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Barneys & Disney Respond To Skinny Minnie Critics

Earlier this month, a petition was created by blogger and dancer Ragen Chastain, which stated that Barneys' skinny Minnie Mouse is sending wrong messages to young girls.

And while the department store acknowledged the fact that people were indeed disgusted by Minnie's Electric Holiday campaign makeover, they don't mean any harm by it.

In a joint statement, Barneys and Disney said

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Carine Roitfeld Has A New Job


Almost 2 months after leaving her post at Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld already has a new employer: Barneys.

For her new gig, the former editor-in-chief will play stylist and guest editor for the fall advertising campaign, catalog, mailers and the Madison Avenue windows.

Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman added Carine will also act as the department store's muse because her personal style reflects their customers. He explains:

"She has a unique and extraordinary personal style. She appeals to all ages. She is independent and strong, and yet she is completely feminine. She is a woman of the world, which we like to think our customer is, as well."

That also means Carine will be spending a lot more time in New York City, or as she calls it her "dream city".

Anna Wintour must be thrilled.

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Simon Doonan Replaced At Barneys



Simon Doonan has been given the Andre Leon Talley treatment and stripped of his creative director title at Barneys New York.

From now on, Simon will be referred to as the "Creative Ambassador-at-Large", while Dennis Freedman assumes the 25 year veteran's role.

The department store insists the new title is a promotion, but others beg to differ.

As one source puts it "Simon has been the face of Barneys for a long time, and you could say that face just got a slap", while another adds "Nobody gets promoted to anything with 'at-large' in the title".

Simon seems to be taking the change the best he can, but hasn't been "acting himself" and seems "sad about the whole business".

Can't say we blame him.

[Image via AP Images.]

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