Fashion News Recap: Franca Sozzani, Versace Lawsuit & a Christmas Robbery

by Nell Yu, Fashion News Correspondent


Remembering Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, passed away on December 22 in Milan, Italy. Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast, praised the late editor on Vogue’s website saying that “she made Italian Vogue a powerful and influential voice in the worlds of fashion and photography by publishing ground-breaking photography and journalism.” For the 28 years she worked at Vogue Italia, Franca forever changed the fashion industry as she celebrated African beauty, welcomed curvy models and was dedicated to fundraising. We should remember not only her contribution to the magazine but also her spirit as a feminist and a philanthropist.

It is truly a tremendous loss. Farewell, Franca.



Former Employee Accuses Versace of Racial Discrimination

An African-American man is suing a Versace store in California for unpaid wages and damages after he was fired short after telling his manager of his race, according to Teen Vogue. According to this former employee, the store manager addressed him as “D410,” a code for all-black Versace shirts. “D410” is also allegedly used as a code for black shoppers. The ex-employee claims that he was unfairly treated and fired because of his skin color. He has filed a lawsuit, yet Versace continues to deny all accusations.



Fur Robbery on Christmas Eve

Three men broke into the Dennis Basso boutique on Madison Avenue in New York on the night of Christmas Eve… the worst time ever to hear such news. The burglars stole 20 sable fur coat worth millions of dollars in total, according to Fox News. After viewing the surveillance video footage, Basso believes that it was a planned robbery.


Other News:


Victoria Beckham received the honor as OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The honor acknowledges the designer’s contributions to the British economy as well as her extensive charity work.



Boohoo, the British e-tailer, plans to bid $20 million for Nasty Gal in court this month, according to Fashionista. Boohoo has been taking ambitious moves as it acquired PrettyLittleThing in early December.

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