Edward Enninful addresses diversity debate with first cover for British Vogue

Politics and culture push fashion world aside, with mixed-race model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah as cover star The first Vogue cover produced under Edward Enninful has been released, signalling the new editors mission to make political statements, not just fashion ones. The coverlines make no mention of trends, It bags or new mascaras. Instead there is a list of power players in politics and the arts, including Sadiq Khan, Skepta, Steve McQueen and Zadie Smith. These names diverse in age as well as ethnicity - outnumber the more familiar fashion names of Kate Moss, Christopher Bailey, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne. The cover star is the mixed-race British model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah, who helms the online platform Gurls Talk, sending a clear message that Enninful intends to engage in the conversation about diversity which has sprung up in the wake of his appointment. The choice of a […] Read more »

Naomi Campbell: People try to use your past to blackmail you. I wont allow it

Late and distracted by her phone, the model soon transforms from hauteur to warmth. She discusses racism, Vogue, stereotypes of black women and how, at 47, shes finally become comfortable in her own skin At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? In a gold strapless mini dress and a crown bigger than the one Beyonc wore at the Grammys, the 47-year-old supermodel was approached by more than one party guest who had come in costume as Naomi Campbell. A real-life Naomi: Campbell at Halloween party in New York, October 2017. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy When we meet, Halloween itself, we are in the restaurant […] Read more »

The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

Theres a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldnt get jobs the suggestion was that I might look too black. But I enjoy being different and standing out so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldnt believe it Ive walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled a girl with dreads […] Read more »

Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versaces Milan show Of everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them. Prints charming: models in signature Versace style. Photograph: Luca […] Read more »

Antonio Lopez: the fashion illustrator who revolutionised the industry

The subject of a new documentary, Sex, Fashion and Disco, Lopez was best friends with Karl Lagerfeld, advocated diversity long before woke-ness was in fashion and had dance moves that can only be described as legendary There cant be many fashion illustrators who can count Jessica Lange, Grace Jones and Karl Lagerfeld as their BFFs, and Jerry Hall as their one-time bae. But Antonio Lopez was special as the new film, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco testifies. An illustrator who started out in the mid-60s (when he dropped out of college to work for Womens Wear Daily), the Puerto Rican-born artist bucked the trend for photography as the dominant medium in fashion media. This was through sheer talent. In his work for the New York Times, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, the whooshes of his lines, movement of his drawings and the confident, sexy poses of the models he […] Read more »

Nostalgic 'Spongebob Squarepants' Handbags Are Here

Attention fellow '90s kids, I have big news: has been immortalized with designer handbags. Created as part of Nickelodeon International and Viacom Consumer Product's year-long Spongebob Gold campaign outside the U.S., the bags are stunningly beautiful with just the right amount of Spongebob-level quirkinessto make you say, Yup, to own 'em. Giphy The Spongebob Gold fashion collection which consists of all sorts of closet staples was originally debuted back in February during London Fashion Week. Six different international designers came together to create an entire line of elevated, Spongebob-inspired wear that far exceeds the cheap tees of your youth. And we have Italian fashion labelSALARto thankfor the eye-catching handbags. Giphy Owners Salar Bicheranloo and Francesca Monaco brought their unique edge to Spongebob, highlighting his youthfulness amidbold Italian leather and gold hardware. In a February 2017 press release, Bicheranloo and Monaco expressed their excitement for the then-upcoming collection. They said, It […] Read more »

Run this town: what Rihanna's power suit means for your autumn wardrobe

From her gargantuan red dress to her fluffy pink co-ords, a week in Rihannas style is a lesson in fabulousness. Its also a crib sheet for what you will be wearing in the new season Rihanna is used to breaking the fashion corner of the internet by now. There was her Met Ball dress in 2015, which quickly became a meme of various foodstuffs, including pizza and omelettes. Then came the wine glass as accessory last year. And the Gucci chainmail bodysuit at Coachella, which was posted as a selfie on Instagram along with the caption: I cant go home yet, cuz enough people aint seen my outfit. Dont fret, Riri! At the time of writing, 1,878,262 have seen it now, along with the lucky ones to encounter it IRL at the festival itself. In this past week, Rihanna has had a hat-trick of public appearances that she has, to […] Read more »

Heel appeal: how the sexy shoe became the new status quo

The catwalk has recently favoured outrage over allure. But now, whether its the Duchess of Cambridges vertiginous Pradas or Rihannas beloved rhinestone Saint Laurent boots, high heels are back The Duchess of Cambridge has new shoes. On the offchance that it is not immediately obvious to you why this development is culturally significant, allow me to explain. The duchesss style is remarkably consistent: for as long as anyone can remember, she has worn pretty clothes in eyecatching colours, teamed with neutral pumps, the heels of which are high enough to look formal while remaining walkable. LK Bennett Sledge courts, which have a subtle platform sole to make them more comfortable, are a favourite. Yet, for the unveiling of the blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum, she wore a daringly bare, vertiginous pair of Prada sandals. Now, the duchess is no early adopter. Conservative with a small c, she […] Read more »

A Titanic moment: how Celine Dion became the fashion icon 2017 needs

Having established herself as a fan of Vetements and Balenciaga, the Canadian 90s icon has gone from Las Vegas to the front row Cline Dion: Canadian, excessively enthusiastic, big warbling voice. This much we know. But are you aware that the voice of the 90s has latterly become the poster girl for avant-garde fashion label Vetements? Riding high after her first appearance at the Met Gala this year, to which she wore a deconstructed Versace gown with a higher-than-thigh-high slit, this week Dion has been fraternising with Anna Wintour on the frows in Paris, given the Giambattista Vallis haute couture show a standing ovation and been photographed naked for US Vogues Instagram account. Chic credentials Cline Dion wearing Balenciaga in Paris last June. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/GC Images Close watchers of Dions career would not be surprised to discover that she likes fashion. For the past five years, she has been […] Read more »

Does the fashion industry still need Vogue in the age of social media?

Bloggers are eroding the power of the glossy monthly style bible For a new boss to dismiss the old guard who were the legacy of their predecessor and bring in new faces is not unusual. Indeed, when Alexandra Shulman vacated the editors chair at British Vogue, having occupied it for a quarter of the magazines 100-year history, it was wholly expected that her replacement, Edward Enninful, would bring in a team to put his own stamp on the industry glossy. Last week Emily Sheffield, Shulmans deputy and predicted by many as a shoo-in for her job, handed out invites to her leaving party, while Enninful who officially takes the helm on 1 August announced film-maker Steve McQueen and long-time friend Naomi Campbell as contributing editors. Kate Moss, already a contributing editor and regular cover girl, will continue working for the title. That his shake-up would cause ripples beyond Londons Vogue […] Read more »