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Meghan Markle and the Bicultural Blackness of the Royal Wedding

“Who are your people?” is the question that repeatedly came to me as I watched Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother, sitting a few feet away from her daughter at Saturday’s royal wedding. A common expression among southern African-Americans when greeting a stranger, it is never simply a matter of bloodline or individual biography. [NY Times]

'It really was a black service': world reaction to royal wedding

It wasn’t just the black preacher, though Bishop Michael Curry’s fiery address evoking Martin Luther King and the misery of slavery certainly packed a punch. There was also the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the spiritual – This Little Light of Mine – sung by a black gospel choir. There was symbolism stitched in to so many elements of the wedding service chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that spoke to her mixed-race heritage. [The Guardian]

What Does The Royal Wedding Color Scheme Mean? This Is The Symbolism Behind The Décor

From the cake to the drinks to the dress to the flowers, tradition informs every part of royal wedding preparation. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition with a number of their wedding plans, the royal wedding color scheme was likely carefully chosen to marry the couples’ taste with royal traditions. [Bustle]

100 Models Urge The Industry To Sign A Legally Binding Contract Against Sexual Harassment

One-hundred models have joined together to launch the Respect Programme, a legally binding agreement to protect models and end sexual harassment within the industry. Led by Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, who announced the agreement yesterday at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the aim is to create an environment of mutual respect between agencies, brands, models and the stream of creatives, such as freelance photographers, stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists and assistants, that make up the fashion industry’s supply chain. [VOGUE]

How 13 Reasons Why Successfully Grapples with the #MeToo Movement

When 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix last year, there were no expectations that the streaming service would order another season. Originally pitched as a straight adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, the show covered that book’s entire plot within its first 13 episodes. But the massive cultural popularity of the show—partially fueled by the controversy surrounding its treatment of sensitive subjects—meant that Netflix couldn’t resist going back to the well. [Vanity Fair]

What Should French Fashion Do With Its Unsold Clothing?

Two years ago, France was the first country to pass a law preventing supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Under the country’s circular economy roadmap, lawmakers are planning to do the same for clothing. [Business of Fashion]



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Rihanna Reigns Over the Met Gala with Her Pope Dress

Many celebrities flirted with the Met Gala theme this year — the influence of Catholicism on fashion — but no one took it on as fearlessly as Rihanna, who dressed like the female pope the Vatican’s never had. [NY Times]

Cardi B’s Met Gala Look Is Pregnancy Style at Its Most Extra

Cardi B has spent the past few months concealing her pregnancy from the public, thanks to a calculated mix of exaggerated peplums and cascading waves of tulle. Now that the big secret is out though, she’s been unabashedly embracing all the body-hugging shapes that maternity style has to offer. [VOGUE]

An Exhibit of "Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" but First, the Met Gala

“If you’re going to wield power, you need to dress the part — and it seems few have understood that better than the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries.” That is the Associated Press’s take on the latest mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, a look at the influence of Catholicism on fashion. [The Fashion Law]

Burberry Might Be Going Fur-Free — and Meghan Markle Could Have Something to Do With It

Burberry might soon be joining the growing list of brands that have pledged to no longer use animal fur. The luxury brand recently confirmed to The Sunday Times that it is currently reviewing its use of fur with the intention of ultimately going fur-free. [Popsugar]

The Real Controversy at the Heart of Catholic Fashion

The theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute exhibit — “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” — is bound to cause controversy. Showing priestly vestments and risqué haute couture alike, the exhibit seems primed to cause tension between the secular and the sacred. But there’s another, quieter controversy brewing over Catholicism and fashion — not between the sacred and the profane but between different interpretations of the sacred. [Vox]

Want a Fashion Job in London?

