Rick Owens’ groundbreaking Spring 2014 show was the talk of the town during Paris Fashion Week. The designer’s decision to cast a troupe of step dancers of all shapes, sizes and races made his presentation one of the most talked about that year and was a perfect example of how wonderful it is to see diversity of all kinds on a major fashion runway.
Knowing fashion’s ongoing struggles with diversity, Rick Owens tells Another magazine that he was trying to figure out how to approach the topic without seeming disingenuous. “We’re going to have to talk about race at some point. And how does someone like me do that without sounding completely condescending?” he said. “I don’t know; it’s a delicate thing.”
As a white male, Owens realizes that making a comment on diversity might not be his venue, but he carefully pursued his mission to create a great presentation that showcased the beauty of women of different ethnicities. “I knew that, at the first level doing the show in that way was cool and that at the second level it was not something I’m supposed to mess with,” he explains. “I wasn’t presenting black women as Naomi Campbell. They weren’t glamazons. I was presenting them as tough and strong. They weren’t wearing beautiful make-up. They weren’t wearing pretty things. They were wearing athletic clothes, even aggressive ones.”
His show was greeted with overwhelmingly positive reviews, but Owens realizes that one presentation isn’t going to dismantle fashion’s problems with diversity. “I can see that the show was not necessarily what the black community was looking for,” he said. “It could have been seen as offensive. It could have been seen as insensitive. Or it could be so insensitive that it was like a big ‘fuck you’ to everything, like, ‘we’re just doing this because we want to’. And that’s basically what it was. To me, the dancers looked sexy, totally juicy – wonderful. I wasn’t so nervous about a negative response. I never really am.”
Gemma Ward’s wide-eyed babydoll look made her one of the most in-demand models of the aughts, and now that she’s having something of a comeback, the world is loving her even more. But Ward isn’t necessarily keen on the looks that made her famous.
“Sometimes I wish that I didn’t look like an alien,” Ward told news.com.au. “I was probably aware of it (that I looked different) but it gets more heightened as you get older.” But she’s not complaining. “It can be great to look striking and different and you can embrace that if that’s what you’ve got going for you.”
Ward also talked about her six-year hiatus when she took time off from modeling to pursue other projects. Turns out, her break from the fashion world was much longer than she expected it to be. “I was searching for ways to define myself away from modelling and also just exploring things that were already a part of me, like writing and playing music and painting,” she explained. “I didn’t intend in the beginning for it (the break) to take so long but I’m really glad that I took the time and I feel like it’s been enriching.”
Ah, the life of a top model. One day, you’re riding high booking magazine covers, the next day you’re so over it, you spend your time painting landscapes and recording songs in Garage Band. We should all be so lucky.
Between the daily barrage of Instagram photos, tweets, promos and tabloid exclusives, it might seem as if we already know what a day in the life of Kim Kardashian is like. But just so the world is 100% clear on the reality star’s day-to-day, she’s offered a rundown for Harper’s Bazaar.
It turns out, Kim is almost as boring as the rest of us. She eats. She jogs. She checks up on her kid. She sends a million text messages – the only difference between her and the rest of us is that she’s famous and many days consist of photo shoots and appearances. But one thing of note is how often she switches up her diet – and it’s a lot.
“Kanye loves to eat really healthy and is always on different diets,” she explains. “He has a chef who comes in the morning and cooks breakfast for both of us and gets our meal plans together for the day. We just started seeing a nutritionist who changes our diet every 10 days.”
That sounds like more maintenance than Gwyneth Paltrow’s $300 dollar a day diet. But when you’ve got someone cooking your meals for you, it’s probably not that hard. Kardashian also dishes a bit on her forthcoming selfie book, aptly titled Selfish, which according to her has been several years in the making – she just didn’t know it yet.
“I started taking pictures years ago, around 2006, and I kept them, all organized on my computer in folders,” she says. “We didn’t call them selfies back then. I had no idea what I was saving, just memories, really. This book is filled with so many good memories, and they all tell the story of the year when they were taken.”
Also, unlike certain Presidents of the United States, Kim doesn’t use any special tools to take her pictures. “I don’t have a selfie stick; I just take photos with my iPhone.”
Our forums were treated to an exclusive first look at H&M‘s newest campaign and we’re delighted with the A-list casting. Heavyweight models Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Natasha Poly show off the Swedish retailer’s bohemian-inspired swimwear and summer collection, photographed by Lachlan Bailey on the picturesque shores of Antigua.
Our forum members were quick to respond. “Amazing A-list cast. They make this look like a Cavalli campaign!” raved DutchHomme, hitting us off on a positive note.
“Fantastic casting!!” justaguy repeated right away.
In agreement was Nymphaea, who declared the girls were an “amazing foursome.”
Forum member fashionlover2001 continued to share the same sentiments by writing, “The first thing that came to mind was what a wonderful cast. Top models all the way. And the campaign looks well executed. Joan and Natasha look like pure perfection. Actually all the models look great!”
But not everyone was in the mood. “I don’t like the shot, it looks awful. Why does my Doutzen and Natasha look so unrecognizable? I’m angry! Hopefully the rest of it will look better. I see Adriana got the most terrible look,” Benn98 complained.
“The four are great models, but this is all they get? It’s a bit poor, imo. Natasha’s pose is weird and I don’t like how her hair looks. I don’t like Joan’s legs, it looks weird. Doutzen is only decent in the shot. I can’t feel the connection between them, which is sad. Hopefully, there are other shots better than this one,” added an optimistic thatsfierce.
Check out some more images from the campaign and join the discussion here.
Must be something in the water, but as of late it seems like everyone is obsessed with watching celebrities lip sync songs. For some reason nothing is more compelling than watching famous people do what we do in our rooms every morning while getting ready. So Justin Bieber got a couple of his famous friends — including Ariana Grande, Lance Bass, Kendall Jenner, Empire‘s Bryshere Gray, Jeremy Scott (in a Moschino sweatshirt, of course!) and more — to pay tribute to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You.”
Bieber and friends bounce around to the peppy pop tune, and in the middle of the song, Jenner jokingly tells Bieber she’s pregnant (don’t worry, it’s part of the original song, too.) So if you’re keen on watching Justin Bieber flex, Ariana Grande toss her hair and Kendall Jenner be… Kendall, the next three and a half minutes should be absolute bliss for you.
As the world waits expectantly for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, ABC is releasing short teasers to get us all juiced for the forthcoming sit-down between the journalist and the Olympian-cum-reality TV dad. Earlier this week, ABC dropped a promo spot for the broadcast, full of 80s guitar riffs and plenty of shadows. Now, the network has released another ad for the interview and this time, there are fewer shadows and Bruce actually speaks.
Of course, he says absolutely nothing to hint at what he’ll be talking about through the interview, though everyone is pretty sure he’ll be addressing rumors that he’s transitioning to become a woman. For this teaser, Bruce offers only one sentence, “My whole life has been getting me ready for this,” which tells us absolutely nothing.
OK ABC, we get it. You want us to watch the interview. We were already going to, but we humbly request that the next teaser gives us just a little more tea.