Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber will perform at this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show. The show tapes in New York in November and airs nationally in December. Here, Bieber practices by wearing a pair of wings of his own at a concert. [VS]
- Sofia Vergara says her breasts "have opened doors for me." That's all? Our breasts have written letters of recommendation, put heavy things back on high shelves, and moonlighted briefly as chauffeurs, bringing in a solid second income. [Lucky]
- Four female Wal-Mart employees in Tennessee are suing the company for gender discrimination and have applied for class-action status in the state. This is the third regional discrimination suit brought against the company since the 2010 Supreme Court verdict that invalidated the class-action status of a nationwide gender-discrimination case. Additionally, more than 2000 Wal-Mart employees have since filed individual sex-discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [WWD]
- Because apparently nothing else of any importance is happening today, some blogs are having a go at Jennifer Lopez for wearing a red dress to a Democratic political fund-raiser. Because only Republicans are allowed to wear red, apparently. [Fashionista]
- Gap is launching a new four-part program to improve safety standards at its supplier factories in Bangladesh, which has long been one of the most dangerous places in the world for garment workers. Factory fires are a particular issue. The plan includes a $2 million fund for workers who may be displaced from their jobs due to fire safety remediation. [WWD]
- "I get tired of things quickly," says Nicki Minaj. "I love change when it comes to my look … I need a new fix. It's like a high to me — every time I change my hair it's a high." That's funny; we thought every time she changed her hair, she was high. [People]
- After months of tension, Chris Burch has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife, Tory Burch. Chris Burch, who until recently remained a board member at his ex-wife's company and who retains a significant shareholding, recently launched a new retail chain called C. Wonder that bears some similarities to the Tory Burch brand and product array. Tory Burch had been rumored to be mulling legal action against Chris. Instead, Chris is seeking a court declaration that Tory Burch cannot stop him from pursuing other business opportunities and damages for alleged interference with his business relationships. [WWD]
- In line with reports that holiday seasonal retail hiring will be stronger this year than last, Macy's says it plans to take on 80,000 additional seasonal workers, 2000 more than last year. [CNN]
- Alexa Chung is working on a book for publication next spring with Penguin. According to British Vogue, the tome will reveal "how she decides what to wear, her fashion influences and style tips." [Vogue UK]
- Ron Johnson, whose reign at J.C. Penney has most recently resulted in 22% year-on-year declines in same-store sales, says sales are "irrelevant if you're looking forward." Well, then. [WWD]
- Here's a nice, boring story about affiliate links in online fashion retail and social media. [NYTimes]
- Sonia Rykiel is now a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. [Vogue UK]
- And now, a moment with Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani. Franca, how do you feel about fashion right now?
"I'm really tired of writing about fashion shows. Fashion weeks, long waiting times and then the reviews. Yes, I must admit that writing about clothes bores me."
Sozzani goes on to pronounce elegance "the new avant-garde." [Vogue.it]