Today’s Fashion Headlines. March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Alexander Wang refutes sweatshop allegations, Club Monaco's e-commerce is back on track and Lily Cole joins The Body Shop

Wang Refutes Sweatshop Allegations

Alexander Wang is pushing back against a former employee’s sweatshop allegations. The fashion house told WWD that Wenyu Lu, who sued the company for poor working conditions at its factory on 386 Broadway here, was fired for bullying his co-workers.

“The claims regarding sweatshop conditions are completely untrue,” said an Alexander Wang spokesman. “In reality, this case was filed by an individual who was let go by the company as a result of serious harassment issues. We stand by our decision to promote a safe workplace environment for all employees regardless of false claims that may be waged against us in retaliation.”

Plaintiffs’ attorney C.K. Lee of the law firm Kraselnik & Lee declined to comment Monday. Lu claims he was fired after applying for worker’s compensation for injuries sustained on the job. The initial complaint demanded a judgment of $450 million. In addition, the plaintiffs asked Federal Judge Harold Baer to give the suit class-action status. Lawyers for Alexander Wang will have 20 days to reply to the complaint.

The Body Shop Gets Lily Cole

The Body Shop said Thursday that it has appointed British model Lily Cole as its first global brand advocate. Cole appeared onstage at a Body Shop event in London Thursday night.

“We were talking for a year, and I can’t tell you how inspired I’ve been by the work that [The Body Shop has] done,” said Cole during the event. As part of her role, Cole will appear in campaign imagery for The Body Shop, has lent her name to a cruelty-free makeup line from the brand and will help communicate The Body Shop’s Beauty With Heart campaign, which the company said is based around its mantra of “Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good.”

The Beauty With Heart campaign will roll out in the U.K. from May 3, and will launch globally from May 15.

Club Monaco E-Commerce Still Coming

After a brief delay, Club Monaco fans will be able to buy the brand’s clothes online this week. The new e-commerce site is still in a soft launch phase, but the brand’s representatives told Fashionologie on Monday that its Facebook fans will get access to the site on Tuesday, and everyone else will be able to shop online Wednesday.

There are only just over 100 brick and mortar Club Monaco stores in the US so this e-commerce launch is long overdue. If you want early access to the site, you’ll have to like Club Monaco on Facebook now.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: Fashionologie; WWD
Photo: WWD

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