Hello and welcome back from a little Thanksgiving break. Let’s get right back into it with a bang by jumping into three controversial headlines.
Movement in the Modeling Industry
IMG Models is making a big statement in the movement to rethink the modeling industry. At the most recent fashion week, race and weight were topics of discussion as this year’s group of models took to the catwalk. Recently, IMG, one of the most esteemed international model management firms, discussed its aim to be a “ageless, raceless, and weightless agency.” This is another positive step in the industry to expand the image of beauty!
There are a lot of great reasons to donate clothing. It reduces the amount of unwanted clothing and textiles piling up in landfills, it can genuinely provide provide clothing for people in need, and hey, it’s a tax write off. Recently, Business of Fashion published an op-ed piece about the trouble with second-hand clothes. The piece brings awareness to the fact that a majority of donated clothing is shipped and sold outside the country in which the clothing was donated. The sale of this clothing is not only turning a lucrative profit but also competing with local textile markets in those areas. So, if you’re thinking about getting charitable this holiday season, do your research before donating. Look into a local organization that is transparent about exactly where their donations go – likely right back to those less fortunate in your area – or consider a national organization with a cause, like Dress for Success.
Pledge to Skip Black Friday
This Black Friday, the “radically transparent” clothing company Everlane declared a pledge to skip Black Friday. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Everlane is a California based retailer of men and women’s apparel and accessories that urges customers to, “Know Your Factories. Know Your Costs. Always Ask Why.” On the Friday following Thanksgiving, known to those who love a good deal (so much so they’re willing to fair the masses and forgo their sanity) as Black Friday, Everlane’s pledge caused quite a stir on social media. If you missed it, check out the pledge for yourself and read the comments. Regardless of your beliefs on the matter, join in on the dialog!
Melissa McCarthy’s ELLE Magazine Cover
Melissa McCarthy is one of our favorite plus size celebrities, and she’s featured on the cover of ELLE’s November 2013 issue. The cover photo has caused a lot of controversy as to whether the over-sized trench coat and big bold hair covers up the comedian’s signature curves. The rise of plus size couture is a recent development in the fashion world as the fashion community rethinks the idea of beauty and the ideal model. While the ELLE cover has created quite a stir, the photo does demonstrate some encouraging steps in the new direction of the fashion world’s increasingly progressive thinking. For example, the image is a full-body photo as opposed to other iconic plus size girls who have been cropped on covers. In my opinion, Melissa McCarthy looks stunning as ever on the cover, and I can’t wait to check out this issue!
Kate Moss is Teaming Up with Vogue
Here’s another reason to hit up your best-stocked Barnes and Noble or your local specialty magazine store to grab the British edition of Vogue. Supermodel Kate Moss has added another venture to her resume: she has signed on to be a contributing fashion editor to the British magazine. You’ve got time to locate the store that carries British Vogue. Kate Moss is expected to make her debut with the magazine in Spring 2014.
The Newest Cover Girl
You won’t believe who is the next Cover Girl! Katy Perry has snagged the coveted title for the brand’s Spring 2014 campaign. Katy Perry is known for her ever changing, over the top looks, so it will be interesting to see the full campaign come Spring. The first shot from the campaign features Perry easy, breezy, and beautiful with a bright clean face, a bold lip, and edgy accessories. I think it’s the perfect combination of the classic Cover Girl aesthetic and the pop-signer’s signature style.
It’s One Spooky Collaboration
Two of my all time favorites are collaborating for one of my all time favorite holidays! Every year, I’m obsessed with finding the best Halloween costume. This year, my go-to DIY site, P.S. I Made This…, is working with the best site to borrow a designer outfit, Rent the Runway, for Halloween! So, what’s the concept? Erica Domesek, the brains behind P.S. I Made This…, has chosen some select frocks from Rent the Runway and styled them with DIY accessories to transform them into the coolest Halloween costumes. How do you achieve the looks? First, rent the dress from Rent the Runway, then make a few special touches courtesy of P.S. I Made This…
Kate Hudson Launches Another Line
You may remember that Kate Hudson worked on a line with Ann Taylor earlier this year. Now, the actress has partnered with the e-commerce site JustFab to design an activewear line called Fabletics, which launched this month. New to the JustFab community? Interested in Kate Hudson’s collection? When you visit the site, you start by clicking on the tab over to Fabletics to begin your personalized experience. Then, you’re prompted to answer questions about how you exercise, colors you love, and your body type to create suggestions for the best products for you. And, it gets better! If you’re a first-time buyer you get 50% off your first outfit after joining!