Style Notes: One of Ashton Kutcher's Many Fashion Startups Launched Some T-Shirts; Target Offends with a "Manatee"-Colored Plus-Size Dress
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Fashion startups are all starting to blur together, especially ones Ashton Kutcher is involved in. First he invested in Warby Parker, the largely on-line, hipster eyewear brand that ships trial frames to your house so you can play in the mirror prior to pulling the trigger. And last year he co-founded luxury basics purveyor Pickwick & Weller, yet another e-commerce business with Brooklyn and Silver Lake undertones that, too, will send a selection of goods to your home to try before buying. The company, which lists former PayPal design and user research head Ryan Donahue as another founder, just released its spring 2013 collection of U.S.-made T-shirts and tanks. In typically high-end materials including linen and cashmere topping out at $73, Kutcher's business model sounds similar to Everlane, another style startup that he's surprisingly not involved in. Tomato, tomahto indeed. [Racked]
Manatees are usually pretty cute, unless the gentle giant is being used as a term to describe a plus-sized dress. Susan Clemens, a Target shopper who was searching the mass chain's e-commerce site, noticed that a dress in a "Dark Heather Gray" colorway was labeled as "Manatee Gray" in its plus-sized version. When Clemens tweeted a screenshot of her discovery to Target, she received a quick Twitter apology from the retailer saying, “We apologize for this unintentional oversight & never intend to offend our guests. We’ve heard you, and we’re working to fix it ASAP.” Target.com has since removed the "Manatee Gray" dress from their website. [Fashionista]
Model Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger and '70s supermodel Jerry Hall, wants to be a Victoria's Secret angel someday. The 21-year-old, who isn't typically seen on the runway, says "I feel like Victoria's Secret is more of a woman thing. You see the models and they're all like Amazon women, with boobs, and when you're younger you don't feel that could be you. But I'd like to do it in the future." The blonde beauty has appeared in campaigns for Hudson Jeans, H&M and Just Cavalli, and last year was the face of Madonna's Material Girl clothing line. [Vogue UK]
Even without wearing any makeup, Demi Lovato still glows. The X-Factor judge tweeted a photo of herself this morning, encouraging her fans to go makeup and Instagram filter-free today to show off their natural beauty and feel confident in their own skin. If we had facialists and beautifiers on call like a Tween Queen surely does, we'd consider trying it out. [MTV Style]
Spanish mega-retailer Zara is in trouble for allegedly making a group of mostly Bolivian laborers — children, included — work more than 13 hours a day in sweatshop conditions. Workers rights group spokesman Gustavo Vera stated that the undocumented individuals at the factory worked six days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. without a break. This isn't the first time the high-street fashion store has been accused of unfair labor practices. In 2011, 15 workers were rescued from an unlicensed factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where clothes with the Zara label were being produced. [Daily Mail UK]