Folks: we officially live in a world where Beyoncé's skin gets lightened for ads and Isabeli Fontana's gets darkened. H&M is under fire from public health and cancer groups for hiring model Isabeli Fontana for its latest swimwear campaign and making her look really tan — tan in a way that many people can't achieve via healthy means. A photo of Fontana from the last time she modeled for H&M is included for comparison. We don't know if this is bronzer, fake tanner, Photoshop, or some unholy combination of all of the above — hopefully it's not a tanning bed or the sun, eek — but Fontana doesn't normally look like Tan Mom. Note to H&M: if you like the way your swimsuit colors "pop" against darker skin tones, these days they have models who naturally have those skin tones. At nearly all of the major agencies! Maybe hire them? [DM]
Those Photoshop pranksters at Lucky give us another round of designer collaborations that aren't real (but which would be awesome). Mary Katrantzou for Lululemon, make it happen! [Lucky]
SCarey Mulligan listed her custom Prada Met Ball dress on eBay for charity. This — given the proceeds are going to Oxfam and given the dress is going to sell for a bajillion dollars anyway — is the only situation in which it is acceptable to bid on an eBay item that is nine days, seven hours away from being sold, FYI. (We are firm members of the Coalition Against People Who Bid Too Early On eBay, Thereby Driving Up The Price For Those Of Us Who Actually Have The Patience And Cunning To Win [And No Sniping Software, It's Unsporting, You Jerk].) [eBay]
SVogue Paris got itself an iPhone app. [iTunes Store]
Karl Lagerfeld Tweeted this photo of his kitten, Choupette, playing with an iPad. "iPet," wrote Karl. [@KarlLagerfeld]
- Add Tyra Banks to the list of prominent models who welcome Vogue's recent decision to cease working with models under the age of 16 (or models who, in the magazine's words, "appear to have an eating disorder"). She told CNN:
"I'm like, ‘Oh my god this is a moment to celebrate.' … I live for this, for expanding the definition of beauty, for not having a stereotype and such a one physicality that we all have to live up to, so I applaud Vogue. And this is not just American Vogue, this is in 19 countries, this is every single Vogue on the entire globe so that's pretty amazing."
Banks also unfavorably compared the working situation of models with that of actors, including child actors (some of whom are around the same age as new-face models).
"I think it's the beginning of creating almost a guild, or a union for models. Models, we don't have that, actors have that. I've done movies and TV shows with children and they are on the stage for a certain amount of hours then they have to leave the stage, legally, and rest. Work some more, leave that stage again, legally, and go to school in a private, sequestered area. The modeling industry does not have that, and I think that Vogue is setting an example for that to one day be."
- Barack Obama's campaign merchandise store includes a number of items by prominent designers as part of (the Anna Wintour-approved!) Runway to Win program. Offered for sale among that trove of Altuzarra t-shirts and Thakoon scarves is a $95 hoodie made by one Alexander Wang. The lawyer who is currently leading the lawsuit against Wang that accuses the designer of running a "sweatshop" would like Obama to reconsider Wang's inclusion. Nothing has been proven, but the allegations that Wang's company violated labor laws governing working hours, overtime, and breaks are serious. [Politicker]
- Mischa Barton flew to Dubai to launch her clothing line. Obviously. [WWD]
- Tea Party Daddy Warbucks and probable John Galt cosplayer David Koch attended the Met Ball, because he is a donor to the museum. He and David Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, were introduced to Marc Jacobs, who was wearing a black lace dress, black pilgrim shoes, and white Brooks Brothers boxers. Apparently, this happened next:
Koch and Kraft didn't bat an eye at Jacobs' outfit, but when he left, Kraft said, "I don't know about the white underpants." Koch responded, "I agree. Don't you think he should've worn matching black boxers?"
- Speaking of Jacobs, Jeanne Beker looks back on 27 years hosting Fashion TV, and recalls how she interviewed a young Jacobs in the late '80s when he partnered with a Canadian company to do a line of knitwear. "His work was already incredible," says Beker.
