoln Center with blown kisses before turning her signature cartwheel and split. As spry as ever, watching the septuagenarian designer dance down the runway with her two granddaughters confirmed the show's title: Betsey's Hot.

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Fashion Week: MESKITA Favors Neoprene, Pants Not So Much

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Alessandra Meskita, Sao Paulo native, has long been glamming-up the bathing suit with designs she began crafting at 15-years-old.

Last night, in the middle of a snowstorm that shook the tents themselves but -- never fear -- didn't manage to deplete the appearance of stilettos and waxed-down bare legs, she made her NYFW debut, presenting her namesake brand's fall/winter line.

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Fashion Week: Tome Explores the Basics and 5:31 JEROME Delivers a Hot Tomboy

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Araceli Cruz
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Fashion Week: It makes me ugh, and emit giddiness in the same breathe. Why such mutual disdain and joy, you ask? The circus, before, and after, a fashion show, thanks to fashion-goers (myself included), is pure hell; but when a new collection is presented as beautiful art, I am in heaven. Fashion Week makes me bipolar, and I've accepted this realization completely. Both the Tome and 5:31 JÉRÔME Fall 2014 collections, seen last week, made my head spin...in the greatest way possible.

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Fashion Week: rag & bone Forms a Girl Gang, Creatures of Comfort Shows a 'Killer' Collection

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Angela Ashman
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Bowling shirts, '50s-style high-waisted pants, skirts and denim splattered in what looked like motor oil -- have rag & bone's Marcus Wainwright and David Neville been watching Grease? That was our first thought as we headed out of Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street, where the designers have held their shows for several seasons.

Indeed, there was more than a hint of the Pink Ladies in the satin shirts and short jackets that had some models' first names -- Georgia May (as in Jagger), Joan (as in Smalls) -- embroidered on them.

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Fashion Week: A Charmed Collection From Erin Fetherston Reminds Us of Mad Men

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Heather Baysa
A small shuffle from neon hues to vibrant jewel tones and a break-up with fuschia were the only indications that Erin Fetherston's new 2014 collection -- revealed last night at the Union Square W -- is an Autumn/Winter collection. But that's as somber as Fetherston gets.

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Is Urban Outfitters Stealing Work From Independent Designers AGAIN?

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Oh, hi! Welcome to Urban Outfitters! We sell clothes made by people with twice our talent at four times the price!

Yet another independent designer is claiming Urban Outfitters has ripped off her work. A Tumblr user with the handle Glam-Trash posted screencaps of an Urban Outfitters shirt and a T-shirt design posted to Fresh Tops carrying a design she claims lifted from a book cover she created. (We are working on finding the original cover.) Urban Outfitters should know better than to rip off people with social media presences: The post has been reblogged nearly 50,000 times.

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8 Reasons Why Fashion Week Didn't Suck

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Angela Ashman
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Another Fashion Week has come and gone. Naturally, we used all of Sunday to nap and recover from 12 hectic days of runway shows, celebrity sightings, and chain-smoking free e-cigarettes. While in deep coma, we drifted back to all of the thrilling, weird moments that Fashion Week coughed up, without which the entire event would simply be a train of super-thin models wearing overpriced clothes.More »

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