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We weren’t sure how to feel about the Met Gala’s theme for next year, “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.” On the one hand, Chinese culture and dress is a great departure from the mostly Western-themed exhibits the Costume Institute has rolled out over the years. On the other, it could make for a really, um, culturally insensitive red carpet.
Today, WWD has more information about the show, which will run from May 7 through August 16 of next year. It is expected to feature looks from as far back as the 1700s to today, and will include decorative art as well as clothing. It will also highlight the mesh of China with the Western world and how Eastern art has influenced Western pieces and designers in a cultural exchange. Jean Paul Gaultier, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent and more are among the designers whose Chinese-inspired works will be on display.
Along with host Silas Chou, Jennifer Lawrence will serve as co-chair with Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Chinese actress Gong Li and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. Yahoo is also sponsoring the exhibition, which goes hand-in-hand with its push to establish itself in the fashion world, especially with the newly-launched style section helmed by Joe Zee.
But the question is, is “Chinese Whispers” a setup for a hotbed of cultural appropriation/questionable choices? Maybe so. According to Vogue, “‘Chinese Whispers’ will primarily examine how eastward-looking Westerners have understood, misunderstood, and appropriated Chinese culture…” Sounds a little suspicious, particularly because this celebration of Chinese culture seems to be told through a Western lens. We don’t have to go into how problematic that could be.
Hopefully, Katy Perry will have other commitments the night of the gala.
It’s a rare occasion when the Chinese edition of Harper’s Bazaar strikes our fancy, but the October 2014 cover has stopped us in our tracks. The magazine has released its latest installment with Charlize Theron on the front cover. The issue marks the 28th anniversary for the monthly fashion bible. The Oscar-winning actress is, of course, wearing Christian Dior, and was photographed by Nico Bustos with Leslie Fremar on styling duties.
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Members of our forums are more than happy to see Charlize on the front cover of the magazine. “I’m loving this. Simple and sleek. A surprising exclusive from HB China. I like the images posted so far, she looks a lot like her royal compatriot Princess Charlene here,” commented Benn98.
“I love the B&W with a touch of blue. And she looks beautiful,” agreed gazebo.
TaylorBinque noted how well the actress wears the clothing: “Let’s talk about representing the brand at its best here. Charlize looks absolutely captivating and works those Dior pieces like a pro.”
A few previews of the cover story can be found inside the thread here. “I like the second image more for the cover. That would have looked like an i-D cover though hmm,” speculated coutugh.
“I really dislike her short hair, she used to have goddess hair. But now — just boring. Still, I think this cover is better than her recent Vogue, only because it has a more artistic touch,” wrote Srdjan, referring to Charlize’s recent U.S. Vogue June 2014 cover.
Why don’t you add your own two cents? Are you a fan of the cover? Share your opinion here.
A look from Kaelen. Image: Daisy Johnson
This week, the CFDA’s new crop of designers for its annual Fashion Incubator showed their collections. A total of 10 lucky up-and-coming designers showed their wares for next season in a digital showcase you can see online, sponsored by Target.
“The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy,” Steven Kolb, CFDA CEO said in a press release. “Target’s on-going support of our CFDA Fashion Incubator program and the Digital Showcase perfectly supports our efforts to promote American design talent internationally.”
Designers include A Peace Treaty, Misha Nonoo, Dezso, Isa Tapia, Katie Ermilio, Kaelen, Kara, Orley, Lucio Castro and Nomia. You can check out each of their showcases at DigitalFashionShows.com. In each video, we are introduced to the designer and taken behind-the-scenes into their studios to get a peek at their sketches and their collections being put together. Also included are images and lookbooks of their offerings.
If you’ve ever wanted to marry your love for rock ‘n’ roll and shopping with supporting kids in need, this is your weekend. For every Kiehl’s product purchased from September 12 through 14, $1 will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation, an organization founded by the eponymous Canadian rock band to support children and youth in need.
Kiehl’s stores across Canada will feature Simple Plan’s top 10 products to connect customers to the band and the initiative, including a limited-edition Ultra Facial Cream whose full proceeds will be donated to the charity.
In addition, on September 13, select Kiehl’s stores will be giving away tickets to a Simple Plan concert scheduled for September 19 at The Hoxton in Toronto. The Kiehl’s store locations participating in the giveaway include Toronto Queen Street, Yonge Street, Sherway Gardens Mall, Yorkdale Mall, Mapleview Mall, Upper Canada Mall and Square One Mall. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the live show because the beauty brand will donate $1 per share or stream of the concert. Together, Kiehl’s and Simple Plan hope to raise $40,000 for the initiative.
Peter Copping may join Oscar de la Renta; Image: Getty
Oscar de la Renta may have found his successor. Insiders are whispering, according to WWD, that the designer is one step closer to poaching Nina Ricci’s creative director Peter Copping, who’s been eyed to take over the reigns since May.
But this isn’t the first time rumors circulated about a suitor for de la Renta’s label. In February 2013, de la Renta hired former Dior designer John Galliano for a three-week residency and insiders speculated that he was grooming the controversial designer to take over the helm. By April 2014, however, negotiations were called off. Some say talks halted over money; others speculate it was all about the design team—namely, who Galliano intended to bring on board.
At the end of the day, Peter Copping is a safer choice, and seen as a good match for the venerable brand. Prior to Ricci, where Copping has spent the last five years, the English-born creative interned for Christian Lacroix and worked as head of atelier at Louis Vuitton for 12 years, reporting to Marc Jacobs.
Neither camp has confirmed or denied the reports. Stay tuned as the story develops.
“I just so happen to have a group of friends who are all working successful models,” says fashion stylist, Sasha Benz. And after living a fabulous life surrounded by beautiful models for years, she’s decided to launch a website, All My Friends Are Models, which is wholly dedicated to the sometimes stereotyped souls.
She’s got an impressive support network on her side, including the likes of Catherine McNeil, Cheyenne Tozzi, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lara Bingle to name a few. Seriously, all the hottest Australian models you can think of can be found on this website and are helping break model stereotypes one elongated pose at a time.
Aiming to “bring forward the issues surrounding the life of being a model” and to teach readers “not to feel intimidated by their lives, or the false ideas that surround them,” the website currently touches on a whole lot of industry beef. Think personal stories straight from the models themselves, the pressures of modelling nude and of course, controversial topics like the appropriate age to join the cut-throat industry and weight expectations.