Posts Tagged Fashion

Fashion and Feminism: A chat with Ana Marcela Villa of AKV

Most of my life, my gender presentation has been pretty feminine. I’ve always been interested in makeup, always interested in clothes. But there was a period of a few years when I toned it down: when I was first being introduced to feminism. I thought that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my “oppressive” eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to its proximity to the feminine. And yet, even within queer and feminist community, this attitude persists. So in an effort to further the dialogue ...

Most of my life, my gender presentation has been pretty feminine. I’ve always been interested in makeup, always interested in clothes. But there was a period of a few years when I toned it down: when I ...

Chanel’s feminist rally

Paris Fashion Week events aren’t the traditional “stuff” that makes feminist news. But last week, Chanel had feminism at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Under the leadership of designer Karl Lagerfeld, the grand finale of Chanel’s runway show was a recreated 1960s-style feminist rally, complete with picket signs and blow horns. The feminist fashion hybrid moment was soundtracked by Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” (which is a bit corny, I’ll admit) and featured some model heavy hitters like Gisele Bundchen, Cara Delevingne (and her amazing eyebrows), and Kendall Jenner (yes, THAT Kendall Jenner). 

Paris Fashion Week events aren’t the traditional “stuff” that makes feminist news. But last week, Chanel had feminism at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Under the leadership of designer Karl Lagerfeld, the grand finale of Chanel’s ...

Afropunk fashions: bodies as resistance

One of my favorite things about the AFROPUNK fest – besides the music, obviously – are the fashions. It’s legit the best outfit-watching of the year, and the festival is full of gorgeous people getting really creative with the ways they get dressed.

One of my favorite things about the AFROPUNK fest – besides the music, obviously – are the fashions. It’s legit the best outfit-watching of the year, and the festival is full of ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Where to get baby food and formula during the shutdown.

How to check your gender bias.

Frozen embryos: do you know where your children are?

“Being a musician/rockstar/whatever is pretty fucking impossible.”

Fighting the wrong mommy wars.

“I’m a Girl.”

On the uphill battle for women and girls in STEM.

“Imagine a woman actively in labor. Now imagine her handcuffed.”

Wendy Davis is in the building, y’all.

The limits of the “female-fronted” band.

Presumed incompetent.

The grossest advertising strategy of all time.

“I was a domestic violence counselor and still ended up in an abusive relationship.”

The cost of Gandhi’s “experiments.”

Was the

Where to get baby food and formula during the shutdown.

How to check your gender bias.

Frozen embryos: do you know where your children are?

“Being a musician/rockstar/whatever is pretty fucking ...

Naomi Campbell checks interviewer while advocating for more models of color

Naomi Campbell has become notoriously known for her episodes of violence. Specifically, she has been charged with assault 3 different times for hitting or throwing her phone (obviously this was before cell phone market values were $600) at assistants and her housekeeper. It’s safe to say that sometimes she doesn’t handle her anger well. However, that does not equate to her being an “angry” person as an interviewer suggested to her a couple of weeks ago.

The interview was a one-on-one with Campbell about a new campaign she launched with Bethann Hardison and black supermodel Iman to bring more models of color to the catwalk. But the interview took a turn when the interviewer wanted to talk about Campbell’s ...

Naomi Campbell has become notoriously known for her episodes of violence. Specifically, she has been charged with assault 3 different times for hitting or throwing her phone (obviously this was before cell phone market values were $600) ...

BET shades blogger B. Scott’s gender presentation

I stopped watching BET a long time ago (seriously, when I gave them up for good AJ & Free were still hosting 106 & Park). After hearing about B. Scott’s experience as the selected host of the BET Awards pre-show, I was validated, again. According to Scott:

BET reached out to me to be the Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards 106 and Park Pre-Show…

The powers that be for this show wanted ‘B. Scott’…but not really. From the beginning, I wanted to make this work. I even tried to secure Chris Brown’s stylist to help me in putting together an appropriate ensemble. Unfortunately BET couldn’t afford him and instead sent over their own stylists to work with me.

After a ...

I stopped watching BET a long time ago (seriously, when I gave them up for good AJ & Free were still hosting 106 & Park). After hearing about B. Scott’s experience as the ...

Fat Girls are still being ignored by fashion companies

Last week fashion columnist Christina Binkley made a video that appeared on the Wall Street Journal. She had some very telling things to say about plus sized clothing being positioned on the margins of the fashion industry.

“’Young fashion lovers have been demanding at an almost revolutionary pace, they have been screaming, “We want fashion, we want short shorts and miniskirts and all the trendy looks.”‘ And bluntly enough, she asserted that one of the main reasons that a lot of fashion companies don’t bite is because they ‘don’t want to be associated with ‘fat.’”

She’s absolutely correct. The truth is, consumers of plus sized fashion are already spending more money on clothes than our thinner peers.

“…online retailer ...

Last week fashion columnist Christina Binkley made a video that appeared on the Wall Street Journal. She had some very telling things to say about plus sized clothing being positioned on the margins ...

Quick Hit: Why are runways so white?

Spoiler: the answer is racism.

BuzzFeed invited five fashion show casting directors to talk about why almost every model we see walking down the runway are white. Some of their answers, like James Scully’s, won’t make you want to vomit: Scully’s conception of diversity is more meaningful than the common tokenism he calls out, though he seems more market- than ethics-driven. Inevitably, there are also the responses that will lead you screaming into the street.

My favorite (read: least favorite) is Barbara Nicoli’s lovely little explanation of why Asian women aren’t sexy:

It’s also true that, for example, Caucasians have a specific body type, black girls have a specific body shape, and Asian girls have a specific body shape. So I guess there ...

Spoiler: the answer is racism.

BuzzFeed invited five fashion show casting directors to talk about why almost every model we see walking down the runway are white. Some of their answers, like James Scully’s, won’t make you want ...

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