As we coast into another fashion month, the luster of glamour feels duller than usual, and it’s not just thanks to the past year and change of handwringing reports and think pieces about the State of the Future of Fashion Week.
In 2007, Gawker Media launched Jezebel.com; five years and over three million readers later, we figure it's time to celebrate. But rather than toot our own horn, we decided to honor 25 game-changing women who we think embody what we're all about: names you may know, names you should know, and names you'll be hearing…
Carine Roitfeld finally addressed her infamous blackface editorial: "We take risks. Painting Lara Stone in black, for example. We were accused of being racist, which was totally untrue, since I once did an entire issue on a black model." [WWD]
The Hells Angels is suing Alexander McQueen and Saks Fifth Avenue for selling clothing and accessories featuring skulls. Apparently the Hells Angels believe they own skulls? We guess we wouldn't want to be the ones to tell them otherwise. [NYPost]
If you've ever wanted to hear yours truly impersonate a "legal expert," tonight's your chance.
Paris Vogue's 90th anniversary issue is 622 pages. Lara Stone is, ahem, prominently featured. There's new photography from David Sims, Mert and Marcus, and Steven Klein, but the magazine also reprints archival work from the likes of Helmut Newton. [Fashionologie]
Alexa Chung says His Kaiserness Mr. Karl, The Gloved One "is actually really easy to talk to because he knows everything. So if you're stuck you just say, 'Um, tell me about Medieval times.'" [The Cut]
Given that the Gen Art Film Festival, presented by Acura's 15th Anniversary launch party, was held at at 7 For All Mankind, it's no shocker that guests dressed down — well, for stars. Denim was the order of the day!
So this ridiculously expensive Ivy League university of which I'm sure you've heard is offering a class in model memoirs.
Naomi Campbell: "Unfortunately, we are the same as before...People, in the panic of the recession, don't dare to put a girl of colour in their campaign, full stop. Nor of any other race. It's a shame. It's very sad." [Telegraph]
The news that '90s supermodel Karen Mulder was arrested in Paris for making death threats to her plastic surgeon could be written off as, at worst, a punchline, or at best, the latest expression of an unbalanced woman's erratic behavior.
Ew: "The scene: a casting with a photographer... Halfway through the meeting Sena Cech is asked to strip. She does as instructed and takes off her clothes. Then the photographer starts undressing as well." [Observer]
The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that personality is making a fashion comeback just now, after years of Eastern Brazilopean clones on the runway and in the magazines.
Sara Ziff — an outspoken Sasha Pivovarova double — started modeling at 14, and deferred college to model full-time. After 12 years in the industry, she's co-directed a documentary about the working lives of models.