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More Drama at W (WWD)
The staff of W Magazine is apparently going through some transitional pains after the publication was sold to Surface. Rumors are swirling that some staff members overseeing the magazine’s new issue have not received severance pay, and have not been paid for their week of work. Surface CEO Marc Lotenberg claims he wasn’t aware of the situation, while an anonymous Condé Nast representative denied the pay issue.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Condé Nast initially only gave employees 24 hours to sign on with Surface. Their new contracts stipulate that the employees are in a three month “introductory period” after which their continued employment will be determined by a “satisfactory evaluation” of their work. This has created concerns that there will be layoffs in three months time.
Milk Studios Is Leaving the Meatpacking District (Business of Fashion)
Earlier this summer, Google bought the building where Milk Studios is housed in order to expand their office space. Milk will be leaving their Meatpacking location by July 1, 2020.
Uniqlo to Slash Single-Use Plastics From Supply Chain (Hypebeast)
Fast Retailing, Uniqlo’s parent company, has announced it “will aim to cut down the usage of single-use plastic bags by 85% by 2020.” By switching to paper bags and changing certain packaging, the company will cut 7,800 tonnes of plastic waste a year. Select stores will see changes starting in September, and the initiative will expand across the company by next year.
Zendaya Is the Face of Lancôme’s New Fragrance
Lancôme celebrated the launch of its new fragrance, Idôle, by announcing Zendaya as the face of the scent. Idôle will be available online and at select retailers August 22.
Tod’s Hosts a Party to Celebrate Alber Elbaz’s Capsule Collection
Tod’s and Alber Elbaz held a cocktail party at the Palais de Tokyo for their new Happy Moments capsule collection. Guests including Rachel Zoe, Coco Rocha, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, and Isabeli Fontana enjoyed a live brass band, birthday cakes, and performances from DJ’s Agathe Mougin and Jodie Harsh, Kiddy Smile, and drag queens from the house of Fugly. The Happy Moments collection will be available in stores and online July 15.
Christian Louboutin Presents His Spring 2020 Collection During Couture Week
Rowan Blanchard, Natalia Vodianova, Heidi Klum, Mandy Moore, and more attended a cocktail party to celebrate Christian Louboutin’s latest collection. The event took place at the Manège Battisti in La Caserne des Célestins, which was transformed into the imaginary “LouBhoutan Express.” The name is shared with Louboutin’s LouBhoutan capsule collection, which features design details created in part by the students of the School of the 13 Royal Arts and Crafts of Thimphou, Bhutan.