Loveable fashion Ice Goddess Anna Wintour, designer Michael Kors and supermodel Natalia Vodianova all sat down in Boston for a forum to discuss girls who just don’t eat on the regular and what can be done about it besides pointing and staring (or applauding).
Michael plans to avoid hiring girls 16 or younger (can you get into an R-rated movie on your own? You’re still in the running!). Anna will simply look on in absolute, pungent disgust from behind her Chanel sunglasses (that’s usually enough to change quite a lot in the industry, so that’s a good thing).
It’s apparent that the lack of color, mature women, and “real” sizes on the runway is finally making people, or at least the ones who could actually change things, angry and frustrated.
However, it’s a bit sad that all of this comes on the heels of a major recession here in the US. It’s no secret that the fashion industry once held the consumer in the palm of its Chanel-gloved hand. They told us what and who was hot and we responded, “Yes, Prada. Irrefutably yes! Give me three in different colors! I want to look starved and fabulous just like her!”
Those days are long gone and the industry feels it. Thus, they suddenly wish to appeal to the people who are still buying their goods and always were: Women who are sizes 6+, of all colors… women who are actually full-grown women.
Ulterior motives aside, the changes to the industry won’t only have a lasting effect on the policies of modeling agencies and labels but—more importantly—on women and girls in America and around the world too. To save even one girl (or boy) from suffering an eating disorder or the consequences of poor self-image/esteem is a reward too epic in scale to measure.
The latest trend with the major fashion publications around the world is to take an entire issue and devote it to a single model. For the issue, the model is the subject of the cover, a significant amount of the written content and all the featured photo editorials.
Vogue Russia, bless their heart, is devoting their April issue to my all-time favorite model, the one and only Naomi Campbell.
Who’s buying me a copy?
(photos from models.com)
Karlie Kloss for Numero… did you forget she was 17 too?? #POW
I love animals too!
Edward Enningful and Kate Moss… awwww
(photo from models.com)
How?? How could you do such a thing!?!? I’ve been a wonderful wife and you repay me by purchasing a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag?!?! WHOA the HORRor!! Why couldn’t you just cheat on me with that cheap trolip… the one with the gorgeous limited-edition black and gold Louboutins with leather embellishments down at the office!? I HATE YOU. I want a divorce!!!
(Photo from Models.com)
(images from fashiongonerogue.com)
What a peculiar contrast between classic glamour, a signature of the Louis Vuitton brand, and today’s label-whores. The two simply cannot compare.
(images from fashiongonerogue.com)
Daria Werbowy (always a pleasure to see her these days, as her and her agent seem to be very selective) shows us how to do Boho in a contemporary and effortless way in these two shots from Stefanel’s Fall campaign.
(photos from fashiongonerogue.com)
This is a preview of the upcoming Roberto Cavalli campaign featuring the Brazilian goddess-incarnate herself, Gisele. This photo is epic. I wish they would have ditched the bag though, it’s cool but it seems a bit out of place (goes to show you how commercial interests always ruin a great story). I guess she could maybe it’s plausible that she could be a mere nomadic tribeswoman.
(photo from fashiongonerogue.com)