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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield puts Barbara Somogyiova in charge of European leasing

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The property group has tapped Neinver exec Barbara Somogyiova for its new head of European leasing. Somogyiova will be tasked with strengthening communication between the group’s international leasing teams.

Barbara Somogyiova – DR

Somogyiova has led European leasing since September 2017 for Neinver, a Spanish group specialised in outlets management. Prior to this, Somogyiova served in the same role at Italian group Percassi for four years, following a five-year stint overseeing international development at the Lyst Fashion Group. She has also worked at Ogilvy, Barilla and Retail Group Spa.

At Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, her new responsibilities include transcontinental management of key accounts; strengthening connections between teams; bolstering the commercial mix at the various shopping centres, and the faciliation of the expansion of business activities through the platform created by the Unibail-Rodamco and Westfield merger.

The appointment comes just after the company names Scott Parsons, former retail portfolio director of the Land Securities Group, to the role of managing director for the UK and Italy.

 

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H&M is in the news again, this time for featuring a young black girl wearing a sweatshirt. No, her sweatshirt didn’t advertise that she was the “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle,” like an unfortunate incident the fast fashion brand apologized for in January of last year:

This time around, the internet has focused its outrage on a young girl sporting a benign looking floral printed sweatshirt. The issue? Her hairstyle–or lack thereof. Her crown appears to be unkempt, without even the courtesy of a brush smoothing out her kinky ponytail.

While many weighed in, hairstylist Vernon Francois, who coiffes the coils of A-listers like Lupita Nyong’o for red carpet events, had the most pronounced point of view that pretty much summed up everyone’s angst.

Source: Twitter

He wrote, “This beautiful young girl’s #kinky hair appears to have had very little to no attention yet all of her counterparts have clearly sat in front of someone who was more than capable of styling other hair textures. My heart breaks imagining yet another girl from my community sitting in front of a mirror being ignored by the team around her, left to her own devices because someone didn’t know how to handle her texture. It’s breathtaking to me that not one person looked at this shot and had the same reaction that the internet seems to be feeling since the campaign broke.  THAT IS AN ISSUE.  We must do better.  Our girls, our young women deserve better. “

Source: Allure

I can definitely see Vernon’s point of view and I do agree that one should be groomed when doing a photo shoot for a major fashion brand. But, it seems the shoot called for “Messy Hair” for all girls. Should the girl with kinky hair be exempt when it comes to the ‘unkempt’ look?

Source: H&M

People of African descent in America frequently adhere to the ‘politics of respectability,‘ which is a term coined by Professor Evelyn Higginbotham which refers to minorities , “distanc[ing] [themselves] from the stereotypical and disrespected aspects of their communities and adhering to hegemonic standards of what it means to be respectable.” At a time when we were thought to be 3/5ths of a human, select members of our community (mainly upperclass) overcompensated in order to prove their full humanity. That meant always being pristinely put together–clothes always super clean, hair styled, and always wearing the best. A hair left in its natural state or out of place meant we were subhuman; so many made pains to reflect the exact opposite.

This behavior is still pronounced in our community. Even to this day, black women in particular know (and feel) that they have to be 10 tens better than their fairer skinned counterparts in order to get ‘respect.’ Not only do they feel that way, but they also know their community will ridicule them if they are not ON POINT. I can’t even think of how many times Fashion Bomb Daily readers have looked at what, at the surface, seems like a fine photo, only to point out someone’s ashy ankle, or some other minute detail. We hold ourselves and everyone in our community to a sometimes ridiculously high standard.

Source: H&M

In the case of this young girl, and in the context of the photo shoot: why can’t she be free to be who she is, even in her ‘imperfection’? What is so truly wrong if her hair is uncombed? They are all children, styled in similar ways. Are we going to continue to pass on this false narrative that one has to do and be ten times more ‘put together’ in order to be accepted and respected–and on an equal playing field with her peers?

Source: H&M

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Versace Remixes Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic ‘Jungle Dress’ Print for Spring 2020

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Jennifer Lopez and Donatella Versace at the Versace Spring 2020 show. Photo: Imaxtree 

Jennifer Lopez and Donatella Versace at the Versace Spring 2020 show. Photo: Imaxtree 

First off, let’s get to this whole Jennifer Lopez closing the Versace Spring 2020 runway show in full detail, shall we?

Rumblings of a potential “big surprise” at Versace‘s Spring 2020 runway show on Friday night started because of the invites, which boasted the Italian house’s iconic “jungle dress” print made famous by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammys. Along with the invite came a flip book that showed an animation of Googling the Versace Spring 2020 show — search bar and all. Between the fact that Google Images was pretty much invented because of searches for Lopez’s original dress, along with the coincidental timing of the singer-actress’s new hit movie “Hustlers,” the stars may have perfectly aligned for a potential appearance by the one and only J.Lo.

As the runway show progressed, there were still no signs of Lopez, except for when her 1999 single “Waiting For Tonight” started pumping through the speakers of the Palazzo delle Scintille. Amber Valletta was the last model on the catwalk, foreshadowing what would come next. (She originally wore The Dress at Versace’s Spring 2000 runway show.) The venue’s lights went dark and surrounding the room were projections of a short film from Google, displaying search image results of Lopez from nearly two decades ago. “OK, Google, now show me the real jungle dress,” announced the voiceover. Suddenly, the lights were back on and making her way around the circular runway was the “On the 6” superstar herself, dressed in her historic outfit with a few stylish updates: a sleeveless silhouette, added cutouts on the side, an open back and gold embellishments.





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Slowthai holds up ‘decapitated’ head of Boris Johnson

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British rapper Slowthai made a stir at the Mercury Prize ceremony Thursday with a political stunt during his performance. After belting out his song “Doorman,” the 24-year-old from Northampton held up a “decapitated” head of Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Sky News reports that when Slowthai grabbed the fake head from the floor he shouted, “F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything.” When the musician left the stage he was apparently met with huge cheers from the audience. After the stunt, host Lauren Laverne said, “Slowthai, with his own views there.” The rapper also promoted “F*** BORIS” T-shirts on Twitter — similar to the one he wore on stage.

Slowthai with decapitated head of Boris Johnson. (Photo: slowthai/Instagram)

Although he received cheers, many were equally outraged about the prop on social media. On Friday, Slowthai issued a statement defending his actions.

“Last night I held a mirror up to this country and some people don’t like the reflection,” it began. “The people in power who are trying to isolate and divide us aren’t the ones who will feel its effects the hardest. … We as a people are not being looked after and our best interests are not being served by those in government — this is their job and they’re not doing it well enough. This ‘act’ was a metaphor for what this government is doing to our country, except what I did was present it in plain sight.”

He concluded, “No Boris Johnson’s were hurt in the making of this slowthai performance. I don’t condone violence in any form.”

Kathy Griffin, who knows a thing or two about political stunts involving decapitated mannequins, has yet to weigh in.

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