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Crime London Designers in Legal Trouble After Vicious Attack

The Italian sisters behind the Crime London footwear brand find themselves in a bit of legal trouble following a violent confrontation with a neighbor over something as simple as a noise complaint. According to the New York Post, Lisa and Jessica Kistermann threw designer Robin Brouillette down some stairs last month and stomped her out after Brouillette complained about the noise coming from the apartment they were leasing from her. 

Brouillette is filing a civil suit that says the sisters “wildly and violently struck the plaintiff numerous times” and stomped on her. Brouillette had to use crutches due to the injuries (including a broken rib) she sustained. The Post says, “The Kistermanns were arrested the night of the incident and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct raps on Tuesday. They agreed to six days of community service in Italy and will also undergo 26 weeks of therapy.”

On the Crime London website, the Kistermann sisters describe their design aesthetic, which ironically parallels their behavior that fateful night. “We love contrasts and controversial combinations. One day you’re in the posh jet-set, the second after you’re exploring the grimy thugs life.” Guess the hip, posh world of downtown Manhattan wasn’t enough for the pair, who just had to dabble in a little thuggin’. And it looks like that excursion didn’t work out too well for them. In addition to their community service and therapy, Brouillette is also suing for damages. 

So much for “thugs life.” 

[via NYP


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Summer Chic: Jacques Marie Mage’s LA-Cool Eyewear Debuts in Canada

Jacques Marie Mage Sunglasses

Image: Courtesy of Jacques Marie Mage

We love summer and the Hollywood-approved celebrity style that Los Angeles just seems to have down to a science. So, we nearly fell off our chairs when we heard that LA brand Jacques Marie Mage was debuting its line in Canada at Toronto eyewear shop Kaltenbock Opticians. For nearly 45 years, Kaltenbock Opticians has been offering of-the-moment brands to the Canadian market by stocking fashion-forward frames, custom-fitted lenses along with offering quality service and advice.

For those who love a good throwback (#TBT), Jacques Marie Mage has an instant vintage appeal and is inspired by cultural icons, such as Bob Dylan and Pier Pasolini. The luxe materials — mother of pearl and wood in different shades and stains — are unique and eye-catching details make us take a second look at each pair. (more…)

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New York’s Nail Salons are Basically Sweatshops

NYC Nail Salon

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New York Times article exposing the sweatshop-like conditions New York-area manicurists are made to endure has us thinking twice about where we are getting our mani-pedis. In New York, the nail salon industry is the fastest-growing in the country and yes, manicures in New York are cheap, averaging about $10.50 in Manhattan, but of course, it is the manicurists paying the real price for such inexpensive pampering.

The article outlines working conditions that sound more like something out of one of the notoriously terrible garment factories in Bangladesh than a nail salon in New York state. “Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse,” Sarah Maslin Nir writes. “Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations.” Manicurists are paid shockingly low salaries, often less than minimum wage, if they are paid at all. Even getting a job at a salon can be costly for new manicurists, who are usually charged a training fee of $100 to $200 dollars or more. Salon owners won’t pay the manicurists a salary until they have been deemed worthy, and much of this is done at the boss’ discretion. It can take weeks or even months for a manicurist to get an actual salary and – you guessed it – the pay is paltry.

One Upper West Side nail salon pays their manicurists a meager $10 dollars a day, a stark contrast considering that swanky part of town’s wealthy population. Manicurists also have to endure docked pay and not being compensated for overtime. One worker reported that she was making less than $3 dollars an hour. Because manicurists get tips, New York State allows them to be paid below minimum wage (kind of like waitresses). But salaries falling so far below minimum wage, so far below a livable wage in a city like New York where even salaried workers struggle to pay rent is just plain cruel.

The industry is also rife with prejudice. Manicurists are paid or treated according to their ethnicity, race or nationality. According to the Times, Korean manicurists make the most (because so many salons are owned by Korean people) – about 15 to 25 percent more on average – while Chinese workers are paid second highest and Latina and other Asian workers are paid the least. Many of the Korean owners are openly racist, particularly against Latina manicurists.

Of course while the workforce struggles, the nail salon owners are raking in the dough. “Sophia Hong, who owned Madison Nails in Scarsdale, N.Y., prides herself on her art collection, including at least one work by Park Soo Keun, a Korean artist who had a painting sell for nearly $2 million at Christie’s in 2012. The art hangs in her home in Bayside, Queens, one of several properties she owns, according to property records, including a Manhattan apartment in a luxury building overlooking Columbus Circle. In 2010, she was sued by an employee at her Scarsdale salon for failing to pay overtime.” 

