- Chris Pine autographed headshots of Ryan Reynolds because why not? [Vanity Fair]
- This reality show sent Norwegian fashion bloggers to work in Cambodian sweatshops. There were a lot of tears. [Aftenposten]
- Ice cream infused wine: THIS EXISTS. [Cosmopolitan]
- Reformation launches a lower-priced clothing line. [Fashionista]
- How can you make Kate Middleton look bad? One Australian magazine figured out a way, Photoshopping the Duchess into oblivion. [Us Weekly]
- Kim Kardashian will be starring in a T-Mobile ad. [@KimKardashian]
- Emma Watson will play Belle in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. [ET]
Better late than never: the folks at Saks have taken back their assertion that transgender people are not protected against employee discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lyeth Jamal had filed a suit against the company claiming she was discriminated against while she was working there for being a transwoman. Previously, Saks was fighting to get the suit thrown out, claiming that transgendered people were not included under the act.
Saks has been feeling the backlash since it doubled down on the assertion and today, it’s withdrawing its filing and choosing to fight back against Jamal’s suit using other tactics. The Justice Department offered an analysis of Saks’ previous assertion, confirming its position that transpeople are protected against employment discrimination. “In its Motion, SAKS maintains that Ms. Jamal cannot prevail on a Title VII sex discrimination claim that is based on her gender identity, particularly her transgender status. Not so. Discrimination against an individual based on gender identity is discrimination because of sex.”
New York’s Attorney General has launched an investigation into Saks’ trans employment discrimination policies. We’re hoping the retailer has learned its lesson.
Sometimes, no matter how black your best friend may be, you need to stay in your lane. This is a lesson Jean Touitou is about to learn. The designer presented his Fall 2015 men’s collection, announcing his collaboration with Timberland, but not before offending probably more than a few people in the room. As he showed his wares, he introduced a look he likes to call “Last N***as in Paris.” If the name alone made you do a record scratch in your head, you’re not the only one. Style.com writer Luke Leitch recounts the very uncomfortable moment in the presentation:
“I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood—the ‘hood—meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland…”
Wait, when did Touitou become so well-versed on hood fashion, much less what is in good or bad taste on the streets? Could it have been his childhood growing up in Edenwald Houses in the North Bronx? Oh, wait — seems like it’s just because he has a black friend.
“I am friends with Kanye [West, who recorded ‘Ni**as in Paris’ with Jay Z], and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship,” he told Style.com in an email. “As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, ‘I love this vibe.'” (more…)
Can Vogue Mexico ever catch a break? The magazine left us with mixed feelings after an average January cover and we have the same sentiments toward its February cover. The magazine tapped Eva Longoria to star on its latest installment, in theory being a perfect cover subject for the fashion title, given Eva’s various upcoming projects. Yet something appears a little off to us. The former Desperate Housewives actress was captured by Stockton Johnson surrounded by a luscious landscape as she sports a vibrant top and matching pants from Mary Katrantzou teamed with Chanel jewelry. But seriously, what’s up here?
Forum members were quick to voice their concerns. As soon as the cover surfaced, Oxymore asked, “Eva is that you?”
Also suggesting some overdoing of the post-production was Anna147. “What happened to her?” she questioned.
KateTheGreatest overlooked the evident airbrushing, but ranted, “Is she still relevant enough to get covers?”
On the other hand, Urban Stylin‘s positive comments stood out among the rest: “I actually like the colors, wish she was wearing a dress in the same print as the pants. As for relevance she’s one of the most successful Mexican actresses of all time as well as a fashion/beauty star and producer for Devious Maids, so am sure she deserves a Vogue Mexico cover. This is not U.S. Vogue, they don’t give covers based on what someone is promoting in the U.S.”
“Since Issa’s cover, Vogue Mexico is focused on Latin American designers, people, trends and more. Maybe this is a new course for the magazine. Just maybe,” enthused IndigoHomme, hopeful the magazine is headed in a new direction.
We’re happy to see a fashion magazine enlist someone unexpected as its cover subject, therefore Vogue Mexico deserves a round of applause for that alone. Share your own opinion with us here.
Victoria’s Secret got us all pumped up last week when the lingerie giant let it slip that it would be broadcasting a commercial during the Super Bowl — and provided a video of the Angels playing football to get us psyched for the spot. Today, Victoria’s Secret unleashed the commercial due to be shown during the big game, and we can’t help but feel just a teensy bit disappointed.
The pre-commercial short that dropped last week was almost a minute and a half long and a lot of fun. The official 30-second spot, however, looks like every other Victoria’s Secret commercial we’ve seen over the years: Angels, sultrily playing with their hair and looking into the camera wearing lingerie and sometimes wings — you know, the usual. Basically, the difference between this and all other Victoria’s Secret commercials is that this one will be playing during the game. Nothing groundbreaking here, but when you’ve got hot girls prancing around in underwear, you probably don’t need to be.
Outside is looking pretty gloomy in the Northeast as we prepare to be hit by an epic snowstorm, but the only thing shadier than the sky right now is Naomi Campbell, who always has the most perfect response to any question about the state of the fashion industry today.
Meredith Vieira sat down with the supermodel to discuss the new crop of supers — the Instagirls — many of whom have gained popularity through their social media presence. Naomi provided her analysis on the phenomena, and as you may have imagined, she’s not necessarily here for these new It girls.
Naomi noted that she and her generation of supermodel sistren had to “earn our stripes” to get that “super” title. But though she said she’s astonished by how easily supermodeldom is coming to this younger group of girls, she is thankful for having to take a bit of a rockier path to get to where she is today. “Sometimes, it’s easy come, easy go. So, I’m actually grateful for the way I’ve had my career. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Does this mean Naomi thinks a chunk of these girls are on their way out? Perhaps. Watch her drop knowledge (and throw a little shade) in the clip above.