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Illegally Blonde


Reese Witherspoon has found herself in the news again, and not because she won a second Academy Award. The actress and owner of the fashion line known as Draper James is in hot water following accusations of design theft. Witherspoon’s label now faces a five million dollar lawsuit for allegedly stealing imagery created by Jeweller, Jordann Weingaertner. Recently Vogue wrote in depth article addressing the issue, and delving into the particulars of the latest drama, which can be read here, in Vogue… for those interested in more of the scandalous details. In short, Weingartner feels that a tote bag crafted by Draper James shows a blooming flower with the letter ‘D’ front and center is a little too similar to designs featured in Weingartner’s ‘Magnolia’ line. In fact, the jeweller claims she is sure the Oscar winner had prior knowledge of the design after receiving a necklace featuring an image she feels is all too similar to her own work. Frustrated, Weingartner has only made this a legal issue because Witherspoon refused to respond.

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Progressive Male Fashion – the Springtime Choices Modeled by Matt Landis

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Fashion trends come and go, but having new trends adds interesting life to wardrobes, and when they come back, refresh old wardrobe items for new seasons to be worn. Spring is fast approaching in many parts of the world, and whether spring is cooler or warmer, everyone needs a wardrobe update to look fashionable this season. Men sometimes are criticized more for not being up-to-date with fashion trends, so here are some interesting new looks, modeled by Matt Landis, to give ideas for some new outfits this coming spring!

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If you’re looking for something more professional looking this spring, this first outfit is perfect! A nice plaid, button-up shirt (like the purple, black and white one that Landis wears), with a nice blazer that buttons to underneath the chest. With a pair of dress pants, this outfit would be perfect for an interview or business casual event, while still looking fashion forward in spring colors. Even with jeans, this outfit would be good for dates, as girls love guys who dress nicely to take them out. When looking for jackets or the button-up shirts, look for lighter colors, like Landis’ tan jacket, or plaid mixtures of white, purple, green or yellows.
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The next outfit style is perfect for spring time in hotter sections of the world. Leather shorts that end mid-thigh, with a light zip-up jacket, no undershirt, and tom-style shoes make for a cool way to enjoy a summer party. Good for casual attire on hot days, this outfit can really show off those hard earned abs to the ladies. Landis works the outfit perfectly, leaving his jacket front open, pushing up the sleeves (which drives some women crazy), and a good mixture of bright and dark colors – like a grey jacket, brown shorts, and red shoes. For a brown eyed man like Landis, the color choices work perfectly to make his eyes stand out, especially with the red to really pop some color into his outfit.
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The final outfit is perfect for springs in the cooler areas still trying to find the sun. Landis’ choice was mid-thigh length shorts; a thin, collared undershirt; and a plain, white sweater over it. This outfit makes a nice combination of casual and a bit dressy, good for dates, parties or clubs. His choice of colors is a bit odd in the picture, as he chose a light blue shirt with white dots for underneath the white sweater, which matches well, but paired with olive green shorts makes the outfit class a bit. My suggestion would be to stick to one color or pattern theme.

There are so many different kinds of fashion for men this spring to express themselves, dress nicely, and impress women and men alike. No matter what part of the world guys live in, there are so many options to be be fashionable and be dressed well for the weather. Fashion, like what Matt Landis models, has progressed so much!

American Apparel Founder Ousted From Company, Plans to Sue

The founder of American Apparel, Dov Charney, not Keith Mann,  has been ousted from the company, and claims to be penniless. The founder claims he was unceremoniously removed from his position in the company, and is now sleeping on a friend’s couch.

Charney, who began American Apparel in 1989, claims he was ousted from his position as CEO over the summer, but was still serving as a consultant until last week. His firing, according to a letter obtained by Buzzfeed, claims that Charney was dismissed for failure to meet his duties, sexual harassment and general mismanagement. Charney claims the accusations are baseless, and were just used as a way to remove him from the company.

Charney, in a deal with a hedge fund, agreed to sell off a large number of his chairs with the intention of being brought back into a leadership role. That did not happen, and his consultation contract was terminated this week. Charney has plans to sue board members in an attempt to re-coop the money he lost on the deal, and, hopefully, take his company private.

American Apparel has been in the news several times over the years, often for controversial ads that many believe depict women in a negative light.

The Drama of Size in Women’s Clothing

Men and women face different challenges in the world. Some of these challenges earn special attention, such as the pay gap between men and women. However, some of these challenges are more subtle. For example, men don’t need to worry about their clothing size fluctuating.

It’s tempting to dismiss the fluctuation of women’s clothing size as anti-female marketing. However, it’s not as simple as male designers wanting their models to be as skinny as possible. The problem runs back as far as the 1940s when ready made clothing through catalogs and retailers became standard. Manufactures ran into trouble with the bust sizes of different women, making the sizes difficult to pin down. Later, a study was run to determine the “average size” of a women, but the study was flawed in including mainly poor, white women who needed the participation fee.

Society’s perception of beauty then became the driving force for women’s clothing sizes. As the ideal woman became skinnier and skinnier, clothing manufactures attempted to appeal to that cultural shift by making their clothing sizes smaller to help craft an illusion of being skinny. For example, the curvy Marilyn Monroe would be a size 12 in the 1960s.Today she would be a size 6.

It’s frustrating, but there is hope. Some industry experts predict 3-D printing via FreedomPop devices may bring out ready to fit clothing obtained after a body scan in a dressing room. Sound creepy? Well, that just might be the trade-off for dismissing that jungle of different sizes.