Image: Imaxtree, Emilia Wickstead Spring 2015
Fashion awards season is in full swing. Earlier this week, the CFDA held its annual Fashion Awards ceremony and now the British governing fashion body has announced the winners of its Fashion Trust competition. Nine designers have been chosen to receive financial backing to help grow their lines and there is a lot of major talent on the list.
Mother of Pearl, Sophia Webster, Sibling, Prism, Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Marios Schwab, Palmer//Harding and David Koma will all split a grant worth £300,000 (about $458,359). This crop of designers joins the ranks of past winners like Christopher Kane, House of Holland, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic, Nicholas Kirkwood and more. At last night’s ceremonies, the BFC also announced the winners for its Graduate Traineeship Programme, giving fashion BA and MA grads the opportunity to work with a design house showing at London Fashion Week for a year.
“British fashion is recognised globally for its energy and inventiveness which is why we need to support the industry at grass roots,” BFC Fashion Trust co-chairs Tania Fares and Kim Hersov said. “The Fashion Trust will continue to support talented designer labels so that the UK can continue to build the brands of the future.”
All these winners definitely deserve the financial support and we can’t wait to see how each expands their line with this injection of cash.
It’s always refreshing to see underrated and underused cover subjects on the front of our favorite magazines. Interview hears our cries and serves up a trio of Hollywood newcomers for its June/July 2015 issue. Alicia Vikander, Jai Courtney and Domhnall Gleeson each grace the cover of Interview’s latest edition with the words ‘youth wave’ appropriately splashed across the raw, honest and beautiful portrait images captured by Craig McDean.
“Gorgeous covers! I love how consistent Interview is, this is really fantastic. I love all three of the covers and the photos inside look great too. I’ve only heard of Domhnall before but I’m especially enjoying Jai’s photographs,” admired LastNight.
“I like how vulnerable it looks but you can’t deny that there’s a subtle hint of sex there. I like it,” added MON.
Also on board was anlabe32 who hailed, “Fantastic shots. McDean is amazing. Hello Jai and Domhnal!”
Miss Dalloway was quick to share her enthusiasm too, writing, “Raw, honest, beautiful! When W does these kind of covers, they always come across gimmicky to me, but this is wonderful!”
“That’s because Fabien Baron and his team are so ahead of everyone else with the only publication that’s so consistently on point — it’s frightening, replied Pheul in excitement.
Sharing the same attitude was TeeVanity: “Sincerely brilliant of Interview, great covers.”
Forum member BonesAndOil voiced his support too. “I don’t know who any of these people are, however I’d buy this on the gorgeous portraits alone. Stunning,” he raved.
Take a peek at the accompanying cover story and drop us a comment here.
As the Fall 2015 campaigns continue to roll out, Versace‘s is the latest to be unveiled and with models like Karlie Kloss, Caroline Trentini and Lexi Boling in the fold, we expect rave reviews (because anything and anyone is better than Madonna). The girls come together for Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and pose in primary colors, set amongst a specially constructed set consisting of scaffolding and concrete slabs.
Forum members flocked to the thread but are shockingly underwhelmed by the casting. “A weird combination of models… Lexi doesn’t belong. Should’ve been OG with Gisele or someone who could handle something like this,” littlekiki announced.
“I wish Kate Grigoreva was in the campaign instead of Lexi. She would’ve fit better,” simon suggested soon after but later returned to add, “They didn’t have to look far. Natasha Poly and Kate G. looked the best on the runway wearing this collection. Those two would have been such a great duo for this campaign. Or even Natasha alone.”
In agreement was gossiping. “Ew! and Lexi? She’s NOT a Versace girl, I agree Kate would have been awesome.”
DutchHomme wasn’t impressed either and ranted, “Bland & boring. Those are not Versace girls. I want sexy models for Versace!”
“Wait, why Lexi? She looks so out of place and not Versace at all. Trentini by far is the best cast for the womenswear shots here,” fluxxx approved.
“Funny that neither of the girls has ever worked with Mert & Marcus before. They always found a way to feature their favorites in Versace campaigns. That said, Karlie and Lexi are not Versace girls. However, I’m glad they feature modern day models now. No Kate, Gisele, Daria W, Madonna, etc. It feels a lot more current,” appreciated anlabe32.
Check out the rest of the campaign and join the conversation here.
Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover has been the talk of the town this week and rightfully so. It’s a big moment for transgender visibility in our culture. Although the reactions to her coming out have been mostly positive, it has not gone unnoticed that she is a wealthy white woman who did not have to face many of the struggles of transgender people without the same financial security or familial support system.
