Buzzing: Alexander Wang leaves Balenciaga

ALEXANDER WANG LEAVES BALENCIAGA

Fashion designer Alexander Wang is leaving the label Balenciaga after less than three years, said Women's Wear Daily. He was hired in late 2012 to replace Nicolas Ghesquiere, who left for Louis Vuitton after 15 years.


BIRKIN WANTS NAME REMOVED FROM BAGS

Singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from one of the luxury goods maker's best-selling bags due to what she called "cruel" crocodile farming and slaughtering practices. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Peta, said it had released a video, which actor Joaquin Phoenix narrated and Birkin saw, showing how live reptiles were skinned or sawed open on farms that supplied luxury brands.

Hermes said the crocodile skins it sourced from a Texas farm in the video were not used for Birkin bags and stressed it did not own the farm.


ACCUSER: COSBY DID NOT REALISE I WAS GAY

The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual- assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women's cues.

The revelation by Ms Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe