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Barneys Features Transgender Models In Spring Campaign


Barneys Spring '14 CampaignCall us optimistic, but we’ve seen change for the better in the Spring ’14 campaigns. Rather than opting for the expected slim, Caucasian catwalkers, major brands are taking the road that’s been historically less traveled, casting models of all shapes, sizes, colors, and beyond. Riccardo Tisci, for instance, brought Givenchy to the front of the ongoing race-in-fashion conversation by tapping neo-soul star Erykah Badu for the house’s Spring ads. Nicola Formichetti championed the beauty of a 26-year-old blogger with muscular dystrophy in his latest campaign, and now Barneys has released its Spring snaps, which star seventeen transgender models. Dubbed Brothers, Sisters, Sons, and Daughter, the Bruce Weber-lensed ads mark Barneys’ collaboration with two organizations: the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Ten percent of sales made on February 11 at Barneys’ flagship stores and Web site will go to said initiatives. Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman told WWD that the choice to feature transgender models had “a lot to do with the realization that such extraordinary progress has been made in the last few years for the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community, but it’s striking how the transgender community has been left behind. It’s disturbing and upsetting to see that.” Is there a big marketing element behind brands’ decisions to stray from the norm? Probably–but who cares. It doesn’t take away from the fact that key companies are celebrating individuality in all forms. We have to mention, though, that Riccardo Tisci included transgender model Lea T in Givenchy’s ads back in 2010—that Riccardo, always ahead of the game.

Photo: Bruce Weber, via WWD

Benetton in Living Color


For more than two decades, United Colors of Benetton has pushed the boundaries of fashion advertising, blurring the lines between commerciality and social commentary (for example, in the nineties, they launched ads depicting AIDS activist David Kirby on his deathbed, and in 2011, they ran their UNHATE campaign, which featured an image of President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao kissing). Spring ’13, while perhaps more direct on the fashion front, is no exception. The brand pulled together a group of compelling personalities, like pink-haired Charlotte Free, Sudanese model and activist Alek Wek, Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and transgender model Lea T, among others, to celebrate color (while wearing Benetton, of course) in personal video interviews and vivid photographs. Above, the brand has shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes image from what looks like a fantastically rowdy campaign shoot, and below, watch Benetton’s candid video with Lea T.

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Photo and Film: Courtesy of United Colors of Benetton

Fair Leather Fan


What’s not to like about model Lea T‘s off-duty get-up? Lea’s street-style look serves as a reminder that a basic leather miniskirt can be the perfect transition piece. And with New York fashion week just a little over a month away, you can never have too many of those in your wardrobe. The catwalker paired her easy-to-wear leather skirt with an iconic Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt from the Fall 2011 menswear collection and knee-high boots from the pre-Fall range (which are almost completely sold out at Barneys and Net-a-Porter). Here, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite leather numbers to get her look now.

From top left to right: T by Alexander Wang miniskirt, $425, available at; Milly “Delphine” skirt, $495, available at; Theyskens’ Theory textured-leather skirt, $635, available at; 3.1 Phillip Lim zip skirt, $695, available at

Photos: Tommy Ton (Lea T)/ Courtesy Photos

First Look: Givenchy Haute Couture


Today in Paris, Riccardo Tisci presented his Fall ’11 Haute Couture collection, a 10-look range with all of the designer’s customary layers of sheers and cutouts, ruffles and appliqués. (Not making a return appearance, however: Tisci’s transgendered assistant-turned-model-of-choice, Lea T.) Above, a first look at the mostly white new collection. Check back shortly for the all the photos, and our review.

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Lea T. Walks The Walk


Celebrity casting is a mainstay of Brazil’s fashion weeks, and the country’s biggest supes—Gisele, Alessandra, and Adriana among them—often make for São Paulo when runway season comes around. This season, they were joined by a few more: Ashton Kutcher, who caused a mini-sensation when he walked the Colcci show yesterday, and the fashion world’s new favorite sensation, the transgendered model Lea T.

T. is no stranger to the camera—she shot to fame with a Givenchy campaign courtesy of her friend and boss Riccardo Tisci, posed nude for Paris Vogue, and shares the cover of the latest issue of Love (and a kiss) with Kate Moss—but she’s been less frequently on the runway. This weekend marked both her catwalk moment and her triumphant homecoming when she closed Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Fall 2011 Feminino show at São Paulo fashion week. Coming back to Brazil in the glare of the public eye may not have been easy—T. has spoken openly about her father, former soccer star Toninho Cerezo, and his disapproval of her—but the crowd at SPFW embraced her wholeheartedly. Following the show, at Herchcovitch’s after-party at the Fasano hotel, a passel of boldfacers, including Osklen designer Oskar Metsavaht, Cecilia Dean, and Michael Roberts, kept her company while Paulistas snapped photos and begged for autographs.

Photo: Mauricio Lima / AFP / Getty Images