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Zara Was Just Sued for $40M for Discriminating Against Employees — The Fashion Law. Every fashion law follower should pay close attention to the trajectory of Miller v. Zara USA, Inc. Ian Jack Miller is the former General Counsel of Zara USA, Inc. Miller is suing Zara, Zara USA, Inc.’s Country Manager Dilip Patel, and ex-CEO Moises Costas Rodriguez in New York’s Supreme Court for violations of New York state and city laws, which prohibit pay discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and hostile work environment.

Zara is the flagship-clothing brand for Inditex Group, which offers catwalk-inspired looks at low prices. It operates approximately 2,000 stores in 88 countries. Miller is asking the Court to award him more than $40 million in damages, including lost compensation, back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, and punitive damages. Miller argues in court documents that because he was not a member of Zara’s preferred demographic – straight, Spanish, and Christian – he was discriminated against and subject to a hostile work environment. General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels | General Election 2015 | News | The Independent.

Conservatives How can you redesign a label for today, if the spectre of a past leader’s greatest hits overshadows your own? That’s the question David Cameron must be asking himself, as he presents his 2015 line for the Conservatives. Margaret Thatcher’s legacy looms large – Right-to-Buy, the 1980 label she and the Tories will forever be associated with, is overdue a revival. At least, in Cameron’s mind. Others have tried to repackage the Eighties to us before, with limited success. "Cameron tries to promote his new 2015 lines as “one size fits all”: all figures, all pay packets" (Getty) However, you can’t help but think the clients he has in mind for his party’s rebranded same-old-shtick are much the same as Thatcher’s: the well-heeled, the wealthy, the one-percenters (and those close to).

Ukip Nigel Farage doesn’t have an eye for colour. "Nigel Farage doesn’t have an eye for colour. Are you undecided about who to vote for on 7 May? Click here to launch Labour Liberal Democrats. Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics? | Tallulah Bullock. Whilst some may argue that fashion and politics have no business being mentioned in the same sentence- I disagree. My interest in fashion from a young age stemmed from a fascination in clothing’s purpose beyond the practical. I’ve always been intrigued by the way personal style acts as a non-verbal rhetoric that we use to communicate who we are with each other. Psychologist have deduced that it takes us just 3 seconds to make a judgment about someone based on their appearance. That’s a snap judgment, but a judgment nonetheless.

And whilst it may seem depressingly shallow, humans are intrinsically wired to decipher things like gender, social class and status symbols from each other’s appearance- and clothes play a large part in this. Much like politics, fashion is paradoxically elitist whilst also being democratic. But whilst our personal style decisions can be quite subtle and even subconscious, politician’s sartorial choices are often much more considered than it appears. Fashtivism: "I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics" | Fashion News | Fashion.

When a band of beautiful, angry young women storm the streets holding placards, the world listens. Undeniably, it helps when the chief firebrand is a supermodel. Yesterday in Paris, the cradle of protest, Cara Delevingne led an uprising; dressed for battle in a power suit with her megaphone held high. A line of the best-dressed protesters in recent history followed in her wake brandishing signs demanding “divorce for all”, “history, her story” and “match the machos”. The activists accessorised with bags reading “make fashion not war”, but this was not a straightforward outpouring of political sentiment. The production was an unexpected move from head designer Karl Lagerfeld, who may share a first name with a certain Left-winger but once said: “I’m in fashion. Never mind the front row, this month it was all about being seen at The People’s Climate March in London. But activism is easily politicised and style plates aren’t immune from sniping and factions. Reuse content.

Decoding jera: can fashion and politics really mix? Fashion and politics don't often mix, Politics with a capital P that is. Not that they shouldn't, or can't, but in an industry obsessed with the relationships between signifiers and signified, visual codes and their meanings, the obscure aesthetics of beauty and the relationship designers have to their own and each other's histories, the directness and simplicity of protest often feels at odds with everything else we see. So much more considered, quieter, and reverential than the bluntness of the issues that make up Politics. And this is most true at a catwalk show - so staged and otherworldly - requiring, like a trip to the theatre to see Shakespeare, a suspension of disbelief to understand and admire what we see. That's why the simplicity and forcefulness of a moment of direct action, puncturing that suspension, bending the rules of fashion's game, creates such a stir.

And in a scurry to find out information, to get quotes and run stories something was lost. Credits. Fashion for a Cause: A Look Back at Politics and Style. Flamboyance is largely a foreign concept in Sweden, where the jante law, a concept that prioritizes collective, over individual, effort and expression, is very much in place. This emphasis on fitting in goes some way toward explaining the appeal of s slinimalism in Scandinavia. Simple shapes in somber colors blend in rather than stand out. The result is that it’s the smallest details that speak the loudest. But some change might be afoot. Where there is some precedence for flashy dressing in Sweden is in its music, one of the country’s best known, and most beloved, exports.

ABBA If ABBA took some iffy chances onstage—Lyrca bodysuits, matching kimono ensembles, and cat dresses come to mind—their eye-catching real-life looks, heavy on platforms and flares, were perfectly on key. Europe Sweden, too, had its hair bands, foremost of which was Europe. Roxette This year marks the Swedish duo Roxette’s 30th anniversary in the biz. The Politics of Fashion - Arianna Huffington.

In an effort to get a handle on the 2008 presidential race, political analysts are looking at many indicators. Some are looking at polls, some are looking at fundraising prowess, some are looking at endorsements, and some are looking at belly fat. Yes, belly fat. Specifically the midsection of former vice president turned global-warming warrior Al Gore. The word is that Hillary Clinton's advisers are very concerned that Gore might toss his hat — and his Oscar — into the race, and they have been keeping track of his waistline.

The thinking goes, if Gore suddenly starts losing weight, it will be a sign he is going to run. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Indeed, I was recently at a dinner party where I was seated next to a senior political writer for a major newspaper. It made me wonder: Have we gotten to the point in our looks-obsessed culture where a svelte waistline is a prerequisite for higher office and a double chin an automatic disqualifier? To a point. Fashion and Politics | Centre for Sustainable Fashion. Fashion can champion our identies and communities within an existing culture, photo from pearlysociety.co.uk Fashion and politics have a long and multidimensional relationship, fashion’s political voice taking on a wide variety of guises inside and outside of the pillars of state.

The communicative power of fashion’s artistic practices can bring challenge to a political status quo, a brilliant exemplifier of this was drawn together through ICA’s recent offsite exhibition A Journey through London Subcultures showing work from LCF based Mark Lebon amongst others. It can also champion identity and solidarity within an existing culture or society in delightful ways – think Pearly Kings and Queens. Fashion’s business practices also have inextricable links to political ambitions and endeavours, offering a conduit for economic and societal ambitions of a state to be realized in tangible form. The discussion of fashion and durability must go much further however. Debate: Does Fashion Have A Place In Politics?

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion? Is Margaret Atwood a feminist? That’s what I’m trying to work out during our lamentably brief time together squished around a table in the back of a promotional booth at a comics convention in California. Obviously, you might roll your eyes, Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale? Certainly among fourth wave feminists, many of whom, in the UK at least, studied the book as part of the National Curriculum at A-level, Atwood is lionised, especially on Twitter, where she enthusiastically interacts with her 1.27 million followers on a regular basis. But what many of them forget is that Atwood, who is now 76, grew up on the cusp between first and second wave feminism, a time when women were fighting for tangible goals such control over their reproductive rights rather than the right to publish nude selfies without criticism.

“I, as a female person, don’t have any trouble reading Moby Dick. The only female characters in it are the whales and the landlady,” she points out.