For the past few months, Nicolas Ghesquière has been battling in court with his former employers at Balenciaga over comments he made in an interview last year to System magazine about working for the house. It was the first interview Ghesquière had done since his exit and he explained that part of his reason for leaving was because he was feeling drained from the bureaucracy at the label. “I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things,” he famously said. The folks at Balenciaga didn’t take too kindly to his words and filed suit against Ghesquière, claiming his disparaging comments were damaging to the house. Balenciaga was seeking $9.4 million in damages (€7 million).
Now, it looks like Balenciaga and Ghesquière are ready to sit down and talk about their problems like grown-ups. WWD reports that the dueling parties are going to try and resolve the issue with mediation. Balenciaga initially filed suit claiming that Ghesquière’s comments hurt the brand image, but Ghesquière’s people argued that the designer’s words were speaking more to the unfortunate conditions of the industry, as opposed to the fashion house itself.
The court was scheduled to rule on the case today. Hopefully, the fashion house and the designer can settle their differences.
Sydney’s Topshop store is smack-bang in the middle of the CBD, so there’s plenty of crowd-related excuses not to visit the four-level retail heaven. With train or bus fares, congested traffic or the endless struggle to find a car park, sometimes we need a little encouragement to get us through the city and inside the wondrous store.
Wipe away the first-world-problem tears because Topshop has sent an angel in the form of premium taxi service app Uber. This weekend, from August 29 through 31, Uber is offering free rides to Topshop Sydney in a world-first partnership. All you need is the Uber app and the promo code TOPSHOPMINI, and your car service will be free of charge.
Still not sold? You’ll also receive a VIP personal styling session and a $50 gift card to spend inside the magical world of Topshop just by using the Uber app and promo code. You’ve got four levels, two genders and thousands of styles to choose from.
Of course, there has to be some sort of social media marketing ploy to go along with the whole affair, so make sure you use #TOPSHOPMINI on your socials to go in the draw for a $500 gift voucher as well.
I know what you’re thinking and, yes, there’s a catch. The rides will only run during regular store trading hours, so forget any plans to hitch a ride with Topshop to Kings Cross on Saturday night. We’re guessing there’s a kilometre limit to and from the store as well, but that’s yet to be determined.
Sydney’s Watson Bay Boutique Hotel had the honour of hosting a luxurious night for Australian celebrities, launching Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery on Tuesday, August 26.
Like a good guest, Wonderland‘s Emma Lung stunned in a dramatic leopard print dress with a contrasting black neckline by Gucci. Luke Jacobz‘s partner Katie Hansen also donned Gucci in a green halter umbrella print midi dress. If you think it looks familiar, it’s because Blake Lively rocked the same piece at the Gucci Spring 2014 fashion show in Milan. (more…)
The show packages for the NYFW Spring 2015 season are rolling in and we’ve been combing through each and every one because, well, models are pretty to look at and also some of the show packages are really, really cool.
As we were looking through The Society’s lineup, we couldn’t help but notice the presence of a certain “Kendall” (hey, she’s hard to miss) and the marked absence of her last name in the package.
Image: The Society Management
Now, we’re pretty sure this mystery “Kendall” has two names, and we’ve known both of them for years, since she’s been on reality TV since she was in middle school. KENDALL JENNER, WE KNOW IT’S YOU. Really, no one with a recent knowledge of fashion or pop culture would be able to mistake her – the picture on her package card is of her highly publicized Love magazine cover. Sure, her face is partially obscured, but we’re pretty sure casting directors will quickly be able to identify her since, you know, they follow fashion. (more…)
We’re all well aware that history has a tendency to repeat itself, and hip-hop producer was reminded of that this weekend at Chris Brown‘s Pre-VMA party in West Hollywood. Suge has been a dubious presence in music for decades, most famously as the CEO of Death Row Records, which boasted artists like Snoop Dogg, N.W.A and Tupac. His entire career in music has been tinged with violence — people have even theorized that he was responsible for the 1997 death of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., as revenge for the killing of Tupac a few months before.
With Suge’s past in mind, it comes as little surprise that he would find himself embroiled in another dangerous situation 17 years later. This weekend, the producer was attending Chris Brown’s fête at 1Oak when a gunman started shooting at the party. Now, there are conflicting reports saying the bullets were meant for Suge, and others saying Chris was the target, but either way, the producer caught six of the slugs, and the seventh went right into the booty of one model attending the affair.
Megan Hawkins sustained injuries in her derrière region, having caught a bullet right in the butt. The 19-year-old model posted an image from her hospital room to Instagram, and she’s fine — she went into surgery on Sunday and is in recovery. A post (now deleted) from her Instagram profile pictured her standing with the help of a walker. Megan doesn’t look at all shaken from the incident, since she’s smiling in each of the photos. “My ass took a 9mm and I’m keeping it as a souvenir,” she quipped over social media. Not a bad attitude to have after a terrifying, near-death experience.
We think Megan will be staying far away from Chris’ parties from now on, though.
[via TMZ, The Debrief]
First Kim and Kanye, now the Royals are getting The Simpsons treatment — or at least two of them. Artist AleXsandro Palombo has turned Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge into a character on the animated show, along with Queen Elizabeth II. Because it wouldn’t truly be a royal affair without the matriarch of the Mountbatten-Windsor line.
Kate is rendered in many of her most recognizable looks, including the red Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012, the yellow and white colorblocked Roksanda Ilincic dress she wore on her trip to Australia, the lavender Alexander McQueen getup she donned for the BAFTA Awards and several others. Yes, and all of Kate’s most noted fascinators are accounted for.
Kate and her mother-in-law are pictured waving outside Buckingham Palace, in the Throne Room and on the Grand Staircase. Sadly, little Prince George was left out of the images, but we’re sure he’ll have his own iconic rendering in no time.
[via Humor Chic]