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Seth Matlins is on a crusade, and the Photoshop gods are on his hit list. The former ad exec is taking his Change.org petition calling for government regulation of airbrushing in advertisements all the way to Capitol Hill. With the support of Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL) and Lois Capps (D, CA), he will present the Truth in Advertising Act (over 20,000 signatures strong) at an event on Wednesday to put pressure on congress to do take action. The Federal Trade Comission will receive their own copies as well.
The petition says the extreme amount of Photoshoppping that's become commonplace these days fosters "false and unrealistic expectations of what our kids can and should look like." It's part of the reason young girls especially are so unhappy with their bodies, they argue. The petition says that 53% of 13-year-old girls say they're unhappy with their bodies, a number which jumps to 78% once those girls are 17. While they neglected to provide an actual source for these figures, the numbers don't seem at all unrealistic.
Matlins has been working on the Truth in Advertising Act for nearly three years, and as a former ad man, is well aware of how advertising affects consumers. "Beyond influencing what we buy, advertising sells attitudes, expectations, values and so-called norms,” he says.
We know too well how Photoshop can ravage an image of a person–erase their pores, chop off their limbs, even change them into a completely different person. Tom Ford recently came out to support the use of Photoshop in spreads and campaigns saying, "A photograph used for advertising is no longer a photograph of a person. It’s an image…it’s not meant to be the exact replica of the person." While Ford has a point, the problem is that these images aren't interpreted under the lens of artistic license when a teenage girl sees them in a magazine. The fact of the matter is, people actually think they're supposed to look that way, and that something is wrong with them if they don't. It doesn't seem as if it would stifle a designer or brand's vision if they were legally obligated to take that into consideration.
Every fashion-conscious Torontonion knows about the Mirvish village (and Queen West) store, Coal Miner’s Daughter. The woman’s fashion boutique is the go-to store for those looking for primo Canadian clothing and jewelry as the store aims to stock no less than 80 percent local brands. Now they’re bringing those brands to eBay for yet another nifty collaboration with the Internet powerhouse.
To connect trend seekers to their next favourite finds and make homegrown fashion available across the country, eBay Canada is launching Boutiques on eBay, a seasonal capsule collective featuring exclusive pieces from local stores and independent designers. The first installment launches today, beginning with a venture with, yup you guessed it, Toronto’s beloved Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Together they’re bringing an exclusive eight-piece collection to eBay.ca/BoutiqueSS14, featuring pieces from Canadian designers Jool Clothing, Haller, Sara Duke, 3rd Floor Studio, Norwegian Wood and Jordan de Ruiter that will be available until June 30. Everything will be locked in at fixed, buy-it-now prices, mostly under $90 and including free shipping across Canada.
"This collection was inspired by long summer days spent in the park, and embodies Coal Miner's Daughter's aura of fresh and feminine with a touch of sexy," says Krysten Caddy, co-owner of Coal Miner's Daughter. "While summer may be fleeting in Canada, the feeling around summer days can last longer with the handmade pieces from the collaboration."
There’s a sweet Bee Print Bustier by Jordan de Ruiter for $64, an Elin Multi-Way Dress by 3rd Floor Studio for $79, and a flouncy Half Circle Skirt by Sara Duke for $74. As part of the collection, there’s a one-of-a-kind design by Jordan de Ruiter – the Bee Print Alessandra Dress with black tulle – that will also be sold at auction starting at 99 cents on June 23, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Honey Council.
I really think this is a great idea to bring independent boutiques to wider markets, especially for shoppers that don’t necessarily live in big cities. It looks like Coal Miner’s Daughter will be the first of many to come, so which stores do you hope to see going under the proverbial-HTML-coded-hammer next?
Images via eBay Canada
Whether you see it as a dazzling Elysium of affordable floral blazers or a shining beacon of Australia’s betrayal of its own fashion market, Swedish chain H&M has been dominating Melbourne’s fashion scene since it announced its opening. Before that, it was Topshop pumping 40 collections a year out of South Yarra’s Jam Factory, and Zara still drawing crowds large enough to warrant a bouncer.
In order to keep up with the alarming number of trending fast fashion “must-haves” infiltrating the city each season, Melbourne must also be seeing a boom in the business of either oversized wardrobes or charity bins. But don’t think this is posing any great danger to Melbourne’s fancy-pants reputation: Apparently the city’s luxury market is growing just as fast.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Melbourne is now top-ranking in the global markets for French luxury brand Hermès. It ranks 17th for tableware sales and 24th for fashion jewelry sales among Hermès’ 300 stores around the word. “The Melbourne market is growing very fast and it is one of our most dynamic global cities for growth,” Hermès’ executive vice-president of distribution Florian Craen told the paper.
