Bethann Hardison, a former model agency owner who has been campaigning for greater diversity on the runway for the past five years, is publicly calling out designers who consistently cast only, or mostly, white models in their shows. Along with a memo posted on the site Balance Diversity, Harbinson has sent out letters to the CFDA, British Fashion Council, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in Milan and the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers and Créateurs de Mode in Paris.
The letter reads:
Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches fashion design houses consistently use of one or no models of color.
No matter the intention, the result is racism.
Not accepting another based on the color of their skin is clearly beyond “aesthetic” when it is consistent with the designer’s brand.
Whether it’s the decision of the designer, stylist or casting director, that decision to use basically all white models, reveals a trait that is unbecoming to modern society.
It can no longer be accepted, nor confused by the use of the Asian model.
“I’m not here to tell anyone what to do,” Hardison says. “But I’m telling them that they’re being inappropriate.”
"They can say this is fashion, but let’s cut to the chase," Hardison says. "It used to be fashion, but now we’re talking about clothing. It’s about business.”
According to the company, Porter will be “for and about women with great style,” bringing together editors, writers, stylists and photographers who will be led by editor in chief Lucy Yeomans, formerly of Harper’s Bazaar U.K.
It will be published six times a year, and have a global distribution at newsstands and via subscription. Its 300 pages will be transactional via mobile phone and via an app, built in-house. The cover price has not been revealed, but the publication will launch in February 2014. Content is being produced by a dedicated team, with contributions from Net-a-porter’s free, weekly online magazine called The Edit, the sister title of Porter.
Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia Steele in "50 Shades Of Grey," this according to author E L James who tweeted the news on Monday.
I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastaisa in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 – Hearst Magazines International and Hubert Burda Media today announced the launch of a German edition of iconic fashion magazine Harper’s BAZAAR. Premiering with a Fall 2013 issue, the magazine will publish monthly starting in Spring 2014.
Harper's BAZAAR is a visual muse, an unrivaled source of ownable style and an essential resource for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. With insight and imagination, Harper's BAZAAR showcases the work of world-class designers and photographers and the most talked about pop culture, political and celebrity icons of the day. The magazine is published in 17 languages and distributed in 43 countries.
“Harper’s BAZAAR is a global luxury brand: a fashion authority with a smart, sophisticated editorial point-of-view,” said Duncan Edwards, president of Hearst Magazines International. “We’ve recently launched editions in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam and Poland, and we’re pleased to partner with Hubert Burda Media to bring BAZAAR to Germany.”
“Launching Harper’s BAZAAR in Germany reinforces our collaboration with Hearst and enriches our portfolio with a powerful global brand,” said Manuela Kampp-Wirtz, Managing Director of the Burda Style Group. “I am delighted to bring the magazine to the German market.”
Harper’s BAZAAR Germany launches with an initial print run of 150,000 copies. The magazine is published in German with a cover price of 5 euros.
Alexander McQueen recently sent an email to several top design schools in London seeking a knitwear intern because their last one had suddenly departed. The “urgent” request was for a “talented knitwear student” to work in the London studio five days a week, nine and a half hours a day, for up to eleven months. Only travel expenses would be paid, as well as £60 per month in lunch vouchers. The company issued a public apology after Shelly Asquith, president of the University of Arts London Students’ Union, emailed back to condemn the unfair practice of unpaid internships at a time when students are already trying to pay off major debts and simply can’t afford to work for free. You can read her brilliant letter at the bottom of this article.
The attitude of some is that this is 'just the way it is', but it does not have to be. Students gaining work experience is one thing, but where any person is carrying out work integral to the running of an organisation, they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage - anything less is a breach of the law. Your advertisement requests a student worker to be 'knitting on a domestic machine and making knitted samples, as well as research, CAD, presentation and organising of the collection.' This clearly meets the definition of 'work'. And it is not as if most labels do not have the money. Fashion contributes £21 billion to the UK economy, and with a revenue of over £40 million, McQueen can certainly afford to pay its staff. After much pressure from InternAware, Stella McCartney, a brand from the same business family last year signed up to pay their interns; clearly your brand is behind on this trend.
If you thought you had seen pretty much everything from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, think again. This September marks the inseparable duo’s debut jewelry collection for TENTHOUSANDTHINGS.
