Storm, Premier, Models1 being investigated for violating 1998 Competition Act

In London today, three top agencies are being investigated for price fixing.

The Evening Standard reports:

Plainclothes officers attended at the headquarters of Storm Model Management, Premier Model Management and Models 1 in dawn raids as investigators probed claims they are working together as a secret cartel to drive up appearance fees, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Officials from the Competition and Markets Authority are investigating claims they have been driving up the cost of fees by meeting as a cartel to agree prices they charge to big brands and retailers.
London skyline | visitlondon.com

London skyline | visitlondon.com

If the agencies are found to have broken regulations laid out in the Competition Act 1998 or Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, they could face fines of up to ten per cent of their worldwide turnover.
 A spokesman for Models 1 told the newspaper it was "co-operating fully" with the investigation, while Storm Model Management and Premier Model Management declined to respond to requests for comment.

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Good reads: The Danish Fashion Ethical Charter

On March 26th, Vanessa Friedman waded into the "skinny model debate" for the New York Times. She argues that Denmark's new Fashion Ethical Charter has a greater chance of success than France's pending legislation banning booking "too-thin" models. Importantly, the Danish Charter doesn’t try to define “health” with arbitrary numerical figures such as body mass index figures.

Screenshot of New York Times online

Screenshot of New York Times online

After the news that France is considering a skinny models law, Denmark on Thursday entered the arena, albeit with a somewhat different strategic approach to the problem: one that focuses more on peer pressure within the industry and less on legislative pressure.
Although in general I am enormously skeptical about any Big Brother approach to managing eating issues, which are about a whole host of complicated psychological issues that do not have a one-size-fits-all solution (I went to a boarding school where anorexia and bulimia were ever-present, and we barely looked at a fashion magazine), I think this one just might have a chance to work.
The Danish Fashion Ethical Charter is a four-page document written by the Danish Fashion Institute, Danish Fashion and Textile, the Danish textile organization WEAR, the country’s eight largest model agencies, the Danish Association Against Eating Disorders and Self-Harm, and Model Union Denmark. 

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How Binx won over Balmain's Olivier Rousteing

How did Binx Walton win over Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing? Style.com chatted with him to find out.

Binx backstage at the Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 | W Magazine

Binx backstage at the Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 | W Magazine

Here are our highlights:

“I met Binx at fittings for the Balmain AW14 show,” says Rousteing. “I instantly loved her tomboy yet supersexy look. She has an attitude that can give an edge to the most sophisticated and glamorous looks.” After strutting her stuff down Rousteing’s runway that season, their collaborations continued, with Walton appearing on the Balmain runway every season since.
“I work through instinct, and I need to feel a connection when I meet a girl,” the designer says. “[Binx] is very strong, smart, and opinionated—she is super-young, but she knows what she wants.” Rousteing was drawn to the Tennessee native’s drive and distinctive look. “What I love about girls today is when they represent the new world. With her amazing mixed-race beauty, she is the new generation, hashtag diversity.”
Always one to bring energy and excitement to the staid backstage environment, Walton has earned a reputation as an engaging personality. “Binx always surprises me. She can be the funniest person, dancing and joking around during a shoot, and at the same time she’s super-professional and gives you the attitude that you’re looking for,” says Rousteing.

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