kagen no tsuki – last quarter moon

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the art formerly known as prints | style

With all the focus on minimalistic simplicity for the most part of the early noughties,
most fashion houses have steered clear away from prints. Anything too busy was
regarded as gaudy & vulgar.

In 2013, fashion has gone in an “Anything goes” direction and
fashionistas have embraced beautiful prints with houses like Marni, Diane Von
Furstenburg, Missoni & Louis Vuitton now putting out entire suits in striking colorful
prints on the runway.

Being a Cape Town girl, colour, texture and interest are key components in my wardrobe
and one has only to stroll down Long Street on a weekend to see that I am not the
only one with this sentiment. Bold stripes teamed with animal print, abstract prints
with a dash of pretty florals, Ndebele brights mixed with Aztec patterns. The result
is a burst of print and colour which is interesting yet sophisticated. Be warned though, this look can easily be overwhelming and out of hand, so make sure you
keep hair and make-up simple when embracing your inner PRINT-SESS!

(by @Melfunktion)

editor of Vogue Japan, my inspiration, the always fab Anna Dello Russo

editor of Vogue Japan, my inspiration, the always fab Anna Dello Russo

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Prada VS The UN

THE UN has backed former Prada employee Rina Bovrisse over her four-year-long lawsuit with Prada Japan concerning allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called to Japan’s State party to introduce new regulations that would make sexual harassment in the workplace illegal. Prada has declined to comment.

“The Committee urges the State party to introduce in its legislation an offence of sexual harassment, in particular in the workplace, which carries sanctions proportionate to the severity of the offence,” read a statement from the UN, reports Buzzfeed. “The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure that victims can lodge complaints without fear of retaliation. The Committee recommends that the State party continues to raise the public awareness against sexual harassment.”

Bovrisse sued the company after Prada Japan CEO David Sesia reportedly demoted or dismissed female staff members who he deemed were “old, fat, ugly, disgusting, or did not have the Prada look”. Prada denied the allegations, but in November 2012 a Tokyo court ruled that the brand was guilty of discrimination – yet still sided with the Italian fashion house. In response, Bovrisse took her case to the UN. Prada has countersued its former employee for making false statements.

“Anyone who buys from the Prada and Miu Miu brands are supporting a culture of discrimination and power harassment,” Bovrisse said in her testimony. “With the power of social networking, powerful companies can no longer hide their dirty secrets. I am taking a stand, but I have gathered strength from the support I get from around the world.”

(Vogue UK)

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south of the border…

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“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not.”

– Haruki Murakami – from South Of The Border, West Of The Sun.

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