The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Esperanza Spalding Covers T Magazine, “Slave-Like” Working Conditions At Zara’s Suppliers’ Factory, and Beyonce’s Pulse Fragrance Commercial

Esperanza Spalding, the woman whose Grammy win incited angry shrieks from a billion indignant teenage girls, covers this month’s T magazine. Catch the issue this weekend in the New York Times Sunday edition. (WWD)

• What’s up with these mega-retailers’ suppliers? If you thought Forever 21‘s ripoff-happy suppliers were bad, they don’t hold a candle to Zara‘s! The “designer-inspired” fast fashion chain has been charged with 52 violations by Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment after discovering the terrible working conditions at their suppliers’ factory. Investigations found employees forced to work 16-hour shifts for significantly less than minimum wage, as well as “15 foreign workers from Bolivia and Peru, including a 14-year-old girl, working under slave-like conditions”. Workers were forbidden to leave the factory. The investigation does not end there, as the Ministry of Labor suspects 30 more factories operate under similar conditions! (Coco Perez)

• Here’s Beyoncé‘s commercial for her newest fragrance, Pulse. In it, she instructs us to “feel the power,” like we don’t already. That slinky, high heeled, heavy-footed stride is enough instruction, thank you very much! (Beauty is Diverse)

Stylelist takes us behind the scenes of W Magazine‘s highly anticipated September issue, styled by editor-at-large Lori Goldstein. I suppose this is meant to hold me over as I impatiently wait for the issue to arrive in my mailbox. (Stylelist)

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War, A new book on the life of Coco Chanel by Hal Vaughan, claims she was extremely anti-semitic and acted as a Nazi spy during World War II. The design house holding her namesake, Chanel, says these accusations are erroneous: “Such insinuations cannot go unchallenged. She would hardly have formed a relationship with the family of the owners or counted Jewish people among her close friends and professional partners such as the Rothschild family, the photographer Irving Penn or the well-known French writer Joseph Kessel had these really been her views. It is unlikely. We also know that she and Churchill were close friends for a long time. She apparently approached him about acting as an intermediary between the Allies and the Germans for a peace settlement known as Operation Modelhut. No one knows for sure exactly what happened or what her role was to be.” And there’s the phrase that pays, right before our eyes: “No one knows for sure exactly what happened.” At this point, do you think it would matter if she were indeed a Nazi sympathizer? (Vogue UK)



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