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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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First Lady Michelle Obama Delights on InStyle’s Gorgeous and Inviting October Cover (Forum Buzz)

InStyle continues to set standards high, creating stunning covers one after the other (not to mention delivering diverse cover subjects on a regular basis). Kerry Washington graced the title’s September edition, which received rave reviews, and now InStyle has secured none other than First Lady Michelle Obama for October. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside, Michelle wears a gorgeous teal Brandon Maxwell dress and our forum members couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome. 

US InStyle October 2016 : Michelle Obama by Thomas Whiteside


Forum members were in utter awe. “Stunning, beautiful cover,” praised TeeVanity immediately, about to set the tone for comments to come.

“OMG! This absolutely stunning! I love the colors and Michelle’s smile is contagious. I cannot wait till I get my hands on this issue,” raved RanThe. (more…)

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Here’s What Actually Happened at the Controversy-Stirring Yeezy Season 4 Show

Tyga, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Carine Roitfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City.

Tyga, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Carine Roitfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City; Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4

While Kanye West drew the ire of fans of all races with his call for “multiracial” models only, after the designer’s Yeezy Season 4 show, Twitter was singing a much different tune.

Both the lucky(-ish) guests who took beleaguering bus rides to Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park and those who watched the event via Jay Z’s Tidal were impressed by the hundreds of diverse (in terms of both skin tone and size) models who sat on the scorching grass and walked the triangular runway.

48 hours before Teyana Taylor (star of West’s “Fade” video), Chanel Iman, Braina Laviena, Amina Blue, Sophia Richie and many, many more showcased Yeezy’s collection of cream, brown and pistachio-colored knits, the rapper sat down with Vogue to address the casting uproar, pointing out, “The ten thousand people that showed up didn’t have a problem with it.” (more…)

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Mariacarla Boscono Is a Refreshing Cover Choice for UK Harper’s Bazaar October (Forum Buzz)

Is the staff at British Harper’s Bazaar feeling OK? Models on the cover two months in a row, what have we done to deserve this? Shunning the usual celebrity cover subjects, Bazaar has tapped Mariacarla Boscono to follow in the footsteps of models Daria Werbowy and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who’ve each graced the cover of U.K. Bazaar this year. Catching us off guard, the Italian beauty is a welcome sight as she serves up a trio of covers shot by Nico Bustos for the title’s October 2016 edition and we’re loving it — mostly.

UK Harper's Bazaar October 2016 : Mariacarla Boscono by Nico Bustos


Members of our forums soon ignited a debate. “Unusual for Bazaar and an unexpected choice, I like it. October issues are always so much better than the September ones,” championed a pleasantly surprised honeycombchild.

“Lovely! Simple but effective,” added rox_yr_sox. (more…)

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Joan Smalls, Kate Upton and Emily Ratajkowski Each Land a Glamour Cover for October (Forum Buzz)

Models on the covers of mainstream fashion glossies are unfortunately a rarity nowadays, so you can imagine our delight whenever one turns up. Having already impressed with Bella Hadid‘s gorgeous cover last month, Glamour keeps the standard up for October with not one, but three models. Joan Smalls, Kate Upton and Emily Ratajkowski were each handed a solo cover, shot by Carter Smith. Who came out on top, you ask?

US Glamour October 2016 : Joan Smalls, Kate Upton & Emily Ratjakowski by Carter Smith


“So it’s back to back model covers for Glamour, which is quite impressive… Kate’s cover looks the best so far, but I like what Joan’s wearing. It has that effortless and approachable vibe which works for Glamour,” raved Benn98 the second the covers dropped.

“How wonderful to see them embracing more model covers, and I like all three actually. Would definitely pick up the Kate Upton one though. Glamour is doing great this year!” Miss Dalloway approved moments later. (more…)

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Katy Perry’s New Footwear Line Is as Fun and Quirky as You’d Expect

Katy Perry: pop star turned footwear mogul

Image: Rony Alwin/WWD

When we think Katy Perry, we think bold personality, cute little kitties, anthropomorphic cupcakes and prismatic wigs. Which is why we were unsurprised to see that the pop princess’ new shoe line, made in partnership with Hong-Kong-based Global Brands Group, looks like a pair of Rochas heels married some Jeremy Scott jellies and reproduced (like) bunnies. And we mean that in a good way.

This is only the first of many creative projects we can expect from the Covergirl and Coty collaborator and Global Brands Group, whose business relationship will extend over the next several years. “This is an actual business for me; it’s different from some of my other things that are more endorsements. This is a real creation, a 50-50 deal. I’m not doing it because of anything other than it’s my baby and I need someone to help me distribute it across the world. I trust Global and I need their expertise, so it’s going to be one of those things that in the long run will hopefully pay off. I just have to pay attention every step of the way and learn a lot and apply it,” she told WWD. In other words, an accessories and even apparel line may be in our future. (more…)

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