Over the past few weeks, hundreds of protests have gone down across America against the rampant spread of police brutality and in opposition to grand jury decisions to not indict two police officers who killed two unarmed black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in separate incidents. Several hashtags and slogans have arisen in the aftermath of the court decisions, including “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last words and a rallying cry for a modern American movement. Of course, there will be people looking to capitalize on the popularity of a much-needed call for social change and an Illinois woman is looking to trademark “I can’t breathe” so that she can sell product.
Catherine Crump, a Waukegan, Illinois resident, wants the rights to the phrase so she can use it on hoodies and T-shirts. She has sent in a petition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for rights to use the phrase. Crump says that she had filed for a trademark August 18, a month after Garner was killed in the street, and that her request has “nothing to do with the Garner family,” though she seems perfectly comfortable making a few dollars off the death of its patriarch. (more…)
Christmas is coming earlier than expected this year for us fashion folk with the arrival of the Spring 2015 campaigns. Missoni’s spots are the most recent to surface on our forums and members find themselves disappointed. The Italian fashion house known for its colorful knitwear designs keeps Dutch artist Viviane Sassen as the photographer this season but trades model Joan Smalls for Amanda Murphy. Amanda is captured amongst a set of metallic globes while posing inside a pastel colored purpose-built box.
IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM
Leave it to our forum members to voice their honest opinions. Aedlacir wastes no time and strongly describes the images as “dated muck.”
“It looks like those Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf advertorials but worse,” adds GivenchyHomme who is about to set the tone of the thread.
Testinofan feels the same way and posts, “I don’t like it, very strange and it looks like a Bergdorf Goodman catalogue.”
As does justaguy: “Totally agree it looks very NM catalog. I do like the concept, but execution is a bit messy & dated looking.”
Things aren’t looking up. “Not eye-catching enough for a campaign. It would have [been] good for editorial but not good enough for the campaign,” shares an underwhelmed DutchHomme.
“OK, it’s time to end this. Missoni with Sassen is becoming like Marc Jacobs was with Teller. It was very interesting initially, but I’m actually yearning for a normal campaign! Sassen is an incredibly talented artist who set a profound precedent for the combination of contemporary art in campaigns (indeed in collections) with her past campaigns. Now it’s time to move on,” suggests an uninterested Benn98.
Are you a fan? See inside the thread for another campaign image and join the discussion for yourself here.
Prepare to salivate over Jennifer Lopez’s hot bod on SELF magazine’s latest cover. The “Jenny from the Block” singer posed for Alexi Lubomirski and works a white swimsuit with a contrasting zip right down the middle as she smiles effortlessly for Lubomirski’s lens. SELF magazine went through a revamp for its October 2014 cover with Joan Smalls and we’ve been paying attention to the American health, nutrition, fitness and beauty publication ever since. Not to mention tapping Jennifer as a radiant new year cover subject!
Our forum members cannot stop praising SELF’s efforts this month. “Her physique looks phenomenal and I love how clean the imagery is. Really a nice celebrity shoot and a creative way of focusing on the beauty of the body instead of the usual fitness magazine shots,” enthused Luxx, thrilled with the results of the January cover shoot.
“I think so too Luxx. Minimal cover lines, simple styling. I think it’s the perfect way to kick off the new year. I’m a sucker for [an] athletic shoot,” replied Benn98, who shared the same positive outlook.
Jennifer also poses for a series of images inside the issue. The 45 year old strikes some dynamic shapes wearing stark white swimwear and gym gear to complement the fresh and minimal background. Basically, SELF nailed it this month and we couldn’t be happier!
Check out the cover story and view a fashion shoot with model Anne Vyalitsyna from the same issue, which can both be found inside our dedicated SELF magazine thread here.
The Internet is still recovering from this week’s Instagram purge, which deleted millions of spam accounts. Celebrities, bloggers and the Internet famous all watched as their follower counts fell, some experienced huge losses due to the fact that a portion were bought. But whether they purchased their followers or were simply spam account magnets, several celebrities suffered significant losses which could affect their wallets. Brands link with influencers to promote their products on social media and if they don’t have the reach they initially thought, it could force brands to reconsider whom they work with.
Celebrities hit hard by the purge: Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers, Justin Bieber went down 3 million, Rihanna lost 1.2 million, Selena Gomez is out 1 million, Ariana Grande 1.5 million, Akon lost 56% of his followers and Ma$e went down a million and deleted his account.
As for the blogger set, Fashionista reports that some influencers suffered major losses (Bryanboy noted he was down 200,000 followers and Aimee Song went from 1.9 to 1.8 million), but Fohr Card, an agency that sets up brands with top bloggers, said that they didn’t find anyone who had been running game with a significant amount of bought followers.
Still, reverberations are being felt by lots of people. Instagram’s own account lost 18 million of its followers, but they don’t seem too upset about it. “After receiving feedback from members in the Instagram community, we recently fixed an issue that incorrectly included inactive accounts in follower/following lists,” the social media network said in a statement. “We believe this will provide a more authentic experience and genuinely reflect people who are actually engaging with each other’s content.”
[via Page Six, NYTimes]
This week, Dov Charney’s dismissal from American Apparel was made official. The troubled CEO, whose tenure at the brand he created has been tarnished by claims of sexual abuse and mismanagement of funds, still owns a 45 percent stake in the company, although the board is determined to cut ties completely.
No one expects Charney to let the company he built slip away so easily, so it was certainly not a surprise to hear that the former American Apparel boss has reportedly teamed with investment firm Irving Place Capital, in hopes of buying back the company. According to The Business of Fashion, Charney has a few people in his corner, too — 30 executives from the company drew up a letter asking the board not to terminate him.
It seems Charney will do anything to make sure he is still tied to American Apparel and we don’t blame him. After all, he is the company’s founder.
[via The Business of Fashion]
We knew for a while that New York Fashion Week was leaving Lincoln Center, but yesterday’s news that the entire event had been booted from the facility did come as something of a shock, mostly for its abruptness. But word is IMG wasn’t going to renew its contract with Lincoln Center, so the hunt for a new location would have been on regardless.
IMG came forward yesterday to comment on the situation. “Lincoln Center has been a great home for the past five years, and we look forward to another world-class season this February,” it said. “However, as the fashion industry continues to evolve, IMG has been actively looking for a new home for NYFW that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions. We look forward to sharing more details on our new home soon.”
Yesterday, it was announced that the New York City Parks Department, Lincoln Center and New York Fashion Week came to a settlement in court that would bar IMG from using Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for non-park events past February.