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, London remains one of the most attractive cities to build a career in fashion. Thanks to prestigious institutions such as Central Saint Martins, the Royal College of Art and the London College of Fashion, which contribute a steady stream of emerging design businesses to its eco-system, London has long-held reputation as the emerging design capital of the world. [Business of Fashion]

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Men’s Fashion Month: The Names to Know

As an increasing number of fashion houses combine their womenswear and menswear shows, choosing to present during the livelier womenswear season instead, the official menswear schedules have a sudden death of megawatt brands. London is now without Burberry and J.W. Anderson, Paris without Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, Milan without Gucci, and New York without Calvin Klein and Coach. [Business of Fashion]

Why It’s Time to Celebrate Average-Size Women

Over the past few years, more and more brands have woken up to the fact that women come in all shapes and sizes. Not a year has gone by that hasn’t been coined “the year of plus-size” by one publication or another. We’ve seen models like Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley booking major campaigns (including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover), and dozens of brands that previously only catered to slim women have launched plus or curve ranges; amongst them ASOS, Boohoo, and White House Black Market. [Popsugar]

Millennials Will Spend Money For Eco-Friendly Clothing

While it isn’t a secret millennials are choosing to shop mostly from the comfort of their homes, there are new developments about the brands they’re choosing to shop, and why. In fact, studies show when brands incorporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility into their DNA, millennial shoppers are more likely to spend their hard earned money on those products. The Shelton Group, a marketing company specializing in sustainability, found 90% of millennials will buy from a brand whose social and environmental practices they trust, and are thus more likely to recommend their purchase to friends. [Refinery29]

The anti-harassment accessory you’ll see on the red carpet at the Golden Globes

Along with seeing celebrities wearing black at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, some men and women will be donning an accessory with a timely meaning. Time’s Up, Hollywood’s newly launched anti-sexual harassment and assault initiative, has unveiled a pin with a black and white logo. [CNN]

Why are our wardrobes full of unworn clothes? Because most purchases are not rational

A new survey by Weight Watchers has estimated that shoppers in the UK own £10bn worth of clothes they do not wear. As ever with these massed and massive figures, it does not look quite so bad when you break it down a bit. The UK shopping population comprises about 50 million of us, which works out at an average of £200 worth of stuff per person failing to fulfil its sartorial destiny. [The Guardian]

Solange And Kanye West Star In Helmut Lang’s Iconic New Project

Solange and Kanye West are both basically fashion icons in their own right, but the two musicians just starred in a new project for Helmut Lang. Partnering with Exactitudes, an ongoing photo project since 1994, Helmut Lang tapped Solange, West and ten other multi-generational fans of the fashion label for a photo series to highlight the brand’s biggest collectors.  [ESSENCE]

The Psychology of Fashion Blog™ Religion Series: A Catholic Take on Fashion

In this series, The Psychology of Fashion Blog™ will be delving into research surrounding the complex relationship between Fashion and Religion. In the run up to the Met Gala’s 2018 theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination’ which has been deemed it’s most controversial theme yet, we’ve spoken to four catholics to get their personal take on Catholicism’s Holy influence on Fashion

Catholicism has such a profound influence on Fashion more than we realize, how have you personally seen this influence, being a Catholic yourself?

Aquil Jackson: I have seen an increase in religion through Fashion. I believe more designers use religious items in their clothing to make more of an accent to their pieces. Whether if it’s prayer hands, or a cross, more and more designers are using it as a way to express a love for a higher power.

Christian Martinez: Catholicism in fashion dates back to the early days of the Catholic Church. As one may see, priests are often dressed with gold colors. I also feel the Catholic Church set the guidelines for appropriate clothing in schools and public places. Even though it may limit what one may wear, I believe religion has a strong effect on religion.

Josaudy Nieves: Personally, I would say that because of Catholicism, a lot of girls are so afraid to show skin, and what I mean is that because a girl is showing her legs or has a crop top, a lot of people call her a slut or that she’s “asking for attention” or she’s not “pure”. 

Sileny Vicioso: I didn’t realize how big of an influence Catholicism has in fashion until this year believe it or not. I’ve always seen that Givenchy had patterns that reminded me of designs from church but now there’s a trend of gold chains with the virgin Mary and crosses. People are coming out with clothing lines with printed pictures of Saints and virgins. The most recent person that i saw do this was Cassie Ventura. 

How would you describe the relationship between Catholicism and Fashion? And why do you feel this way?

