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How Will the New Model Law Affect New York Fashion Week Next Season?

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

Last night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill closing the legal loophole which treats under-18 models differently from other child performers. The legislation was lobbied for by The Model Alliance, a labor organization which was founded in February 2012 by former model (turned documentarian) Sara Ziff. From the outset, Ziff counted both top models (like Coco Rocha) and New York's most influential fashion institutions (like Vogue and the CFDA) among her supporters. The new law, which represents The Model Alliance's first legal victory, goes into effect in 30 days.

This afternoon, the CFDA issued an advisory to members, explaining how the new regulations might impact casting for next season's New York Fashion Week shows. Designers who wish to hire models younger than 18* will have to abide by a strict set of rules. 

A breakdown of the new rules, via the CFDA website:

  • Requirements of filing paperwork with the state
  • Limiting the work hours of models who are minors and letting them leave before midnight on school nights or 12:30 a.m. on weekends
  • Making sure that 15% of the model’s fee is put in a trust account until he or she is 18
  • Making sure that models do not miss 3 or more consecutive days of school without providing a tutor
  • For models under 16 (who would violate the CFDA Health Initiative rules for runway but might be used for junior or children’s lines, for example), must provide a chaperone

For designers who hope to continue casting their shows with underage girls, the new time constraints will pose a challenge — models report working long, late hours during fashion week. Last year, Jezebel uncovered the Tumblr of a 17-year-old model who described her grueling fashion week schedule — which included working over 30 hours, unpaid, for Marc Jacobs ahead of his NYFW show, often until 2 or 4 a.m. in the morning. 

This August we spoke with a producer at who suggested that under the new legislation, the challenges associated with hiring underage models might amplify the cachet of youth, tempting designers to bend the rules to work with super-young models: "A girl is a new type of special if a brand is willing to use her and just pay the fine. Ideally everyone will mind their P's and Q's, though. "

*As part of the organization's health initiative, the CFDA advises designers not hire models under 16, but doesn't enforce its guidelines. In fact, last year Marc Jacobs (a CFDA board member) was heavily criticized but faced no other repercussions when he cast two underage models in his Fall 2013 show. 

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eBay Presents the Future of Shopping: It Involves Pin-Boards and Pharrell

Image: Instagram/TheFashionSpotOfficial

Image: Instagram/TheFashionSpotOfficial

Earlier today, eBay hosted a press conference to unveil a series of new features, geared towards transforming the tech company's reputation. 

eBay wants to be seen as a retailer for new merchandise, and not just an auction site. In his opening remarks at this morning's event, company President Devin Wenig noted that 75% of goods listed on eBay are available for immediate purchase at a set retail price. 

The company has already begun to leverage its relationships with high-volume retailers like Macy's and Target with its same-day delivery service, eBay Now, which was previously limited to San Francisco and New York City. As of today, eBay Now has expanded its operations to the Chicago area and will continue to roll out to 25 cities by the end of next year. (Wenig hilariously described this initiative as "shopping locally.")

The second major component to eBay's announcement: The launch of a Pinterest-style proprietary image-driven social platform, called eBay Today, which will appear on the site's homepage. Users will be able to "curate" and share collections of shoppable items with other eBay visitors.

eBay tapped a broad range of influencers and celebrities to create some of the first collections for the site. Performer Pharrell Williams (who attended the conference this morning as eBay's confused celebrity guest), Mad Men costumer Janie Bryant and designer Chris Benz have already contributed pin boards to the site. 

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Link Buzz: Anna Wintour Reportedly Wants Lena Dunham for Vogue; Interview with Betty Halbreich


  • “Anna is trying to seduce Lena into bringing her next-generation audience into the Vogue brand." [RadarOnline]
  • Arizona Muse's ex-boyfriend and his woes continue to surface in the press. [PageSix]
  • Your LBD might be all the Halloween costume you need. [FabSugar]
  • Widows peakers, this way. [BellaSugar]
  • Watch Betty Halbreich discuss the "terrible thing" she does. [Fashionologie]
  • You can literally walk a mile in Lauren Conrad's $60 shoes. [SheFind]

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Terry Richardson’s Continued Relevance is Maybe Even More Disturbing than Terry Richardson Himself

Terry Richardson


First off: If you haven't already, you may want to head over to to sign a new petition urging big brands to cut ties with fashion photographer Terry Richardson. (Over 6,000 people have already signed — which is a lot, but well under the organizers' goal of 50,000 signatures.)

