• The extremely private Azzedine Alaïa has revealed plans to open his first store since the ’90s. The designer will set up shop on Rue de Marginan, off Avenue Montaigne in a five-floor hotel particulier that will function as a store, showroom, and offices for the brand. The new store will open this spring, and I’m sure Kanye West (who is friends with Alaïa) will be stopping by along with girlfriend Kim Kardashian. (FT)
• Xeudan Wang must have some wealthy parents! The same intern that sued Hearst for unpaid, 50-hour work weeks is now filing suit against jewelry company Fenton Fallon for similar damages. Wang says that although her official title at the company was “press intern,” she was made to carry out duties like “purchasing materials from jewelry-supply stores and negotiating prices,” and making jewelry from “raw materials.” Um, is it just me or does making jewelry sound like fun? And anyway, isn’t that what unpaid internships are about? Doing a little bit of everything, gaining experience as you go along? I understand her qualms with Hearst, but this second suit sounds a little superfluous, no? What do you think? (NY Post)
• Rihanna is having some #blackgirlproblems. In her cover story for August’s Harper’s Bazaar, the ‘Where Have You Been’ singer laments the loss of her booty: “I don’t know if there’s something going on with my body right now, but I’m eating everything in life!” she laughs. “I miss my ass. It just went away! I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now.” Don’t worry, Riri, it’ll come back. I (sadly) lost some of mine my junior year in college, but now it’s back and more prominent than ever. We’ll pray for you, Ri! (The Cut via Harper’s Bazaar)
• Remember Julia Bluhm, the 14-year-old girl who challenged Seventeen magazine to publish at least one spread a month featuring un-pohotoshopped models? At first, they denied her request, but now the magazine has had a change of heart. For their August issue, Seventeen will not only refrain from retouching all its models, but will also feature a more diverse crop of models. Hooray! Now two other teenage girls– Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar— are calling on Teen Vogue to join the initiative. They’ve already amassed 14,782 out of 15,000 signatures. Click here if you’d like to support.