H&M isn’t the only colossal new fashion store on Bourke Street either. Three-story luxury behemoth Marais recent opened there too, housing labels including Céline, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Lanvin. Add to this a new Chanel beauty boutique in the Emporium last month, and Dolce & Gabbana and Paul Smith stores close by.
This could be swung as a positive for the Australian design scene. Surely people prepared to drop triple figures on dinner plates have the cash to spend on a Dion Lee blazer?
But while Chanel has certainly enjoyed a resurgence of cool over the last few years, most luxury brands blowing up down under carry more brand recognition than a Starbucks frappucino. Factor in that they’re ludicrously expensive by nature, and it’s probably not the cool young label-eschewing fashion set forking out for monograms.
At least young Melbourne's eye for quality does extend beyond coffee foam art. Two-year-old local label Strateas.Carlucci is making a name for itself, catching the eye of Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and taking out the VAMFF National Designer Award for its use of quality leathers and “investment piece” palette. They might not be luring 20-somethings away from overseas chains, but they must be doing something right.
If you’re famous and pregnant, it seems like the only natural thing is to take all your clothes off and pose for a magazine cover, a la Demi Moore’s infamous Vanity Fair shoot.
While the likes of Jessica Simpson and Britney might not quite have mastered it, you can always rely on the supermodels to do it right — like Erin O’Connor, posing at 8 1/2 months pregnant for what looks to be an utterly beautiful shoot by Nick Knight for SHOWstudio in London.
image: instagram @showstudio_nick_knight
Knight instragrammed a cheeky snapshot of the new project yesterday with the caption, "The wonderful Erin O'Connor, 8 and half months pregnant. Beautiful [sic]," before going on to add, “I will be publishing a small portfolio of the images later this week on SHOWstudio. Thank you@ezzaoconnor xxx.” Erin then responded on the photo in the comments, thanking him and his wife Charlotte, who also runs SHOWstudio.
It is the 36-year-old model's first child with partner Steve Gibson, which she managed to keep a secret before attending the InStyle Magazine’s pre-BAFTA party in February with a rather sizeable bump and letting the world see for themselves. While we may have seen it before with Claudia Schiffer, Allesandra Ambrosia, Miranda Kerr and many more supermodels baring their bumps, Erin O'Connor brings a new ethereal quality to her image which will no doubt be enhanced by Nick Knight before the final images are released.
Despite promising to release more model covers, Keira Knightley is UK Elle's latest celebrity to grace the front cover of the British monthly. Photographed by Elle regular, Thomas Whiteside, and styled by Anne-Marie Curtis, the actress wears a dress from Gucci's Fall 2014 collection (yes, fall clothes on a summer cover).
IMAGE CREDIT: ELLEUK.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of theFashionSpot forums weren't pleased with the cover. "Can't stop looking at the missing hand," noticed Hector.
"I hadn't even noticed her hand… I suppose it's sort of gripped around her waist so would be hidden by the second arm, but even so, it does look odd. Overall, I don't mind it I guess, she looks good. Outfit is dull. I see what they're trying to do, make it look a bit more… undone. I can't help but feel they're trying to make Elle look 'cool'. It's not working," responded honeycombchild.
Cosmic Voices was in the same frame of mind: "It probably isn't a Photoshop mishap because Keira is very slender, but that missing hand is terrifying. I love love love Keira but this is disappointing to me, she looks better in candid street shots imo."
GivenchyHomme disliked Keira's hairstyle and wrote, "I don't like it. She looks dried up and the hair isn't helping."
"That librarian hair ruins it for me. The hand doesn't bother me, and I think it would be a nice cover otherwise," agreed MyNameIs.
However, Srdjan thought the cover was great: "I like it very much. The hairstyle is great. I just wish her stare was a bit more defined (looking at the camera completely), not like this, but still — it's a great cover."
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Last week, we got a peek at Moschino's Fall 2014 campaign, which despite the collection's kitschy inspiration, gave off an air of sophistication, thanks to its black-and-white rendering and the presence of Linda Evangelista.
Now, a few more images from the campaign have leaked, and they are just as arresting. With a cast including Stella Tennant, Carolyn Murphy, Saskia de Brauw, Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson, this campaign gives off a feel of old glamour, making the fact that Stella Tennant is wearing a gown made out of Budweiser can-printed fabric not that strange after all.
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