'The Model Mafia' Is Stronger Together, Lensed By Carlota Guerrero For Porter Edit September 28, 2018

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'The Model Mafia' Is Stronger Together, Lensed By Carlota Guerrero For Porter Edit September 28, 2018

The September 28 issue of Porter Edit focues on The Model Mafia and the banner headline ‘Stronger Together’. Tracy Taylor styles the model flock for images by Carlota Guerrero.

AOC has followed the Model Mafia and model activism since it began. Here’s the images and Porter Edit article for reading, while we pull in our archives.

Solve Sundsbo Eyes Jorja Smith Of 'Lost & Found' Debut Album, Interviewed By V Magazine FW 2018

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Solve Sundsbo Eyes Jorja Smith Of 'Lost & Found' Debut Album, Interviewed By V Magazine FW 2018

Jorja Smith is styled by Anna Trevelyan in images by Solve Sundsbo for V Magazine Fall 2018./ Hair by Syd Hayes; makeup by Lisa Eldridge

V Magazine 115 introduces us to Jorja Smith with this intro:

Listening to Jorja Smith’s stunner of a debut album, 2018’s Lost & Found, it’s easy to forget that it’s a work crafted by someone just barely out of their teens. Filled with wry observations about longing, identity, and the politics of race and woman-hood, the album is both astute and beautiful—a soul-infected platter of slinky R&B that sounds like it could have been released during the glory days of British trip-hop, centered around a voice wise beyond its years. So when Smith turns up to talk about it, popping by a sushi restaurant in midtown Manhattan en route to a taping of a late-night talk show, she is the very definition of unassuming. Fresh-faced in shorts and a T-shirt, she is both radiant and almost unrecognizable from the glam femme fatale seen in the videos for breakout singles “Let Me Down” and “Beautiful Little Fools.” Sitting down for a cup of green tea, Smith laughs when I mention that I might have mistaken her for a student on her way to class. “My nan always told me I was an old soul,”she says, “But people forget sometimes that I’ve only just turned 21.”

In Africa, Concern Mounts About The Safety Of Botswana's Thriving (And Challenging) Elephant Population

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In Africa, Concern Mounts About The Safety Of Botswana's Thriving (And Challenging) Elephant Population

My heart dropped two weeks ago, when global news outlets reported that about 90 carcasses of illegally killed Botswana elephants had been found around a famous wildlife sanctuary Chobe National Park. Thanks to exceptional conservation efforts mandated by Botswana’s former president Ian Khama, the country’s elephant population has swelled to an estimated 120,000  – believed to be the highest concentration of African elephants in the world.

I was embarassed, frankly, over articles that I wrote several years ago about another of Botswana’s great treasures — the adjacent to Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta — and its promise of feminine principles in new luxury lodgings and wildlife conservation in the Okavango Delta. With a love of elephants decades old and a commitment to donate 5% of our GlamTribal business revenues to elephant conservation, I’m not a Pollyanna on the plight of Africa’s elephants.

Days became two weeks, and I failed to write about the Botswana elephants, until I found a tremendous resource last night called The Conversation.com. What a goddess send!!

Ross Harvey, Senior Researcher in Natural Resource Governance (Africa), South African Institute of International Affairs picks up the story of the terrible tragedy for Botswana’s elephants.

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NS771 Omo Valley Polymer Clay Elephant & Bees Paradise Necklace w/Earrings
180.00

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Sizing: .24" L to top of pendant; Pendant measures 1.5" at top twigs and bee bar, 2 3/4" W, 2 1/2"L. Earrings: 1.5"L

10% of necklace price supports Kibera (Nairobi) School for Girls and elephant conservation

Glam Tribal Studio: 10 rose-gold-brown-yellow w/14K gold flecks, polymer clay beads; goddess toggle. Africa: 4 recycled glass rectangle cubes, recycled peach glass, batik bone small; 16 pink millefleur beads, small batik bone rondelles. Other materials: green glass, leather for stringing, shells, elephant on shell pendant, Swarovski butterflies, antique-gold tone bees and flowers, twigs elephant charms on earrings, Czech glass goddess toggle. 11 mm antique-gold, stainless steel earwire

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Doutzen Kroes Says Ambassador Role For #Knot On My Planet Gives Her Sense Of Purpose

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Doutzen Kroes Says Ambassador Role For #Knot On My Planet Gives Her Sense Of Purpose

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes didn’t just become an activist two years ago, but the Dutch superstar model, mom, wife, design collaborator and activist for humanity tells Vanity Fair that it’s her role as global ambassador for #Knot on My Planet that gives her a tremendous sense of purpose.

Vanity Fair checked in with Kroes before shooting the new #Knot on My Planet campaign with Naomi Campbell and Serena Williams also part of the production. The Knot on My Planet elephant conservation effort gained momentum when Reed Krakoff became chief artistic officer of Tiffany & Co. last year. The new collection will expand beyond elephants to also include rhino and lion pieces.

Tiffany has partnered with the Elephant Crisis Fund on the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign, launching an initial campaign featuring Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and other prominent voices tying a knot to never forget elephants under threat from ivory poachers.

