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Oscar Nominee Gift Bag Is Worth More than Most Americans’ Salaries

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Image: WENN

Celebrities: Do they need to be lavished with any more expensive stuff? Of course they do. Because free designer duds, borrowed jewels, endorsements and millions of dollars to their name simply is not enough. We all know the gift bags celebrities get at award ceremonies are always filled with the best goodies, and this year’s Oscars, airing this Sunday, is no exception. 

According to Variety, the Oscar nominees’ gift bag is worth $125,000 and is filled with luxury goodies including $1,500 worth of French Mediterranean sea salts (because no thespian should have to use plebeian table salt), a $12,500 glamping trip, a $250 Haze vaporizer, a $1,500 stay at a Tuscany resort, and tons of other eye-poppingly fabulous prizes. There is even a $20,000 session with Enigma Life founder Olessia Kantor, who will happily treat each nominee to some good ol’ fashioned Hollywood hippie ripping off, flying out “to discuss their 2015 horoscope, analyze dreams and teach them mind control techniques.” Well, alright then.

The median household income for most Americans is $53,891. The Oscars gift bag is worth more than twice that. Just file this one under “must be nice.”

[via Variety]

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CFDA Awards Adds More Nominees to Top Categories

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Image: WENN

CFDA members have a reason to rejoice this morning – and it’s not because NYFW is almost over. The governing fashion body has announced some changes to its annual awards ceremony and this year, the council will be nominating five people each for the titles of Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories Designer of the Year. In previous years, only three design houses were up for each prize. 

We’re happy to hear that more talented designers will be recognized for their work. The winners will be announced in a star-studded ceremony June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

[via WWD]

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ASOS Faces Backlash After Tweeting an Image of an All-White Intern Force

Image: Asos

Image: Asos

ASOS found itself stirred in a pot of controversy this week when the brand tweeted out an image of its interns from the @ASOS_Careers account — an image that got people wondering about the company’s hiring practices.

The picture, which has since been deleted, shows a troupe of about 14 interns, all of whom happen to be white. The account’s followers couldn’t help but notice the marked lack of diversity in the image and immediately began to call out the retailer. Plenty of followers expressed disappointment at seeing an all-white class of interns, a few saying that the image was discouraging them from applying for an internship altogether since it seems ASOS doesn’t hire nonwhite people. 

“We can model some of the clothes just can’t do other work?” @NaijaNupe tweeted. “Just want to know which job I should apply for since I’m dark.” While @simonejaay said, “Everyone is white :/ does someone like myself have a chance?” Some threw a little shade at the brand, like @BlessinggK, who said, “Look at how diverse your interns are, so many different ethnicities.”

For some, this may seem like much ado about nothing. Who cares if ASOS hires any Asian, black, Aboriginal or Native American people? Fashion is a tough industry to break into, especially for people of color. If a diverse group of people don’t get the opportunity to cultivate a foundation of skills early on, skills that could lead to other jobs, the industry will remain as whitewashed as it is now.

ASOS has profusely apologized to its followers on Twitter, encouraging skeptical people of color to apply for a job at the company, and also stressing that the photo, though unfortunate, does not represent the makeup of the ASOS team — both interns and full-time employees. 

[via Bloomberg]

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Grim Reapers and Appropriate Swag Hit the MTV Australia Summer Party

MTV Australia’s Summer Party went down at Sydney’s Town Hall last night, February 18, and the guest list was strictly cool kids only with hipster threads aflowin’.

The swaggiest chick going, Tkay Maidza, dropped her beats for the crowd, which included models, fashion bloggers, presenters, boy bands, reality stars and more. Imogen Anthony was also there, taking on the role as Grim Reaper, which surely frightened commuters en-route to the event. (more…)

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Courtney Eaton Brightens Up in Colourful Louis Vuitton Ensemble

Courtney Eaton

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Australian model and actress Courtney Eaton stepped out for the Vanity Fair celebration of Young Hollywood at LA’s No Vacancy on Tuesday, February 17, and homegirl looked the look.

The 19-year-old, soon to break out in her upcoming role in Mad Max: Fury Road film, alongside Abbey Lee Kershaw, pulled a head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfit from the luxe label’s Resort 2015 collection.

The fun and youthful floral print was given a contemporary edge with the leather piping and belted detail, and the bright colours were toned down with sexy burgundy ankle boots and a black hard-case clutch. (more…)

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Jeanswest are Paying the Price for Stealing G-Star Raw’s Design

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Jeanswest might fit best, but it’s not so good at being a copycat. The Australian retail chain has been pulled up for ripping off a pair of biker jeans by mega Dutch clothing brand G-Star Raw, and will pay up big for its wrong-doing.

Inside Retail reports that yesterday, February 18, Justices Ellen France, Tony Randerson and John Wild granted a permanent injunction on Jeanswest’s Dean Biker Slim Jean, and was ordered by New Zealand’s Court of Appeal to pay G-Star additional damages of $50,000 after being found liable for primary infringement. “The net result is a substantial success for G-Star,” the written judgment by the appeal court judges said.

Jeanswest launched a limited run of the Dean Biker jean in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in January 2010, and claims the jeans were inspired by how the rain had stretched out a motorcyclist’s pants over his knees. But, according to G-Star’s claim, a French designer working for the Dutch brand came up with the design for the Elwood jeans in 1995, going on to become a signature product which sold millions worldwide. (more…)

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