Jackson: I think there is a connection between Catholicism and fashion because just like with a singer using their God given talents to showcase to the world, and let it be known where this blessing comes from, fashion designers want to do the same thing. I feel they want to give praise, and showcase their love for religion through their work. It is a talent/blessing to design and when you see runway shows with a heavenly theme, or clothes with religious references, I feel those are some ways of giving thanks for such blessings.

Martinez: I feel that Catholicism and fashion do not go too well together personally. I feel the Catholic Church is too limiting what one human being is willing to show as “art”. Catholic Church may treat it is as a sexual act as opposed to it being art.

Nieves: There’s no clear relationship between those because it’s always different. Fashion has sexy and seduction but can also have professional and “appropriate”. Being around Catholic people you’re always “expected” to be professional and “appropriate” because the sexy and seductive is always shamed to be unacceptable, if that makes sense. Women aren’t meant to “show” their body, only to the man she’s married to.

Vicioso: I would describe the relationship between Catholicism and fashion as a trend. I think people just wear the clothing pieces because the style is in and not because they are Catholic. I personally think that if you are going to be wearing a sweatshirt with the virgin Mary printed on it you should at least believe in the virgin Mary.

In the book of Exodus, God speaks to Moses about clothing his brother in holy garments, “for glory and for beauty”, what do you think He meant? Do you think God is truly interested in the imagery of our clothing? 

Jackson: We are all an extension of God. So, the things we are interested, I believe came from God, and His interests. I believe God enjoys nice garments and the way we dress in those garments, and we praise Him for things we love like nice clothing hence “For glory, and for Beauty” I think it is all connected and that is what makes it great.

Martinez: I personally believe God is not truly interested in the imagery of our clothing. I believe some people can’t afford certain clothing and the Lord does not care what they’re wearing as long as it’s not against Him.

Nieves: I think He meant for the clothes to show power and importance. He said “for glory” which I think mainly means that He wanted for people to see Moses’ brother as a leader or something worth a lot and someone to response.  I do think God is truly interested because I believe He wants us to always be our best self and with that comes great things whether it’s wealth, respect or love.

Vicioso: Just like to go to mass, we wear our nice clothes for example button down shirts, slacks, dresses below the knees. I believe that what He meant is that when we go to mass and pray we should look our best. I wouldn’t wear booty shorts or sweatpants to go and listen to the word of the lord. There are Catholics who do that but I wasn’t raised by Catholics who believe that’s okay.

Has your Catholic religion ever influenced your Fashion sense?

Jackson: I think my religion has influenced my choice of clothing in a sense that I wouldn’t necessarily put on just any type of clothing. Clothes with too many rips, or a superfluous amount of designs in them, I do not really wear. There are some clothes I will not want to wear because I do not want people to perceive me in a way that I am not. 

Martinez: Personally, the Catholic Church has not affected my fashion sense. I have a different style, that isn’t very revealing to be quite honest.

Nieves: It has. I don’t wear anything that has my butt out or things that are see through, where you could see

Vicioso: Yes, my religion has influenced my fashion sense. I don’t wear clothing that reveals certain body parts or clothing with anything devilish on it.

Federico Fellini demonstrates his ecclesiastic fashion designs. Some of the scenes were censored by the Vatican, which I’ve found and reinserted into Federico Fellini’s clip “defilé di moda ecclesiastica” from the film “Roma” (1972).

Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace and other iconic designers who grew up Catholic have showcased a number of Catholic inspired collections, do you think the symbolic stillness, seen in early Catholic paintings, has impacted the criticalness yet tranquility in their own work?

Jackson: I absolutely think it influenced these iconic designers. It goes back to what I said earlier, where someone who acknowledges where their talent comes from, will essentially want to shout it to the world because of how happy they are for that talent. Growing up in a church, with beautiful designs all throughout the church, with colors, and pictures and the overall makeup of the church can inspire someone to design something of their own. these icons are no different.

Martinez: I do believe the early Catholic paintings have the profound effect on critical ness and tranquility on fashion. Like when we think of Jesus’s last meal, the first thing we think of is Da Vinci’s “last supper”. Most of the religion’s history is painted and/or written.

