- Amal Clooney has found a fan in Julia Roberts. [Stylist]
- This restaurant is serving Hello Kitty dim sum. [CNN]
- What a surprise (not really): A study shows that showing clothes on average-size models can actually be good for business. [Marie Claire]
- Rob Lowe is obsessed with the “dadbod” concept. [The Cut]
- This PSA compares high fashion to prison in order to raise awareness about child labor. [Adweek]
- Beyoncé has thrown support behind Hillary Clinton, so now the Beyhive knows who to vote for. [@HillaryClinton]
- Solange Knowles debuted new song “Rise” written for the cities of Baltimore and Ferguson. [Rap-Up]
Ever since the start of 2015, we’ve noticed a decline in Vogue Spain‘s creativity. Forum members began to rant about just how mediocre and tiresome the magazine had become, but after the release of its June 2015 issue, we’re beginning to see signs of improvement. Cameron Russell makes a splash on Spanish Vogue‘s latest, captured by Miguel Reveriego with Belen Antolin on styling duties.
Forum members began to voice their opinions as soon as the cover broke. “It’s so good to finally see a Vogue Espana cover that’s true to their form! Zero gimmick, just the model, the fashion and the beauty! This is the kind of cover from them that I loved and it’s so good to see it back. Fantastic!” applauded MON.
“Much better than the previous covers,” contributed eneroenero.
Echoing the same sentiments was gossiping: “Woooow! So many good covers lately. This is amazing.”
“I love everything about this cover. But I do not like her face, she is a beautiful girl and Miguel is a great photographer but I think this is not the best shot of Cameron,” shared GlamVal, feeling a little disappointed.
Benn98 felt underwhelmed, too. “This looks really dated. I love Cameron and it’s a good cover for Vogue Spain, but it looks like something lifted from their 2000’s vault. What bothers me most is that the art direction doesn’t match what they’ve done so far,” he shared.
Also not a fan of the design was blueorchid: “Looks like Vogue Portugal…”
“I’m surprised! Cameron is always beautiful on Vogue covers, almost always flawless. What went wrong?” asked fashionlover2001.
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We can’t lie – we’re huge fans of Opening Ceremony’s footwear range. Its hip, edgy, directional offerings never cease to excite and you can count on its shoe collaborations to bring a refreshing twist to old classics. It looks like the retailer is about to expand its footwear category with the help of Aldo Group’s Aldo Product Services. Opening Ceremony has signed a global licensing agreement with the Canada-based company for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. Opening Ceremony previously had an agreement with Six London, whose brands include Marcus Lupfer, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and more.
Though OC has a brand new deal with a brand new company, the retailer will continue designing footwear in-house while Aldo handles production and manufacturing. So while the aesthetic we’re used to from Opening Ceremony might not change, the people actually putting the shoes together will.
Opening Ceremony co-founder Carol Lim explained the new agreement: “We are committed to growing this category and it was important for us to expand into areas in the footwear line that we previously were not able to access due to production constraints. With APS, we don’t run into those types of issues anymore.”
[via Business of Fashion]
Mayor Bill de Blasio is the latest to take initiative to help change the sweatshop-like working conditions manicurists in New York City endure. According to The New York Times, wage violations and licensing issues are generally under the jurisdiction of the state, but de Blasio is looking to do his part for the cause. Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would be taking action, investigating salons and creating new rules to protect workers from the health risks associated with being around nail products day in and day out. He also mentioned that salons will be held accountable for underpaying employees and will be shut down if they do not supply back wages.
As there is only so much the city can do, de Blasio’s initiative seems to mostly be centered around spreading information to workers. The mayor has proposed a “day of action” this Thursday, where 500 city employees and volunteers will go to nail salons around the city, educating workers of their rights and reminding employers of their duties. They hope to reach out to 800-1,000 salons. Letters to salon owners reminding them that they are required to give paid sick leave will also be mailed out.
Though the city’s actions are limited, de Blasio has enlisted the Department of Consumer Affairs to investigate salons, testing to see if “nontoxic” or “3-free” nail polish products actually contain harmful chemicals. If the products are found to have such ingredients, manufacturers will be subpoenaed. The Department of Consumer Affairs has also started a petition aimed at the Personal Care Products Council to ban the offending ingredients and has written the FDA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to do so as well.
It is heartening to see that the government is just as appalled by the flagrant abuses and exploitation of manicurists in the area. It is wonderful that both city and state offices are actually working to right these wrongs, instead of simply paying lip service to the issue. Hopefully, we can eradicate the exploitation that has become the status quo of the New York nail industry.
Donna Karan International is going through a lot of changes. Late last month, Public School designers Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow were announced as the new creative directors of the DKNY brand. The company also hired Apple’s Hector Muelas to fill the newly-created chief image officer role. Today, we get news of more shakeups from DKI. Their chief of marketing and PR Patti Cohen has decided to step down after over 30 years at the company.
With the announcement of Osbourne, Chow and Muelas’ appointments, DKI said that Patti’s role would shift to executive vice president of global public relations and communications. It is for this reason that the news comes as a bit of a surprise. It is not yet clear if DKI will be hiring someone to fill Cohen’s vacated seat, though after such a long stint at the company, she will undoubtedly be impossible to replace.
Tom Ford’s plans for his forthcoming Nocturnal Animals film have hit a snag now that George Clooney has removed himself from the project. Clooney was supposed to produce the film, but he recently pulled out, blaming scheduling conflicts for his exit. “No falling out at all. It was just scheduling…We just couldn’t do it when he [Tom] needed to go,” Clooney told Page Six, contrary to rumors that he and Ford were parting ways over creative differences.
Ford is said to have tapped Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal to star in the film, based on the book Tony and Susan. The movie won’t follow the plot line of the novel completely, as Ford’s said he’s added his own revisions to the film, which was supposed to be produced by Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures.
Ford’s turnaround time to get the film out is apparently rather tight. That’s on top of his other day job, designing. He has his duties to his namesake label and as WWD mentioned, needs to shoot the film between September 15 and December. The designer/director didn’t seem worried about the short schedule, saying, “I only need six weeks.”