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Why Runways Are So White

20 March 2013, 16.51 | Posted in Models, Runway Show | 4 comments »

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It’s been widely covered but don’t want to miss posting the Buzzfeed article from yesterday, asking why runways are so white. Five top casting directors responded and it’s clear from some of their answers that the simple answer is that they themselves are racists–sometimes it’s actually that simple! Barbara Nicoli, casting director for Burberry, Marchesa, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Armani Privé & Saint Laurent was the most egregious, taking an old worldview on not only body types but what is sexy:

“It’s also true that, for example, Caucasians have a specific body type, black girls have a specific body shape, and Asian girls have a specific body shape. So I guess there are some collections where it’s more perfect for an Asian body shape because they are more flat and less sexy, in a way. Asians, they are not curvy, so to put an Asian [who's] very flat [with a] baby body shape in a show where normally the designer knows they love sexy, beautiful, curvy girls, it’s a bit of nonsense.”

But as bad as she was, casting director James Scully was amazing, calling out some of the heaviest hitters in the industry:

“I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can’t even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast. And recently they’re changing from a very diverse, worldwide, multicultural cast to just a very Germanic-looking white girl. If I were at Dior tomorrow, there would be black girls in that show. I was also disappointed that Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and kind of every other important fashion house — not one of them were racially diverse at all this season. My own personal stance is that the more diverse, the better. A lot of my casts were indicative of that, especially Jason Wu and Tom Ford.”

This is why I laugh when old media “journalists” complain and kvetch from their front-row seats about fashion bloggers ruining fashion, meanwhile oohing and ahhing about Chanel’s globe for half of their so-called reviews and complaining about who was or wasn’t invited for the rest.  The truth is if new media didn’t come along someone would have had to invent it because old media coverage of fashion was failing badly and the unfortunate part is that its classist/racist world views still dominate and continue to poison the fashion environment of today.

Natalia Vodianova For Net-a-Porter’s ‘The Edit’

25 February 2013, 15.17 | Posted in Magazines, Models | 2 comments »

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Natalia Vodianova was shot by Paolo Roversi for Net-a-Porter’s magazine ‘The Edit’. Styled by Cathy Kasterine the model got dressed in dramatic white.

Take a look at the spread on the next page.

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W Mag: Lara Stone, Kate Moss & Natalia Vodianova

08 February 2013, 16.30 | Posted in Magazines, Models, photography | 1 comment »

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Three of the industry’s heaviest hitters (not to mention our personal faves)–Lara Stone (above), Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova, land W magazine’s March 2013 spring fashion issue. Shot by the incredibly prolific Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

See Moss and Vodianova on the next page.

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Naomi Campbell By Meisel For Vogue Italia February 2012

04 February 2013, 20.48 | Posted in Models, photography | 1 comment »

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Naomi Campbell as shot by Steven Meisel, looking perfectly super for the cover of Vogue Italia February 2013. See a behind-the-scenes video on the next page that includes some commentary from Campbell: “Don’t trust that snake at all. I don’t even want to know what that sting feels like..”

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Cara Delevingne In Bathtub For Love Mag ‘Clean Issue’

31 January 2013, 15.32 | Posted in Magazines, Models, photography | 1 comment »

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Hot-as-toast U.K. model Cara Delevingne as photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott  works the No. 9 cover of Love magazine’s “Clean Issue,” with a provocative subheadline quote from the model that reads “You have To Look At The Camera Like You Want To F**K  It.”

Along with the cover, Love featured a video of Delevingne lip syncing to Shania Twain’s That Don’t Impress Me Much. See the video on the next page, along with the Kate Moss cover version for the same issue.

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Kate Moss Spreads ‘Flower Power’ For Love Magazine

24 January 2013, 19.34 | Posted in Models, photography | 1 comment »

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Born in 1974, Kate Moss celebrated her 39th birthday this week, which means she wasn’t even around at the time of the legendary “Summer of Love” in 1967, a period reflecting the height of flower power and the hippie movement. And while hippies may not be what they used to be, flash forward over 30 years and clearly flowers and good vibes still matter as shown in the above spread featuring Moss, shot by Tim Walker for Love magazine’s 9th edition. With very little else other than a few blooms decorating her super body, she is summoning more flower power than 100 hippies combined, not only looking extremely hot but also more beautiful than she has in quite a long time. The older a woman gets, the more beautiful….I knew it!

See all pictures on the next page.

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Alexander Wang Campaign Spring 2013

07 January 2013, 20.26 | Posted in Designer news, Models, advertisement | No comments »

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Have a look at one of the ads for Alexander Wang’s campaign for Spring 2013. The image above features Polish model Malgosia Bela, striking an androgynous pose, a favorite look for Wang in general, but also quite popular as a trend in fashion these days.

Wang will continue designing his eponymous label even after he steps into his role as the creative director for Balenciaga, for whom it is rumored he will first present his first runway for the Autumn 2013 shows–exciting stuff!

First Raf Simons For Dior Ad Campaign Is Out

03 January 2013, 12.10 | Posted in Fashion, Models, advertisement | 1 comment »

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Finally, the first ready-to-wear ad campaign images (above left) for Dior as guided by the brand’s new creative director, Raf Simons, have been released. The campaign brings a much lighter touch as compared with former Dior head, John Galliano (see images from the 2012 campaign he directed above right), who was known for his more dramatic viewpoint. Shot by Willy Vanderperre and featuring models Anna Martynova, Marie Piovesan, and Daria Strokous, the ads aim for a streamlined look, modernized with surrealist touches.

For all campaign images, click on the read more button to get to the next page.

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Elle South Africa Editorial Ft. Sharleen Dziire January 2013

02 January 2013, 21.06 | Posted in Magazines, Models, photography | No comments »

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Those familiar with the modeling term of  “giving face” will have to admit that as charming  as model Sharleen Dziire looks in this well put together Elle South Africa editorial, the little cutie on the lower right corner is the embodiement of fierce with a boss facial expression and hands on hips stance. See the complete editorial on the flip featuring some great designers, like Ituen Basi, Deola Sagoe, Marianne Fassler to name a few.  Photography Ross Garrett, styling by Poppy Evans.Via The Glossies.

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‘Sloane Street Girls’ Editorial

24 December 2012, 14.27 | Posted in Magazines, Models, editorial | No comments »

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In an editorial titled “Sloane Street Girls,” Rough magazine makes its own statement on the generally pejorative descriptive assigned to certain types of women who shop Sloane Square in London. Photographed by Diago Mariotta Mendez, the shoot features all women of color models, styled in mid-priced brands like Benetton and French Connection with various high-end shops serving as a backdrop. This particular image is shot in black and white but the rest of the editorial is  in color. See it here.