It hasn’t been a good past few months for the once-storied Dr. Oz. Things started to take a turn for the worse last summer when Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill slammed Oz for touting a weight loss supplement called green coffee bean extract. On his show, Oz called the extract “a magic weight loss cure for every body type.” In a hearing on weight loss scams and deceptive advertising for weight loss products, McCaskill remarked that the doctor’s “credibility is being maligned by fraudsters and frankly being threatened by the notion that anybody can take an itty-bitty pill to push fat out of their system.” Oz’s hyperbolic claims were, it turns out, based on just a single small study that later turned out to be bogus.
Even more shocking than a prominent doctor hawking weight loss pills was the news that broke just a few month later. The BMJ, a British medical journal, found that less than half of the on-air recommendations on The Dr. Oz Show were supported by scientific evidence. Then, earlier this month, 10 doctors sent a letter to the dean of Columbia University’s department of surgery requesting that Oz be removed from his position as vice chairman. They claimed in their letter that “he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.” A new poll shows over 1,000 doctors feel the same way.
Now Oprah, the woman who gave Oz the spotlight to begin with, has weighed in by canceling his radio show. The Daily Dose With Dr. Oz, a “radio minute” produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions, will end May 29. While the radio show is only a small part of the doctor’s empire, it may only be the beginning of his fall from grace.
For his part, Oz has denied receiving any personal gain for any of the things he has promoted and purports that many of his accusers have their own agendas, which in all likelihood is true (for one, some of doctors who signed the Columbia testimonial have vested ties to GMOs and Oz is a well-known advocate for GMO labeling). It’s also worth noting that many of the recommendations Oz highlights on his show are innocuous and related to things like cooking and workout demos. As Bill Gifford pointed out in The New York Times, “Do we really need double-blind clinical trials of Mr. DiSpirito’s recipes? Must The Bra Book be submitted for peer review?”
There really is no excuse for hawking a diet pill without credible scientific evidence to back it, but is this misstep worth bringing down a whole empire that has sprouted conversations about health and wellness that may have otherwise never taken place? One thing is for sure, when it comes to medical advice, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion.
[via Daily News]
Ripped Tyson Beckford and David Beckham types beware. The new standard of “hot” male physique that apparently is making all the gals go crazy is the “dad bod,” the doughy, undefined build of a man who is comfortably married, probably has kids and is definitely not trying to get himself, as Protein World might say, “beach body” ready.
McKenzie Peterson from Clemson University penned a piece for The Odyssey in which she explains the appeal of this distinguished male figure. “The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time. It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.” She says the dad bod is the look many frat guys are embracing, and so are the ladies. Peterson argues the softer form of a man without a 6-pack is less intimidating to women, especially those who are already insecure about their own bodies.
The topic of the dad bod has become a hot one on social media, garnering mixed reactions from men and women alike. While there are those who are staunchly pro dad bod, others wonder if a 21-year-old with a softer physique will be able to maintain the desired doughiness for female suitors as he ages. (more…)
For months we’ve been hearing about a potential sale of the Roberto Cavalli brand and now it looks like the Italian fashion house has found a buyer. WWD reports that Clessidra SGR will purchase 90 percent of the company, while Cavalli himself will keep the remaining 10 percent stake.
“I am extremely satisfied to have signed this agreement with an Italian partner which, I am sure, will further develop what I have built in a lifetime,” Cavalli said in a statement. “Clessidra will provide financial, managerial and human resources that will allow the company to grow further and face the challenges of the ever-evolving luxury market.”
The house has also named a new CEO, Renato Semerari, and Francesco Trapani will enter into a chairman role. Between this and Peter Dundas’ return to the label, it looks as if the house of Cavalli is entering a new era. Clessidra’s investments include Camfin, which has holdings in Pirelli, fine jewelry brand Buccellati, casualwear brand Harmont & Blaine and more.
[via Reuters, WWD]
If you’ve been itching to see what Puma will be like under the creative direction of Rihanna, rejoice, because we now have a first look at what to expect from the athletic brand. Puma took to Instagram to reveal a snap from RiRi’s new campaign. Shot in black and white, the singer poses in a pair of striped leggings, Pulse XT running shoes, a visor, a sweatshirt tied around her waist and a hooded Puma sweatshirt, which is, of course, cropped because…Rihanna.
“An icon who does it all needs a shoe that can keep up,” the brand captioned the image. It’s beginning to look as if we weren’t too off the mark in assuming the pop singer would bring some of her enviable personal style to the label, and if it’s one thing Rih wears – and wears well – it’s crop tops.
Excuse us while we do 1,000 crunches.
If there’s anything we’re learning from the big fashion houses this year, it’s just how devoted and loyal they’ve become to celebrity brand ambassadors. Jennifer Lawrence is firmly associated with Christian Dior, Kristen Stewart has a number of Chanel campaigns under her belt, and now Michelle Williams‘ fourth installment for Louis Vuitton has been unveiled. Continuing the same concept of understated elegance from last season and the season before that, Williams models Vuitton’s latest handbag collection by Nicolas Ghesquière, shot by Peter Lindbergh with Carine Roitfeld on styling duty.
“Those are awesome! Such good synergy between LV and Michelle,” Nymphaea raved as the first campaign image surfaced on our forums.
In agreement was forum member VogueDisciple93: “I thoroughly enjoy this partnership, much more than any of Dior’s or Chanel. Another set of wonderful images.”
GIVENCHYlover soon changed the mood. “I don’t like the bags. Cheap shape,” he criticized.
We’ve been lucky enough to receive a couple more previews of the campaign. “I don’t really like when she holds her jean jacket, it looks a bit awkward. But the other pictures are very good!” posted Emmanuelle.
“It’s quite remarkable, actually. She looks great, and I love the clothing placement in these shots,” fired back Benn98 .
Like what you see? Check out some more campaign photos and join the conversation here.
Lucky magazine has been going through a lot of changes lately. The magazine joined forces with BeachMint last summer to create The Lucky Group, adding e-commerce to its format in a bid to remodel the flailing brand. The new LuckyShops website launched just in February, but it looks like the shakeups at Lucky aren’t over. WWD reports that Eva Chen, the publication’s high profile editor-in-chief, will soon be leaving her post.
WWD reports that all is not lost for Lucky, as investors have been eyeing the publication and there are whispers that it may be going all digital. Still, a source tells us that’s not the only change going on at Lucky. Managing editor Caryn Prime is said to be moving on as well and word is, her last day is Friday. All this news allegedly comes as a surprise since staffers were just walked through Lucky‘s new office space, which they were scheduled to move into in June. Chen has stayed mum about the subject on social media.
We reached out to The Lucky Group for comment and will update upon its response.
UPDATE: Eva Chen has taken to social media to confirm that she is stepping down at Lucky. “This morning I made the extremely personal and difficult announcement to my team that I will be transitioning from @luckymagazine in the coming months,” she wrote. “The brand will continue on and I’ll be leading it into its new chapter. Today/tomorrow/beyond, I’m a#luckygirlforlife. Thank you all for your support on this wonderful adventure I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of.”
Chen mentioned on Twitter that she is leaving her post in order to focus more on her family life. She gave birth to a baby girl in December and an inside source tells us that since then, Chen’s presence in the office has been a bit sporadic. Chen did stress that she intends to have some involvement with Lucky even though she’s stepping down. “I have felt truly lucky (excuse the pun) to be a part of this brand & will continue to be a part of it—I will lead the brand’s transition,” she mentioned on Twitter.
[h/t WWD], @evachen212]