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Tim Gunn Just Dragged the Fashion Industry for Failing Plus-Size Women

Tim Gunn poses backstage at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

Tim Gunn poses backstage at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week; Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

In Thursday’s Washington Post, Tim Gunn (design educator, author, Project Runway co-host, tFS guest editor and newly-anointed mic dropper) penned an essay entitled, “Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.” As you may have gleaned from the title, Gunn’s candid, acerbic observations on the fashion industry’s mishandling of the plus-size consumer are the best thing you’ll read all week.

Framed in the context of New York Fashion Week, wherein plus-size models rarely grace the runways, Gunn called out the many “baffling” ways in which the American fashion industry has turned its back on the country’s 100 million plus-size women.

Gunn’s thesis is the following: the average American woman, who wears between a size 16 and a size 18, suffers from a lack of options when it comes to dressing. For this, he unequivocally blames the designers: “Many designers — dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk — still refuse to make clothes for them.”

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Gunn even offered a few appalling, unapologetic quotes from his colleagues. “I’ve spoken to many designers and merchandisers about this. The overwhelming response is, ‘I’m not interested in her.’ Why? ‘I don’t want her wearing my clothes.’ Why? ‘She won’t look the way that I want her to look.’ They say the plus-size woman is complicated, different and difficult, that no two size 16s are alike.” (more…)

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Zadie Smith Is The Gentlewoman’s Refreshingly Intelligent Cover Subject (Forum Buzz)

Our forums have been huge advocates for just about everything The Gentlewoman has produced over the years and it should come as no surprise that we’re head over heels for the the magazine’s latest. Knocking it out of the park once again, the biannual title tapped British writer Zadie Smith as this season’s cover girl, following in the footsteps of Kirsten Dunst, Léa Seydoux and Beyoncé. Photographed by Dutch photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Zadie looks fantastic in the colorful portrait shot.

The Gentlewoman #14 Fall/Winter 2016 : Zadie Smith by Inez & Vinoodh

IMAGE: THEGENTLEWOMAN.CO.UK

The cover was embraced by our forum members immediately. “Yes! This is amazing. The styling, the colors, Zadie… everything! Can’t wait to get this,” said mistress_f the moment the cover dropped.

“Everything about this is exquisite – the styling, the colors, and of course the incredible cover subject! As you might have guessed already, I adore Zadie. I will be rushing to the stands for this one,” informed a delighted VogueDisciple93. (more…)

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Kaia Gerber Proves She Was Literally Born to Model for Marc Jacobs Beauty

Kaia Gerber in the spring 2017 Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign.

Image: Marc Jacobs Beauty

Lily-Rose Depp for Chanel Fragrance, Zoe Kravitz for YSL Beauty and now Kaia Gerber for Marc Jacobs Beauty — 2016 has been quite a year for celebrity offspring with industry connections and their moms’ knack for modeling.


On Thursday, Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed #coolteen Kaia Gerber as its newest face. Yes, the IMG signee, Breakthrough Model of the Year and face of Pop magazine’s September issue (her first solo cover, we might add) is about to be swimming in all the complimentary Air Blush, Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer and Fineliner she can carry. (Insert wistful sigh here.)

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Kendall Jenner Lands Yet Another Vogue Cover This Month! (Forum Buzz)

Kendall Jenner continues to impress fashion editors across the globe, managing to secure Vogue covers on just about every continent. She was U.S. Vogue‘s September cover girl and recently starred on Vogue Japan and Vogue Australia, and now appears on the cover of Vogue Germany. With three major covers for the month of October (and counting), Kendall was once again captured by photographic duo Luigi & Iango and wears a mix of Miu Miu, Prada and Helmut Lang on German Vogue‘s newly-unveiled installment. 

Vogue Germany October 2016 : Kendall Jenner by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

As per usual, the cover received a healthy amount of forum buzz the moment it dropped. “What the hell, did they seriously use a picture from the Vogue Japan shoot?” questioned Marc10 at once, recognizing some evident similarities between the two.

“Haha, it’s an original shoot for them, I guess it speaks volumes. She is everywhere, at least Bella is more engaging. I don’t even hate Kendall like so many around here, but it is getting to be too much seeing her on all the covers with such little modeling variation!” replied Miss Dalloway. (more…)

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Rihanna Channels Marie Antoinette on the Cover of CR Fashion Book Issue 9

CR Fashion Book has been teasing us for weeks, generating buzz and getting us all hyped up for the release of its ninth installment by unveiling all sorts of previews of the upcoming Fall/Winter issue. Our forums first assumed Joan Smalls and Fernanda Ly were featured on covers, but then came another teaser featuring Lindsey Wixson and Ruth Bell. It seems that we were all fooled, however, as Rihanna has just been announced the CR Fashion Book official cover star for Issue 9.

CR Fashion Book #9 : Rihanna by Terry Richardson

IMAGE: CRFASHIONBOOK.COM

Magazine founder Carine Roitfeld has managed to secure covers for her namesake publication with the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga for previous editions, so a cover featuring Rihanna has most definitely been long overdue. Better late than never, the Barbadian singer posed for controversial photographer Terry Richardson while channeling the ill-fated Marie Antoinette. Rihanna looks perfectly comfortable playing up to Roitfeld’s saucy interpretation of the last queen of France and slays — as usual. On cover one (above), Rihanna nails it in a coat and necklace from Christian Dior worn over a Kunza Corsetorium corset. In the second cover (below), Roitfeld selected a top by Dilara Findikoglu for the singer as she puffs away on a cigar. Oh là là! (more…)

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Watch: A Fashion Writer Demonstrates How Absurd the Industry’s Definition of Sample Size Really Is

Fashion Week is upon us and the demand for racial inclusion on the runways is louder than ever. The CFDA even sent its members a how-to on diversifying their runways. A poorly-worded casting call from Kanye West, who consciously celebrates black beauty in his Yeezy collections, was enough to nearly break the Internet.

But what of the plus-size community? Last season, there were only six plus-size model appearances in all the shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London. That’s down from 14 plus-size model appearances on the Spring 2016 runways. Yet there was no mention of size representation in the CFDA’s carefully scripted outline.

While the jury is still out on Spring 2017, based on recent events (among them Leslie Jones’ Ghostbusters premiere drama) we doubt we’ll be seeing many curvy models on the runways. The fact that clothing samples are traditionally sized between 0 and 4 is at least partially to blame for the runways’ lack of body acceptance. Were designers obligated to make a wider range of sizes during preproduction, they’d probably be less averse to casting curvier women. (more…)

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