Plus Size Girl on the Runway

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The fashion world is opening more to diversity and I love it!

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Actress Gabourey Sidibe on her weight-loss for Nylon Magazine

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With a hot new season of ‘Empire’ and a memoir on the horizon, Sidibe will not be held back, as she covers latest edition of Nylon Magazine. The actress, talked about her weight-loss surgery, career and more in the issue… Read excerpts below: On her role in Precious: At that point I kind of had a […]

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Edie: The Wild Child — MODE+MAISON

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The April 2016 issue of Vogue Japan features a ‘new collections’ fashion spread starring British beauty and model favourite of mine Edie Campbell.

Styled by flamboyant Italian editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo and shot by photography duo Iango Henzi and Luigi Murenu, Edie models key pieces from the spring season.

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I’ve chosen my favourite shots here, which include pieces by Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and label of the moment Vetements…

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And although, unsurprisingly, it’s the black and white shots I’ve posted, there are some great colour images in the spread, which you can see by clicking the link below.

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Highlights of the Met Gala —

Celebrities bring their A game for the Met Gala and they definitely didn’t disappoint this year. The theme for this year’s gala was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of technology’ which inspired some amazing looks. Here were just a few of my favourites!

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Poppy Delevingne’s plunging Marchesa dress looked stunning at the gala. The fringed dress had a 20’s flappers feel and the matching choker and necklace pulled the look together perfectly. Her blonde hair and dark makeup elevated the look to a whole other level!

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Clare Danes’ light up Zac Posen dress was a really cool idea for the theme and looked absolutely beautiful on her, with and without the lights on.

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I had to include Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress due to the sheer innovation of it. It was made using recycled plastic bottles, organic silk and cotton, definitely sticking to the technology theme while looking stunning as always.

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Karolina Kurkova’s Marchesa dress was hands down my favourite of the night. Not only did she look absolutely flawless, the dress stuck to the theme in a really interesting way. The dress was made using artificial intelligence, incorporating LED lights into the flower embroidery.

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It’s Official: Change Is Coming to New York Fashion Week — Observer

The CFDA just released a study that has the power to completely change the fashion cycle as we know it.

Back in January of this year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America decided it was time to take a step back and look at how effective the current model of New York Fashion Week was. And it was long overdue: Insiders had been grumbling that the shows lost focus of their main goal (presenting new clothing) and had become a circus of sorts, morphing into a tasteless marketing scheme. After all, who could forget when Cathy Horyn decided to liken the bi-annual week of runway shows and presentations to a low-brow trade show in an article she titled “When Fashion Week Was Made of Simpler Cloth.” That rant, which was published in 2013, began a larger discussion on the importance of what designers were doing with their time slots in September and February.

So the Council decided to take matters into their own hands and hired The Boston Consulting Group to figure out what needed to be fixed in the fashion system. Today, they have published the results.

Over the past six weeks, 50 fashion insiders were formally quizzed about the current state of NYFW. Included in that sample were seven luxury designers, 13 contemporary designers, eight retailers (spanning wholesale and online), nine members of the press, six influencers and three other players, including an event vendor and a finance corporation. Additionally, four international brands and organizations were polled.

According to the CFDA, their answers pointed to a singular answer: now is the time for change. Most notably, the concept of what they call “in-season relevancy” is the most poignant.

The modern consumer is confused by bikinis arriving on racks in mid-February and winter coats arriving at the height of summer. Which is why it’s no coincidence that designers such as Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry are rolling out “see now, buy now” collections.

One fix that the CFDA suggests is for brands to continue presenting forthcoming collections, but only for press to review and buyers to purchase. They should keep their industry-facing runway shows or presentations limited to this intimate crowd. For the consumer, they recommend introducing bi-annual consumer-focused events that occur as the clothing is available for purchase. Designer Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia already has this plan in action; later this spring she will host a runway show for her customers to attend at Neiman Marcus in Los Angeles. The clothing on the runway will be immediately available for purchase in-store, along with with some exclusive items that can only be scooped up from her website. She also intends to keep showing her collection to the press at NYFW.

The projected result from these changes is possibly the most interesting part of this study. Brands will be able to sell more clothing at full-price, for logical reasons. Think about it, there is actually a demand for a swimsuits in the middle of July and puffer coats at the start of December. Further, fast fashion brands such as Zara and Forever 21 will have a lesser chance of being able to knock off designer’s creations.

Many other ideas were offered in the study, including the idea of designers bolstering main collections with smaller, instantly shoppable capsule collections. The CFDA finishes off by pointing out that all of these are merely well-researched suggestions. “Ultimately, it is up to the brands to decide what works best for them, and the CFDA will support designers as they experiment and define what is right for their collections,” they wrote.

So while there won’t be a major overhaul of the shows in the immediate future, expect to see small changes taking place as the next Fashion Week draws closer. In an industry that embraces new trends, ideas and concepts each season, it will prove to be an interesting ride as a small revolution overtakes the current model.

via It’s Official: Change Is Coming to New York Fashion Week — Observer

Romantic: Love words from Brad Pitt, the lover himself — Scribbles Nigeria

I do not know if Brad Pitt really wrote this, found it on Facebook, but I think it is a wonderful piece. Take a read. Brad Pitt – “People think because we are rich and famous that we don’t go through things. We are real like everyone else. We are human. My wife had […]

via Romantic: Love words from Brad Pitt, the lover himself — Scribbles Nigeria

Scarlett Johansson Tempts as Python, Kaa in “The Jungle Book” —

With only her voice, Scarlett Johansson made people madly fall in love with their computer’s operating system in the futuristic drama “Her.” Now, Johansson once again uses her voice to capture hearts in Disney’s new family adventure “The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film. Johansson provides […]

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