Fashion News Alert: Supermodels Grace Vogue’s September Issue, H&M Looks into Worker Abuse in Myanmar Factory, and RIP John Barrett

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The 90s supermodels are back!! But not in a music video or documentary.

Naomi, Cindy, Linda, and Christy are gracing the covers of Vogue’s and British Vogue’s upcoming September issues.  Styled by the iconic Edward Enniful and photographed by Rafael Pavarotti in New York City, these runway legends, who are all in their 50s, look incredible. Naomi is 53, Linda Evangelista is 58, Cindy Crawford is 57, and Christy Turlington is 54,

The cover for the September issue was shared on Instagram. And there were several comments about 90s supermodel Claudia Schiffer missing from the lineup. There were also comments about the supermodels’ images perhaps looking too retouched.

The Vogue September issue Instagram issue was accompanied by a quote. “In the late ’80s to mid-’90s, high fashion went from a niche aspirational hobby to a pillar of mainstream entertainment—and at the center of this transformation were Christy, Naomi, Cindy, and Linda, whose rare combination of extraordinarily photogenic features, born-with-it confidence, quick wit, intuitive style, intense curiosity, and utterly bananas work ethic flipped the switch for the industry,” the caption reads. “And the lights have never gone off.”

The editorial images are accompanied by a must-read article by Sally Singer. The article details the 90s supermodels’ rise to fame, adjusting to changes in the fashion industry and how they have stayed relevant for over 30 years.

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Trouble at H&M

According to Reuters, Global megastore H&M has plans to investigate worker abuses in Myanmar factory as 20 alleged wage theft allegations continue to mount. These allegations come to the fore as mega retailer Zara in phasing out purchases from Myanmar.

 According to a report by the NGO, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), wage theft and wage reductions appear to be the frequently reported abuses, followed by forced overtime work, inhumane work rates, and unfair work dismissals.

“All the cases raised in the report by BHRRC are being followed-up and where needed remediated through our local team on the ground and in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders,” H&M said in a statement, as reported in “We are deeply concerned by the latest developments in Myanmar, and we see increased challenges to conduct our operations according to our standards and requirements,” the Swedish retailer said.

BHRRC has been tracking labor abuses at factories in Myanmar since the military junta took power in Myanmar. BHRRC has tracked over 124 cases of abuse in factories in Myanmar.

Celebrity hairdresser to the stars John Barrett has passed away. Barrett was a hairdresser to everyone from Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton, the Olsen twins to Candace Bergen, Reese Witherspoon, and Martha Stewart.

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So long, John

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Barrett honed his hairdressing skills in the 1970s in London, moving to New York City in 1990s. He set up shop in New York City in the penthouse salon space of Bergdorf Goodman, a salon he maintained for 23 years.

“His superhuman talent was his ability to make anyone who sat in his chair feel like the most beautiful person in the world,” detailed his team at the John Barrett Salon. Barrett had been suffering from blood cancer. John Barrett was 66 years of age.

—William S. Gooch

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