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Uniqlo Criticized for Poor Working Conditions in Chinese Supplier Factories

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

You may want to think twice the next time you step into Uniqlo to buy a cardigan. Hong Kong’s Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior claims that an investigation found sweatshop-like working conditions at two of the retailer’s supplier factories in China. 

“Low wages, excessive working hours, unsafe working conditions, heavy fines, harsh management style and ineffective platform for expressing workers’ concerns” were just a few of the glaring problems uncovered by the research. The organization found that workers in two of Uniqlo’s supplier factories in Guangdong Province are paid one-third less monthly than other workers in that area. Overtime doesn’t offer much hope either — workers are paid time and a half as opposed to the required two times their hourly pay when fulfilling the extra hours. 

“I work from the early morning until late 10pm. I sometimes even work until 11:00pm,” a factory worker from Luenthai told SACOM. “I have to iron 600-700 pieces of shirts per day, but each of the shirts from UNIQLO is only 0.29 RMB. In the peak season, I can iron 900 pieces of shirts in one day. I sometimes work on Sunday too! The piece rate is really too low for us. But it is very hard to increase.” (more…)

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Stella McCartney on Her Obsession with Roses and the ‘Crap’ in Beauty Products Today

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British fashion designer Stella McCartney launched her namesake fragrance, Stella, in 2003. Over the years, the romantic rose eau de parfum has become so popular that she will be launching an eau de toilette come April. She told Style.com about her obsession with the flower that inspired the fragrance.

“I love roses. I have to say, I’m a bit obsessed. I grew up in the countryside on an organic farm, so my memories of scent are mostly about being outside. And I’m very much obsessed with the smell of roses. I’m not as obsessed with the way they look: I think they’re the most beautiful flowers, but for me, the rose has to smell,” said McCartney.

Little did she know that rose is not a common note in the world of fragrance, only discovering this about six months into the process and there was no looking back. “I think we almost brought the rose back in fragrance—having that naïveté is quite a benefit.”

Lara Stone fronts the campaign completely naked with nothing but a few bottles of Stella to cover her up. “Look at her—she’s just a total babe. I wanted a woman that had a strength and a fragility about her, and I think Lara really has that. We chose to shoot her with nothing on—no makeup, no hair, no real retouching. We chose to shoot her in a state of complete nature, and I just think she’s stunning. She has what I think the fragrance is all about: femininity and sensuality,” said McCartney. (more…)

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Watch: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Extended Trailer

We’ve got just over a month before Valentine’s Day and the only reason we’re counting down the days is because of a certain much-anticipated novel-turned-film. Come February 13, we’ll finally be able to see Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and a (regrettably) beardless Jamie Dornan.

Ahead of the big day, a new trailer for the film has cropped up, which you may have seen if you tuned into the Golden Globe Awards and didn’t head to the fridge during every commercial break. But even if you did miss it, you’re in luck. We’ve got the extended trailer right here for your viewing pleasure. 

Watch it above and try not to get too hot and bothered.

[h/t ELLE UK]

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Is Natasha Poly the Campaign Queen of Spring 2015? (Forum Buzz)

Natasha Poly is raking in the campaigns this Spring 2015 season. She joined the likes of Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima for Marc Jacobs’ new campaign, scored the Isabel Marant fashion spots solo and is now the face of Emilio Pucci. After Natasha exclusively walked for the show during Milan Fashion Week, it should come as no surprise that the Russian beauty was Peter Dundas’ choice of model. Photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Natasha poses among a set of mirrors, giving us a view of all the angles in the 70s-inspired ads.

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Members of our forums were quick to voice their opinions. “This looks cheap,” commented congacon within moments of the campaign surfacing, which wasn’t a good start to the thread.

“It might be because it’s blurry, but she looks old as hell in that pic. The bangs don’t help,” added an uninterested jj36.

Forum member gazebo simply described the campaign as “stale.”

Also making a remark about her hairstyle was Benn98: “Don’t like the bangs. The entire campaign looks dated.”

“Talk about anticlimactic. Natasha had two stunning exits at the show and this is what they do for the campaign? Why couldn’t they have stuck with the look of the show and shot on location? Very disappointing. That said, I’m really happy for Natasha getting campaigns like there’s no tomorrow! That’s a supermodel right there!” noted Nepenthes in agreement that the campaign seemed a little dated.

“I love this! I love the kaleidoscopic/psychedelic feel of the campaign. It was meant to complement the clothes and I feel like it really does!” khyrk approved, changing the mood of the thread.

Oxymore enthused, “I love it! Natasha is the perfect model for that kind of campaign.”

See inside the thread for Emilio Pucci’s full campaign and be sure to join the discussion here.

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Watch: What Happens When This Fictional Beauty Brand Runs Out of Makeup Names

We’ve got to give beauty brands props because with all the cosmetics out there, it must be difficult thinking up new names. With products like Butt Taco and Stalkerazzi floating around, it’s pretty clear that assigning names to makeup shades is no easy feat. A new short by the Upright Citizens Brigade’s sketch team The Punch lampoons this phenomenon.

Set in the offices of imaginary makeup brand Perée Lyon, four beauty executives struggle to come up with a name for a new product — and all the suggestions, no matter how crazy, are taken. In the end, the team winds up settling on a name that is as ridiculous as it is long.

Watch the hilarious skit above.

[via UCBComedy]

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Some Sicko Is Selling T-Shirts Printed with Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Note

Sometimes it seems like people go out of their way to test the limits of tastelessness. A sleeveless tank with Kurt Cobain’s handwritten suicide note printed across the front was spied by a Redditor on Etsy, though it has since been taken down. But don’t worry — if you were trying to get your hands on the offensive tee, you can still purchase it on eBay in a baseball style for $25.19. The eBay seller nuchyk notes that the top is “Not Official T-Shirt, 100% made by me.” Who knows why anyone would want to broadcast being the designer of such a horrible piece.

The eBay shop attached to the seller’s name offers several shirts in this and other styles, emblazoned with images of celebrities, pop culture references and bands. The shirts are mostly innocuous, so this loathsome “homage” is pretty glaring in comparison to the other inventory.

Nuchyk has already sold 16 of the shirts, so um, we guess there is a demand out there? Either way, these shirts are icky at best.

[via Styleite]

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