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• A young man from Queens is suing Barneys and the NYPD today, after the retailer and law enforcement erroneously accused him of credit card fraud. 19-year-old Trayon Christian had saved up money from his part-time job to buy a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt he’d seen on one of his favorite rappers, Juelz Santana. After getting his coins in order, the young Christian hit up Barneys’s Madison Avenue location to purchase his prize. After exiting the store, he was stopped by undercover cops, who thought his credit card was fake. “The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from,’” Christian told The New York Daily News. He was taken into custody, but was later released after police discovered his card was indeed real. Disgusted by the whole incident, Trayon returned the belt: “ I got my money back, I’m not shopping there again,” he said. “It’s cruel. It’s racist.” Sigh. Even with a huge hip-hop star like Jay-Z curating Barneys’s holiday collection, it seems the retailer can’t shake its suspicion of black men! (NYDN)
• Solange Knowles is kicking off her new label, Saint Records, with a compilation of original music by “genre-defying R&B artists” titled “Saint Heron,” due out November 12th. “I’ve personally connected with all of these extremely talented artists, and am really excited for us to come together through the compilation as a new movement for music.” Knowles said in a statement. Also launching is SaintHeron.com, a lifestyle website for hipsters across the globe. “I’m …looking forward to [it] being a home for music and cultural enthusiasts like myself who want to see content that really reflects the community we are a part of.” Will you be checking it out? (Fashion Bomb Inbox)
• Today, another door into the magazine publishing industry has been firmly shut, with Condé Nast announcing plans to end their internship program for 2014. There has been a lot of intern drama at the publishing giant as of late, namely two interns who sued for not being properly compensated for their services at The New Yorker and W magazine. Way to ruin willful exploitation for future generations of young aspiring editors, guys! (WWD)
• Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian is definitely an icon of our generation. Well, Carine Roitfeld certainly thinks so! She told Time Out, “You don’t see her in parties drinking loads of alcohol. She’s controversial, but so was Marilyn Monroe and I always like controversial people.” Do you see any similarities between Kim and Marilyn? (Time Out)
• A new set of child labor laws protecting underaged models is now in place, and it is poised to change the fashion industry, at least in one of its capitals, New York City. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, these new guidelines strictly monitor the hours young girls are working, and ensures that they are properly compensated for their services. According to WWD, the new set of guidelines includes the following:
“– A responsible person designated to monitor the activity and safety for each child performer under the age of 16 at the work place.
– Employers must provide a nurse with pediatric experience as well as health and safety information.
– An education requirement that mandates employers provide teachers and a dedicated space for instruction.
–A financial trust must be established by a child model’s parent or guardian into which an employer must transfer at least 15 percent of the child’s gross earnings.”
In short, casting an underaged model for a show or in a campaign is going to cost designers and casting and modeling agents a lot of time filling out paperwork. Might this legislation curb fashion’s use of, well… children to sell garments meant for grown women with money? We’ll just have to see. (WWD)