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Zara, River Island and More Are Under Fire for Allegedly Stealing From Indie Artists

UK retailer Bershka is among the brands under fire for allegedly stealing indie artists' designs.

Image: Bershka

It’s a widely accepted fact that fast fashion’s designers — how shall we put this — borrow liberally from the runway. However, injured parties like luxury brand Céline choose to look the other way (we suspect) because their well-to-do customer is not shopping at Zara or the like. That, or lax copyright laws make prosecuting time consuming and ineffective. However, when popular retailers blatantly lift designs from smaller fishes, i.e. indie designers, it triggers our sense of moral outrage.

At least a dozen indie artists have recently come forward with complaints that Zara, River Island, Bershka, Forever 21 and more copied their work without offering attribution or compensation. As mainstream clothing companies scramble to stay on top of the rising DIY movement and fulfill customers’ hunger for craft pins and patches, indie artists are getting trampled in the fray. However, Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen and Montreal-based Stay Home Club founder Olivia Mew aren’t shying away from the fight.

It being 2016, the Davids of the world have a very useful platform on which to stand and take on the Goliaths — social media. On Sunday, Mew took to Instagram to call out River Island after a U.K. fan pointed out the striking similarity between Mew’s work and a patch sold by the high street retailer. (more…)

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Hailey Baldwin Serves Supermodel Realness in Guess’ Stunning Fall 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

We were either so transfixed by Kendall Jenner’s Elvis impersonation for Fendi or too busy checking out a smoldering Gigi Hadid for MaxMara that we forgot their BFF Hailey Baldwin was set to be the new face of Guess. The brand’s Fall 2016 advertising campaign has just dropped and the 19-year-old beauty (captured by photographer Rayan Ayash) proves she has what it takes to be a working model.

Guess F/W 2016.17 : Hailey Baldwin by Rayan Ayash


Members of our forums were quick to extoll Hailey’s virtues as a model. “I have a hard time taking her or this brand seriously, but I have to say she looks good here and this is much stronger work (judging on the little I’ve seen) than her model/socialite friends Kendall and Gigi typically produce,” said KINGofVERSAILLES straight away.

“She looks good, I get 80s supermodel vibes from this!” applauded Fotoholic24. (more…)

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Watch: Michelle Obama Gets Her Freak On in This Week’s Carpool Karaoke

The silver lining to the cloud that is the Obamas’ impending exit from the White House is that they’ll have more time to make appearances (i.e. goof out) on our favorite TV shows. If Michelle Obama’s recent Carpool Karaoke segment is any indication, there are piles of cameo gold in our future (and we’ll never forget her and Barack’s amazing Pitch Perfect 2 credit or POTUS Getting Coffee).

In this week’s karaoke session, the First Lady took full advantage of her rare opportunity to sit passenger side and belt out tunes while sitting in traffic. She and Corden began with a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Sign, Sealed, Delivered before reminding the world of moves to the Single Ladies dance. As nothing FLOTUS does it totally frivolous, Michelle also used her The Late Late Show bit to educate us on her #LetGirlsLearn initiative, making a compelling case for why we should all follow her on Snapchat, like, yesterday.

Spoiler Alert: You will cry tears of joy when Missy Elliott hops in the backseat to do backup vocals for the best “Get Your Freak On” throwback known to man.

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Lucky Blue Smith Gets Overshadowed by Anja Rubik and Crista Cober on Vogue Spain (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Spain was doing so well at the start of the year, enthralling us with innovative covers one after the other, but it seems as though the mag is back on the road to mediocrity with the unveiling of its most recent offerings. Natasha Poly surprisingly disappointed last month and now the title’s August 2016 cover shoot has failed to resonate on our forums, too. Following in the footsteps of French Vogue, Vogue Spain tapped Lucky Blue Smith, who poses alongside models Crista Cober and Anja Rubik, captured on location in New York City with photographer Nico Bustos for the magazine’s new Talent and Fashion issue.

Vogue España August 2016 : Lucky Blue Smith, Crista Cober & Anja Rubik by Nico Bustos


Forum members weren’t seeing any talent on the cover whatsoever. “Too much happening in this cover. They wasted Anja and Crista’s beauties by putting Lucky between them… Lucky doing a stop sign with his hand, do I need to say more? Yes stop, we don’t need to see you again… It’s a very bad cover,” disapproved Aizanara straight away.

“Without Lucky Blue it could have been so much better. This gesture is so unnecessary and annoying,” echoed Ivanovaju. (more…)

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Chanel Iman Chimes in on the Issue of Racism in Fashion


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We’ve seen slow but steady progress when it comes to diversity in fashion. However, the industry still has a long way to go, and in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more and more models of color are speaking out about their personal struggles with racism and voicing the need for further, more immediate change. On July 12, Calvin Klein model Ebonee Davis penned a powerful letter calling out the “systematic” problems facing the industry. Four days later, during an interview with Teen Vogue, OG model of color Chanel Iman gave her opinion on the issue.

Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman's 2009 Teen Vogue cover issue.

Image: Teen Vogue

Iman admits one of the highest points in her career thus far was her Teen Vogue cover with Jourdan Dunn back in 2009. The accompanying interview described the African-American and Korean beauty as “one of the only models of color to break into the major leagues in a long, long time.”

Despite Gains, the Fall 2016 Runways Were Still Less Than 25 Percent Diverse (Report) ]

Compared to her professional experiences back in the early noughties, these days the fashion industry seems far more accepting. “I think it was a struggle when I first started, just because it was always one black girl per show, or campaign, or whatever it was. I couldn’t stand it, because I just felt like I was being judged a lot, rather than accepted for who I was,” the now 25-year-old model recalled. “I feel like fashion’s opened up a lot with having rappers in campaigns, and more color on the runway, but of course there’s room for more of it, and more diversity. It’s nice to be part of a culture change.” (more…)

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Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio Will Be Our Guardian Angels During NBC’s Olympics Coverage

In a way, otherworldly beauties Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been cultural ambassadors for Brazil throughout the span of their careers, so it makes perfect sense that NBC would go and make the title official. With the 2016 Rio Olympics just around the corner (the games commence August 5) the network has tapped the veteran Victoria’s Secret Angels as its food and culture correspondents. Perhaps they’ll have a chance to take a Rio-backed selfie with their former colleague Gisele Bündchen, who is hosting the opening ceremony at the city’s famed Maracana Stadium.

The 35-year-old duo will star in a series of segments to be aired during NBC’s late-night Olympic coverage, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Expect more light-hearted, smirk-inducing interviews like the one seen below: (more…)

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