Thursday afternoon, protesters from the National Organization for Women and a new activist group called UltraViolet attempted to deliver a petition, signed by over 72,000 people, to the Reebok flagship store in Manhattan. The petition calls on Reebok to drop Rick Ross's endorsement contract — he's a face of Reebok Classics sneakers — because in a new song, Ross raps about drugging a woman and raping her. Reebok security guards prevented the protesters from delivering the petition. Reebok did not respond to Women's Wear Daily's requests for comment on the petition or Ross's relationship to the brand. [WWD]
Here is Romeo Beckham pointing and laughing at Cara Delevingne in the newest Burberry ads. [Telegraph ]
Sophie Dahl has a capsule collection with the British label Brora. "I imagined it as the-morning-after-the night-before," she says of the collection's inspiration. "A woman on an island after a party, walking home with her shoes in her hands." Classy walk-of-shame clothes, ho! [Vogue UK ]
Laetitia Casta is in the latest Chanel eyewear campaign. [WWD ]
- Parsons held a panel discussion about sustainability with executives from H&M and other clothing companies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these clothing companies argued that it was consumers, not brands, who could stand to do a lot more about the environmental impact of the rag trade. Those assembled:
...agreed that the responsibility lies largely in the hands of consumers. Each panelist offered some pretty brilliant and fairly reasonable ideas for how we can reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry on our end.
Not to sound preachy (I'm pretty disgustingly wasteful myself), but our own actions might make more of a difference than those of fashion companies. As [Loomstate co-founder Scott] Mackinlay Hahn pointed out, Levi's did a study that found that customers were responsible for 60% of the environmental impact of its jeans.
It's all your fault that companies are so damn wasteful, consumers. [Fashionista]
- A new online fashion magazine from the U.K. called Never Underdressed has an estimated £2-3 million in start-up costs, a staff poached from glossies including Elle and Vogue, and big ambitions: "Our objective is to create a luxury glossy magazine experience with all the speed and wit of the web," says editor Carrie Tyler. [Guardian, Fashionista]
- The Milan public prosecutor has charged 13 people associated with the Marzotto group with tax crimes, including several members of the Marzotto family. [WWD]
- Gucci had no comment on Buzz Bissinger's article about his shopping addiction, which heavily featured the brand. [NYTimes]
- Net profits at Prada rose by 45%, from $587.4 million to $800.9 million, from 2011 to 2012. [WWD]
- Versace, which has been performing well recently, is reportedly considering an initial public offering. [BoF]
- Elettra Weidemann and Lynn Yaeger toured a museum of death masks outside Paris. They saw Chopin's death mask, Beethoven's death mask, Napoleon's death mask, and the death mask of l'inconnue de la Seine, the drowned woman whose face later became the model for the C.P.R. dummy. (That story was covered in an excellent episode of Radiolab.) [The Cut]