News Roundup – December 2018 1



Business of Fashion

Condé Nast to Merge US and International Arms to Form Global Company

Chantal Fernandez, 27/11/18

‘Bob Sauerberg, chief executive of the American operation, will step down after a global CEO is found. Jonathan Newhouse will become chairman of the board of directors.’

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BBC News

Fast fashion: ‘How do you justify selling a £2 T-shirt?’


Big-name retailers have defended selling clothes for £5 or less, saying their ability to sell clothes so cheaply is down to business models.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

‘They had us fooled’: Inside Payless’s elaborate prank to dupe people into paying $600 for shoes

Kristine Phillips, 1/12/18

‘A mini-runway, lined with stiletto heels, glistens in bright fluorescent lighting. Shoes of various types sit neatly in individual glass shelves. A statue of an angel carrying several shopping bags stands in the middle as Los Angeles fashionistas mill about, trying on shoes, posing on the red carpet, drinking champagne served in tall, slender glasses.’

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The Conversation

Why racism is so hard to define and even harder to understand

Alana Lentin, 28/11/18

This is the first in a series on race and racism in Australia. The series examines this complex and incendiary topic, and the role it plays in contemporary Australia.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Because I am small and Asian, I am fetishised by some white men

Jessie Tu, 28/11/18

‘Earlier this year, I went on a date with a man who told me he had a thing for Asian women. We were sitting across from each other at a table in a fancy restaurant and he stood up to do a head-to-toe scan of me. “Your body is just so soft and perky and tanned,” he said.’

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ABC News

Afterpay, Zip Pay and others cause financial strife for ‘young’ shoppers: ASIC

David Chau,

‘One in six customers who use payment methods like Afterpay and Zip Pay are in financial trouble — whether it is being overdrawn, delaying bill payments or borrowing more money to pay off their debt.’

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The Cut

‘Yeah, I’m Not for Everyone.’ Lena Dunham comes to terms with herself.

Gillian Laub, 2/11.18

‘One morning, about three weeks after we’d first met, Lena Dunham sent me ten text messages in a row. She was in the hospital, recovering from a procedure to remove her right ovary, “which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp,” as she’d later explain on Instagram.’

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Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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