Way before Gigi Hadid stormed the catwalk in a teeny weeny Tommy Hilfiger bikini, the brand’s sexiest pieces were logo-banded boxers, baggy jeans and bandeau tops. It was the 90s and the late R&B singer and style icon Aaliyah had just ushered in the era of the Tommy Hilfiger tomboy.
Perry Ellis Fall 2015 Mens Runway Show; image: Imaxtree
The lack of diversity in advertising is an enduring problem in the fashion industry. Of the 460 fashion print ads for Fall 2015, 84.7% of models cast were white and only 4.4% were black, according to our recent diversity report. These alarming stats are often explained away with weightless claims that a designer wants a “uniform look” or doesn’t have enough models of color to choose from. For Perry Ellis, the motive behind whitewashed ads is pure racism, according to the brand’s head of sales.
Joseph Cook, a senior executive at Perry Ellis for three years, is suing the company for both racist and anti-gay discrimination, specifically calling out the company’s future CEO, Oscar Feldenkreis, the son of Perry Ellis International founder George. Cook, who reveals that he is gay in the lawsuit, alleges that Feldenkreis specifically requested “no blacks” or “anyone who looked too gay” in Perry Ellis ads, and the discrimination didn’t stop there. The lawsuit claims Perry Ellis implements a classification system in which skin color is ranked by numbers. Feldenkreis is reportedly so comfortable spewing hate speech that he suggested Cook tell officials “you hate n—ers and f-gs” to avoid jury duty. Cook believes Feldenkreis’ tactics go unchecked because of “dominant family control” of the business as his sister and daughter are both directors at the brand.
A lawyer for Perry Ellis released a statement refuting these allegations, saying, “Perry Ellis is a company that promotes equal opportunity and a positive working environment. The company is proud of the fact that it is probably one of the most diverse companies in the apparel business following its multicultural roots, stemming from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Perry Ellis categorically denies any allegations to the contrary. The claims that have been asserted will be vigorously defended against.”
It’s harrowing to think that these discriminatory practices may go on behind the scenes at fashion brands, but it also helps to explain why diversity fails to increase significantly season after season. In order to see diversity in a brand’s ads, we must first tackle the company culture that allows bigotry to foster in the first place.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner really are becoming the kweens of kollaborations, with Forever New announcing that the sisters have created a kapsule kollection with the chain retailer.
Designed by the reality stars, the limited-edition collection will comprise of 19 directional party looks which stay true to Forever New’s soft and feminine tailoring.
Available in Australia, online and internationally, the range sticks to a modern palette of muted blush, black and white, accented with a signature leopard-inspired print, across a mix of separates, playsuits and structured dresses. (more…)
The Bachelorette fans absolutely lost it last night when Daily Mail Australia published photos of Sam Frost and winner Sasha Mielczarek just hours before the show’s finale.
The photos of Sam and Sasha cuddling by the window at Sydney’s Darling Hotel were published on the Daily Mail Australia website just after 5 p.m. yesterday, spoiling the ending for viewers who had waited five weeks for the results.
News.com.au reports that Channel 10 quickly filed an injunction in the Supreme Court of New South Wales to have the photos and subsequent article removed from Daily Mail Australia‘s social channels and website. (more…)
Sartorially speaking, there are a few things that come to mind when one thinks of Drake: Cosby sweaters, turtlenecks, full eyebrows and full beards. Now, we can add a designer lipstick to the mix thanks to Tom Ford’s new lippie, named after the Canadian rapper himself.
The ‘Drake’ lipstick is a rich yet muted burgundy shade, perhaps an ode to the soft pastel backgrounds in Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video. It’s part of the Lips & Boys collection, which celebrates significant men in Tom Ford’s life. Retailing for $40, the lipstick is currently limited-edition but Tom Ford might make it permanent because…YOLO. (more…)