FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
FASHION LAW: Interns and a Jewel House Have Their Day in Court
Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger Targeted in Latest Intern Lawsuit | The list of disgruntled interns continue to grow and the most recent targets are fashion houses, Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger, which are accused of wrongly classifying entry-level employees as interns to avoid paying minimum wage. Late last year, Condé Nast settled a $5.8 million lawsuit in which former interns claimed unfair wages and overworking conditions and sought out proper compensation. We’d say the payout these interns received was more than “appropriate.” Fendi and Hilfiger were named just last week in the New York case where they will attempt to argue their case against accusations they both violated New York Labor Law and Codes. The plaintiff’s, Melanie Zuccarini, Kiora Wheeler and Shawntel Smith are seeking unpaid wages plus interest, damages and attorney fees. This situation–one that is far too common and frequent among the fashion industry–is one that, relatively speaking, should have garnered a full internal review of company policy for design houses large and small. Will the industry ever learn?
Harry Winston Robbers Sentenced After Epic Heists | A Parisian court has doled out eight prison sentences to the thieves involved in two extraordinary thefts at the capital’s Harry Winston flagship in 2007 and 2008. A spokesman for Swatch Group, the fabled jewel house’s parent corporation, told WWD that the sentences ranged from nine months to 15 years in a trial that lasted four weeks. In October 2007, four armed men broke into Harry Winston’s Avenue Montaigne store, making off with $25 million in stones. A year later, the same group — where three were dressed in women’s clothing — orchestrated another heist at the same site worth almost four times the previous one at $95 million.
BUSINESS OF FASHION: Hermès and Condé Nast Bid Farewell to Big Names
Champion Defender of Hermès Leaves the House | Hermès International SCA just bid farewell to one of its major defenders, Deputy Managing Director Patrick Albaladejo. The executive who protected the French fashion house from LVMH‘s attempted takeover resigned to pursue a teaching and consulting career, according to Bloomberg. In 2010, LVMH — which raked in $30 billion in sales then — revealed it had accumulated a 23 percent stake in Hermès, which was famed for its heritage as a purveyor of luxury silk and leather goods: including its Birkin bag and legendary customer waiting list. Along with former CEO Patrick Thomas, Albaladejo oversaw four years of push-and-pull between descendants of Hermès’ founder and LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault. The 177-year-old company formed a truce with LVMH last fall, where the luxury conglomerate pledged not to purchase more shares in Hermès for the next five years.
Condé Nast Parts With NowManifest Bloggers | Last summer FashionBoss questioned the stability and power moves of style bloggers in the fashion world mentioning the likes of NowManifest hostees who have the advertising savvy of Condé Nast to back their sartorial ventures. The mass media conglomerate, however, withdrew their umbrella of influence over their NM bloggers, which included Susie Bubble, Anna Dello Russo, BryanBoy and Fashion Toast. The style bloggers are once again given free rein to affiliate themselves with their own advertising campaigns, a separation about which Anna is excited and Susie Bubble feels bittersweet.
FASHION & STYLE: Dakota: A Name to Be Reckoned With
Dakota Fanning Is 20. Wow. | Dakota Fanning wants to remind the world that Brittany Murphy is no longer her babysitter, Sean Penn is no longer her father and she is no longer a precocious child prodigy grinning on the red carpet. In a stylish new spread for Vs. Magazine, the 20-year-old actress not only indulges her sultry side, she makes a strong pledge to pursue empowering roles throughout her career. In a dramatic, retro-inspired editorial motel room setting, photographer Vincent Peters shows the world a steady, elegant and reflective Fanning whose characteristic wide eyes get the smokey treatment. Taking pensive Polaroid selfies and clutching vinyls by cool, independent female artists, like Rickie Lee Jones, she is not following the usual sex kitten route that is so often taken by actresses trying to shed a child-star image. Men are rarely shown in frame, placing all the attention on Fanning and her aura of wise, fearless femininity.by