"Come on, guys, it's better to be skinny than to be fat!" So said 30-year-old model Natalia Vodianova as part of a panel discussion at the British Vogue Festival over the weekend. (This was after she was asked, "It's undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the population. What message should you be sending out?") Vodianova, who started her career at 15, and has worked for Guerlain, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, L'Oréal, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Versace, Diane von Fürstenberg and Chanel, continued: "We eat well, we exercise — please, do the same and you will look like this." (Wait, if I eat well and exercise I will look like a 5'9" Russian?) She went on: "I'm sorry, but today the NHS [Britain's National Health Service] are fighting against obesity, children are taken away from their parents because they're too fat … And here we are, defending that we are healthy and skinny." She also said: "I respect my body — my body is my temple. If I eat like a pig, I feel like a pig." And: "I must say I actually came to [an event at] the V&A after giving birth to [my son] Victor, three days later, and I was wearing Givenchy Couture." And!
I don't want to offend people who are trying to lose weight — if you want my tip, everyone should look into the only diet I've ever done. When I was little I had ulcers in my stomach from not eating very properly. I had really bad digestion and suffered from it for a long time. Then somebody recommended the blood type diet. Ever since, I have more energy and I've been doing it for five years now. It really works for me. It's not about eating more protein or more carbohydrates — it's which protein you eat, and which carbohydrates.
Don't you feel more enlightened now? [The Cut]
This video of pretty people kissing is part of the Fashion Against AIDS campaign. H&M is asking couples to submit pictures of themselves kissing, and planning on donating $1 to AIDS prevention for each snap. So far there are are more than 10,000 images on the site. [Racked]
Roberto Cavalli has been tweeting up a storm and talking crap about Anna Wintour while he's at it: "I confide you a secret," he tweeted on Saturday, April 21st, "Anna Wintur das nt come to see my show in Milano ……. Why ?? becouse I dont do publicity in American Vogue ??" Meaning, she doesn't show up because he doesn't buy ads. Hmm. He continued: "Fashion…is a big machine of money !! no creativity anymore ! In 50 years the books of fashion … THEY DONT HAVE NATHING TO SAY ABOUT US" You tell 'em. [Fashionista]
If you have $128,758 to spare, why not spend it on the limited editon Range Rover "designed" by Victoria Beckham? She created mood boards, which involved " yachts, luxury jets, and classic cars." [Styleite]
- Crystal Renn weight controversy, take 178. [Radar]
- Here's everything you need to know about the Walmart scandal in Mexico — in an easy-to-digest listicle form! [Racked]
- Did Carey Mulligan get married wearing
VersacePrada? [The Cut]
- Five words: Karl Lagerfeld in a Mankini. [Fastionista]
- Olay is the number one beauty brand on the planet. See the top ten at the link. [Forbes]
- Plus size shoppers may have it hard, but do tall shoppers have it even harder? Perhaps not much longer: Speciality store Long Tall Sally — a UK brand for women 5'8" and taller — has opened a pop-up shop in New York and will open about two dozen more pop-up shops in the U.S. this year. CEO Andrew Chapin says the brand is looking for permanent spaces in this country. [WWD (sub req'd)]
- Giorgio Armani is expanding into India. [WWD]
- RIP Fashion Television. [Styleite]