Coco Rocha Calls Instagram The World's Worst Modeling AgencyS

Add Coco Rocha's voice to the chorus of people who are upset about Instagram's new Terms of Service, which would grant the company the right to use users' likenesses and photos in advertising content without compensation or notification when it goes into effect on January 16. That's potentially a serious issue for the photographers, creative directors, brands, models, and other fashion professionals who use Instagram — and whose content would presumably be of some value to the company (and for whom association with un-vetted advertising could harm their livelihoods. No model wants to end up smiling next to an ad for wart removal cream, gratis). Yesterday, the model called Instagram "the world's worst modeling/photography agency" on her popular Tumblr, and today on Twitter she seems unimpressed with the company's attempts to clarify its intentions. Instagram said late last night that it will "modify specific parts of the terms" in response to the widespread concern among its users, but the company hasn't yet announced what, specifically, it will change. [Coco Rocha, @cocorocha]


Coco Rocha Calls Instagram The World's Worst Modeling AgencySLara Stone was shot by Hedi Slimane in Saint Laurent for Vogue Russia's January cover. [TFS]
Coco Rocha Calls Instagram The World's Worst Modeling AgencySCandy magazine, which bills itself as a "trans-everything," followed up its Tilda Swinton cover with a cover featuring a black trans model named Connie Fleming posing as Michelle Obama. Brad Goreski styled the shoot and Danielle Levitt was the photographer. [HuffPo]
Coco Rocha Calls Instagram The World's Worst Modeling AgencySOh mah gawd: metallic Sharpie manicures. Why didn't we think of this? [TBD]
  • Labor rights and leftist political groups protested the official government report on the Tazreen Fashions factory fire disaster, which last month killed more than 111 garment workers who were making clothing for companies including Wal-Mart and C&A. A day-long strike was observed in Dhaka. The report names nine factory officials who allegedly locked workers into the factory or demanded that they stay at their workstations even as the building was going up in flames and blames the fire on sabotage. Workers want an independent inquiry into the disaster and action at the legislative level to tighten safety standards. The garment industry dominates the economy of Bangladesh, which has grown in recent years to become the world's second-largest exporter of apparel after China. [WWD]
  • British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman took to Twitter to remind people that Romeo Beckham, not being yet 16, will not be modeling any men's clothing in the pages of Vogue anytime soon. Vogue is totes serious about that model age limit, you guys. [Twitter]
  • Forbes released its "30 under 30" list of people making waves in the field of design and style. Interestingly, Alexander Wang — who was just named the creative director of Balenciaga, a pretty important job — slides in under the wire at number 30. That's below such luminaries as, um, Richard Avedon's grandson and that woman who designed the world's hipster-iest wedding announcement. Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs comes in at number 1. [Racked]
  • Selfridges is opening a "retail experience" called No Noise — a silent, brand-free shopping-and-meditation chamber within its London flagship. Shoppers will check their cell phones and even their shoes at the door, and enter a room where they can learn to meditate. Or just shop de-branded luxury goods from the likes of Acne, Creme de la Mer, and Jil Sander. [WWD]
  • Vice just acquired i-D. The fashion magazine will continue to operate out of London. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. [The Cut]
  • In the latest news of Tom Ford's assimilation into the Borg collective of fashion month, the designer will show on schedule at London Fashion Week this season. Since returning to designing women's wear, Ford has shown during London Fashion Week (or during New York fashion week) but not as an official participant registered with the relevant umbrella organizations, because Tom Ford is a special snowflake who marches to the beat of his own piccolo. Tom Ford also used to embargo all press images until his collections reached retail stores, too, but last season he ended the practice. [WWD]
  • A set of leather-look nail stickers recently worn by Alexa Chung sold out when it finally reached Sephora. [SheFinds]
  • Alexis Mabille and Maison Martin Margiela are now official, dues-paying members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture — and therefore legally entitled to use the apellation "haute couture" to refer to their custom-made clothing collections. There are now 14 fashion houses that can call their wares haute couture, five correspondent members, and 11 guest members. Nobody else should use the word "couture," ever. [WWD]
  • Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller blog was interviewed with her husband, Abie Cohen, for Rag & Bone's blog. The company asked Cohen if he ever, in fact, felt repelled by Medine's outfits. He replied:

    "No, she has always been so confident in what she wears and that was more attractive than anything else."

    [Rag & Bone]

  • Gap has reached a franchise agreement that will see the retailer open its first stores in Brazil next year. [WWD]