Good news girls! Vogue’s 19 international editors have made a pact to encourage a healthier approach to body image in the fashion industry in a fancy programme called The Health Initiative. This hopefully means less tiny hungry models on the catwalk.
“As one of the fashion industry’s most powerful voices, Vogue has a unique opportunity to engage with relevant issues where we feel we can make a difference,” says UK Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman. It will reportedly “build on the successful work that the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the support of American Vogue in the US and the British Fashion Council (BFC) in the UK have already begun to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.”
This is obviously really good news, but I am aware that plenty of top designers insist upon using super-skinny girls and as the fashion magazines and the BFC need a good relationship with all the best designers, the issue can be brushed aside. It is something that all parts of the fashion industry needs to embrace.
To its credit, Vogue has vowed to “work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image” and to “be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image,” which is great. We’re not sure we will see a range of sizes in the fashion glossies on a regular basis any time soon but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.
The BFC wrapped up its Model Health Inquiry in 2007 and has a Model Programme to promote healthy models. There are now a bunch of recommendations in designers’ LFW contracts such as no under 16s on the catwalk, healthy food and drink to be available backstage and relaxation zones as well as a representative body for models…but these are recommendations and arguably more needs to be done to make sure we have healthy, happy models who are better role models for girls. It is arguably natural for designers to want to showcase their work on pretty girls (let’s not presume otherwise!) but this does not been that they have to be hungry-looking. After all, it is women of various shapes, sizes and ages who the fashion industry seeks to inspire and who buy the clothes.
Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman, says: “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful. Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the wellbeing of their readers.”
I’ll be honest. I hadn’t really taken much notice Riley Keough before, but it turns out that she’s Elvis’ granddaughter, a face of Dior, Victoria’s Secret model and an actress…which leads me to think – why not and where have I been?! A little bit grungy and a lot glam, she’s definitely worthy of a style crush.
Who doesn’t love Scarlett Johansson’s retro style? Legendary photographer Mario Testino has captured Scarlett in sumptuous Art Deco surroundings for Vogue magazine at a time when we are all gaga for Gucci and The Great Gastby’s 1920s glamour. The only disappointment is the predictable sugary pastel cover…why?!
We will also take this opportunity to reminisce over a previous amazing Vogue Paris shoot. Ooh la la!
Parlez vous anglais? Well, oui actually. You can now read the ever so chic French Vogue in English. Voila – hours of extra fashion happiness. But only some of the content will be in English, so we can gleefully continue to play guess the content and put our school French to good use. To be fair, ‘Le look book de jour’ and ‘Linda Evangelista pour Chanel’ is pretty easy to translate – we’re almost fluent ;)
Adele is on the cover of Vogue. She looks great but surprise, surprise it’s a close-up so we don’t see her figure (like most Vogue covers), which makes it look more lifestyle than fashion mag if you ask us.
In my humble opinion it’s a particular shame given Karl Lagerfeld’s recent misjudged comments, (we hope Adele got looks of Chanel as a sorry gift). Whatever, her makeup and hair look amazing. Go Adele!
They’re both young and huge news in the States (and over here) but their styles are pretty different. Taylor Swift tends to stick to romantic, floaty stuff while zooey goes for retro and kooky.
Of course these are magazine covers and the girls are all styled up to the max and Zooey looks uber polished (but is still in 60s-style regalia) while Taylor has tapped into the seventies trend with plenty of chiffon. I’m personally not a huge fan of Taylor’s style (being a fan of scruffiness and structured/edgy fashion) but I do like this cover image.
January in magazine world tends to have a dieting theme (boo!) and it’s all about aspirations, resolutions etc so we’re not surprised to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gracing the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
She looks amazing but has anyone seen her smile of late?!
Bucking the ‘body’ trend, Vogue has put stunning Florence Welch on its front cover (and we definitely need to see the feature on multitasking bags!) The Chloe dress is beautiful and matches Florence’s boho-inspired style but we’d love to see her in something younger and edgier for a change.
Which do you prefer?