The idea stemmed from a philanthropic endeavor with the brand’s founders, David Rees and Ron Anderson, that took place last year. After shooting a portrait series for V81 entitled Let Love Adorn You, featuring luminaries Susan Sarandon, Liya Kebede, Olivier Theyskens, and other friends in one-of-a-kind pieces auctioned for charity, Vinoodh felt inspired to create a necklace on his own for Inez.
This week, both The New York Times and NBCUniversal's DailyCandy announced that they will be hosting events to premiere a string of films, which will also be available to view for free on their respective websites.
The Times, in conjunction with Film Independent, is debuting two feature length and two short films, first in NYC on Sept. 7 at TheTimesCenter in midtown, and then in Los Angeles on Sept. 9 at the Sonos Studio. The films will be available for free, on-demand viewing at nytimes.com from Sept. 3 to Oct. 2, accompanied by tapings of Q&As with the filmmakers.
DailyCandy's event, "Fashion in Film," is being held in partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, and will feature two original short films, between eight and 10 minutes in length, alongside some longer, already-aired classics. The films will be showing for free to the public on Sept. 19 and 20 in NYC, and streaming on dailycandy.com.
1- Gisele Bundchen (IMG) | $42 million
2- Miranda Kerr (IMG) | $7.2 million
3- Adriana Lima (The Society) | $6 million
4- Kate Moss (IMG) | $5.7 million
5- Liu Wen (The Society) | $4.3 million
6- Hilary Rhoda (Elite) | $4 million
7- Carolyn Murphy (IMG) | $3.6 million
8- Joan Smalls (IMG) | $3.5 million
9- Candice Swanepoel (IMG) | $3.3 million
10- Lara Stone (IMG) | $3.2 million
MEN WOMEN NY MODEL MANAGEMENT, INC., Plaintiff,
FORD MODELS, INC., ALTPOINT CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC F/K/A STONE TOWER EQUITY PARTNERS LLC, PAUL A. ROWLAND, MOHAMMED FAJAR, AND MARIA COGNATA, Defendants.
According to the Complaint, Ford expressed interest in investing in and/or purchasing some or all of Women's model management business as early as 2007.
On December 14, 2007, for the purpose of evaluating a potential transaction with Women, Ford entered into a confidentiality agreement with Women which granted Ford access to confidential and sensitive business information about the agency, including financial data, compensation paid to key employees, and payments to bookers. Stone Tower also signed a confidentiality agreement on July 21, 2008 granting it similar access.
Ford and Stone Tower subsequently made an offer to acquire Women's business, in or about September 2008, but Women rejected the offer as inadequate.
Plaintiff claims that Ford and Stone Tower thereafter sought to exploit their unrestricted access to Women's confidential information, and attempted to poach' Rowland and Fajar, but that Rowland and Fajar declined and reported the solicitation attempt to others at Women. Plaintiff Women allegedly communicated to Ford that its conduct in approaching Rowland and Fajar was highly inappropriate.
In February 2010, Ford and Stone Tower (now known as Altpoint) again allegedly approached Rowland, this time offering to dramatically increase Rowland's compensation if he were to leave Women and bring key employees (such as Fajar) and their business to Ford. Plaintiff claims that at Ford and Altpoint's behest, Rowland then began to work clandestinely with Fajar and others to plan their departure.
Plaintiff claims that when Women's CEO, Sergio Leccese, left New York to spend two weeks in Europe to attend the Milan and Paris fashion shows between February 25, 2010 and March 5, 2010, Rowland, Fajar and others packed up and removed entire boxes of Supreme documents and other Women property, printed documents and other information from Women's computer system, and deleted numerous files. Fajar was also allegedly observed repeatedly using a paper shredder.
Rowland and Fajar allegedly announced their resignation and decision to join Ford upon Lecceses's return to the office on March 8, 2010. Rowland also told Leccese on that date that Cognata was likewise resigning Women and joining Ford.
Plaintiff claims that despite assurances to the contrary, defendants recruited other key employees of Supreme and Women Direct to join them at Ford, but requested that they delay their departures and stay behind at Women for a short period of time, thereby further encouraging the diversion of Women's modeling relationships and business opportunities to Ford.