Another wave of public outrage has risen up against Terry's professional success, following his high-profile collaboration with Miley Cyrus (another controversial figure) for her very naked "Wrecking Ball" music video. 

Many question whether society should dole out its highest rewards (money, power, fame, respect) to a photographer who:

1) Allegedly thinks it's appropriate for his penis to be involved when young models visit his studio, hoping to get a big break in the fashion industry. 

2) Built his career with work that's more degrading and disturbing than most pornography. (Here's a very, very NSFW collection of his non-commercial, earlier work: — yes, didn't hyperlink that for a reason.)

Apart from gaining some notoriety, Richardson's position in the fashion world has been relatively unchanged since the burst of accusations against him in 2010 (most notably, by Jamie Peck in The Gloss). 

He continues to work extensively both for commercial brands (he did H&M's Summer 2013 campaign) and major magazines. He photographed the last four Harper's Bazaar covers, all featuring A-listers (Madonna, Miley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara). And the allegations didn't prevent Oprah, Lena Dunham or Beyonce (all three are vocal champions of women's rights) from posing for Richardson — the photographer even nabbed a shot with feminist icon Gloria Steinem

The petition emerged following a Huffington Post Live segment which questioned a group of panelists about Richardson's continued relevance within the fashion industry.  

"The reality is, until editors stop using him for covers, until Hollywood stars stop picking him as a photographer or a videographer for their shoots, he'll stay the way [he is]," said Financial Times fashion and luxury correspondent, Elizabeth Paton.

We've reached out to Harper's Bazaar to find out more about why so many companies and brands have maintained their professional relationship with him over the years. We'll report if we hear back. 

Read More

Terry Richardson Under Fire Again? Petition Calls For Fashion Boycott - Refinery29

Will Fashion Brands Actually Stop Working with Terry Richardson? - Fashionista

RelatedHey, Everyone: Stop Letting Terry Richardson Take Your Picture!


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Roksanda Ilincic’s New Mayfair Flagship

Elle Style Awards Press Room

Image: Lia Toby/

We’re big fans of designer Roksanda Ilincic’s work, especially her signature colorblocking that’s often the outfit of choice amongst British fashion ambassadors such as Samantha Cameron. Well, technically, colorblocking may not be Roksanda’s signature but you have to admit that she does do it so often and so well!

We’re excited to spread the news that this Central Saint Martins graduate is finally set to open a boutique, and has opted for the lucrative London Mayfair district as her location of choice. It’s aiming to open around the beginning of 2014, but in the meantime, there's no standard boarded up storefront with a "coming soon" sign; Ilincic has teamed up with designer Gary Card to transform the building site into an art installation complete with several of Ilincic’s designs.

So, now we’re wondering which exclusive London based boutique will open first, Ilincic's or Victoria Beckham’s? 

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The November Issue Of Vogue Australia Looks Like Tatler (Forum Buzz)

Erica Packer on Vogue Australia November 2013

image credit: via the tfs forums

“For those who aren't Australian, the cover model is Erica Packer, wife of James Packer. The Packers are certainly one of Australia's great dynastic families,” explained tFS forum member AL92 about the cover of Vogue Australia’s November 2013 issue, which was shot by Steven Chee and styled by Christine Centenera. He further added, “This [a bit of a] coup for Australian Vogue since James and Erica have just announced they are divorcing. This was shot in July, so well before the split. She's in Dior…I think the shoot is pretty much featuring all Dior since she's a client. I like this cover (subscriber's?), especially given it is a celebrity cover.”

Maybe this provided information influenced the opinion of other forum members on this cover? The majority of people who commented were not excited by the fact that Vogue Australia went for such a tabloid-y direction in its latest issue.


Jeffandtheworld was hoping this was not the actual cover and commented, “Maybe a supplement? Could be a Hello! magazine if that is a real cover.”

“It's boring and looks like a Tatler or Hola cover indeed,” agreed Bertrando3

“Indeed, very Tatler and extremely bland — so yeah, very Tatler,” wrote vogue28 

And YoninahAliza analyzed, “I think the cover looks nice, I like the way she's styled and the outdoors shot. Though I think it's a bit funny that they chose someone whose story seems like it's tabloid worthy. I wonder if they were going to use these pictures for a story on the inside and then when the divorce was announced they decided to capitalize on it? Certainly seems like it.”

Although Erica Packer is wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture on the cover and the shot itself is quite nice, this does not feel like a cover of a high fashion magazine and it is an extremely unremarkable cover for any edition of Vogue.

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