With working conditions sounding more like something out of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the thought of contributing to such an exploitative industry in the name of beauty is enough to make one’s stomach churn, and the system is poorly regulated. So what’s a manicure-obsessed gal to do? At this rate, it looks like the best way to make sure you’re getting an ethical mani in New York City is to do it yourself. If you’re going to get a manicure, don’t go for the cheapest one around. Someone is paying for that, one way or another. And as the Times points out, merely tipping more won’t help the problem: Some manicurists aren’t getting the tips that are owed to them.

[via NYT]

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The BFC Launches London Pre-Collections

Creating new initiatives to help support British designers is at the top of the British Fashion Council’s agenda. After recently adding London Collections: Men to the show calendar, the BFC has just announced plans to launch London Pre-Collections. From 15-17 June, the council will host its first-ever The Hoxton Collective at The Hoxton hotel in London’s Holborn district. The event will showcase the pre-collections of ready-to-wear designers, such as Phoebe English and Zoe Jordan, as well as labels like Bora Aksu and Osman.


On set at the #Roksanda #PF15 lookbook shoot

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In recent years, designers have begun introducing pre-collections, with many indicating that they now account for up to 70 percent of annual sales. The event highlights the industry’s need to create collections outside of the traditional spring and fall windows and creates the perfect opportunity to invite key press and buyers to view and support these much-needed collections.

The BFC believes that finding a way to showcase designers’ most commercially successful pieces via their pre-collections is key to shaping the future fashion landscape. Let’s hope that The Hoxton Collective is the first of many successful initiatives that helps support the industry.

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Elle Macpherson Returns to Modeling for Harper’s Bazaar Australia (Forum Buzz)

If a poll was taken for our favorite fashion mag, Harper’s Bazaar Australia would be up there amongst the best of them. The Aussie title has been consistent throughout the year and continues to impress our forums. As announced inside the Cover Rumor Thread back in March, Elle Macpherson stars on Bazaar‘s double June/July 2015 issue looking spectacular on a picturesque beach in the Bahamas. 

As expected, our forum members were full of praise. “I love this! It’s actually quite a nice, playful and non-literal approach to winter. Also it would be interesting to hear from Elle again after such a long time,” credited Benn98.

“This cover is beautiful! Can’t wait to see this edit,” added Emmanuelle in anticipation.

Miguelalmedia shared the same positive attitude: “Such a beautiful and inviting cover!”

Also full of enthusiasm was Bertrando3 who raved, “I love this cover, from the styling, to her face, to the layout and coloring – everything works. Australian fashion magazines nail it every time when it comes to magazine covers. They just know how to properly do it. Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ. Macpherson is a favorite of mine so I can’t wait to see the edit and hopefully a video from the cover shoot.”

“Great cover, is always a pleasure to see her,” agreed burbuja8910.

Sharing the same sentiments was KateTheGreatest. “Slightly awkward pose but so gorgeous nonetheless. Australian Bazaar does it again, they nailed it,” she hailed.

Await more from Bazaar‘s June/July 2015 issue inside our thread and drop us a comment here.

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Jamie Hawkesworth Photographs Another Fantastic Miu Miu Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Fashion houses often get stuck in a rut by enlisting the same photographers to lens campaigns season after season, resulting in images that look stale and repetitive. Not so with Miu Miu‘s photographer of choice for recent ads, Jamie Hawkesworth. The brand’s Pre-Fall campaign features newcomer Estella Boersma and it becomes clear why the British lensman is Miuccia Prada‘s first choice.

Miu Miu Pre-Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Jamie Hawkesworth


“Great, just as everything he does,” complimented Thefrenchy the moment the campaign surfaced. “Absolutely gorgeous. Jamie is a great fit for Miu Miu.”

“Oh that’s the photographer that made Zara’s Spring 2015 campaign. It’s the second time I’ve seen his work, and I must say I love it!” Emmanuelle noted.

Also full of appreciation was Wolkfolk: “His photography is always full of stunning colors. Estella looks very beautiful and fits the collection perfectly.”

Forum member kasper! agreed, writing, “Love the mood in those photos.”

“I don’t like her posing, seems a bit forced. I like best the still photography,” enjoyed kokobombon.

Miu Miu Pre-Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Jamie Hawkesworth


Are you admiring Miu Miu’s latest as much as we are? Take a look at the rest of the campaign and join the conversation here.

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