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Rita Ora in DKNY Resort 2014 Campaign

DKNY RESORT 01DKNY RESORT 02DKNY RESORT 04It only makes logical sense for New York brand to use New York city as a backdrop for an awesome rock ‘n roll campaign. New York seems to reflect the message and direction of this Resort 2014 collection the best. It’s not about red carpet fashion or elegance, its about real street style.

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Rita Ora is irresistible while she poses for the fashion house of DKNY. The pictures are bright, portray emotive messages and a delightful mood which is a complete winning combination.

 I love them!

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Animal Nursery Editorial Controversy

Hi Poutlings

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Here are some photos from a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot featuring Kate Upton and some exotic fur babies. There is a lot of controversy, of course, as there always is with Miss Upton. However, before I touch on that, please can I confess – I love Kate’s styling in these photos. It’s very retro, but it’s incredibly flattering. I love the fact that no boobs are pushed on you when looking at these images, and I lovelovelove the fact that Bazaar has some hair and makeup people who weren’t hypnotised by her boobies and actually put some great effort in to make her look great!

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The controversy? The editorial is aptly named “The Animal Nursery” and the theme is that Kate, is not only a largely talented breasted model, acting as a nurse to baby animals, and she poses winningly while holding up various kinds of animals.

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The shoot was styled by Carine Roitfeld and it will appear in all 26 international editions of the magazine. This is hardly the first time a major fashion magazine appears tone deaf about how fashion editorials are accessorised. Vogue recently went under fire by using actual babies as accessories for fashion shoots, and just a couple of months ago, Vogue did an absolutely terrible shoot in the areas of New York which were drastically affected by Hurricane Sandy. So, where does “using endangered baby animals”” fall on the list of editorial disasters?

Fashionista reached out to Harper’s Bazaar, but no one at the magazine would issue any statements. Fashionista also reached out to Zoological Wildlife Foundation, which apparently provided the animals for the shoot, and they wouldn’t go on record either. But, as always PETA did, FYI – I am not a fan of PETA however their statement was interesting…

“The gibbon featured in the photographs is an infant and should be with his mother at all times. Besides the emotional trauma that he has undoubtedly suffered as a result of the separation, his delicate immune system is still developing, and he is susceptible to illness that humans carry. All the animals in the photographs are endangered and should be protected rather than being treated like props.”

Now, PETA, are melodramatic all the time, however – if all of what they are saying is true, (I’m not claiming to know because I am not a vet), then the gibbon should most definitely be with its mother. Damn. As for the little tiger… I think he is adorable. I wish he would follow me home and he could be my tiger for life. I bet he has super sharp kitten claws though… and to honest, that is what bothers me most about this shoot – that they had all those babies together on the set. What if the baby tiger thought the gibbon was a playmate and those kitten claws come out and then…? Disaster.

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Anyway, what are your thoughts?

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US Vogue : Bad Taste of Heartfelt Artistic Homage?

Hiya Poutlings

For its February issue, US Vogue employed Annie Leibovitz to shoot an editorial drawing attention to the relief efforts of the first response emergency services during and in the aftermath of the superstorm Sandy in November 2012.

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There is an understandable air of “WTF” around these images that seem tot want to do good, but are clearly rewarding Anna Wintour’s high-fashion advertisers. In promoting goodwill and bravery and dedication of these men and women who have worked tirelessly to get New York back on its feet, is Vogue just lining the pockets of Oscar De La Renta et al?

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Though Vogue supported “Fashion for Sandy Relief Auction” and is said to have raised $1.7 million (roughly R13,600,000) and global awareness for the cause, this spread can’t help but leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Couldn’t we have just seen pictures of the actual stars – and omitted Karlie Kloss and co. from the proceedings? A non-fashion shoot would have made a bigger statement and celebrated the efforts appropriately – Vogue donating pages to the cause.

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I have a strong stance that fashion editorials pegged on natural disasters or any disaster fro that matter are in bad taste and whilst I applaud the the $1.7 million that Vogue’s auction has raised, I believe the Annie Liebowitz images would have been stronger without the fluffy watering down element that sticking models into the pictures brings.

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However, does the spread with the $1.7million raised from the charity auction justify it? It may, just. Oscar de La Renta was a participant in the auction and while so many people have lost everything, is the awareness better than nothing?

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Bad taste or a heartfelt artistic homage?

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thoughts?

*missfitz

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MALE MODELS : The Female Species

Hiyaa Poutlings!

Andrej Pejic, *clickety click* the androgynous, biologically male beauty who rose to notriety as a working female model, ushered in the changing tides of a new non-gender conformative face to fashion. Cast in editorial and runway positions that were previously only filled by women, he became the singular poster child for a new born generation in the world of modeling with no trappings of traditional gender roles or the gender bender as I like to refer to it.

But don’t ask Casey Legler about terms like gender identity and gender expression : for the New York City based “art maker“, the topic is not sex, it’s freedom.

“It would be a really beautiful thing if we could all just wear what we wanted, without it meaning something.”

Casey Legler is a former Olympic swimmer – so it seems understandable, if not expected, progession that she, at a striking, willowy 6″2′, is one of the first (if not the first) women to be signed exclusively to a men’s modeling contract.

