ICYMI: Michelle Obama blows our minds, 90s supermodels are still the GOAT, and Prada makes amends
Fashion by the 'gram
1. Michelle Obama had another major footwear moment.
Remember the good old days of the Obama administration, when (our President) Michelle made the news for wearing pink Lanvin sneakers? Well, she's more than outdone herself now; at a recent talk to promote her memoir Becoming, she stunned in a pair of sparkly Balenciaga thigh-high boots, worn under a sunny yellow gown. What a legend. What. A. Legend.
2. Shalom Harlow reminded the fashion world why she's an icon.
Behind-the-scenes video of the supe dancing her heart out while shooting Versace's latest campaign — which recalled the brand's Richard Avedon-lensed ads of the 90s — lit up social media. In her decades-long career, Harlow has played muse to visionaries including Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
3. Prada made (good) amends for its allegedly-racist keychain debacle.
After a Pradamalia keyfob with a resemblance to minstrel show characters and Golliwog was called out for being racist, the brand took swift action, undertaking every suggestion advised by original whistleblower, New Yorker Chinyere Ezie; they acknowledged the harm done, pulled the offending item from stores and promised to donate the proceeds of the pieces already sold to a NY-based civil rights organisation. In addition, the brand announced the formation of an in-house diversity council. It's unfortunate that the incident happened in the first place, but let's hope that Prada's measured response sets a precedent.
4. Rachel McAdams made a one-for-the-books feminist statement during a photoshoot for Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine.
The actress accessorised her Versace look with breast pumps (McAdams was nursing her 6 month-old at the time). Mother Nature 1, The Patriarchy 0!
5. Christian Siriano came to Megan Mullally's rescue.
After the comedienne bemoaned brands's unwillingness to provide loans for her upcoming SAG Awards hosting duties, inclusive designer darling Christian Siriano stepped in to save the day. Siriano previously dressed SNL star Leslie Jones after the performer struggled to find gowns for her Ghostbusters remake promo tour. Get your sh*t together, fashion.
6. Fashion mourned Oribe Canales.
The legendary fashion hairstylist, who worked with everyone from Steven Meisel to Thierry Mugler and Cindy Crawford, passed away aged 62.
7. H&M was hit hard by 2018.
The Swedish mass market retailer is claiming its best quarterly sales growth in three years, however its heavy discounting on volumes of unsold stock raised concerns and caused the brand's shares to tumble. Could this be a turning point for fast fashion?
8. Ditto Victoria Beckham.
The Guardian reports that Beckham's label — which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a hilariously self-deprecating short film — operated at a loss of £10.2m despite a 17% rise in sales. The worrying news follows a sizeable cash injection for the brand in late 2017.
9. Raf Simons exits Calvin Klein.
The hubbub started brewing in November, when the chairman of Calvin Klein's parent company cited the Belgian designer being "too elevated and too fashion-forward" as the reason for the company's "disappointing" performance... In conference call to investors, no less. *sharp inhale*