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Here's why Zac Posen won't be dressing Melania, Ivanka Trump

It looks like we won’t be seeing Ivanka or Melania Trump wearing anything by Zac Posen anytime soon – unless they buy it off the rack.

According to The Daily Beast, Posen has joined a long list of high-fashion designers who won't be dressing the Trump family, including Tom Ford, Sophie Theallet, Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs.

“I’m very upset with the state of affairs right now,” Posen told The Daily Beast. “I always try to be optimistic. I think that freedom will prevail. And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store.”

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Right now, Posen said he has “no current plans to dress members of the first family.”

"Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics. There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me — deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them. I think it’s important to use your voice. I think that every brand and person has a right to be vocal."

But Posen believes other designers should be “cautious” when it comes to sharing their political views.

"You can’t market or commercialize feminism as an entity. One has to be careful. I aim to be about powerful women in my clothing. It’s important that I support the amazing women that I’m able to work with. It’s a message about creativity and process. And being able to self-create is the message I want to share to the generation of young people being born now."

Read more here.

H&M releasing unisex denim clothing line

A new line of denim clothing is coming to H&M stores in March, US Weekly reported.

The retailer said in a Wednesday news release that the Denim United collection will be "blurring borders and challenging norms."

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"It is very natural for us to launch a unisex collection as fashion is constantly evolving and intersecting and today we see there are no boundaries in democratic style," H&M spokeswoman Marybeth Schmitt said in a statement. "Fashion should always be inclusive."

The pieces borrow from menswear and womenswear, the release said, and can be mixed and matched together.

Items include T-shirts, jeans, shorts, overalls, long- and short-sleeve button-down shirts and a hoodie. The denim pieces are in varying washes.

The collection will be available "exclusively online" at HM.com starting March 23.

Popular LuLaRoe leggings criticized for tears, holes

Direct sales giant LuLaRoe is getting complaints about one of its most popular products: leggings.

The women's retailer is dealing with unhappy customers who are taking to Facebook and other social media sites to complain not only about the quality of its leggings, but also the inconsistent sizing.

LuLaRoe has made its name through social media and Facebook pages set up by its "independent fashion retailers," who sell the products to their friends and social media contacts.

The leggings, which the company boasts as "ultra stretchy and super soft," are now the focus of online complaints that the pants are ripping and developing holes after a few hours of wearing.

One customer told "The Today Show" that the leggings "disintegrated within two hours of wear."

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Another said the shirts and dresses from the company were fine, but all her leggings have holes.

But it's not only holes developing in the pants that are upsetting customers. Some can't figure out what size to order, claiming that there's no consistency.

Lisa Barretta told "The Today Show" that she wore 2XL in one style, but medium in another.

The LuLaRoe sizing chart notes that "sizes may vary depending on fabric."

"You almost have to order and pray for the best," Barretta said.

A Facebook group dedicated to complaints about the product grew from 1,400 members to more than 15,000 in two weeks.

The sellers themselves, not the company, are having to make good on the ripped pants.

"We were encouraged to replace, not refund, any damaged items," said a former seller who would not release her name. She claimed that she tried to contact LuLaRoe and could not get an answer from the company.

Business Insider obtained a copy of an email from the company to its sellers that admits that the leggings might be prone to holes "because we weaken the fibers to make them buttery soft."

"We have done all we can to fix them," Patrick Winget, LuLaRoe's head of production, said in the email.

But the company told Business Insider in a statement that it will stand behind its products and is taking the complaints seriously.

"By and large, consumers love our products. We encourage our independent retailers to remind their customers that they can contact them to help facilitate an immediate exchange or full refund if they are unsatisfied with their product," the statement read.

Despite the statement from LuLaRoe, the company's support Twitter page is being inundated with images and complaints about the leggings.

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Ivanka Trump's brand holds strong on Amazon as perfumes snag bestseller spots

Several retailers recently announced that they would stop or limit sales of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, with some claiming sales, not politics, as the reason behind the decisions.

But her brand might not be in serious jeopardy after all, as her perfume maintains spots on Amazon's bestsellers list.

>> Nordstrom removing Ivanka Trump brand clothing, cites sales

>> Ivanka Trump disputes reports Nordstrom is dropping her brand

Her sales were so high that her fragrances took up three spots on the bestseller list this week.

The 3.4 fluid-ounce Ivanka Trump eau de parfum spray for women maintained the No. 1 spot on Monday morning. The roller ball version of the perfume snagged the No. 2 spot, and the 1.7-ounce spray sat at No. 3. 

Trump's fragrance is described on the site as an “alluring and feminine floral Oriental” scent that is a “symbol of grace and beauty.”

Amazon bestsellers are determined by their popularity in comparison to similar items on the site, meaning that Trump's perfume beat out dozens of other brands to earn the top spots.

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>> Report: T.J. Maxx, Marshalls instructed employees to trash Ivanka Trump merchandise signs

Critics of President Trump started a #GrabYourWallets campaign shortly after his election win as a form of boycott against Trump family merchandise. Within the last few weeks, Nordstrom has dropped the first daughter’s line altogether, while T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have simply stopped promoting her products in their stores.

Kate Upton lands cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for third time

Sports Illustrated fans will see a familiar face on the cover of the 2017 swimsuit issue.

