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Terry Richardson Finally Speaks Out About Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Calling Them ‘Lies’

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Today, Page Six ran a response from Terry Richardson to the recent resurgence of outrage over his alleged sexual misconduct on set. The photographer denies all the charges outright, calling them "hate-filled and libelous tales" and comparing the controversy surrounding him to an "an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

"Four years ago, I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me. At that time, I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character. When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

The recent round of allegations was brought forth by Charlotte Waters, now a 24-year-old nurse's assistant who shot with Richardson as a 19-year-old art student trying to make a little extra cash. She decided to tell her story, first anonymously on Reddit and then publicly on Vocativ, because she kept coming across media coverage about other allegations against Richardson's disturbing on-set behavior:

"I wanted to say, 'Hey, I’ve experienced this first hand. These aren’t just rumors.' But I wasn’t sure I wanted to come out about this very embarrassing thing I did, so I was just sitting on it for a while. And then I realized that what happened to me is something that has happened to other people and will likely continue to happen until his dick falls off, so I have to say something. I did it through Reddit because I could do it anonymously, and that seemed like a safe way to start.”

Model Jamie Peck recounted a similar experience in 2010. Other models, including Rie Rasmussen, Coco Rocha, Sara Ziff and Alise Shoemaker have also spoken out against him.

Coco Rocha: “I’ve shot with him, but I didn’t feel comfortable and I won’t do it again.”

Sara Ziff: "I have worked with Terry Richardson several times, and I wouldn’t work with him again based on those experiences."

According to Richardson, these are all lies:

"​Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies."

Richardson goes on to write that his subjects have always been consenting and that the charges against him are motivated by publications seeking pageviews:

"I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history. Sadly, in the on-going quest for controversy-generated page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious, and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to angry Internet crusades. Well-intentioned or not, they are based on lies. Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse."

And yes, although articles on the subject of Terry Richardson do generate a tremendous amount of interest online, the allegations against him were brought by individual women who were not motivated by web traffic. When Waters first posted her account of working with Richardson to Reddit, there was nothing she was going to "get" out of that — no money, no fame, no praise. She had no way of knowing that her story would attract so much attention; now that she has come forward publicly, there is no indication that she's seeking to "leverage" her experience for personal gain. 

Richardson's statement echoes a similar move recently made by Woody Allen, who responded to his 28-year-old daughter's public account of molestation with a letter in The New York Times, denying her claims.

Allen and Richardson are both powerful, talented men at the top of their creative fields; their professional visibility and the sexual elements in their work does make them easier targets for public outrage, but public outrage is a response to the allegations, but not what's driving them (or at least, not directly). There is a huge gulf in power between men like Allen and Richardson and the women who speak out against them; those who do are courageous. And although our justice system operates under the principle that people are innocent until they are proven guilty — as individuals, we don't have to give Richardson the benefit of the doubt. 

[Terry Richardson slams sex misconduct ‘witch hunt’ — NYPost]

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Dion Lee’s Chisled Cheekbone Makes the Cover of Manuscript Magazine

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In a profoundly messed up world where Dion Lee didn’t make it as a designer, he could have always tried his hand at modeling.

Lee’s best Blue Steel and one of his chiseled cheekbones are the focus of Paul Scala’s camera for the new issue Manuscript magazine. The high-contrast cover shows the designer retaining his majestic gaze while getting a face full of water, which picks up the glaring red background and kind of looks like blood. It’s rather intense, and would make a great poster for a Quentin Tarantino film about Lee’s figurative slaying of his sartorial competition.

The same left eye and fierce theme continue in an inside spread. In one image, Lee scowls at the camera while pushing the blade of a pair of scissors into one eyebrow, and in another wears a black turtleneck and a man-pout. The accompanying profile follows Lee’s exponential rise to the top of the game in Sydney and New York: He recently presented a second acclaimed collection at New York Fashion Week and finally opened his first standalone store, the industrial Site 01 in Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade.

Lee also touches upon his plans to introduce menswear to his existing repertoire. We’re feeling a men’s turtleneck revival. 

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Flashback: UK Vogue September 2006 with Kate Moss by Nick Knight

I was looking through some holiday snaps earlier and couldn't help but notice an issue of Vogue sitting on a table in the background of one particular photo. The photograph was taken whilst on a family holiday in Ibiza, during the summer of 2006. I suddenly remembered everything and thought to myself, how on earth could I of forgotten this gem?

The cover of UK Vogue's September 2006 issue features none other than Kate Moss, photographed by Nick Knight and styled by Kate Phelan. Moss wears a cashmere/wool jacket and trousers by Jil Sander. Can't remember the cover? I can still recall walking into the magazine store at the airport and being stopped in my tracks due to the cover's unusual monochrome appearance.

IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.CO.UK

IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.CO.UK

I just had to dig the issue out this afternoon, when I also came across a few other hidden treasures (stay tuned!). The inside includes fashion stories from Nick Knight, Corinne Day, Craig McDean, Patrick Demarchelier and Thomas Schenk.

An editorial entitled 'Shine On' with Kate Moss by Craig McDean and styled by Kate Phelan is my favorite from this September issue. The images consist of Moss wearing a range of pieces from Gareth Pugh, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and Jeffery Portman. There are only six pictures but they show Moss at her finest — that understated glamour for which Kate has become extremely well-known.

Why don't you familiarize yourself with this issue and reignite the thread here.

 

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Pink Tartan is Coming to… The Shopping Channel?

