Thursday, March 5, 2009

Style and Focus News Bites: Barbie, Brad and Birthday Visits

** According to the Associated Press, West Virginia Deomocratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge is proposing to ban the sale of Barbie dolls and others like her in his state. He wants to outlaw the dolls, because the dolls influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

My Response:

This is one of the dumbest things I have read, with all the things going on economically he want to go after Barbie. It's the parents responsibility to instill good judgement and values to their children and banning an iconic doll is not going to change our cultures obsession with youth and beauty. So, is he also going to ban gentlemen magazines because they hold a certain stereotypical view towards beauty on how women are suppose to look. Yeah, but I guess I don't see that happening any time soon.

** In the New York magazine article, "Why Were Milan’s Runways So Whitewashed?" details the lack of diversity among models used during fashion week in Milan.

** Shoe designer Yohji Yamamoto has signed a deal with Salvatore Ferragamo to create a new collection of ergonomic shoes called Salvatore Ferragamo for Yohji Yamamoto. The new Ferragamo footwear will be unveiled this Friday, in Yamamoto's fall 2009 runway show in Paris, according to a press release. The shoes, ergonomic Chelsea boots and hiking boots will be available to consumers early July in Yamamoto boutiques, Ferragamo flagships and more directional fashion stores. Prices will vary from just under $500 to just over $1,000. (Fashion Wire Daily)

** According to People magazine, singer Kelly Rowland paid a birthday visit to an ailing little girl, Jasmina Anema. Jasmina is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. For her 6th birthday on Wednesday, Jasmina enjoyed pink cupcakes and received a Hello Kitty bicycle. But she was so "over the moon" when Grammy-winning singer Kelly Rowland sang "Happy Birthday" to her in her hospital room at NYU Medical Center. Jasmina told PEOPLE that "Kelly made me feel like a princess and she made me feel so special."

** According to Fashion Week Daily, Rebecca Taylor will launch a shoe and jewelry collection. She has partnered with two licensing groups: Peter Marcus Group for shoes and MJJ Brilliant for jewelry. Both collections were inspired by Taylor's ready-to-wear collection and her continuous inspiration from European flea markets and free spirited travelers. The footwear will include leather boot and sandals with prices ranging from $300-$400 at retail. The jewelry collection will consist of whimsical designs in materials such as 18K vermeil and a new signature sequin group. The jewelry line prices will range from $150-$500 retail. Both collections will be available at Rebecca Taylor the boutique, select department stores, and contemporary websites nationwide.

** Brad Pitt to meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to discuss Make It Right, a project launched in 2007 to construct affordable and environmentally-sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Pitt and Pelosi are slated to kick off their meeting at 3:30 p.m., after posing for photos for the press in the Capitol Building. (CNN)

** eBay is adding to its image as being a green company. Alan Marks, senior vice president for global communications at eBay says that its business model encourages reselling old items rather than throwing them out, and buying used merchandise rather than making new stuff reduces carbon emissions that go along with production. “We never set out to be a green business,” Mr. Marks said. “We realized it’s intrinsic.” To promote its green credentials eBay will team with Hearst to run ads Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Esquire.

EBay is rather late to the game in making claims about its environmentalism. Large corporations like General Electric and BP have run advertisements for years promoting their environmental efforts, for instance. “Over the last couple of years, protecting the environment has become as American as apple pie and Derek Jeter,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of the activist group Rainforest Action Network. “Every company wants to at least be seen as being friendly to the environment.”

Mr. Brune said he had mixed feelings about eBay’s claim for its green business model. “A lot of the things sold on eBay are new merchandise, and last time I checked the Postal Service still used fossil fuels for all of their planes and their trucks, so it’s not sustainable,” he said, referring to how eBay sellers ship items. “It’s fair to say that buying used goods on eBay is better for the environment, but let’s not get carried away and say this is the greenest thing since recycled paper.” (New York Times)

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