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Supermodels’ Anita Hill Problem

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In the wake of Hill’s allegations against Clarence Thomas, public opinion shifted when it came to combating sexual harassment in the workplace. Yet somehow, models have been overlooked.

When I became a model at age 14, I had no idea what I was signing up for. Childhood dreams of travel and luxury seemed like easy fixes to my rural, small-town innocence. But what I found was an industry rife with sexual harassment. Twenty years later, it’s still the same.

The televised testimony of Anita Hill has gone down in our nation’s history. In 1991, Hill sat in front of a panel of all male senators and told her story, as portrayed in the new documentary, Anita. She alleged that Clarence Thomas, her superior and mentor, had sexually harassed her in the workplace on numerous occasions. Hill said that Thomas frequently talked about pornography in the office, referencing a porno-film character, in addition to boasting of his own sexual prowess. Instead of treating her with respect, the senators humiliated Hill during her testimony, calling on her to repeat the most uncomfortable details of her harassment. Four women waited to back Hill’s story, some with similar sexual harassment claims against Thomas. But none of the witnesses were called upon by the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a man who is now, twenty years later, the Vice President of the United States. Clarence Thomas, who had been a judge for only a year, went on to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Kaling Doesn't Want to Be Skinny

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And L'Wren Scott leaves estate to Mick Jagger.

Mindy Kaling Is Anna Wintour-Approved: In the infamous April issue of Vogue, which features Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on its cover, funny gal Mindy Kaling speaks out about her body image. "There's a whole list of things I would probably change about myself," Kaling told Vogue's Sandra Ballentine. "For example, I'm always trying to lose 15 pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don't want to be skinny. I'm constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don't beat myself up over it." Kaling, who wears a coordinating blue-and-red printed blouse and skirt by Dries van Noten with polka-dotted Oscar de la Renta heels, adds, "I feel the same way about clothes as I do about food. I want everything." [E! News]

Pharrell Teams Up With Adidas: This summer, singer Pharrell Williams will design a capsule collection for Adidas created from his eco-friendly textile company Bionic Yarn. "Working with an iconic brand like Adidas is such an incredible opportunity," Williams said. "From the classic tracksuit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, Adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn." Currently, Williams is also working on a clothing collaboration with Uniqlo, available mid-April.  [Vogue UK]

THE MAN

Liam Neeson's GQ Cover Story

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He was on-set with Woody Allen when the Soon-Yi scandal broke.

When his fiction family is taken, he takes them back. When delivering an oddly Shakespearean soliloquy in a mostly crappy movie—something like, “Yes I’m an alcoholic, yes I’m a horrible father, but I did not hijack this plane!”—you believe him. And when someone calls him THE Liam Neesons, you don’t ask questions. Liam Neeson is the man.

And the action star is gracing the cover of GQ. He does the interview from a space he uses for meetings and to “sit and read and think.” (If that doesn’t sound like the Batcave, we don’t know what does.) But he’s not just a superhero. He’s a single father who, just like all dads, is worried about his boys getting hooked on drugs.

California Girls

Living Like ‘The Hills’

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Kristin Cavallari hosts a new style show, Lauren Conrad covers ‘Allure’ this April, and Audrina Patridge regularly pops up on taxi cab TVs. Why are we still taking lifestyle advice from the former stars of ‘The Hills’?

I watched Laguna Beach, and both of its subsidiaries—The Hills and The City—religiously. My early high-school self wanted to be the perfect mix of Lauren, Whitney, and Lo—a cool, popular girl with some serious style. While I grew older and left my days of lingerie tanks, Abercrombie and Fitch, and denim mini-skirts with Uggs behind, the cast of my favorite shows seemed to stay the same; nearly a decade later, they are still capitalizing on their high-school fame.

Around ten years have passed since Lauren Conrad, Lo Bosworth, Whitney Port, Kristin Cavallari, and Audrina Patridge made their reality television debut, forever ingraining themselves in the minds of Millennials. Yet, regardless of their impact on our friendships, relationships, and yes, even style, way back when, it’s hard to actually see where these girls—my young teen idols—actually fall in the reality of, well, the real, grown-up world today.

Dress Code

The Politics of Leggings

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A recent controversy erupted after an Illinois middle school told some girls to stop wearing leggings because they were too “distracting” for their male peers.

It’s been a controversial year for clingy pants. A year ago this month, Lululemon caused a ruckus when it was revealed that some of the brand’s yoga pants were completely see through. The company’s founder made it worse in November when he suggested that not all customers had the physique to be wearing the pants anyway. Now, an Illinois middle school’s spandex crusade has managed to make leggings the center of a debate over school dress codes, slut-shaming, and victim-blaming.

Earlier this month, several girls at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill. were told they would no longer be allowed to wear leggings or yoga pants to school because they were “too distracting to boys.”

Artist First

More Than Just a ‘Girl’

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Jemima Kirke. (Jessica Miglio/HBO)

Playing Jessa is both a blessing and a curse for Jemima Kirke. It helped the artist/actress win her latest exhibit in San Francisco, but she’d rather be seen as, first of all, an artist.

Before the world came to know her as the actress who plays the wistful bohemian Jessa Johansson on the hit HBO series Girls, the 28-year-old London-born, Brooklyn-based Jemima Kirke was an artist. Kirke even earned a BFA in painting from one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, the Rhode Island School of Design, the alma mater of artists who include Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, and the late Francesca Woodman. Her art career may have taken an unexpected detour due to her role on Girls, but a new exhibition proves that Kirke, who maintains that she’s an artist before an actress, is still on her way to making it. 

