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This Model Is Sick of Makeup Artists Who Aren’t Prepared to Work with Dark Skin

It’s no secret that black models have a tough time backstage. So-called professional hairstylists rarely understand how to style natural black hair and makeup artists are still sometimes woefully unprepared to work with black women. It’s a story we’ve heard time and again of black models having trouble at shoots and shows because the makeup artist doesn’t know what colors work with darker skin tones. 


Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?

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Nykhor Paul is fed up. The South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to voice her frustration over the fact that in 2015, she still has to come to shows with her own makeup because makeup artists don’t have products to suit her skin tone. [edited for clarity] “Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black. It’s 2015 go to MAC, Bobbi Brown, Make Up For Ever, Iman Cosmetics, Black Opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more,” she wrote. “There’s so [many] options out there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepared and do their research before coming to work because often times you know what to expect, especially at a show!” Paul has worked for labels like Rosie Assoulin, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga and more, and appeared on the cover of ELLE South Africa’s May 2015 issue. 

Granted, most of the models in the fashion industry are white or have fair skin, but that is no excuse. As a human being, you know that people come in different colors and though models tend to be white, it is possible that designers will use a model of color or two (or – gasp! — maybe even more) in their runway shows. To show up for a work assignment lacking the right tools is simply unprofessional, period. And as a makeup artist, it is your job to execute a vision. If you’re not prepared to do so, why even show up? And why make women of color pay for such unpreparedness?  (more…)

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Lucky Blue Smith and Ondria Hardin Kill It in Tom Ford’s Fall Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Tom Ford‘s Fall 2015 collection failed to impress the majority of our forum members and we were hoping the advertising campaign would change our minds. The controversial designer tapped Instagram sensation Lucky Blue Smith to showcase the menswear collection while Ondria Hardin holds down the ladies corner. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the unlikely duo pose on a rocky hillside under a scorching climate wearing thick, heavy and layered-up pieces with seemingly great ease.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Mario Sorrenti


At first, our forum members weren’t so thrilled. “In the light of day, the collection looks even more horrendous. Awful makeup on Ondria too,” an uninterested Marc10 noted.

“I really don’t understand this. Wrong models, wrong photographer, awful clothing. That location looks so hot, especially with those wintery clothes. Tom Ford is so dead,” shared an underwhelmed anlabe32.

Moofins failed to show enthusiasm too, announcing, “Wow, this campaign just highlights how horrendous the collection was. Hard pass!”

“The womenswear is hideous no matter how it’s shown, but at least the campaign is something different from the usual Tom Ford ads. Never thought of Ondria as a TF girl, but she works,” said orchidee as we started to come around to the concept.

In agreement was Style Savvy: “You gotta give credit where it’s due. Even though Ondria and Lucky are not your typical Tom Ford model, they both killed it.”

“Ondria suits the 80s-hardcore sharpness of the Tom Ford woman beautifully,” pointed out Phuel.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Ad Campaign by Mario Sorrenti


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Basic Knits on Tap for Uniqlo x Lemaire

Lemaire x Uniqlo

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Uniqlo is famous for its affordable basics and is continuing the tradition of providing us with chic wardrobe building blocks with its latest collaboration. The retailer has teamed up with former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire and Lemaire’s Sarah-Linh Tran for its next LifeWear capsule collection.

And the range certainly lives up to the name. On tap is a selection of simple knits for men and women including pullover sweaters, a scarf, a belted wrap cardigan and more. We’re in the middle of summer, but we’ve got to admit: these lambswool and cashmere pieces definitely have us dreaming up outfits for fall. “Every item combines elegance with moderate relaxation and comfort, for modern, advanced wardrobe mainstays,” Lemaire said of the collection.

The full range is expected to have 30 pieces for women and 25 for men, a feat Lemaire calls “a very interesting exercise,” noting that he and Tran had to really think about the broad demographics they would be dressing. “Uniqlo challenges our conscientiousness as designers because we know we will dress many different people across the world, and therefore we have to be very attentive to proportions and style. It has to fit everybody’s lifestyle and morphology without compromising the style.”

Lemaire x Uniqlo is due to hit shelves in October. Check out a few images from the collection below. (more…)

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Zoe Jordan Is River Island’s Next Collaborator

Following in the footsteps of up-and-coming designers Jean-Pierre Braganza and Eudon Choi, Zoe Jordan is next in line to take part in River Island‘s Design Forum project. The Zoe Jordan girl embodies subtle sophistication with natural confidence and the designer aims to infuse her distinctive clean aesthetic into an 11-piece capsule collection. 


Spotted! ZJ talks seasons & @supergauk

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We’ve enjoyed several of the London-born designer’s London Fashion Week presentations over the previous seasons and she was greatly missed by the Brits after choosing to show her Fall 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week instead. Her River Island collaboration, however, marks a move back to British soil as it’ll launch with a short film as part of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Film event during the September schedule.

As always with a River Island collab, price points won’t break the bank as they range between £35 and £250. Giving you plenty of options regarding just how much you’d like to invest in this limited-edition collection. So, set a reminder in your diaries for September when it will also be available to buy online. We’ve been really impressed with previous Design Forum collections, so we can’t wait to see exactly what Jordan has in store for us. 

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Beyoncé-Inspired Architecture Is Happening in Melbourne CBD

Beyonce vegan diet

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Who run the world? Beyoncé, people. The singer has inspired a 78-storey skyscraper going up in Melbourne’s CBD, because there ain’t nothing this girl can’t put her flavour on. Wuh, uh, oh!

NME reports that the Premier Tower, consisting of retail space, apartments and hotel rooms, will have serious curves that have Beyoncé written all over it.  “We will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we’re going to trust you’ve seen the music video for Beyoncé’s Ghost,” architecture firm Elenberg Fraser’s press release explains of the building. (more…)

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