Nieves: I think it does relate because as a painting, there’s so many different opinions as to what the painting is ACTUALLY showing, and I guess as a designer and having your models walk the runway with your designs, the same thing is kind of happening. Everyone loves it when they see it, but everyone has their own take on what the message is actually about and that’s what makes things iconic.

Vicioso: They were influenced by the church from the start. Going every week, seeing beautiful Drawings and paintings, and overall colors in the church made them think of ways they can bring their designs to life. These icons made what they saw from a younger age, drive their fashion sense to mirror the things they fell in love with.

Vogue’s 2018 Met Gala will be themed, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” and has been deemed its most controversial theme yet, what religious symbolism do you expect to see?

Jackson: With no question, I expect to see someone on a cross being carried down. That is something that will definitely raise the bar, as well as controversy. There are a bunch of things that will test the boundaries when it comes to what people do with religion, and I expect to see major things at this upcoming event. Wouldn’t be fashion, without a little controversy.

Martinez: In the controversial issue, I expect to see the people to be nude or revealing considering we were all born naked and it wasn’t considered a sin unless it becomes sexual. Everyone was naked at one point. When Adam and Eve ate from the tree, then it became a sin, but in heaven, it won’t matter and I believe everybody could be nude there because we get away from sexual thoughts and sins in heaven.

Vicioso: I think we will see some people on a cross being carried. That would raise the most controversy because that is one of the most iconic things in religion. The symbol of Jesus carrying the cross, I feel will most certainly be a part of the show.

Nieves: I definitely will expect a lot of the “The Cross” and Jesus.

This Week’s Top Stories

Nike Remains Challenged in the US

The company has said it would improve results in its largest market by selling to fewer retailers and doing more business with chains that focus on athletic gear. Nike Inc. is still struggling in North America, even as it makes gains in most other regions. [Business of Fashion]

Phoebe Philo To Leave Céline

PHOEBE PHILO is to leave French fashion house Céline after 10 years as creative director. The autumn/winter 2018 collection, which will be presented at Paris Fashion Week in March 2018, will be the British designer’s final collection for a brand she has transformed with her signature modernist style and sell-out accessories. Until a new creative director is named, WWD reports that the label’s collections will be designed by Céline’s in-house design team. [VOGUE]

Holiday Shopping: Buy Memories, Not Objects

Most of us know that money doesn’t automatically bring you happiness—but why? Perhaps it’s because we’re spending it on the wrong stuff. Stuff to fill our houses, stuff to put in our garages, stuff to drape around our necks or sparkle on our fingers. But despite what we think, all this stuff doesn’t make us happier. Why is that? [Psychology Today

Why Are Magazines Still Not Letting Plus Women Actively Participate In Fashion?

Ten years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a woman larger than a size 0 or 2 in the pages of a fashion magazine. For so long, it seemed the world belonged to thin, mostly white, women, and anyone who didn’t fit that standard had a slim chance at success. Those who did manage to game the system and make it to the top would find themselves living a different version of the fame and fortune than their “straight-size” counterparts enjoyed. When Oprah Winfrey landed the cover of Vogue in 1998, it was after Anna Wintour “gently suggested” she lose 20 pounds. [Refinery29]

2017: The Year in Fast Fashion

The rise of fast fashion – the practice of rapidly translating high fashion design trends into low-priced garments and accessories by mass-market retailers at low costs – over the past decade, in particular, has transformed the entire fashion industry. [The Fashion Law]

Ericka Hart Turned Her Double Mastectomy Into Topless Activism

What was once the source of Ericka Hart’s insecurity has become the spark for her activism. In 2014, the queer sex educator and writer was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer, which led to her double mastectomy and a pair of inevitable scars. She kept them hidden, even in locker rooms, before mustering the confidence to attend Afropunk 2016 completely topless — a brave move that empowered her to make Black femme cancer survivors more visible and valued in culture today. [Paper Mag]

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Pantone Opts for Ultra Violet for 2018 ‘Color of the Year’

What we have here in 2017 is a heap of chaos and disruption. What we need in 2018? The Pantone Color Institute thinks whatever that might be will come in the deep purple hue of “Ultra Violet,” its color of the year revealed Thursday. The color wasn’t chosen because it’s regal, though it resembles a majestic shade. It was chosen to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking, Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. [The Fashion Law]

What Makes a Healthy Face?

