Photographer Steven Meisel looks to Morocco and North Africa for Zara’s Spring 2019 campaign, styled by Karl Templer with a model lineup including Vittoria Ceretti, Lexi Boling, Anyelina Rosa, Veronika Kunz and Amanda Murphy.
In February 2018, the Boston Globe published a 5,100-word investigation into alleged mistreatment of, and sexual misconduct against fashion models. Stylist Karl Templer was mentioned in the Globe investigation when three models explained that as a stylist, Templer yanked at the underwear and shorts of one, touched another’s crotch and a third model’s breast.
The paper reported that models felt this behavior “crossed the line of professionalism”, seeming to question if this behavior was truly necessary to get the job done on an assignment. One of the models interviewed recalled the instance of her underwear and shorts being pulled off as “trying to get me naked,” although she’d told her agent she did not want to be nude below the waist.
“A stylist’s movement of clothes multiple times — over three decades and possibly tens of thousands of interactions — is not the same as sexual predation or sexual harassment or touching with the intent of self-gratification,” Templer said in an open letter to WWD published the next day.
He added that it was “impossible” for him to defend himself, as the prominent stylist been given no specific information to which he could respond.
On Oct. 2, the Boston Globe responded to Templer’s lawyer, asserting that it never reported that the stylist was accused by any model of “coercing or trying to coerce models to engage in sex or sexual activities” with him.
Models Karolin Wolter, Lexi Boling, Fei Fei Sun, Meghan Collison, Kris Grikaite, Blesnya Minher and Julia Nobis front Zara's Fall/Winter 2018.2019 ad campaign. Steven Meisel captures the old world images with styling by Karl Templer./ Hair by Guido Palau; makeup by Pat McGrath
Interview Magazine, the iconic arts and culture publication, is folding, handwriting that was on the wall a few months ago, when Interview abandoned its offices in a landlord-tenant dispute over unpaid rent, followed by a lawsuit filed in early May by Fabien Baron, Interview's former editorial director. Ezra Marcus, an associate editor at the magazine, said by email with the New York Times on Monday, that the staff was notified earlier in the morning that Interview, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, was closing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Interview was purchased by Brant Publications in 1989, two years after Andy Warhol died. Billionaire Peter M. Brant is a contemporary art collector married to former top model and Victoria's Secret pre-Angels muse Stephanie Seymour.
The May 2 lawsuit filed against Interview by former editorial director Fabien Baron and his wife, stylist Ludivine Poiblanc, cited more than $600,000 in unpaid invoices. Baron -- the former creative director of Calvin Klein and now head of ad agency Baron & Baron -- resigned after nearly 10 years as editorial director. Sources say that Karl Templer, who left his position as Interview’s creative director, was owed at least $280,000. Templer was also mentioned in the Boston Globe's winter expose on sexual harassment of models.
Model Fran Summers stars in 'The Surreal Life', styled by Karl Templer in images by Craig McDean for Interview Magazine April/May 2018./ Makeup by Diane Kendal; hair by Shay Ashual
Models Fran Summers and Lea Julian front Zara Studio's Spring/Summer 2018 'Augumented Reality' collection. Karl Templer styles the duo for images by Ezra Petronio.