The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Dolce & Gabbana Explains Controversial Earrings, Azealia Banks Releases Video for ‘Luxury’, and Vogue Recommits to Health Initiative

• After claims of promoting racist imagery in their Spring 2013 collection, Dolce & Gabbana have explained the meaning behind those controversial “fruit lady” earrings. Apparently the images reference Sicily’s Moorish-inspired art. The heads are based on ceramics that appear in Sicilian homes inspired by the Moorish people, who conquered Sicily for 75 years. Dolce & Gabbana‘s SWIDE blog says there is a legend behind the particular planter images they used: “Behind the Moor’s head vases there is a legend that is as interesting as its real history: they say that around 1100 AD, when Sicily was ruled by the Moors, a beautiful girl was living in seclusion and spent her days cultivating flowers on her balcony. One day a young Moor passing by saw her, decided he had to have her and entered the house so to declare his love. The young girl, surprised by such a gesture, reciprocated him, but just when she got to know him he had to return to where he came from, to his wife and children, she waited for the night to come and as he fell asleep she cut off his head and used it as a vase for her flowers and put it on her balcony displaying it to everyone. This way his love was forever hers. Since then, flowers grew lush in the vase and the neighbours, envious, built vases shaped like a Moor’s head.” What do you think? Do you still find these offensive, or do you just not care? (Vogue UK, SWIDE)

Azealia Banks is spitting out music videos left and right! The rapper’s newest clip for ‘Luxury,’ a short track off her Fantasea mixtape was just released today. I dare you to shade her luxurious 30″ Yaki. (Azealia Banks YouTube)
• If you were excited to finally take advantage of H&M’s US online shop, better cool your jets for a second. The retailer says it “simply needs more time to prepare that offering.” Hmm… (Racked)

Guy Laroche is poised to release two diffusion brands. The label has signed a licensing agreement with Italian brand Ittierre SpA to create a Guy Laroche “Silver” collection, consisting of formalwear, and a daywear line, which WWD says “will have a sportier focus, with bright colors and an urban energy.” (WWD)

• Turns out H&M will be releasing that luxury brand “& Other Stories.” The womenswear-only store will carry items to complete every women’s wardrobe, and will range in styles from masculine tailoring to flirty, feminine fare. “& Other Stories is about bringing everything she can wear into one place, focusing on the whole look” H&M said in a statement today, “We believe shoes, bags, jewellery, lingerie and beauty are key for styling and just as important as clothing.” The retailer also promises affordable prices like at their other labels, H&M and COS. What do you think, Bombers? Will you be checking out the brand once it launches? (Telegraph)


• In “let’s try this thing again” news, Vogue is doubling down on its Health Initiative. If you remember, after the Fashion Bible announced this plan for all its iterations, Vogue China published an editorial featuring a 15-year-old model, and Vogue Japan was caught shooing another under aged model this week. Vogue China’s Editor-in-Chief, Angelia Cheung says the spread was shot before the initiative was announced, and was then mistakenly run in their August issue. Vogue Japan had no excuse for their slip-up, and have instead promised not to run the shots in question. Vogue international plans to have all modeling agencies provide hard proof that the models they provide are indeed over the age of 16. Let’s hope it works this time! (Vogue UK)



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