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Tom Ford on Objectifying Women (and Men)

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Tom Ford has been criticized in the past for his sexually-charged depiction of scantily-clad (or, you know, naked) women in his campaigns. But though some people may find his depiction of women sexist, Ford says that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, he says he has no problem giving men the same treatment in his campaigns. 

“I’ve been criticised for objectifying women. But I’m an equal opportunity objectifier – I’m just as happy to objectify men,” explains the designer. Ford says that society’s attitudes toward male nudity are what creates this unequal climate. “The thing is, you can’t show male nudity in our culture in the way you can show female nudity. We’re very comfortable as a culture exploiting women, but not men. But I don’t think of it as exploitation [either way].”

Ford says that whether or not his female models are naked, he pictures them as strong, self-determined women who are empowered and do as they please. “There’s nothing stronger and more powerful than a beautiful woman. I don’t think expressing what nature intended you to be is anything but powerful,” he says. “My women are not sitting there waiting for someone, they’re taking charge. Doesn’t matter whether they’re naked – they’re powerful, they’re smart, and you’re not going to get them if they don’t want you.”

[via The Guardian]

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Serena Williams Is Vogue’s Unexpected April Cover Subject (Forum Buzz)

We’ve been speculating for weeks about who would turn up on the cover of Vogue‘s annual shape issue. Names like Gisele Bündchen and Blake Lively were mentioned, but we’re genuinely thrilled at the chosen cover girl. Unveiled over the weekend, Serena Williams stars on the magazine’s newly-released issue, setting our forums ablaze. The American tennis ace posed for Annie Leibovitz wearing an understated Rag & Bone sheath dress, which ultimately did not go over well with most forum members.

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“Yikes, couldn’t they have put something more interesting/flattering/fashionable on her? Very bad cover, depressing colors,” commented Nymphaea immediately.

“For me this is one of their WORST covers!! I mean what on earth is she wearing, and on what planet is a shift dress that cheap looking, fashionable?” Miss Dalloway asked.

Also feeling underwhelmed was fluxxx: “Even Lucky covers look better than this. This is depressing. It’s like a super bland ELLE cover. I would never have guessed that Annie shot this.”

Oxymore shared the same sentiments. “Maybe I would have liked it if she was smiling. I like the background and the pose but she seems sad,” she noted.

“I actually like it… She looks strong and dominant! She’s all business. Love the hair. There could’ve been a better shot but I’m okay with it. Not Vogue‘s best,” added MON as the tone steadily started to turn around.

“I’m glad she got the cover. I think she looks good. I don’t expect much from Vogue honestly. But like someone mentioned, her skin isn’t lightened and her hair isn’t straightened and she looks like herself. I appreciate that,” nataliaapple admired.

Love it or loathe it? Take a peek at what Vogue‘s April issue has to offer and join the discussion here.

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Anna Wintour Reportedly Tapped to Make the Tonys More Stylish

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The Tony Awards are looking for an injection of glamour, and the show’s reportedly looking for Anna Wintour to administer it. The editrix has allegedly been tapped for an unpaid consulting gig with the award show to help make its red carpet even fancier.

According to Page Six, last year’s Tonys red carpet was such a hot mess that Ms. Wintour has been called to swoop in and help bring the affair to fashionable new heights. “Anna’s an unpaid, uncredited, top-secret consultant,” the source explained. “She’s going to spruce up the carpet, make it more special, which is something they’ve never had.” Considering that stage actors should know how to bring on the drama, last year’s Tony Awards fashions were a bit dull; the safe and sometimes questionable fashion choices seemed a little out of place.

Hopefully, Anna can turn the Tonys around for 2015 — we’ll just have to wait until June 7 to see her handiwork.

[via Page Six]

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Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2015 Brings Veteran and New Designers to the Canadian Stage

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Images: Courtesy of Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week

The Canadian catwalk season continues in Toronto with all of the exciting bells and whistles and scintillating style-makers of the moment. Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week runs from today until March 27 and for the Fall 2015 season, it’s a mix of veteran brands (David Dixon is celebrating 20 years on the catwalk), go-to outerwear and accessory designers (Mackage, Rudsak) and newer brands using the week to help launch their labels into the market.

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Schedule Courtesy of Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week

Editors are on the edge of their front row seats, excited to see what designers like Jaan Choxi, KANIA, Hayley Elsaesser, Mélissa Nepton, Atelier Wonder and others are going to bring to the market for the upcoming runway season.

The official TFW schedule is up! Stay tuned for more TFW coverage on tFS this week!

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International Style Mavens are Heading to Australian Fashion Week Next Month

 

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It’s official – this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is set to be the biggest yet. The RSVPs are in, and international fashionistas are set to make up a big chunk of the event’s guest list from April 12-16.

“Australia is one of the hottest creative industries at the moment, generating huge interest from international media and retailers wanting to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia,” said Emily Weight, director of strategy at IMG Fashion, in a news release.

“Now more than ever, members of the global fashion industry are looking for a unique product to set them apart from other boutiques and retailers, and they see the Australian designer collections as a key offering to their customer base,” she continued. (more…)

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Everyone’s Having a Laugh Over Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid’s Nude Photo Shoot

 

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18-year-old Cody Simpson and his 19-year-old model girlfriend Gigi Hadid have just shocked us with a world first, as the only couple to ever take part in Mario Testino‘s Towel Series.

Aussie heartthrob Cody wraps one hand around Gigi’s back for the shot, while his other hand holds up the towel across their rude parts. We can’t be sure what his third hand is up to.

Something about this feels a little wrong, maybe because just a blink ago they were children, but celebrities and fans alike are having a good old laugh about the pic. Indulge in some of our favourite memes and superimposed photos below for a while, check the #TowelSeries hash tag regularly to keep up to date, then, like us, throw in the towel. (more…)

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