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Model Quits; Manager Says Industry Favors Whites

Ajak Deng is out

(Newser) - Ajak Deng—whom Vice calls "one of Australia's most successful model exports" since her modeling debut in 2008—abruptly quit Tuesday, likely because of racism. "I am happy to announce that I am officially done with the fashion industry, I will be moving back to Australia In... More »

Fashion Retailer Has $1M for Best Recycling Idea

H&M wants to reduce environmental strains of 'fast fashion'

(Newser) - H&M—the second most-profitable clothing store in the world—has drawn criticism for embodying the "fast-fashion" model of retail. Fast-fashion basically means overproducing cheap clothing, which can be good for consumers but not so good for workers and the environment. (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver explains the... More »

Toss Bangladesh Factory Owner in Jail for Life: Gov't

Government report cites reasons for collapse

(Newser) - The owner of the Bangladesh factory whose collapse killed some 1,100 people deserves life in prison if found guilty of code violations, a government committee says. Sohel Rana "used extremely poor quality iron rods and cement," says the head of the committee, whose report details the reasons... More »

Yet Another Bangladesh Factory Fire Claims 8 Lives

Meanwhile, collapse toll reaches 912

(Newser) - The disasters continue at Bangladesh's garment factories. There was the fire that killed more than 100 people late last year; then another fire in January; then the building collapse whose confirmed death toll has reached 912. Now, yet another fire has killed at least eight people in a Dhaka... More »

First Debris Found From Missoni Plane

Piece of luggage found near island

(Newser) - The first sign of debris from a missing plane that was carrying the CEO of Italian fashion house Missoni has surfaced in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. A German tourist found a bag from the plane, which vanished shortly after takeoff on Jan. 4 near Venezuela, an official said.... More »

Fashion Bigwigs Now Big Political Players

Designers used to support issues; now they're supporting Obama

(Newser) - Could Michelle Obama's taste in clothes help her husband win reelection? The Washington Post sees a fashion industry gaining political traction—and a pattern emerging between Mrs. Obama's outfits and her husband's donations. Almost half of the designers she wears have donated to the president's cause,... More »

Marc Jacobs Sends Girls, 14, Down Runway

'There is no controversy,' he declares as he flouts industry standards

(Newser) - Designer Marc Jacobs is flouting fashion industry recommendations by sending 14-year-old models down his catwalk. “I do the show the way I think it should be, not the way somebody tells me it should be,” Jacobs told the New York Times after his Manhattan presentation. "There is... More »

Karl Lagerfeld: Adele 'Too Fat'

And Lana Del Rey has a lot of implants, says fashion designer

(Newser) - It's always fun when Karl Lagerfeld opens his mouth , which he did quite a bit during a recent stint as guest editor of Metro . His most buzz-generating quote is about Adele: "The thing at the moment is Adele," he says. "She is a little too fat,... More »

Fashion Exec's Charred House Torn Down

Father who died had just landed job as Saks' Santa Claus

(Newser) - Survivors are trying to pick up the pieces after the furious blaze that engulfed a $1.7 million-dollar Connecticut home yesterday, killing the parents and children of fashion marketing executive Madonna Badger, the New York Post reports. Her father, Lomer Johnson, had just landed his dream holiday-season job—one befitting... More »

Benetton Ads Have World Leaders Smooching

Photoshopped images have Obama, the pope, Hu Jintao, others kissing

(Newser) - If Benetton hoped its new ad campaign would generate buzz, mission accomplished. The fashion label's "Unhate" campaign features photos of world leaders digitally altered to make it look like they're kissing each other, notes the Wall Street Journal . President Obama, for example, is lip-locked with China's... More »

Love Milk? Now You Can Wear It

German designer makes eco-friendly clothes from drink

(Newser) - For the fashion industry, cows provide more than just leather. Combining her knowledge of biochemistry and clothing design, a German designer has begun making clothes from a textile that’s made of pure milk, the AP reports. It feels like silk, is as washable as cotton, and is good for... More »

Hot on the Runways: Gap-Tooth Models

Albinos, scars also trendy in modeling these days

(Newser) - The fashion industry is bored with perfection. This year, the most sought-after models are gracing runways with offbeat looks: albino coloring, tattoos and piercing, and gap teeth. Especially gap teeth. High-profile ad campaigns are snapping up models with space between their two front teeth, and the look is also hot... More »

Girl Scout Videos Tout Plus-Size Self-Esteem

Spots aim to address fashion industry pressures

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have hired four plus-sized models for a new self-esteem campaign dubbed “The Changing Face of Fashion.” In a series of spots that Emili Vesilind of the LA Times calls “viral videos," though that seems overly hopeful, the models talk about their lives and... More »

Australia Tries to Ban Super Skinny Models

But will it make any difference?

(Newser) - In an attempt to do away with the trend of super-skinny models, Australia will reward designers and magazines that showcase healthier-looking women. Other requirements for gaining the youth minister’s seal of approval include: No retouching of photos in any way that changes body shape, disclosure when photos have been... More »

Fashion Awards Draw A-List Crowd

Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors win top awards

(Newser) - Fashion's A-list gathered in New York last night for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's annual awards ceremony. Marc Jacobs won the womenswear designer of the year award, Michael Kors took home a lifetime achievement award, and model Iman was recognized as a Fashion Icon, the Daily Beast reports.... More »

Polyvore Brings Fashion to the People

Users mix and match on popular fashion site

(Newser) - Call it a sophisticated version of paper dolls or, as one fashion exec does, “the cyber equivalent of the inside of a school locker door”: Fashion site Polyvore is the Web’s latest craze. The interactive site allows users to put together sets—think Agyness Deyn in a Michael... More »

5 Fashion Week Trends

Not interested in fashion? Check out the falling models

(Newser) - Wondering what you’ve missed so far from Fashion Week? We’ve rounded up five trends to keep your eye on—check out examples of each in the gallery:
  • Wearability: Designers from Derek Lam and Vera Wang to, yes, even Marc Jacobs and Rodarte are offering clothes the average person
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Models Head to China as Foreign Looks Are Hot

Western looks take over runways, ad campaigns, even mannequins

(Newser) - Canadian blondes, Eastern European brunettes, Swiss redheads: Hundreds of Western models are working in China these days, as China's fashion industry looks increasingly to foreigners to make their brands chic. Ad campaigns and runway shows are suddenly looking for variety and attitude that Chinese models don't project, fashion editors tell... More »

Are Models Skinny Because We're Fat?

Column blaming the thin trend on society's obesity gets lots of attention

(Newser) - Robin Givhan's recent Washington Post piece attempting to explain why models are so skinny—"the fatter the general population, the thinner the idealized woman," she wrote—spawned a number of responses in varying degrees of outrage. Read on for a sample:
  • "'The culture' isn't insisting on emaciated
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Paris Fashion Week Plays it Safe

Designers are tamed by recession fears

(Newser) - Thanks to the recession, “disciplined good taste” reigned on the Paris runways this week, leading Bloomingdale’s fashion director to dub the season “terrific, from a commercial point of view, but not so much so that it’s safe and boring.” Guy Trebay begs to differ. “... More »

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