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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Muslim Woman Denied a Job at Abercrombie for Her Head Scarf

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Image: Getty

Abercrombie can add another loss to its collection of court cases now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former Abercrombie applicant Samantha Elauf, who said she was not hired by the retailer because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons.

In 2008, Elauf interviewed with an assistant manager of one of the retailer’s locations, who assumed she was wearing her scarf for religious reasons. When the assistant manager went to the district manager to confirm the hire, Elauf was passed over because her scarf was deemed in violation of the retailer’s look policy.

Abercrombie’s legal team argued that the retailer should not be responsible for discerning whether or not a head scarf is worn for religious reasons, as it could lead to stereotyping and that Elauf should have notified them that she needed an exception made for her. Justice Scalia said that Abercrombie’s aversion to hiring Elauf was “synonymous with refusing to accommodate the religious practice,” as it was clear that she was not hired in order for Abercrombie to avoid making an exception for her.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took the case on behalf of Elauf, who won by an 8-1 ruling. The court also mentioned that Elauf didn’t need to let Abercrombie know that an exception needed to be made to the look policy in order to accommodate her religious beliefs.

[vai CNN, Bloomberg]

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Rana Plaza Owner and Others Charged with Murder

Rana Plaza Collapse

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Victims and families of the Rana Plaza building collapse may finally get some justice. Today, a Bangladesh court charged 41 people involved with the disaster with murder – including the owner Sohel Rana. If convicted, all will face the death penalty. Government officials and owners of other factories in the complex are also included in the group, which lead investigator Krishna Kar blames for the disaster. “All 41 of them have collective responsibility for this mass killing of more than 1,100 innocent people,” he said

The parties are charged with mass killing and also flagrantly ignoring codes and committing the violations that led up to the building’s ultimate collapse. It is alleged that the building and factory owners were well aware of the risks involved with allowing people to work in an unstable building, risks that were clearly ignored. Rana Plaza is considered to be one of the worst factory disasters in the world. 

The BBC notes it has taken over two years for formal charges to be brought forth to the responsible parties, many of whom have close political ties. Hopefully, in the end, justice will be served.

[via Business Insider, WWD]

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The Toronto Designers Market Debuts Local Decor and Fashion Artists

Toronto Designers Market Brings Local Artists To The Masses

Dee de Lara Jewelry. Photo courtesy of Toronto Designers Market.

If you’re in Toronto this week, head over to the city’s cooler-than-thou Parkdale digs for decor and designer accessories.

Whether you’re looking for a homey lighting fixture or the perfect dangly necklace, the Toronto Designers Market promises to fill your shopping bag with pretty conversation starters, created by the city’s top artists such as Adam Fullerton, Dee de Lara Jewelry, Krane and many others.

Founded by entrepreneur Joshua James, the market brings together more than 38 artists under one roof, a new design hub dedicated to showcasing the very best in local products that is destined to become a landmark for designers and design-lovers alike.

The Toronto Designers Market
1605 Queen Street West
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Toronto Designers Market Brings Local Artists To The Masses

Iccha rings. Photo courtesy of Toronto Designers Market.

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First Look: Kendall and Kylie’s 15-Piece Collection for Topshop

Kendall and Kylie

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s collection for Topshop is dropping in just a few days, but we finally have a look at what to expect from the reality star sisters’ latest endeavor. The range is heavily inspired by California and the clothes have that kind of easy, relaxed vibe (with a dash of sex appeal, of course). 

 

@Topshop collection photoshoot, behind the scenes. Are you ready?

A photo posted by Kendall + Kylie (@kendallandkylie) on

Naturally, there are crop tops galore, like a Hawaiian-print button down with a tie front, as well as summer staples like distressed cutoff shorts, a sweatshirt that reads “when in doubt, vacation” and a very cute short-sleeved jumpsuit with a cut-out back that definitely needs to come home with us.

Kendall and Kylie have steadily been promoting the line on social media as the date approaches, sharing a behind-the-scenes image of the photoshoot for the range. The pair also appeared on the cover of Sunday Times Style talking about their 15-piece collaboration, which will hit stores and online at Topshop and Nordstrom on June 3. 

Check out the range in the gallery below. (more…)

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Kendall Jenner Just Scored Her First Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

Gigi Hadid beat her to the punch but now it’s Kendall Jenner’s turn for a Vogue cover — and it was a long time coming. Discussion began to circulate inside our Cover Rumor Thread, speculating just when and where the reality TV star-turned-model would bag herself a cover and our forums engaged in an exclusive preview over the weekend. Kendall is joined by Kris Wu on her debut cover, gracing Vogue China‘s July 2015 issue lensed by Mario Testino.

The moment the image struck, forum members began to voice their horror. “What a safe cover. Where’s the creativity?” questioned MON immediately.

“The cover does nothing for me, Testino is boring and Kendall is not a good model,” KateTheGreatest slammed.

Also underwhelmed was la veronika: “She’s always dead in the eyes, no matter what…”

Nomar certainly wasn’t impressed and asked, “How could you do this Vogue China?”

Yet not everyone was so quick to hate. “I quite like the look of this…I’m possibly one of the few people who doesn’t completely detest Kendall as a model. Curious to see the HQ but would probably have preferred it if she was on her own,” shared Bobby153.

“It’s a nice cover and amazing that she got her first Vogue cover. Wonder if she’ll be able to pass Kim’s 3 as the year continues,” TeeVanity said.

JesseDillion was a fan too: “Whether you love her or hate her (personally I’m indifferent) you have to give her credit when it’s due, and here I think it is due here. She looks stunning in this cover in my opinion.”

Are you a fan? Join the conversation here.

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Caitlyn Jenner Makes Her Big Debut on Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner Interview

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Since Bruce Jenner revealed that he is a transwoman to Diane Sawyer, the world has been dying to see what the Olympian-turned-reality TV dad looks like as “her,” the woman on the inside he has hidden from us for all these years. Well, the wait may soon be over as sources say that Jenner will pose as “her” for the cover of Vanity Fair

Annie Leibovitz will lens Jenner as his true self, an issue which is expected to hit newsstands sometime this summer. We are wondering if Bruce’s big reveal will coincide with the debut of his new reality show for E!, which will follow the former Olympian as he transitions to a woman. 

Kim Kardashian, Jenner’s stepdaughter, has already seen Jenner dressed as a woman and couldn’t stop singing her praises. “She was dressed up, beautiful makeup, beautiful hair, very, very beautiful and very comfortable,” she told Access Hollywood.

We can’t wait to see how gorgeous Bruce looks as “her.” This Vanity Fair  issue can’t come out soon enough.

UPDATE: She’s here! Vanity Fair unveiled its latest cover, introducing Caitlyn Jenner, clad in an ivory corset looking too gorgeous for words.

Image: Vanity Fair

Image: Vanity Fair

“It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in a stadium, it’s not about people walking down the street and everyone giving you, ‘atta boy, Bruce’ pat on the back,” Jenner says. “This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day, he always had a secret… Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”

We couldn’t be happier to see Caitlyn free and in all her glory! She looks absolutely stunning and best of all, we can follow her on Twitter now that she’s just launched an account. May she bless us with a thousand selfies all summer long.

A few members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan have already come out to support Cait and her stunning cover on social media. (more…)

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