It’s been some time since I’ve done a “Whatever Wednesday” themed post but today seemed like the perfect day to bring it back. There is a lot to think about…
Photoshoot: Too Brightly Burns by Remi Rebillard
This imagery will undoubtedly be a bit startling to some but its message is quite timely. The unbearable pressures that go hand in hand with fame and greatness often overwhelm our most talented leading them to search for freedom in the most unlikely of places… all too often that freedom is found in the form of substance abuse.
As soon as I saw the image above, by photographer Remi Rebillard, my thoughts turned to the recent loss of Amy Winehouse. The photo paints a very stark and disturbing picture of the destructive nature of addiction. Regardless of whether or not you were personally a fan of her music there is no denying that the world lost a great talent the day she died. I hope you’ll take a few moments to check out the rest of the photoshoot (some is NSFW) and think about what could have been.
Banned in the UK: Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington for L’oreal
It appears that Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington weren’t able to escape the effects of photoshop. According to the The Daily Mail, the UK Advertising Standards Authority has banned the latest L’oreal-brand advertisements featuring the two women on the grounds that they are misleading due to their digitally altered skin.
Julia Roberts is featured in an ad for Lancôme’s Teint Miracle foundation which states that the product “recreates the aura of perfect skin.” The Turlington ad, meanwhile, actually made me giggle because the product in question is Maybelline’s “The Eraser” foundation. (Note to those who may not have photoshop: “the eraser” is a photoshop tool!)
I think it is safe to say that photoshop will definitely erase any imperfections giving you the aura of perfect skin.
What do you think of this news? Do you think more advertisements should be banned on the grounds that they are misleading or do you think some photoshopping is to be expected?
Wanted: Curvy Models (Bring your own padding)
Let’s briefly revisit the topic of curvy/plus-size models. Marquita Pring is fast becoming one of the top curvy/plus models of the day. She has walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier, appeared in campaigns for Levi’s, and was recently shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia.
WWD sat down with Pring for a telling interview published yesterday… an interview where the size 12/14 model admits that sometimes she pads her own body to meet a client’s needs.
Yes. You read that right. She pads her body to make herself appear heavier/curvier/whatever:
“I don’t know if we should reveal this secret! They’re pieces of foam. So I just lay them flat on each hip underneath [hosiery]. They’re like a solid inch and a half thick. [The pads] make you seem all around wider. I mean, from the side you look kind of weird — and it feels weird. Like every now and then my arm gets caught on it and I’m like, wait, this isn’t me. But it’s better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want. It’s a little bit of model magic.”
I’m not sure how I feel about this. While I like that this means a model doesn’t have to change her weight, I wonder why her clients don’t just hire someone who is the size they are looking for. I am sure they exist.
What are your thoughts?
And the latest new fashion designer is…
Giuliana Rancic! According to WWD, the E! News anchor is getting ready to launch a clothing line. Pieces in her collection will reportedly run around $50 and include a fake leather deconstructed jacket and three handbags. Rancic is known for her eye for style – both onscreen and off – but does that make her designer material?
Lately it seems like every celebrity with a remote interest in fashion is entering the designer ring. Rumors were recently floating around that Emma Watson, whom I admittedly adore, was considering designing a line of her own but her reps have shut that down. It’s only a matter of time before someone else decides to try their hand at it.
What do you think of this new celebrity-designer trend?
Tom Ford: Interviews, Runway shows and More!
In case you missed it earlier, I have moved my coverage of all things Tom Ford to my new blog: Full Time Ford. Read about his thoughts on Galliano and McQueen here, check out the F/W 2011 Ad Campaign here and read about the possibility of a full runway show in London here.
Most importantly, don’t miss this wonderful interview with The Talks where Tom gets extremely personal… and tells us that no one will flirt with him (obviously he hasn’t met me yet!).
Inspiration: Jessica Hart wears Gucci for Elle Spain, August 2011
Finally, I just wanted to share this image with you because I adore everything about it. Photographer Santiago Esteban shot Jessica wearing all Gucci for this shoot, and while I like them all, this shot is by far my favorite. You can check out the rest at ZAC Fashion.
Also, while we are on the subject of Gucci – make sure you check out this post on Grit and Glamour for a look at the F/W 2011 Collection shoppable video! Yes, I said shoppable video. How sexy is that?!
So… what is on your mind this Wednesday?