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Jeffrey Toobin Fired From The New Yorker – WWD

Condé Nast has fired Jeffrey Toobin after he exposed himself to his coworkers at The New Yorker during a Zoom meeting.

Toobin, who has written for The New Yorker since 1993, made the announcement on Twitter: “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”

Condé chief people officer Stan Duncan then confirmed in a staff memo that Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company, which also publishes Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, among others, following a suspension and subsequent investigation into the incident.

“I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously,” Duncan said. “We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”

According to Vice’s Motherboard tech vertical, which first reported the incident, Toobin masturbated during the mid-October Zoom meeting in front of staffers from The New Yorker and radio station WNYC, who were on the call to take part in an election simulation.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.

YouTube Ups Beauty AR Game With YouCam Partnership – WWD

In a session Wednesday at its YouCam Digital Forum, Perfect Corp. unveiled a strategic partnership with Google that will allow brands to run augmented reality try-on over YouTube.

The YouCam beauty app developer said the deal would allow brands to plug the catalogue of beauty AR products in the YouCam Makeup platform into YouTube’s InStream Video Ads.

The viewer would simply rotate the phone to vertical portrait mode, hit the “try on” button and, if need be, grant permission for the program to use the camera. With a couple of taps, the shopper can digitally apply products like lipsticks and eye shadows and then open the brand’s mobile site or e-commerce page to buy the item, depending on the brand’s preference.

The goal, according to the company, is to reimagine YouTube’s beauty content as something more experiential using YouCam Makeup’s AR and AI. The artificial intelligence underlying its AR allows for the sort of realism consumers need in a virtual try-on experience.

“We are thrilled to partner with Google to amplify their YouTube video content through the introduction of hyper-realistic virtual beauty try-on effects and invite makeup brands to try the new service,” said Alice Chang, Perfect Corp.

Menswear brand Texas Standard opens first retail store

Brand: Texas Standard 

 

Company: Texas Standard

 

Location: Hyde Park area of Austin, US

 

Product profile: Wide range of menswear products, including button down shirts, polos, tees, gameday gear, accessories and brands newest additions, the tejas guayabera and modern western shirts.

 

About the company: Texas Standard is a men’s apparel brand founded with a simple mission: to stand apart as the premium clothing brand Texans can call their own and make the lone star state a better place while doing so.

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Ralph Lauren Q2 FY20 revenue dips 30% to $1.2 bn

Ralph Lauren Corporation, a leading designer of premium lifestyle products, reported 30 per cent revenue decline to $1.2 billion in its second quarter (Q2) fiscal 2020 ended on September 26, compared to revenue of $1.7 billion in same period last year. Company incurred a net loss of $39.1 million compared to net income of $182.1 million in Q2 FY19.

 

“Looking across the first half of the fiscal year, we continued our elevation journey while fast-tracking connected retail and our company-wide digital transformation,” Patrice Louvet, president and chief executive officer at Ralph Lauren, said in a press release.

 

Gross profit for Q2 FY20 fell to $799.4 million (Q2 FY19: $1.0 billion). Company’s operating loss was $20.3 million during the period compared to operating income of $233.1 million in Q2 FY19.

 

Revenues in North America region dropped to $542.9 million ($881.2 million). In Europe, revenues slipped to $359.5 million ($480.2 million). While revenue in Asia came down to $236.6 million ($255.3 million).

 

“Looking ahead, we will continue to work proactively to deliver an elevated experience that inspires consumers around the world and creates value for all of our stakeholders,” Louvet said.

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Gucci hottest brand on planet in Q3 2020: The Lyst Index


Italy’s Gucci was the hottest brand on the planet in the third quarter of this year, according to The Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of fashion’s hottest brands and products. It was followed by Italy’s Off-White, US brand Nike and Prada respectively. Paris-based fashion house Balenciaga was ranked fifth, Italy’s Fendi was ranked sixth and Versace seventh.

The rest in the top ten were French luxury fashion brand Saint Laurent and Italy’s Bottega Veneta and Valentino.

When Gucci livestreamed its Epilogue collection in July, worldwide views exceeded 35 million, making it the brand’s most-watched digital event ever. On Lyst, page views for Gucci increased by 52 per cent in the third quarter year-on-year, London-based fashion shopping platform Lyst said on its website.

Jacquemus, which is 11th hottest brand following its rapid ascent, was among the first to hold a socially distanced fashion show since the crisis began. Set in a wheat field outside Paris, the show yielded a rich crop of social media posts despite the limited number of attendees. Demand for the brand rose by 186 per cent in the 24-hours following the event.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to upend the fashion industry and change consumers’ habits, but

Fashion Revolution supports Tamil Nadu Alliance initiative


London-headquartered non-profit movement Fashion Revolution is supporting the Tamil Nadu Alliance in the launch of the Tamil Nadu Declaration and Framework of Action, which urges major fashion brands and retailers to do more to tackle exploitative working conditions in textile spinning mills in the region and expand transparency to cover all textiles production sites in their supply chains.

The Tamil Nadu Alliance is a coalition of civil society networks, representing over 100 grassroots organisations, working to improve the conditions of workers in the textile supply chain in the state. The global fashion industry is a vital source of jobs across southern India, employing approximately 280,000 workers, particularly young women.

Excessive and involuntary overtime, extremely low wages, physical and sexual violence and restriction of freedom of movement—many of which are indicators of forced labour—have been documented by civil society groups for many years. This is why more urgent and collaborative action is needed to improve the situation for workers in the industry, Fashion Revolution said in a press release.

The declaration calls for reforms on five key areas: transparency, policy development and engagement, fair and equitable purchasing practices, worker-centred monitoring mechanisms, and grievance mechanisms.

It expects expansion of supply chain