Today’s Fashion Headlines: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

eBay Curators

Some eBay Curators

EBay Revamps Website

The influence of social media is evident in eBay’s new and improved website. The major updates include features for social interactions and the ability to create collections and profiles. The site has a more personalized experience and users can now follow other users and curators. Current curators include singer Pharrell Williams and designer Chris Benz. “We’re giving people the ability to collect, share and connect with the community, and that’s important because eBay is an enormous store. The community and tastemakers give people a filter through which they can look at our inventory,” said Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplace. Unlike Pinterest or other websites, every item featured in a collection is available for purchase. Sounds like online and discount shopping paradise to me!

Condé Nast Ending Internship Program

Condé Nast has announced it will discontinue its internship program starting in 2014. The termination of the program comes on the heels of news the publishing company was sued by two former interns who claimed they were paid below the minimum wage during their internships. Hearst is also dealing with similar lawsuits. Current interns are not affected and will continue working through the end of their contract.

New Law Enforced to Protect Underage Models

Models under the age of 18 are now protected under New York state labor laws. These new laws will affect New York Fashion Week this February, where under-aged catwalkers are common. In fact, Fashion Week could be getting a new look because of these regulations. According to an industry insider, nearly half the models on the runways in the past have been under the age of 18. Models are now covered under the same labor laws that govern young actors and actresses.

Here are some of the new rules for underage models:
• Models can’t work earlier than 5 am and later than 10 pm on school nights, and no later than 12:30 am on weekends.
• All models under the age of 16 must have an adult in the room with them at all times.
• The model’s parent or guardian must set up a trust fund for them, and employers must directly contribute at least 15% of the earnings.
• A pediatric nurse must be on hand at all times.
• Employers are required to give time and space for young models to do school work.
• Parents or guardians must receive a detailed work schedule for the model.

Do you think this is fair or a bit excessive? Sound off below!

– Claire Mykrantz

Source: NY Post & WWD

Image: WWD

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