- France could pass a bill banning super skinny models. [The Cut]
- Etsy retailers’ “handmade” authenticity called into question as shops become more successful. [NYT]
- Kathy Griffin says she left Fashion Police because she felt like she “was being forced to comment on pictures of beautiful women in perfect dresses, and say kind of bad things,” which, uh, we kinda thought was the whole point of the show in the first place… [Jezebel]
- Kanye West posted a bunch of nude photos of Kim Kardashian because the world hasn’t seen enough of her naked body. Nope. Not at all. [@kanyewest]
- Malaika Firth offers her opinion on racism in fashion. [Vogue UK]
- Kylie Jenner has an epic beauty blunder on the red carpet celebrating her partnership with Nip + Fab. [Us Weekly]
- Sorel is delving into outerwear. [WWD]
Facebook just clarified its community policy to make 100% certain that people know what is and isn’t acceptable to post on the social media website. While their policies have not changed – hate speech and nudity, for example, are still not allowed – Facebook has taken it upon themselves to elaborate on the policies in detail.
We wager that some of these clarifications will be met with some pushback. For example, Facebook’s nudity policy: “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.” We’re sure #FreetheNipple advocates won’t be too pleased about the no lady nipples policy, considering men are free to post as many shirtless photos as they please.
As far as hate speech, Facebook will remove anything that promotes hate against people based on their sexuality, gender, religion, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability or disease. It also notes that in any hate speech used or quoted to point raise awareness, the poster should make these intentions clear.
Facebook also addresses violent imagery, noting that people do share images of violent acts, often to raise awareness of their Facebook friends, which is totally OK. What isn’t OK, however, is sharing these pictures for one’s own pleasure. Also, you still can’t use Facebook to sell marijuana, but firearms, alcohol, tobacco and “adult products” are permitted. Facebook also has a provision for “dangerous organizations.” So if you were planning on making a Facebook page for your terrorist or organized crime group, just know that it’s going to be deleted. “We also remove content that expresses support for groups that are involved in the violent or criminal behavior mentioned above. Supporting or praising leaders of those same organizations, or condoning their violent activities, is not allowed.”
Head over to the Facebook to read their updated Community Standards in full.
H&M is launching their Conscious Exclusive line in stores today and they have tapped Olivia Wilde for the campaign. This year’s collection draws inspiration from cultures all over the world, using sustainable materials like Tencel, hemp, organic linen and silk, recycled wool, sequins and more.
“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics,” Wilde said in a statement. “This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable.” A big worry when it comes to sustainable fashion is that the style element will be lost in the scramble to make sure everything is environmentally friendly. But brands like Stella McCartney and Reformation, whose brand identity is so tied to sustainability, prove that you don’t need to give up fashion to be nicer to the environment. H&M has had several stylish conscious collections in the past, and this latest one follows in those footsteps. From romantic evening dresses to a dreamy ball-style skirt and slit-sleeve blazer, the range marries sustainability and sophistication. (more…)
Heidi Klum is steady in the streets promoting her new lingerie collection with Bendon, Heidi Klum Intimates, and already there is a bit of controversy surrounding the model and her newly-designed skivvies. Three blond models were spied posing around London, clad in Heidi’s lingerie and it looks like she is not too pleased about it. Heidi took to Instagram to express her distaste at the trio by posting an image of them outside Buckingham Palace with a caption saying she did not authorize the display.
“Nearly fell of [sic] my chair when I saw this. Who did this??? Not me!!! #NotCool.” While Heidi’s displeasure is apparent, it’s not 100 percent clear why she’s upset in the first place. While some speculate that the display may be unauthorized, others are saying that Heidi is angry because the models were left out there to freeze wearing next-to-nothing.
We reached out to Bendon for comment and will update once the company responds.
April covers are coming in thick and fast. Vogue Australia‘s newly-released cover is the most recent to drop in our forums and we’re left undecided. Coming back for a second time since Edwina McCann took the helm, Cate Blanchett stars on the magazine’s April 2015 cover. We appreciate the team giving us something different, but the majority of us can’t pinpoint what’s exactly bothering us. Cate sat for Emma Summerton wearing a baby pink jacket teamed with an eye-catching headpiece, and you’ll either love it or hate it.
Our forum members share mixed opinions on Vogue Australia’s efforts this month. “So striking and fresh. Always a pleasure to see Cate in all of her glory! Definitely one of my favorite and most talented actresses!” hailed Nepenthes as soon as the cover surfaced, kicking us off on a high note.
“I love the cover, so elegant and lovely. I like the styling, it has that Dutch painting thing going on. I also like the layout and the negative effect on the masthead. And of course, I love Cate,” kokobombon enthused.
“Wow. Very, very cool. Much better than her last cover,” responded YourMonster.
But the rest of us just aren’t feeling it. “Seriously though, what have they done to her face?” questioned Kite, hinting at a possible Photoshop blunder.
“I love her but I honestly wouldn’t mind if she took like a two year break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and it would make for an epic welcome back,” A.D.C. ranted.
Oxymore was quick to complain: “Cate doesn’t look like herself. Those celebrities need to stop pretending they’re 25. Just assume your age. I mean look at Meryl Streep or Jessica Lange, they are so gorgeous.”
Do you share the same sentiments? Give us your opinion here.
Mattel‘s Hello Barbie doll is giving many people pause because they’ve figured out that the toy is capable of much more than just chatting with your child. Called the “world’s first interactive Barbie doll,” the toy uses WiFi and speech recognition to be able to have a two-way conversation with your child. The doll is also able to learn things and tell jokes and stories. Information Barbie learns from your child (like their hobbies and favorite foods) goes into a cloud that Mattel can also use to update the doll. It sounds really cool and futuristic – except when you realize that Mattel can pretty much listen in on your conversations.
Hello Barbie can remember your child’s likes, dislikes and information about your family life, which some worry that Mattel can use for advertising purposes. ToyTalk, the company Mattel teamed up with to create the doll, says that they don’t use any of the information for marketing, and the doll includes a feature that e-mails all the conversations to the parents. There is also the issue of children not being able to consent to having their information culled in this manner because, well, they’re not adults. ToyTalk says that parents will likely have to give permission to record their child’s voice.
Mattel says they are “committed to safety and security, and Hello Barbie conforms to applicable government standards.” The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has launched a petition to help stop production of the controversial toy. “Children naturally confide in their dolls, and reveal a great deal about themselves when they play,” the petition reads. “It is wrong for Mattel and your technology partner ToyTalk to record, transmit, and analyze these intimate conversations (and others within range of “Hello Barbie” microphones) for use—or misuse—by Mattel, ToyTalk, or any entity that might intercept or access the data captured by the doll and/or your computers.”
You’ve got to admit – it is beyond creepy that a doll is storing information about your child and your home life on servers they can access in a snap. We’re all for technological advances, but the idea of a corporation having personal information about your child on file is deeply troubling.
The doll, priced at $74.99 is expected to come out this fall.