Last Friday, San Francisco’s Fouladi Projects opened an exhibition of Kirke’s paintings entitled, “Platforms,” which runs through May 10. Kirke’s second solo show features oil portraits of women in her life. The exhibition almost didn’t happen; Kirke was initially hesitant when the women who run the gallery, Holly Fouladi and Hope Bryson, approached her about staging a show of her work after discovering her email address on her artist website.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Chanel Inspires an Opera

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And Anja Rubik stars in a wild new music video.

Chanel Inspires an Opera: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Platée is getting a serious fashion upgrade. The comedic opera based on trick-wielding gods and unassuming earthling’s has been re-imagined with iconic figures from the House of Chanel. Now showing in Paris, the main couple garners inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld (a black suit, dark sunglasses, and a stark white ponytail) and Coco Chanel (head-to-toe tweed) while the opera’s main character is portrayed as the ultimate fashion victim. The show premiered in Vienna and will move to New York next week. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana May Receive Court Dismissal: Last June, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to almost two years in prison. Tuesday, Italian prosecutor Gaetano Santamaria requested that the charges be dropped based on the grounds that the company, Gado, which was believed to be a shell company, was not created to avoid paying taxes. The designers of the namesake brand will receive a decision on April 4. [Wall Street Journal]

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Cara Delevingne's #FightforYashika

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And Google Glass gets a trendy makeover.

Cara Advocates For Release of Detained Schoolgirl: International supermodel Cara Delevingne has taken to Twitter to defend a detained schoolgirl facing deportation without her family. "The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Home Secretary: #FightforYashika Stop this sixth form student being deported alone," she wrote. "She deserves a future!" Tashika Bageerathi, who fled an “extremely dangerous” relative in Mauritius for London in 2012, is being held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre until a verdict is decided. [Vogue UK]

Kristen Stewart's Chanel Campaign Leaks: Following the Southwestern-inspired runway looks at Chanel's Métiers d’Art presentation in Dallas last December, it was announced that Twilight actress Kristen Stewart would become the face of the collection. While the official campaign does not launch until May, an insider released exclusive photos of the actress styled in stars, stripes, and lots of fringe. [Fashionista]

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WINTOUR’S FAIL?

Will Kim and Kanye Kill Vogue?

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Is it a bravura business decision, or will it lead to an exodus of appalled readers? Unsurprisingly, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not apologizing for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover.

Usually it takes a major scandal to shake consumer confidence in a brand. But in the case of Vogue magazine it appears that all it took was putting Kim Kardashian on its cover. The reality show starlet graces the April issue in a wedding gown alongside her fiancé Kanye West.

The backlash has been swift and brutal. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar led the charge with a tweet that read “Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”

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The ‘World’s Most Talked About Couple’ opens up to Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.

“The fast-cooling Los Angeles afternoon air is filled with the scent of eucalyptus and mimosa,” is how Vogue’s Hamish Bowles begins his cover story featuring "The World's Most Talked About Couple," Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, for the magazine’s April issue.

Photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz (who also shot the Kardashian Kollection for Sears campaign in 2011), the editorial spread of the “creative polyglot” and his fiancee, a “cultural phenomenon,” is a display of gratuitous excess. Kardashian dons an array of wedding dresses by Lanvin, Shiaparelli, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton (who also designed Kate Middleton’s nuptials gown) as she poses alongside West and their daughter/muse, baby North.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Rihanna Named CFDA Fashion Icon

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Singer Rihanna poses before the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

Rihanna Named CFDA Fashion Icon: After countless red-carpet “wow” moments and a bevy of sartorial risk-taking, Bad Gal RiRi is finally getting the recognition she deserves. “We are proud to represent Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” the company's CEO, Steven Kolb, stated. The recording artist, who is joining the ranks of Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, and Nicole Kidman, will be honored for her contributions to the fashion industry as well as her philanthropic partnership with the M.A.C. AIDS Fund 'Viva Glam' campaign. [CFDA Press Release]

Steve Madden Teams With Brian Atwood: Brian Atwood, luxury shoe designer, has been sold by owner The Jones Group to multi-billion dollar company Steve Madden. Under control of the Madden Group, Atwood is looking to expand his designs into the menswear, handbag, and clothing spheres, as well as re-open his flagship location, which closed in mid-March. [WWD]

"MAJ"

Rachel Zoe '2.0’

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With a new book out on living the glamorous life—with ‘maj’ ease—the mega-stylist dishes on how far her life has come.

“I think in the last several years, honestly, I’ve grown up,” celebrity stylist and fashion personality Rachel Zoe says. “I feel like this is sort of the Rachel 2.0 version. It’s phase two [of my life].”

Zoe has come a long way since her days of screaming “I die” and “Bananas!” and feuding with former assistants Brad Goreski and Taylor Jacobson on her namesake Bravo reality series The Rachel Zoe Project. Off the air for almost a year now, Zoe’s life has taken a more personal turn, focusing attention on her budding clothing line, special projects and collaborations like the blow dry salon, Dream Dry, and, of course, her two sons.

Audrey Louise Reynolds

In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.

  1. Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE Play

    Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE

  2. Be Your Own Muse Play

    Be Your Own Muse

  3. Fashion Party Gone Wrong Play

    Fashion Party Gone Wrong

Style Stars

Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?

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