When it comes to the fashion industry size debate, even we admit that as much as opposing sides keep launching rockets, it often feels like a peace treaty will never come to be. After seeing such incremental changes towards a healthier body standard, we sometimes feel like raising our shoulders and saying, “So what are you going to do?” You get a wave of “normal” or “plus-sized” fashion shoots that get good press, but the attention is often treated as a trend and an unsettling novelty that only recedes back into the shadows once the hype dies down. It’s undeniably frustrating and disheartening.
One of our favorite fashion photography bloggers, Frenchie Garance Doré is experiencing some heat for some controversial comments she recently made about size. Keep reading »
We don’t even really know where to start with this one. There’s the most obvious bit: a chain body suit and five inch heels that appear to be that model’s dog walking outfit. But then there are also the subtler wtf aspects of this shot, like the disembodied torso holding an even smaller person in the background. Or the fact that the chair on which said torso is sitting closelry resembles those crappy, stackable ones we all remember from grade school auditoriums. Sacrilege! [The Cut] Keep reading »
Reiss is one of those brands who walks the tenuous line between being inspired by and ripping off designer clothes. We don’t like copying, but we do like a lot of their “inspired” pieces. And in the brand’s defense, they’ve become a lot better at doing their own thing than ripping style directly from the runways. If you’re looking for a dress either for work or play, it’s almost impossible not to find something there that’s well made and will get the job done. Whether it’s a flirty little tiered skirt, a svelte cocktail dress or a business-ready shift dress, we defy you to leave totally disappointed. Between the small details — like nice buttons instead of junky ones — and the fact that almost everything’s lined and there’s very little synthetic to be found, rarely do they eff it up. Plus, if you live near an actual store, they’ve got a tailor on site and the charge for alterations is completely reasonable. [$340, Reiss] Keep reading »
For the die-hard Lady Gaga worshippers out there, here’s your chance to become the ultimate fan, because ShowStudio is selling a piece of her fashion history. One very lucky person who is willing to part with approximately $46,000 (er) could purchase the exact same orb that the pop diva wore in the Fall Preview Issue #60 of V magazine. The circular creation was designed by Nasir Mazhar and given full editorial attention, as Gaga posed in that and nothing else. Where you’ll actually wear this orb, well that’s up to you to decide. [ShowStudio via Born Rich] Keep reading »
Look very closely at the print on this dress. Isn’t it lovely? Uh, pair with Mary Janes. [Refinery 29 via Gerlan Jeans] Keep reading »
So, 2008 and 2009 saw some of the grossest, bloodiest, most violent fashion ads of all time. To refresh your memory, Duncan Quinn once depicted mobsters torturing female bodies, Alexander McQueen placed models on a bed of snakes, and Marc Jacobs dangled women out of buildings. (Drastic recessionary action?)
While things have quieted down a little bit, we may expect to see a resurgence in savage advertising thanks to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, which is making its rounds around the internet. The investigation, conducted by two female researchers, one from the University of Saskatchewan and the other from Santa Clara University, recorded the reaction and engagement of women as they looked at violent fashion campaigns. Keep reading »