July 13th, 2012
Fashion News
The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Teen Vogue Editors Brush Off Teenage Protestors, Team USA Uniforms Made in China (!), and Nordstrom to Add Topshop Boutiques
By The Fashion Bomb Staff

• On Wednesday, teen activists Emma Stydahar and Carina Cruz marched over to Condé Nast headquarters in Manhattan to deliver the 30,000 signature-strong petition they created asking Teen Vogue to stop using Photoshop on the models in their magazine, and to commit to using a more diverse range of models. Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley met with Stydhar and Cruz, only to lecture them for five minutes on how misinformed they were about the Condé Nast title. “It was kind of shocking how rude they were to us, because Julia (the teenager who drew up a petition against Seventeen) had a really positive experience talking with Seventeen’s editor-in-chief,” said Cruz. “We assumed Teen Vogue would also want to hear what their readers think and do everything they can to help girls feel better about themselves and their bodies. Instead, they sat with us for 5 minutes and told us to do our homework.” Stydahar added; “We have done our homework. That’s why we started this campaign, because three out of every 4 girls feel bad about themselves after reading a fashion magazine. That’s not a statistic that the magazine industry should be proud of. It should change, and I know it will change if we continue demanding diverse, real images of beauty from Teen Vogue.” What do you think? Was the Teen Vogue staff rude to the young girls, or do Stydahar and Cruz have no case against the title? (BuzzFeed/Shift)

• People are outraged over Team USA’s Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms deigned by Ralph Lauren. Not because they include weird hats and schoolmarm skirts, but because they were made in China. ABC News found that each item, from the questionable beret all the way down to the ivory loafers were made in Asia. Nanette Lepore, for one, is not amused. She told ABC News it would have “absolutely” been feasible for Lauren to produce the uniforms in the United States, and for less money. “Why shouldn’t we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?”, she asked. Do you agree with Lepore, or do you respect Lauren’s hustle? (ABC News)


• Jenna Ushkowitz of Glee fame has teamed up with Wall Flower Jeans on a back-to-school denim collection. (Daily Mail)

via Beauty High

Ciaté, the geniuses behind the caviar manicure, is releasing another textured mani set sure to be on every fashionista’s wishlist this fall. The “Velvet” manicure follows a similar formula as its caviar predecessor, but instead of sprinkling your nails with tiny beads, you embellish them with a flurry of velvet flecks. The set is due out next month, and will no doubt sell out as quickly as the caviar manicure did. Will you be buying? (Beauty High)

Boxers or briefs? This alluring survey needs to know! Fill it out here if you’re so inclined.

• Starting in September, Nordstrom will carry Topshop items. The department store will introduce Topshop and Topman boutiques at 14 stores, with hopes of eventually carrying the brand in every Nordstrom. (NYT)


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22 Responses to “The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Teen Vogue Editors Brush Off Teenage Protestors, Team USA Uniforms Made in China (!), and Nordstrom to Add Topshop Boutiques”

  1. cameil says:

    Nanette Lepore, for one, is not amused. She told ABC News it wold have “absolutely” been feasible for Lauren to produce the uniforms in the United States, and for less money…misspelled “would”

  2. T1K says:

    That’s a slap in the face Ralph Lauren!

  3. Jihan says:

    @cameli tks, fixed. I’m on a bus with questionable wifi, sometimes spell check is funky!

  4. Savage says:

    What?! Americans using the labor of a minority and slapping an American flag on it?! Oh I cannont believe it..lol Wait isn’t that the American way?

  5. BougieHippie says:

    Designed in America Made in China. Gotta love capitalism.

  6. I’m with Nanette. Ralph and company should be ashamed of themselves. How should they expect Americans to pump money back into the economy if they can’t. No to the furry mani. No thanks.

  7. Dom says:

    RL is beyond wrong for that one. Hopefully, next Olympics they allow Nanette Lepore to design and produce instead.

  8. Honey B says:

    Teen Vogue made a big mistake. Never silence the voice of the young people and never offend the market in which you are selling. I’m going to watch how this plays out.

  9. makeeasweet says:

    First of all,hell no to furry nails.im glad teen vogue say no to that photo shopped crap,but i definitely agree with using more diverse models.if looking at a magazine make you cry about your own body,going after the magazine company isnt going to fix your MENTAL issue.there always going to be someone consider more skinner,prettier and hotter then you.whether its in school,work or just walking down the street.

  10. kory conover says:

    I think Teen Vogue does feature a diverse group of celebrities and models. I think people will continue to read Teen Vogue regardless. I certainly will. And is this what these girls are doing with their summer vacation? Seriously? Maybe they should hold a campaign for something that really matters.

    As for Ralph Lauren I’m a huge fan but I’m a little offended he chose to have the Olympic uniforms produced in China. He’s known for being all-American yet he produces his clothing in China when there are people in America and especially in the garment district who are out of work and are in desperate meed of jobs.

  11. crys says:

    those velvet nails look like left over cotton from removing polish !

  12. Brittany says:

    I’m a little disappointed in Teen Vogue, I enjoyed reading the magazine as a kid. It didn’t make me feel bad about myself, but I also subscribed to a different standard of beauty. Is it really that difficult to feature a realistic, healthy, and diverse kind of beauty? I guess selling the fantasy is more important to them. They should have at least heard them out.

  13. lola says:

    China just snatched America’s red, white and blue wig LMAO!!!!! You’ve been scalped!! dead!!

  14. lola says:

    Nanette is so thirsty though. You can tell she’s bitter she didn’t get the job.

  15. Dee says:

    Attempting to see why anyone is “shocked” that the RL apparel was made in Asia. Everything is. EVERYTHING! Doubt me? Take a look in your closet now. Besides cosmetics and 70% food, the USA is going broke make China rich. I shall not be moved or surprised.

  16. Brittany says:

    Could we break up the text more with paragraphs? That block of text on that first news story was really dense.

  17. C.L says:

    The first step is education. Pick up a book and read instead of a magazine. If these teen girls were more educated they would recognize that the magazines are for entertainment purposes not to set goals or to believe that the fashion industry does not use photoshop!

    And the nail thing is hideous. The caviar thing was not very attractive either and the velvet is a whole new low.

  18. wallflower says:

    I love these girls and what they’re trying to do with Teen Vogue. They have an optimism that is reserved for the youth! Whether it works or not, it teaches them to stand up for what the believe in and, more importantly, go to the defense of others who may not be strong enough to stand for themselves.
    The message that some people seem to be missing is that there are girls out there that DO feel bad about themselves after seeing impossible standards of beauty in magazines. These two girls are standing up to Teen Vogue on behalf of those who do not know any better. It’s a great example of the informed helping the uninformed and I think Plato would be proud.

  19. Lala says:

    If you think what those girls are doing about Teen Vogue is ridiculous you should be ashamed. Whether you agree with their agenda or not you have to respect it. How can you bash any young woman being positive and standing up for what she believes in? Most people have so many opinions and do absolutely nothing these girls are DOING something. Thank God there are young girls who still care about making a difference, would you rather them waste all their brain cells watching Love and Hip Hop or the rest of the garbage killing our youths minds?

  20. kay says:

    Most people don’t understand that the US Olympia team is Privately funded unlike most countries where the government funds the team. Like most things privately funded the money is very limited.So to keep the cost down making the uniforms in China was best.

  21. Diva says:

    seriously are people just now realizing Ralph Lauren is shady ????

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