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Nasty Gal, Macy’s Suppliers Owe Workers Over $3 Million in Unpaid Wages

Image: Nasty Gal

Image: Nasty Gal

You would think that in 2014, American clothing companies would strive to make better decisions about how they compensate the people who actually put together the products. This latest investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor proves otherwise. According to findings, there are over 1,500 garment workers who are not being properly compensated for their work, particularly workers linked to a certain supplier whose clients include Nasty Gal, Nordstrom, Macy’s and more. 

According to The Fashion Law, California’s minimum wage is $9/hr, but garment workers were being given only nine cents for every article of clothing they sewed together. Laborers are made to work in sweatshop-like conditions, where their hours are not being properly logged, resulting in an average of $1,900 of unpaid labor — over $3 million in all. 

There have been several reports of the poor conditions garment workers are made to toil under in countries like India and Bangladesh. While workers in America aren’t dealing with buildings constantly on the brink of collapse, it’s clear that the negative aspects of working in clothing production are not limited to that corner of the world. Garment workers are even being treated unfairly in a country that touts its “advanced” civil rights and labor policies. It just goes to show that sometimes, you don’t have to look further than your own backyard to see injustice playing out.

[via The Fashion Law]

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First Look: Simone Rocha x J Brand Denim Collection

Since we heard the news of a Simone Rocha x J Brand collaboration earlier this year, we’ve been wondering what to expect. Well, this week the wait was finally over as we’ve been treated to several sneak peeks of the collection on social media.

Why has the Irish designer turned her hand to denim? In a recent interview with Grazia to celebrate the launch, Rocha explained that it was the fact that denim is typically thought of as workwear and so she wanted the challenge of breaking the rules. Mission accomplished. Her final pieces carry no trace of that typical tomboyish aesthetic that’s usually synonymous with denim.


Simone Rocha for JBrand installation In DOVER STREET MARKET GINZA @doverstreetmarketginza

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The transformation was achieved with the injection of volume and ruffles creating gentle, feminine-feeling frills. Plus, Rocha told Grazia that “for this collection for J Brand I wanted to use colour to create emotion.” It’s interesting to see just how different colour can make the exact same piece feel entirely different as a pastel pink makes for a very girly feel, black keeps it sleek and classic, but red imbues the garments with sultry appeal. (more…)

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Taylor Swift Headlines the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

We hope you like Taylor Swift as much as you like hot women parading around in underwear because your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is coming with a huge side order of the “Shake It Off” singer, who’s been tapped to perform at this year’s show in London. Taylor headlined the event last year, performing alongside her model buddies Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss. Due to the fact that she’s basically everywhere now that her album 1989 has dropped, it makes sense that the lingerie giant would ask her for an encore this year.

Also lined up to perform is another one of Taylor’s BFFs, Ed Sheeran, as well as Irish musician Hozier and Ariana Grande. The show is a mere two weeks away — it will go down at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre December 2, airing stateside on CBS at 10 p.m. come December 9. 

[via EW]

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Link Buzz: Amy Adams Would Love to Trade Places with Oprah, Solange Knowles and Son Daniel Julez Danced to ‘No Flex Zone’ at Her Wedding

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty

  • Solange Knowles and her son Daniel Julez dancing to “No Flex Zone” at her wedding this weekend has to be the cutest thing ever. [People]
  • Google Glass is already a big flop. [Reuters]
  • Dry shampoo: Does it make your hair fall out? One writer investigates. [Jezebel]
  • Opening Ceremony’s wearable tech device MICA is completely setting the standard for future products. [Fashionista]
  • Kendall Jenner explains why she’d rather not have her older sister Kim attending any of her fashion shows. [Page Six]
  • If stores are trying to catch shoplifters, a good place to start may be their own staff. [The Atlantic]
  • Amy Adams adorably answers 73 questions for Vogue. [Vogue]
  • TIME is really sorry that it put “feminist” on its list of words that should be banned in 2015. [TIME]
  • Sara Sampaio is pissed at Victoria’s Secret for throwing shade at her Victoria’s Secret body positivity spot. [Vogue UK]

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Marion Cotillard Demonstrates How a Tasteful Nude Cover Is Done, for SNC Magazine

After last week’s big Paper magazine reveal, we thought we would be OK without having to see another naked celebrity for a while. But looking at Marion Cotillard’s SNC magazine cover, we’re starting to think that perhaps we’re not completely tired of seeing stars in their birthday suits. The actress and Christian Dior muse stripped down for the cover of the Russian magazine and the results are far less, uh, jarring than a certain naked celebrity’s latest cover. 


A full-length image of the cover reveals the actress, squatting in a pair of chunky platform sandals and nothing else – her arms are about it when it comes to boob coverage.  (more…)

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Jeremy Scott Says You Can Feel Any Way You Want About His Moschino Collections

Image: Imaxtree

Image: Imaxtree

Jeremy Scott’s whimsical design aesthetic made him the perfect match for Moschino. In fact, the designer almost fits the house too perfectly with his cheeky designs and madcap aesthetic. But if you’re going to write about his work, just make sure you get it right. WWD had a little sit-down with the designer, who has a book with Rizzoli coming out soon. In the interview, Scott talks about whether or not he thinks his collections should be looked at with a more critical eye. For the most part, Scott is OK with many of the reactions to his work. 

“In my opinion, it’s for each person to pull out their own decision and feelings from it. That’s why I don’t really try to do a dissertation about my work personally,” he said. “It can seem a little frivolous and silly for me to talk intellectually about something like McDonald’s or Barbie or SpongeBob or food packaging. Those who want to look at it like, maybe those dresses are a thought about recycling and how we’re so wasteful as a society and there are so many landfills…or, how can you take something that’s seen as ugly and render something beautiful; put it at the highest level of haute couture and make these evening gowns that are fit to going to La Scala? Or you can just be like, ‘That looks fun!’ I’m totally cool either way.”

But one thing you should never do with his work is make assumptions and pass it off as fact. Scott recalls a time when a major newspaper made a claim about his past inspirations, which was simply not true. “Once, someone talked about me doing all this stuff with the Eiffel Tower. I’ve never done anything with the Eiffel Tower in anything, ever. It’s like in The New York-f–kin’ Times. OK, where did you see this work of mine? You are obviously speaking incorrectly,” he said. “Even with Moschino, people not being astute enough to understand what Franco [Moschino] did. There’s 30 years of history—there’s 10 of Franco. There’s 20 of a team that worked to continue a vision, but you should know the DNA of the house and that lies with Franco. It doesn’t lie with two seasons ago.”

[via WWD]