Thursday, June 12, 2008
"Beyond its creativity, renewal or money, it is glamour that proves fashion's perpetual seduction: glamour and its reflex of idealisation on to which every hope and fantasy can be projected; glamour and its implicit promise of a life devoid of mediocrity."- Alicia Drake, The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Marc Jacobs, Stephanie Seymour and others will be on Charlie Rose tonight (11 pm est) on PBS to celebrate Andy Warhol (you'll remember that Marc is done up as Warhol on this month's cover of Interview) and his work. Even though Charlie Rose usually bores me to tears I'll be watching and you should too!
"No one wants to be caught with that photo 'Model Eats Cake'"-Coco Rocha, last night at the CFDA-hosted "Beauty of Health" discussion. A number of fashion industry insiders and CFDA members attended the discussion where model Coco Rocha, designer Michael Kors, and casting agent James Scully spoke about the issue of weight in the American fashion industry. Unfortunately while some very influential people DID attend (Anna Wintour, Francisco Costa, Diane Von Furstenberg, etc) there were many, many designers, casting agents and editors missing from the audience. Still, the three spoke boldly and honestly about their experiences and what needs to change.
Coco Rocha admitted that an agent once advised her to throw up after meals while another told her, "You need to lose more weight. The look this year is anorexic. We don't want you to be anorexic, we just want you to look it." She weighed just 108 lbs at the time. She spoke of the humiliation models feel at castings when those sample size zippers just won't zip up and how they avoid the catering tables that are filled with unhealthy choices. Last season, she admits, she began to take diuretic pills, "Once I took so many on an empty stomach that I was doubled over for hours. That's the last time I ever did something so terrible to my body."
Michael Kors pointed out that celebrities, even more so than models, starve themselves to fit into the sample sizes designers send them for the red carpet and that the images of these celebrities influence girls and women much more than images of models because of their wide spread appeal. For example, a girl in Kansas might never see a picture of Coco Rocha on a Michael Kors runway but she will see a picture of a favorite celebrity in Michael Kors and be influenced by that image. He told casting directors not to send girls to a casting that they most likely won't be booked for, "Sending a girl when there's little chance of her being booked throws a 16-year-old into a tizzy. The odds of a girl being booked for my show and Rick Owens’s are slim." He also asked other members of the fashion industry, beyond the models, to look at themselves saying that if editors, buyers, etc fit into the sample size dress they should be asking why and looking to see how their own bodies set an example and influence the industry.
Still, the focus remained on the weight of models with casting agent, James Scully reminding people that words can hurt. He put the issue most powerfully, "Let's stop treating models like greyhounds we plan to shoot after a race. We have to remember we are dealing with real people who have real feelings."
I can't help but feeling, as genuine as I'm sure these thoughts and ideas are, that it was a response to the negative press that the industry received after Ali Michael (strangely missing from the event was Teen Vogue editor Amy Astley who supported Ali's coming forward) talked about her industry sanctioned eating disorder. The CFDA did put together a set of rules two years ago after the death of a Brazilian model as a result of anorexia and this is the third event they've had to support the initiative but even so the timing does seem kind of interesting to me.
According to 5 Resolutions the event asked for three initial changes to take place during the upcoming NYC spring fashion week:
1. Provide healthier food at shows and shoots.
2. Asking designers to make fit models larger therefore making sample sizes larger.
3. For agencies to work closely with nutritionists, medical professionals and eating disorder specialists and to keep information and awareness available to the girls especially about the long term affects and permanent damage caused by eating disorders to discourage the behavior.
Anja Rubik's finally gotten the Vogue cover she deserves! She's gracing the July 2008 cover of Vogue Germany and also has a great spread inside the mag! I love seeing models on the cover of magazines and wish that American Vogue would stop it with the celebrities! Anja looks absolutely amazing and it's really the perfect editorial to get you inspired for these hot and humid days!
One of the things I find so appealing about Anja is that she's traditionally very beautiful but her features are very masculine and strong. She's all sharp angles and passion especially in this editorial. You get the feeling she could win a bloody bar fight and still be the most glamorous girl in the room.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Motherhood does a starlet good. Nicole Richie has been having a great style week.
She's able to go flawlessly from hippie mom to chic starlet about town. I love how she can mix low end (like converse) with vintage Dior. It might not be high fashion but she has her own style that has evolved from Rachel Zoe's barbie to a young LA mom and I really love it. What do you guys think about Ms. Richie?
This is over priced and silly. Don't bother. Stick with AA and Hue!
LINDSAY LOHAN's leggings are getting closer to store shelves!
ET has learned that the starlet's new line, named "6126" after MARILYN MONROE's birth date, has been picked up at L.A.'s posh Fred Segal boutique and online retailer www.revolveclothing.com and will start shipping around August 30th, "6126" LLC partner KRISTI KAYLOR says.
Last month, Lindsay caused a frenzy in Beverly Hills when she and two models posed for publicity shots wearing the pieces. (See the finished pic above!)
So far, the "6126" collection includes "footless tights" made from "Supima cotton and Modal ribbed knits" along with other fabrics spruced up with zippers, foil prints, yarn dyes and sexy metallic and screen prints.
Cashmere leg warmers and something called an "ankle glove," a modified warmer that covers the ankle, are also part of the line, which will start at $40 and go up to $140.
I came across this Harper's Bazaar Russia (July 2007) editorial from last year recently and it reminded me how much I loved it! It's so beautiful and the colors are amazing, it's all just so lush. I love the photo of Serafima, with her back to us, on a statue is so romanticist of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly that I could swoon. I just want to be living the story this editorial tells. I also really adore the recreation of the Blessed Mother photograph; In fact it is currently my Mac's background.
Serafima Vakulenko photographed by Salim Langatta.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sometimes I wish we could all just wear pretty face paint, glitter, ribbons, feathers and flowers and live in Wonderland. Mischa Barton gets to do this because she's a minor celebrity and was invited to a children's benefit: A Time For Heroes Carnival.
I also just really loved her outfit in general except the studded Christian Louboutins. I mean, I LOVE them but I don't think they work with the fairy doll look.
I'm sure that by now you've all seen this editorial or at least the cover but I love it and I love her (which you totally didn't know, right?! Just kidding!) so I thought I'd share it with you. Notice the velvet forehead head band! That's the monstrosity she wore to the New Yorkers for Children's Dinner Dance with vintage Missoni that made me cringe! Her photo shoot happened on the day of the event and she dressed at the photo studio. She should have worn the styled for the shoot outfit she wanted that headband! But that insanity is part of why we love MK....I think.
I don't care what anyone says: She is achingly beautiful.
I don't care what anyone says: She is achingly beautiful.
Do you like your hair? Animals? Hats? Being different? Do like these things all at once? Than Nagi Noda's latest creations will blow you away. They are hats made out of different kinds of hair to recreate an animal. Don't understand? Well, just check out these pictures and I think you will. My favorite is the lion!