NS135 Turq-Green Patina Bee LOVE Pendant Decoupage Beads w/Earrings
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Sizing: 20" of beading, not including pendant. Honeybee LOVE pendant measures 2" x 3"Earrings 1 1/2"L top of wire.

Findings: 11mm antique gold, stainless steel earwire

10% of retail price supports Kibera (Nairobi) School for Girls and elephant conservation in Kenya

Studio-made: 1 African elephant decline decoupage bead; 2 Omo Valley vegetation decoupage beads;  hand-crafted toggle; hand-crafted pendant with LOVE connector and hand-painted patina pendant. Africa: 10 brass donuts, 4 recycled glass yellow-brown, 6 grn sandcast beads, bone rondelles, 2 tree sap large rondelles. Other Materials: Vintage shell discs, yellow tagua, malachite; turq and gold crow beads; elephant charms; blue-green leather for stringing

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LA Moves To Ban Fur Sales & Manufacture, Following San Francisco, West Hollywood & Berkeley

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LA Moves To Ban Fur Sales & Manufacture, Following San Francisco, West Hollywood & Berkeley

Los Angeles, long associated with red carpet glitz and glamour, has voted to ban the sale of fur products, making it the largest American city to respond to a unanimous City Council vote to draft an ordinance that will ultimately prohibit the manufacture and sale of new fur products within the city.

Projected to take two years to institute, the first step is to draft a city ordinance that takes into consideration “how fur apparel is utilized by religious organizations, and possible exemptions, as well as potential conflicts with federal and state laws relating to sale of fur products derived from legally trapped animals,” writes The LA Times.

West Hollywood already has a fur ban, but the law was changed to exempt fur from animals legally trapped under state law. Berkeley and San Francisco have fur bans, adapted to comply with local laws and ordinances.

Keith Kaplan, spokesman for the Fur Information Council of America, a trade group for manufacturers and fur merchants, argued that global retail fur sales are $35.8 billion and that more than 1 million people were employed, as of 2014.

Big industry brands abandoning fur in their collections include Michael Kors, Armani, Gucci and most recently Burberry.

The current London Fashion Week promoted itself as being fur free.

Alma Jodorowsky Is Carefree Code Coco Girl In Theo Wenner's Fall/Winter 2018

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Alma Jodorowsky Is Carefree Code Coco Girl In Theo Wenner's Fall/Winter 2018

French actor, fashion model and singer Alma Jodorowsky is a carefree Code Coco girl, showcasing the watch in Theo Wenner’s Fall/Winter 2018 campaign, styled by Belén Casadevall.

#MeToo movement? Chanel is having none of it! Contemporary politics and fighting to keep her birth control? These are not worries in a Coco woman’s world. More female chefs? Who needs them when men do such a splendid job of running everything.

Code Coco watches are “meant to be intriguing, with its parts working together to cleverly reveal different design elements — much like a code,” wrote SCMP last fall. Perhaps it’s all a ruse . . . the Code Coco woman is really in charge . . . like her trust fund owns the whole shooting hotel match, so she doesn’t have a care in the world. She’s really the boss lady in disguise.

SC Nominee Brett Kavanaugh & Accuser Christine Blasey Ford To Testify Sept. 26

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SC Nominee Brett Kavanaugh & Accuser Christine Blasey Ford To Testify Sept. 26

The announcement that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford have both been invited to testify under oath in a public hearing next Monday ended a day of Senate Republican leaders projecting defiance on calls to slow down the confirmation process.

Dr. Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a house party when he was 17 and she 15. Ford charges that a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh attacked her, with his friend Mark Judge present, when she went upstairs to go to the bathroom. According to Ford, Kavanaugh then jumped on top of her, tried to take her clothes off, and when she tried to scream, put his hand over her mouth and turned up the music. She said was able to free herself when Judge jumped on the bed, too, sending the three tumbling, giving her a chance to run into the bathroom and lock the door.

Blasey Ford took and passed a professionally administered polygraph test, administered by a retired FBI agent.

The hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, sets up a potentially explosive public showdown, stirring up painful to women memories of the 1991 testimony of Anita Hill, who accused the future Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Next Monday’s hearing will play against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and countless sexual harassment and sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump. His presidency has fired up Democratic women across the nation in massive civic actions and unheard of numbers of women running for political offices at every level in every state.

L Brands Will Close Henri Bendel To Focus On Struggling Victoria's Secret & Pink

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L Brands Will Close Henri Bendel To Focus On Struggling Victoria's Secret & Pink

American retailer L Brands Inc, owner of Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Bath & Body Works announced that it will be closing all 23 Henri Bendel stores, including the historic Fifth Avenue Manhattan flagship to “focus on increasing shareholder value.”

L Brands stock has had a very rough ride in recent years with sales and profits in serious decline at both Victoria’s Secret and now Pink.

Henri Bendel was founded in 1895 when Henri Bendel moved to New York City from Lafayette, La to make hats for Manhattan’s elite. It was the arrival of Geraldine Stutz as president in 1959 that put Bendel on the international fashion map with stylish shoppers carrying the store’s brown and white shopping bags in all the best places.