"If a brand wants to work with me, and think their designs look good on me, then they can give them to me in my size."
The frantic buzz of fashion month has quietened, as the industry mourns the loss of Karl Lagerfeld.Dubbed one of the world’s most prolific designers, the 85-year-old revolutionised the face of fashion over the course of his seven decade-long career. After stints at Jean Patou and Chloé, Lagerfeld finally found his footing at Chanel – undoubtedly his most famous move.Having presided over the French fashion house for more than 30 years (with as many as eight collections a year), he saved the company from financial ruin courtesy of his now-famous rebrand of the interlocking CC logo.Further demonstrating his sartorial know-how and starry connections, the designer is also widely hailed for his five-decade reign at Fendi where he joined as head of womenswear and furs back in 1965.From his very first freelance job to the designer’s most famous star-studded runways, we take a look back at Karl Lagerfeld’s illustrious career in pictures.
The body-positive movement is not just for women. Meet a model who is breaking male stereotypes.
Ashley Graham has an interesting response to women who ask her advice about becoming models. "And I say to them, 'Why would you want to become a model?'" Graham revealed. "'Why would you want to be picked apart all the time?'"
Stories about customers saying they found notes from a foreign labor camp prisoners tucked into their purchases have been circulating for years. An Arizona woman went to Walmart, bought a new purse — and found a note in it from someone claiming to be a victim of slave labor in China and asking for help.
Alexandra Kutas has been paralyzed from the waist down since she suffered a spinal cord injury at birth. Determined to break into the fashion industry, Kutas started reaching out to talent scouts to try and get the ball rolling. “I wrote letters to several modeling agencies, and they told me that I was very pretty,” she explained to AFP TV.
Despite an effort to boycott Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessory line, Donald Trump still won the electoral college vote for president of the United States. A gay men’s magazine seemed undeterred by that as Gayletter, a Web and print publication, suggested recently that it would boycott any fashion designers who work with Melania Trump.
With the likes of Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne dominating not only the beauty and fashion industry, but winning over the public with their social media networks (a combined 41 million followers on their Instagram’s), modelling has become less about the look and more about the online persona. Reflecting upon the concept of modelling becoming more dominated by social media influence, I decided to contact my friend Charlotte Gergahty. Lottie is essentially a super-model, she has appeared in campaigns for Jerome Russell and Ann Taylor, as well as being the face of numerous clotting companies and appearing in music videos worldwide.
Mini model Louis Killick’s mother wants bigger brands to sign up models with Down’s Syndrome. Strutting down the catwalk with the swagger of a seasoned pro, Louis Killick looked every inch the mini model. The six-year-old who has Down’s Syndrome was making his catwalk debut for modelling agency, Models of Diversity, but now his mother is questioning why the youngster can’t model for more mainstream brands.