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Kanye West Pisses Off Fashion Designers with Last-Minute NYFW Show

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Kanye West might have grand plans to run for president, but he’ll probably struggle to get designer Anne Bowen and Naeem Khan’s vote.

The musician/designer/aspiring politician has caused quite the headache for the two labels, scheduling his last-minute Kanye West x Adidas Originals Collection (Yeezy Season 2) show at the same time as their shows on September 16 at noon.

Anne’s not impressed, implying to WWD that Kanye’s getting preferential treatment because of his celebrity status. “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor and commitment cost to our company,” she explained of the nuisance. (more…)

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Jessica Gomes Splits From Modelling Agency, Stars in Chinese Rapper’s New Music Video

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Jessica Gomes has tackled the tricky transformation from bikini to fashion model over the years, but now she’s splitting from the agency which helped her make the shift.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Jessica has said goodbye to Chic Management, with an agency representative confirming that the company is no longer representing the Perth-born model.

She’s instead part of Women/360 Management in the US, and a David Jones spokeswoman said that Jessica is not actively seeking new Australian management. (more…)

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A Fired Radio Host Is Suing Taylor Swift After Groping Accusations

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A former radio DJ has “Bad Blood” with the one and only Taylor Swift, alleging that claims he “grabbed her bottom” eventuated in him getting fired. 

CNN reports that in June 2013 Colarado’s David Mueller attended a Swift meet-and-greet at her concert backstage with girlfriend and co-worker Shannon Melcher, which is when and where representatives for Swift say the alleged incident took place.

Mueller was there on official work business for radio station KYGO. The couple had their picture taken with Swift, as you do at a meet-and-greet, but the pop star claims Mueller lifted her “skirt with his hands and grabbed her bottom.”  Mueller has denied any such incident took place. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Taylor Swift Wins an Emmy, Vivica A. Fox Is Going to Be on ‘Empire’

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  • That time Vivienne Westwood rolled up to Prime Minister David Cameron’s house in a tank. [BuzzFeed]
  • Riccardo Tisci talks castings and his obsession with “Latino America.” [Oyster
  • The YouTube star who put out that fat-shaming video just lost a job because of it. [zap2it]
  • Taylor Swift is an Emmy winner. We would have loved to see her “surprised” face hearing that news. [Page Six]
  • Ralph Rucci is back in fashion, doing made-to-order pieces. [Page Six]
  • Jessica Alba addresses The Honest Company‎’s current woes. [WWD]
  • This season’s crop of contenders for House of DVF are a bit more experienced than last year’s class. [Fashionista]
  • Vivica A. Fox joins the cast of Empire as Cookie Lyon’s older sister. [EW]

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Joan Smalls Wants Fashion to Stop Acting Like Consumers Are Only White

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Like many of us, Joan Smalls is not here for fashion’s diversity problem, i.e., there being so little diversity that season after season we’re able to do full reports on how bad it is. You would think that by now the fashion world at large would take a hint and realize that including more nonwhite models of varying sizes in campaigns and on the runways may ultimately be beneficial, but it seems so many are dedicated to selling the idea that whiteness and thinness are the be-all, end-all of beauty. 

[ Diversity Report: Are Fall Fashion Ads as White as You Think? ]

Joan chatted with Styleite about the issue, saying she thinks the industry needs to take it upon itself to reflect the diversity of the world, as fashion companies are indeed trying to sell their wares to a diverse group of people. Surely, fashion brands love the dollars they get from people of all colors and sizes, but don’t seem to be too committed to actually representing some of the people keeping them in business.

[ Diversity Report: How the Fall Runways Really Stack Up ]

“I feel like the fashion world owes that social responsibility to people to see themselves on the runway or in high fashion. Everybody’s a consumer. Not just a particular gender or a particular race,” she said. “When you’re in middle America or the middle of the world, you want to see the fashion. You want to say oh my god that girl is so beautiful, you know, you can identify with the girl because you’re familiar and it gives hope instead of pushing an idea of what beauty is or a stereotype of what beauty is. Beauty is different shapes, different colors, different backgrounds. I think that’s what beautiful [sic].”

Once again, Joan nails it. Like it or not, people of all races and sizes consume fashion, so why shouldn’t they be represented? 

[via Styleite]