Bethany Morrisonn


This Week’s Top Stories


 These Striking Photos Demonstrate Why We Need to Stop Using "Nude" as a Color
How many times have you described a lipstick as "nude" without really thinking? In the beauty world, pinkish-beige has come to be interchangeable with "nude," but the reality is that nude does not mean the same thing for everyone. [Popsugar


As Trump Makes Visas More Difficult to Obtain, What Effect Will This Have on Fashion?
The Trump administration is - potentially inadvertently - making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than nearly any point during the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters. [The Fashion Law]

Why India and China May Be The Solution To The World's Fast Fashion Crisis
Consumers these days are no longer strangers to the dark underbelly of the $3 trillion fashion industry. The textile and garment industry, second only to oil in its polluting effects, has been criticized for its labor standards, hazardous chemicals, and greenhouse gas and waste production. [Forbes]


Rihanna Confirms: Fenty Beauty is 100% Cruelty-Free
While Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, which launched earlier this month, has received loud praise for being tailored to a wider range of skin-tones–40 shades of foundation in total–pet-friendly fans have recently asked for assurance that RiRi’s brand hasn’t been tested on animals. [People


Milan Fashion Week: Highlights from backstage, runways and front rows
In a return of the 1990s supermodels, model and former French First Lady Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen struck a pose at Versace, honoring their late friend Gianni Versace. [HELLO!]

Reddit's Four Rules for Starting Your Own Streetwear Brand
These days, starting a successful streetwear brand requires little more than access to a screenprinter and an Instagram account. That’s just one reason that the audience for Reddit’s Streetwear Startup forum has ballooned to over 14,000 followers. [GQ]

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London Fashion Week Kicks Off, With Local Talents and Overseas Brands
London kicked off fashion week on Friday to pleas from the local fashion industry to protect the city’s international outlook as uncertainty about Britain’s impending departure from the EU hung in the air for the second year in a row. [The Fashion Law]


Naomi Campbell On Women of Colour In Fashion: 'We Don't Want To Be A Trend'
The supermodel and face of H&M's Fall collection campaign praises the brand for being one of the only labels to deliver longstanding diversity [ELLE]

Serving Those The Fashion Industry Ignores
A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own. Manning, founder of the New York-based clothing company that bears his name, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most clothiers. [Forbes]


How Adwoa Aboah is shaking up the fashion industry
A familiar face on the catwalk, the outspoken model also tackles difficult issues on her online platform. Adwoa Aboah is both the poster girl for modern fashion and one of its most vocal critics. [The Guardian]

Forever 21 Accused Of Copying T-Shirt That Benefits Planned Parenthood
Another day, another fast-fashion retailer has been accused of ripping off yet another indie designer. Unfortunately, this time around it’s not just a T-shirt you’ve seen all over Instagram — it's one that benefits charity. [Refinery29]


Are We Drawn To Colours That Meet Our Psychological Needs?
Does black make you think of evil, while red warns you of danger? Does yellow make you smile and blue make you dreamy? Colours arouse strong emotions in all of us. These emotions may be linked to memories. [HuffPost]

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What It’s Truly Like to Be a Fashion Model
For decades, modeling was the silent profession. But not any longer. In interviews with The New York Times, young women discuss racism, sexual abuse and the fashion industry’s obsession with extreme youth. [The New York Times]


Why Color Psychology is Key to Digital Marketing
From the orange at Hermès to the red coating of Christian Louboutin‘s shoe soles, brands have often distinguished themselves by incorporating emblematic colors into their products. The increasing amount of trademark infringement lawsuits are indicative of just how much brands rely on certain colors as integral parts of their DNA — and the lengths they’ll take to protect their singular use. [FN]

Banning size zero models is small fry. What fashion needs is diversity
New York Fashion Week hadn’t even begun when the big story emerged: the luxury groups LVMH and Kering have pledged to stop using underage and size zero models in their catwalk shows and ad campaigns. [The Guardian]


Fenty x Puma
‪Rihanna’s Instagram handle is BadGalRiRi for a reason. The pop star has an insatiable appetite for danger, and her risk-taking swagger permeates everything she does, not least her sense of style. [VOGUE]

Prada's Profits Fall, as Brand Says Revamp is Taking Longer Than Expected
Italian fashion house Prada reported a sharp drop in first-half profits on Friday and warned it would take longer than expected to turn the ailing company around.  A year ago, Italy’s largest luxury goods company by revenue said it expected to return to sales and profit growth in 2017 after being hit hard by a slowdown in its markets. [The Fashion Law]

Freelancers sue Ebony magazine, claiming $70,000 in unpaid work
A group of 38 Ebony freelancers filed a lawsuit against the magazine Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work. [Chicago Tribune]

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Everyone Is Obsessed With Rihanna's Diverse Fenty Beauty Campaign
As the final days of summer subsided into the promise of a lazy Labor Day weekend (and all the beauty sales it entails), Rihanna unveiled the long-anticipated campaign video for her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line…and it’s everything. [Allure]