What makes a face appear healthy? It’s a question psychologists have been grappling with for decades. Early research focused on face shape. So-called “good genes” and a childhood environment free from disease and malnutrition are key to the development of a symmetrical, average, and sex-typical face shape. [Psychology Today]

The Science of Feel

According to Dr Tom Waller, who runs Lululemon’s research and development arm, Whitespace, touch is one of the least understood of the five senses. And yet, touch can be transformative. “Not just the brain, but the entire nervous system and behavioural psychology, is directly related to this thing called the science of feel,” said Waller on the stage of VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers hosted in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate. “There are tiny nerve endings — 3,000 pressure sensors — that work as motor controls. [Business of Fashion]

Danielle Brooks Gets Real About Sizeism in Fashion

The first time Danielle Brooks saw herself on a billboard was an emotional experience. “This was baby Dani’s biggest dream come true and I was so elated that I got to be myself,” says Brooks of last year’s towering Times Square image bearing her body in all its natural beauty. “I didn’t have to lose 60 pounds or change. I got to take the time to embrace and love everything that the world had deemed imperfect. [Vogue]

What Can Fashion Tell Us About Art?

One of the perennial yet unresolved debates in fashion concerns the question of whether fashion is art — or, to be fair, whether some fashion can be described as art. Does its ephemeral nature, its roots in consumerism, frivolity and (sometimes) vulgarity, preclude it from achieving such transcendence? [NY Times]

Sexism Is Rampant for Female Fashion Photographers

Working in fashion has required Kristiina Wilson to develop a thick skin. She’s faced criticism because of her age, her weight, and even her sense of style, she says. The twist is that Wilson doesn’t work in front of the camera, but behind it. A fashion photographer for more than a decade, she says that sexism in the industry leads to women being judged for how they look, landing fewer jobs, and earning less money than men for the same work. [RACKED]

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Women of Color Speak Out on What Victoria’s Secret Did So, So Right at This Year’s Show

It’s no secret that Victoria’s Secret has been criticized for not being diverse enough when it comes to selecting models for its campaigns and annual fashion show. But in recent years, that has been changing. For example, at the 2016 event in Paris, Jasmine Tookes was the third black model to wear the Fantasy Bra. [Popsugar]

How the Fashions of the 1960s Reflected Social Change

In the 1960s, the fashion world turned “topsy-turvy,” as TIME noted in 1967. Nearly every aspect of that revolutionary decade, from the civil-rights movement to the space race, was somehow reflected in the clothing worn by American women. [TIME]

Playboy just made a major change by finally featuring a plus-size model

Playboy isn’t a brand that is known for celebrating diversity, but if their recent shoots are anything to go by, it looks like the blonde cookie cutter clones are out. After featuring their first ever transgender Playmate, Ines Rau, the brand are making more baby inclusive steps by shooting plus size model, Molly Constable. [COSMOPOLITAN]

Solange Is the New Face of Calvin Klein Underwear

In 2014, Calvin Klein launched the #MYCALVINS campaign. That meant that everywhere you looked (on Instagram anyway), the famous and the unfamous posted snaps of themselves in…yes, their Calvin [Klein underwear]. [ELLE]

Top Fashion Companies Come Together to Improve Children’s Rights

H&M, Kering and VF Corporation are among the companies that have joined a new network, set up by the world’s biggest wealth fund and Unicef, to address the plight of children in the garment production industry. After focusing on industries like coal and weapons, Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is turning its attention to fashion. Together with Unicef, the world’s biggest wealth fund is setting up a network with some of the top fashion companies to improve children’s rights, whether they are exploited in the production of garments and shoes or impacted by the industry in other ways. [Business of Fashion]

