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Fast Retailing’s CEO Speaks on Chinese Factory Conditions

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Fast Retailing’ founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai has come forward to comment on the unsatisfactory conditions at two supplier factories in China for their Uniqlo brand. SACOM, or Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, did an investigation that uncovered a dubious environment for the underpaid workers, which included sewage-flooded floors and overheated workspaces.

“I’m very surprised by the conditions [of workers],” Yanai said. “We had done other investigations before, so I am very surprised and disappointed that those conditions exist in those instances.” SACOM found that employees at the  Fast Retailing supplier factories in question were paid a third less than other workers in the area. They also found that employees were not given their due overtime  – they received only time and a half, not the appropriate compensation of twice their regular rate.

Yanai calls the woeful situation an “exception,” reassuring everyone that Chinese factories aren’t typically kept in such woeful shape or are run with such recklessness. Fast Retailing already ordered the factories to make changes late last week and we’re hoping they will follow through.

[via WWD]

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Sasha Pivovarova Is the Star of Frame Denim’s Chic Spring 2015 Campaign

Ad Campaign Frame Denim Spring 2015 Sasha Pivovarova

IMAGES: COURTESY OF Frame Denim

Ever since 2012, Frame Denim has been everyone from Rihanna to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s go-to place for jeans with quality and good heritage. Now with over 600 retailing spaces worldwide, Frame Denim is gearing up to present its Spring 2015 collection. Following in the footsteps of Andreea Diaconu and Erin Wasson, Sasha Pivovarova helps showcase the new denim range. Sasha stands effortlessly in the studio for photographer and Frame Denim co-founder Erik Torstensson as he captures the Russian model for the newly released advertising campaign. Above is the double-page spread version of the fashion spots, Sasha’s timeless black and white full-length portrait on the left and Frame Denim’s emblem layered over a tranquil landscape setting on the right, creating a modern contrast between the two images.

Like what you see? Check out Frame Denim’s full Spring 2015 campaign inside our thread here.

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Kim Kardashian’s Lady Bits Are Featured on the Cover of Her New Book and LOVE Magazine

Today in Kim Kardashian lady bits news, we get a two-for with a chance to see both her T&A, although not in the same place.

Kim is kindly publishing a book filled with 1,000 of her selfies, aptly titled Selfish, which is due to hit shelves in May. Today, she released the cover image for the book via Instagram and of course, Mrs. West couldn’t simply put any ol’ photo on the cover. The woman who bared her butt for Paper magazine would surely have something more arresting than a modest selfie in the kitchen as the lead image for her tome. The star, whose dark chocolate locks are slicked with water, dons a bra top exposing plenty of cleavage, her head turned slightly to the side as she pouts for the camera. But mostly, you see boobs.

“Thank you Rizzoli for making this happen & being the best partner,” she captioned the image. “A big thank you to the Donda team & Kanye for inspiring this idea & helping to design this book so I can share a decade of selfies in such an intimate & artistic way! Can’t wait for you to all see this book! Xo #Selfish #Rizzoli #Donda.”

Don’t worry, guys, Kim’s famous butt also got some glory today. It was rumored that the reality star would be naked in her spread for LOVE magazine, and this image, which the Mirror says was posted to LOVE‘s Instagram before being removed, proves it. Behold: Kim’s ass, once again, this time from afar.  (more…)

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Chloë Grace Moretz and Kid Cudi Star in the Latest Coach Dreamers Campaign

Images: Courtesy Coach

Images: Courtesy of Coach

Coach has tapped a new crop of celebrities for its second Coach Dreamers campaign. Chloë Grace Moretz and Kid Cudi star in the brand’s latest ads, lensed by Mikael Jansson. The campaign has a decidedly chill vibe. Kid Cudi is pictured lounging in both of his shots with an attractive printed messenger bag in one and a Marsala-hued backpack in the other. Chloë is the image of a carefree, stylish teen, riding a bike, sipping ice water, braiding her hair — of course toting her own Coach carryalls all the while.

“The Coach Dreamers are passionate, creative individuals with original talent who lead their lives in an individual, unexpected way,” Creative Director Stuart Vevers said. “Chloe’s free-spirited attitude and spontaneity makes her a perfect incarnation of the Coach Spring ’15 girl, while Kid Cudi’s effortless ease and coolness could not better embody the spirit of the Spring ’15 men’s collection.”

Check out all the images in the gallery below. (more…)

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Check Out Dakota Johnson on Vogue’s February Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’ve been speculating for months inside the Cover Rumor Thread that Dakota Johnson could possibly front an issue of Vogue with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, due out on Valentine’s Day. Confirming our suspicions, the cover leaked early on our forums and now Vogue has officially released the February 2015 cover alongside Dakota’s feature earlier today. Captured by Mario Testino, the 25-year-old actress wears a black jumpsuit from Balenciaga, selected by Tonne Goodman.

US Vogue February 2015 Dakota Johnson Mario Testino

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

What do our forum members think of Dakota’s first Vogue cover? “Boring, this cover is more appropriate of Teen Vogue or Seventeen,” said burbuja8910 within moments of the thread being active.

“Dull brown cover. And I want to see more of the clothes. You could almost use this as a passport photo,” added Nymphaea.

HeatherAnne was far from impressed: “It seems like they were going for a Jessica Miller type vibe with her, but it falls flat. I know we all say this every month, but seriously a million other more deserving women than Johnson… but Wintour loves the rich white girls from prominent families, so I’m not shocked.”

Is the cover shot too boring? Forum member t-rex suggested something to liven up the shot: “The straight hair is bad – looks like extensions. I wish Dakota was smiling, she has a really warm, glowing smile.”

“Oh, no.. It’s the worst cover [of] US Vogue I have ever seen,” declared narcyza.

“I don’t even have an opinion on this… It’s as bland as it gets. This magazine has been dead for years,” Creative responded.

Could this be the most boring and generic cover of Vogue yet? Check out Dakota’s cover story alongside the content of the issue inside the thread here.

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Alessandro Michele Will Most Likely Be Gucci’s Next Creative Director

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, WWD reports that Gucci will be making the announcement that Alessandro Michele, its head accessories designer, will be named the new creative director at the label. Michele has been noted as one of Frida Giannini’s likely successors, seeming more likely than other names like Tom Ford, who was briefly rumored to possibly be returning to the Italian fashion house (a rep for Ford denied the claims). Yesterday, it was reported that the Gucci team was making last-minute changes to Giannini’s work for the label’s fall menswear offering and that Michele took the lead on the redesign.

Gucci still has to make an official announcement, but things are looking really good for Michele right about now.

[via WWD]

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