We've barely made it halfway through the year and another major luxury retailer is being accused of discriminatory practices. Michael McClure, the lone black person in about 200 management positions available in the company, is filing suit against Tiffany & Co., whose practices he says show “racial bias in the belief, conscious or otherwise, that African-Americans are not appropriate ambassadors for the iconic, luxurious and sophisticated Tiffany brand.” Ah, here we go…
McClure has been working for the company since 1993, most recently as a group director whose responsibilities covered more than one Tiffany location. McClure said he'd never received a negative performance review before the company appointed senior vice president for North America, Anthony Ledru, last fall. Ledru requested photographs from all store and group directors, claiming that he would be using them for reference when he traveled from store to store. Come spring, McClure said he'd received a negative review and had been placed on warning for termination, in spite of the fact that the year before one of the stores he was responsible for experienced a 15% boost in sales, and at another, a 1% the following year. His bonus, he adds, was also withheld in spite of the work he'd done.
McClure was clearly none too happy about the review, which he suspected was part of an “apparent agenda to get rid of him from the start and racial bias at Tiffany." He then hired his own lawyer, compelling Tiffany to conduct two internal investigations of their own. But McClure's suspicions of racial bias were confirmed when he received an anonymous internal letter reading: “Shortly after Anthony Ledru visited your market he made a comment to a small group of male market vice presidents that I think you should be made aware of. In reference to you, he expressed a surprise that ‘a black man is representing the Tiffany brand.'”
As you've already guessed, Tiffany firmly denies any kind of bias. “The lawsuit allegations are completely without merit, and the many mischaracterizations will be addressed through the legal process,” the statement said. “We welcome and value diversity in all forms and emphasize personal accountability and professionalism in a respectful and fair work environment.” We'll have to see what unfolds as the case proceeds, but at the very least, perhaps this suit will encourage Tiffany to be more diligent about recruiting people of color in their upper management.
He's not exactly receiving the best press nowadays, and I question whether it's finally starting to show in his work. Vogue Mexico enlisted controversial photographer Terry Richardson to shoot Isabeli Fontana for its June 2014 cover. Fontana strikes a pose with her arms slung up behind her head whilst wearing a dress by The Blonds. Our forum members are not letting this brash cover slide…
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"It looks AWFUL! That dress is so bad it's not even funny and the photography by Terry R is, as always, cheap as usual," comments Bertrando3, clearly not very fond of the cover.
"Really?… Terry Richardson works for Vogue Mexico, well the cover is boring," agreed burbuja8910.
AL92 was in the same frame of mind: "I feel Isabeli, though beautiful, has the propensity to give 'crazy-dead eyes' in her print work and unfortunately this is the case here. That dress she is wearing on the cover is also very, very questionable."
"Terryble," wrote Nepenthes.
MoniqValentino made it clear from the start that she wasn't a fan either: "I'm sorry, but I just hate Terry's work. This cover is awful. Isabeli is so beautiful and on this cover she looks very bad!"
Fotoholic24, on the other hand, admired Mexican Vogue's latest installment: "I'm a HUGE Terry fan, unlike others here at the forum. This is very good news—to me!" I always like to read a difference in opinion, but unfortunately I just cannot agree. This is downright atrocious when you consider Vogue's rich history in fashion photography.
Are you a fan or think all of this is "Terryble" too? Join the discussion here.
Meandher designer Emily Cooper's branching out into womenswear, launching Lady, a footwear collection complementing the line's dapper menswear offerings. The collection is a dream for any girl with a penchant for mixing masculine and feminine. Lady offers a selection of to-die-for oxfords, brogues and even loafers.
Image: Benny Horne, Russh
RUSSH sat down with Cooper to chat about her new collection for the magazine's June/July issue, which model Freja Beha Erichsen covers. Cooper tapped her friend, newlywed Poppy Delevingne to front the campaign. "Poppy exudes cool," Cooper explains. "Born with an innate sense of style and a strong sense of self, [she’s] a modern day English rose but a rebel at heart, never taking herself too seriously. We instantly gravitated to each other–she is the perfect fit."
And indeed she is. The shoes, though some are decidedly boyish, have a feminine charm, rendered in hues of metallic silver, raspberry and even leopard print. More classic options include a pair of simple brown lace-ups, and a patent leather navy blue pair of oxfords. For those who can't be bothered with lace-ups, there are two leather slip-ons in black and navy with a velvet panel. You can shop the selection at Meandher's website.
RUSSH magazine's June/July issue hits newsstands June 5.
Giambattista Valli is expanding his brand, adding a new label to the roster. The designer will unveil his latest line, Giamba, during Milan Fashion Week this September, which he says will run "in parallel to the designer brand." Valli promises this new label will be more "playful, underground and sexy," though he thinks this new side of him will appeal to his current fan base as well as new customers.
Giamba will churn out two main and pre-season collections per year, under the umbrella of GBO, a company Valli set up with Mario Bandiera to oversee ready-to-wear production and now, Giamba collections. We don't know much yet about price points, but I wager Giamba will be slightly less expensive than its main sister label–and significantly less than Valli's couture offerings.
I guess we'll have to wait until September to find out. It'll be exciting to see what Valli has up his sleeve!
As the July issues start to flood the forums, the latest magazine to surface is UK Harper's Bazaar. The July 2014 issue features Emily Blunt, who is currently promoting Edge Of Tomorrow with co-star Tom Cruise. Emily is seen here on this vibrant and summery cover wearing Christopher Kane, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.
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"It's just a bad cover shot of her, her face does look changed, so unless it's a weird angle they caught her from, it was done in post production. It just makes me mad, because you can look at any paparazzi candid or red carpet shot, and this woman is gorgeous, needs NO messing with her face!" commented Miss Dalloway.
"My thoughts exactly. Most of the paparazzi pics of Emily are much better than this," replied Nymphaea.
Tinsley V shared the same sentiments: "Yikes. This makeup is very wrong for her. I think that's what's giving off this overly Photoshopped vibe. She has a slightly larger mouth and nose which are more exaggerated by the bold lip … the light eye makeup draws even more attention to the bottom half of the face and then the eyebrows are too heavy."
"Oh my, she looks like two different people from the cover to the editorial. In love with that landscape shot of her in green. The colour palette is certainly fresh and a nice change from all the dowdy covers we've been seeing lately, but that is not a good angle/post-production work," agreed Cosmic Voices.
However, not everyone agrees. Forum member ohmycolin enthused, "This cover is sosososososo gorgeous, I absolutely adore the colour scheme, nice and a fresh and airy and summery and Emily looks radiant!"
Check out the thread for previews of Emily's cover story and join the discussion here.
If you cast your minds back to the beginning of the year, you’ll remember that Mulberry issued a profit warning reporting that it had severely suffered over the holidays, and many were left guessing that its luxury price tag was finally becoming a little too much for the brand. Fast forward almost six months and a new, more affordable collection is born.
It’s always great to splash out on an extra expensive piece of arm candy but can most of us realistically justify spending up to £2000 on a new handbag? The news of a range that’s still an investment, yet not so crippling on the purse strings, has been well received by the majority, save for the odd bag snob who refuses to pay so little for Mulberry. Years ago, when Mulberry initially launched, its price points were nowhere near as steep as they are now and the new Tessie range, which starts at a much more reasonable £495, is reminiscent of the brand's earlier pricing.
Nail the mini bag trend with the mini small satchel or opt for the classic full size. Or, choose between a casual cool slouchy hobo and a smart shopper. You can view the collection in a choice of timeless colourways online at Mulberry here.