- George Zimmer is starting an “Uber for tailors.” [NYT]
- Moises de la Renta reportedly caught some posthumous shade from his father Oscar in the late designer’s will. [Page Six]
- Jimmy Choo is collaborating with Moon Boot. [WWD]
- Smart phones, smart watches and now smart clothing – Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create tech-savvy garments. [Vogue UK]
- Caitlyn Jenner is giving her social media-savvy family a run for their money. Her Twitter account, which she just launched today, has broken a Twitter record as the fastest account to reach 1 million followers. Kim, take note. THIS is how you break the Internet! [Politico]
- Jessica Lange is thrilled that you think Cait Jenner looks like her on the cover of Vanity Fair. [Daily Beast]
- The #CharlieCharlieChallenge was just a social media promotion campaign for a movie. [Uproxx]
- Kanye West gave another fashion lecture at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. [YouTube]
- A new Fifty Shades of Grey novel is due out this month. [ELLE]
The finalists for the 2015 ANDAM Fashion Award have been announced. July 3, we will find out which of five contending labels will take home a cash prize of $275,000 and a mentorship with Chanel’s president of global fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky. In the running for the big award is Paris-based design collective Vêtements, Japanese label Anrealage, Pigalle Paris, Umit Beaman and Pallas Paris.
The winner will also have the opportunity to create a capsule collection with thecorner.com and $11,000 worth of Swarovski crystals, to make sure their creations are extra blingy. ANDAM also picked its finalists for its accessories prize – Hugo Matha, Annelise Michelson and Charlotte Chesnais. And for ANDAM’s first collections prize, Gauchère, Jour/ne, Etienne Deroeux, and LéaPeckre will compete against each other for a chance to win a mentorship, $99,000 and a spot in Paris’ Galleries Lafayette to show two collections.
Good luck to all the contenders!
British Vogue just cannot catch a break. Our forums have noticed a rapid decline in the magazine’s creativity and it’s failed to amp up the excitement with the latest release. The month of July is Vogue‘s annual age issue and Stella Tennant graces a somewhat disappointing cover. A regular fixture in the modelling game since the 90s, Stella stands before a bland gray background sporting a simple shirt and trousers combination.
Leave it to our forum members to tell it just like it is. “I just saw this appear on my Instagram feed and it makes me rather sad. I like Stella, I’m very happy to see her land the cover but I mean, come on. This magazine is devoid of fashion content when it comes to their covers. I get that it’s about ‘ageless style’ but even so. New blood is needed soon,” honeycombchild shared.
“Looks like a supplement cover, it’s extremely dull. Hate what she’s wearing too,” added gossiping.
HeatherAnne was left less than impressed too. “I love Stella, but wow, they have her looking like a dull stiff here,” she complained.
“Well…this is painfully boring!” agreed Bobby153.
Also not feeling it was nataliaapple who exclaimed, “This… is really bad. That top looks like a work shirt from Banana Republic. Where’s the styling? Where’s the excitement? Where’s the fashion? This would be better suited for Time than the cover of Vogue U.K. Just bad.”
Les_Sucettes wasn’t showing much enthusiasm either. “When I saw her name I knew it would be dull, she always was a boring model, but even for my low expectations this is extremely dull and Alexandra is a dull editor. Her idea of fashion is rooted in a sort of middle class poshness that is eye wateringly bland.”
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Abercrombie can add another loss to its collection of court cases now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former Abercrombie applicant Samantha Elauf, who said she was not hired by the retailer because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons.
In 2008, Elauf interviewed with an assistant manager of one of the retailer’s locations, who assumed she was wearing her scarf for religious reasons. When the assistant manager went to the district manager to confirm the hire, Elauf was passed over because her scarf was deemed in violation of the retailer’s look policy.
Abercrombie’s legal team argued that the retailer should not be responsible for discerning whether or not a head scarf is worn for religious reasons, as it could lead to stereotyping and that Elauf should have notified them that she needed an exception made for her. Justice Scalia said that Abercrombie’s aversion to hiring Elauf was “synonymous with refusing to accommodate the religious practice,” as it was clear that she was not hired in order for Abercrombie to avoid making an exception for her.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took the case on behalf of Elauf, who won by an 8-1 ruling. The court also mentioned that Elauf didn’t need to let Abercrombie know that an exception needed to be made to the look policy in order to accommodate her religious beliefs.
Victims and families of the Rana Plaza building collapse may finally get some justice. Today, a Bangladesh court charged 41 people involved with the disaster with murder – including the owner Sohel Rana. If convicted, all will face the death penalty. Government officials and owners of other factories in the complex are also included in the group, which lead investigator Krishna Kar blames for the disaster. “All 41 of them have collective responsibility for this mass killing of more than 1,100 innocent people,” he said.
The parties are charged with mass killing and also flagrantly ignoring codes and committing the violations that led up to the building’s ultimate collapse. It is alleged that the building and factory owners were well aware of the risks involved with allowing people to work in an unstable building, risks that were clearly ignored. Rana Plaza is considered to be one of the worst factory disasters in the world.
The BBC notes it has taken over two years for formal charges to be brought forth to the responsible parties, many of whom have close political ties. Hopefully, in the end, justice will be served.
If you’re in Toronto this week, head over to the city’s cooler-than-thou Parkdale digs for decor and designer accessories.
Whether you’re looking for a homey lighting fixture or the perfect dangly necklace, the Toronto Designers Market promises to fill your shopping bag with pretty conversation starters, created by the city’s top artists such as Adam Fullerton, Dee de Lara Jewelry, Krane and many others.
Founded by entrepreneur Joshua James, the market brings together more than 38 artists under one roof, a new design hub dedicated to showcasing the very best in local products that is destined to become a landmark for designers and design-lovers alike.
The Toronto Designers Market