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Vans, Walmart Take Steps to Remove Offensive Merchandise

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It is not uncommon for retailers to get caught selling items that offend people, but two brands are doing what they can to make their merchandise selection less offensive to customers. Both Vans and Walmart have been taken to task on some of their more questionable wares and both retailers are making steps to correct their blunders. 

Vans was taken to task over a T-shirt picturing a First Nations-inspired totem pole…made out of beer cans. One with even a minimal grasp of history knows that such imagery could be construed as perpetuating the stereotype of the drunken Indian. After a petition by Vancouver’s Chad Girardin called for Vans to remove the shirt, the label agreed to stop selling it and released a statement on its Facebook page.  Of course, Vans stressed that it never meant to be offensive and has since removed the shirt from its website. 

Walmart is also clearing its own stock of offensive symbolism, as the retailer has announced plans to stop selling Confederate flag memorabilia. The Charleston shootings are the catalyst for this action, as it seems the folks at Walmart have only just realized that the flag represents a shameful time in American history that should not be celebrated or repeated. “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” a spokesperson said. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or on our website.” Sad that it took the high-profile deaths of nine innocent people for Walmart to realize how problematic the imagery is in the first place.

[via Independent, Huffington Post]

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Elton John’s Bridesmaid is Selling Her Iconic 80s Dress on eBay

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Photo: Ebay

If you’ve seen 27 Dresses, you’ll understand that bridesmaid dresses not only take up room in your wardrobe, but they also represent some unwanted emotional baggage too. But if there’s one bridesmaid dress that’s worth holding onto, it’s one from Elton John‘s 1984 Sydney wedding to Renate Blauel.

The original bridesmaid gown, which was worn just once by the unnamed Sydney woman who remains close friends with Elton, is currently being auctioned on eBay. Before you judge the dress, just remember it was totally acceptable in the 80s.

The frilly silk-magenta gown is still in good condition, a size 10-12, and was created by hand for the momentous occasion. Sydney Confidential reports that its original Sydney-based owner has carefully stored the piece in sealed plastic over the last 31 years, and passed it onto Harley Medcalf with instructions to sell the item on eBay with proceeds donated to the McGrath foundation. So, yes, the purchase is tax deductible. (more…)

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Khloé Kardashian Will Be Mane Addicts’ Special Guest at Sydney Masterclass


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Hot on the heels of the announcement of sass queen Khloé Kardashian‘s imminent arrival on Australian shores, we have been blessed again. Kardashian hair gurus Mane Addicts have made our day with the announcement of a masterclass in Sydney on August 2. This is the chance to watch professionals get their glam squad on and show us how to look red-carpet ready before our very eyes.  (more…)

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Lisa Wilkinson Wants a Minister for Women Who Isn’t Tony Abbott

Today Show host and all-round boss when it comes to political issues Lisa Wilkinson has a prominent voice within the Australian media industry, and, much to our delight, it’s usually an opinion which wants to be heard. Especially by fellow women.

Speaking to Daily Life, Wilkinson expressed her concerns over domestic violence against women and gender inequality in our country. “We’ve got a crisis in this country when it comes to domestic violence; our figures, shamefully, are that one woman dies every week at the hands of a partner,” she said. “And we have a gender pay gap that’s the largest it’s been in 20 years. We need to focus on these issues.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: A Ballerina Dances in the Yeezy Boost, Dov Charney Suing American Apparel for Defamation

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  • Like a fly that refuses to be squashed, Dov Charney will not stop bothering the folks at American Apparel. The ousted CEO is suing the retailer for $30 million in a defamation suit. [Fashionista]
  • Google got a few designers to create Android Wear Watch faces. [Android Police]
  • Fordham University adds a fashion law program. [Fashionista]
  • Kim Basinger and Ireland Baldwin leave IMG. [Page Six]
  • Everyone is clamoring to come up with the perfect marketing ploy to attract millennials. [NYT]
  • Joe Fresh just launched a blog. [WWD]
  • In which a ballerina demonstrates the versatility of the new Yeezy Boost. [Sole Collector]

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Hilary Rhoda’s Vogue Ukraine Cover Is Dated, but in the Best Possible Way (Forum Buzz)

We always complain when magazines deliver a messy and chaotic cover shot and Vogue Ukraine clearly heard our cries when considering its July cover image. After last month‘s disaster, the title asked Hilary Rhoda to pose before the lens of Jack Waterlot, delivering a minimalist fashion spread for the occasion. On the cover, Hilary wears a glistening top and skirt by Oscar de la Renta and sports pieces from BalmainAkris and Alexander Wang in the cover story.

Vogue Ukraine July 2015 Hilary Rhoda by Jack Waterlot


Forum members couldn’t wait to add their two cents. “This looks so dated. Like it’s a reprint from Vogue Japan circa 2006. Vogue Ukraine needs to try harder,” announced MON, who soon was left standing alone as more positive reviews began to flood in.

“Love the cover shot! It’s very dated, but a refreshing angle for them. Hilary is great at posing and that smile draws you right in,” applauded Benn98.

“I think it is their best cover in months although it looks like a cover from 15 years ago,” added GlamorousBoy.

Forum member gazebo was quick to show the cover some praise, writing, “It’s not bad at all. Very clean and tidy.”

Also full of admiration was DutchHomme: “I like it…very simple & Hilary made it work.”

In agreement was TeeVanity, who simply stated, “It really is a beautiful cover.”

“I think the cover is amazing. So sleek. It does feel late 90s/early 00s but in the best way possible. Hilary looks really good,” raved MyNameIs.

Be sure to check out Hilary’s accompanying cover story, which is even better than the cover shot, right here inside our thread.