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China In Process of Arresting Models


This past Thursday, over 60 models — most from western countries like the United States and European nations — were taken into custody by Chinese officials for working illegally under tourist visas.

A source tells us that Beijing police set up a fake casting at Chinese agency M3 in order to find models who were working illegally. Those who showed up were taken into custody and had their passports and cell phones confiscated.


Models have been advised to hide comp cards while out — if they even go on castings at all, which they have also been advised against. Some agencies have moved their models to Hong Kong, where it is easier to get a work permit, or to hotels where they are to behave as tourists.

CLIO 2014 Winners

Kate Moss by Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014

Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014 (featuring Kate Moss) wins the CLIO 2014 Print Grant Prestige Award. All Winners here.

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana Sentenced to Prison; Will Not Have To Serve


Style File:

Dolce & Gabbana’s tax evasion case, which began when the designers were charged in 2008, has been filled with twists, turns, and excessive legal jargon. Today, news broke that Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and their accountant Luciano Patellito have been sentenced to one year, six months in prison. Don’t gasp just yet, though: The designers’ lawyers have said they will appeal the ruling to Italy’s equivalent of the Supreme Court.

Fashion Time:

Despite being sentenced to a year and a half in jail, Dolce, Gabbana and Patellito will not actually have to serve time in custody because their sentences are below the two-year minimum sentence requiring actual jail time.

Yahoo News:

A lawyer for Dolce and Gabbana, who have always denied any wrongdoing, said they would appeal the decision. "I am speechless. We are all shocked. The judgment is inexplicable and we will appeal," Massimo Dinoia said after the judgment.

Vogue Against Richardson

Bullett Media:

Blr3womIYAECy0pThe sad, gross tale of Terry Richardson continued over the weekend, with yet another allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior from the photographer surfacing. Model Emma Appleton shared what she claimed to be a Facebook message from Richardson offering an appearance in Vogue in exchange for sex. She soon deleted the post, but it can be seen here.

A spokesperson for Richardson told Buzzfeed it was a fake, and Appleton later deleted her Twitter account.

We still don’t know whether or not the message was the genuine article, but apparently enough of these sorts of stories have emerged for Vogue to release a statement regarding Richardson. “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future,” the magazine’s PR rep Hildy Kuryk, said on Sunday to The Wrap.

US Vogue taking a stand is one thing, Condé Nast taking a stand is another, in which case it would apply to all Vogues + amongst others: Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Lucky, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, & W.

★ Peaches Geldof Dead at Age 25

The Wire:

Peaches_geldofJournalist and model Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Geldof was the daughter of musician-philanthropist Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, who was also a television host. According to Sky News, she was found dead in her home in Kent, England.

In a statement to the BBC, Bob Geldof confirmed his daughter's death:

"We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?"

There's very little information out there on the circumstances surrounding her death, although it was apparently sudden:

Tidbit: Marc Jacobs Searching Instagram for Fall Campaign Models

Marc Jacobs:


CASTING DESCRIPTION: The “Cast Me Marc” Casting Call (the “Casting Call”) begins on or about April 2, 2014 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on April 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Casting Period”). During the Casting Period, entrants will have the opportunity to submit a photo using their Instagram or Twitter account...


CAMPAIGN: The Casting Call is for a model/models to be featured in a “Marc by Marc Jacobs” Fall/Winter 2014 advertising campaign. The modeling shoot is currently scheduled to take place on April 30, 2014 through May 1, 2014 (the “Shoot”) in New York City, New York.

★ Designer L’Wren Scott Found Dead, Possible Suicide


L’Wren Scott, fashion designer and girlfriend to Mick Jagger, was found hanged to death in an apparent suicide.

L’Wren Scott, fashion designer and girlfriend to Mick Jagger, was found hanged to death in an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, police said. She was discovered by her assistant hanging from a scarf around 10 am EST. It’s unclear if Scott, 49, left behind a note. In recent cycles, the business seemed to be having trouble and the brand cancelled its runway show this season.

★ Terry Richardson Responds

Page Six:

Terry Richardson is speaking out for the first time about allegations that he acted inappropriately with models behind the scenes, blasting the claims as a “witch hunt.”

The Letter:

Four years ago, I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me. At that time, I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character. When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt. Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies.

When I moved to New York in 1990 to take pictures, a lot of my work was a documentation of my life in the East Village; it was gritty, transgressive, and the aesthetic broke with the well-lit, polished fashion images of the time. My first big campaign, shot in 1994, was a provocative picture of a couple embracing in a bar. It was a shocking image for its time and the first instance a photograph of this nature was used in a major fashion advertisement.

