The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Rita Ora’s New Hairstyle, Louis Vuitton Accused of Promoting Prostitution, and How Kate Middleton Almost Put Issa London Out of Business

The Fashion Bomb News Break Down-0327-Rita Ora’s New Hairstyle, Louis Vuitton Accused of Promoting Prostitution, and How Kate Middleton Almost Put Issa London Out of Business

•  Rita Ora‘s rocking a blonde bob now. The singer took to instagram to show off her new cut. What say you? Hot! or Hmm…? (@RitaOra)
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney‘s getting a raise now that his once-floundering company’s stocks are up. Last year’s boost in sales made the mustachioed boss’s salary jump to $2 million this year– $200,000 more than he made in 2012. (WWD)


Louis Vuitton is being accused of promoting prostitution in a short fashion film they recently released. The flick, made in collaboration with Love magazine, features Georgia May Jagger, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, and more, lurking in alleyways and street corners sporting racy looks from the label’s Fall 2013 collection. The Scelles Foundation Against Sexual Exploitation, socialist senator Laurence Rossignol, lawyer Dominique Attias, and former minister Chantal Jouanno all signed a letter in France’s Liberation newspaper denouncing the film, calling it “an extremely shocking representation of women.” The epistle says the Katie Grand-styled flick “portrayed women’s bodies as an object and prostitution as something that is playful and enjoyable. This is very damaging because we are trying to fight the idea, to which some young women in France subscribe, that prostitution is banal and just a way of getting money to buy clothes.” Take a peek at the film and draw your own conclusions. Do you think it glorifies sex work? (Telegraph)


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Stella McCartney‘s having a good week: the designer was awarded the Order of the British Empire. She was presented with the honor by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace yesterday. McCartney donned a suit of her own design to the ceremony, and a Phillip Treacy-assembled headpiece made from a pair of Cartier baubles she had lying around her estate. The designer is beside herself about winning the accolade, calling it “surreal” and “overwhelming.” Congratulations to Miss Stella! (WWD)

Bottega Veneta‘s partnering with German ceramic manufacturers KPM on a jewelry range. According to WWD, the collection will offer “white and gunmetal ceramic cameos depicting traditional motifs such as cupids, adorn a large pendant necklace, ring and earrings.” Look out for it this fall. (WWD)

Clarence House Announce The Engagement Of Prince William To Kate Middleton

Issa London‘s been gaining considerable visibility in the fashion world, thanks in part to Kate Middleton‘s loyal patronage of the brand. But being the Duchess’s label of choice isn’t always peachy keen. Issa chairwoman Camilla Al-Fayed says that after Kate announced her engagement to Prince William in that now-famous blue wrap dress, demand for the exact frock was so high, it overwhelmed the company. “It absolutely sky-rocketed the brand on a global scale, but it was too much,” she said. “Demand was so huge the business couldn’t cope. If Kate wears a Zara dress, these huge companies have the backing to follow through. Issa was basically run by interns, students and Daniella [Helayel, the label’s founder and designer]. There was no business model.” Still, sounds like a good problem to have, no? (Vogue UK)

~ Jihan

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