The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Constance C.R. White Fires Essence Managing Editor, Riccardo Tisci Teams Up With Artist Kehinde Wiley, and Rita Ora Talks Style with Vevo

Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine, has fired the title’s managing editor Michael Bullerick. Apparently, Bullerick, who is white, had some unsavory things to say about black folks on his private Facebook page, made public by Journal-isms after a tipster sent it to them. The screenshot of his page shows an unflattering caricature of Reverend Al Sharpton with the caption “race pimp,” as well as attacks against the President, labeling him as a radical. Clearly such behavior has no place at a publication like Essence. This just goes to show everyone, once again, that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it on social media. (News One)

• It seems fashion’s overlords have control beyond our closets (and wallets). Retail and executive employees are donating about the same amount of money ($234,000 to Obama and $195,820 to Romney) to both presidential candidates. And let’s not forget the $500,000 Anna Wintour has raised on behalf of the Obama reelection campaign. (Styleite)

• New York artist Kehinde Wiley, famous for his baroque portraits of contemporary black men, is teaming up with Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci. The artist will paint a series of pictures, this time of women, all clad in Givenchy. They scooped their models off the NYC streets, and Tisci designed all the outfits especially for them. You can watch the whole process in an upcoming documentary by Jeff Dupre, at The Economy of Grace exhibition at NYC’s Sean Kelley Gallery this May. (Stylefile)

Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhati and Lisa Maycock sat down with Refinery 29 to talk their recently-announced partnership with LF USA. As mentioned, Buhati and Maycock plan to focus more on the creative end of VC, while the folks at LF USA will handle the business end of the brand. “We’ve been working with LF now for a few months,” said Maycock, “…They’re experts at sourcing, tech design, fabrication, manufacturing, and many other things that can be extremely difficult for a small brand to get a handle on. But at the same time, they understand that we’re the experts when it comes to our brand and our customer, and are totally open to letting us continue to do awesome and weird branding projects.” (Refinery 29)

• London’s famous WAH school of nails is releasing a nail art book with simple-to-follow tutorials on some seriously sick nail designs. You can purchase the WAH Nails Book of Nail Art later this month at the W London and if you’re in New York the W Union Square. If you don’t live near either of those locations, the book will be available everywhere in July. (Fashionista)

•See Rita Ora talk about her style in this episode of Vevo Stylized. (Vevo)


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