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Buzzfeed Asks Casting Directors to Explain Lack of Diversity at Fashion Week

According to Jezebel's seasonal count of runway diversity at New York Fashion Week, the situation continues to be pretty bleak. 82.7% of the models that walked in the February shows were white. Some designers, like Calvin Klein (pictured), didn't hire a single nonwhite model to walk in their collections. 

Buzzfeed asked five of the industry's top casting directors to explain why the industry hasn't gotten it together with regards to racial diversity, despite years of pressure outside groups. 

Some respondents were outraged:

James Scully (Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Lanvin & Carolina Herrera) — "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."

Others pointed to the limitations of the selection pool:

Jennifer Starr (Ralph Lauren, Ohne Titel, Gap, David Bowie & the Pirelli Calendar) — "If there are 200 new white girls, and five break out as stars, then if there are six or ten new black girls, the statistics are not in their favor. It's a loaded conversation, but can anyone be faulted for not casting someone they don't absolutely love?"

Some were totally in denial:

Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna (Burberry, Marchesa, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Armani Privé & Saint Laurent)

Nicoli: "I don't like to talk in terms of white, Asian, black, etc., because a model is a model and that's it. To me, if we want to talk about diversity, it's about the model and not the color of their skin. It's more about the body, the face, and the attitude."

Ananna: "Regarding the representation of various faces [on runways], we think fashion shows have already shown it. Don't you? There are plenty of different faces in a show."

Read the full article: 5 Top Casting Directors Explain Why Their Runways Are So White - Buzzfeed

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Watch Cara Delevingne Make Faces for Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara

I always feel kind of like a sucker when I write up a post praising an ad — which is, after all, simply a vehicle to get me and you to buy stuff of dubious value  — but I don't want to have to justify why you should watch the Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara commercial (oy) starring Cara Delevingne, embedded below. Whether or not you approve of the British model's hyped up It girl status (or her "caterpillar-like" eyebrows), I bet you can imagine how well her goofy sense of humor and facial plasticity (or whatever … she makes silly faces) works in a beauty ad. When I initially heard about this Cara D. / YSL contract, I even made this joke: "I will buy ten tubes [of the brand's mascara] if they let her make funny faces." I'm glad I followed that hilarity up by saying, "Actually, no I won't," because otherwise I'd be 300 mascara dollars in the hole. 

[h/t Fashin]

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Lara Stone Gets Hair Antlers on the Cover of i-D

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Lara Stone joins models Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss on one of i-D's Spring 2013 covers [via the Forums]. Some of you probably have mixed feelings about her sleepy weird wink, but I think we can all appreciate the sparing use of face-Photoshop (see, even models age! Mortality is still a thing) and also the space hair antlers on display.

I'm not even joking (not really) about the hair, this is my dream style! I am going to go to the drugstore this evening to buy flat bobby pins and cheapo hairspray and I am going to WOW you with a tutorial. I mean, that's not a promise but we are going to talk about what you and me and everyone we know can do to get this look and you can walk around with it and be basically the coolest people in the world. ANTLER ARMY it is happening. 

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Rita Ora Fronts Superga’s New Campaign

It was only a matter of time until the British Superstar Rita Ora started getting snapped up as the face of fashion brands. Not only does she rock her own cool style but she’s also BFFs with model of the moment, Cara Delevingne. You can’t constantly hang out with the UK’s answer to the next Kate Moss without getting noticed within the fashion scene.

Rita’s latest role is fronting Superga’s UK Spring/Summer 2013 advertising campaign, which is set to officially launch soon. Superga has also just announced that Rita picked out all of the shoe styles herself for both the campaign’s photo shoot and video, which are currently available to buy on their site here. Rita made some really cool choices that would genuinely fit in well with her own style where she usually combines hot bodycons, bold prints and trademark trainers. The pieces include several with an edgy metallic finishes which would be the perfect way to rock that smart casual look.

Rita has, of course, taken the place of British style icon Alexa Chung who’s stepped down from being the face of Superga to devote her full efforts to work commitments in the U.S. Rita was also recently papped at London and Paris Fashion Weeks, so maybe she’s also secretly looking to steal Alexa’s Style Icon award that’s been bestowed upon her for three years in a row by the British Fashion Council. Surely Alexa can’t walk away with it for yet another consecutive year?

One of Rita’s most memorable looks from LFW was at the Burberry Prorsum show where she rolled up in an über sharp blue suit, complete with a Queen Delevingne T-shirt underneath. Who’s to say whether it was a cry for publicity or a genuine display of support for her friend, but either way, the outfit definitely helped to seal her fashion credentials that bit more. 

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Abbey Lee Kershaw Stars in a Wildly NSFW Music Video With Her Band Our Mountain

Abbey Lee KershawAbbey Lee Kershaw hasn’t been very visible in fashion over the last two seasons, but she’s a little too visible for YouTube’s liking in the new music video for her Brooklyn-based band Our Mountain.

The exceedingly NSFW video for the band’s new single “IV Horses” was taken down last week for breaching anti-nudity policies. Apparently YouTube was unconvinced that four people standing completely naked in front of a camera with a fully-functional zoom feature for two minutes and 52 seconds fit the description of artistic content. Facebook seemed to be on the same page, pulling down the accompanying picture and suspending the band's accounts. 

Frontman Matthew Hutchinson wrote YouTube appealing the decision and the video is now back up for you to watch here — unless you are in the presence of colleagues or small children, in which case you should definitely not do any such thing (here is a nice picture of the unfathomably indie foursome hidden by horse heads and conveniently placed captions if that is indeed the case).

According to Hutchinson, “This work is the focus of human anatomy, the use of nudity contained in this piece is film art not pornography nor any other provocative medium. The following images are honest reflections of the material and physical structure of human organisms. We are all two types of human, male vs. female, these are our bodies.”

In the wise words of one Facebook commenter, “You had to know that was going to happen.” And considering the band’s initial response was to send out a thanks via Tweet for making their website more badass, it seems the words “art” and “publicity stunt” are often interchangeable. 

Also, I know the point is to show the body in all its vulnerable glory, but can’t that first guy do something about his toenails?

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Link Buzz: Cara Delevingne’s New Beauty Contract With YSL; Anna Wintour Is a Weird Boss

  • Cara Delevigne has signed on to be the new face of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's new Baby Doll mascara. I will buy ten tubes if they let her make funny faces. Actually no, I won't. But whatever. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Do you have a BAG CRUSH on Anne Hathaway due to her Stella McCartney bag collection? Omg, who are you and what have you done to your human soul? I only crush on cats and boys. [FabSugar]
     
  • Hey! Cos (the boutique-y European H&M offshoot) is coming to the U.S. which is good news for anyone that likes nice things but doesn't like financial insolvency. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Parisian brand American Retro (founded, hilariously, in 2002) is collaborating with Russian designer Alexander Terekhov on a capsule inspired by Oz: The Great and Powerful. [Refinery29]
     
  • Anna Wintour had her first meeting with the Condé Nast editors in her new role and it was weird and confusing and no one really understands what's happening which is, I'm guessing, exactly how Anna likes it. [WWD - subscription not required]

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