In May of 1995 Paris-based Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa created a Middle Eastern inspired hooded cloak as a maternity dress for Farida Khelfa, his close friend and muse. She was photographed in front of a large mural painted in Arabic calligraphy at the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in Paris
The triumphant return of Catherine McNeil (Marilyn Model Mgmt) is in full effect. Cat is back and better than ever with a fresh outlook, a renewed energy and of course the classic elegance with a twist that made fashion fall in love with her in the first place (also see our Q&A with Catherine in Of the Minute). Experience the new era of McNeil in this stunning original Models.com series by Christian MacDonald and rest assured, the best is yet to come.
For Summer 2013, high-end retailer Debenhams worked with campaigner and fashion commentator Caryn Franklin. The result: a truly diverse lookbook that includes Paralympians, models under five feet and “plus-sized” models (I hate the term plus-sized as it is a shitty euphemism…).
As quoted in Refinery29, Franklin explains the rationale for this artistic direction:
“To showcase the range of sizes and labels at Debenhams this season, I chose models to inspire us with their own unique looks and personalities. I loved seeing the way that clothes emboldened each woman and man, and I loved being on a shoot where no two models were the same. As a commentator on the importance of seeing a broader range of body and beauty ideals in our media, I never underestimate the power of great clothes to bolster self-esteem, or the impact of imagery that celebrates difference.”
I love any instance where the fashion industry highlights all shapes and sizes; I just wish that these occurrences were more frequent. Then I’d be less cynical and less likely to think that these glimmers of inclusivity - in such a discriminating industry - are nothing more than simple attention-grabs.