Zara's Stunning New Campaign Features Only Models Over 40
Zara is probably one of the most-shopped stores for millennials; our closets are filled with its trendy denim dresses and statement coats. But the retailer just took a major step in appealing to a larger demographic, and it's incredibly refreshing. [Popsugar]

This Androgynous Fashion Label Is Redefining Menswear In Nigeria
The eccentric brand makes a conscious effort to push boundaries while offering rational fashion to adventurous Nigerian men who aren't afraid to rock bold designs and out-of-the-box silhouettes. [Konbini]


Red, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Blue: Brands Continue to Wage War Over Color
The protectability of colors has been a topic of conversation this week, as almost five years after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Christian Louboutin does, in fact, have a valid trademark in “Chinese red” for use on the soles of shoes (as long as those shoes are not monochrome red), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) has put an end to a two-year-long battle over the protectability of the color yellow. [The Fashion Law]


L'Oréal Sacks Transgender Model After Comments on White People
French cosmetics giant L'Oréal sacked its first transgender model to appear on a British advertising campaign after she described all white people as racist on Facebook.  [Business of Fashion]

Why Everyone At NYFW Will Be Wearing A Blue Ribbon
New York Fashion Week is a week away and if there's one thing we know about it, is that politics will be front and center. Last February, the fashion industry showed its solidarity with Planned Parenthood through pink pins (distributed by the CFDA), and this season, they are throwing their support behind the ACLU. [Refinery29]

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The Problem With ‘Full Look’ Styling in Fashion Magazines
Once upon a time, stylists — or sittings editors, as they were previously known — would be the anonymous figures gathering the best clothes from the latest collections and artfully herding photographers and models to far-flung locations to create portfolios of imagery that would be published in glossy magazines. [BOF]

Nars Teams With Refinery 29 on London Art Exhibition

Nars is taking a new, more modern approach to marketing its latest lip product, Powermatte Lip Pigment. The cosmetics brand has teamed with the digital publishing platform Refinery 29 to host an art exhibition in London called “PowerMouth,” spotlighting the works of five female artists.  [WWD] 
Naomi Campbell criticises lack of diversity at Vogue
Naomi Campbell has criticised the lack of diversity among staff of the fashion magazine Vogue, highlighting how a staff photo taken under a former editor, Alexandra Shulman, showed a complete absence of black staff members. [The Guardian]
Afropunk Fest brings NYC musical talent, political statement fashion to Brooklyn
Raw fashion and hot talent arrived in style Saturday to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park as part of Afropunk Fest. Vibrant headwear, tribal-esque face paint, and eye-popping outfits with Afrocentric patterns were on display on day one of the annual street fashion and music celebration. [NY Daily News]
Did You Know Sweatshops Exist In The UK?
You might think that ‘Made in Britain’ is a badge of honour when it comes to the label inside your clothes, but did you know that the conditions in some garment factories in the UK are as bad as those in many of the factories in the developing world? [VOGUE]


China Changes its Tune, Responds to Trump Probe, Promises Stricter IP Enforcement
Just eleven days after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized an investigation into China's alleged “theft” of American intellectual property, Chinese authorities announced that they will tighten controls over intellectual property to provide better opportunities for foreign firms. [The Fashion Law]

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Fashion Industry Reacts to Charlottesville Violence
Last week, the world’s eyes turned to Charlottesville, where thousands of Nazi-saluting white supremacist marchers descended on the University of Virginia in what was described as one of the largest white supremacist rallies in recent US history. [Business of Fashion


Serena Williams on exercising while pregnant and why fashion is harder than tennis
Most expectant mothers have their minds firmly full with last-minute nursery preparations, hospital bag packing and birthing plans. Eight-months-pregnant Serena Williams has these concerns, of course, but her sights are also set on a bigger postpartum goal: her return to tennis. [Telegraph]

Target's Removing Your Favorite Affordable Fashion Lines — and We're in Shock
Target plans to remove some customer favorites like Mossimo and Merona and replace them with 12 new clothing, accessory, and decor lines. [Popsugar]


Counterfeiting Boom Threatens the Legitimacy of India's Rapidly Growing Markets
India's consumer goods and retail sector is predicted to see sales soar by 40% over the next three years – making it the fastest-growing emerging market. [The Fashion Law]

Study: Millennial Women Are Shunning Fakes for the Real Thing
Despite living in a world dominated by fast-fashion retailers, which make runway lookalikes wildly affordable and almost instantly available, fewer and fewer millennial women are looking for fakes when it comes to luxury goods. This sentiment is apparent in the "buy less, buy better" mentality that is permeating this purchasing group, and central to a new study put forth by the Diamond Producers Association (“DPA”). [The Fashion Law]

How High Fashion Won Over Rap
Fashion has always been essential to hip-hop culture. Though the youthful black and brown New Yorkers who developed rap in the ‘70s and ‘80s weren’t well-off financially, their purchase of clothes was every bit as important to them as the priceless words they fashioned. [Vulture]

