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Dov Charney Fired from American Apparel

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Image: WireImage/Getty Images

It seems to be a big week for the fashion industry's resident creep-os. First, New York Magazine published a profile on Terry Richardson, which convinced pretty much no one that he's not a predator, and now, Dov Charney is feeling the fire, as he has finally been ousted from his position as CEO of American Apparel.

It's been widely reported that Dov Charney's been up to a lot of suspect behavior over the years, but after an "ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct" by the company's board of directors, they came to the conclusion that they could no longer have him at the helm of the label and voted him out.

If the several accusations of sexual abuse and more than a few lawsuits brought against him weren't enough of a hint that perhaps something fishy was going on, this profile for Jane magazine, written by Claudine Ko, should have been enough to at least suspend the now-ousted CEO. There was this little gem when Charney pulled himself out in the middle of an interview to pleasure himself: "And thus begins another compulsive episode of what Dov likes to call self pleasure, during which we casually carry on our interview, discussing things like business models, hiring practices and the stupidity of focus groups. 'Masturbation in front of women is underrated,' Dov explains to me later over the phone. 'It's much easier on the woman. She gets to watch, it's a sensual experience that doesn't involve a man violating a woman, yet once the man has his release, it's over and you can talk to the guy.'"

Ick. According to Allan Mayer, the company's new co-chairman, "New information had come to light," which sparked them to dig deeper. If Charney's dismissal seems to be coming a little late considering his past, Mayer says that the company was aware of the several accusations made against the former CEO, but "a board can’t make decisions on the basis of rumors and stories in newspapers."

Charney himself is reportedly shocked that he's been ousted. As a source told the LA Times, “He’s going to fight like hell to get this company back, but he won’t succeed."

American Apparel has been floundering as a company for the past several years. Perhaps by dropping the pervy Charney, they might have a better chance at recovering from the $106.3 million loss they experienced in 2013.

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International Clothing Company Brandy Melville Allegedly Steals Work from Tasmanian Artist

With over 28 stores around the world, plus a huge celebrity cult following including Kristen Stewart and Kendall Jenner, it would seem like American-based fashion label Brandy Melville can do no wrong. But a regional Tasmanian artist and blogger has taken to Tumblr in her bid to prove otherwise.

Laura McMahon, with an artist name of Brain Foetus, has told her blog followers that the hugely popular Brandy Melville "elin moon tears embroidery top" is actually just a copy of her own artwork — a conclusion that can easily be made when comparing the two designs side by side. Deeming the act as "intellectual property theft," the emerging artist said she hasn't seen any recognition from the brand, despite her best efforts.

"After contacting Brandy Melville I was confident that the issue would get resolved," McMahon wrote. "However after months of chasing them for a resolution, all the while having faith in their professionalism, I must out them as a company that is making profit from someone else’s hard work and creative thinking — while no credit or financial compensation has been provided."

Brain Feotus is quickly garnering support from the online community, with an increasing amount of people sharing her Tumblr link to the Brandy Melville Facebook page or publicly making harsh accusations against the brand. Tumblr user katemcdonough wrote on Brain Foetus' Tumblr: "I'm so sorry to hear what Brandy Melville did to you! As a fellow artist it makes me extremely angry to hear stories like yours… I sent them a message to let them know what they did is illegal and hurtful."

No public comments have been made from the Brandy Melville team at this stage.

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Link Buzz: Runway Fashion as Nail Art; Jamie Peck Responds to Terry Richardson

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    There's a pretty impressive nail art version of the Dsquared2 Spring 2014 dress pictured here, and you can DIY it. [BellaSugar]
  • Apparently some people enjoy matching their lipstick to their sunglasses. What a world. [FabSugar]
  • Rachel Zoe on short shorts and neon minis: NO. Just no. [HuffPoStyle]
  • Hilary Clinton and Ralph Lauren had a lovefest. [Racked]
  • On using "you're fat" as an insult. [Fashionista]
  • Model and writer Jamie Peck responds to the recent Terry Richardson profile. [TheGuardian]

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Look Magazine Collaborates with Little Mistress

We know that nothing quite beats the feeling of reading breaking fashion news within our forums, but it’s also great to turn to our favourite weekly glossies for the latest happenings. 

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One of our favourite weekly reads, Look magazine, has announced an exciting collaboration with the retailer Little Mistress. Look has actively worked with its in-house designers to produce a capsule collection filled with oh-so-pretty dresses, which is perfect for that time of the year when you’re swamped with wedding invites.

From striking colourblocks in royal blues to classic cream hues or summer-ready florals, they’ve got your summer occasion dress needs covered. A standout piece is a very Florence Welch feeling metallic wrap dress, which might be a little OTT for a wedding, but nonetheless a great summer party essential!     

Price points range from around £58 to £70, and the collection is available at Little Mistress.

Images: Look 

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Lupita Nyong’o Looks ‘Better Than Ever in Print’ for Her First Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

After much anticipation in the Cover Rumor Thread in the forums, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has landed herself her first cover of Vogue. Photographed by Mikael Jansson (his first Vogue cover shoot too!) and styled by Phyllis Posnick, Lupita is showcasing Prada's Fall 2014 collection on the front of the issue.

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Surprisingly, forum members are on the fence regarding the finished result. "Yes! I am thrilled to see Lupita on the cover; she looks absolutely radiant smiling! The cover story is just as gorgeous," commented Nepenthes, clearly in favor of the shoot.

"What a gorgeous cover. She looks fantastic (better than ever in print) and the photography is just great and the dress looks perfectly styled on her. I'm sold." enthused jmrmartinho.

GlamorousBoy shared the same sentiments: "The best US Vogue cover in months!"

Not everyone has the same outlook, however. "The cover just looks like it was fan made! If the background wasn't blurred it would be fantastic because she looks gorgeous. The spread has such nice shots, amazing to see Jansson score his first US Vogue cover, don't understand why she is on the cover already, but whatever, love her," wrote Miss Dalloway.

"Very fan-made. And it looks like her Marie Claire cover," shared Srdjan.

Eneroenero wasn't feeling the cover either and wrote, "Horrible! Lupita is so modern and the cover is nothing, what is this attitude?"

Check out the accompanying cover story and post your own opinion inside the thread here.

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Pharrell Williams’ G-Star RAW Line Wins Top Honors at Cannes Lions

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Image: Ivan Nikolov/

By now, so many people are enthralled by Pharrell Williams and his music making, ageless, weird hat-wearing self, that at this point, they're just showering him with some kind of praise–especially in the realm of fashion. So it should come as little surprise that Williams' efforts as creative director of Bionic Yarn and official G-Star collaborator would win him a few honors.

The producer just snapped up two awards at the Cannes Lions festival, the first for his "24 Hours of 'Happy'" video, and another for his RAW for the Oceans denim label, which collected the Grand Prix for the festival's very first Product Design award. 

A collaboration with G-Star RAW, the range is made from fabric crafted from ocean debris. This past season, they got together with Bionic Yarn, which makes material out of old plastic bottles. In this collab, Bionic Yarn supplied bottles made from recycled ocean plastic. The partnership is almost too perfect to be real. Kind of like Pharrell, who still may or may not be a vampire…

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