The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Louis Vuitton Gets Sued Over Racism, Beyonce Tops Forbes’s Most Powerful List, and Russell Westbrook Delves into Eyewear


  • Luxury brand Louis Vuitton is being sued over racial discrimination. Oliver Koffi, a contract worker at the Louis Vuitton Townhouse at London’s Selfridges department store, was reportedly told by a manager that “Black people are slaves and eat dirt off the floor.” Apparently blacks aren’t the only race to fall under the assault of the manager–he also allegedly made frequent disparaging remarks about people of Asian descent. A spokesperson for Louis Vuitton said yesterday, “Louis Vuitton has a zero-tolerance policy to harassment of any kind.”(The Mirror)

  • Beyonce Knowles topped Forbes’s 15th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s most powerful celebrities, released this week. With hubby Jay Z at number 5, Rihanna at number 8, and Kanye West at number 20, the singer outperformed her musical contemporaries in a listing where social media was a key metric. LeBron James landed at number 2 while Dr. Dre moved up to number 3 from his spot at 63 from last year (likely due to his Apple buyout). Oprah Winfrey fell from number 1 to number 4. (Forbes)


  • DKNY has debuted a Middle East-targeted capsule collection to go along with the launch of their DKNY Middle East website. Branded as a Ramadan collection, the campaign is fronted by Yalda Golsharifi and Tamara Al Gabbani, two well known Middle Eastern bloggers. (Fashion Times)

Pharrell Williams does a downtown photo shoot with style

  • Pharrell Williams will return as the musical director of the Apollo in the Hamptons this summer.  While guests are still being lined up, Sting and The Roots are expected to play at the August 16th gala hosted on Ron Perelman’s estate. (Page Six)

Russell Westbrook for ESPN Magazine April 2013

  • Russell Westbrook has launched a new eyewear brand.  The launch comes after the Oklahoma City Thunder star has already announced a pending collaboration with Barneys New York.  Westbrook Frames — the new eyewear line — was created in partnership with Selima Optique and includes ten unisex frames. The styles will be available on and three additional styles inspired by New York hit Barneys locations beginning June 8th. “I wanted to launch my Westbrook brand with something that I’m really interested in and passionate about, which is glasses,” said Westbrook about the project. (
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