The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Abercrombie CEO Apologies for Controversial Comments, Versus by JW Anderson Collection Unveiled, and Julianne Moore Was ‘Toe’ Up on Cannes Red Carpet

Mike Jeffries is totally cool with these people wearing his stuff

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries is backpedaling on statements he made about not wanting ugly, fat, or poor people to shop at his stores. In a statement released the morning, the A&F boss attempts to clarify his harsh words: “I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense,” he said. “A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers. However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We hire good people who share these values. We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics.” I can tell you from my experience working at an A&F owned brand that the last sentence is completely untrue, but wouldn’t it be nice to think it was? If you care, do you think Mr. Jeffries’s apology is sincere? (Vogue UK)


•Three workers died in Cambodia yesterday, after a building housing a shoe factory collapsed. The structure in question served Japanese sporting goods company Asics, and is believed to be owned by Taiwanese company Wing Star Shoe Co. Ltd. 11 workers were injured, but authorities advise that the death toll might rise as victims are treated for wounds. Back in March, workers at Wing Star protested the poor working conditions, and although management acquiesced to some of their requests, it seems the effort to create a safer working environment went overlooked. (WWD)


•Last night, Versus revealed its latest offering, designed by JW Anderson, ushering in a “whole new era” for the brand. The label celebrated the partnership with an elaborate fete, with a guest list boasting the likes of Heidi Klum, Joe Jonas, and Woody Allen. Anderson’s 90s-influenced designs serve a healthy dose of Versace’s trademark sex appeal with crop tops, cutouts, asymmetrical hemlines and high-thigh slits exposing peeks of thigh. J.W. Anderson’s offerings will be available for purchase June 15th, so if you’re feeling anything, save your coins! (Vogue UK)


•The Cannes Film Festival opening was a parade of gorgeous gowns and layed coifs, but the affair wasn’t without its share of mishaps. Julianne Moore took the red carpet looking fab in a Dior frock, but unfortunately, her strappy sandals would not cooperate. The actress just could not get her pinky toes into the sky-high contraptions, leaving her littlest piggies to languish off the the side. Maybe they were trying to get some air? (Daily Mail)



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