Essence editor Angela Burt Murray says the uproar about the hiring of Elianna Placas, a white woman, as fashion director is baseless. Placas, a frequent freelancer, was chosen for "her creativity, vision, [and] the positive reader response to her work."
Juliette Lewis and her band, The Licks, are the new face of Costume National's spring advertising campaign. We'd much prefer it if the brand was being shilled by the rap group "Tha Liks," also known as "Tha Alkaholiks," but whatev. [WWD, sub req'd]