When your mother has become something of a fashion icon built in your father’s image, you’ll probably grow up having strong opinions about fashion. Such seems to be the case with North West, at least according to her mother Kim Kardashian West. The reality TV star is releasing the latest Kardashian Kids collection, and sat down with Vogue to chat about her latest endeavor. Of course, no interview with Kim about children’s clothes would be complete without a discussion about young North West’s sartorial proclivities, and Ms. Kardashian West was only happy to offer up the deets on her 22-month-old daughter’s favorite things to wear. “Every day she wakes up and says ‘shoes,’” the reality TV star said. “You have to bargain with her—before you change her diaper she needs a pair of shoes on.”
But footwear isn’t the only feature of little Nori’s accessories game. “North does love handbags,” Kardashian West told the mag. “And anything where there’s a little bit of glitz.” But much like her daddy, there are certain fashion items Nori simply cannot stand. She is not yet old enough to go on a Twitter rant about her sartorial peeves, so her mother instead takes up the cross in explaining the kind of sh*t Nori don’t like – for example, headbands. “She hasn’t been the biggest fan of keeping something on her head,” Kardashian West said.
Easter services (pictured above) must have been North’s worst accessory nightmare, then.
Our forums were set ablaze as Harper’s Bazaar unveiled a model on the cover of its latest issue. We’re thrilled to see Anna Ewers front the May 2015 edition of the mag, after the publication failed miserably last month with actress Julianne Moore. Bazaar certainly redeems itself this time around, scoring model-of-the-moment Anna, pictured on the newsstand cover below oozing a huge amount of sex appeal, while channeling Brigitte Bardot. The current face of Alexander Wang posed for Norman Jean Roy with soft, tousled waves and a smouldering smoky eye teamed with a shimmering gold dress selected by George Cortina. Bazaar nailed it, fair and square.
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It should come as no surprise that our forum members were quick to express their views. “Whoa actually such a strong image of Anna that not even the horrible text layout (banner in 2015, really?) can ruin it. This is huge for her to score the cover, wow,” Miss Dalloway hailed right away.
“The reign of Anna continues! I am so thrilled to see her on the cover of US Bazaar! True supermodel in the making!” echoed Nepenthes.
Sharing the same sentiments was andypolanco: “I’m so so happy for her. She is legit the next big SUPERMODEL.”
Forum member gossiping couldn’t resist complimenting, “Anna is such a star. Her face is so extraordinary, I love it.”
For the sake of diversity, however, not everyone was completely satisfied. “The cover is boring, but I’m glad to see the real models on the covers of American mags,” noted burbuja8910.
KissMiss felt the same way. “Everything about this cover is kind of horrible but she is so beautiful and the image itself is so strong that it works. She is a new Bardot!”
H&M continues its commitment to creating a more conscious business by releasing their 13th annual sustainability report, an overview on how the company is doing in reaching its goals of creating a more environmentally sound business and measuring up to human rights and workplace equality ideals.
In 2014, H&M remained the industry’s top user of organic cotton and used the equivalent of 40 million PET bottles to create garments crafted from recycled polyester. The retailer also outlined a plan to commit to using renewable electricity where it is available by the end of this year. They are hoping that the share of renewable energy they use will leap to 80% (from 27% in 2014) in H&M-related locations, including warehouses, stores and corporate offices by the end of 2015.
H&M also boasts a very high ratio of female staff, noting that 78% of its staff are women, and that women make up 72% of the managerial positions. H&M is also putting a focus on animal rights, launching a plan which they hope will lead them to using 100% certified down by the end of the year, with the same goals for sourcing wool by 2017. They have also set a goal to use certified organic cotton or recycled cotton 100% of the time by 2020. In 2014, they note that out of their total cotton use, 21.2% was sustainable.
H&M is also committed to furthering the conditions of the workers in their supplier factories, conditions that we well know are more than sub-par for many garment workers. But it’s clear there is still a lot of work to do on that end for the retailer. In 2014, only one of their strategic supplier factories had a fair living wage system. H&M is hoping to increase that to 60 by the end of the year, and to 550 by 2018.
You can read the entire report at H&M’s website to see how well they’re doing in making sure their business is kinder to our planet and its people.
If you’ve ever owned a pair of Frye boots, you know that craftsmanship is paramount to the brand. In an age of fast-fashion, The Frye Company continues its time-honored tradition of providing a sturdy, durable, high-quality product that will last you years. To honor fellow artisans who handcraft in a machine-made age, the Frye Company is debuting a new Instagram series called “Meet Our Makers.”
Filmed by Kevin Lu of Sweat Engine, the original series features 15 second shorts with some of the most noteworthy craftsmen and women in New York, including woodworker Arielle Alasko, who launched the series this week (see video above), Giles and Henry of Two Hands NYC and Susannah Tisue of SKT Ceramics. For the next 10 weeks, a new #MeetOurMaker video will premiere at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at @thefryecompany. For a short teaser of what’s to come, sit back and watch the trailer above, and be sure to tune in tonight at 7 p.m. for the next installment.
Karlie Kloss is out here making some serious moves. Between investing in eco-friendly cool girl brand Reformation, enrolling as a student at NYU and being a jet-setting model, Karlie is building herself into a bona fide mogul. For her latest project, she’s giving back to the community to foster the careers of future women by launching a new scholarship for teenage girls interested in coding.
In partnership with the Flatiron School, an institution that teaches kids and adults how to code, Karlie is helping provide a way for 20 girls across America, age 13 to 18, to take Flatiron’s two week pre-college course in coding tuition free. Of the 20 scholarships, 10 girls from New York will be selected to participate, while the other 10 slots will be awarded to girls from out of state. There are different locations all over the country (Miami, Austin, San Francisco, Greenwich, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles) that non-New Yorkers can visit in order to take the course.
Karlie herself has dabbled in the coding world, having taken a course at the Flatiron School last year. She and the school are inviting girls to record short videos explaining why they want to learn to code in order to be considered for a slot in the program. “Code is only going to continue to play a major role in defining our future,” Karlie said. “I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we as young women have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like.”
You can apply for the course online with the application deadline ending May 1. The Flatiron School will announce the 20 winners come May 10.
Fashion is a force so strong that some people are willing to break the law for it. Just ask Iman, who admits her first time in America may not have been a completely legal visit. The legendary supermodel admitted to The Cut that as a youngster, still under the tender age of 18, she fibbed in order to get a passport to be able to enter the United States. “To leave Kenya to come to the United States, to get a passport, you had to be 18,” she said. “So I lied and said I was 19 to get the passport, because [otherwise] I had to have permission from my parents, and my parents would never have let me come.”
But like all of us who went behind our parents’ back as teenagers, she couldn’t keep the secret of her big, illegal trip to America safe from her parents. “You know how they found out? I was in Newsweek a week later. It’s the only magazine my father reads, and the next thing, he’s reading, and there’s a picture of me in New York, [saying,] ‘She’s the hottest model now.’” Oops! Hard to keep a secret when your teenage rebellion unwittingly makes you one of the most in-demand faces in the industry.