I just want to take a moment to say I'm really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct. I feel fortunate to work with so many extraordinary people each and every day. I've always been considerate and respectful of the people I photograph and I view what I do as a real collaboration between myself and the people in front of the camera. To everyone who has embraced and supported me and my work, I am so grateful. Thank you, it means a lot.
When Jezebel's Jenna Sauers opened her email inbox to anyone with a sexual abuse allegation against Terry Richardson, she might not have expected the flood of stories she got. Although Richardson claims his innocence ("I don't like to exploit anybody. That's not my bag. Everyone has fun on my shoots."), an increasing number of members from all levels of the fashion industry are coming forward to say they've felt violated by the photographer, or that they know someone who has.
We had no idea where to start here, so consider these stories. First, a report from a woman who modelled in London in the late '90s: "I was booked on a Terry Richardson job for Arena Homme Plus. The shoot was at an amusement park, and I would estimate that there were 30 models in total [...] and we were told that all of us would be given an opportunity to shoot a cover try. Being familiar with Mr. Richardson's.....peccadillos, many of the models were eager to please; pleasing in this instance consisted primarily of pulling down pants, pulling up skirts, losing blouses, and a bit of finger sucking thrown in for good measure. It seemed painfully clear to me that the phantom lure of a cover try was sufficient reason for a handful of young women with waning career prospects to humiliate themselves in front of each other while Terry Richardson giggled, panted, said 'That's hot,' and pushed them further. During lunch, I approached him and asked him if he had any moral quandaries about exploiting the sad dreams of models who hadn't yet made it and probably never would. I asked him if he realized that they were enacting what they believed were his expectations and fantasies in order to gain his favor and hence gain a cover or a future booking. 'I don't really think about that stuff,' he told me. 'I guess you're smarter than me.'"
We won't know the winner of the next CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear (an honour dedicated to emerging talent) until June. The nominees include Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra - but Cathy Horyn has already announced, via her blog, who's caught her eye.
"[W]ho in three or four seasons has provided the creative stretch that runway mavens look for?," Horyn wrote. "Whose name is mentioned quietly among European houses as someone to watch and, maybe eventually, design or advise behind the scenes? And who keeps a bit of a distance from the pack? Beyond the CFDA awards night on June 7, I would keep my eye on Mr. Altuzarra." Well, Mr. Altuzarra. Win or lose, you have something to smile about.
As fashion becomes increasingly technological, we've seen a divide between those who have chosen to embrace it with open arms (think Henry Holland, Rachel Roy and even Andre Leon Talley) and those who have expressed reservations - Marc Jacobs and Muiccia Prada being two examples. In the latest addition to the blogosphere however, ladies and gentleman, we introduce Roberto Cavalli.
Although he may already have a team set up to take care of his Twitter, you can now follow the thoughts and musings of Cavalli through his official blog - http://www.robertocavalliblog.com. Already the Italian designer, synonymous with leopard prints and a fair amount of bling has posted on the inspiration he uses as a designer, in a post entitled "I keep creating dreams. You always have to dream." Well Roberto, welcome to the online world, we look forward to hearing more from you.
After a tragic battle with cancer, Joseph Ettedgui founder of fashion label JOSEPH, has died aged 74. The Moroccan-born owner stumbled upon his career in fashion after moving from Casablanca to London to work as a hairdresser, where fate would bring him to meet Kenzo, for whom Ettedgui went on to stock in the basement of his hair salon. Continuing to sell Kenzo, and adding Emanuelle Khanhand Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to his discovered young talent, Ettedgui opened his first store in 1972, in Chelsea.
From there came a knitwear line -Joseph Tricot - which expanded shortly after with the addition of tailoring, from which the figure flattering stretch boot-cut trousers became a staple buy for almost every woman's wardrobe. Always with a keen eye for new and fresh talent, the Joseph stores have stocked the likes of John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Muiccia Prada and Katharine Hamnett. Although Ettedgui sold the Joseph stores in 2005, his uncanny eye for talent will live on through the brand, which remains as one of Britain's most successful retailers.