and Vogue kicks off a second round of its photography competition.
Rihanna Enlists Big Name Friends: Rihanna’s U.K. fashion reality show, Styled to Rock, is coming to the US with the help of some pretty lofty names. Last week the singer announced that Pharrell Williams would be helping her out as a mentor on the program, which will air on the Style Network. Now come reports that American supermodel Erin Wasson will also serve on the show. [The Cut]
VS Mastectomy Bras a No-Go: Victoria’s Secret won’t be making those mastectomy bras afterall. The lingerie giant released a statement on Tuesday clarifying that “through our research, we have learned that fitting and selling mastectomy bras...in the right way...a way that is beneficial to women is complicated and truly a science. As a result, we believe that the best way for us to make an impact for our customers is to continue funding cancer research.” The statement also noted that VS has donated “nearly $2 million to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.” [Fashionista]
Vogue Photography Competition: Vogue is taking its mentoring skills to the next level in partnership with Bottega Veneta. The two major players have decided to hold the New Exposure photography competition for a second year in a row. Similar to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the program requires emerging photography talent to compete for a mentorship (with Vogue’s photogragraphy director Ivan Shaw) and prize money. [WWD]
Versace to Receive Major Investment?: Qatar Holding, the company that owns legendary London department store Harrods, is reportedly considering an investment in Versace. Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore released news of the potential investment on Tuesday, noting that it would be a joint venture between Qatar Holding and private investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano. A spokesperson for the brand declined comment on the subject to Vogue UK. [Vogue UK]