After participating in the Olympics for her home country of France at the age of 18, Casey paved her way as an artist working with multiple mediums. Her art, which she frequently appears in, reflects on overriding themes like the constructs of time, ritual and the human body, and it’s her work that led her to an entry into modeling – friend and high profile photographer Cass Bird asked Legler to improvise a man’s role for a shoot in Muse magazine this past summer. The editoral found its way to the desk of an agent at Ford Models, and Legler was signed to their male roster the next day.

As her for her future in the industry, Casey is optimistic.

“I wish a long and slow career for myself, for everyone.”

Yes, you will be seeing her on the runway early next year – Casey will walk in shows in both Paris and New York for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season.

*missfitz

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THE BLACK ISSUE : Pioneering Models of Colour

Hellooo Poutlings!

With living in South Africa, the racism card likes to be used often, because of our troubled past. Unfortunately, I do not believe this will ever go away, but what people do not realise is that it is not only South Africa that has overcome problems when it comes to racism.

Enter, the modeling industry. Diversity has never been the modeling industry’s strong card, as highlighted by Vogue Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” from 2008. What was so groundbreaking was the fact that it happened at all – an international fashion magazine drawing attention to racism in its own industry.

With this in mind, I’d like to point out that before this publication, “The Black Issue“, there was a massive movement of women of colour fighting for their rights to be in the fashion industry, here are some of my favourites highlighting their stides on and off the runway.

PRINCESS ELIZABETH OF TORO – 1936

The daughter of the King of Toro, one of the four tribes that originally ruled Uganda, Elizabeth was the third black women to ever attend Cambridge University and Uganda’s first female lawyer. When England’s Princess Margaret invited her to model in a charity fashion show, Elizabeth’s modeling career took off and she graced the pages of Vogue and the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1969. She later moved to New York where she modeled for the legendary Irving Penn.

NAOMI SIMS – 1948 – 2009

Before there was Naomi, there was Naomi. The first black supermodel, Naomi Sims worked overtime to break into what is still a largely racist industry. Naomi officially made it when she appeared in a US national AT&T commercial, the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and the cover of Life All in 1968.

IMAN – 1955

With her long, graceful neck and statuesque beauty, Iman looks like she was actually plucked out of a Somalian village and thrown on a runway, but in reality she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard while she was studying political science in Nairobi. Upon coming to New York in 1975, however, she happily played along with the myth that Beard had discovered her as “a teen tribeswomen tending 500 cattle and sheep in a Kenyan game preserve”. What followed is one of the greatest careers in modern fashion history : a muse for Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake and Calvin Klein, an entrepreneur and the one women to tame David Bowie.

MOUNIA

Mounia was Yves Saint Laurent’s first black muse and his favourite model. She was also the first black model he used in his haute couture shows. Mounia rose to prominence following YSL’s classic Porgy & Bess show, which he designed around her and led to covers of WWD and French Elle.

DONYALE LUNA 1945 – 1979

Pegg Ann Freeman escaped the slums of Detroit, USA, for the glitz and glamour of NYC. Here as Donyale Luna, she was was exotic and intriguing whereas in Detroit she “wasn’t considered beautiful or anything.” At 6’1″ with her already striking features and ultramarine contacts, she was in high demand, becoming the first black women to cover British Vogue in 1996. Donyale lived like, partied like and dated rock stars only to eventually die like one when she overdosed in 1979.

BEVERLY JOHNSON 1952

Bev Johnson’s name will go down in history as the first black women on the cover of US Vogue in 1974, a watershed moment for models of all diversities. Bev logged over 500 covers in her career before embarking on a mildly successful acting career and starting her own line of wigs.

BILLIE BLAIR – 1946

A former nursing student from Michigan, Billie became “New York’s newest superstar model” and the “standard of female beauty” after setting Paris ablaze as one of the stars of the Battle of Versailles in 1973. She commanded $400 a day – years before Linda Evangelista wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 – though still making her one of the best paid runway models at the time.

GRACE JONES – 1948

Part supermodel, part mental patient, dart disco/New Wave/dancehall queen, Grace Jones is an enigma, wrapped in a question, wrapped in a kimono. Her distinctive style and personality are a constant source of inspiration for musicians like Rihanna and Lady Gaga to magazine editorials, who find her a favourite subject in particular… is it any wonder? That type of crazy comes along once in an androgynous moon.

PAT EVANS

Black, bald and beautiful. Pat shaved her head in the 60s as a protest against the modeling industry’s obsession with straight hair. The decision proved fortuitous for Pat, leading to appearances in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and perhaps, most famously, a quartlet of album covers for The Ohio Players. In 1974, Pat threw it all away when she published a scathing article in Essence magazine attacking the industry’s racism and its discrimination effectively ending her career.

PAT CLEVELAND

Pat was discovered in the subway in 1967 by fashion illustrator Antonio who admitted that he thought she was ugly, but with his help she became a dynmic and versatile force in print and on the runway. Along with Blair, Cleveland was one of the black models that entranced the French during the Battle of Versailles.

Like Sandylashxx has mentioned before, Black Most Definately is Beautiful.

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