The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Erykah Badu Gets Her Pose on for Vogue Italia’s March 2014 Issue, Jourdan Dunn Talks Diversity in Fashion to Miss Vogue, and Watch Lupita Nyong’o in African Soap Opera Shuga–Before She Was Famous

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• Visit for a pretty dope behind the scenes video of Erykah Badu’s shoot for the magazine’s March 2014 issue. In the small clip, we see Ms. Badu writhing on an armchair, wearing pieces from Givenchy Spring 2014. Fierce defined. (

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Jourdan Dunn is never one to shy away from talking about racism in fashion, and she addresses the issue once again in this month’s Miss Vogue“I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion,” she said, adding “I find it weird when [model] agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great?” Indeed. (Telegraph)


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American Apparel continues to bleed money, reporting a fourth-quarter  EBITDA loss of about $3 million. The net loss for the year should amount to $122.1 million, some of which CEO Dov Charney blames on the brand’s old distribution center. The company’s since moved on to use a new center, which Charney says will promote monetary gain for the company this year, noting “our distribution costs have dramatically declined, and in January they were substantially less than what we incurred last year.”  But the troubles for American Apparel are far from over. The NYSE sent notice that the company is not in line with trading requirements, and must turn in a plan by March 21st outlining how they are going to  get back on track with Stock Exchange standards. If they don’t shape up and follow the rules by April 15th, they could be delisted entirely. (WWD)


Sephora nail Polish Pods

• Every girl has at least one bottle of nail polish in their arsenal that they bought and only wore once. Yeah, you intended to wear that neon green hue again after the first time, but you just never got around to it. Well, Sephora wants you to kiss any future neglected bottles of lacquer goodbye. The beauty retailer is launching a set of one-time use nail polish pods, which come in a set of 24 colors and will retail for $39. The colors are bestsellers from Sephora’s Formula X collection, giving shoppers a chance to try out the shades they want before buying the whole bottle. The pods have a built-in brush and come with just enough lacquer to cover 10 nails. The collection is expected to hit late next month, and in stores this May. (WWD)


Hollister Ad

Abercrombie company Hollister is remodeling their business plan to go in the direction of fast-fashion competitors H&M and Uniqlo. Hollister will now produce more clothes for less money, to keep up with demand and hopefully generate some gains for the flailing  brand. They’re also looking to hire a new president who has experience in fast fashion retail. (Racked)


• Just for fun, check out this episode of Lupita Nyong’o in Shuga, an MTV Base Africa show that broadcast on 70 international stations. Nyong’o plays a young college student working at an ad agency juggling two men: her boss at the agency, and her boyfriend, Ty. Shuga is also noted for its efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness– Nyong’o’s charater, Ayira has an HIV scare in one episode. “I think one thing [Shuga] is trying to do is talk about how HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence,” Lupita told CNN back in 2010.“[HIV] is a condition that can be managed, if one chooses to do so, if one catches it early on you can live a healthy life with HIV. I’ve been able to be an ambassador for HIV and AIDS.” (Daily Mail)

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