The latest contribution to the conversation about fashion bloggers, old guard editors and street style photography comes from Garage Magazine. The publication's editor-in-chief, Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova, and filmmaker Andinh Ha set out to make a short documentary about the so-called "concrete catwalk."
Even though it's never explicitly stated, the film is foregrounded in the debate set off by a recent Suzy Menkes T Magazine piece, The Circus of Fashion, which took issue with the way street style bloggers and well, the whole Internet basically, have contributed to the celebification of fashion and a flashier, outré manner of dressing.
Through a series of interviews with fashion industry people ranging from Style.com's Tim Blanks to fashion blog pioneer Susie Bubble, Zhukova and Ha's documentary links the new crop of street style stars to the nineties rise of the supermodel, reality television and Hollywood's turn away from classic glamour. The whole thing is smart and nicely done short but most importantly, Streetpeeper's Phil Oh does his interview while taking a bath, a charming touch.
I know that now is not the time to be talking about Canada Goose clothing — please, my parka is already boxed up and ready for a six month basement vacation as we speak — but as winter clothing goes on sale for bargain bin prices this month, it's worth talking about cheap knockoffs.
Not long ago, I posted a story about Canada's counterfeit culture and, to tie in with this, the iconic Canadian manufacturer is launching its own anti-counterfeit measures alongside those recently tabled in Ottawa (see Parliament's Bill-C56 if you want to get your political learning on).
"Canadians have long been victims to the illicit counterfeit trade and the new measures announced today should be welcome news for consumers, businesses and retailers alike," said Kevin Spreekmeester, Vice President of Global Marketing at Canada Goose and Co-Chair of the Canadian Intellectual Property Council in a press release. "The strengthened border measures will play a vital role in protecting jobs for Canadian manufacturers, as well as unsuspecting consumers looking for bargains from those that would do them harm."
"Looking for bargains" is the operative phrase. If you see a slashed price Canada Goose for sale online, there are now ways to check its authenticity:
On the Canada Goose website, consumers can enter the URL of any website they believe may be selling counterfeit merchandise, to immediately verify whether or not it is an Authorized Retailer.
Every Canada Goose jacket and accessory includes a hologram in its seam as proof of authenticity.
Canada Goose continuously works with law enforcement agencies, border protection services and financial institutions around the world, and has hired third-party online brand protection agencies to stop the sales of counterfeit products online.
With all that said, it's also worth remembering that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. As a rule, Canada Goose (like Louis Vuitton) never goes on sale, whether it's Boxing Day, the middle of January, or the blistering heat of August. If you're reluctant to spend on the $600+ price tag, you may want to consider some other options like Express (currently trimming 30% off their outerwear) or even the luxe Mackage (offering up to a whopping 50% off some of their last season threads). Let's be honest, hasn't it gotten to the point where everyone is now wearing the same freaking coat?
With the launch date of Elle Australia slated for September, the magazine has found an editor in Justine Cullen of Shop Til You Drop.
Cullen has been praised for steering Shop Til You Drop to the position of Australia’s highest selling fashion magazine, and has been rumoured as a favourite for the Elle position for months. Among those considered for the coveted role were ex-Vogue editor Kirstie Clements, UK Glamour’s Jo Elvin and Gourmet Traveller’s Anthea Louvas.
In contrast, Cullen has never before worked on a luxury title, but considering a lack of receptiveness to digital media is said to be one of the reasons Clements was ditched by Vogue, industry experience is far from the only factor at play. Throw in the recent demise of the poorly-performing Grazia and the entry of 10 Magazine onto the scene, and fresh blood is looking like a major asset.
Elle Australia will launch as a joint venture between Hearst Magazines International and Bauer Media Group, which acquired ACP last year and also publishes Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Madison. As the glossiest jewel in Bauer’s crown, Elle will face stiff competition from Vogue, InStyle and Marie Claire.
Dove Canada, longtime advocates of "real beauty," have taken their campaign against Photoshop to a whole new level of borderline hacktivism.
The whoelsome skin care company that practically raised your grandparents has sneakily rolled out a Photoshop Action (a kind of plug-in) that reverts edited images back to their original, un-airbrushed state. Dove Canada made the action available online through various channels (like Reddit) and while the downloadable file promised to beautify images by adding "a fake skin glow" with a single click, in reality it reverted the photo back to its original state, while adding a banner that says: "Don’t manipulate our perceptions of Real Beauty." Here's a screenshot of the original post, as it first appeared on Reddit and caught by Twirlit.com:
The false claim to "give skin a beautiful glow while hiding all the imperfections" basically makes this plug-in malware no? In a statement and video explaining the action (which you can view below), Dove Canada says the goal of the Photoshop file was to target art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers — that is, those responsible for manipulating images — in an effort to "put a stop to the negative beauty messages we send and receive every day via our social networks."
For the past decade, the company has been fighting against the media’s unrealistic and overly idealized portrayals of women with their "Campaign for Real Beauty," a crusade first conceived by the Toronto branch of Ogilvy & Mather. As part of its latest stunt, Dove and Ogilvy is also launching a larger social campaign called #DovePositiveChange, which includes a new Facebook app called "Ad Makeover" allowing Canadian women to replace negative ads on the social networking site with "words of affirmation." This from the same company (Unilever) that sells Ax body spray, the manly-man scent that attracts all those super hot femmebots in its commercials.
Sure, the Photoshop plug-in is a throwaway stunt, but maybe Dove should begin practicing what it preaches before doling out "words of affirmation."
I'm sorry, were you under the impression that you could get out of this post without watching a Tina Turner music video? Here's "What's Love Got To Do With It," which was filmed in 1984. The orange lipstick (and really, the whole beauty look, even including that intense spiky bleached pseudo-mohawk) became an iconic Tina thing, and you can see for yourself how it's referenced in the cover above.
Please: more talented, smiling, non-white, non-teenagers looking phenomenal on the covers of fashion magazines!