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Opening Ceremony Now Has a Footwear License with Aldo Product Services

Opening Cermony FW15

Image: Opening Ceremony Fall 2015 via Imaxtree

We can’t lie – we’re huge fans of Opening Ceremony’s footwear range. Its hip, edgy, directional offerings never cease to excite and you can count on its shoe collaborations to bring a refreshing twist to old classics. It looks like the retailer is about to expand its footwear category with the help of Aldo Group’s Aldo Product Services. Opening Ceremony has signed a global licensing agreement with the Canada-based company for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. Opening Ceremony previously had an agreement with Six London, whose brands include Marcus Lupfer, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and more.

Though OC has a brand new deal with a brand new company, the retailer will continue designing footwear in-house while Aldo handles production and manufacturing. So while the aesthetic we’re used to from Opening Ceremony might not change, the people actually putting the shoes together will. 

Opening Ceremony co-founder Carol Lim explained the new agreement: “We are committed to growing this category and it was important for us to expand into areas in the footwear line that we previously were not able to access due to production constraints. With APS, we don’t run into those types of issues anymore.”

[via Business of Fashion]

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Bill de Blasio Takes Action to Help New York City Manicurists

Nail salon

Image: WENN

Mayor Bill de Blasio is the latest to take initiative to help change the sweatshop-like working conditions manicurists in New York City endure. According to The New York Times, wage violations and licensing issues are generally under the jurisdiction of the state, but de Blasio is looking to do his part for the cause. Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would be taking action, investigating salons and creating new rules to protect workers from the health risks associated with being around nail products day in and day out. He also mentioned that salons will be held accountable for underpaying employees and will be shut down if they do not supply back wages.  

As there is only so much the city can do, de Blasio’s initiative seems to mostly be centered around spreading information to workers. The mayor has proposed a “day of action” this Thursday, where 500 city employees and volunteers will go to nail salons around the city, educating workers of their rights and reminding employers of their duties. They hope to reach out to 800-1,000 salons. Letters to salon owners reminding them that they are required to give paid sick leave will also be mailed out. 

Though the city’s actions are limited, de Blasio has enlisted the Department of Consumer Affairs to investigate salons, testing to see if “nontoxic” or “3-free” nail polish products actually contain harmful chemicals. If the products are found to have such ingredients, manufacturers will be subpoenaed. The Department of Consumer Affairs has also started a petition aimed at the Personal Care Products Council to ban the offending ingredients and has written the FDA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to do so as well.

It is heartening to see that the government is just as appalled by the flagrant abuses and exploitation of manicurists in the area. It is wonderful that both city and state offices are actually working to right these wrongs, instead of simply paying lip service to the issue. Hopefully, we can eradicate the exploitation that has become the status quo of the New York nail industry.

[via NYT]

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Patti Cohen Is Leaving Donna Karan

Patti Cohen

Image: Courtesy Donna Karan

Donna Karan International is going through a lot of changes. Late last month, Public School designers Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow were announced as the new creative directors of the DKNY brand. The company also hired Apple’s Hector Muelas to fill the newly-created chief image officer role. Today, we get news of more shakeups from DKI. Their chief of marketing and PR Patti Cohen has decided to step down after over 30 years at the company. 

With the announcement of Osbourne, Chow and Muelas’ appointments, DKI said that Patti’s role would shift to executive vice president of global public relations and communications. It is for this reason that the news comes as a bit of a surprise. It is not yet clear if DKI will be hiring someone to fill Cohen’s vacated seat, though after such a long stint at the company, she will undoubtedly be impossible to replace.

[via WWD]

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George Clooney Pulls out of Tom Ford Movie

Tom Ford Movie

Image: WENN

Tom Ford’s plans for his forthcoming Nocturnal Animals film have hit a snag now that George Clooney has removed himself from the project. Clooney was supposed to produce the film, but he recently pulled out, blaming scheduling conflicts for his exit. “No falling out at all. It was just scheduling…We just couldn’t do it when he [Tom] needed to go,” Clooney told Page Six, contrary to rumors that he and Ford were parting ways over creative differences. 

Ford is said to have tapped Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal to star in the film, based on the book Tony and Susan. The movie won’t follow the plot line of the novel completely, as Ford’s said he’s added his own revisions to the film, which was supposed to be produced by Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures. 

Ford’s turnaround time to get the film out is apparently rather tight. That’s on top of his other day job, designing. He has his duties to his namesake label and as WWD mentioned, needs to shoot the film between September 15 and December. The designer/director didn’t seem worried about the short schedule, saying, “I only need six weeks.” 

[via Page Six, WWD]

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Macy’s to Boost High-End Offerings in a Few of Its Stores

Macy's Herald Square

Image: Getty

Macy’s middle-ground price points are causing the retailer to suffer in a world where consumers gravitate towards super discounted goods or pricier high-end stores. But that could change now that Macy’s is planning to uplift the merchandise in about 150 of its top “platinum door” stores. In addition to redesigning, hiring more employees and embracing tech, Macy’s will add high-end wares to help elevate the product selection in these locations in hopes that the new additions will boost sales before the holiday rush. Fortune mentions that the retailer’s Herald Square location is already carrying pricey brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry, and may remove some clearance items from a few other locations to make way for newer products.

Forbes also notes that Macy’s is having trouble engaging millennials, which is an important demographic to reach. It is hard enough to get millennials into department stores in the first place and Macy’s needs to come up with new strategies to engage this audience, especially with fast fashion retailers like H&M in the game, whose low prices and stylish options are attractive to shoppers. 

Macy’s is hoping to see a change in sales by the fourth quarter. Let’s see if elevating its product options will help meet this goal.

[via Fortune, Forbes]

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Elizabeth Banks Looks Like a Wax Figure on Allure’s June 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Allure delighted us with a May 2015 cover featuring Blake Lively looking nonchalant and perfectly undone. The glossy takes four giant steps backwards, however, with an overly-Photoshopped Elizabeth Banks on its June cover. Unfortunately, The Hunger Games actress ends up resembling a wax figure due to either horrific makeup, bad lighting or a huge amount of unnecessary airbrushing. Posing for photographer Norman Jean Roy with makeup by Diane Kendal and hair by Serge Normant, Elizabeth thankfully appears more like herself in the accompanying cover story.

Allure June 2015 Elizaebeth Banks by Norman Jean Roy


Our forum members aren’t a happy bunch. “Is this a wax figure? Their covers look the same month after month. Shame that a beauty magazine that calls itself an expert promotes only one look,” discredited MON.

“Those cover lines are practically in 3D!” added A.D.C. suggesting the magazine needed a revamp in terms of cover design.

Also unwilling to show enthusiasm toward the cover was Benn98. “Awful cover. Nothing about this screams 2015. Elizabeth is a refreshing choice though. I just mentioned the other day how underused she is on magazine covers,” he posted.

Allure June 2015 Elizabeth Banks by Norman Jean Roy


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