Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty accused of ‘deceptive marketing’

Executives at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie company have been accused of “deceptive marketing”.A complaint has been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the California District Attorney’s office for Santa Cruz County by officials at non-prof…

Executives at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie company have been accused of “deceptive marketing”.

A complaint has been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the California District Attorney’s office for Santa Cruz County by officials at non-profit watchdog group Truth in Advertising (TINA). They have alleged the organisation has been attempting to dupe customers by promoting discounts that can only be used once they sign up for the $49.95-a-month VIP subscription.

“It deceptively promotes discounts and product prices that are only available to consumers who are bound to the company’s membership program without clearly and conspicuously disclosing this fact in its marketing materials,” a TINA spokesperson commented in the complaint.

According to the watchdog, they discovered that when using the Savage X Fenty online shop, the VIP membership is automatically added when a customer adds something to the shopping basket.

However, the monthly recurring fee isn’t included in the total amount, and shoppers are only made aware of it in the site’s small print during the checkout process. It’s only if they know to remove the monthly membership from their carts that customers can see the normal price of items.

“By default, the company enrols consumers into a negative option offer known as the Xtra VIP Membership without clearly and conspicuously disclosing all the material terms and conditions, such as needing to take affirmative action every month to avoid recurring monthly charges,” they continued.

Following the complaint filing, Emma Tully, a spokesperson for Savage X Fenty, which Rihanna launched in May 2018, responded via email to CNN Business.

“These accusations are false and based on misconceptions of our business. We are proud of our flexible membership programme because it allows us to offer unparalleled quality and value to our customers,” she stated. “We believe strongly in transparency, which is why we provide multiple disclosures of membership terms throughout the shopping experience, within advertisements, and through our ambassador engagement policies.”

Tully added that Savage X Fenty hasn’t received any inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission as yet.

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Hailey Bieber keen to branch out into fashion design

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s. Hailey is now contemplating th…

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.

The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s.

Hailey is now contemplating the next phase of her career, and in a cover interview for the March 2020 issue of Elle magazine, indicated her desire to create clothes.

“I would love to get into designing clothes. I love clothes!” she gushed. “That’s actually one of the main reasons I got into the modelling industry.”

With help from her stylist Maeve Reilly, Hailey has built up a reputation as quite the style chameleon. In addition to rocking glamorous gowns on the red carpet, she is often spotted sporting edgy streetwear looks while off-duty.

“I also want to create comfy athleisure. I love what Rihanna is doing. I think she’s incredible, and her (Fenty) line is great. I also love the Olsen twins. I’ve been a fan since the days of (1999 movie) Passport to Paris,” the model praised of her style inspirations. “It’s the same kind of thing I want to do – make stuff for myself, and if people gravitate toward it, brilliant.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Hailey noted that she would be interested in learning more about medicine if she wasn’t so heavily involved in the fashion world.

“(Previously), I wanted to maybe go to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and learn about design. In another life, I would have also loved to be a doctor. I’m interested in neuroscience; I love learning about the brain,” she smiled.

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Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her d…

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.

The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her disappointment at not being able to speak out when she knew something was wrong on set.

“I think my biggest failures in my life and my career have been when I haven’t had – or I wasn’t old enough to have – the confidence to stand up for myself when I knew what was happening on set wasn’t right,” Gigi explained. “I didn’t believe I had the voice to speak out. I guess through those disappointments in myself, or through disappointing others with my actions, I’ve really been able to learn. I try and grow from everything.”

Gigi did not elaborate on the inappropriate behaviour she faced.

She then explained that she worked through the failures by being honest with herself and having an inner dialogue that “forces” her to look at a problem from every perspective.

“You have to connect with your morals, with how you want to live your life, find your place. I learned that the hard way!” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gigi revealed her resolutions for 2020.

“I’m taking a fuller version of myself,” the model, who recently reunited with ex Zayn Malik, shared. “What I’m gonna leave behind is negativity.”

