Billabong is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The Australian-founded company has made its way back to profitability for the first time in three years, following a turnaround strategy implemented in December 2013.
Ragtraderreports that Billabong International Limited, which owns brands Billabong, RVCA, Element, Von Zipper, Honolua Surf Company, Kustom, Palmers Surf, Xcel, Sector 9 and Tigerlilly, made a profit of $25.7 million for the six months to December 31, 2014. This is in comparison to a loss of $126.3 million in the same period the year earlier.
Sales were up 9.5% in the US, which is the group’s biggest market, but sales in the Asia Pacific region were down 4.5% partly because of a weak Christmas trading period. Neil Fiske, Billabong’s CEO, said, “It’s encouraging to see the group return to profitability,” but it now needs to see “universal progress”. (more…)
Parisian fashion blogger, noted fashion-film buff and scent-lover Diane Pernet is using her beauty and style koalifications to whip up a new koala-inspired perfume.
Why? Because she’s freakin’ fond of koalas, you guys, and she even had one of those touristy koala-hugging pencils back in the day. “I am so in love with koalas! I’ve always had a thing for them,” Diane, who runs the blog A Shaded View of Fashion, affirmed to WWD. “Growing up, I had a friend from Sydney, and we would all have toy koalas on the end of our pencils.”
Later on, maybe around the time she got her pen license, Diane was given the chance to visit the sunny and picturesque Perth, but would only go on one condition. She said, “I’d only go if I could hold a koala because it’s been a dream since childhood.” She held a cutesy creature named Sunshine, and, from what we can gather, didn’t try to steal it in her croquembouche-esque hair on the way back home. (more…)
The Supreme Court is simmering on a case brought by Samantha Elauf, a Muslim applicant to the Abercrombie company, who said she was denied a job because she wore a hijab in her interview. Abercrombie claims the scarf violated its look policy at the time. At the heart of the case lies the question, did Abercrombie think that Elauf was wearing a fashion item, or did it fail to hire her because of her religion?
It seems some Supreme Court justices are leaning toward the latter. Abercrombie says it turned Elauf down because the company’s look policy doesn’t include hats or scarves. According to USA Today, “The woman conducting the interview assumed she was wearing the headscarf for religious reasons – but did not ask. She was found to be qualified, but a supervisor later ordered that Elauf be turned down.” As Justice Samuel Alito said, “The reason that she was rejected was because you assumed she was going to do this every day, and the only reason why she would do it every day is because she had a religious reason.”
Another big issue in this case is whether or not employers should ask these types of questions regarding religious accommodations during the interview at all, as it could seem as if they are discriminating against prospective workers.
What do you think? Was it religious discrimination that caused Abercrombie to reject Elauf, or was it the fact that her attire at the time didn’t fit the dress code? Does Abercrombie have the right to reject people if their religious attire is out of line with its policies?
With all the controversy that always arises each time a designer or photographer paints a white model brown or black, you would think that the fashion set would avoid the stuff altogether. Even if you don’t intend to be offensive, why risk the backlash?
Maybe because backlash and offense equals publicity? This could have been the thinking behind the makeup at Claudio Cutugno, where we found models walking the runway with their faces covered in sparkly black paint. The paint was reportedly supposed to mimic the look of a face covered in insects, inspired by the art of Emilio Isgrò.
After “smells like weed-gate” this week, who has the time for this nonsense? We admit — this is a tough one. If we are to take the word of the designer, the makeup isn’t supposed to represent someone of any color, just someone who has a face full of bugs. Plus, the paint is sparkly and one could easily go on the defense by saying that human beings aren’t naturally covered in glitter, so it’s not blackface. (more…)
After the majority of us were underwhelmed by the Spring 2015 mainline campaign, Louis Vuitton redeems itself with the release of the new “Spirit of Travel” fashion spots. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier on the idyllic shores of St. Barths, Julia Nobis, Maartje Verhoef and Liya Kebede were Nicolas Ghesquière’s models of choice for the picturesque images. Ghesquière and stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé headed to the Caribbean island in a bid to showcase the brand’s revamped Alma and new Twist handbags, which are the focal point of the images (when ignoring the beauty of the island itself).
Forum members raced to the thread to see what the fashion house had to offer this time around. “Ooooooooohhhhhhh! Pretty! And that’s not something I’d usually say about the new Ghesquière stuff,” hailed Street_a_Licious.
“So joyous and vibrant! This is miles better than the Spring campaign, it makes me long for summer, careless days on the beach and endless sunbathing. Liya also looks absolutely stunning!” Melancholybaby raved soon after.
Is Liya the standout beauty of the campaign? Forum member khyrk sure thinks so. “Liya looks amazing!” he observed.
Also showing much enthusiasm for Liya’s presence was Psylocke: “Oh wow, this is super gorgeous! Love Liya’s solo shots.”
Chanelcouture09 was also a fan and echoed, “Stunning… just stunning!” inside the thread.
Check out more images from the campaign and add your own two cents here.
A$AP Ferg has released his “Dope Walk” music video and he’s tapped Cara Delevingne to star in the iPhone-shot video. “Imma have to show you how I shut down Fashion Week,” he tells the model via FaceTime before the two erupt into giggles. The video follows A$AP Ferg in his Fashion Week exploits; chatting with models backstage, hitting Kanye West’s fashion show, even teaching Jeremy Scott how to do the dance.
You’ll also find footage of him and his crew doing the dope walk — a dance, which as far as we can tell, is a kind of artful leaning, falling and stumbling, much like a dope fiend. Not gonna lie, it makes us feel pretty icky, but we guess making dances out of a problematic situation is what’s all the rage with the kids.
Watch the video above and see if A$AP Ferg’s walk is “meaner than Cara Delevingne’s.”