The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Condé Nast Names First Black Editor-in-Chief, Victoria’s Secret Pulls “Sexy Geisha” Line After Backlash, and Vogue Breaks its Health Initiative

• Condé Nast has named its first black Editor-in-Chief for one of its publications. Former Uptown magazine editrix Keija Minor will now sit at the helm of Brides magazine. Congratulations to Ms. Minor! (Clutch)

• Grown women who wear Hello Kitty: it’s a concept I will never understand, but it seems Forever 21 gets it. The fast fashion retailer is teaming up with Sanrio for a second apparel collaboration featuring the mouthless feline’s likeness. Teen Vogue has a sneak peek. (Teen Vogue)

Victoria’s Secret has come under fire this week for a “Sexy Geisha” outfit they were selling as part of their “Go East” collection. The “Go East” range promised a “ticket to an exotic adventure… Sexy little fantasies, there’s one for every sexy you.” (Like the sexy Asian version of me??) One of the “outfits” in question was a sheer cutout mesh teddy and removable floral peplum, which came with a pair of tasseled chopsticks and a fan, because, you know, that’s what Asian ladies carry around all day. After public uproar, the brand has removed the “Go East” collection from the website. (Daily Mail)

Giorgio Armani told Italian newspaper La Repubblica that he got his first job in fashion because he was good-looking: “Up until I was about 30 to 32-years-old, I used to potter around doing a small job at a department store,” he said. “I used to coordinate what went into the window or other store tasks, and I didn’t have to work very hard – because, well, I was quite good looking. The female managers in the shop used to favour me, making things really easy for me.” I got my first fashion-related job styling Hollister models (women and men) at their flagship store on 5th avenue because… well, it wasn’t ’cause I’m ugly (and neither was anyone else in my department)! Bombers, have you ever been hired for being attractive? (Vogue UK)

Vogue China *also* recently used an underaged model in their August 2012 issue

• So much for Vogue‘s health initiative. After making a big announcement, pledging to use “healthier-looking” models, and to “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16,” Vogue China and Japan have reneged on their promise, using a 14-year-old Brazilian girl in editorials. Progress! (?) (Jezebel)

• Refinery 29’s got a cute illustrated guide to fashion’s top editors. Check it out. (Refinery 29)


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