>> PHOTOS: Kate Upton through the years

The magazine announced early Wednesday that Kate Upton landed the coveted spot, gracing three different covers of this year's issue. She was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 swimsuit issues, as well.

>> See all three versions of the cover here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

According to The Associated Press, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum also appeared on the cover three times. Supermodel Elle Macpherson landed five covers.

Kate Upton lands 2017 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue cover, EN-15WE pic.twitter.com/IMTZOYdDUQ— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) February 15, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex

A Belgian model known for her street style has become one of the first high-profile faces of the intersex community.

Hanne Gaby Odiele announced Monday that she is intersex, a condition in which a person is born with a reproductive system that is not typically male or female. Odiele, 29, of Kortrijk, Belgium, said she is speaking out to break the silence about the condition.

“It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo,” Odiele told USA Today. “At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly all right to talk about this.”

Scroll down to see a video of Odiele talking about being intersex

The New York-based runway model, who has worked for brands like Chanel, Dior and Alexander Wang, has teamed up with interACT, Advocates for Intersex Youth, a nonprofit organization that aims to give a voice to intersex children. The organization also fights what it calls human rights violations -- surgeries to which many children are subjected in order to make them more typically male or female.

What does being intersex mean? 5 things to know

USA Today reported that Odiele was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, which left her with XY chromosomes more typically found in men. Doctors found that she had internal, undescended male sex organs that her parents had surgically removed when she was 10 years old.

Odiele said her parents were told that she could develop cancer if they were not removed, and that she would not develop as a typical female. As a child, she said, she did not fully comprehend what was happening.

“I knew at one point after the surgery, I could not have kids, I was not having my period,” Odiele told USA Today. “I knew something was wrong with me.”

Odiele also underwent external reconstructive surgery when she was 18, about a year after her modeling career began.

Odiele said the surgeries were traumatic, mostly because of the misleading information that she and her parents were given. According to interACT, the surgical interventions to which children are subjected are driven more by fear of “non-binary” bodies than by medical necessity.

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Kimberly Zieselman, executive director of interACT, told USA Today that she was 40 years old, married and the mother of two adopted children when she learned the truth about her condition. She had surgery at 15 to remove what doctors told her parents was a partially formed female reproductive system. As in Odiele’s case, the concern for her parents was the development of cancer later in life.

When she obtained her medical records years later, she was stunned, Zieselman said. She never had female organs, partial or otherwise. What doctors had removed were internal, undescended male organs.  

“My story, quite frankly, is not unique. Hundreds of women have a similar story,” Zieselman told the newspaper.

The United Nations estimates that up to 1.7 percent of the population is born with intersex traits. That percentage is similar to the percentage of people born with red hair.

InterACT’s main priority, according to a news release issued Monday, is to stop medically unnecessary treatment and other human rights violations faced by intersex children.

“It is time for intersex people to come out of the shadows, claim our status, let go of shame and speak out against the unnecessary and harmful surgeries many of us were subjected to as children,” Odiele said in the news release. “Intersex children born today are still at risk for these human rights violations. I will use my voice and platform to help end such abuses.”

Kellyanne Conway's inauguration outfit sparks criticism

Kellyanne Conway spent her 50th birthday at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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She attended Friday festivities wearing patriotic colors. 

But many people criticized Conway's outfit.

Trump's former campaign manager and current senior adviser was dressed in a red, white and blue coat. She described the outfit as "Trump revoluntionary wear."

Someone found the $3,600 Gucci coat online, and one social media user pointed out that the product's description online notes the coat's design was inspired by the city of London. 

The coat Kellyanne Conway is wearing is $3,600 Gucci https://t.co/ctqFutiO7I pic.twitter.com/j59TB2j0SP— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) January 20, 2017

Other people expressed disinterest in her fashion choice:

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Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Why buy a postcard when you could knit a sweater? That’s the motto of Sam Barsky, a Baltimore artist who specializes in “knitting sweaters and other items with pictorial designs,” according to his website.

He became a viral sensation this week after the website imgur.com featured a gallery of his creations, which included Barksy proudly showing off his themed sweaters in front of famous travel landmarks including Times Square, the U.S. Capitol, Niagara Falls, the Shedd Aquarium and, my personal favorite, Stonehenge.

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Barksy has already received interview requests from Jimmy Kimmel and the BBC, but judging by his Facebook page, he’s handling his 15 minutes of fame with grace.

“Just to let everyone know, I really love all my fans,” he wrote this week. “In the past day, as most of you know, my publicity has exploded exponentially worldwide. I have a flood of messages and requests for interviews that I have received. I want to answer each one personally. It is just so many that I can’t get to them all in one day.”

This guy makes sweaters of places and then takes pictures of himself wearing the sweaters at those places.

Check out his Facebook page for more photos of his “sweaters in places” as well as updates on his dinner (gluten-free vegetable lo mein with imitation shrimp) and the occasional joke (ex: “How do animal rescues determine which animals are safe and healthy enough to be pets?… They ‘vet’ them.”).

Looks like Barsky has been to Texas before — here he is in his Palo Duro Canyon sweater:

Here’s hoping Barsky has an Austin visit in the works — we think he would look fantastic in a bat-, Longhorn- or taco-themed creation. Regardless, thank you, sir, for making the world a brighter place with your amazing sweaters.

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