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Style Notes: NHL Star Sean Avery Calls 'Vogue' Internship "Bizarre"; Gap Scraps "On-Call" Shifts

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It's one thing for an athlete to launch a clothing line after retiring from the game, but it's quite another story to become an intern (and an unpaid one, at that) for a notoriously um, difficult, fashion magazine. But for fashion lover Sean Avery, who may be better known for his 12-year stint in the NHL, an internship at Vogue in between seasons in 2008 didn't seem unusual at all. That is, until now. In a recent interview, Avery, now an interior designer, noted, "I was a star athlete who probably made 40 times as much as the people who were asking me to get them coffee. I don’t think anybody really understands how bizarre that was.” ["Page Six"]

Gap is following in the footsteps of Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret in reversing its policy of scheduling on-call shifts. The controversial practice, in which employees are called in to work last minute, depending on whether or not the store is busy, was first brought to light by a lawsuit against Victoria's Secret. Employees complained that, because they don't know whether they will be working or not until very short notice, scheduling personal matters like child care or school is very difficult. [CNN]

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VogueRunway.com, the replacement for Style.com's vast archive of runway shows dating back to spring 2000, as well as of up-to-the-minute fashion-week coverage, officially will be launching on Aug. 31, just in time for spring 2016 shows. In addition to fashion shows, however, Vogue Runway also will be reporting fashion news with in-depth analysis from industry legends like Maya Singer and Sarah Mower, to name just a couple. [Vogue]

So long, squares. For the first time since its launch, Instagram is allowing users to post portrait and landscape photos — without that pesky white space. The update will be especially good for videos, allowing users to upload more cinema-friendly wide-screen views. But perfectionists and symmetry lovers, fret not. Though images will appear full-size in users' feeds, they will appear centered in a square on users' profile grids, to keep the view looking clean. Phew. [WWD]

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