J.Crew Enlisted Its Staffers, Family and Friends to Model Its Spring Collection. As we walked into Spring Studios for the J.Crew spring 2017 presentation on Sunday afternoon, something seemed a little off: Stylish folks that we normally spot in the crowd at these things — blogger-slash-photographer Tamu McPherson, fashion consultant Ramya Giangola and political PR prodigy and former "Girls" guest star Audrey Gelman, for example — were instead decked out in head-to-toe J.Crew, standing as part of the presentation.
Those we recognized looked every bit as chic as they do in their day-to-day lives, and while they were certainly styled by the brand to help tell the story of the season, their personalities still shone through. That is to say, we imagine that they could actually have these very pieces in their own closets. A huge topic of New York Fashion Week conversation this season is inclusion, particularly when it comes to runway casting, and the J.Crew take on diversifying was to enlist its friends, family and employees to model the collection.
Solange is the New Face of Michael Kors: Exclusive. This fall sees artist, entrepreneur and style innovator Solange fronting the first-ever Michael Kors street style campaign with a series of imagery snapped by photographer Tommy Ton and a 43-second visual directed by Wednesday Agency.
The campaign, called The Walk and snapped on the streets of Manhattan's most scenic neighborhoods -- including The West Village and Greenwich Village -- features Solange sporting three distinct outfits from the designer’s fall ready-to-wear line. Along with trendy outfits -- a faux fur green jacket paired with matching neck tie blouse, black leather culottes, and white sneakers -- Solange showcases the new gray MICHAEL Michael Kors Brooklyn grommet crossbody purse.
“Solange is strong and passionate and not afraid to share her opinion with the world — and that type of confidence always makes an impact,” Kors exclusively tells Billboard. The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood 2016. Why she matters: More than anyone else on this list, Young has hit home runs throughout the red-carpet season, from the Cannes Film Festival to the Oscars.
While the stylist does consistently killer work with Portman, 34, and Michelle Williams, 35 — both always gamine, stylish and chic — this year, Young juggled many other clients, some established, some just getting started on the red-carpet ride. The stylist, who last topped THR's list in 2012, turned ingenue Dakota Johnson, 26, into a daring style star (no one's worn Gucci better), while turning out a sexy, sophisticated Gomez, 23. Top looks: Johnson's blush Prada slip dress at the Black Mass premiere in Venice was pure '90s minimalism: "It's hard to pull back and do something so basic," says the Oxford-educated stylist.
And along with Cate "the Great" Blanchett, 46, Robbie, 25, stole the Oscars in a fierce gold Tom Ford. Alexa Chung Launches Fashion Label. Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images.
We've stalked her style since she hit our screens on cult music show Popworld in skinny jeans with the perfect ruffled fringe and Brit wit in 2006. We've added Peter Pan collared shirts and dresses, ballet pumps and the Mulberry Alexa bag to our wardrobes because of her. And now, after sell-out collaborations with Marks & Spencer and AG, Alexa Chung has finally confirmed that she is releasing her very own fashion label – hitting stores in May 2017.
"I feel as though I’m kind of prepared to do it now. Lena Dunham Fronts an Un-Photoshopped Lingerie Campaign. Despite being the producer, creator, and star of one of the most successful and acclaimed television shows of her generation, Lena Dunham’s legacy has quickly become one more focused on her online activism.
Much of this has been tied to the issues of body positivity and the biased depictions of the female form in today’s media. Her latest instance of combating these problems has come in the form of a lingerie campaign from New Zealand brand Lonely, which sees Dunham completely Photoshop-free. Costarring her Girls castmate Jemima Kirke, the campaign features the two actresses engaged in an activity often depicted in the show: lounging around being fabulous in a Brooklyn bathroom. Lonely created the imagery as part of the brand’s Lonely Girls Project, one that aims to take the spotlight of objectification away from women and create a more participatory experience for its models. H&M Taps Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham But Doesn't Carry the Sizes in Stores.
In preparation for the September 8 launch of its higher-end, limited-edition Studio Collection, H&M released its look book this week featuring major models such as Soo Joo Park, Karly Loyce, and Ashley Graham.
It's exciting that H&M chose such a beautiful, diverse group of powerful women to showcase the feminine line. The inclusion of Graham is especially groundbreaking because while H&M does sell plus sizes, it's not specifically a plus-size brand. In fact, Graham's curves are not the main focus of the campaign, which is a big step forward in body diversity. But as great as all of this is, and it really is, there's a glaring problem with the collection that's hard to ignore. Bloggers trusted more than celebrities, journalists, brands and politicians.
London, 14.05.2015 Bloggers are the third most trustworthy source of information, behind friends and family, according to an independent survey of UK consumers commissioned by affiliate network, affilinet.
Meanwhile brands languish towards the bottom of the ranking, only just above politicians. Celebrities also ranked poorly. affilinet Trust Index: Whose opinion do you trust the most? Inside the New Teen Vogue. NEW YORK, United States — Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth isn’t afraid to get right to the point.
