Fashion News Alert: Kamala Harris Vogue Cover Controversy, Alexander Wang Scandal Continues, Simone Rocha x H&M Collaboration, and Mary-Kate Olsen Reached Divorce Settlement

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You would think just getting on the cover of Vogue magazine would be enough. Well, apparently it was not enough for some critics when Vice-President elect Kamala Harris appeared on the 2021 February issue of Vogue US.

When the 2021 February issue of Vogue US leaked out before newsstand date, there was much wagging of tongues and wringing of hands of the image VP elect Harris in her signature Converse sneaks, a white tee shirt, black stretch pants and distressed leather jacket. Many pundits felt this look was way too casual and relaxed for the in-coming Vice President of United States. Harris’ victory as the first African American and South Asian woman to be elected to the esteemed office of Vice President of the US is groundbreaking and history making.

That said; many folks felt this leaked cover was way beneath the office of the Vice President. Harris’ team confirmed that they thought Vogue would feature a different cover image—Harris posing in a light blue suit against a gold background, which they had approved—for some reason Vogue went with a different cover image.

In defense of the leaked cover image Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour explained to The New York Times, “When the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the Vice President-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in.”  Wintour continued, “We are in the midst … of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute, and we felt to reflect this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible, and approachable, and really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign …”

Wintour further explained that Harris chose the clothing in the leaked cover image and felt that the selection reflected the Harris felt that the cover image was “joyful and optimistic.” Wintour added that “[she could not] imagine that there’s anyone that really is going to find this cover anything but that, and positive,” she said. “(It’s) an image of a woman in control of her life who’s going to bring us … the leadership, that we so need. And to me, it’s just a very important, but positive, statement about women, and women in power.”

Former American Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley agreed with Wintour’s choice to use the more relaxed image of Kamala Harris for the cover. “(Harris’) work uniform with her ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspirational. I predict it’s going to set a trend for all young women all over the world, are going to dress like Kamala Harris,” he wrote. “Knitting controversy is utterly ridiculous.”

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Simone Rocha x H&M

While COVID-19 have slowed down many fashion collaborations, one such scheduled fashion collaboration is forging right ahead. Simone Rocha, a London Fashion Week regular presenter, and mega retail brand H&M are going ahead with their planned collaboration.

The Simone Rocha x H&M collection is scheduled to launch on March 11. The pieces in the collaboration will include signature womenswear, alongside menswear and kids’ wear. According to H&M’s Creative Advisor Anne-Sofie Johansson, as reported in, “It will be “the first time that Rocha has offered a wardrobe for the entire family.”

Each clothing category will include a full wardrobe including special occasion wear, such as tulle dresses and tailoring, alongside knits, shirting, outerwear and casual tee shirts. There are also accessories, including Rocha’s signature sparkling jewelry and pearl-embellished footwear. Johansson reveals that in this collaboration “[Rocha] celebrates her personal inter-ethnic heritage and the myriad inspirations which have defined the growth of her label, from the traditions and crafts of Hong Kong through to the greats of art history.”

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More sexual assault allegations for Alexander Wang

Fashion Reverie first reported on the Alexander Wang alleged sexual assault story two weeks ago. Well, since that time more sexual assault victims have come forward.

In addition to the original sexual assault claims by male model Owen Mooney which out in mid-December, it has recently been revealed that Wang allegedly sexually molested other male victims, women and trans women at New York City nightclubs and afterhours spots.

There are also allegations that Wang groped the genitals of some victims after giving them MDMA, a date rape drug, without their knowledge. Wang is a known intense partier, using party lingo, “WANGOVER” and “PARTY ANIMAL” on headbands in his spring 2018 collection.

The model advocacy group, Model Alliance is standing in solidarity with Wang’s alleged victims. And famed attorney Lisa Bloom has offered her services to Wang’s alleged victims.

Alexander Wang has denied the allegations and could not be reached for comment.

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Mary-Kate retains wealth

Mary-Kate Olsen, part of the design duo with sister Ashley behind fashion brand The Row, has reached a divorce deal with husband Olivier Sarkozy. It has been reported that because of Olsen’s ironclad prenuptial agreement, Olsen’s $250 million net worth is safe.

Mary-Kate Olsen is 34 and Olivier Sarkozy, who is the half-brother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is 51 years of age. French banker Olivier Sarkozy is worth $60 million.

Mary-Kate Olsen and her twin sister Ashley came to fame as child actors on the hit sitcom “Full House.” Their fashion empire which is comprised The Row is valued at $1 billion dollars.

The divorce deal between Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy was reached in the Manhattan supreme court this past Wednesday. Their next hearing is on January 25, 2021.

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