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What are we to think of this news? We generally associate The Shopping Channel with snuggies, bra-camis, toe socks and arm warmers (you can tell I haven’t watched it since 1995, right?), but it seems the station is turning over a new page: one that reads designer.

This week the Roger-owned The Shopping Channel announced luxury womenswear line Pink Tartan as the newest addition to its roster of brands. Worn by celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lana Del Rey, Pink Tartan’s designs are updates to modern classics and offer simple yet strong pieces complemented by luxurious fabrics. But do they belong on The Shopping Channel?

To plug the launch on Sunday, March 30, Pink Tartan president Kimberley Newport-Mimran will debut her modernized classic designs and easy-wear, easy-wash collection on TSC. Having curated a selection from her lifestyle concept shop in Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue, she hopes to bring a little luxe into the homes of Canadian shoppers, beginning with closet must-haves like the black and navy legging pant, a tech pencil skirt, a figure-flattering striped dress, a cropped knit tee and a square-patterned wrap dress. The stylish collection – which you can preview at tsc.ca/pinktartan — ranges in price from the zipper tee for $95, to the knee-length floral trench for $395.

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“My clothes are built with integrity and style, meant to live your life in and easily transition from day to night – what all women deserve,” says Newport-Mimran, before describing sexy as “what you don’t see” and claiming her products embody that attitude.

I, however, am skeptical. This new collaboration has a serious chance of devaluing the Pink Tartan brand, making it seem all too budget for the clientele they typically target. Is Kimberly making a shift into hubby Joe Mimram's (he of Joe Fresh fame) territory? It almost feels that way, but what do you think of the bold new move? Will you begin outfitting your closet in TSC essentials?

Images via Rogers/Handout 

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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us About Her Frederic Fekkai Makeover [Season 2, Episode 2]

[Season 2, Episode 2 of The Face aired last night and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 9/10 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every Thursday, for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

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Only the second week and already so much has changed! This episode was a lot to digest since there was a lot going on. In the beginning we headed to the salon to get our fresh new looks. (Yes, we were all getting hair makeovers from our coach and Frederic Fekkai!!).

I remember being nervous just for the simple fact that I had no idea what they would want to do with my hair. And also that Frederic Fekkai was the man to impress. He was the man making the decision in the end and the goal is to win his eye, so no way you could object his opinion. I was just hoping there would be nothing too drastic done. I had never colored my hair or any of that, so I have never had to maintain it or worry about it getting damaged. 

There were a lot of thoughts going through my head at this point. When Lydia and I met with Frederic, I was happy with their decision, nothing too drastic was done, just some highlights and body added. It was the refreshment that I needed to give me a new edge. I know everyone was probably shocked with Ray’s transformation. She underwent the most drastic change of all the girls and handled it so well. I feel it gave her a completely new look. The short brown hair was so beautiful on her. I was happy how all of us as a team were transformed and Lydia was as well. 

When it came time for the campaign, I have to say I was shocked to hear what we would be doing. I remember thinking to myself, watching last season did not prep me for any of this because this season is on a completely different level. Ha! Being that we were going to shoot nude was a tough concept to wrap my head around. Nudes are a big part of the industry, granted they are done tastefully, but still even then I am not one who is for them. I was so thankful we were able to wear the thongs and pasties and even though we come across very naked, I did have those on. 

Amanda-Gullickson-MTo feel your body in that bare state is something special and sacred that not the whole world should have access to. That is just my personal opinion, nothing against people who do them because they can be so beautiful, but personally, it is just not my thing. So the pasties, thong, and fact of having the other girls to help cover me was definitely a comfort. As I say these things, most of you are probably like, what? Because I did seem to come across very comfortable during the shoot. My critique was even that I was TOO sexy, but hey if that’s the worst thing I did, I will take it! Ha. I think of myself as a chill, goofy girl so it's hard for me to see this extra sexy vibe everyone else does, but I’m glad it shows because I do plan to pursue the Victoria's Secret, Sports Illustrated kind of world which requires sex appeal. 

I am so thankful Lydia saw my potential and did not send me into the elimination room after Naomi's team won again. It was really nerve-wracking to know it was between me and Nakisha. I am just so glad that I spoke up for myself. It is important to always know what you are bringing to the table and be confident in it. This elimination was probably the most emotional considering all of the events leading up to it. It was hard for us as a team losing Nakisha, and really for all of the girls. It was hard seeing her have to go like that but now we just have to stay strong and focus on winning so next time we can all stay!

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 10/9 C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @A_Gullickson.

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Model Underwear in Bryant Park [Season 2, Episode 1]

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Emma Watson Is Elle’s Latest Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

U.S. Elle dropped its April cover via its website earlier today. Emma Watson is on the cover which is photographed by Carter Smith. The British actress wears a cotton shirt and calfskin pants from Balmain and a python belt from Kara Ross New York.

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"Great cover. There is lots of texts [sic], but they aren't that big. I love wearing all denim, so the styling is okay IMO. :) She looks gorgeous," wrote Srjdan

Nepenthes also seemed fond of the cover: "Love the cover. It has such a cool vibe and Emma looks gorgeous!" she wrote.

Other members weren't so sure on the styling with HeatherAnne commenting, "Whoa, that styling is freaking awful!"

"Not a fan of that outfit at all…but I think she looks very pretty," said Bobby125 and went on to say, "This sort of hair & makeup suits her really well, I don't like it when they go OTT with her, like Vogue did, that just doesn't work in my opinion."

What do you think of the styling? I like it. It's refreshing to see a laid-back outfit on the cover of a fashion magazine because it's believable to most of Elle's readers. Join the discussion here.

 

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