Marc Jacobs President Allegedly Forced Employee To Pole Dance


Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs‘ business partner of more than 25 years, has been sued by a former executive at the company who says that Duffy created a hostile and discriminatory work environment by directing subordinates to join him in watching porn on company time and “produc[ing] and disseminat[ing] a book that included photos of Marc Jacobs International staff in sexual positions or nude.” The former executive, Patrice Lataillade, joined the company in 1996, rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer, and was fired in September of 2010. The lawsuit also alleges that Duffy “uses company funds for personal expenses and does not censor what he does or says.” Lataillade also says that Duffy forced a Marc Jacobs employee to perform a pole dance. Marc Jacobs International and its parent company Louis Vuitton Moêt Hennessy are also named in the suit; they say the allegations are false, and that Lataillade was fired for unrelated misconduct. In February, Duffy — then a prolific Tweeter — posted pics of a nude man at the company’s employees-only fashion week after-party. The suit says other employees occasionally complained about Duffy’s conduct but the company’s response was lacking: a woman was told she needed a “thicker skin” and a man was told by Duffy to “go home early and have a drink.” (Are we remiss in wishing our boss would — skipping the [alleged] creepy-sexy part, of course — occasionally tell us to go home and have a drink? Jessica? Hmm? Whaddaya say?) [WWD, NYPost, HuffPo]

In case you missed it: Rachel Zoe has published a picture of her new baby, Skyler. [Official Site]

What if the Sartorialist wrote about all his subjects the way he wrote about Angelica Ardasheva, the blogger he called “sturdy but beautiful”? The Gloss takes a crack: “This older but distinguished gentleman has a great manner of hiding the features that have so elegantly accompanied his age. He makes excellent use of the hat’s wide brim to gently obscure the deeply embedded creases beneath his eyes.” [The Gloss]

Pat Field knocked off Alexander McQueen’s knuckle-duster clutch purse. [Fashionista]

Kate Moss wears Alexander McQueen on both the newsstand and the subscriber cover of the new British Harper’s Bazaar. [Official Site]

Marion Cotillard‘s latest Dior handbag ad is Russian-themed. [WWD]

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