The catwalk superstar was handpicked by Rihanna and the team at i-D to appear in a special limited-edition issue titled “Rihannazine”. Other models to be interviewed and photographed by Mario Sorrenti included her sister Bella, Adwoa Aboah, and Paloma Elsesser.

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Rihanna collaborates with i-D magazine on special issue

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine…

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.

Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine”, which celebrates “her ceaseless reign on the worlds of fashion, beauty and music” and their 40th anniversary.

“For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture,” Rihanna said of the project in a statement. “It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art, and activism – creating a more inclusive and diverse future.”

Rihanna appears on the front and back cover of the publication, with the images showing her posing in clothing from her Fenty fashion brand. All photographs in the 144-page visually-driven magazine were shot by Mario Sorrenti.

She also helped Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of i-D, handpick 43 “incredible people” who have had an “inspirational and progressive impact across culture, art, fashion, and activism” to appear in the magazine. They include models Bella and Gigi Hadid, Paloma Elsesser, and Adwoa Aboah, screenwriter Lena Waithe, Euphoria actress Alexa Demie, and writers Roxane Gay and Zadie Smith, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. To accompany the publication, videos of Rihanna interviewing some of the stars will be posted on i-D’s Instagram page throughout the week.

“Working with Rihanna, we handpicked the people featured in this project for many different reasons; they may all represent different things but what unites them is everyone featured in these pages is incredibly inspirational,” said McKimm. “They are artists, writers, activists, musicians, and women on the front lines of the fashion industry.”

The special issue will have a limited print run of 5,000 copies, which can be purchased from 27 January.

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Rihanna calls it quits with Hassan Jameel – report

Rihanna has reportedly parted ways with her boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, after almost three years of dating.The Diamonds hitmaker was first linked to the Saudi billionaire in 2017, but she has rarely spoken about the relationship in public, preferring to …

Rihanna has reportedly parted ways with her boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, after almost three years of dating.

The Diamonds hitmaker was first linked to the Saudi billionaire in 2017, but she has rarely spoken about the relationship in public, preferring to keep their romance out of the spotlight.

However, it appears the couple is no more, according to multiple reports.

The news of the break-up emerges months after Rihanna admitted she was making her love life a priority.

“I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me,” she told her Ocean’s Eight co-star Sarah Paulson in a chat for Interview magazine last June.

“It was like, ‘I need to make time for this.’ Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well.”

Explaining how she had started to schedule personal days on her calendar so she has time to focus on her man, she shared, “I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time.

“On my calendar we now have the infamous ‘P,’ which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

The pop superstar also revealed she would love to one day become a mum, admitting she wants a family “more than anything in life”, and in October, she even confessed to having planned out her wedding dress, telling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour it would be “a collaboration between myself and (John) Galliano, of course”.

Prior to dating Jameel, Rihanna enjoyed romances with Drake, baseball player Matt Kemp, and Chris Brown, who infamously beat her up in a pre-Grammy Awards fight back in 2009.

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Rihanna allows pimple to ‘shine’ in make-up-free selfie

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle. Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First…

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.

The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle.

Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First selfie of the year doe (sic). #2020.”

But while her post quickly racked up over four million likes, one follower commented, “Let me pop your pimple.”

The message quickly caught the 31-year-old’s attention and she responded: “Let her have her shine, PLEASE.”

However, the other comments were very positive, with actress Nia Long writing, “Pretty pretty… bad a*s”, and model Leomie Anderson adding, “Raw beauty and edges is all we ask for.”

Yet, Rihanna didn’t reply to a fan who joked about her decision to keep her upcoming album R9 under wraps for now.

“The fact that the pimple heard the album and we didn’t,” they posted.

When asked about when she would be releasing R9, the Umbrella hitmaker previously explained that she was juggling her music career with her commitments to building her Fenty Beauty line as well as her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.

