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Alexandra Shulman is leaving British Vogue after 25 years as editor-in-chief. Intending to leave the role in summer, Shulman commented, “Although I have had months to acclimatise to the idea of leaving Vogue, it hasn’t made the moment of announcing this any less sad. I have been incredibly privileged to have been able to look after such a great magazine for so long and even more to have worked with so many people over those years who have made the experience so interesting and rich.” Her departure comes after several new appointments at international editions of the magazine, presenting a unique opportunity for Condé Nast to reboot for today’s media reality.
Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2017 couture show took place on Tuesday, with a gorgeous heavily mirrored set and models such as Kendall Jenner & Bella Hadid taking to the catwalk. Lily-Rose Depp closed the show in a statement light-pink ruffled gown, slicked back hair and pink lip; accompanied by a silver-clad Karl Lagerfeld, she is a sure-fire favourite of the design house.
Saturday was the day of the Women’s March, a worldwide protest with most of the posters aimed at a certain new President of America. Personal favourites included, “You look liked a wotsit bruv!”, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this f*cking sh*t”, “If men could get pregnant you could get an abortion at an ATM. Mind your own uterus” and an adorable toddler wearing a sign saying “I love naps but I stay woke”. A mass of celebrities and influentials flocked to the protest, including Madonna, Emily Weiss, Suki Waterhouse and Emily Ratajkowski – and a plethora of models/designers/photographers dedicated an Instagram to the occasion.
Raf Simons unveiled his first new campaign for Calvin Klein as Chief Creative Officer on Sunday: ‘By Appointment’. “No longer solely for celebrities”, reads the accompanying text on Calvin Klein’s website, the line will be “an open made-to-measure service” and a “tribute to the Calvin Klein atelier: a full range of handcrafting skills from embroidery to tailoring.” Appointments are available from April 1 2017, an email address conveniently at the bottom of each shot. This is Simons’ move to prove that Calvin Klein is a lot more than logo-branded underwear and jeans, and into a rather radical bespoke-for-all approach. The campaign, shot by Willy Vanderperre, features an array of fourteen looks featuring models and actresses in bespoke looks that play on American sartorial tics – from Debutantes to Cheerleaders. Each shot is placed next to a pair a of Calvin Klein boxer shorts, to further emphasise Simon’s point. Personally, I am highly intrigued by this new direction for the brand, but am slightly apprehensive to see how the logistics of bespoke-via-email play out. Regardless, Simons is shaking up the industry in a very interesting way.
Taylor Hill is launching a denim collection with American label Joe Jean’s. The Victoria’s Secret Angel has created line of 20 styles of jeans, jackets, shorts, dungarees and T-shirts retailing from $44 to $350. “I really loved it. I thought it was something different. As a model, you don’t really get to see this part, and I thought it was really cool to be a part of the process, and have an input, and make it my own.” Hill will, of course, front the campaign (shot by Mario Sorrenti). “I think she’s going to be the next It-girl,” Joe Dahan, founder and creative director of Joe’s Jeans, said. “She’s so natural, superstylish and almost seems like she’s not aware of her beauty and talents, and it’s effortless, and I love that.”
Hanne Gaby Odiele revealed that she is intersex this week. “It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo,” the Belgian model commented. “At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly all right to talk about this.” Intersex – possessing characteristics, either genital or chromosomal, which do not fit the typical definition or male or female – as a condition, which often results in unwelcome surgeries, is rarely discussed. “I am proud to be intersex,” Odiele said, “but very angry that these surgeries are still happening.” A brave move towards a better future indeed.