Like many of us, Joan Smalls is not here for fashion’s diversity problem, i.e., there being so little diversity that season after season we’re able to do full reports on how bad it is. You would think that by now the fashion world at large would take a hint and realize that including more nonwhite models of varying sizes in campaigns and on the runways may ultimately be beneficial, but it seems so many are dedicated to selling the idea that whiteness and thinness are the be-all, end-all of beauty.
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Joan chatted with Styleite about the issue, saying she thinks the industry needs to take it upon itself to reflect the diversity of the world, as fashion companies are indeed trying to sell their wares to a diverse group of people. Surely, fashion brands love the dollars they get from people of all colors and sizes, but don’t seem to be too committed to actually representing some of the people keeping them in business.
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“I feel like the fashion world owes that social responsibility to people to see themselves on the runway or in high fashion. Everybody’s a consumer. Not just a particular gender or a particular race,” she said. “When you’re in middle America or the middle of the world, you want to see the fashion. You want to say oh my god that girl is so beautiful, you know, you can identify with the girl because you’re familiar and it gives hope instead of pushing an idea of what beauty is or a stereotype of what beauty is. Beauty is different shapes, different colors, different backgrounds. I think that’s what beautiful [sic].”
Once again, Joan nails it. Like it or not, people of all races and sizes consume fashion, so why shouldn’t they be represented?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Stella McCartney is looking to do her part once again with a range of intimates to raise money for the cause. McCartney has enlisted the talents of Cara Delevingne, who was tapped to pose for the collection’s accompanying campaign.
In the image, we see a serene-looking Delevingne in the lacy pink Alina Playing set, making a heart shape with her hand over her chest. Delevingne shared the image to Instagram this afternoon, noting that part of the proceeds from the collection will benefit the Linda McCartney Centre (named after McCartney’s mother who died from the disease) at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in both the Australia and U.S.
Last year, Kate Moss took her turn as McCartney’s poster girl for the campaign and now Delevingne is following suit. The Alina Playing set has the option of a soft cup bra or a contour plunge bra to go with the briefs, with prices starting at $55 for the bottoms and $110 for the top. The lingerie is pricey, but it’s for a great cause.
You can shop the collection now on Stella McCartney’s website.
Fashion fans can bid adieu to another label as Edward Meadham confirmed to i-D that Meadham Kirchhoff – the brand he helmed with design partner Benjamin Kirchhoff – will be shuttering. “When we began, there was no plan whatsoever. What it was always about was making an alternative to everything,” Meadham explained. “Meadham Kirchhoff wasn’t killed by the fashion industry, it was killed largely by itself. We were in a quagmire of debt and it was just becoming impossible to keep up with anything. We lost our studio and it was just done.”
Meadham says that the label even lost its archives, which the studio landlord “got rid of” when he shuttered the place. “I’m left with a big, empty future,” he laments. “I’ve lost all the work I’ve done in the last 12 years and kind of am sort of without any presented opportunity.”
Kanye West’s collection of tattered sweaters and body stockings for Adidas was the talk of New York Fashion Week last season, and you know the hypebeasts and assorted Yeezus worshippers are waiting with bated breath for their sartorial savior to bless them with another collection.
Well, Kanye devotees won’t have to wait much longer. Surprise! Mr. West is planning to unveil his Yeezy Season 2 collection for Adidas at noon on September 16, according to Vogue Runway. And if North West’s tantrum (poor dear) last season was any indication, it is likely that this showing will be a celeb-filled circus indeed. Kanye is also rumored to be debuting a new single during the show, which we have no doubts will be dope. In the meantime, those thirsty for a peek at what he has to offer can mosey on over to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram page.
She posted a preview image of some of the footwear the rapper plans to roll out next season. Who better to model Yeezy Season 2 than Mrs. West, who paired the stocking-like thigh-high beige open toe and heel boots with a beige Givenchy look.
[via Vogue Runway, @kimkardashian]
Our forums often acknowledge the efforts of The Last Magazine, including memorable covers with the likes of Anja Rubik, Malgosia Bela and Mariacarla Boscono. It seems like yesterday we were discussing the 2008 debut issue featuring Daria Werbowy and now as the title celebrates its 15th issue, we couldn’t be more satisfied with the result. In true celebratory style, The Last Magazine has done something completely out of the ordinary and its innovation has paid off immensely. Welcoming back Daria, the biannual publication commissioned surreal sculptor Andres Krisár to create a cast of the Canadian beauty, which has been used as the front cover image.
From the get-go, The Last Magazine had us captivated. “Brilliant! Best September cover,” declared congacon immediately.
“The best September cover I’ve seen! YES,” echoed MON in agreement.
Sharing the same sentiments was simon: “Stands out so much among the mess of the gimmicky September covers. I love how artistic this looks.”
Mistress f was certainly a fan, admitting, “This looks amazing. I want to buy this issue based on the cover alone.”
“Creepy but undeniably striking. I like the unique approach,” shared an appreciative Nomar.
“Weird, one of the most interesting covers this season!” declared jescajade.
Also showing enthusiasm was gazebo, writing, “Love! Daria is iconic enough to be immortalized.”
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The Toronto International Film Festival marks its 40th anniversary this year. This is one of the most exciting times in Toronto, not just for the red carpet events or the celebrities who roll through, but for the contagious energy it brings to the city. Every year, TIFF takes it up a notch and never ceases to amaze us. One new initiative we are excited about is Festival Street, a free outdoor festival running through September 13 on King Street West between Peter and University Streets. During the event, that area will be a no-vehicle zone, giving free access to everyone.
What’s great about this is that it caters to everyone, whether or not you have tickets to go see a film, an invite to a gift lounge or are looking for something to do for a date night, you can still take part in some TIFF fun. Also not to be missed is Questival, a walking interactive quiz designed by Frontier Design & Innovation. Balloons decorated with artwork will float above the streets as well, so it should be a great sight to see. Each balloon will have artwork showcasing a past festival film. If you are into live music, make sure to stop by the NewCanadianMusic.ca Stage, which will have music from up-and-coming talent. (more…)