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There’s still a startling lack of diversity in fashion advertising and we’re getting more insight into why that problem persists. According to our latest diversity report, out of 460 fashion print ads this season, 84.7% of models cast were white and only 4.4% were black. A recent Perry Ellis lawsuit alleged that the brand’s president explicitly demanded “no blacks in my ads.” H&M South Africa seems to agree with that sentiment.
The brand came under fire recently for only featuring white models in its global marketing campaign, and their response was shocking. (more…)
If you obsessively watch every video spanning 100 years of beauty, you’re not alone. It’s fascinating to see how beauty trends in Men’s Hair and Women’s Makeup change over time. And who could pass up the opportunity to witness that evolution in under 2 minutes? But according to costume blogger Karolina Żebrowska, the viral 100 years videos are missing a crucial element. They fail to capture the reality of what women endured in each historical era. “To be frank, it was supposed to be just another ‘Beauty Through The Decades’ video,” she said. “I saw lots of them already, but they all have seemed to show beauty standards in a very stereotypical and pop-culture way, so I wanted to do a more historically accurate one. As I was doing some research, I became more and more aware that beautiful faces and fashion we see on the photos, ads and fashion plates are just an idealistic version of reality. So here’s to reality.”
The reality isn’t as pretty as the picture-perfect 100 years of beauty videos we’re used to seeing but it is deeply powerful and moving. Check out Karolina Żebrowska’s compelling take on passing beauty trends above.
Kate Upton‘s moment is still in full swing, having just starred on two covers for W Korea and now Harper’s Bazaar Australia taps the model-turned-actress for its annual Woman of the Year Issue and proudly gives her the spotlight on the cover of the December 2015 edition. Photographed beautifully by Victor Demarchelier, Kate looks effortless in a little black dress by Lanvin as she sits perched on a stool, sporting a perfectly undone hairstyle. Aussie Bazaar has been pretty good to us lately, but can the magazine’s winning streak continue?
Once again, our forum members were full of praise. “I love this cover, she looks really good. This is how a cover should look like, a beautiful picture and very little text. I really dislike it when there are text overloads,” admired KateTheGreatest the minute the cover came to light.
“It’s the simplicity of the shot, styling and natural makeup that makes this such a stunning shot of Kate,” chimed in justaguy.
Sharing the same positive attitude toward the cover was Benn98, approving, “Simple, effortless, yet so beautiful! The cover, of course. I like that it’s so understated.”
A.D.C. agreed, crediting, “It’s giving me Cindy [Crawford] by Herb Ritts vibes. You can’t beat that.”
But unfortunately, not everyone was so positive. “Love the cover, the simple background and dress, but I don’t like the way she put her face…” said SilkyJean.
“She looks beyond average here,” discredited an underwhelmed HeatherAnne.
We’re sure expecting Kate’s cover story to be just as beautiful as the cover shot. Await the content and drop us a comment here.
We can’t imagine what could make a book cost $700. Is a $50 bill attached to each page? Is it personalized in hand-tooled 24-karat gold like this Neiman Marcus Christmas gift? Gisele Bündchen’s new tome has none of the above and yet all 1,000 signed copies sold out in pre-orders before it was even released.
To be fair, it does feature 300 photographs of the stunning model including a naked picture of her on the cover, shot by Irving Penn. And the eponymous book celebrates her 20-year fashion career with tributes from her famous friends and family. That’s obviously worth $700, right?
At least the money is going to a good cause: the former supermodel will donate every dollar to charity.
Aussie designer Arthur Galan has put his eponymous family-owned label, Arthur Galan AG, into administration, citing a “challenging” retail landscape for the “tough decision” to sell the label to new owners.
Ragtraderreports that the label received a wind-up order from the Australian Taxation Office on October 19, and the label released a statement via its Facebook page on Friday. “I feel very sad today, as I have had to put my family owned business into administration. Everyone is aware that the retail industry is challenging and I have tried very hard to make it work, throwing everything I have into it. Unfortunately I have had to make this tough decision,” it read.
Arthur began his namesake label back in 1998 with just menswear, before branching out to womenswear in 2005. Both women’s and men’s collections will continue to be sold through the label’s South Yarra and Doncaster stores which are remaining open, before the label relaunches with its new sole focus on menswear in March 2016. (more…)
Can you Aussies remember the last time you wore a jumper on Christmas Day? Yeah, us either. We’re generally too busy melting somewhere, peeling the prawns while we wait for mum to sort out the ham, while the Northern Hemisphere sets up camp in the loungeroom, by the fire place in their fantastically ugly christmas sweaters.
Truth is, while Christmas down under sure has its perks, plenty of us feel a little left out and envious of those snowflake-encrusted knits that we would sweat profusely in, should we join in on the ugliness. But this festive season we can feel that little less excluded, thanks to the elves at Kozii who have invented a rashie version of the ugly Christmas sweater for us isolated folk.
Staying patriotic in red, blue and white, the swimwear label has taken a geographical spin on the classic look by stripping it clean of snowmen, snowflakes and all things chilly, and instead replacing it with trees and kangaroos, because Straya. (more…)