Tao Okamoto, in another great fashion spread for Vogue Nippon – this time making spring basics, look, well – not so basic. Click on to see the rest of the spread!
It goes without saying that we live in a society of bullying, peer-pressure, and overwhelmingly high expectations of appearance. Why? Well maybe its because of guys like Michael Jefferies, the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch. The popular American retailer has over 300 locations in the US so you may have stumbled into their store during your trips to the mall. What you don’t know is that unless you fit a certain mold, they never wanted you entering the store in the first place.
In a 2006 interview, Jefferies confirmed that his primary target is attractive and “cool” people. “That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,” he said.
Jefferies admitted that certain people will never belong in their stores and their exclusivity is the very thing that makes their store exciting. To ensure that they are marketing to their targeted audience only, Abercrombie and Fitch does not carry XL and XXL sized clothing for women. Their reason? They believe overweight women will never be part of the “in” crowd and do not want their clothes on a “fat chick”. Even more appalling, Jefferies claims that he harbors absolutely no guilt from excluding his merchandise to plus-sized women. In fact, he believes this tactic will make his clothing more desirable to attractive and thin shoppers.
It is more than a little upsetting to witness a grown man acting in such a manner. A grown man who perpetuates stereotypes that larger women can never be considered cool or that one’s attractiveness some how measures a persons worth. Its understandable that companies need selling tactics, but it’s hard to see why they need one thats so insulting.
Let us know what you think.
While I’ll raise an eyebrow to the casting of a South Asian model for a character who is Middle Eastern, I definitely love the exposure of more South Asian models in major ad campaigns, especially for Indian/Spanish model Alyssah Ali (who interestingly enough, was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and raised in Canada). I’ll also highly suggest the collection for Sephora for any die-hard Disney fanatics.
To shop the collection, please go here.
Target seems to always bring in our favorite Asian designers for a collaboration: Richard Chai, Thakoon, Jason Wu, and recently, Prabal Gurung – and now – wait for it – PHILLIP LIM. Target officially made the announcement earlier this morning, naming Lim as the latest designer to join the ranks of other designers to produce a collection with the retail giant. The 100 piece collection (for women AND men) will make its debut on September 15, with pieces ranging from $29.99 to $299.99. The looks will feature “a classic fall palette of neutral tones and prints.”
Alright, this absolutely wants to make me skip the summer season and go right into fall. September 15 is too far away!
Kim Soo Hyun fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. The South Korean actor, model, and singer has been gaining lots of support in Japan. His drama “Moon that Embraces the Sun” has been airing on Japan’s NHK channel and its been so well-received that he was chosen as the most popular Hallyu actor of the new generation in Japan.
With his film The Thieves premiering in Japan in June, Kim Soo Hyun will be having his first official fan meeting in Japan next month. The fan meeting is also to celebrate the anniversary of his official Japanese fan club.
As for his fans in Korea, Kim Soo Hyun’s film Secretly and Greatly will premier in Korea in early June. Til then, you can go ahead and enjoy his fashion photos for Ziozia May 2013. Click on to see them all!
There’s only one Kpop queen in my heart – and her name is Hyori Lee. With the recent release of “Miss Korea,” you can understand how excited I am for her comeback (it’s since 2010!) to the music scene. As usual, she’s looking gorgeous as ever as a pinup beauty queen. I wonder what her next album will pack in store.
Check out the video below!
You can also check out more goodies related to Hyori’s comeback below!
Vivien Ong walks along the line of menswear and womenswear – while playing with wild prints and bold colors in this fun editorial for Elle Italia. Check out the rest under the cut!
AUTHOR: Ethel Navales
ISSUE: Spring 2013
“Meet Kimora Lee Simmons’ Fab Right Hand Man”
“The King of Fab,” “Mister Fabulosity,” and “The King of Accessories” are just a few of the many nicknames that Johnny Anastacio has earned as senior graphic designer at JustFab.com. And that was before they began shooting the new reality show Kimora: House of Fab, which follows JustFab creative director Kimora Lee Simmons as she runs the online personalized shopping service. We talk fashion, race and role models with the The King of Fab.