Like Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, and so many others before me, sexual imagery has always been a part of my photography. Ten years ago, in 2004, I presented some of this work at a gallery show in New York City, accompanied by a book of the photos. The show was very popular and highly praised. The images depicted sexual situations and explored the beauty, rawness, and humor that sexuality entails. I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history. Sadly, in the on-going quest for controversy-generated page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious, and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to angry Internet crusades. Well-intentioned or not, they are based on lies. Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse.

People will always have strong opinions about challenging images, and the dichotomy of sex is that it is both the most natural and universal of human behaviors and also one of the most sensitive and divisive. Over the course of my career, I have come to accept that some of my more provocative work courts controversy, and as an artist, I value the discourse that arises from this. I can only hope for this discourse to be informed by fact, so that whether you love my work or hate it, you give it, and me, the benefit of the truth.

Tidbit: Major Expansion


“We're planning a major expansion on this year, and it was very important to me to bring on people with a strong digital background, Jessica [Teves, x-Refinery29’s managing editor, to be site director] is an expert at programming content across digital, mobile, and social media,” said editor in chief Dirk Standen. “Noah [Johnson, Complex Media’s deputy editor to be its deputy editor] has brought tremendous vitality to Complex and he's going to help us dramatically increase the quality and quantity of our news and features coverage.”

Marc Jacobs & Dog by Steven Meisel for W Magazine March 2014

Marc Jacobs & dog by Steven Meisel for W Magazine March 2014

Speaking of Marc Jacobs, in an interview with Vogue UK it seems the designer will be renaming the Marc by Marc Jacobs name. They quote Jacobs as hating the name:

"I've always hated that name. I have an idea of what it should be, which I presented to everyone, but I can't really say it yet," Jacobs said. "I'm very superstitious that way. I always believe that if I say something before it's done it won't really happen."

★ Cathy Horyn Leaving The New York Times


An internal memo was issued to Times staffers Friday morning from Times executive editor Jill Abramson and Styles editor Stuart Emmrich (see below) .

“It is with both deep sadness over her departure and immense gratitude for the legacy she leaves behind that we announce that Cathy Horyn, the paper’s chief fashion critic since 1999, is leaving The Times. Cathy’s reasons for leaving are personal ones, to spend more with her partner, Art Ortenberg, who has had health problems, and whom she feels would benefit greatly from her increased presence at home.

How do we measure the impact that Cathy has made at The Times? Is it in the 1,123 bylined pieces she has written in the past 15 years? The promising designers she discovered, the unoriginal ones she dismissed, the talents that she celebrated in ways that illuminated their creative process for a readership that ranged from the executive offices of LVMH to the bargain shoppers at Barneys Warehouse? We do so in all of those ways to mark the work of a woman who is the preeminent fashion critic of her generation and who has set an almost impossible standard for those who may follow.

Cathy’s is a unique voice in the fashion world, one that was immediately announced by one of her very first reviews in The Times, of the couture shows in Paris in January, 1999. Here is how she led off that piece:

Just about everyone who comes to the haute couture collections knows that Nan is Nan Kempner, that Deeda is Deeda Blair and that Liliane Bettencourt, who was seated Wednesday in the front row at the Yves Saint Laurent show and wearing an orange muffler, is the richest woman in France. They may or may not know that the youngest couture customer at Givenchy is all of 8, or that Dodie Rosekrans, the San Francisco art patron and couture stalwart, recently bought a full-size guillotine covered with the Chanel logo for her home in Venice. But give them time. Paris is probably the only place on earth where the world’s rich, titled and tucked can always count on being connected, if only through clothes.
How can you not be immediately hooked? Times readers were, and have continued to be for the past 15 years. But Cathy was more than just a fashion critic. She was also a superb reporter, one who used fashion as her lens to look into broader cultural themes, most recently in her riveting A1 piece on Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink suit, worn the day her husband was assassinated in Dallas and today shielded from public view, along with her blood-stained stockings, in a climate-controlled vault on the outskirts of Washington.

Cathy will be sorely missed by all of us in Styles and by the paper as a whole. But she is not leaving us completely: She will continue to work on a project that is dear to her heart: A book to be published by Rizzoli that chronicles how The New York Times has covered fashion from the 1850s to the first decades of the 21st century. No doubt it will be a great read.

Jill and Stuart

Tidbit: Matthew Schneier Joines NY Times Style Section

Capital New York:

The New York Times Styles section has added deputy editor Matthew Schneier to its ranks as a reporter.

Schneier is a long-time staffer at, owned by Condé Nast's Fairchild Fashion Media, where his work encompassed features, fashion reviews and contributions to its magazine offspring,