Most of the time I say, 'You're too young, you're too skinny, you're too pretty, my daughter is older than you.' I don't want to endorse that idealism of a girl when I have a teenager. I don't want people to think, 'Oh my God, she's got an 18-year-old [daughter] and she's sending 15-year-old anorexics down the runway. But it's hard, we don't have the budget to cast somebody, fly them in and get them to just do that show. A lot of the older girls don't model anymore, they only come out by special appointment. The agency just sends you all the girls who are just trying to get into the business.
"Designer sweatpants" might be the craziest thing some people have heard since "designer leggings," but love or hate the casual-meets-dressy trend, it's here to stay - at least for now. The mini-phenomenon started a few years ago with designers like Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant, and have since shown up at labels like Michael Kors (that'll be $995 for cashmere, please) and Bottega Veneta (a relative giveaway at $290 or so).
Now, the Wall Street Journal has chosen to analyse the trend - and guess what? It's divisive. Take this, for example: "'You should be aware people perceive sweatpants as workout gear,' cautions Daniel Post Senning, moderator of the question-and-answer blog of etiquette experts Emily Post Institute. 'Sweatpants will communicate workout wear to the vast majority of people.'"
But on the other hand: "Intrigued after seeing a model wearing the Rag & Bone version, Loren Ridinger, a senior vice president for an internet marketing company in Miami, purchased a few pairs of Alexander Wang sweatpants in December. 'It's all about the heels,' she says, saying she paired her black sweats with a form-fitting white sweater and black high-heeled ankle booties. 'It takes it to a whole new level.'"
If you think of the waif movement, Calvin [Klein] started it. I think we've lived with that mindset for quite a while, and I was very intimidated by changing that because that was such an association with the house. It was a very conscious effort to change in the past two years, to give it a twist, to make contact with the customer, because in reality, no 16-year-olds are buying my clothes — she's 45. I love to think my customer is 45 because that's the woman I want to dress. It's the moment when a women is so comfortable with herself. That was the intent, to bring models who were wonderful then and are still incredible now.
He said at the Cooper-Hewitt museum in New York as part of the “Voices in American Fashion” panel.
Now that the Brazilian label Colcci has come out with its full Gisele Bundchen ad campaign, we know a few things. First of all, the supermodel has to be superhuman to get back into that kind of shape after having a baby (when these pictures were taken, she had given birth to baby Benjamin just six and a half weeks prior), and second, maybe Vogue was onto something when the mag declared that its shape-issue cover girl had "skinny thighs," even postpartum.
The Cut asked a Photoshopping expert for an opinion on what type of retouching might have been done. The conclusion: "Her skin is Photoshopped, and that solid backdrop makes retouching her shape super easy and hard to pinpoint. Mostly it's her face that scares me here, as her eyes are pointed different directions."
Whilst daytime television isn't usually high on our list of priorities, Martha Stewart's talk show (aptly titled Martha) offers some fashionable entertainment this month, so we recommend you get your recorders at the ready with us, ladies. Today, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler will be conducting a live tie-dye demonstration, along with a presentation of their SS10 collection.
Tomorrow sees Robbie Myers, Elle director in chief presenting a live fashion show of up and coming designers with Martha, and finally this Friday, Vogue's Andre Leon Talley will join Martha to cook brioche with deviled eggs, and to promote America's Next Top Model, of course. So dust off that DVR, but check your local television listing as the show is syndicated.
In a stroke of genius, Coca Cola, the globally successful soft drinks company have joined forces with long time fan Karl Lagerfeld for their latest limited edition version of the Coca Cola light drink. The collaboration makes perfect sense - Lagerfeld has been an advocate of the drink for many years now, and so the legendary designer has not only created an exclusive bottle design, but also shot the campaign himself.
With a fitting name, the advert features Canadian model Coco Rocha alongside Lagerfeld's male muse Baptise Giabiconi, and sees Rocha modelling a Lagerfeld signature high collared shirt from his Spring collection and fingerless gloves, all of which are reminiscent of the instantly recognisable monochrome silhouette that adorns the special edition bottle. The campaign is set to hit France on the 28th of April, and will cover a giant billboard across the famous Galleries Lafayette where the drink will be available in a limited edition boxed version, complete with a matching bottle opener for 47 euros. The box set will also be available from the ever-cool Colette, so be sure to head down to France this Spring for some shopping and a seriously fashionable drink.