Monday, July 28, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 3:02 PM
Primark, the British retail store involved in an apparent slave-labor hoax earlier this summer, is back in the spotlight after receiving negative feedback about their new mannequins. (via Twitter)

Primark, the British retail store involved in an apparent slave-labor hoax earlier this summer, is back in the spotlight after receiving negative feedback about their new mannequins.

The chain was quick to respond via Twitter when a shopper tweeted out an image of its rib-bearing mannequin saying they’d look into it. Days later, Primark announced the mannequins would be removed.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:49 AM
It’s no longer taboo for males to bling it up. But even the man who won’t wear anything bolder than a watch knows that jewelry sends a message. (iStock)

Boys can wear bracelets, too.

It’s no longer taboo for males to bling it up. But even the man who won’t wear anything bolder than a watch knows that jewelry sends a message.

In the past, stereotypes weighed men down. Hippies of the 1960s were all about leather. Braided necklaces and thick cuffs were popular accessories for a generation of individualists sporting pony tails, mustaches and tunics. In the ’70s, the heavy gold ID bracelet was a favorite of wise guys and wannabes while ’80s rock musicians added metal studs to leather armbands for a more menacing look. In the ’90s, rappers were all in when it came to thick gold chains, and professional athletes began sporting diamond earrings the size of small planets.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:40 PM
Colleen Brown is the first ever woman to be named to the board of embattled retail clothier American Apparel. (Marek Slusarczyk/iStock)

Colleen Brown is the first ever woman to be named to the board of embattled retail clothier American Apparel. Known for risqué mannequin displays, misogynistic ads, sexual harassment lawsuits and, most recently, the public termination of former CEO Dov Charney, this move comes as part of a company shake-up to revive revenue, The Business of Fashion reports. It will also add a woman's perspective to the company's decision making processes.

Brown has served as the CEO of Fisher Communications Inc., a TV and radio corporation, and currently serves as the managing director of Newport Board Group, a business consultancy firm. She is one of four new board members appointed.

Meanwhile, Dov Charney is in a fight to regain his position of CEO of American Apparel. A letter obtained by Buzzfeed detailed that Charney was ousted due to sexual and financial misconduct including failure to enforce company sexual harassment policy and the financial harm caused by lawsuits against Charney for this misconduct.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:29 PM
Singer Britney Spears arrives at a welcome ceremony as she celebrates the release of her album "Britney Jean" and prepares for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller (Getty Images)

David Lynch isn’t the only one in the entertainment industry making bras. Yesterday morning, Britney Spears announced she, too, would be making the foray into women’s wear with a new lingerie line called The Intimate Britney Spears.

In collaboration with Danish lingerie company CHANGE Lingerie, The Intimate Britney Spears will launch in the U.S. and Canada on September 9 with a New York City party featuring Britney herself. Europe can expect the collection a few weeks later on September 26.

Featuring everything from lingerie sets to sweats, The Intimate Britney Spears products will be available on www.intimatebritneyspears.com priced between $17 and $79. 



POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:19 AM
Rima looking flawless and in style on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. (Rima Suqi/via Fathom.com)

The six-day climb necessary to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is no walk in the park but one climber, writer Rima Suqi, made it a walk in stilettos.

To celebrate her official entrance into middle age, Suqi ascended the mountain with a couple non-traditional supplies. While she didn’t exactly climb the mountain wearing the Gunmetal brand heels, she put them on along with some red Chanel lipstick after reaching the peak. Next, she had her puzzled guide take pictures of her feat for a mini photo-shoot.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:06 AM
Axel Dumas, CEO, Hermes International poses at the opening of Hermes Beverly Hills Boutique on September 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Earlier this week Christophe Lemaire announced his departure as the creative director of Hermès. Today, Harper’s Bazaar reports Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski has been selected to take on the role as artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear at the French fashion house.

Vanhee-Cybulski has formerly worked at high-end brands like Maison Martin Margiela and Céline and, most recently, as the women’s design director at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s brand The Row.

“Her talent and her creative track record,” Hermès CEO Axel Dumas told Women’s Wear Daily, “will be great assets in the continued development of women’s ready-to-wear.” 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:54 PM
Rouge Louboutin (far left) is the first shade being released in Christian Louboutin's new nail polish collection. (George Chinsee via Women's Wear Daily)

There is now a product for every woman who covets but does not possess the means to afford a pair of ‘Devil Wears Prada’ red-bottom Christian Louboutin pumps. The French shoe designer is venturing into the beauty world with the introduction of his new line of nail polish reports Women's Wear Daily. Makes sense considering the rich red lacquer that drenches the soles of each of his shoes.

At $50 a pop and $55 for the necessary care kit, the Louboutin cosmetics brand is sure to be an ultra-luxurious one. In comparison, Tom Ford nail polish is $32 while Chanel shades are listed at $27 on the brand’s website.

For the cost, the Christian Louboutin nail polish aims to offer a luxury manicure experience in all aspects, including the product’s packaging. The first enamel—naturally, a red—is called Rouge Louboutin and is on sale in the U.S. today at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York. It’s packaged in a vampy, black ombré orb with a stiletto-style cap that comes to a point at the top. The tallest of the nail polish tops, the Rouge Louboutin cap matches the height of Louboutin’s highest heel ever.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:54 AM
The Japanese-owned clothing chain UNIQLO will debut at Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey this fall.

UNIQLO, the clothing retailer that specializes in affordable basics, has been expanding all over the United States as of late. The Japanese store announced today that they will be opening a new store at Cherry Hill Mall on September 26.

The Philadelphia area got its first introduction to UNIQLO in May when the chain opened their much-anticipated King of Prussia Mall location. Since then, buzz spread quickly about the Center City location planned for 1608 Chestnut Street set to open in October. This location will include a “museum corner” showcasing UNIQLO’s SPRZ NY (Surprise New York) collection.

In addition to the King of Prussia and Center City locations, UNIQLO has confirmed they will be opening a third Philadelphia location at Willow Grove Park Mall on October 10 and another New Jersey location in Wayne.

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