The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Barneys To Pay $525,000 In Racial Discrimination Suit, Lucky Magazine To Leave Condé Nast, and Kate Moss Made Almost $28 Million Last Year


  • Barneys New York has agreed to pay $525,000 to settle the lawsuit brought against them for unfairly targeting black and Latino customers. In addition to the fine, the company will hire an anti-profiling consultant and re-train its employees–this is after finding that the company’s security marked minority customers for surveillance, even when sales associates said the customers were frequent patrons of the store. “Profiling and racial discrimination remain a problem in our state, but not one we are willing to accept,” said New York state Attorney General Eric Sneiderman. “This agreement will correct a number of wrongs, both by fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees to make sure that past mistakes are not repeated.” What do you think of this settlement? (Business of Fashion)


  • For those of you who are a part of, or interested in the heat free hair movement, Heat Free Hair is doing their first retail pop-up shop August 22nd and 23rd in Atlanta. With fans like Brandy, Kandi Burress, Amber Riley and Tamar Braxton, the team behind the brand will be on hand to answer beauty questions and will be selling wefted hair, clip-ins and closures in their three textures. RSVP for the pop-up shop or purchase a ticket for the brunch on Sunday, August 24 here.

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  • Due to a new deal between Conde Nast and BeachMint, the days of Lucky Magazine as you know it are numbered. Starting early 2015, Lucky will be leaving Conde Nast and joining with e-tailer BeachMint to form a new independent company named The Lucky Group. While we don’t have all the details — is it all going online, or will there still be a print issue? — we do know that Eva Chen will be staying on as the newly named chief creative officer of the group. Anna Wintour, who was likely the proverbial ring leader of the maneuver, will also serve as advisor in addition to her artistic director role at Conde Nast. (Racked)


  • Swarovski is the latest company to cut themselves a piece of the fashion prize pie. With an ongoing partnership with the CFDA that sees the company underwriting the prizes for emerging designers, the brand has decided to form their own prize called the Swarovski Collective Prize for Innovation that will award one of it’s Swarovski Collective members 25,00 euros(about $33,000). This year’s cohort includes Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Creatures of the Wind, Wes Gordon, Nonoo, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou and Damir Doma among the names. Vanessa Friedman, she of the Beyonce slander, says that the competition seems ready-made for the screen. What do you think? (New York Times)


  • At 40 years old, Kate Moss has just had her most profitable year working in fashion, racking up almost £17 million (approx $28 million USD). Having posed for Playboy’s special 50th anniversary issue, the Stuart Weitzman, Rag&Bone and St Tropez campaigns as well as an accessories collaboration with Carphone Warehouse, the blonde made a pretty penny. That’s not even mentioning her contract with Rimmel and the release of her Kate Moss book. The only question is will she top it this year with her Topshop collaboration and upcoming Burberry campaign. (Telegraph)
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