Fashion

04.11.13

Bernard Arnault Withdraws Application for Belgian Citizenship; California School Bans Leggings

and Gloria Steinem stands up for Kim Kardashian.

Bernard Arnault Pulls Belgian Citizenship Application: Bernard Arnault has withdrawn his controversial application for Belgian citizenship. Seeking a massive audience by granting French paper Le Monde and exclusive interview on the topic, the LVMH CEO (and Frances richest man) speaks about how he underestimated the amount of attention his attempted citizenship change would draw. He says that this latest decision is “a gesture of my attachment to France and my faith in its future.” Arnault admitted to recently transferring his LVMH shares to a Belgian Foundation, but noted that this will not relieve him of paying taxes to France. Overall, he stressed France’s negative outlook on the wealthy. “In Germany, the U.K., or the United States, one condemns poverty in order to fight it, while in France, we condemn wealth,” he said. [WWD]

School Imposes Leggings Ban: A junior high school in Petaluma, California has banned girls from wearing leggings as pants, saying that it causes distraction amongst the school’s boys. “The concern is we don’t want undergarments showing. The goal is to teach kids to respect themselves and dress appropriately,” said Emily Dunnagan, principal of Kenilworth Junior High. Girls are allowed to wear leggings if they are worn “with shorts or paired with a skirt and dress.” Skinny jeans and yoga pants are not included in the ban. [HuffPo]

Gloria Steinem Backs Kim Kardashian: Game-changing feminist Gloria Steinem isn’t typically one to side with celebrities, but at last week’s Diane Von Furstenberg Awards she spoke out against the media's fat-shaming aimed at Kim Kardashian. “If our bodies are treated as ornaments instead of instruments…it’s an effort to distract us. So don’t be distracted. Why bother getting caught up in that?” she told Us Weekly.  [Us Weekly]

Roman-Era Shoe Discovered in London: A 1,900-year-old shoe has been discovered in London. While constructing their new London headquarters, Bloomberg discovered Roman building remains along with “some 10,000 well-preserved objects that have led the site to be dubbed the ‘Pompeii of the north.’” The construction zone has since been turned into an archaeological dig of sorts, yielding items from as far back as the mid-40’s A.D. Bloomberg writes that “the shoe is one of hundreds found on the site, spanning a 200-year period and indicating changes in styles and fashions.” [Bloomberg]