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So, I normally don’t like it when women are reduced to their (sexual) body; most often than not, it comes off as sexist. But somehow, these pictures don’t offend me. Perhaps it is because in the first batch, even though the models are clad in sexy bikinis, they seem to be in power and in control. And in the second series, the focus is so much on presenting the clothes in the best possible way that a face would almost distract from them.
That being said, it’s interesting that two different publications had the same idea: Let’s just crop the model’s head out of the picture! First, we have Carine Roitfeld, who in her latest editorial for CR Fashion Book is proposing to more or less wear a bikini as a top. Photographed by Hans Neumann, the “Working Remotely” editorial sees a headless model donning this summer’s chicest pencil skirts by Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana. Then, we have The New York Times Style Magazine with their Runway Report: The Curious Appeal of Pieces That Clash. The finest Fall pieces from a wide range of designers are mixed and matched beautifully. So, what do you think? Do you like the spreads?

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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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Here is a look at some of Fall´s 2013 campaigns. Which one do you like?

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Photographed by: Mert & Marcus

Valentino Accessories
ImageModel: Terry Richardson
Photographed by: Terry Richardson

Saint Laurent
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ImageModel: Cara Delevigne
Photographed by: Hedi Slimane

Jean-Paul Gaultier
ImageModel: Karlie Kloss.
Photographed by: Stephane Sednaoui

Balenciaga
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ImageModel: Kristen McMenamy
Photographed by: Steven Klein

Salvatore Ferragamo
ImageImageModel: Daria Werbowy
Photographed by: David Sims

Giorgio Armani
ImageModel: Mariacarla Boscono
Photographed by: Mert & Marcus

Donna Karan
ImageImageModel: Catherine McNeil
Photographed by: Mikael Jansson

Marc Jacobs
ImageModels: Edie Campbell, Lily McMenamy (yep, that would be Kristen McMenamy´s daughter, 90s supermodel and the headless Balenciaga model seen above)
Photographed by: Juergen Teller

Tom Ford
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Models: Joo Park, Gemma Refoufi, Herieth Paul, & Zuzanna Bijoch
Photographed by: Tom Ford