Ashley Graham celebrates her 30th birthday with a new swim collection

Supermodel Ashley Graham didn’t take a day off for her 30th birthday. Instead she and seven of her closest friends headed to Costa Rica, where they rented a private villa, to shoot a campaign for Graham’s swim line. Graham has been a crusader in the body positivity moment, her first Swimsuits for All campaign, highlighted that plus-size women don’t always want to hide their bodies — they can rock a string bikini with confidence. [Harpers Bazaar]

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Azzedine Alaïa Passes Away

According to a French media report in Le Point, Azzedine Alaïa has passed away at the age of 77. Alaïa was one of the industry’s few designers willing to follow his own conventions and ignore fashion schedules, creating his collections at his own pace. His ability to do so stemmed from his prodigious talent and fashion’s seemingly insatiable appetite for his designs. [Business of Fashion]

New research shows most women report more body dissatisfaction directly after seeing fashion and bikini models

Chapman University has published research measuring women’s perceptions of how media impacts their body image. Results showed that many women reported feeling worse about their bodies when shown media images of bikini or fashion models, compared to those shown images of paintings or products. [MedicalXpress]

Amazon is Tricking Consumers with its “Ships from and sold by Amazon” Label, Per New Suit

Amazon’s marketplace platform is notoriously inundated with counterfeit goods. Aware of this fact, but unable to resist the convenience of Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, you purchase something that “ships from and [is being] sold by Amazon.com,” under the impression that there is a greater chance the product will be authentic since it’s being sold by Amazon and not a random third-party. [The Fashion Law]

Serena Williams Weds In McQueen Ball Gown

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian wed at a star-studded, French-ball style ceremony in New Orleans this week, with the bride opting for a custom Alexander McQueen ball gown to wear for her nuptials. [VOGUE]

J.Crew Responds To Critics Calling The Brand Out For Irresponsibly Styling Natural Hair

J.Crew is being called out on Twitter for irresponsibly styling a black model’s natural hair — and people have a lot to say about it. Atlanta-based makeup artist Dae Louise took to Twitter to post a screenshot from J.Crew’s website where a model is pictured with what’s supposed to be a “messy bun” — but is really just a mess. [Huffington Post]

This Plus-Size Model Re-created Victoria’s Secret Ads — and She Looked Freakin’ Beautiful

If you haven’t heard of Tabria Majors, you will now. The curvy model made headlines when she re-created several Victoria’s Secret campaign photos. The point of the shoot, according to Tabria, was to “revisit the conversation of average-sized women being represented in mainstream media.” [Popsugar]

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This Is Not “Art” or “Fashion,” It is Objectification

In addition to victimizing women – by way of ad campaigns and editorials, alike – fashion thrives on the practice of objectifying women. This is a long-standing practice and in recent years often includes hyper-sexualized fragrance ads for the market’s biggest brands, and extends to apparel and cosmetics ads – for Tom Ford’s eponymous label, for instance, and during his tenure at Gucci from 1990 to 2004. [The Fashion Law]

What MoMA Doesn’t Get About Fashion

Is Fashion Modern?, the first fashion exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art since 1944, constitutes an enormous, flawed argument for the inclusion of clothing design in MoMA’s archive. It pulls together 111 different pieces—mostly clothing but some accessories—that have been influential over the past century and more. [New Republic]

The Psychology of Designer Handbags

 A woman walks into one of the large flagship stores on London’s Bond Street, where she is greeted by a vast display of handbags. Pouches, totes, cross-body, baseball style, shoulder bags and shoppers — the whole handbag family is there, with price tags upwards of £1,000 ($1,317). [Business of Fashion]

Naomi Campbell: ‘People try to use your past to blackmail you. I won’t allow it’

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? [The Guardian]

13 Asians On Identity And Struggle of Loving Their Eyes

When we talk about Asian eyes, we talk about slantedness, roundness, smooth monolids and deep eyelid folds. But what we’re also talking about is Westernization, beauty standards and self-acceptance. [Huffington Post]

Unpaid Workers Have Been Leaving Messages in Zara Clothing in Istanbul

A spokesperson for Inditex, which owns Zara, released the following statement to ELLE.com: “Inditex has met all of its contractual obligations to Bravo Textil and is currently working on a proposal with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango and Next to establish a hardship fund for the workers affected by the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner. [ELLE]