Gender Fluidity On Full Display In Chanel x Pharrell Collab With Williams As Earth Mother

Gender Fluidity On Full Display In Chanel x Pharrell Collab With Williams As Earth Mother

Gender Fluidity On Full Display In Chanel x Pharrell Collab With Williams As Earth Mother

Pharrell has a long history of working with the Chanel brand, becoming a close friend of Karl Lagerfeld.

The American music talent, rapper, singer, songwriter, Williams joins Chad Hugo in The Neptunes, producing jip hop and R&B music. This multitude of talents are on full-display in the behind-the-scenes campaign video narrated by Williams and an assortment of models. In his own words: “Hard to believe this all started with writing it on my shoes in 2010.” #CHANNELPHARRELL

Read More

Allure Acknowledges Dearth Of Asian Cover Models With Fei Fei, Fernanda & Soo Joo On June 2018 Issue

Asian models-Allure mag June 2018.jpg

Allure Magazine joins the movement towards a more inclusive perspective with its June 2018 issue with a focus on Asian models. In her editor’s letter and a series of tweets, Allure editor-in-chief Michelle Lee explained her personal motivations to include an all Asian cast for this month’s cover with a moment of reflection and an understanding that numbers mean more than empty words. Our decision to feature three Asian women got me thinking about when the last time was that Allure had an Asian woman on the cover, Lee explained before stating some pretty incredible facts. In 327 issues and over 28 years, there had only been two Asian women on the cover: Lucy Liu in 2000 and Olivia Munn, who’s part Chinese, in 2014. Not. good!

Photographer Sølve Sundsbø captures animated cover portraits of Fei Fei Sun, Fernanda Ly, and Soo Joo Park, styled by Beat Bollinger and all inspiring major hair envy. The top models reflected on their experiences in the industry – both good and bad – and how more steps need to be taken to diversify fashion. / Hair by Malcolm Edwards; makeup by Hiromi Ueda

Soo Joo Park Gets Raw In McQueen, Lensed By Peter Ash Lee For New York Magazine September 2017

764750-800w.jpg

Soo Joo Park Gets Raw In McQueen, Lensed By Peter Ash Lee For New York Magazine September 2017

Top model 'Soo Joo Park Gets Raw in McQueen', styled by Rebecca Ramsey in September 2017 images by Peter Ash Lee./ Hair by Neil Grupp; makeup by Yuki Hayashi

A slick new 'The Cut' from New York Magazine features Soo Joo Park in a series called 'Extremes', exploring the outer edges of style. Writing of Alexander McQueen's Fall 2017 collection, we learn that creative director Sarah Burton "was inspired by the enduring “Cloutie tree” tradition of Cornwall, England, where pilgrims make wishes by tying rags to trees. She translated the ancient practice into a collection full of painstakingly hand-sewn embroidery, elaborately tailored leather pieces, and a wild pagan spirit — a perfect match for Park. "

EYE: Balmain & L'Oreal Paris UNITED WE ARE INVINCIBLE Campaign Brings Fashion Tribes Together

LOreal-Paris-Balmain-Makeup-Campaign14321.jpg

EYE: Balmain & L'Oreal Paris UNITED WE ARE INVINCIBLE Campaign Brings Fashion Tribes Together

In the age of Trump, the L'Oreal Paris and Balmain collaboration is exactly what we need. Olivier Rousteing's Balmain army stands strong with 12 diverse top models fronting the campaign behind the core message: UNITED, WE ARE INVINCIBLE.

The capsule collection includes 12 couture matte shades by Color Riche in shades ranging from deep plums to sweet pinks. Models Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone, Cindy Bruna, Ming Xi, Luma Grothe, Neelam Gill, Alexia Graham, Valentina Sampaio, Soo Joo Park, Grace Bol and Maria Borges appear in the advertisements, lensed by Nico Bustos.

The diverse range of models, hailing from all over the world, was an intentional choice to not just show the play of color across various skin tones, but to champion diversity — an especially topical theme in the aftermath of Charlottesville and Barcelona.  

Headlines in today's news include How Germany Deals With Neo-Nazis and a truly-sad one Calais Brawls leave 20 migrants injured. The fighting of 200 migrants threatening each other with sticks and iron bars involved five mass brawls that mainly pitted Afghans against Eritreans.

The real world is knocking on fashion's door.  While we drift above it, the knocking is louder every day, making this Balmain/L'Oreal Paris campaign unusually relevant. For all politically-correct types who might critique it as superficial, I say it's great. 

"No matter your origin, no matter your tribe. Come together, be seen, be heard. United, we are invincible. Because we are all worth it," Balmain's 31-year-old Olivier Rousteing says about the collaboration.