What do you think is the solution to the rapid turnover rate of models?
I don’t believe there is a solution. It is a competitive business and, just like professional athletes, not every model is going to have a successful and long, international career. That’s just the reality of it. However, I do think improvements can be made in work conditions, particularly in areas such as child model legislations which are beginning to be implemented by the model alliance in New York. Their efforts have already been a step in a positive direction. If models wait until they are older to start their international careers this means they are more prepared psychologically to deal with the pressures and furthermore this will eventually and hopefully create a shift in the age of retirement, lengthening the shelf life of models altogether.
Do you miss how exciting fashion used to be? Because I personally feel like it's all too... accessible (not the price, mostly the aesthetics) and collections are borderline tacky. It's almost like a Target employee designed JPG for the past 3 years.
Mhmm, what has happened at JPG is sad. I don’t know if he has lost his creativity or whether he’s reached a comfort in his career where he would just rather please the holding company of his label. The last I read (in 2010 when it was acquired by Puig) JPG was making double in revenue from 1998 (what many would call his artistic heyday) but still lossmaking so I suspect Jean Paul, who has said in the past he has no interest in the management of his label, is probably under considerable amounts of pressure to churn out commercially viable designs. That, coupled with the fact that the maximalist aesthetic and theatricality he did so well is not as relevant as it once was, makes it hardly surprising his collections as of late have been heavily criticised as stale and uninspired..
Hello Demi, I read your article about fashion diversity on BoF. It is really great. I am wondering if you have any books/articles that are related to this topic? Thank you :)
Thank you very much!
I’m not sure if you are after opinion pieces or more factual articles but the fashion spot thread on this issue has a lot of really great discussion / info - http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f96/racial-diversity-modeling-2-a-117025.html and Jezebel does a statistical analysis at the end of every season on diversity on the runways
Hope this helps, and if any of my followers have any suggestions of resources on this topic let me/us know!
“Perfect is the end. Perfection is what scares me. When you see photos of those perfect ladies, you realize it as far away from perfect as you can imagine. Perfect people, perfect scenarios, perfect clothes, for me, are boring. I like imperfections; I like the tension.”—Alber Elbaz, Mr Porter Issue 1
what's your opinion about the Alexander Wang Fall 2014 show
Aside from maybe Marc Jacobs, the show itself is the only NYFW show worth talking about and the only one I bothered watching. I liked the collection, even if the utilitarian theme has been done to death. The outerwear was cool (the coats with the little pockets) and the accessories were some of my favourites he’s done. The heat activated leather was… Interesting? Can see those finale looks being used a lot in editorial but wonder how that will translate IRL. It was nice to see some colour from Wang, too!
Hi I was just wondering how you got into working for Clyne? I would love to work there at some point but I don't know what kinds of skills would be needed, plus I am quite young!
To be honest, like a lot of jobs in fashion, there isn’t really a clearly defined path to follow if you want to be a booker/ work at a modelling agency. I think most bookers I know have some sort of degree but they’re in all sorts of areas. I know someone who did anthropology and another who studied medicine. I never finished my degree but I did half of a BA majoring in Spanish.
I don’t know how young you are but I was 17 when I first started working at Clyne. I did an internship in my uni holidays, then worked part time during the semester and when I stopped studying I was lucky enough to be able to transition into a full time position. It really came down to being in the right place at the right time. Also, being proactive and putting myself out there. If you want to work somewhere (and this goes for all jobs in fashion) and there are no advertised internships, contact them and ask if you can come and help out for a few days for work experience like I did. If the answer is no try somewhere else. That being said, don’t sell yourself short or let yourself get taken advantage of, there’s a difference between working for experience and working for free.
Hope this helps!
Do you think there has been an improvement in model diversity lately? I feel like there are more models of color on the runway and there have been quite a few black models doing really well lately e,g. malaika firth etc ?
I don’t mean to discount Malaika and other models achievements because they’re awesome but to put it simply, it’s not enough.
Why are we expected to congratulate Prada for booking a black model to front their campaign for the first time since 1994?
So what if there were 6 non-white models at Dior last season? Yeah it’s an improvement but when your usual cast list reads like a class roll from a school in Novosibirsk, Russia anything is an improvement.
Call me cynical but right now all I see is $$-driven brands feeling the heat and reacting - there needs to be continued pressure to ensure diversity lasts and doesnt turn into token casting or a fleeting trend.
Me:I blow dried my hair today and it looks really good if u want me to come in to the agency and do digitals...? (said while wearing a Peter Pan collared blouse, pantyhose, pencil skirt and Acne boots)
Agency:Actually the light is gone, so it will have to be another day...
Me:ohh. (leaves for castings in black jeans, sweatshirt and flat shoes)
Do you ever feel like what you're interested is in is just incredibly superficial and none of this is contributing anything to society??
I’ve never been that comfortable with this critique of the fashion industry. Yes, fashion is flawed and sure by working in it I might not be saving lives. But if you’re asking whether I feel guilty about not curing cancer or rescuing baby animals then no, I don’t. Most careers that the majority of people in this world will have are not selfless ones and bankers or CEOs or salesmen never seem to be told “WHAT YOU DO DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING!” as much as people who work fashion. Excuse me for being a cliche fashun blogger and quoting The September Issue for a second, but you might remember Anna Wintour saying in the movie that the reason people don’t like what she does is because they are insecure and feel intimidated/frightened. I can sooooort of get behind that theory but I personally think it’s more to do with the fact that this is depicted as a predominantly female-dominated industry and therefore is seen as a fluffy superficial trivial thing. Then there’s the other idea - the general consensus that fashion is this soul-crushing self-esteem body-image destroying machine that chews up and spits out teenage girls. I really struggle with this criticism, too. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely think it’s important to point out the damaging facets of fashion and I’m the first to tell you what’s fucked up. But is it the root of all our societal problems? Hell no. There are so many wonderful people like Rei Kawakubo, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Frida Gianni to name a few who challenge the feminine ideal and who do so much for empowerment while provoking thought and discussion. Maybe you’re one of those people who rejects fashion and think by distancing yourself from it then it has absolutely nothing to do with you, but whether you want to believe it or not there are parts of fashion that contribute positively in so many different ways to society that you are probably too closed-minded and inept to be aware of. Oh yeah - if I sound defensive, it’s because I am :-)