Today’s Fashion Headlines. March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

J. Crew Steps Up International Expansion

J. Crew steps up its international expansion this week by rolling out distribution to 78 countries, on top of the 29 nations the brand currently ships. The company is in the initial stages of exploring opportunities in the U.K. and Asia.

According to Stuart Haselden, J. Crew treasure, taking online orders internationally is “a low capital investment way to see where the demand is globally…..It’s a front-runner to brick-and-mortar.”

Last year, J. Crew had some had some difficulty with its women’s business, but this spring J. Crew has seen an improvement in the women’s sector.

Levi Strauss & Co. Unconventional Approach

In celebration of World Water Day on Thursday, Levi Strauss asked employees to wear the same pair of jeans without washing them for an entire work week. Employee can  upload photos of themselves to Instagram and Flickr.

The three most stylish participants will receive $1,000 grants to donate to the water organization of their choosing. Levi customers are also invited to upload photos with the tag #gowaterless. 

Narciso Rodriquez to Be Honored

Designer Narciso Rodriquez will be honored at this year’s El Musea del Barrio gala on May 17. The Cuban designer will be celebrated for his achievements and his longtime support of the organization.

“El Museo strives to keep Latino art and culture alive and Narciso exemplifies that mission with his dedication to incorporating his heritage into every aspect of his work,” said El Museo del Barrio’s executive director, Margarita Aguilar.

Israel Bans Pin-Thin Models

A wafer thin mint, sir? Israel is now the first country to impose a law banning wafer-thin models. The zero tolerance law imposes model weight minimums and written disclosure on Photoshopped images. A model’s BMI (body-mass index) which measures a fat can’t be under 18.5. Now the rest of us can feel vindicated…in Israel.

-Katie Schmitz

Sources: WWD & NY Post

Image: NY Mag

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