- This LOFT video about exercising in Saran Wrap has pissed off the Internet. [Jezebel]
- Hey, ladies, want a beauty gadget that points out all your flaws? Didn’t think so. [Independent]
- This reflective clothing line will ruin paparazzi pictures. [The Cut]
- Ralph Lauren opened a restaurant in NYC. [Hypebeast]
- Daily Front Row names Gigi Hadid model of the year. [Page Six]
- Rick Ross tattooed the Miami Heat logo to his face. Guess he’s a real big fan? [Page Six]
- Congratulations are in order for Public School, which took home the International Woolmark Prize for menswear. [ABC News]
- Brooklyn Beckham scores a fashion campaign. [Grazia]
- A woman in the U.K. has a rare syndrome that causes her to fall asleep for up to 22 hours a day over several weeks. [BBC]
Saks Fifth Avenue finds itself in some legal hot water as Leyth O. Jamal, a former employee, says she was fired from the company in 2012 for being a trans woman. Jamal says she was also harassed through her tenure at the company before being let go because of her orientation.
Were you thinking, “Wait, that sounds illegal?” Sure you were. But don’t tell that to Saks. Saks wants to throw away Jamal’s suit because it believes that trans people are not protected against such discrimination under the law. The retailer cites Title VII of 1964’s Civil Rights Act, which bars companies from discriminating against employees based on sex (as well as other factors). Under the title, “Unlawful Employment Practices,” the text reads that it is illegal “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
Saks believes that this does not include transgendered people and it is therefore within its legal right to terminate Jamal based on her trans status. Unfortunately for Saks, Slate notes that the Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission consider trans people protected under this law as do several courts, so technically, yes, it is quite illegal to discriminate against Jamal in this way.
The Human Rights Campaign has responded by suspending Saks’ Corporate Equality Index score, which was quite high until this debacle. Saks’ lawyers have dug their feet into the perceived legality of the decision, as has the company, whose SVP for marketing and public relations told BuzzFeed, “We do not comment on matters before the court however, we feel it is important to state that it is Saks Fifth Avenue’s position that we did not discriminate in any way, and the allegations are not supported by the facts known to Saks.”
Saks previously prided itself on being “supportive” of its LGBT employees, but if you’re discriminating against a part of that group, you can’t truly call yourself an ally or supporter. If cisgender homosexuals are covered under the law, logically transgendered people should also be afforded the same protection.
But you know what they say about common sense…
He’s a mentor, a writer, a producer and a fashion visionary. And now Joe Zee will be adding host to his impressive CV as he gets ready to take the stage at the second annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) on January 31 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The native Torontonian (Hong Kong born Zee moved there with his family at the tender age of 1) and current editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Style will also be recognized with the Vanguard Award at the event, which celebrates rising and established Canadian fashion stars.
Zee’s illustrious career includes posts at W magazine as fashion director, creative director of ELLE as well as regular appearances on reality TV series like The City and his own Sundance Channel series All On The Line. He’s worked with fashion luminaries like Patrick Demarchelier and Annie Leibovitz, and has styled the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez. And it’s thanks to these massive accomplishments, as well as his continued support of the Canadian fashion industry, that led CAFA founders Vicky Milner, Brittney Kuczynski and Susan Hart to approach Zee about hosting this year’s awards.
“CAFA is starting a movement in Canada and creating a platform for the future of Canadian fashion,” Zee said in a statement. “I’m so honoured to be a part of this amazing event that recognizes exceptional Canadian fashion and design talent here in Canada and around the world.”
Roots Co-Founders Michael Budman and Don Green will act as the CAFA’s 2015 Honorary Chairs.
Balenciaga is one of those fashion houses that usually creates a lot of buzz, whether it be Alexander Wang showcasing his latest collection or the release of the brand’s new advertising campaign. But what went wrong with Balenciaga’s Spring 2015 campaign? Our forums were treated to an exclusive preview of the fashion spots earlier this week and were left disappointed. Moving on from Gisele Bündchen, Wang tapped Sasha Pivovarova for the new mainline campaign, shot by Steven Klein. The concept has been used once before by Klein and we’re frankly a little bored.
Members of our forums aren’t afraid to voice their opinions. “Balenciaga is boring and irrelevant now. I want to see color, all the ads look so dead, and the clothes are so Wang. Now everything looks like Ghesquière’s crumbs. You need to be more than a ‘creative director’ to manage a house like this, you need vision, and that’s something that Alexander Wang doesn’t have. It’s sad,” expressed FelipeV.
“The ugly clothes ruin everything!” added reesewu.
Feeling the same way was ALAUU: “Pretty lackluster in comparison to previous seasons.”
“If this was 5 years ago it would be exciting but at this point who cares about Balenciaga anymore? All I see is a bored looking model and bad clothes and accessories. Next!” proclaimed GivenchyHomme.
“Terrible. Straight hair makes her look like a ghost,” commented coutugh, who wasn’t a fan of the styling.
“Stale. I think my interest in Balenciaga is over,” shared gossiping.
Are you bored with Balenciaga this season? Await more campaign images and join the discussion here.
The shop, which opened in 1925, carries wares from high-end designers across the globe, outfitting well-heeled men and women in labels like Haider Ackermann, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler and more. Debi Greenberg, owner of the company and descendant of the founder, says she will close the store for good in order to pursue other projects.
“Business is on point at our current location with steady year-over-year growth, but after 25 years of extensive travel to Paris, London and New York five months a year in search of the world’s finest clothing, it is simply time to change direction and turn my attention to projects and passions outside the retail arena,” she told WWD.
Sounds like she was just getting tired and decided to leave the game. Nonetheless, it is still quite a shame to see such a landmark store shut down. Head over to the shop before it closes in July if you want a last piece of Boston retail history.
There’s a lot going on in the world today that just makes us want to quit it all, but at least Tiffany & Co. is here to give us a glimmer of faith in humanity. The jeweler has released its engagement campaign and for the first time, it’s featuring a same-sex couple. Though we don’t know the names of the (very handsome) pair, we do know that they’re a real NYC couple.
London Fog is another brand who recently used a same-sex couple, actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka, for its 2014 Holiday campaign. The shots were so adorable we almost teared up (almost), but these new Tiffany ads might just put us over the edge.
The rest of the campaign features members from the model set, Cora Emmanuel, Andreea Diaconu and more, but if we’re being completely honest, we think these guys really steal the show.