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Alexandre Vauthier Is Officially a Couturier

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Image: Imaxtree

The couture club has a new member now that Alexandre Vauthier has been certified as a couturier by the Commission de Classement Couture Création. Vauthier started his label in 2009 and has been doing couture collections for quite a few seasons now. With this certification, this next couture offering will be his first official one under the Chambre Syndicale. WWD notes that in previous seasons, he was allowed to show as a guest. As a certified member, he will now take his place on the roster during Couture Fashion Week next month. 

We can’t wait to see what he churns out for his first time as a newly-minted couturier!

[WWD]

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Marios Schwab Won’t Be Doing a Catwalk Show This Year

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Image: Imaxtree

London Fashion Week will have one less runway show on its schedule this February. WWD reports that Marios Schwab has announced that his label will be taking a break from the catwalk for a more intimate showing. This season, Schwab will privately show his offerings for Fall 2015 to a select group of editors and buyers to help the label get back to its “artisanal roots.” 

Schwab is looking for people to experience his designs up close, and this season will be putting a special focus on eveningwear. As for the unlucky masses who won’t get to see Schwab’s latest right away, they’ll have to wait until the collection images drop February 20. 

[via WWD]

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Dov Charney Officially Out at American Apparel

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Image: WireImage/Getty Images

December has certainly not been a good month for skeevy retail CEOs. Last week, controversial Abercrombie & Fitch boss Mike Jeffries exited his post as CEO, and today, Dov Charney is officially out at American Apparel.

Charney was suspended from the company in June and was working as a consultant. Since then, there has been an investigation to see whether or not the troubled CEO broke the terms of his employment agreement. Based on this investigation, the special committee determined that it would not be appropriate for Mr. Charney to be reinstated as CEO or an officer or employee,” the company said in a statement. 

Charney’s tenure at American Apparel has been blighted with reports of inappropriate behavior and financial woes. Paula Schneider, an alum of Laundry by Shelli Segal and and BCBG Max Azria will take Charney’s place as CEO starting January 5.

CNBC notes that American Apparel’s stock has already started to go up at least 7 percent since the announcement. 

[via Business Insider]

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Say Goodbye to the Miss World Bikini Competition

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Image: Getty

If you’re the type that only watches beauty pageants for the swimsuit competition (in which case, ew), you’re probably going to skip the Miss World competition next year. After 63 years of swimsuit competitions, the pageant directors have agreed to nix the feature. 

“I really don’t want—I don’t need to see women just walking up and down in bikinis. It doesn’t do anything for the woman. And it doesn’t do anything for any of us,” Miss World Chairwoman Julia Morley told ELLE. And she’s right. The competition already includes an interview, charity work, a social (or as they say multimedia) aspect, a talent portion, a sports and fitness challenge and a modeling competition. A bikini aspect does seem a little out of place when you take into account the other parts of the competition. 

Over the years, Morley has tried to put in place reforms to the swimsuit aspect, so that there wouldn’t be as much focus on the contestants’ bodies. They stopped broadcasting the swimsuit portion, and instead judged the women behind closed doors. But taking this part of the competition out entirely is quite groundbreaking. Unlike Miss Universe and Miss USA, Miss World is not under the thumb of Donald Trump. It makes sense, after all, that a woman would make the decision to completely nix a rather pointless part of the show. If you’re trying to send a message about women being charitable, talented and intelligent, why would you need to judge them on how their butts look? 

[via ELLE]

Related: Ask a Pageant Queen: What It’s Like to Compete for Miss USA

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Montana’s New Legislative Dress Code Called Sexist

It looks like the dress code issue extends beyond high schools. Women in the Montana Legislature are about to experience some big changes now that Republicans have implemented a new dress code for floor sessions in the State Legislature. The guidelines have been criticized for being antiquated and women who work in the Capitol are saying that the new codes will put their attire under frivolous scrutiny. 

“It makes it acceptable for someone who’s supposed to be my peer and my equal to look me up and down and comment on what I’m wearing. That doesn’t feel right,” democratic house member Jenny Eck told the NThe New York Times. According to Republican majority leader Keith Regier, the new dress code was made in response to government newbies asking what sort of attire would be appropriate for work. 

The dress code calls for “formal business attire” from both sexes (and members of the media, interns and other staff), but the women’s guidelines are far more detailed than the men’s. While men are encouraged to wear suits, dress pants and shirts, formal shoes, a tie and a jacket, women are asked to “be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.” They are also given a wider list of inappropriate footwear including flip flops, open-toe sandals and tennis shoes. Leggings are also included as inappropriate attire, which makes us wonder if anyone was slipping on their Lululemons before a long day of filibustering. Clothing made from fleece and jersey material is also listed as a no-no.  (more…)

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