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The faces of fashion are white, young and thin. No breaking news here. When a magazine decides to use a plus-sized model in an editorial, the emphasis lies on the fact that she’s not “straight-sized” and she’s often nude or semi-nude. It’s extremely rare that a heavier model is used without her curves being explicitly mentioned and made the focus of the spread. The same goes with age. It will be the main subject of the article and it will be mentioned how good the model still looks – for her age, of course. And most often than not, you will see the face of one of the supes of yesteryear like Linda, Christy or Helena.
Harper’s Bazaar is now doing an “homage to the diversity of women” in their September issue, cast and styled by the magazine’s Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld and shot by Karl Lagerfeld. I seriously don’t know what to think about this editorial. First, and most importantly, I think that diversity should be normal, a thing seen in every magazine, all the time, without a special mention, without it being an “homage”. The variety of model shape, age, size and race used here is rare and great, but it would be even better if it were just a “normal” editorial, not an oddity. I also don’t know what to make of the juxtaposition of old and young, big and small, straight-sized and plus-sized. What exactly is the point here? To show how crazy-old one model is? Or how freakishly tall another? It kind of leaves a bitter aftertaste and reminds me a little bit of a circus freak show. So, what do you think? Am I being too sensitive? Or do you agree?

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Honestly? Here is the reason that these days, I’m rarely blown away by the American edition of Vogue. Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures are pretty, sure… pretty boring. And it’s the September issue, where the fashion should be breathtaking, gorgeous and out-of-this-world – not lame and dull like in this spread (I mean, in the cover picture you can’t even see what the girl is wearing, for crying out loud). Sure, you could argue that the photographs accompany an article about an actress and that it’s not a fashion spread, but I would say that you’re wrong, since it’s Vogue, not a movie magazine, and readers want to see clothes, no matter what. At least Lawrence looks like herself and isn’t excessively photoshopped, I guess? But is this really now where we’re at? That we’re happy that the person depicted is recognizable? I read somewhere that Anna Wintour should go helm a political magazine or newspaper. And you know what, that wouldn’t be the worst idea. American Vogue is in desperate need of a breath of fresh air.Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 6Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 1Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 2Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 3Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 4Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 5
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So, why am I showing you this editorial, shot by Alasdair McLellan for Purple Fashion Magazine‘s Fall/Winter 13/14 edition? First of all, I really like Cara Delevingne’s face. Hmmm, that came out kind of weird… I think she has very striking features. Yep, that’s better. Then I really like the slightly defiant expression she’s sporting throughout the shoot. She isn’t trying to be sexy or to look older than she is. She just looks like the teenager she is (wearing clothes a normal teenager wouldn’t possibly be able to afford, but that, of course, is totally besides the point). She looks sulky, somehow uneasy with the world, insecure but very much thinking that she just knows everything better than any old adult trying to explain her the world. In some of the pictures, she almost seems kind of shy, but never submissive or the object of a leering audience’s attention. So, well done, Cara and Purple Fashion Magazine.CARA DELEVINGNE BY ALASDAIR MCLELLAN FOR PURPLE FASHION MAGAZINE FW 13.14_2Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-001_1Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-003Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-004Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-005Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-006Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-007Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-008Cara Delevingne Purple Fashion Magazine FW 2013-009Cara Delevingne shot by Alasdair McLellan

I’ve been a long-time fan of Stella McCartney, so there is really no other reason for this post than the gorgeous clothes featured in this editorial published by Harper’s Bazaar Latin America. I love that the androgynous Bo Don was cast. She perfectly embodies the masculine and sportswear inspired cuts. This is what I want my hair to look like, and these are the clothes I want to wear on a daily basis. I mean, of course you can always count on the likes of Zara etc. to sell some cheap rip-offs. It’s just not the same… Nope, sorry Zara, I love you very much and my wardrobe consists of a looooot of your clothes, but it just isn’t. And now enjoy the real thing:
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Bo Don shot by Hans Neumann for Harper’s Bazaar Latin America

I always find it funny when models are asked to dance for a fashion shoot, or better yet, for a fashion video; after all, a picture can hide any lacking rhythm skills. Most often than not, the attempts to make the model look cool and sexy end in an awkward and quite cringe-inducing result. The makers of Love found a good solution: In their fashion video “The Collections”, shot for the magazine’s 5th anniversary edition, they let the models move in really robotic, awkward ways, put some electronic music over it and cut it accordingly. So, even though I normally find fashion videos not very interesting, because the model usually has to writhe around in skimpy clothes or act like she’s in a pretentious “art” video (term used very loosely here), I really like this one. Well, and of course it doesn’t hurt that the models are wearing some of the season’s finest confections and styled impeccably.
The editorial was shot by Solve Sundsbo and features the models Kirsten Owen, Erika Wall, Joanna Tatarka, Lily McMenamy, Malaika, Rebecca M, Sibyl Buck, Stella Tennant, Anna Vyalitsyna, Julia Nobis, Madeline Blomberg and Onria Hardin.

In its August 2013 issue, Dazed & Confused published a great editorial portaying some of the best from Miu Miu‘s past and present collections. In its accompanying article, the magazine describes the label as being “intuitive, playful, clever and contrary, a subversive take on the elder label’s hammering of the bourgeois code.” And since I have always been a big admirer of Miuccia Prada and her two labels, I was really happy to see some of my favorite pieces shot in the spread, including the yellow dress with the peach-colored bow at the neck from AW11 and the cat-printed dress with the puffy sleeves from SS 2010.
(Sorry for the really small captions under the pics, you can read them by clicking on the image.)

The Miu Age
Photographer: Ben Toms
Stylist: Robbie Spencer
Models: Anne-Catherine Lacroix, Delfine Bafort, Irene Hiemstra, Jamily Wernke and Vlada Roslyakova

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The pictures I want to show you today are from different ad campaigns and editorials. Their different takes on masculinity and androgyny really caught my eye. I particularly like the Alexander Wang ad, I find the model’s pose and expression very striking. And I wouldn’t mind owning the outfit in the Calvin Klein ad.

Malgosia Bela for Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Steven KleinAlexander Wang FW 13.14

Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by David SimsVOGUE PARIS AUGUST 2013 - DARIA WERBOWY BY DAVID SIMS_1

Karmen Pedaru for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by Gilles BensimonKarmen Pedaru by Gilles Bensimon for Vogue Paris August 2013 [Editorial]

Vanessa Axente for Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Mert Alas&Marcus PiggottCalvin Klein-Herbst 2013

Crista Cober for Jalouse Magazine July/August 2013, shot by Frederike Helwig'On The Riviera' Crista Cober by Frederike Helwig for Jalouse Magazine July:August 2013 [Editorial]

Hilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Daniel JacksonHilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang FW 13.14 Campaign by Daniel Jackson