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Fashion Round-up: High ethics, high standards and high fashion!

by Yemi Olowu

Vogue Italia editor, Franca Sozzani  slams the Pope

In her own words which can be found on Vogue Italia website:

“Pope Benedict XVI goes to Africa and speaks about the value of women, the need for their emancipation, and the importance of achieving equality between men and women. Holy Father, wouldn’t it be more important that the Church started taking action instead of theorizing? There are many missions and laymen running foundations that help women restore their dignity within a society that keeps neglecting them. They lack the funds to build houses and create job opportunities. If, as you have rightly said, on November 13, charity is compulsory, could the Church donate some of its many treasures to help improving so many wretched lives? Moreover, I agree with you, Holy Father, that AIDS sufferers have the right to be respected and receive cures especially in Africa, where the disease is most widely spread. So why not take into consideration again measures of prevention and protection?”

AD controversies

The Miu Miu’s 2011 fall Ad campaign was banned in the UK. The Ad features 14-year-old American actress, Hailee Steinfeld sitting on a train track. The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency claims the Ad is irresponsible because it depicted a child in an unsafe location. This is not the first time an Ad is banned in the UK, just recently Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs’ Oh Lola Ad was also pulled down for ‘sexualising children’ as she’s photographed sitting on the floor and holding a perfume bottle in between her thighs.

Victoria’s Secret in child labour scandal.

There’s been allegations that the sexy lingerie design has is using cotton products from a farm in Burkina Faso that uses only child labourers to plant and harvest cotton. The matter is being investigated.

A bit of Michael Kors

You can now buy into Michael Kors. The design house’s IPO (Initial Public Offer) raised $944 million with a stock price of $20 per share, benching Ralph Lauren, whose 1997 offer raised $882m.

The end of photoshopping as we know it

The U.S would be banning photshopped cosmetic Ads that mislead consumers. Covergirl has become the first cosmetic line to be hit by this new law. Their NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad which promised that the product could deliver “2X more volume” on women’s lashes, disclosed in the fine print that the models lashes had been enhanced post-production.  The National Advertising Division, in the U.S. wants ads that would show results of the products, not enhanced works.

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