Transgender people who aren’t rich or famous or on reality TV are now joining #MyVanityFairCover, a social media movement to give visibility to a community whose voices aren’t heard quite as loudly, who might not have the means or desire to look like Caitlyn Jenner. Crystal Fraiser started the hashtag to highlight the harsh realities the transgender community faces in order to give a fuller image of what it is like to live in this world as a transgender person. “The world only seems to embrace us if we’re wealthy enough or lucky enough to adhere to white, cisnormative beauty standards,” she wrote. “I’ve felt frustrated and useless and overwhelmed by opinions on transgender women and how we’re ‘supposed’ to look if we want to be taken seriously.”
“Whether we fit those standards or not, we’re beautiful, and we all deserve to feel beautiful, and be acknowledged by the world. Admiration and praise for trans women shouldn’t only come if we fit a narrow definition of beauty. As a good friend of mine said Monday ‘Where’s my Vanity Fair cover?'” The hashtag took off on tumblr and social media sites, with transgender people of all stripes creating their own covers and showing the diverse faces of the transgender community. Below, a sampling of the many brave faces and voices who participated.
With all the celebrity lifestyle websites out there, it seems pretty inevitable that comparisons would be drawn between them. Whether they’re peddling artisanal hand-poured candles or monogrammed napkins with a bit of Southern charm, the fact that they’re all websites run by wealthy actresses is enough for folks to point out some parallels. But if you ask Gwyneth Paltrow, the whole thing reeks of sexism.
Gwyneth was recently asked by TIME if she looks at the lifestyle sites of her peers and, let’s just say, she didn’t take too kindly to the inquiry. “I wonder if George Clooney would be asked about Puff Daddy’s ancillary liquor line,” she responded. “I’m fascinated how the media, in particular, are so confounded by entrepreneurial women doing something outside of their box. Jessica [Alba], especially, who’s a friend of mine — our businesses could not be more different. There’s not a lifestyle piece to her business. The fundamentals of our sites are very different. Reese launched — our businesses have similarities, but hers has retail. People are grasping at straws to tie us together and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I’m slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese and Blake.”
Gwyneth has a point. All three businesses are quite different, have different branding, different target customers and completely different vibes. Still, considering that these lifestyle sites seem to be cropping up so often, people will obviously ask how they are similar or different. But Gwyneth still feels uneasy about the comparisons. “I feel there’s something slightly misogynistic about it. This is a common theme. I think Reese and Jessica and I—I don’t know Blake Lively, and I don’t know if Jessica and Reese know each other—I’m friends with both of them and I speak to both of them and I want to do everything I can to support their businesses.”
One thing all four lifestyle brands have in common is the fact that they seem to be doing well for each respective actress. Comparisons aside, it’s always nice to see entrepreneurial women winning — or in Blake Lively’s case, chugging along. Blake also sat down with TIME to talk about her venture, expressing that her Preserve site simply isn’t at the level she hoped it would be by now, a fact that she blames on the hasty launch, which debuted to coincide with that Vogue cover last year. “What I wanted Preserve to be at launch was not what it is at all. It’s just impossible!” she explained. “We found ourselves at launch and we had a Vogue cover set up, so I couldn’t call Anna Wintour and say ‘I need six more months’ — people hacked into our site a week and a half before it was meant to launch, so the site leaked. The site’s not close to what I want it to be. I hope by the time it’s what I want it to be, my standards will be raised infinitely more.”
Blake mentions that she would like to make changes to the site’s navigation, but assures us that she’s working on it. “Every layer of the company can and will be improved.”
Marc Jacobs had our forums in a frenzy when Cher was unveiled as the face of his Fall 2015 campaign. Yesterday, WIllow Smith let it be known via Instagram that she will also appear in the ads. Sadly, a few of our forum members weren’t so thrilled to see the young Ms. Smith fronting the campaign, one even wondering why she was cast in the first place.
“Whose idea was it to cast Willow?? Scratching my head at that choice,” Benn98 wrote. “Anyway, her shot doesn’t look bad. I like that we have the age disparity, and both women look great and age-appropriate in MJ so far.”
“Willow Smith though…..I mean…..CHER………and willow smith,” Kite quipped, making it clear who they were really impressed with in this campaign.
But in spite of a few naysayers, overall people seemed pleased with her shot. “I actually like the direction of the campaign. It’s like the House of Haunt,” MON said. “We have Cher as Morticia/Emily and now we have Willow as the creepy doll considering how doll-like her pose is.”
Our members Nepenthes and Whats Ur Name both agree that Willow looks “stunning” in the shots, while TREVOFASHIONISTO rushed to Smith’s defense over those who weren’t quite feeling the campaign. “It was amazing and cute when Marc casted Elle and Dakota for the campaign, but it’s out of the ordinary to cast Willow who seems to fit the theme perfectly…” BA-ZING. Oh, the shade.
Nomar still is having none of it. “I loathe celebs in campaigns!”
We think Smith is a great addition and that her quirky personality is just perfect for this particular campaign. But that’s just our opinion. Share yours by joining the discussion in our forums.