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Dov Charney Officially Out at American Apparel

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December has certainly not been a good month for skeevy retail CEOs. Last week, controversial Abercrombie & Fitch boss Mike Jeffries exited his post as CEO, and today, Dov Charney is officially out at American Apparel.

Charney was suspended from the company in June and was working as a consultant. Since then, there has been an investigation to see whether or not the troubled CEO broke the terms of his employment agreement. Based on this investigation, the special committee determined that it would not be appropriate for Mr. Charney to be reinstated as CEO or an officer or employee,” the company said in a statement. 

Charney’s tenure at American Apparel has been blighted with reports of inappropriate behavior and financial woes. Paula Schneider, an alum of Laundry by Shelli Segal and and BCBG Max Azria will take Charney’s place as CEO starting January 5.

CNBC notes that American Apparel’s stock has already started to go up at least 7 percent since the announcement. 

[via Business Insider]

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Say Goodbye to the Miss World Bikini Competition

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Image: Getty

If you’re the type that only watches beauty pageants for the swimsuit competition (in which case, ew), you’re probably going to skip the Miss World competition next year. After 63 years of swimsuit competitions, the pageant directors have agreed to nix the feature. 

“I really don’t want—I don’t need to see women just walking up and down in bikinis. It doesn’t do anything for the woman. And it doesn’t do anything for any of us,” Miss World Chairwoman Julia Morley told ELLE. And she’s right. The competition already includes an interview, charity work, a social (or as they say multimedia) aspect, a talent portion, a sports and fitness challenge and a modeling competition. A bikini aspect does seem a little out of place when you take into account the other parts of the competition. 

Over the years, Morley has tried to put in place reforms to the swimsuit aspect, so that there wouldn’t be as much focus on the contestants’ bodies. They stopped broadcasting the swimsuit portion, and instead judged the women behind closed doors. But taking this part of the competition out entirely is quite groundbreaking. Unlike Miss Universe and Miss USA, Miss World is not under the thumb of Donald Trump. It makes sense, after all, that a woman would make the decision to completely nix a rather pointless part of the show. If you’re trying to send a message about women being charitable, talented and intelligent, why would you need to judge them on how their butts look? 

[via ELLE]

Related: Ask a Pageant Queen: What It’s Like to Compete for Miss USA

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Montana’s New Legislative Dress Code Called Sexist

It looks like the dress code issue extends beyond high schools. Women in the Montana Legislature are about to experience some big changes now that Republicans have implemented a new dress code for floor sessions in the State Legislature. The guidelines have been criticized for being antiquated and women who work in the Capitol are saying that the new codes will put their attire under frivolous scrutiny. 

“It makes it acceptable for someone who’s supposed to be my peer and my equal to look me up and down and comment on what I’m wearing. That doesn’t feel right,” democratic house member Jenny Eck told the NThe New York Times. According to Republican majority leader Keith Regier, the new dress code was made in response to government newbies asking what sort of attire would be appropriate for work. 

The dress code calls for “formal business attire” from both sexes (and members of the media, interns and other staff), but the women’s guidelines are far more detailed than the men’s. While men are encouraged to wear suits, dress pants and shirts, formal shoes, a tie and a jacket, women are asked to “be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.” They are also given a wider list of inappropriate footwear including flip flops, open-toe sandals and tennis shoes. Leggings are also included as inappropriate attire, which makes us wonder if anyone was slipping on their Lululemons before a long day of filibustering. Clothing made from fleece and jersey material is also listed as a no-no.  (more…)

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Tracy Anderson Is Expanding Her Fitness Empire

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Maria Baum and Tracy Anderson; Image: Michael Blanchard

It was only a few weeks ago that Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when it was announced that she had hired ex-Martha Stewart CEO Lisa Gersh as the new Goop CEO (the irony). Now she’s making headlines for hiring a new CEO for her joint venture with friend and business partner Tracy Anderson.

“Over the last 16 years, my mission has always been to empower and support the people of which the Tracy Anderson Method serves by helping them create balance where there is imbalance in their lives,” Anderson told us. “It’s with great pride that Gwyneth and I have appointed Maria Baum as the Chief Executive Officer of Tracy Anderson to spearhead a new and advanced level of support through innovative programs, products, experiences and services that our company will offer clients worldwide.”

What exactly are these programs and products? They will likely include new permanent studio locations and pop-up locations in the U.S. and internationally (Anderson already offers private training in London) as well as a high-end clothing line (Anderson has dipped her toes into the luxury activewear space before).  (more…)

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Chanel Cosmetics and Ports 1961 Make Major Creative Hires

Change is a-comin’ to Chanel cosmetics and Ports 1961 as both have made major hires to their creative teams.


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First up is Chanel, which hired Lucia Pica for its newly-created global creative makeup and color designer position. Pica is expected to start January 1, though according to Fashionista, it is still not confirmed whether or not she will participate in creating the runway looks for Chanel’s Fall 2015 show come Paris Fashion Week. She will be creating makeup products for the brand, so it will definitely be exciting to see how she brings her perspective to the storied Chanel brand. But don’t hold your breath since her creations won’t hit shelves until 2016.

As for Ports 1961, the label just named Natasa Cagalj as its new creative director. Cagalj is a Lanvin alum and also sat as head of design for Stella McCartney, a position she held for seven years before leaving in 2012. Cagalj will take over for Fiona Cibani, who will ease into her new position as president of Ports NY Inc. Cibani calls the decision to appoint Cagalj a “long-term” one, so we’re interested to see how she transforms the brand.

Clearly, the fashion world has a lot to look forward to in 2015!

[via Fashionista, Vogue UK]

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Vogue Spain’s January Cover with Sigrid Agren ‘Couldn’t Get Any Cheaper’ (Forum Buzz)

In with the new and out with the old? Vogue Spain kicks off 2015 by tapping some fresh talent for its new January cover. The magazine enlisted Cuneyt Akeroglu to photograph Sigrid Agren for the first issue of the upcoming year. The Turkish photographer, who often creates covers for Turkish Vogue, shot Sigrid for the magazine’s latest installment against a vivid red background wearing a jumper and pants, while clutching a handbag. Sigrid herself hasn’t starred on Spanish Vogue‘s cover before, so we applaud the monthly glossy for delivering something different this time around. 

Vogue Spain January 2015 Sigrid Agren


Are our forum members impressed? “It couldn’t get any cheaper….OMFG,” exclaimed bbofbalenciaga.

“The background has a strong contrast while Sigrid herself (quality wise) looks dull. Very campaign looking. The layout is horrid,” added MON, clearly unimpressed by Vogue Spain’s efforts this month.

A.D.C. agreed: “It doesn’t look like Vogue Spain. Good for them for trying something different but this really is a downgrade for them. Looks like the cover to one of the cheaper Vogues.”

“Oh, why?” cried narcyza, who went on to write, “Sigrid is [a] beautiful girl. This cover it’s just ugly!”

Creative certainly wasn’t feeling it: “Are they serious? Is this for real? It really doesn’t get any cheaper than this. What a vulgar and out of fashion cover. It’s so bad it hurts my eyes. Who thought it was a good idea? Yolanda Sacristán, leave Vogue Spain alone. OMG, this is a new low.”

But not everyone had a negative point of view. “It’s one of those covers that you either love, or hate! But I think they tried something different, and it works,” posted Miss Dalloway.

“I’m glad to see something a bit different from them, to be honest,” blueorchid noted in agreement.

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