In the last week in retail, things have become unhinged: Los Angeles designer Jeremy Scott brought trashiness to a whole new level at Milan Fashion Week while Pizza Hut hand-tossed a pair of pizza-ordering basketball sneakers... just in time for March Madness.
This, and more, in this week's Retail Therapy.
If the shoe fits
It’s almost that time of year again: In exactly nine days, March Madness will begin.
As basketball aficionados hunker down to do their research before Selection Sunday, Pizza Hut is dishing up the cheesiest — and perhaps the easiest — way for superfans to fulfill their college basketball cravings.
Pizza Hut is rolling out 60 exclusive fresh-baked ‘Pie Tops’ sneakers. The limited-edition basketball shoes allow consumers (mostly consisting of various influencers) to set their pizza preferences on a mobile app and then order up a box of greasy goodness with the touch of a button on the tongue of the shoe.
No word on whether this is anything more than a cheesy joke. But with over 70% of Pizza Hut customers already ordering via mobile, the ability to place orders via shoe seems to be a step toward the future.
Fashion designers often draw inspiration from many aspects of their daily life — be it nature, architecture or their muses. Los Angeles designer Jeremy Scott is a little different: He looks no further than his own garbage pile.
During the Moschino Fall 2017 fashion show at Milan Fashion Week, Scott outfitted models in a chic array of cardboard, trash lids, shower curtains and actual garbage, among other throwaway items. The designer’s bizarre collection was apparently intended as a sharp critique of the disposable nature of fashion.
Despite a few irresistible jokes, most fashion critics on Twitter found the collection anything but trashy.
Moschino's new collection is crazy pic.twitter.com/ajwYEgFFhM— • (@opfavestyles) February 24, 2017
@ moschino do you ever feel... like a plastic bag? pic.twitter.com/zqqdoxLREj— leximichela (@leximichela) February 24, 2017
Oscars on a budget
Actor Tom Lenk is perhaps best-known for his role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but lately he's been slaying the red carpet with his resourceful, avant garde fashion tastes.
Following a bemusing evening at the Oscars, Lenk took to his Instagram to post do-it-yourself versions of Hollywood's hottest looks on a budget... a very low budget. Lenk, who is known for recreating celebrity looks, used commonplace items such as spoons and quarters to craft Charlize Theron's teardrop earrings.
Here's a look at some of his best renditions:
Forget a shoe deal or a new sportswear line — Adidas is giving away an entire island to anyone that can break the current 4.24-second record in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Chris Johnson holds the record, which was set in 2008.
While no specific island has been identified, the company says it will fork over a sandy paradise to anyone who breaks the record "as soon as reasonably possible." Some private islands in Canada and Central America retail for just under $1 million, according to a search conducted by ESPN.
Poor Eric Dickerson. He's sad all he got was a carrot cake for breaking the NFL single-season rushing record in 1984.