This morning's news release from H&M doesn't reveal whether one of Spain's most famous exports, Penelope Cruz, was paid to put on this dress last night.
Regardless, it will come as a surprise to some that a movie star with her cachet would show up at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in a dress created by the in-house design team for a mass-market merchandiser.
It's not the first time that this has happened.
Last month, Jessica Alba appeared at Paris Fashion Week in H&M garb.
What's next? Scarlett Johansson in Le Chateau?
Canadian retailer Joe Fresh is gearing up for the international stage. Loblaw Companies Limited, which owns the fashion brand, announced today (February 20) that it has signed three separate partnership agreements that will see Joe Fresh expanding into 23 new countries.
Joe Fresh, which launched in Canada in 2006 and the U.S. in 2011, currently has 340 retail locations across Canada and six stores in New York. The brand is also carried at over 650 J.C. Penny department stores in the U.S. The expansion, however, will see Joe Fresh launch its women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, footwear, and accessories collections and Joe Fresh Beauty cosmetics line in markets in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and South Korea.
Years ago, the Body Shop was seemingly known for its "Against Animal Testing" T-shirts as much as its cosmetics. So, it's not a surprise that this company is still marketing this worthy cause and getting attention for it.
Today (February 4), representatives from the Body Shop met with Green Leader Elizabeth May on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. According to Marketing magazine, the company officials brought with them a petition bearing one million signatures—67,000 of them from Canada—against testing on nonhuman animals.
One Body Shop executive tweeted:
Are you caught in that familiar quandary of needing to carry your concealed handgun to the theatre on opening night but realizing that you have nothing in the way of evening holsters/bags to match that elegant black strapless number you just bought?
If you live in Canada, this probably doesn’t occur to you very often (unless you’re gunning for theatre critics).
In the States, however, it supports an industry.
We’ve given up wondering why certain news releases cross our desk or end up in our inbox, but we thought we’d share this delightful missive.
Ever heard or even said that being a sex object is empowering for women?
Politics professor Caroline Heldman is asking you to seriously reconsider that notion with her whip-smart TEDxYouth San Diego talk.
Heldman astutely unravels the commonly accepted ideology that sex sells.
She points out that it's not actually sex that's being sold—because, as she states, if that was it, we would see men depicted as sex objects as frequently as we see women depicted as such, including in both men's and women's magazines.
Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been a font of practical wisdom. From weather predictions and animal husbandry timetables to crop calendars and astronomical events, the fact-filled annual contains just about any information a farmer might need.
And though it’s the longest continuously published periodical in U.S.history, the almanac certainly hasn’t spent the last eleven-score years resting on its laurels. Over the decades, it has ably kept pace with the march of time, supplementing its agriculture coverage with recipes, jokes and puzzles, sports, and astrology features.
There’s something for everyone, to be sure—even the glittering fashionistas who spend more time on the runways of New York and Paris than the cornfields of Iowa and Kansas.
While Filipinas are busy challenging workplace sexism in the Philippines with an ad campaign, German male celebrities are kissing off homophobia with a sexy new campaign.
Thirteen straight male German celebrities have joined GQ Germany's Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign in a series of photos called #Mundpropaganda (which is a play on the German terms for "word of mouth" and "kissing propaganda"). It's in response, in part, to Russia's antigay legislation.
The photos will be published in public advertising spaces, such as on transit and billboards, in Germany.
It's not every day you see a commercial tackle discrimination. But an ad from Pantene Philippines has done just that.
The 60-second TV advertisement, as part of the female empowerment #WhipIt campaign, deftly exposes the double-standards of the gender divide in the workplace. It points out how the same qualities are deemed positive for men but negative for women.
Check out the Pinay power ad below.
The company also teamed up with the Rappler website for a series of essays and discussions on the gender bias.
A month ago, the founder of lululemon athletica suggested to an interviewer that some women's bodies were to blame for the Vancouver-based company's see-through yoga pants fiasco. Then Chip Wilson added fuel to the backlash by releasing a pseudo-apology on video—one that apologized to the staff of lululemon, but not its customers.