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Gucci Denies Knowledge of Worker Abuses in Factories

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Image: Getty

Gucci is in a bit of hot water as a report from RAI Italian state television revealed that the fashion house’s suppliers had Chinese employees making handbags in sweatshops, working 14-hour days when they were only hired to work 4 hours. And the worst part? Gucci was allegedly fully aware of these abuses. 

Now that it’s out in the open, Gucci is recommitting itself to investigating possible abuses in its factories, though reps for the brand firmly deny that the report was an accurate portrayal of what goes on behind the scenes. They say the show’s host “deliberately avoided to seek comment from Gucci in relation to what she was covertly filming for over five months,” adding that the show’s information was collected under dubious circumstances. “Hidden and inappropriately used cameras, shooting carefully selected supplier companies (3 out of a total 576), do not provide for a true or accurate representation of Gucci and its supply chain policies and procedures.”

Gucci says it will do more inspections of suppliers in the future. It also denies subcontractor claims that the brand knew laborers were working such long hours.

[The Business of Fashion, WWD

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Terry Biviano’s 40th Birthday Looked Like the Most Lavish Event Ever

Terry Biviano has just turned 40 and, like the Queen WAG she is, celebrated in true style over the weekend. The shoe designer and wife to sports star Anthony Minichiello, toasted the milestone with a lavish rooftop do at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, complete with a lit-up ‘Terry’ sign.

She showed her guests (and 16,800 Instagram followers) that age is just a number, in a revealing sheer-nude gown with black lace detailing by Pallas Couture. (more…)

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Sophie Monk Chimes in on Benji and Cameron Diaz’ Rumoured Engagement

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Photo: Doug Meszler/WENN

If anyone knows what it’s like to be engaged to Benji Madden, it’s our own Sophie Monk. In an interview with Sydney Confidential, the 35-year-old entertainment personality chimed in on her ex-fiancée’s new rumoured engagement to Cameron Diaz, and it came across a little calculated.

“I remember being in Year 8 or something and looking up to Cameron and going ‘wow, one day I want to be funny and be in the industry,’ so it’s kind of cool,” Sophie said, highlighting the 8-year age difference between Benji, 35, and Cameron, 43. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Dov Charney Reportedly Broke, Solange Knowles Is the New Face of Eleven Paris

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Image: WireImage/Getty Images

  • Dov Charney is allegedly broke and living on a friend’s couch with a mere $100,000 to his name. Must be hard. [Gawker]
  • Wet Seal may be the next 90s teen brand to go out of business. [BuzzFeed]
  • Nicki Minaj takes a page out of Beyoncé’s book with her new The Pinkprint Movie. [Nicki Minaj YouTube]
  • A Russian senator just had the biggest Marie Antoinette “Let them eat cake” moment. Siberian Senator Igor Chernishev said that women should try using beetroot lipstick instead of relying on imported cosmetics in this tough financial time. [CNBC]
  • OK, Eva Chen’s new daughter Ren is adorable. [@evachen212]
  • Kris Jenner is keeping her last name, so now you can sleep easy tonight. [Page Six]
  • This adorable toddler with Down syndrome stars in Target’s latest ad. [Yahoo!]
  • AXE body spray is releasing a new line of products that are supposed to make you “seem famous,” or, as what happens with most AXE products, like a tool. [Gawker]
  • Solange Knowles looks friggin’ perfect as the new face of Eleven Paris. [Racked]

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‘Leggings’ Leads Google Canada’s 2014 Year in Search

H&M Biker Leggings, $19.95 at hm.com

H&M Biker Leggings, $19.95 at hm.com

Ever wonder what Canadians are searching for on Google? Apparently, not all of us are focused solely on dog videos and hair how-tos. (Guilty!) According to Google’s 14th Annual Year in Search study, we were interested in topics as varied as ALS, Ebola, Frozen and shepherd’s pie recipes. But when it comes to fashion, our interests were somewhat more focused.

The information is compiled on an annual basis by analyzing the “aggregation of trillions of search queries over the year,” says Google Canada trends expert Aaron Brindle. Accordingly, comfort was important to Canadian fashion lovers, as leggings topped the list of searches and sweatpants made it to the number seven spot. It was the year of abbreviated fashions with crop tops, bob haircuts and booties making the list as well as more creative statements like floral and plaid patterns in addition to braids. (more…)

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Charlotte Olympia Adds Two New Pieces to Its Cosmic Collection

Images: courtesy Charlotte Olympia

Images: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

That New Year’s resolution you made to stop shopping so much is about to be ruined thanks to Charlotte Olympia. Forget what Susan Miller has to say, the only horoscope-related thing you need to be paying any attention to are these new additions to Charlotte Olympia’s Cosmic collection.

The celebrated British accessories label is putting out a pair of flats and a matching box clutch decorated with a symbol of an intertwined sun, moon and stars come the new year. It’s the perfect addition to the Cosmic range, which boasts flats and pumps decorated with each sign of the zodiac. 

The new pieces will go on sale January 1 with the flats going for $695 and the clutch for $995. 

Just think of this as a luxurious little way to start 2015.

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