You would think that a company that does $3.85 billion in revenue would at least be able to properly outfit its graphic designers with the tools they need to do their jobs. You would think. But according to a lawsuit brought against Forever 21 by Adobe, Autodesk and Corel, it seems the retailer has been cutting corners on that front.
The suit says that Forever 21 has been infringing on the copyright for programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. The plaintiff’s qualm is that Forever 21 didn’t use the proper licenses for the products, saying that “Defendants have: (a) copied and reproduced certain of the Adobe Products, Autodesk Products, and Corel Products; and (b) circumvented technological measures that effectively control access to the Adobe Products, Autodesk Products, and Corel Products (collectively, the ‘Access Control Technology’).” Adobe says that it has been tracking several instances of this infringement and wishes to be compensated for any revenue it lost because of Forever 21’s actions.
Again, we’re not sure how or why one of America’s largest private companies won’t pay for its employees to have proper work equipment, especially when those things count as a business expense. But you know what they say about common sense…
You can’t go wrong with a straightforward shoot for a fragrance campaign. After seeing multiple ad campaigns for various fragrances over the holiday season, from Chanel’s big budget No. 5 commercial to Lara Stone’s stellar shot for Versace’s Eros scent, it’s refreshing to see a pure and simple campaign for spring. Nina Ricci’s most recent campaign for its new scent L’Extase features Laetitia Casta wearing minimal makeup and is photographed by Dusan Reljin, who’s known for his captivating, beauty-focused imagery.
It should come as no surprise that our forum members are head over heels. “Beautiful and pure. Like it,” raved narcyza the moment the ad surfaced.
“This is great, very pure indeed. Can’t stop looking,” added Nymphaea in agreement.
Also full of enthusiasm was justaguy, who posted, “Beautiful, how refreshing to see such a natural looking photo these days.”
“It is a sensual shot indeed, there is a certain attractiveness in its simplicity and naturalness. I wish her hair didn’t look like it hasn’t been washed for 2 weeks though,” later noted Sweet rus.
It seems as though tigerrouge doesn’t admire the styling of the hair, either. “Perfume for the moments when you can’t be bothered to get out of bed to wash your hair.”
ALAUU declared that you “Can’t go wrong with Laetitia,” and we agree!
Check out a teaser for the commercial inside the thread and add your own two cents here.
You can wax your lady parts, sugar them and vajazzle them — now, Gwyneth Paltrow wants us to steam them. The lifestyle guru recently posted a review of Santa Monica’s Tikkun Holistic Spa to the Goop website, singing the praises of its saunas and clay rooms, and also encouraging women to try out the Mugwort V Steam. Let Gwyneth explain the treatment in her own words: “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”
So basically, it’s like a steam bidet for your vagina. The mugwort plant is said to be good for your skin and your lady parts with its antibiotic and antifungal properties. According to the Tikkun Spa website, the V Steam “stimulates the production of hormones to maintain uterine health, protects the uterus from ulcers and tumors, aids in restarting regular menstrual cycles” and much more.
As for if the V Steam actually does all the things it says it does, well, that’s debatable. Tikkun Spa added a clip from The Doctors (embedded below) in which the panel discusses the V Steam. They say, “Medically, we can’t say it has all the treatments that they propose to have.”
Customers seem to be into the V Steam, though. A quick look at the spa’s Yelp page shows rave reviews from customers on the treatment. “Don’t knock it till you try.. It’s well worth it,” one customer writes. Another calls it “epic.” Just $50 will get you a 30-minute session with a set of five going for $200.
So, anyone headed to Santa Monica to give their bits a little steam treatment? Anyone?
[via Page Six, Goop, Tikkun Spa]
After a year-old licensing deal with Inter Parfums, Inc., Oscar de la Renta is set to launch a women’s fragrance named after the late designer’s favorite way of paying a compliment. He was heavily involved in the creation of Extraordinary, including the bottle’s design.
The fragrance was created in hopes of luring in a younger customer, in the 25 to 35 age range, in order to broaden the Oscar de la Renta customer base. In a statement to WWD, Michele de Bourbon, senior vice president of fragrance, said, “This had to be something sparkling, elegant but still have that flirtatious fruitiness and warmth that we know the customer loves to feel. We needed to have our own signature, something with beautiful, plush peonies and very qualitative neroli oil, a sparkle of citrus on top and a very warm woody character on the bottom.”
Extraordinary will be available in American department stores Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor and Belk in April. The eau de parfum will retail for $92 (90-ml) and $58 (40-ml), and will feature a rollerball and lip balm duo priced at $22.
It seems as if every day the world gets some new morsel of Kardashian-Jenner news. Yesterday, rumors hit the web that the youngest of the reality TV brood, Kendall and Kylie, were in talks with Topshop on a capsule collection. Today, Topshop has a full explanation for the story.
Turns out, Kendall and Kylie won’t be designing anything exclusively for Topshop. But that doesn’t mean the sisters won’t have a presence in store. A rep for the retailer told Vogue UK that it is trying to strike up a deal with the Jenner girls to exclusively sell their Kendall & Kylie collection at Topshop.
So, no, the Jenners aren’t putting out a Kate Moss or Beyoncé-style collaboration with the retailer, but the peasant blouses and skater dresses they peddle through their namesake collection (now available at PacSun) will probably be coming to a Topshop near you this summer.
[via Vogue UK]
Designers are putting their own spin on the T-shirt for U.K.’s Red Nose Day. Happening on March 13, Red Nose Day comes around every two years and citizens are encouraged to do something silly (like wear a red nose) to help raise funds for various causes around the world.
Diane von Furstenberg, Henry Holland, Anya Hindmarch, Karl Lagerfeld and Matthew Williamson have all designed T-shirts for the big day. Each boasts a cute slogan (“I think I may be the voice of my generation,” Henry Holland; “Do my feathers look big in this?” Matthew Williamson) and of course, a red nose. Diane von Furstenberg opted for a throwback picture of herself on her shirt, serving a 60s vixen mood with the tagline, “Don’t be a bore!”
You can pick up the T-shirts at TK Maxx with prices ranging from £5.99 to £14.99. Proceeds will benefit Comic Relief. See some of the shirts in the gallery below. (more…)