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Image business of fashion: Robert Duffy

According to Styleite, there’s some trouble brewing for Marc Jacobs long-time business partner Robert Duffy.

Former chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Marc Jacobs International is suing the company, its president Robert Duffy, and parent companyLVMH. The suit, filed in New York on Wednesday by Patrice Lataillade alleges that “Duffy created a hostile work environment by forcing employees to look at gay porn, making a store employee perform a pole dance, using company money for personal expenses, and producing a book featuring photos of staff in sexual positions.”

Lataillade began working for MJI in 2002 as its CEO and was promoted to COO in 2006. Lataillade was later fired this past September. According to court documents, his compensation at the time was $1 million. In the suit, Lataillade said he was “fired in retaliation for objecting” to a “discriminatory” and “offensive” work environment.

The suit, which does not mention Marc Jacobs also alleges several other employees had complained about Duffy’s behavior, but with very little success.

According to The New York Post, “During that time, “there have been sexual harassment cases threatened or brought against defendants based on Duffy’s conduct. Because Duffy (correctly) believed that he would not be punished for his conduct, it grew increasingly worse,” the suit says.

Duffy’s alleged victims also didn’t have much success with their complaints, with the company lawyer telling a young female employee she needed a “thicker skin” and a male employee to “go home early and have a drink,” the suit says.”

Lataillade says he complained about Duffy’s behavior on numerous occasions but “nothing was done” and that “less than a week” after his lawyers sent an email to MJI’s ceo and LVMH “summarizing the legal situation and the hostile environment”, he was fired. According to MJI, Lataillade was fired for “cause per his employment contract.”

Of course, there are always several sides to a story; an LVMH spokesman told WWD; “The allegations contained in the complaint are false. Patrice Lataillade was terminated as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of MJI for serious matters unrelated to the allegations contained in the complaint. MJI, LVMH Inc. and Robert Duffy will vigorously defend the case in court.”

The complaints surrounding Duffy however don’t seem to be in Duffy’s favor. Until someone is hired to take over their Twitter acount, an intern has had the responsibility of tweeting. Apparently, the intern had a melt-down recently, tweeting several astonishing tweets about Duffy (which have since been taken down).

Thanks to the Daily Mail, here’s a look at the tweets:

You guys and gals have no idea how difficult Robert is. I am only an intern. My last day is tomorrow. I wouldn’t be tweeting this if not!

I was asked to do this until we found a replacement… I hate this job. Hope they find someone soon. Robert is so picky! We have presented him with 50 people. He’s not happy.

Good luck! I pray for you all. If you get the job! I’m out of here. See ya! Son’t want to be ya! Roberts a tyrant! Seriously! He is tough!

I can call him out! I’m out! Won’t work in this town again! I know that! Learned a lot. But, I don’t have the energy for what is expected!

Yea, walk in my MJ shoes! Don’t judge me! I’m alone in this office having to try and entertain you all. This isn’t easy. I have tried. Done!

Brutal. In an attempt to do damage control, the brand tweeted : “All is well here at MJ. Twitter is a crazy place. Protect your passwords.” and “Things are crazy in the twittersphere. Never let your phone too far out of sight.” So I suppose they’re placing the blame on a “hacker”. Hmmmm thoughts?

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Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t think Rihanna would hurt her image at all, or my eyes if she started to cover up a little. I can’t help but think of things like tart, jezebel, harlot, etc. when I hear Rihanna anymore.

Apparently, the inspiration for the cover, pants, or lack of them was “If Rihanna and Kid Rock had a baby”.  yeaaaa, ok.

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If you’re like me, you’ve missed Brad Goreski (former Rachel Zoe Project cast member) immensely. Well cheer up kids! Goreski is to get his own reality show on the Bravo network!

From the press release…

“The New York Times called him “The Zelig of Fashion Week” and anyone who knows anything about style knows that Brad Goreski is someone to watch. The quintessential trendsetter, and former Rachel Zoe assistant, is going into business for himself. “It’s a Brad Brad World” follows Goreski as he embarks on his new business venture and tries to maintain his personal life. The docu-series gives an all-access pass to an exciting year of career firsts including – Paris fashion week, the Cannes film festival, the men’s runway shows and the summer couture shows – and each new experience is sure to be sink or swim. As usual, all eyes are on Mr. Brad Goreski… but this time, he’s got everything at stake.”

So excited!!

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The May 2011 edition of Harper’s Bazaar features model Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for the Fashion Royalty issue.

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New mom Rachel Zoe is glowing with baby boy and husband Rodger.

Zoe posted the photo with caption “The 2 loves of my life…@rbermanus and Skyler Morrison. My life is complete. xoRZ” on her website.

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The Kennedy’s were perhaps the only “American royalty” we’ve ever had. Scandalous and controversial for a number of reasons, they are still discussed to this day. While we may not know what exactly took place in their lives, one thing is for certain; the Kennedy’s were fashion icons. With The Kennedys TV miniseries soon to make its debut, I thought I’d look back at some of the memorable fashions. Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis became a fashion icon for women all over the world during JFK’s presidency. From 1960-1963 French designer and family friend Oleg Cassini dressed Jackie in many of her iconic and memorable ensembles.

Fashion was so important, Jackie actually spent $45,466 more on clothes than the $100,000 annual salary JFK earned as president. Jacqueline was well-known for her A-line dresses, evening gowns, above the elbow gloves, round dark sunglasses, and pillbox hats. Jacqueline dazzled crowds in Chanel, Givenchy, and Dior.

Jacqueline was not the only fashionable Kennedy however. When you think of JFK’s fashion, those impeccable slim-cut Brooks Brothers suits comes to mind. JFK made such an impact on fashion with these, Brooks Brothers resurrected the style and cut worn by him, and named it The Fitzgerald. JFK was also known for relaxed look; khakis, sweaters, and Wayfarer sunglasses.

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Mariah Carey keeps getting weirder and weirder. Remember when she wasn’t obnoxious in the early ’90s and didn’t wear itty bitty things? Yes, I promise there was a time. But for the sake of the babies Mariah, enough with the goofy shit. I.e., painting butterflies on your stomach:

and yes, it says “dem babies”. I hope she doesn’t teach her kids to speak like that.

“So #dembabies really wanted 2 celebrate w/us/share the anniversary! I started having contractions last night..went 2 the hospital-“ Mariah Tweeted early yesterday morning, adding, “They almost came on 3/27- happy anniversary in deed!!! We have a few more weeks 2 go but- wow!!!: #soreadyallready!” Oh, by the way “anniversary” isn’t the couples anniversary, but what most normal people call their birthday.

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