Fashion

02.28.13

Beyonce, Salma Hayek,Team with Gucci; Vivienne Westwood Continues to Support Julian Assange

and Sketchers ignites controversy with new teen sneaker line.

Beyonce, Salma Hayek, team with Gucci: Beyonce Knowles, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Gucci’s Frida Giannini have teamed up to create a new global initiative called Chime For Change, which will create awareness surrounding women’s empowerment. The campaign is funded by Gucci and will be formally announced Thursday afternoon when Hayek Pinalt speaks at the TEDxWomen conference. Another announcement will follow in mid-March “regarding a global event that promises to put girls’ and women’s issues on the world stage,” reports The Telegraph. [Telegraph]

Vivienne Westwood Continues Support of Assange: English designer Vivienne Westwood is continuing her support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by speaking out against English socialite and writer Jemima Khan, who recently penned a blogpost for the New Statesman against her onetime friend Assange. “I was sad and puzzled when my friend Jemima Khan joined the ranks of these irresponsible women…I hope she will change her mind,” Westwood wrote on her blog Get a Life. “Do they really want our hero to satisfy their wish and vindicate himself by spending the rest of his life in a US super-max jail? Julian is in danger because through WikiLeaks he exposed the killing our authorities over up in wars which cause death and rape.” Westwood recently issued a line of T-shirts in Assange’s support. [Vogue UK]

Sketchers’s Teen Nightmare: Sketchers sneakers has instigated controversy with the release of their new line for teenagers called ‘Daddy$ Money’. The wedge sneakers which promise to “make you two inches taller!” are being widely panned. “Get spoiled with Daddy’s money, ultra cool shoes that will put you in the spotlight,” reads the sneakers’ tagline. [HuffPo]

Calvin Klein’s Pantone Coffee: In a look back at the creation of the Pantone color system, the company’s heir Lisa Herbert explained to the New York Times that the oddest use of her father’s invention was “Calvin Klein kept a Pantone chip in the kitchen to signal to his chef what color he wanted his coffee to be.” [NY Times]