This morning, executives at Victoria's Secret took a meeting with Allana Maiden, whose online petition calling on the lingerie retailer to develop a line of bras for breast cancer survivors with mastectomies quickly amassed over 119,000 signatures.
There are so many women out there, like my mom, who have survived breast cancer but are left feeling altered and uncomfortable because of undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I think they deserve to feel beautiful and Victoria's Secret is the perfect company to help make that happen with a line of "Survivor" mastectomy bras.
The company says it has been "researching" the idea of bras for women with mastectomies, and meeting with the breast-cancer petitioner is clearly a P.R. no-brainer. [Change.org]
"If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it's also like, Why are you making it about that, you creep? I love Marc and trust him, and we just laughed about it."
- After another garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed seven garment workers, police have detained the factory's owner and managing director for questioning. Several of the dead were teenage girls who were asphyxiated when the fire caused a stampede towards the factory's emergency gate, which was allegedly locked. The factory was reportedly a subcontractor — a local factory that takes on piecework for suppliers who work directly with foreign-owned retailers. Subcontractor factories, because they operate in a gray area, tend to be even more dangerous and poorly paying than other factories, but the rock-bottom prices offered by retailers force factories to engage in subcontracting to turn a profit. Retailers officially oppose the practice but tend to turn a blind eye as long as orders are filled. [WWD]
- The prosecution has begun making its case at a hearing in the Dolce & Gabbana tax evasion trial in Italy. Italian tax police officers testified about the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to an entity called Gado Srl, which was registered in Luxembourg. Prosecutors contend that the sale price was significantly undervalued — €360 million instead of €1.1 billion — to avoid taxes on the transaction and that the company continued to be managed in Italy. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were allegedly trying to avoid paying Italy's 45% corporate tax rate. Luxembourg's corporate tax rate is 4%. Dolce, Gabbana, and their co-defendants deny the charges. [WWD]
- Because you really needed to know Karl Lagerfeld's opinion on Michelle Obama's new bangs:
"I don't understand the change of hair … Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It's not good."
- Barneys New York, which experimented with selling its discounted items online during its most recent warehouse sale, is launching a permanent Web site for its sale goods at barneyswarehouse.com. [WWD]
- Coco Rocha is a fan of the newish social media app Pose, which is apparently like Instagram (only with a focus on fashion and sharing outfit selfies). Rocha quickly amassed 450,000 followers on the app. [Mashable]
- Meanwhile, you can see Rocha — along with co-hosts Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell — in the new modeling reality show The Face. The show doesn't make its T.V. debut until next week, but you can watch the first episode online now. [Oxygen]
- Authentic Brands Group, which two months ago bought HMX while it was in bankruptcy, has just acquired Judith Lieber, Adrienne Vittadini, and Taryn Rose. Authentic has expansion plans for Judith Lieber in particular, which it says has the potential to be "an Hermès or Chanel." But first, it might do a Judith Lieber collaboration with Marilyn Monroe (whose image Authentic also owns for licensing purposes). "I can see a Marilyn Monroe Judith Leiber ‘It' bag," says the company C.E.O., "maybe with Harry Winston diamonds that sells for $1 million." [WWD]
- Victoria Beckham is launching a line called Icon, which is a collection of her most popular dresses, reissued. [Elle UK]
- Patrick Carney of the Black Keys is now a co-owner of a sock company called Richer Poorer. The size of Carney's investment stake was not disclosed. [WWD]
- Rachel Roy is skipping New York fashion week this season in favor of an online show that will air on the brand's Facebook page. [WWD]
- Fast Retailing C.E.O. Tadashi Yanai says he probably won't retire as planned in 2014, after all. Yanai says that there are no executives in the ranks at the company, which owns Uniqlo, J Brand, and Theory, whom he sees as potential successors. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, Uniqlo is planning a collaboration with Celia Birtwell, the '60s textile designer. It'll launch in the U.K. on March 21. [WWD]
- The Birkin, the Kelly, and the...Schiffer? It almost was, according to Claudia Schiffer. When asked if she had any advice for her 17-year-old self, the supermodel replied:
"In five years time Hermès will ask if they can name a bag after you, as they have Kelly and Birkin. Ignore your agent and say ‘Yes.'"
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line Elizabeth & James has launched a handbag collection. There's no $39,000 crocodile backpack to be found. [WWD]
- Net profits at H&M fell year-on-year by 1.3%, to $795 million. The company is pushing ahead with plans to open its 3000th store in 2013 and the launch of its new retail brand, & Other Stories. [WWD]
- Just in case you're curious, Versace is still owned by Santo Versace (30%), Donatella Versace (20%), and Allegra Versace Beck (50%). Rumors that Santo Versace was planning to sell his stake are unfounded, according to Santo Versace. [WWD]