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Saks Fifth Avenue Denies Trans Discrimination, Still Thinks Trans People Aren’t Protected Under the Law

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Saks Fifth Avenue shouldn’t be surprised if it sees fewer members of the LGBT community and their supporters in its stores. The retailer came under fire during a lawsuit filed by a former employee, Leyth O. Jamal, who claims she was fired from her position at one of the store’s Texas locations in 2012 for being a trans woman. Saks’ lawyers want to dismiss the suit on the basis that transgendered people are not included under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people against employment discrimination based on sex and other factors. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice both agree that trans people are covered under the law. The CEO of Hudson’s Bay, Saks’ parent company, spoke to The New York Times about the issue, denying any wrongdoing. “In the strongest terms, I want to underscore that Saks Fifth Avenue did not discriminate against the plaintiff,” he said. “It’s preposterous to think that in any way Saks Fifth Avenue is anything but a strong advocate for L.G.B.T. rights.” Saks itself is backpedaling on its assertion that trans people are not included in the Title VII listing, while doubling down on its semantics at the same time.

Saks says it does support the LGBT community, but while it believes all people are protected from sex discrimination, Jamal’s suit is different because it covers transgender identity. Saks is going along with the decision of a few courts that have claimed trans people are excluded from this measure, in spite of the fact that several other courts have ruled differently.

The Human Rights Campaign suspended Saks’ high Corporate Equality Index score in light of these developments last week and now that Saks has essentially dug its heels in the mud, we don’t think that high rating will be restored anytime soon. HRC’s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement, “For more than two years, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has considered discrimination based on gender identity actionable. This latest development further undermines Saks’ credibility and standing with the LGBT community – indeed, its standing with any consumer committed to equality.”

[via NYT, tFS inbox]

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The New York Times Is Launching a Men’s Style Section

Image: Imaxtree

Image: Imaxtree

The New York Times is looking to further expand its style coverage by adding a print section dedicated to men’s fashion and lifestyle. Plainly called “Men’s Style,” it will run the first Friday of each month, compared to the main Style section, which comes out on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Styles was the last new section added to the paper in 2005. 

Supervised by style editor Stuart Emmrich, the new addition comes as the The New York Times looks to beef up its print edition in an effort to collect more advertising dollars. Men’s Style will launch on April 3 with about 12-14 pages in the section.

[via Capital New York, WWD]

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Naomi Campbell Is Stunning as Usual on L’Officiel Ukraine


L’Officiel Ukraine is starting off 2015 right by tapping supermodel Naomi Campbell to cover its first issue of the year. Shot by An Le, the 44-year-old model reminds us all how she earned the “super” title with another arresting cover shot and accompanying spread. Clad in threads from Tom Ford, Fendi, Alexander McQueen and more, the model fails to disappoint serving the cool, smoldering yet intense ferocity that made her the legend she is today.

Check out images from the spread below. (more…)

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Lanvin Keeps It All in the Family Again for Its Spring Campaign

Image: courtesy Lanvin

Image: courtesy Lanvin

Lanvin’s logo is a mother playing with her child and it is this very symbol that inspired the brand’s latest campaign with the tagline “All Women Are Daughters, All Men Are Sons.” Photographer Tim Walker captured some of the modeling world’s old guard: Pat Cleveland, Violetta Sanchez and Kirsten Owen with their daughters Anna Cleveland, Luz Godin and Billie Rose Owen.

For the men’s campaign, Walker shot DJ duo Joshua Quinton and Andy Bradin as well as brothers Callum and Haydn Rockall. Last season, Lanvin clung to a similar theme, enlisting model Edie Campbell’s family to pose for the campaign. If it ain’t broke…

See the images from Lanvin’s latest below. (more…)

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Lara Stone Makes H&M Look Expensive in New Spring 2015 Ads (Forum Buzz)

Casting the right model for a campaign is imperative and H&M has pretty much nailed its model choice for Spring 2015. The retailer welcomes back Dutch bombshell Lara Stone, who previously fronted Sonia Rykiel’s lingerie range for the brand back in 2009 alongside Caroline Trentini and Anne Vyalitsyna. This time around, the 31-year-old blond beauty was shot by Mikael Jansson for the fashion spots, posing on the sidewalk wearing a beige jumpsuit and a pair of suede heels.

Ad Campaign H&M Spring 2015 Lara Stone


Are our forum members impressed? “Excited to have these pictures hanging around my store!” raved IsabelMarantBoy.

“Good to see Lara, can’t wait to see the campaign everywhere,” replied [Piece Of Me] in agreement.

“Love Lara for H&M!” vanpersie simply stated.

“Lara nailed it. H&M looks so expensive,” added elle_gb.

But not everyone was so ecstatic over the styling. “Awful styling, very Kim Kardashian in 2009,” disapproved GIVENCHYlover.

Forum member fluxxx didn’t show much enthusiasm for the styling, either: “I love the photography and concept, but that jumpsuit is very Orange Is the New Black.”

“They should’ve used a different colored garment, this jumpsuit is blending into the background a bit. Lara looks great though,” shared squilliam.

Are you a fan of Lara for H&M? Await more campaign images and join the discussion inside the thread here.

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Rumor Mill: Could Tom Ford Be Returning to Gucci?

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Could you imagine what it would be like to have Tom Ford back at Gucci? Page Six reports (with a degree of skepticism) that the designer is on the shortlist to replace Frida Giannini, who officially left the label almost a month before she was due to depart. For now, this seems to be little more than a rumor. After all, Ford has a very successful brand of his own, which he started in 2005 after his departure from Gucci. Now said to be worth about a billion dollars, Tom Ford the brand has become something of a powerhouse with men’s, women’s, beauty, eyewear, grooming, kids, jewelry, fragrance and leather goods categories. That’s quite a full plate.

Ford’s presence at Gucci as creative director between 1994 and 2004 was deemed something of a boon for the label. By the time the designer departed, however, he and parent company PPR (now Kering) had something of a troubled relationship regarding control of the company. “By the end of Gucci, I was drinking too much, I had no life, I wasn’t very nice,” he said of his departure. After such a difficult breakup, would Ford be willing to go back down that road?

While the return of Ford could be amazing for Gucci, something tells us a different designer will ultimately get the job.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Tom Ford just denied to that the designer would return to Gucci – so there goes that fantasy. 

[via Page Six]

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