We can all agree that Lara Stone is one of the sexiest high fashion models out there, but her curves–the ones which in spite of industry standards helped make her career–were at times a little too bangin' for designers to handle, particularly while she was pregnant.
Plenty of models have been able to book jobs in the early months of their pregnancy. Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Gisele Bunchen–even Jourdan Dunn got work well into her third trimester (who could forget her epic appearance on Jean Paul Gaultier's catwalk for his Spring 2010 collection?). But this was not so for Lara Stone, who when just three months along was cancelled at the last minute for a shoot she'd showed up for. “I was really upset at the time,” she told the Evening Standard. “I hadn’t yet had my three-month scan and I felt really vulnerable about everything. I no longer had a job. That was it—I had to just stop everything that I knew; the way my life was.”
And retuning to work post-pregnancy wasn't a walk in the park either. “Once the baby was out, I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ My arms don’t fit into my sweaters. I couldn’t get my jeans over my knees. I couldn’t find a bra that fitted me. I had body dysmorphia but the wrong way round.” Castings were more of a hassle, she admits. "I’ve had a few meetings because when they hear pregnancy they freak out a bit,” she says, “so they need to see if I fit in their clothes.” She says that people would be eager to reassure her that she looked great, but Stone, a modeling pro, can spot an insincere compliment from a mile away. “Everyone’s so nice to you all the time. And it’s like, ‘Ugh,’ you don’t have to be. It feels quite alienating because it’s like everyone’s just lying to you. Because everyone’s like, ‘You’re great!’ And you’re, ‘Well, obviously I’m not.’”
We happen to think Lara's one of the sexiest models out there, and although plenty of designers and publications are paying lip service to body diversity, the fact that an already-slim girl like Lara Stone had difficulty booking jobs after gaining just a little pregnancy weight is a clear indication that we have far to go.
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Last night, Jennifer Lopez brought back the iconic Versace green dress that she wore to the Grammys 14 years ago. [FabSugar]
Photographer Annie Leibovitz just bought a new $11.25 million home on the Upper West Side. [Jezebel]
Natalie Ratabesi, who resigned as the creative director of Philosophy on Monday, is heading to Vince. [WWD]
"An S.O.S. in a Saks Bag." [NewYorker]
Donna Karan is not happy with her employer, mega-conglomerate LVMH, and she doesn't care who knows about it. [Fashionista]
If you're in the market for a new foundation, maybe you'd like one that doubles as an SPF? [BellaSugar]
"A 9-year-old fashion wunderkind finds a following." [BostonGlobe]
After terminating its internship program late last year, Condé Nast is developing what might be a new path for those aspiring to work in media. The publishing empire will partner with yet-unnamed universities to develop a series of accredited certificate programs and master's degree programs, reports InsideHigherEd, centering around individual Condé titles (initially, Architectural Digest, Wired and Gourmet). Courses will be taught by authors and editors (many of whom are already working within the university system as adjuncts, Condé points out), with some financial support provided by the parent company.
This is not the publishing giant's first foray into higher education. Last year, Condé Nast launched the College of Fashion & Design in London, which offers a 10-week Vogue Fashion Certificate (£7,920),Vogue Fashion Foundation diploma (£23,472) and Vogue Summer Intensive (£3,360).
In recent years, Condé Nast has sought to diversify its business model (for example, in February, the media giant launched a new line of upscale frozen meals) in response to the changing media landscape. It's yet unclear whether the company's new university courses are seen as a revenue source, a way of generating brand loyalty and awareness among the next generation, or as a replacement for the shuttered internship program. Perhaps all of the above?
Related: Media Giant Condé Nast Expands with a New Line of High-End Frozen Meals
Of all the mysteries of human existence — like "what happens when you die?" and "are ghosts real?" — the fact that Terry Richardson, alleged molester of young girls and confirmed creeper, is still being hired by major brands and magazines to shoot their campaigns and spreads has to be the greatest mystery of them all. Apparently, no one over at Valentino raised an eyebrow about the latest allegations of Richardson-branded sexual abuse, because, whatever, they really like his aesthetic and his glasses and tattoos are so *quirky* and *alternative.*
Richardson was once again tapped to photograph and star in Valentino's Fall 2014 accessories campaign. The photographer's tattooed arms (complete with a scarf tied around his wrist) appear holding a butterfly-printed bag in one shot, in another, a printed pair of strappy platform round-toe pumps.
Ugh. Who knows where those hands have been before touching that beautiful bag… I shudder to think!
[h/t: Fashion Gone Rogue]
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Earlier today, Lucky Magazine's editor-in-chief Eva Chen took an hour to answer questions for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).
Right from the outset, a user approached her with one of the most challenging questions you can ask someone who works in the fashion and beauty industry: How can you reconcile a passion for these materialistic fields with the desire to make the world a better place?
The original question, from Reddit user emzerzzz:
"I recently graduated college with a degree in Neuroscience, but like you, decided to forgo the science route to pursue my passion in beauty. I will begin working in product innovation at a large beauty company in a few days and could not be more excited. However, four years of college has permanently engrained phrases like 'make a difference,' 'help others,' and 'make the world a better place' into my head, and I sometimes worry that my career pursuits are not going to fulfill these lofty pleas. I am wondering if you ever dealt with this type of crisis, and was hoping you could lend some advice on how to deal with this tug-of-war between wanting to follow dreams of my own and feeling like I need to do something more beneficial for the world?"
And Chen's response:
"Congratulations and applause on your bravery. It's tough to make a change/pivot in that way, I know first-hand. I think there's a way to combine your two passions. There are amazing companies that combine the two—think of brands like Warby Parker, Tom's, Yoobi (a new one), Yes to Carrot, etc. And there are different ways to help people. Sure, fashion isn't curing cancer. But there are so many charities that the industry supports—think of the impact it's had on AIDS awareness, for instance. And think of the way the beauty industry has embraced charities like Dress for Success and Breast Cancer Awareness. I suppose what I'm saying is where there's a will, there's a way. And I know you can do it."
[via I am Eva Chen, editor in chief of LUCKY magazine. Ask me anything!]
With a heartfelt tribute to the late Louise Wilson, London’s Graduate Fashion Week continued into its 23rd year to showcase a host of incredibly talented British designers in its new home in East London’s The Truman Brewery.
Whilst every student from over 40 universities achieved incredible results, it was Bath Spa University graduate Grace Keller who will no doubt be the one you will remember as she was awarded the Graduate Fashion Week George Gold award and the equally coveted womenswear award.
With a judging panel including Peter Pilotto, Sarah Mower and milliner Philip Treacy, it was Keller’s delicately laced dresses with vibrant applique embroidery that won them over, earning her the £10,000 prize.
GFW Womenwear Award winner Grace Weller on stage (image:Getty)
Graduate Fashion Week has long since been the hot spot for scouting the freshest design talent, with over 21 catwalk shows and countless presentations, it is a visual feast of exciting ideas that will mostly be picked up by a host of brands out to find new talent, including River Island, Tommy Hilfiger and Drapers, who all exhibited at the four-day event.
Womenswear award winner Grace Weller’s collection (image: Getty)
It wasn’t simply Grace who was honoured though, with Rebecca Swann from Nottingham Trent collecting the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award for her textural monochrome knit designs and Camilla Grimes of Manchester School of Art receiving the Creative Catwalk award for her electric neon pink fur-trimmed bombers and sporty slim trousers.
Doing it for the boys, Aimee Dunn from Nottingham Trent University took home the menswear award for her relaxed cut suiting and knitwear emblazoned with a Margaret Thatcher screen print.
View the collections from Graduate Fashion Week 2014 here.