"Years later, after the poor reception for his "grunge" collection for Perry Ellis, I went to visit him in his little studio in the Village. Robert Duffy was there, and we stood out on his fire escape, talking about his future. Marc vowed that he would never let his business get that big. He just wanted to keep it small and stay true to himself. He was sick of all the hype that went along with the big brands."
- Jen Hyman, the C.E.O. of Rent the Runway, has some advice for women on when and how to ask for a raise. She writes:
Asking for a raise is tough and timing is essential. Throughout the U.S., women do not ask for raises as frequently as men (we should!) and are often satisfied with too little. And, as you move down the corporate ladder, to where positions are the most vulnerable, raises are almost never discussed because who is going to risk angering their boss in this economy?
Her tips are: don't make a request for a raise until you've been with your company for one year. Be good at your job. And ask for feedback from your boss regularly, not just at your annual review (if you have one). [Fashionista]
- Fashion's Night Out is spreading to 19 cities worldwide this year. [WWD]
- Linda Evangelista and François-Henri Pinault formally settled (and sealed) their child-support agreement, thus ending Evangelista's parade of awesome court-appropriate outfits. Depending on which side you talk to, the Post notes, sources say the agreement is either "close" or "not close at all" to the $46,000 per month Evangelista had petitioned the court for. [NYPost]
- Ewen McGregor is going to be in the fall Belstaff ads. [WWD]
- Coco Rocha explains what it's like to attend the Met Ball, which she calls "the most daunting" of red-carpet events because of the placement of the photographers:
You have cameras on both sides of you all the way up a red-carpeted staircase. If you turn to one side, the other side boos. You really can't win.
Once people learn your name they all begin screaming for you "Coco! Coco! COCO!!!" I've made the mistake in years gone by of showing up a little late to the event, right when the Beyoncés and J. Los of the world are having their moment — then you have photographers screaming for you to get out of the way!
Inside the museum, attendees are called to dinner by actual trumpeters. Yes, they have little silk flags hanging from their trumpets. [People]
- Hairdresser and entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon died yesterday of leukemia. He was 84. [AP]
- Sassoon was best known for the "five-point haircut" — a geometric, wash-and-go bob he introduced in 1963. Grace Coddington, Mia Farrow, and scores of other young women adopted it. "Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power," Sassoon told the Los Angeles Times 11 years ago. "They didn't have time to sit under the dryer anymore." [WWD]
- Apparently, Olivia Palermo is a style icon for some Orthodox Jewish women. [Buzzfeed]
- Net profits at Brunello Cucinelli rose 36% year-on-year during the first quarter — just the kind of announcement a company wants in the month after its IPO. [WWD]
- Kohl's quarterly net profits fell by 23%, to $154 million. [WWD]
- Stylist Melanie Ward: "I hate trends. They're awful." [The Cut]
- Rizzoli is publishing a 345-page book about the Fendi "Baguette" bag. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with photographer Ryan McGinley and Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa:
MCGINLEY: Did you have favorite dolls? Were they men or women?
COSTA: Oh, they were all women, of course. No Kens. [laughs] They had dresses. They had all sorts of characters. Some were brides. You know, Brazil is very well-known for its soap operas. So it's this drama and nightmare, and it has a big impact on culture. I think they had an influence on the characters I made. They weren't based on them, but they were influenced by them. What did you make when you were a child?
MCGINLEY: I used to draw pictures of girls naked. I have five brothers and two sisters. My mom had seven kids in seven years and then she had me 11 years later. When I was born, my oldest brother was 19 years old. So I was raised by all these teenagers. They ran the whole gamut: the business guy; the cheerleader; the stoner; the punk-rock girl; the gay guy; the weirdo-everyone was so completely different. I grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey, which is 20 minutes over the George Washington Bridge, so I would come to New York all the time. A good number of my siblings lived in the city.
COSTA: How was their relationship with you? Did they know you were gay?
MCGINLEY: I didn't know I was gay. That's actually one of my biggest regrets in life. My brother and all of his friends died of AIDS—his boyfriend, everybody. I didn't realize I was interested in men until I was like 17 years old, and he passed away when I was like 16.
The whole exchange is at Interview. [Interview]