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The Marriage Between Fashion and Religion: That Might be the 2018 Met Gala Theme
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute is reportedly not going to play it safe with the theme of next year’s Met Gala and corresponding exhibition: It is taking on religion. [The Fashion Law]
In the Age of Instagram, Murals Take on New Meaning
It’s taken the ubiquity of a new medium — Instagram — to revive an old one: hand-painted murals. Over the past two years, retailers ranging from Adidas to Gucci have commissioned highly visible murals that are part ad, part art — and ideal Instagram bait. [Business of Fashion] Announces Expansion has announced this morning that it is to open a new 24,000 sq ft home in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to house its growing content creation operations. [VOGUE]


A Comprehensive History of Rihanna's Carnival Ensembles
The Crop Over is an annual harvest festival held in Barbados, traditionally held at the end of the summer to mark the culmination of another successful sugar harvest. Since she's been in the public eye, Rihanna has attended four times, and each outfit has been more impressive than the last. [ELLE]
How Ganni Reinvented Scandinavian Style
When three British Vogue editors turn up to work in exactly the same dress — one that has also caught the eye of a handful of Instagram influencers — it’s pretty solid confirmation of a fashion phenomenon. [Business of Fashion]


Clarks withdraws girls' school shoe after accusations of sexism
Clarks are withdrawing a school shoe for girls called “Dolly Babe” after it provoked accusations of sexism, especially as the equivalent version for boys is called “Leader”. [The Guardian]

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Announcing Vogue’s Forces of Fashion Conference With Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and More
This October, Vogue, in partnership with American Airlines, Milk and HP, is bringing together some of the world’s most celebrated designers for Forces of Fashion, a conference primed to spark frank and lively discussion around the current state of the industry. [VOGUE]


The 1 Model You Should Be Following If You're Real About Stretch Marks and Cellulite
Ever since Denise Bidot's start as a supermodel in 2014, when she made headlines for being the first curvy woman to walk the runway at Fashion Week for regular-size brands, she's exploded onto the scene. [Popsugar]

Are We Really Doing This Whole Asian Cultural Appropriation Fashion Trend Again?
Perhaps you, like me, have noticed a slow and steady comeback of culturally Asian garments becoming fashionably trendy. I blame the 90s throwback, regurgitating its way back into the zeitgeist of cool with little to no reflection at all. When has being Asian ever been cool in a mainstream sense? It's never done anything for my "cool" cred personally. [Allure]

Tiffany & Co.'s New Ads Are Embracing 'Cool'—and It's Totally Working
Tiffany & Co. may be one of the most iconic, instantly recognizable jewelry brands in the U.S., but its fall 2017 campaign might make you do a double take. (Save for its signature blue shade, which, of course, makes an appearance.) [GLAMOUR]


On Zazzle, White Models Are Being Used To Sell T-Shirts That Say ‘Nappy’ And ‘Angry Black Woman’
Online marketplace Zazzle is taking some serious heat after photos emerged last week showing some of its “Nappy,” “Angry Black Woman” and “Black Girl Magic” T-shirts being modelled by white models. [Huffington Post]

High Tech Meets High Fashion With Kino ‘Living’ Jewelry
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created “living” jewelry. The miniaturized robots, dubbed Kino, meander across your clothes, changing location and reconfiguring appearance. [Geek]

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Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo for $1.2 Billion
Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for £896 million ($1.2 billion), both brands announced Tuesday. Under the deal, each shareholder of the high-end footwear label will receive £2.30 ($3) per share in cash, WWD reports. [ELLE]

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week shows off First Nations' designs
Almost 60 First Nations designers and models have joined forces for the four-day event, which opened on 26 July. Many of those on the catwalk are current or former foster children. [BBC]

This Film for Planned Parenthood Is Also a Major Fashion Campaign
The arrival of fall fashion campaigns is a big deal every year. They feature top-tier models, celebrities, and photographers, and, naturally, they make us all want to shop. But Proenza Schouler opted out of the tradition this year to create a project that's a bit closer to the brand’s heart: a film in honor of Planned Parenthood. [Who What Wear]


Blending fashion with tech: This iPhone app will scan your foot and make you a custom pair of high heels
A quick scan of the foot with an iPhone will result in a customized pair of high heels, delivered from Spain, through an app created by True Gault — the latest brand to crack the code on mass-producing personalized items. [CNBC]


Do fashion designers use activism for business only?
The world of fashion is usually treated with frivolity. Its influence and boldness are often ignored as being irrelevant. Many even assume that style and intellect can’t go hand in hand. But the worlds of glamour and politics have always had an uncanny association. [Nationahl Herald India]

Interview Magazine Slammed for Culturally Insensitive Editorial
Interview Magazine is causing quite a stir in connection with a recent editorial. Social media users, including some well-known names in the fashion industry, have slammed the editorial – which futures model Xiaoyin walking down the street in Chinatown, New York wearing a conical hat and carrying Chanel bags on a stick – for being culturally insensitive. [The Fashion Law]