• The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: André Leon Talley Steps Down at Numéro Russia, Terry Richardson Addresses Abuse Claims, and Sofia Vergara is Launching A Fragrance

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    • After just a year as editor-at-large, André Leon Talley has resigned from his post at Numéro Russia. The decision, Talley says, has nothing to do with his time at the magazine–he’s leaving in protest of the treatment of LGBT people in Russia. Talley says a report on Russia’s anti-homosexual laws by Rachel Maddow “stunned [him] into consciousness,” and he’s been thinking of leaving the mag since Christmas. He made the decision to leave when Russian newsstand distributors refused to circulate Numéro’s March issue (the one lensed by Tom Ford), because it featured a snap of a male model in the buff. (WWD)

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    Sofia Vergara is the latest celebrity to delve into the fragrance market, with Sofia by Sofia Vergara, a scent due to launch April 24th with her line for HSN. The oriental floral fragrance is expected to make $25 million in revenue during its first year, with prices starting at $48 for a 50-mL bottle and $55 for 100 mL. Sofia will also be available in a 200-ml body shimmer option, worth $30. Think you’ll be buying, or are you over celebrity fragrances? (WWD)
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    Terry Richardson‘s finally come forward to address the claims of sexual abuse made against him most recently by 24-year-old Charlotte Waters, who claims she was just 19 when the raunchy photographer took advantage of her during a shoot. Richardson penned a letter to the New York Post, in which he decries these accusations for the first time, saying that he never thought to “dignfy” past claims with any type of response. “When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt,” he wrote. “Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies.” He adds that he never put anyone in a compromising situation, and that reports saying otherwise are completely false. “When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt. Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies.” Do you believe Richardson? (NYPost)

    • The infamous jungle-print Versace dress Jennifer Lopez famously wore to the 2000 Grammys is making a comeback of sorts in the singer’s new music video for “I Luh Ya Papi.” In the more than five minute-long vid, J.Lo dons a jumpsuit version of the infamous frock, and it appears her bod is as sick as ever, 14 years later. (Jennifer Lopez Vevo)
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    • President Barack Obama‘s basically the king of dad jeans by now, thanks to a certain incident at a baseball game, where the POTUS was spied rocking some unflattering denim. “I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” He told Ryan Seacrest in a recent interview. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans mainly because I was out on the pitcher’s mound and I didn’t want to feel confined while I was pitching and I think I’ve paid my penance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well.” Even the President isn’t impervious to sartorial missteps! (Racked)

    ~Jihan

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