She might not be allowed into Cannes film festival, but after 56 years, Barbie’s feet are finally getting a rest. Mattel’s newest crop of Barbie dolls have adjustable ankles so Barbie can finally put on a darn pair of flats and relax. There is no word yet on the effect this will have on the chewable deliciousness of Barbie’s feet, but adjustable ankles are just one of a slew of updates the doll is getting.
The dolls, part of Barbie’s Fashionistas line, are also heralding a new era of diversity for the iconic toy. In 2009, Barbie’s “So in Style” range introduced a collection of black Barbie dolls. This time around, Mattel adds eight new skin tones to the mix, as well as 18 new eye colors, 23 hair colors, 22 hairstyles and 14 new face shapes. Though it seems Barbie is still sporting those impossible proportions, at least there will be a fashion doll to represent a range of ethnicities. Baby steps, y’all.
Joining the likes of Anna Wintour and Tonne Goodman, fashion and style director of W Magazine Edward Enninful graces the cover of Industrie and is joined by none other than Naomi Campbell for the occasion. The British exports sat before the lens of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, serving us a dramatic black and white portrait image for the title’s eighth installment. Surprisingly, the cover is getting mixed reviews on our forums.
“Nothing special about it. Edward’s pose looks awkward,” discredited MON the moment the cover struck.
“It doesn’t look like they were even shot in the same room, but maybe that’s just me,” added blueorchid, raising some questions.
Forum member verususito branded the cover “boring” while Gossiping was practically put to sleep, writing, “Not into it either.. Zzzz!”
Also unimpressed was DutchHomme: “Naomi is beautiful and one of the best catwalkers ever but she´s not a fantastically versatile model because she always looks the same over and over again.”
“Thought Industrie magazine had folded? Not really keen on this cover they both look quite stiff, will wait to see the contents as the past few issues haven’t been great,” voiced jescajade.
The reviews weren’t all bad, however. “Wow, stunning cover,” GIVENCHYlover raved.
“Stunning cover indeed. Love the simplicity — makes it even more striking,” agreed Wolkfolk.
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Saint Laurent is the latest high fashion brand to have one of its campaigns fall victim to the censorship powers-that-be. One of the images from its Spring 2015 campaign was banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for its depiction of an extremely thin teenage model, splayed out on the floor. An ELLE UK reader alerted the ASA to the ad, saying that Kiki Willems, the Dutch model in question who has appeared on the Saint Laurent catwalk, was way too svelte and the campaign was promoting a dangerous body image.
Upon reviewing the campaign, the ASA found the reader’s complaint valid. “The model’s pose and the particular lighting effect in the ad drew particular focus to the model’s chest, where her rib cage was visible and appeared prominent, and to her legs, where her thighs and knees appeared a similar width, and which looked very thin, particularly in light of her positioning and the contrast between the narrowness of her legs and her platform shoes,” the ASA ruled.
This isn’t the first time Saint Laurent ads have come under ASA scrutiny. Its 2011 Belle D’Opium TV spot was banned for “simulated drug use.” Saint Laurent is one name in a long list of fashion houses whose campaigns have been censored by the ASA, including Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior.
While the fashion world fawns over his 16-year-old daughter Lily-Rose, Johnny Depp is scooping up fashion credits of his own. The actor has been announced as the new face of Dior Parfums and will front the campaign for a new men’s scent. This is Depp’s first fragrance campaign but if he needs any pointers on how to serve for the camera, he can just ask his daughter, who has already appeared in a stunning spread for Oyster magazine.
The fragrance is due out September 1 and still doesn’t have a name, but we are certainly all looking forward to seeing Depp smize for the camera. September simply can’t come soon enough.
[via WWD, Fashionista]
Since Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on Vanity Fair earlier this week, the question crossing everyone’s lips was, of course, which brand would be the first to tap her for a campaign. According to Page Six, Estée Lauder brand MAC is eyeing the reality TV star for an endorsement opportunity. Apparently, MAC’s people have been considering Jenner as a spokesperson for a while now and if the deal goes through, that would be two Jenners under the Estée Lauder umbrella. Caitlyn’s daughter Kendall already has a contract with the cosmetics giant, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the deal with MAC moved forward.
MAC has a track record of being LGBT friendly, having tapped folks like Ricky Martin, RuPaul and Elton John for previous campaigns. Jenner would be a bright addition to the beauty brand’s tradition of inclusivity and diverse spokespeople, so we’re crossing our fingers that this one comes through.
Folks have also been speculating about which designer will be the first to dress Caitlyn once she makes her first red carpet appearance as a woman. Jenner is six foot two, certainly taller than most women, but according to Jessica Diehl, the stylist who dressed her for the Vanity Fair spread, Jenner’s got the kind of proportions some women would kill for. “Caitlyn’s proportions are fashion proportions, really,” she said. “She’s tall, slim, narrow hipped: kind of ideal to dress.” And if Cait’s “ideal” proportions aren’t enough to make you a little jealous, Diehl says she tried the clothing for the shoot on a fit model the day before Jenner was due to come in and surprisingly, everything fit.“That actually never happens to me,” she said. “The physique is really extraordinary. We should all be decathletes.” Sounds like Caitlyn is doing just fine in the clothing department – some girls have all the luck.
You’ll be seeing a lot more of Cait once her E! reality series, “I Am Cait” hits airwaves July 26. Watch the trailer for the show below. (more…)
Things are really looking good for John Galliano at the house of Margiela. The once-disgraced Dior designer seems to be doing well with his new job and it sounds like his boss, Renzo Rosso, is quite pleased.
Rosso admitted he had Galliano in mind for Margiela when the designer was fired from Dior in 2011 and that since his debut at the house, sales are up 20 percent, even though only a few of the designer’s wares are available in stores. If that’s not a testament to Galliano’s talent and ability to excite customers, we don’t know what is.
“John is a real pro, I am so happy to have him,” Rosso said to Reuters. “He is not a designer but a couturier and has great pyramidal thinking — turning couture concepts into ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.” Under Galliano, the house of Margiela is also enjoying quite a red carpet run — Amal Clooney wore a custom piece from the label to the Japan premiere of Tomorrowland and has hired Galliano’s beau Alexis Roche as her stylist.