Before Iman or Naomi, there was Beverly Johnson. This August marks the 40th anniversary of Johnson’s landmark Vogue debut as the first-ever African-American to grace the mag’s cover. A year later, she landed the cover of French Elle, and later went on to score shoots with some of fashion’s most iconic photographers (like Irving Penn), Revlon campaigns, movie gigs, and more.
WWD recently checked in with the supermodel to discuss the state of the industry today, and she didn’t hesitate to point out the lack of women of color on the runways during fashion week, as well as the decrease in African-American hairstylists and makeup artists in the field right now. “Sometimes we live in this very elitist bubble called the fashion industry,” she said. “We have become really oblivious to what’s going on in the world.”
She said she will be turning a sharp eye to the runways in September, along with other top models who have been leading the charge for change, like Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell. They have been joined by designers like Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who has been making his own push for diversity in the industry. Most recently, the designer revealed his Fall ad campaign, which features models of varied color and backgrounds. “I think fashion is all about a vision that you can give to people; it’s [about] expressing that passion. We need to show how diversity is important,” he told Style.com in an exclusive interview.
Danielle and Laura Kosann’s website, The New Potato, seeks out the leaders in fashion, food, and lifestyle for their addictive daily profiles. Today’s intriguing subject? Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen. In the interview, Standen shares everything from his ideal food day—you can catch him at the farmers’ market and Barbuto during the summer—to his opinions on print versus digital. He also clues you in on what makes good content, where to eat in Milan and Marrakech, and why food and fashion really aren’t that different. Click here to read the full story.
Ever since Karl Lagerfeld sent models down a Dallas runway in miles of fringe, cowboy boots, and blanket-striped ponchos for Chanel’s Métiers d’Arts show, there’s been a collective shift toward Western style. But you don’t have to live in Texas or own a Palomino to pull it off. Fashion houses like Valentino and Saint Laurent are giving fringe a chic, citified appeal. In earthy hues like ecru, black, and burnt sienna, fringe is perfect for the workweek ahead and your weekend trip upstate—it’s as easy as swapping your pumps for desert boots. Shop our favorite fringe pieces by J.Crew, Tamara Mellon, and more, below.
1. Tamara Mellon fringed suede pencil skirt, $895, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Samuji ecru white rooibos crop top, $400, available at avenue32.com
3. J.Crew chain tassel earrings, $58, available at jcrew.com
4. Saint Laurent fringe small bucket bag, $2,150, available at barneys.com
5. Valentino C-Rockee fringed leather sandals, $1,095, available at mytheresa.com
One doesn’t typically associate the fashion industry with comic book culture, and yet every year our favorite celebs hit Comic-Con wearing the best of the new collections. Considering the laid-back, youthful setting, we anticipated that the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek, and more red-carpet regulars would step out in bright, fun-to-wear ensembles that matched the atmosphere. In reality, we saw lots of dark colors, ladylike shift dresses, and sensible heels. Where’s the fun in that? The Fall ’14 runways and Resort ’15 collections were literally bursting at the seams with pieces that were practically made for Comic-Con, like Rodarte’s C-3PO gown, Neil Barrett’s lightning-bolt bomber jacket, and Stella McCartney’s Resort ’15 superhero-inspired wares complete with clutches that double as masks. To us, it was a no-brainer…or so we thought. Here, a slideshow of all the graphic prints, cartoon motifs, and bold colors we would have loved to have seen at the convention.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…green? That was the case for newly wedded (newly weeded?) Colorado couple Lauren Meisels and Bradley Melshenker, who supplemented their nuptials with what they “love the best”: cannabis. According to The New York Times, not only was the bridal bouquet made of marijuana leaves, but the groomsmen accented their tuxes with boutonnieres filled with the couple’s favorite plant. While this budding trend might be a slow burn, some dank additions to Spring ’15′s wedding gowns would definitely make bridal week a little more chill.