The names on the winners list for tonight's Accessories Council Excellence Awards shouldn't come as too much of a shock — stars like Olivia Palermo and Phillip Lim have been having a very big year, after all. Still, we're excited to celebrate with the Accessories Council and all the big prize holders at tonight's 17th annual ACE Fashion Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. See who made the list here!
One industry legend is so tired of seeing almost exclusively white models on the runway that this season, she's planning to do something about it — and she's got no less a powerful ally in her corner than Iman.
Bethann Hardison, the former model, modeling agent, and activist, is organizing a social media campaign to bring attention to the lack of diversity on the catwalk that will launch during New York Fashion Week. She told The New York Times's Eric Wilson that she hopes her plan — while still not formalized — will make consumers aware that the designers whose clothes they buy frequently cast a small number of nonwhite models. "I wonder if that would make them have second thoughts about buying the shoes, the accessories, and the bags," Hardison said.
Iman took a harder stance on the issue, telling Wilson that the plan needs "a real hard line drawn like in the 1960s, by saying if you don't use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar."
Percentages of nonwhite models hired for runway shows have increased and decreased in recent years, but the focus on this issue in 2013 has produced some real results. Casting director James Scully was interviewed for a BuzzFeed article in March and said the cast of models in Dior's Fall 2013 show was "so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can't even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast." By the time the brand's Fall 2013 Couture show (seen above) came down the runway in July, the white models were joined by black and Asian women too.
Whether Hardison's campaign will produce similar results, or a lasting effect on runway casting, remains to be seen. But if the squeaky wheel gets the grease, we're glad to know she and other activists plan on squeaking.
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Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Oscar de la Renta's exhibit about the late Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo opens today at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York. The show will be on display until the end of March. [Elle]
- "When it comes to plastic surgery, I'm against it," said 57-year-old supermodel Iman when asked about aging well. "I can say that because I don't need it yet." [Into the Gloss]
- The iconic cone-shaped bustier Jean Paul Gaultier designed for Madonna was auctioned for a whopping $52,075 — more than twice its presale estimate. [The Daily Mail]
- David Walliams says the child he and Lara Stone are expecting will have a "normal" name. "It's a bit of a curse if you're called Apple or Peaches or something like that," he said. [Vogue UK]
- Canadian retailer Aritzia is now offering ecommerce. [InStyle]
- Here's a quick refresher course in holiday party etiquette, courtesy of Derek Blasberg and two very cool cats. [Fashion Foie Gras]
- Fast Retailing — the Japanese company that owns Theory and Uniqlo — has just purchased an 80 percent stake in J Brand Jeans, leading some to believe a denim collaboration with Uniqlo isn't far off. [Racked]
- Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Miranda Kerr are among the Angels who lip-synched along to Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. [Styleite]
There was very little not to love about iconic beauty Iman's look last night. The model was glowing on the red carpet of the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala with smoky eye makeup and tousled curls. Her style was capped off with a sparkly hair accessory, adding just the right amount of brightness to her elegant black gown; the juxtaposition of her dark eye palette and dressed-up barrette worked beautifully. Like Iman proved here, the right hair accessory can add instant glamour to your entire ensemble. So brush up on your Veronica Lake waves styling know-how, and shop for your next formal event hair clip below.
Iman hit the red carpet at the ninth annual Style Awards in NYC last night. The supermodel looked sleek and polished in a head-to-toe Rachel Zoe look, and talked about the importance of personal style. She also shared her advice for aspiring models, and warned to not become "a hanger for hire." It's all in this Fab Flash!
Supermodel, brilliant entrepreneur, passionate activist . . . there are so many reasons that Iman is the recipient of our first-ever Beauty Icon award. As one of the world's best-known models, the 56-year-old Somali stunner shows no signs of slowing down as she continues influence the world of style. Watch our video to find out why she's as inspiring as she is gorgeous, and keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Iman.
In honor of their respective contributions to the fashion world, both Missoni and Iman were awarded prime real estate on Rodeo's Walk of Style. Each of the style superstars were honored with their own Rodeo Walk of Style awards for their work in the industry, joining a long line of designers and fashion pros whose plaques line the prestigious sidewalk, including Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, and Donatella Versace. So how exactly do you celebrate such an honor? With the kind of star-studded, Missoni-clad celebrity crew you'd expect to turn out for this kind of high-profile homage. We spotted Nicky Hilton in statement-red Missoni, Alexis Bledel in the brand's pastels, and Alessandra Ambrosio suiting in Missoni's sparkles to fête Iman and the Missoni family. Click through to see all of the night's fabulous attendees, and then be sure to share your pick for best dressed in comments!
In the 1990s, it was all about the "big six" models, an aesthetically-blessed group that consisted of top earners such as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford.
While a debate exists over who coined the term supermodel, Swedish model Lisa Fonssagrives, who was at the height of her career from the '30s through the '50s, is often credited as the world's first. But many models who came afterward earned legendary status. So to see what some of these famed models are up to now, just read on.
Iman is never afraid to take fashion risks, and tonight proved no different. The supermodel chose to wear a shimmering gold sequined Stella McCartney jumpsuit cinched in with a black jeweled belt. A deep v-neck adds a sexy touch, which is amped up with big curls, smokey eyes, and a bronze makeup palette. A standout look, but are you loving it?Vote on all of our Met Gala polls here!