Elle Germany snafu, Barneys is bought and more news you missed

Elle Germany Responds to “Black is Back” Backlash
Elle Germany‘s November issue came under fire for a series of problematic editorial blunders, namely a feature titled “Black is Back” meant to spotlight popular black models––instead botching credits of the models included and failing to recognize its diminishing title that seems to say black models are equivalent to a seasonal trend. Further, the “Back to Black” issue put a white model on its cover. DietPrada quickly called the publication out, followed by commentary from Naomi Campbell, both can be seen below. Elle Editor in chief, Sabine Nedelchev, gave Teen Vogue a statement addressing the errors, saying, “In our current issue we approach the colour black from different angles. One of our focuses was to feature strong black women who work as fashion models. In doing so, we were guilty of several errors for which we sincerely apologize.” [Teen Vogue]

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Not a good look, @ellegermany . For their November 2019 issue, the presumably white-led publication declares that “black is back”. Ironic when they, along with much of the fashion industry, have been complicit in denying visibility to black models until relatively recently. Oh, and apparently they can’t actually tell models apart. In the bottom middle, a picture of @naomichinwing is used in place of @iam_janaye . And @joansmalls has been around for a minute/hasn’t gone anywhere lmao. The issue, titled “Back to Black”, also features a white model on the cover. You can’t make this stuff up! • #elle #ellemagazine #ellegermany #naomichinwing #janayefurman #models #blackmodels #modelsofcolor #runway #fashionweek #fashionmonth #pfw #nyfw #mfw #lfw #paris #london #milan #nyc #wtf #fail #magazine #print #editorial #editor #editorinchief #media #sabinenedelchev #dietprada

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Dear sabine nedelchev @ellegermany This makes me so sad to see this, @bethannhardison @the_real_iman and I are here if you are not clear on the guide lines of diversity.. your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, .. you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you meant the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type !! ! I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of color but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way . I too in my career have seen pictures of others models called me just because of the color of our Skin, and recently seen many pictures of models of color being called being @adutakech .. do you know what it feels like to do the job ( @naomichinwing ) and not even be given the right name credit ? Very disappointing to say the least . If you would like a conversation to know how to have A diverse mind we are here to sit and accommodate . It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due . We all need to unite on this matter. -NAOMI. THANK YOU @diet_prada . #defendingmybabies ♥️

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Giorgio Armani Selects Dubai as Next 2021 Destination
Aligning with the opening of Armani’s store in the Dubai Mall, Giorgio Armani has announced the city as the location of its 2021 cruise show. The precise setting has yet to be revealed. “Dubai is a luxurious and fascinating place with a soul focused on the future, always in pursuit of the imagination,” Armani explained. [WWD]

LVMH Made a Big Bid on Tiffany & Co.
LVMH has confirmed it made an offer to buy the iconic jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. for $120 per share. The French luxury group owns labels like Dior and Louis Vuitton and is run by Bernard Arnault. The acquisition, starting upwards of 14 billion dollars, would be the companies largest purchase ever should Tiffany’s accept a bid. [CNN]

John Galliano renewed Maison Margiela contract
John Galliano, current creative director of Maison Margiela, a position he’s held for 5 years since 2014, has extended his contract. Galliano was brought on to rebrand the label, taking over direction for both its menswear and womenswear. “John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best: disrupt, innovate, and inspire,” Renzo Rosso, of Only The Brave, said in a statement. [Vogue]

Barneys Assets Bought
Authentic Brands Group has bought the Barneys name and remaining assets of the iconic, now bankrupt, company. The $271.4 million purchase, ruled by Judge Cecelia G. Morris, will begin the process of a liquidation that will close most of Barneys’ stores, leaving employees without their jobs. The news has much of the industry lamenting the end of such an iconic fixture in the high-end market. The flagship Madison Avenue store will remain open for another 12 months the retailer’s landlord, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, confirmed today not long after Barneys CEO Daniella Vitale resigned. [Business Insider]

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