I’m seeing my first drag show tonight… featuring Adore Delano!!! Pregamming while watching Bruins hockey. I am such a well rounded person.
Vogue Has “No Plans” to Work With Photographer Terry Richardson
Vogue has spoken out against Terry Richardson stating it has “no plans” to work with him. This is most likely due to his numerous sexual harassment allegations. After the latest controversy surrounding photographer Terry Richardson, the monumental Vogue has been one of the first in the fashion community to actively respond to these scandals. Recently, Richardson allegedly offered an exchange of sex for a Vogue photoshoot to model Emma Appleton. A screen shot of a Facebook chat started circulating around the internet. The continuously negative news of Richardson has upset countless members of the fashion community and has created a radical online uproar, something magazines and designers can’t continue to ignore. Vogue further explained their stance on the issue saying that, “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future” (US Weekly).
Miley Cyrus at Terry’s studio
Richardson always takes an extremely defensive stance when confronted with these allegations. He has even issued a statement in denial of all claims. In the most recent scandal, his spokesperson denied the value and authenticity of the accusation, stating that the Facebook account was fake. The number of models who have spoken out against Richardson is quite shocking, yet none have received justice. In fact, Richardson has never been charged with or convicted of a crime in connection with the allegations.
A magazine cover photographed by Richardson
Richardson has photographed campaigns for some of the most well-known brands such as Valentino and does photoshoots for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. He has photographed celebrities and famous figures from Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, to President Barack Obama. He is a well-known and well-connected person, which has lead to his tyrannical abuse of women in the workplace being dismissed. His hyper-sexualized photography style has lead models to speak about their uncomfortable encounters while working with Richardson. It is about time fashion companies are stepping up to this photographer. It is quite obvious that he is not favored in popular opinion, especially within online niche communities in the fashion world. Hopefully we can see even more large business and corporations such as Vogue take a stand against Richardson.Written by Taylor Aube. Images via Harper’s Bazaar and Terry’s Diary.
Who Will Be The Successor of Oscar de la Renta? The fashion clock is constantly ticking. This means that fads and come and go, your favorite runway seasons become a distant past, and in this case, aging designers say goodbye to their throne. The man who started his career training beneath Cristóbal Balenciaga and who had tenures at the hem of Lanvin and Balmain is looking someone fit to take over his empire. Oscar de la Renta, who is now 81-years-old, is looking for a worthy successor. Oscar has been described as “a comet on the American style scene” (Voguepedia) and is well-known for his overtly glamourous and dangerously debonair style.
Some famous names are in the talks of becoming the new creative director at Oscar de la Renta. Designer names such as John Galliano, Olivier Theyskens and Prabal Gurung have been circling around the fashion world. It is obvious that de la Renta wants a top designer to take over the company as a creative director. With a constant game of fashion musical chairs and designers taking on the challenge of creating for two houses at the same time, sometimes in two different countries (ie. Alexander Wang and Balenciaga) the concern is, if de la Renta wants someone who is solely dedicated to the brand, or someone who will design for two labels at the same time.
The biggest name among the rumors is Galliano. Galliano and de la Renta have collaborated in the past and de la Renta was the first to openly lend a Galliano helping hand after his downfall while at Christian Dior. Unfortunately, negotiations have been broken off and Galliano will not be taking a permanent position at the studio. The problem was that Galliano and de la Renta executives failed to negotiate on accurate money matters. A source said, “The team at Oscar was not willing to put up the money to pay for the design team John needed, such as the cutters and other specialist support staff for his atelier. Money was the biggest factor which held up the negotiations, and they couldn’t reach an agreement, although John and Oscar remain very good friends. John is grateful that Oscar gave him a second chance” (PageSix).Thus, search continues for a talented successor. I hope to see someone as meticulous as Oscar take over - someone who can bring a youthful touch, yet visualize the classic Oscar de la Renta woman we all know. Not many are fit for that job description, but I would love to see Olivier Theyskens given the opportunity to design for this major fashion house. His designs are dramatic and romantic; I could see him successfully leading the brand into a new era of Oscar de la Renta. Who do you see fit to take over?
Romantic dresses at Sophie Theallet photographed by Taylor Aube
I remember as I was waiting backstage at the show, EVERYONE was speaking French. From Anais Mali chatting up famed hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai to fashionably clad français mingling over some cocktails, it all reminded me of my adventures in Paris.
I had returned to the US about a month before, so I was eavesdropping on every conversation I could hear. I wanted to join the conversations because I had SO much to say, but I was too shy. There were two older women sitting next to me talking about Paris. I decided that my will was stronger than my fear so I politely entered the conversation, saying that I just moved back from studying in abroad in the city of love. They were delighted and we all started talking. The look on French people’s faces when I speak French is priceless. They always have a huge smile and encouraging eyes. I know they are happy to hear me trying to speak their language. It gives me confidence in the strangest way.
So anyways, us three were talking about Paris, how romantic it is and all the amazing things to do there. I was telling them that I went to Paris Fashion Week before, but that was my first time at New York Fashion Week. One of the women asked me if I had heard of the designer before. I said I knew well known people like Michelle Obama have worn the designs before and the designer is French, and maybe that’s why there were so many French people backstage.
Suddenly, a PR person came over and said “Sophie, we are ready,” and at that everyone scattered to where they needed to be. One of the women got up and smiled at me as she walked backstage.
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