Kim Kardashian‘s Australian takeover is trundling full steam ahead, the reality-star-turned-designer launching Kardashian Kollection‘s Spring 2014 range at Sydney’s Westfield Parramatta on Saturday, September 13, visiting a bunch of high-fashion Sydney stores the next day, and appearing on the cover of Sunday Style for an entire week. (more…)
Hosted by Victoria’s Secret on Wednesday, September 10, the leggy blonde opted for a grungy strapless dress from the Australian label’s Resort 2015 collection, which features a plaid upper half and multi-slit black skirting.
It was a toughened-up look for Karolina, who went all out with a Jennifer Fisher choker necklace, pulled back stringy hair and dark eye makeup. It wasn’t all dark and moody, though — the Victoria’s Secret angel brightened things up with yellow shoes, cleverly complementing the hints of lemon in the plaid print.
Zara is one of the biggest, most successful fast fashion retailers in the world. The brand’s runway-inspired pieces still possess the refinement and coolness of something you’d find from a high-end range, except you don’t have to shill out copious amounts of cash for it. Zara’s a godsend to fashionphiles everywhere — and the chain’s got the profits to prove it. Amancio Ortega, owner of parent company Inditex, is the third richest man in the world thanks to the retailer, sitting on a fortune of about $63 billion.
You would think that with such a successful business, Zara would be able to pay its salespeople — the ones who constantly stock the store and help customers — well enough for their work. According to a new petition, that isn’t the case.
Sharlene, a sales associate at a Zara in New York City, has launched a petition with the aim to #ChangeZara, in particular, reform its policies so that associates can have a better quality of life and more chances to move up in the company. Sharlene started working at Zara in 2012, but mentions that this past winter, things dramatically changed for her and the other shopgirls on the floor. Their hours were cut significantly — down to a maximum of 25 per week, which Sharlene said for her, turned into clocking only 16 hours each week. This is an experience several Zara employees working on the floor have, she says, adding that many girls have skipped meals in order to ease the financial burden. “We earn so little at Zara that many of us can’t even afford to buy the clothes that we sell,” she writes.
According to the petition, Zara workers in Spain are more protected than they are here in America. “Inditex signed an agreement with a global federation of unions, UNI, promising to respect workers’ rights in their stores and factories. Zara workers in Spain have a union that grants them rights and benefits that we don’t have — don’t we deserve the same respect here in the U.S.?” (more…)
Edie Campbell already has covers for the Italian, U.K. and U.S. editions of Vogue under her belt, and now the current face of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium fragrance is turning heads on French ELLE. The British model, who first came onto the modeling scene with a mod 60s look, has now reverted back to the Penelope Tree look for ELLE France’s issue dated September 12, 2014. Edie was shot by Liz Collins, styled by Chloé Dugast and her makeup was applied by Lloyd Simmonds using products from YSL for the cover.
Forum members are ecstatic with the outcome. “Edie Campbell!!! Everything works here, especially the color scheme. We really need to take our hats off for ELLE France. Week after week they turn out a solid offering, sometimes misses, but mostly hits! I still have Lara‘s issue, which imo is a classic shot,” raved Benn98.
“I love Edie on that cover, it’s a moment when her look really works for me,” posted a satisfied tigerrouge.
“I like that cover!” simply proclaimed Oxymore.
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Any interview with Karl Lagerfeld is guaranteed to be filled with quotes that can only accurately be described as “gems.” The Chanel creative director is never shy about lending his opinion to anyone who cares to listen. This morning, WWD published a little Q&A with the designer and of course, the sit-down is not without some great quips from Mr. Lagerfeld. A few highlights:
Most journalists are “basic”: “There are not so many who know how to write decently about fashion and who have the technical knowledge and culture. The others are very basic: They want to be trendy. They think trendiness is more important than knowledge.”
On social media: “Those social networks, there’s something sad about them. Is it because they don’t have enough knowledge about friends and people? I don’t understand it. It’s like a talkative mirror where people talk to themselves. And what I hate most in life is selfies.”
On preferring to do live interviews: “When they can cut things, I don’t like it as much. Sometimes they cut something and say, ‘Well, you would get in trouble, you would get a lawsuit.’ I tell them, ‘Well, I don’t want my lawyers to be unemployed.'”
Karl Lagerfeld pays for the books from his own bookshop: “It’s not difficult for me to buy books. And I pay for books in my own bookshop. I get only a 5 percent discount. I am very much against the idea that you get it for free because it’s your bookshop.”
Oh Karl, never change.