We expect Joan Smalls to look stunning no matter what she does and she is keeping in that tradition with her latest spread for Porter magazine. The Puerto Rican beauty nabbed herself a very special double cover for the magazine this month, going back to her roots for a shoot in her hometown of Hatillo.
Inside the issue, we find a 20-page spread of the gorgeous Smalls, who poses on the cover in a furry coat (quite a contrast considering the warm climate she was photographed in) and an olive green cut-out swimsuit, with leafy vines curling around her. In the accompanying interview, Smalls talks about coming of age in Puerto Rico and her experiences with boys who didn’t seem to be all that into her despite her flawless countenance. “I didn’t hit puberty, I didn’t have boobs, I didn’t have a butt,” she said. “I had a pretty face and that was it, and that wasn’t enough for boys. But I owned my little skinny body.”
And it is that same body that has made her one of the most in-demand models today, though it wasn’t easy getting there. Joan also recalls the struggles she faced as she was trying to make it in the modeling industry, struggles that she says “could have been” attributed to the racist undercurrent we tend to see in the modeling industry. “It was really easy for some girls to get booked automatically into an agency, but I had to go to appointment after appointment and a gazillion castings, and sometimes no one looked at me at all,” she explained. “I would cry out of frustration because I didn’t understand why. I didn’t want to quit. I’m determined. That’s the fuel for my fire. I’m like, ‘I’m going to show you. Sooner or later you’ll see what happens when you don’t believe in someone.’ I understand that not everybody’s going to like me, that this is not the look that they’re going for, because, of course, it’s fashion and they’re going for a certain aesthetic. I just didn’t get how you can walk into a place and somebody would not say, ‘Hello’, or ‘Have a nice day’, and actually acknowledge your presence.”
Smalls also touched on the lack of diversity in modeling, mentioning that part of the problem is the inconsistency with which models of color are cast for shows, campaigns, etc. “It’s not just a case of doing one season and then everything’s okay, because after that it can all just fall back to nothing,” she said. “It’s a conversation that needs to continue to happen so that people see it as the norm and not some kind of a chore. We have to do this to make people happy. Why not represent the rainbow that we live in? And then women can look at the runway and see themselves.”
Joan’s issue of Porter hits newsstands June 5.
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This fall, Target’s going mad for plaid with a new collaboration with designer Adam Lippes. The retailer, which just announced a collaboration with CFDA Swarovski Award winner Eddie Borgo, is wasting no time keeping the partnerships coming. For the season, Target is stamping a good amount of its wares – from Coke bottles to paper towels – with tartan print, but the crown jewel of the plaid campaign will be the Adam Lippes collection.
Target tapped the designer to create a range boasting over 50 buffalo plaid items including clothing, accessories, homewares and pet products. Plaid mania launches in August, but already we’re seeing a few items – like a red and black checkered blanket and a black and white plaid bucket bag – that we need right now.
“As a designer, I’ve always admired Target’s ability to make beautiful products available to everyone,” Lippes said of the collaboration. “I was thrilled when they approached me with the challenge of creating an entire collection around buffalo plaid. It’s also been exciting to design for categories that are entirely new for me.”
Adam’s collection for Target launches September 27, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $179.99.
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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Image: Saint Laurent
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]