Karl Lagerfeld is never at a loss for inspiration. He draws from grocery stores, airports and even tragedies to create intricate collections with meticulous themes. For spring, his haute couture offering for Chanel is a sartorial ode to sustainability.
Lagerfeld sent flowing gowns and capes down the runway, embellished with wood shavings and nature prints like flowers and bees. He employed recyclable and biodegradable materials like wood and straw to create the hand-crafted designs. And models walked the grassy runway in cork platforms. (more…)
Tess Holliday is the world’s first size 22 supermodel and the first woman of her size signed to a major modeling agency. She’s known as much for her groundbreaking achievements as she is for her willingness to speak her mind. She once slammed Victoria’s Secret for limited beauty standards. Now, she’s addressing criticism that her size makes her unhealthy in a new interview with Paper Magazine.
Check out excerpts from her interview below:
On health critics:
“I think that some of the biggest surprises I’ve had early on, actually to this day, are all the misconceptions about my body and my health. There are so many people who think that being a plus-size model, that there’s something wrong with it, or that I must be unhealthy or that I’m promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. And at first it was very hard, and I blamed it on myself, and then I thought … my health is none of their business, I’m modeling for this clothing company, so why are people dissecting my body and telling me that I can’t wear some things? That I can’t look a certain way because of my body? And I did combat that for awhile, and argue with people about that, but ultimately it’s kind of like banging your head into a brick wall. If people are committed to that theory, I’m not going to change their mind. But there people who look like me, and feel like me, who feel like they don’t have a voice, and that encouraged me to keep going.” (more…)
But our forum members weren’t buying any of the covers. “What the hell is this?” asked a horrified Royal-Galliano with Creative shortly adding, “Not cool at all,” the moment the covers surfaced, unwilling to set the discussion off on a positive note.
“I kind of like Daria and a bit more Natalia. But what is happening to Naomi? She’s been looking so unnatural for the last two years. I must say that the selection of models looks a bit tired. I love these girls but I feel like I’ve been seeing these combinations for the last 10-12 years now…” critiqued KissMiss. (more…)
Calvin Klein wants its next ad series to go viral. Riffing on the personalize method that made the Straight Outta Compton meme a hit, Calvin Klein’s pushing the tagline “I ________ in #mycalvins” and asking their famous spokespeople to fill it in. It’s the sexiest game of Mad Libs ever.
Of course, the nudity helps too. Justin Bieber declared he wants to “flaunt” in his Calvins, posing in black underwear by a naked statue, Zoolander-style. (more…)
Ben Stiller is Down Under promoting the sure-to-be-frothed-over Zoolander 2 movie hitting cinemas this Feb, and while he may have (gracefully) aged a few, the actor has still got the Blue Steel thing down pat.
If his recent Vogue cover shoot and addition to Mario Testino’s Towel Series wasn’t enough to prove that Ben’s iconic character Derek Zoolander has still very much got it, he also stopped by The Project last night, January 26, to put the panel’s Waleed Aly’s posing game to shame.
Watch the pair have a Blue Steel off in the video below, and be sure to set Waleed’s efforts as your screensaver. We’re not getting over this anytime soon.
Zoolander 2 hits Australian cinemas on February 11, 2016. Until then, you can watch the trailer here.
On Christmas morning in 2011, Madonna Badger lost her three young daughters and her parents to a tragic house fire. It was an unthinkable ordeal that received national attention. Today, she’s honoring their memory with her #WomenNotObjects campaign, underscoring the harm inflicted on a young woman’s self-esteem when she’s bombarded with sexist ads.
Her three-minute video, “We Are #WomenNotObjects,” garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in less than a month. It shows a montage of provocative ads that she discovered searching the Internet with the simple phrase, “objectification of women.”
A successful ad executive herself, Badger recognizes she has contributed to the problem. “If I said I never did it, I would be a liar,” she admits, noting that she helped produce Kate Moss’ famous Calvin Klein ads in the 90s. Her company, Badgers and Winters Group, will no longer create ads that objectify women. “I love my job but I don’t want to do it if it hurts anyone,” she said. Badger has also sworn off airbrushing models “to the point of perfection.”
Badger hopes her campaign will have a lasting impact and industry leaders are already taking notice. The United Nations organization, UN Women, even shared the video with its 860,000 Twitter followers. Here’s hoping other ad agencies will follow her lead.