Online Retail News Flash

By now everyone's more or less familiar with the news that retail unexpectedly rebounded in the month of January. Now, while that news may have been a surprise to financial analysts, we probably could have predicted it because we were so damn tired of being depressed that we just got out our credit cards and started shopping the post-holiday sales. Now, as it turns out, < a href="" target="_blank">online sales were also up—again, no surprise, since most of said January shopping we did was after midnight in a dark room on our computers.

The result of all these sales and online guilt shopping? Why, a burst of e-tailer activity, natch.

First comes the news that Stella McCartney is designing a capsule collection for Net-a-porter. As the designer told WWD: "This collection is a Stella 'best-of' ... It's got everything you need." Well, we certainly need more trim little trench coats and tailored suits by McCartney, that's for sure. And even better—they're all eco-conscious.

Next up, Revolve Clothing has launched an online fashion magazine. Now, magazines obviously haven't been doing so well, but hey, an online 'zine's got very little overhead, and if you're Revolve and already rolling in merch, you're probably already several steps ahead of the game.

Finally, this may have already been burning a hole in your pocket, but ultra-cool downtown retailer Opening Ceremony has, at long last, gone e-commerce. We're almost sorry to tell you, because it's going to pretty much ruin whatever "I'm really going to spend Q1 saving" plans you may have been trying to stick with. Maybe you can stick with your plans to hit the gym three times a week still? Does it make it worse if we tell you that they've got cut-out wedges by their eponymous label already in their "Just In" section? We're sorry, but we're not that sorry.

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