Eye: Jonathan Saunders Talks 'Balls of Steel', Freedom of Expression & Community At Diane von Furstenberg

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Eye: Jonathan Saunders Talks 'Balls of Steel', Freedom of Expression & Community At Diane von Furstenberg

Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders has been chief creative officer of America's iconic Diane von Furstenberg or DVF since May 2016. In short order, Saunders injected modern color, clashing prints and expert draping techniques that pay homage to the original Smart Sensuality image of the brand. 

These changes came into view in DVF's Fall 2017 ad campaign, an homage to New York City and all its people. Lensed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and styled by Camille Bidault-Wadddington, with art direction by Jonny Lu, the campaign features Luna Bijl, Yoon Young Bae, Angok Mayen, and Cara Taylor amongst real New Yorkers in Harlem, Tompkins Square Park, and Liberty Island.  "The people that the girls interacted with were kids that were dancing in the streets in Harlem and these beautiful boys, who we met on a bench in Tompkins Square Park, all these real people in New York that symbolize to me what is so brilliant about this city," Saunders told Refinery 29. 

"New York is this brand’s home. Yes, it’s international, yes, travel is so important to this brand, but New York is its home," he says. Not to mention, "New York has always been an inspiration to me," Saunders continues. "I’ve always been inspired by the time in New York in the ‘70s where Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, all these incredibly cool, incredibly creative people made such beautiful and extensive bodies of work within this city."

Charlee Fraser Channels No Frills Fashion By Alique For Vogue Germany October 2017

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Charlee Fraser Channels No Frills Fashion By Alique For Vogue Germany October 2017

Aussie indiginous-heritage model Charlee Fraser is styled by Nicola Knels in Georgia O'Keeffe -inspired images, lensed by Alique for Vogue Germany October 2017. / Hair by Chi Wong; makeup by Benjamin Puckey

Black Barbie Duckie Thot Stuns In Paola Kudacki Images For Paper Magazine Fall 2017

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Black Barbie Duckie Thot Stuns In Paola Kudacki Images For Paper Magazine Fall 2017

Rising model Duckie Thot gives a meaty interview to Michael Cuby in the Fall 2017 Beautiful People issue of Paper Magazine. Duckie covers the issue in stellar images by Paola Kudacki, ones that pay homage to the Australian-Sudanese model's stunning doll-like features now maximized in styling by Jason Rembert. Duckie herself has embraced what Twitter calls her Black Barbie features. 

Cuby walks where angels dare not tread . . . a man's description of an always-articulate black woman's beauty:

Duckie's skin color is a large part of the reason her name has slowly (but, no doubt, surely) become a mainstay for the fashion set. It's a warm, mocha chocolate that's impossibly smooth and even-toned, and its dark hue is striking in a way that has made her simultaneously adored by casting agents looking for something radically different to the white industry norm and uplifted by the onlooking people of color observing -- and celebrating -- her increasingly rapid success. 

Speaking of being a Black Barbie, Duckie responds:  "Barbie is this perfect thing that walks around and I'm definitely not perfect. . . . "I'm so happy that people say that about me, because it basically is a lovely thing to be introduced to the world as this Black Barbie. I will take the title."

Eye: Absolut's Big Bang Ad, Copper NYFW Caddy Cab & Water For People Philanthropy

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Eye: Absolut's Big Bang Ad, Copper NYFW Caddy Cab & Water For People Philanthropy

Epic' is an overused word in modern vocabs, but Absolut's new commercial from BBH London delivers an epic, about 14 billion years of Earth and humanity history lesson in 60-seconds flat. AdWeek writes:

Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (who won three straight Oscars for cinematography between 2013 and 2015, for Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant), directed the spot, which opens in black space, except for a pulsating white dot, primed to explode and set the universe—and everything it would encompass—in motion.

“It all started one night,” says a woman’s voiceover at the outset. “A night that felt like it had been night for eternity. When, right out of the darkness, BOOM! An idea. The mother of all ideas.”

A Defiant Emmy Awards Show Finds Backbone For Women From Handmaids To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

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No more listening to talking heads make their Emmy Awards predictions. Boy did those guys screw up . . . and they were mostly guys, if I think about it. Perhaps they got it wrong, because as Joanna Robinson writes for Vanity Fair: "the Emmys raised a surprising middle finger to the patriarchy."

On the same Sunday that America's asshat president was Tweeting a meme of him driving a golf ball into Hillary Clinton, knocking her down as she boarded a plane, it was revenge of The Handmaid's Tale in LA on Sunday evening. Yes, 'Big Little Lies' was expected to take home some statues, but no one predicted that the evening would become a fierce of women's rights under total threat by the Trump administration. 

The night was anti-Trump and the Saturday Night Live wins were not as pro-women as anti-Trump, even if Kate McKinnondid wear a white pantsuit and thank Hillary Clinton. 

Leave it to Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton to go off-script, bringing the sassy tone of their '9 to 5' movie to the stage in Los Angeles.  “Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot,” Fonda said. “In 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, hypocritical, lying, egotistical bigot,” Tomlin chimed in to massive cheers from a liberal audience totally Trumped out. The night's first standing ovation for feminism was in the house.  

Then came the night's big surprise, and it wasn't big wins for 'This Is Us', the predictable family drama. 

Thanassis Krikis Captures Claire De Regge In Fall Elegance For Elle Poland October 2017

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Thanassis Krikis Captures Claire De Regge In Fall Elegance For Elle Poland October 2017

Model Claire De Regge is styled by Ina Lekiewicz in sophisticated fall neutrals. Photographer Thanassis Krikiscaptures the fashion looks seaside for Harper's Bazaar Poland October 2017./ Hair by Pablo Kuemin; makeup by Hara Papanikolsou