“I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, make-up, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy. when the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it,” she stated. “But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough for me (sic).”

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Rihanna teams with Adam Selman on Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration

Adam Selman “learned a lot” while working with Rihanna for Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration.Selman was tapped by the Umbrella hitmaker to create a sensual lingerie collection for her brand back in 2018, and the pair have finally relea…

Adam Selman “learned a lot” while working with Rihanna for Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration.

Selman was tapped by the Umbrella hitmaker to create a sensual lingerie collection for her brand back in 2018, and the pair have finally released their Valentine’s Day-themed capsule line.

Working with Savage x Fenty’s inclusive size range – which goes from XS to 3X – was a “fascinating” experience for the American designer, and he wanted to make sure he followed Rihanna’s brief.

“Before we presented things to Rihanna, I would go ahead and fit everything in advance on three different sizes,” he told Fashionista. “Because of the size range that Savage X is able to do, I really learned a lot about the fit and the process and the bodies. I wanted to make sure that in my collaboration I offered the exact same thing for a straight-sized model to a curvy (model).

“If you have never seen Rihanna fit a panty, you’re really missing out.”

The fashion star, who created the singer’s infamous sheer, Swarovski crystal-encrusted gown for the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2014, was inspired by her total confidence while creating the collection.

“I think that she really taught me that it is about confidence – the clothes can give you that confidence, but also building the clothes with confidence is such a key part of the process,” Selman shared.

Adam Selman for Savage X Fenty is available now, with prices ranging from $16 to $84 (£12 – £64).

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Lizzo defiant over revealing basketball game dress

Lizzo has hit back at criticism over the revealing dress she wore at a recent Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.The Good as Hell singer wore a loose, black T-shirt dress with the back cut out to reveal her thong as she sat courtside at the Staples Cen…

Lizzo has hit back at criticism over the revealing dress she wore at a recent Los Angeles Lakers basketball game.

The Good as Hell singer wore a loose, black T-shirt dress with the back cut out to reveal her thong as she sat courtside at the Staples Center on Sunday, when the Lakers faced off against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.

She was honoured by the Lakers cheerleaders as they performed a dance routine to her smash hit Juice, and Lizzo celebrated the tribute by dancing along, before bending over to show off her provocative outfit for the cameras.

Her daring moves split opinion on social media as fans praised the star for her energy and self-confidence, while others insisted Lizzo should cover up in public.

The criticism prompted the musician to take to Instagram late on Monday to address her detractors, making it clear she couldn’t care less about their opinions.

“Who I am, and the essence of me and the things I choose to do as a grown a*s woman, can inspire you to do the same,” she defiantly posted.

“You don’t have to be like me. You need to be like you. And never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself. This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me. Negative criticism has no stake in my life.”

She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been… I’m surrounded by love, and I just wanna spread that love – and also spread these cheeks. And if you really, really don’t like my a*s, you can kiss it.”

Lizzo went on to hail Rihanna as her “inspiration” by sharing video footage of the Bajan beauty dancing in a sheer gown on Twitter.

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Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line c…

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just seven months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has been named as the top designer in the competition’s Urban Luxe category, beating out the likes of Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

The 31-year-old was presented with the award by Janet Jackson and Tyler, The Creator during a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Taking to Instagram following the exciting announcement, a Fenty representative commented that Rihanna and her entire team felt “honoured” by the accolade.

“Fenty’s chief executive officer and artistic director Robyn Rihanna Fenty is committed to reflect the understanding of female power as constantly evolving, multi-faceted, fun and free,” they wrote alongside a snap of the star in a seafoam green custom-made outfit from the label. “Since the launch in May, Fenty had the pleasure of working with incredible talents, forming a new archive of visual references focusing on the intersection between style, culture and identity. Fenty is a young brand with a powerful collective voice, shaped by the individuals behind it.”

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear, and Christopher Kane was bestowed with the new Designers’ Designer Award.

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