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Posts Tagged ‘Karl Lagerfeld’

Israeli Fashion Biz Bans Too-Skinny Models

Milan Fashion Week A basic fact: many criticize the fashion industry for filling its runway shows and ad campaigns with models whose body mass indexes lie a few miles south of healthy. Has this supposed PR problem damaged the power or standing of the fashion and beauty business? Not that we can see. But it has led to lots of posts on the ways in which the industry’s history directly promotes unhealthy life choices (despite Karl Lagerfeld’s laughable claim that “nobody works with anorexic girls”).

Now Israel’s fashion industry has decided to follow the lead of Milan Fashion Week and counter its poor reputation by insisting that designers and advertisers only hire models within a given body mass index range and that they disclose the use of “altered images of models to make… women and men appear thinner than they really are.”

OK, we understand the well-meaning desire to push the fashion industry and limit its reliance on ultra-thin women to showcase the work of top designers. But is this really an effective way to improve the businesses practices and reputation (and to help young women develop healthy relationships with their own bodies), or is it just a way for regulator to sleep better at night? Do any of those who closely follow fashion really care about the obvious prevalence of eating disorders within its ranks? Color us skeptical.

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Rachel Bilson Ate Ice Cream All Day in Paris For Magnum Gig

As we reported last month, Rachel Bilson and Karl Lagerfeld have teamed up for a series of short films to launch Magnum ice cream here in the U.S. Well, the behind-the-scenes footage has been released and it’s as annoying as we thought. Bilson and Lagerfeld, hanging out in Paris, wearing cute clothes, and eating ice cream all the day long.

The films will debut this week at the Tribeca Film Festival and on Facebook. The festival starts tomorrow.

Ice Cream Brand Will Make U.S. Debut with Karl Lagerfeld and Tribeca Film Festival

Bilson on set with Lagerfeld. Photo: PRNewsFoto/Magnum Ice Cream, Olivier Saillant

Ice cream brand Magnum is coming to the U.S. in April. For its debut, the brand has partnered with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lagerfeld is creating a three-film series — Photo Mood, Applause, and Art Class — starring Rachel Bilson, which will premiere at the film festival. (Magnum is a sponsor of the event.) The “lead film” will also debut on Facebook simultaneously. The first trailer for the movie will appear on Facebook on April 19.

Bilson will be starring in the print and TV ads for the brand as well, with Lagerfeld shooting the print ads. There will also be an app and other social media activity, plus a partnership with Polyvore, an online fashion community.

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