Last week, Tasny Hoskins wrote a rather scathing piece in The Guardian, questioning British Vogue‘s editorial policies. Hoskins noted that not since Naomi Campbell graced the magazine’s cover in 2002 — 12 years ago — has another black female model been featured by herself on the cover of the British fashion bible. It’s not that there haven’t been any outstanding black models or black British models since then. But it seems as if there has been a conscious decision to systematically leave these girls out. Hoskins points to Malaika Firth and Jourdan Dunn as evidence that something shady is going on over at the glossy.
“Back when Premier Model Management looked after Naomi Campbell, she was the first and only black model to front the Prada campaign in 1994 then went onto do the British Vogue cover in 2002,” Premier Model Management Founder, Carole White told The Guardian. “Our…Malaika is the first girl since Naomi to front a Prada campaign (the 2014 campaign), so logic would dictate that Malaika would be the next black model to appear on the cover soon.”
But logical situations sometimes don’t manifest into reality. It would be an understatement to say that Jourdan has had an impressive career. After all, she was a regular Burberry girl (what’s more British than Burberry?). She’s even noted as one of Forbes magazine’s highest-paid models, having raked in 4 million in the past year. That’s half a million more than her friend and fellow buzzy model, Cara Delevingne, who in less than two years has scored not one or two, but three British Vogue covers. Surely, someone like Ms. Dunn, whose credits include appearances in campaigns for Balmain, YSL, Topshop, Calvin Klein and DKNY to name a few (mind you, many of the same brands that have also featured Cara), would be a shoo-in for a British Vogue cover.
Jourdan’s been relegated to a British Vogue supplement cover, and its teen spinoff, Miss Vogue. Her one appearance on an actual British Vogue cover was a joint shoot with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eden Clark, in November 2008.
Another day, another celebrity’s clothing going up for sale. Victoria Beckham‘s charity auction for The Outnet just went live yesterday, but Madonna fans might want to hold tight to their coins and wait a few months to get their hands on some of the singer’s old stuff. Yup, Madonna’s outfits and several other keepsake items are going up for the bidding November 7 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Fashionphiles can choose from several clothing items, including the latex look she wore on the cover of V magazine with Katy Perry, the pink dress she wore in the “Material Girl” music video along with costumes from Evita and A League of Their Own.
Also up for grabs is one of Madonna’s Billboard Music Awards honoring her 2000 video for “Music,” the American Music Award she won in 1991 for “Vogue” as well as handwritten lyrics, an old diary from 1988 and more.
Sounds pretty exciting. So what does Madonna have to say about a chunk of her pieces being sold off? According to Page Six, very little. The singer’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg says that Madonna doesn’t even know that the auction is happening. This begs the question: How did the auction house manage to get its hands on her old personal items like journals and music awards? “I do not believe any of what is being auctioned off was in Madonna’s possession,” her publicist said. “Designers often supply clothes for shoots that are then returned to the designers.”
Still doesn’t explain the diary or the awards, but, uh…maybe Madonna won’t even notice they’re gone?
[via Page Six]
- Take three! Kate Upton stars in Sam Edelman‘s Fall 2014 campaign for the third time. [WWD]
- Watch the trailer for James Franco‘s BDSM documentary. [Paper]
- Drake gets the lap dance of his dreams from Nicki Minaj in the rapstress’ music video for “Anaconda.” [YouTube]
- Peep this sneak peek of the Big Sean x Adidas Originals Metro Attitude sneaker. They’re looking pret-tay dope. [Hypebeast]
- Eva Chen announced her pregnancy this morning in the cutest way possible. [Instagram]
- Here are the celebrities we’re still waiting on to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Ticktock, guys! [Popsugar]
- Victoria Beckham‘s wardrobe auction is LIVE, so if you’ve got the coin, now’s the time to shill out for some of the designer’s throwaways. [The Outnet]
- Milla Jovovich is pregnant with her second child. [Vogue UK]
- In “beating a dead horse” news, Pharrell Williams‘ Vivienne Westwood mountain man hat is getting its own exhibit. [The Guardian]
- Support the troops! A crop of female military veterans will walk during NYFW for the Salute the Runway fashion show. [WWD]
- Flats are the new heels, and our feet are oh, so grateful. [T magazine]
- Ooh la la! David Beckham is sexy as always in these latest ads for H&M Bodywear. [Mirror]
- Kate Moss directed a really weird video (starring Lara Stone) for Vogue U.K. [Vogue UK]
Back in June, Sportsgirl made a huge boo-boo. Customers, as well as PETA, caught onto the fact that the Aussie retailer was making products with fur from angora rabbits (which are generally tortured to get the fur) and virtually bashed Sportsgirl’s Facebook page. People were claiming they’d never shop there again, and the store looked like it was headed for the worst.
Apparently not. Sportsgirl is killing it, so to speak, with its sales figures. As reported by Ragtrader, Sportsgirl CEO Colleen Callander could be crowned CEO of the Year by The CEO Magazine November 27. She has been recognised for implementing a new sourcing strategy, which has upped the first margin by five percentage points. We imagine it wasn’t the sourcing of fur that she’s being recognised for.
It appears there has also been a double-digit sales increase, despite the online uproar. Maybe not enough people know about the horrific torture angora rabbits endure when they have their fur ripped out from their bodies or maybe they don’t even know that Sportsgirl uses the fur in select products. Maybe the removal of the offending products in October with the seasonal changeover solved everyone’s woes?
It seems you can’t browse a street style blog or open a fashion magazine without seeing someone wearing sandals with socks, mom jeans or some other fashion iteration of “normal people” clothes. Earlier this year, New York Magazine introduced the world to normcore. Now, everyone is scrambling to make the concept fashionable.
Gap seems to be getting in on the trend with its latest ad campaign. Perhaps it’s playing on the stereotype of being the go-to brand for the everyday person, but this season, Gap is encouraging shoppers to “dress normal,” “like no one’s watching.”
Ironically, Gap tapped decidedly not-normal people (i.e., celebrities) to front the campaign. Anjelica Huston, Zosia Mamet, Michael K. Williams, Jena Malone, Elisabeth Moss and Luke Grimes all don their personal interpretations of a “normal” outfit in the ads. The results: Looks suited for a suburban soccer mom, a brooding Brooklyn hipster, a badass sixth grade teacher and your dad on the weekend. Normal is looking kind of chic.
Peep more of the ads below.
Yesterday, Bee Shaffer, daughter of Anna Wintour, challenged her mother to the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that pretty much every celebrity in the book has already participated in. With bated breath, we awaited a response from the Vogue editrix, and now, praise the heavens, we’ve gotten one.
Yes, folks, Ms. Wintour has ACCEPTED the challenge, and just today, Vogue posted a video to its Facebook of Anna, flanked by members of her family (including the dog), getting drenched in a prim, printed dress and of course, her famous shades. Bee posted the video to her Instagram profile, noting that her mom’s take on the challenge was “much more dignified” than her own. But what would you expect from Anna other than dignity and class? She nominated Roger Federer and Dominic West to take the challenge, for which they have 24 hours to complete.
Anyway, thank you Bee, for initiating this viral brilliance. We are forever grateful.