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NYT Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman: ‘I Get a Lot of Feedback’

HaaretzLogoEarly on in Haaretz’s interview article with New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, the former Financial Times reporter pays the readers at her new place of employment a solid compliment:

“The nice thing about the Times is that it has very interactive readers, very engaged readers, and so I get a lot of feedback – definitely more than I did before. It helps me understand who’s reading and their thinking… whether or not we agree with each other.”

Friedman met reporter Sahar Shalev in the lobby of a Tel Aviv hotel. She came to Israel for a visit to the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design and a viewing of fashion design graduates’ final projects.

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New York Loses Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

ShutterstockAdrianaLimaThere was a bit of a New York fashion bombshell dropped this morning across the pond at Victoria’s Secret’s Bond Street store in London. Model Adriana Lima, dressed according to The Cut contributor Hattie Criswell in “exactly what any of us would choose for a breakfast event: a jeweled cut-out dress with generous sideboob,” announced – together with Candice Swanepoel and company CMO Ed Razeck - that the chain’s next annual fashion show will be held at Earls Court in London.

During the press conference, Lima came up with one logical and one not-so-logical celebrity as possible UK first-row guests:

Lima seemed more interested in which Brits would be in the audience for the show. “There are a bunch that we’d like to invite,” she said, giggling. “I’d love to see Elton John because I’m a big fan — I really love him. Hopefully, also — I’d like to invite Prince Harry.”

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On the Sidelines of Fashion Week, Activist Sara Ziff Grateful for Much Needed New Law

At New York Fashion Week, Salon caught up with Sara Ziff, a veteran fashion runway and print model who has for several years been banging the drum about abuses that she says are common within the profession.

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As a testament to her efforts, the February 6-13 edition of the NYC event marked an important milestone in her campaign to rectify some of the wrongs:

“What most people probably don’t realize is that the [common fashion industry] body type is really based on casting girls instead of women. And so there’s a labor dimension to that, that I think people are oblivious to.”

“We championed this bill that we introduced last year, and Governor Cuomo signed into law in October, that basically gives fashion models who are underage teens the same protections as other child performers in New York.”

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Everyday Instagram Users Graduate to New York Fashion Week Big Time

According to Time magazine associate video producer Diane Tsai, the latest edition of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (wrapping up today) is the “first time everyday Instagram users were treated like industry insiders at a major designer’s runway show.”

In the video above, Instagram users Ender Baykal (@enderbaykal) and Patricia Serrano (@freshtraveler) talk about their experiences this past week in NYC. There is also a snippet of conversation with Brian Difeo (@bridif), co-host of one of a number of “InstaMeets.”

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UK Newspaper Pair Challenge New York ‘World Fashion Capital’ Ranking

Lisa Armstrong is fashion editor for London’s Telegraph newspaper, a contributing editor to Vogue and the owner of Twitter handle @LisaDoesFashion. When she and an equally well-qualified colleague in town for New York Fashion Week – Telegraph deputy fashion editor Luke Leitch - question a recent NYC world ranking, it’s worth paying attention to.

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In case you missed it, a survey by Austin, TX-based outfit The Global Language Monitor recently crowned Manhattan ahead of Paris, London and Milan as the world’s top fashion capital. Armstrong and Leitch break down the necessary elements for such NYC legitimacy, based on their time here at NYFW 2014. Starting with the number of truly fabulous runway shows:

On the Amazing Show Front we are left with pretty slim pickings. There was Rag & Bone’s endless succession of skinny-jeans-you-already-own, worn with jumpers-that-look-as-though-you’ve-already-worn-them (think Jack Wills, but with grumpier-looking models). Far more amazing was the Ukrainian streaker who insinuated his posing pouch on to Prabal Gurung‘s catwalk on Saturday – although it wasn’t all that useful for the poor designer…

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Australian Newspaper Celebrates Fashion Week’s Down Under First-Day Flavor

How’s this for a vertiginous fashion-industry trajectory?

TOME, a design label created by the New York-based Australian pair of Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, were finalists in the 2013 edition of the Vogue/Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Fund. Next week, the company’s wares will become available in Myer department stores across Australia, representing TOME’s first major Down Under account. And yesterday afternoon, alongside fellow Aussie fashion rising star Dion Lee, TOME was front and center for the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It was the company’s very first catwalk show.

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Among those sitting in the front row for the TOME presentation was Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. She figures prominently and integrally in the designer pair’s success. From a write-up by The Australian fashion editor Glynis Traill-Nash:

“She [Neshat] has become a friend of ours – it’s a complex dynamic,” Lobo told The Weekend Australian after the successful show. “We’ve spent a lot of time with her, and it’s so beautiful to see the process of her work. It’s something we haven’t experienced before, the person we’re paying tribute to respond to that tribute.”

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Marc Jacobs Opts for Miley Cyrus

Bold choice, Mr. Jacobs. Bold choice.

There are many other reactions being articulated today about the news first shared by fashion designer Marc Jacobs via his label’s official Twitter feed. But… he’s no dummy… Miley is still media-yummy… And so there you have it. From the Global Post/EFE report:

Cyrus will be the new image for Jacobs’ spring/summer ad campaign… She will be photographed by Britain’s David Sims, even though since 1998 the company has always counted on Juerguen Teller as its photographer.

Jacobs shared, as part of his announcement, the following teaser photo. Twerking, this ain’t.

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Victoria’s Secret Transgender Model Petition Nearing 25,000 Signatures

Shutterstock_CarmenCarreraOne of the latest change.org petitions to morph into a news story is the cause put forth by Merced, CA resident Marco Regalado. He wants Victoria’s Secret to consider hiring former Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Carmen Carrera as the company’s first transgender fashion model. At press time, the petition was closing in on 25,000 signatures.

The latest outlets to pick up on Regalado’s efforts include Yahoo Shine, the UK side of the International Business Times and Montreal Gazette blogger Jillian Page. From her op-ed:

Hmm… Not that I am opposed to Carmen Carrera being a model for Victoria’s Secret, but I think a petition calling on the company to make her a model because she is a woman who gender transitioned — or a “transgendered woman,” as many are saying — is somewhat misguided.

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