Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sudanese journalist go on trial for wearing pants

A female Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public told a packed Khartoum courtroom yesterday that she was resigning from a UN job that grants her immunity so that she could challenge the law on women's dress. Lubna Hussein was among 13 women arrested on 3 July in a raid by members of the public order police force on a popular Khartoum cafe. The women were all wearing trousers, considered indecent under the strict interpretation of Islamic law adopted by Sudan's Islamic regime. All but three of the women were flogged at a police station two days later.

"Is that something we can change?

HAS Anna Wintour finally gone power crazy? That's what some fashion insiders are wondering this week after the Vogue editor in chief suggested a retail-sales strategy which some said amounted to industry price-fixing. At a Tuesday "town hall" meeting hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, designers like Donna Karan and Elie Tahari lamented steep markdowns that have plagued profits since last fall, The Post's James Covert reports. "Could someone lead a committee that would make ground rules for retailers when the discounting starts, and then all the retailers can agree to it?" Wintour asked. When CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg pointed out, "That's illegal," Wintour said: "Is that something we can change? We have friends in the White House now." According to a Vogue spokesman, Wintour was merely alluding to designated days for retail discounts that are already in place in certain countries including France and the United Kingdom. "That may be OK over there," says Vano Haroutunian, a New York lawyer focused on the apparel industry. "But here, it sounds like collusion." After a flurry of blog postings yesterday, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb downplayed the brouhaha, saying Wintour's comments were part of a "brainstorm." For example, designer Betsey Johnson suggested staging a fashion show at Madison Square Garden. Nevertheless, Wintour's legendary power over the industry is matched only by her zeal to "push the envelope," according to one fashion insider. "Either the idea was crazy or it was brilliant, but it wasn't 100 percent crazy," our source said. -PAGE SIX, NY Post

Eric Gaskins AKA Fluff Chance - Eric Wilson

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Amy Winehouse 'stole cocaine from Kate Moss's handbag'

Amy Winehouse allegedly stole crack cocaine from Kate Moss’s handbag, her ex-husband has claimed. Blake Fielder-Civil said they were partying with the supermodel in New York when Winehouse went into her purse and pocketed two grammes of the drug. They were mingling with other models and Hollywood stars in a private suite at the city’s Gramercy Park Hotel. He said: 'Kate had told Amy to get a $10 note out of her handbag to snort lines with. But Amy told me she found two grammes of cocaine in there – so she nicked them. 'We did some in the toilets and had sex, but we did the rest in front of everyone.' And he added that Moss, 35, was 'so drunk she never noticed it was missing'. -Daily Mail

Monday, July 27, 2009

Polyvore’s co-founders, from left, Pasha Sadri, Guangwei Yuan and Jianing Hu.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Walter Van Beirendonck Menswear

Robot Model Walks in Japan

The very livelihood of living, breathing models may be threatened. For in Japan a five foot two robot model named Miim walked in Yumi Katsura's show. Modeling a wedding dress, Miim even took "realistic sidelong glances" at the front row. (If we may, that's not very realistic, since models don't look to the side when they walk down a runway, generally, but we'll excuse Miim only because she's a robot.) Miim's developer hopes she will continue working in fashion and entertainment. Hey, at this early stage she might even work for free. -The Cut

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Retail News

American Eagle's 'Artist' jeans return

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Teacher sues city after being fired for affair with runway model student

Her boy toy may have been a stud, but he was no student.
A Queens teacher fired for bedding a 17-year-old male model is suing to win her job back, saying she had no idea her lover boy was enrolled in high school during their affair. Gina Salamino, 37, contends her job as a tenured second-grade teacher at Public School 121 should have been spared because Joshua Walter was so busy catwalking he never attended a single class during the 2006-07 school year. "They have no case," Salamino angrily told the Daily News. "There is no improper relationship." Salamino maintains in Manhattan Supreme Court documents that it's "complete fiction" and "ludicrous" for the Department of Education to insist the globetrotting runway star was a "student" when he hooked up with the teacher, who was then 34. "In support of this, she cites the dictionary definition of ‘student' as ‘one who attends a school,'" court records say.
The affair was hardly short-lived - they live together in Queens and have a child. -SE MARTINEZ -NY DAILY NEWS

Teen underwear model Joshua Walter, who had sex with teacher, gets busted with robbery gang

A pretty-boy Hugo Boss model -- who made headlines last year for being the boy toy of a 37-year-old teacher -- was charged yesterday with taking part in holdup ring that robbed 15 gas stations and delis in the last month. Joshua Walter, 20, of Queens and three others were busted early yesterday for the string of brazen robberies -- and they confessed, sources said. Cops said the thug band would go armed to grab cash out of registers. Then, they would also rob everybody in the place. The quartet got $800 to $1,000 at each of their jobs for a total take of $12,000 to $15,000. The spree began June 14 and ended on Sunday at a Dunkin' Donuts on Horace Harding Expressway, where Walter allegedly pistol-whipped one of the victims, sources said. In addition to gas stations, Walter and his pals hit 7-11 stores, bodegas and fruit and vegetable markets in Rego Park, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, and Jamaica, Queens, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the sources said. The suspects were busted at 1:30 a.m. yesterday when cops assigned to the Queens North auto larceny squad stopped a Chevy Astro van with four men inside on 30th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria. One of the men ran out of the van but he was caught after a short foot chase, cops said. The four were taken to the Queens robbery squad, where lineups were held, the suspects allegedly confessed and they were arrested. They were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a firearm. -LARRY CELONA and ANDY GELLER, NY Post

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Retail News

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

KAROLINA Kurkova, the Czech supermodel often seen in the front row at Knicks games, is six months pregnant. The father is her fiancé, Archie Drury, a former Marine and Scientologist who made the documentary "Voices of Iraq." A rep at DNA Models said, "The couple have been together for a little over a year. This is the first child for both." Kurkova, 25, who's famous for her missing navel, plays Courtney A. Kreiger (a k a Cover Girl) in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," coming out Aug. 7. -PAGE SIX, NY Post

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Michelle Obama - Jason Wu

Michelle Obama - Sophie Theallet

Michelle Obama - Narcisco Rodriguez

Michelle Obama - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama - Veil by Moschino

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Agyness Deyn has become the visual articulation of our culture’s unspoken hopes and latent desires: a now-ness that contains the hint of a tantalizing future — to wit: we don’t know what’s next, but whatever it is, it looks like her. -NY Times