“Listen, I know people are asking, ‘Why would a teen want a magazine in 2016?’” She says, sitting at a conference table beside her colleagues, digital editorial director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter, in Condé Nast’s One World Trade Center offices. This past May, in an unusual move, the threesome effectively replaced editor-in-chief Amy Astley, who was shifted to Architectural Digest. The Rise of Indie Fast Fashion. NEW YORK, United States — The rise of fast fashion has been nothing short of meteoric.
Over the last decade, giants like Zara and H&M have conquered large parts of the market thanks to a powerful mix of runway-inspired product, cut-rate prices and large store networks. Now, a wave of indie, low-cost fashion players armed with e-commerce — from Style Mafia and Finery London to W Concept and Genuine People — are seeking a slice of the pie. Net-a-Porter's new campaign shows that diversity makes business sense in a global fashion industry. Forbes Welcome. White-Washed Runways: The Effects of Racism in the Fashion Industry. “We’ve already got a black girl,” “It’s not our creative vision,” “Our customer isn’t ready yet.”
These are the excuses we hear time and time again to explain the lack of models of color in the fashion industry. In fact, the more you talk to people in our profession about this, the more you realize that these statements are tired, unimaginative and backwards; things this industry supposedly detests. With the internet and particularly social media giving a voice to experts and amateurs alike, accusations of racism have been heating up in recent years.
From all-white catwalks, to makeup artists not coming prepared to work with black models, to cultural symbols being ripped off and sold to the masses, we’re more aware than ever of how our complacent behavior offends and excludes others. Whites-Only Policy at Vetements and Balenciaga. NEW YORK, United States — Fashion is addressing the issue of racial diversity. Whereas, just two years ago, only the rare black model was spotted in a runway lineup, today, multiple models of colour are casted at most shows and are the subject of high profile editorials and campaigns. One defiant voice amidst the ‘multi-culti’ progress is the influential Paris-based designer Demna Gvasalia and his design collective at Vetements and Balenciaga, which both showed their recent Autumn/Winter collections on white models only. Industry Darling Demna Gvasalia Fails to Cast a Single Model of Color in His Runway Shows this Season.
Diversity has long been lacking on fashion show runways, but significant improvements have been made this season. Labels in New York and Europe have taken care to make their casts more inclusive, and we've seen an uptick in models of color, a wider range of body types, a broader spectrum of gender identities and women well into their 50s, 60s and 70s walking in the fall 2016 shows. Of course, not all designers are interested in acknowledging the breadth and diversity of their customer bases; take Demna Gvasalia, the head designer of Vetements who also made his debut as artistic director at Balenciaga on Sunday. While both of Gvasalia's latest collections were praised for their streetwise sensibilities and their au courant attitude and silhouettes, his runway shows in Paris also earned some less-than-positive attention for their casts, both of which consisted solely of white models. Kenzo X H&M's new campaign: an important statement about fashion diversity. The lack of diversity in the fashion industry is a perennial issue.
Late last year, Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing told Newsnight: “We can’t forget, but fashion is sometimes defined as a white world ... I love showing reality on my catwalk and I think we are going back to that.” Hopeful words, but for every Balmain (whose catwalks regularly feature models such as Jourdan Dunn, Lineisy Montero and Dudley O’Shaughnessy) and Nasir Mazhar, there is a Demna Gvasalia (Vetements, Balenciaga). Gvasalia’s envelope-pushing designs were notably not matched by catwalk diversity. Although there are signs that change is afoot, there was an awkward disconnect between the early championing of Vetements by the likes of Rihanna and Kanye West and the runway reality of their shows: a parade of white models felt distinctly retrograde in this most aesthetically modern of shows and sent out a message of exclusion.
Only 1.4% of models over a size 12: The truth about diversity in fashion now. How come the high street can blatantly steal designs? Zara had the internet in a craze on Wednesday after 26-year-old indie designer Tuesday Bassen took to social media to call out the Spanish fast fashion giant for copying an array of her illustration-centric designs. The items in question were a series of badges and patches, with the similarities immediately obvious – although not to Zara, apparently, who rejected Bassen’s claims citing “the lack of distinctiveness of (her) purported designs”.
They also implied that she’s too small a fish to be taken seriously. “(They claimed) I have no base because I am a small artist with 90k followers on Instagram, but they are a major corporation with 90 million customers and only ‘a handful of people’ would notice that the designs are mine,” Bassen told us. “I plan to pursue this further, even though they are trying to belittle and bully me.”
EXCLUSIVE: The Dirty Advertising Practices of the Industry's Biggest Brands, Bloggers. The problem: Less than a month after announcing the partnership by way of a post on her Instagram account and one on her blog – one that is heavily predicated upon Song's social media prowess (and as WWD noted, specifically includes compensation for posting content on her Instagram account) – Song appears to already be running afoul of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act, a federal law that governs the publication of commercial messages and prohibits the utilization of unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the market.
Posting endorsements – that have come about as a result of a connection between the endorser and the underlying brand – without proper disclosure are violations of the FTC Act. The same is true for the posting of sponsored content (regardless of the medium).