TIME Television

Cindy Crawford is Developing a TV Series About Models in the ’80s

Cindy Crawford
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Cindy Crawford in Los Angeles in 2013.

The fictionalized show about the fashion world will be the former supermodel's television producing debut

Cindy Crawford is pulling back the curtain on the fashion. The renowned model is set to produce an upcoming NBC television series about the fashion world of the ’80s, EW has confirmed.

More specifically, the project tentatively titled Icon, according to Variety will follow the wars between Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management. The show will be fictionalized, with no actual names being used. Crawford will also not be appearing in the series.

The project marks her television producing debut. Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games) is attached to write. Anne Heche and James Tupper will executive produce.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrity

Michael Jackson’s White Glove Is Up for Auction

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Cliff Schiappa—AP In this July 7, 1984 file photo, Michael Jackson wears a white glove during his performance kicking off the "Victory Tour" at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Starting at $20,000

One of Michael Jackson’s trademark single white gloves is currently up for auction — but fans will have to shell out at least $20,000 to get their hands on it (or rather, in it).

Nate D. Sanders’ auction house is handling the sale, which ends July 30 at 5 p.m. PT. Jackson gave the glove, which features crystal beading and light wear and tear, to personal artist Paul Bedard — who worked on multiple pieces of art for Jackson’s Neverland Ranch — in 1984, and Bedard went on to sell it in 2005.

Head to Sanders’ site before July 30 to bid and see photos of the item.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Brands

Here’s Why Converse Redesigned Chucks After 98 Years

The new Fall 2015 Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker in blue, white, red and black.
Converse via AP The new Fall 2015 Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker in blue, white, red and black.

“You can’t be afraid to fail”

Tuesday, July 28, brings the much-hyped debut of the Chuck Taylor All Star II–a new, improved version of the classic Chuck Taylor. It features all-white foxing, a Nike Lunarlon sock liner and perforated microsuede liner, a foam padded collar, and a tongue that never needs straightening.

Converse All-Stars, the iconic canvas-and-rubber sneaker, debuted in 1917; and until the early 1990s, it was the epitome of “cool”– worn by pro and college basketball players during the 20s through the 70s, and then adopted by cutting edge artists, musicians and actors from James Dean to Kurt Cobain.

After stumbling into bankruptcy in the 1990s, Converse was bought by Nike in 2003. And today, Chucks are selling at a rate of two pairs per second of every day. It would be hard to come up with another product that so readily generates goodwill.

So, that raises the question: why would this sportswear and lifestyle brand — owned by Nike — fix something that clearly wasn’t broke? Fortune sat down with Converse CEO Jim Calhoun, who explained the iconic sneaker’s unique position in culture and why they retooled it.

“Even at the height of your game, you always need to be asking and answering the questions–what can we do better, how do we get there faster, how do we get bigger?” said Calhoun, CEO since 2011. “As a brand with our history, [as] people who knew what it was to be at the height of your game and knew what it was to be bankrupt, I think we have a healthy sense of just never being complacent. Another adage is you fix your roof when the sun is shining.”

Converse took two years to ask thousands of people who own Converse — as well as those who don’t — what they liked and didn’t like about Chuck Taylors. The answers boiled down to innovation, technology, and comfort. “The expectations of kids is that things will be broken in, ready to use, super comfortable, super functional from the minute it leaves the store,” he says. “It’s a good lesson for a company like us to say, hey, if that’s their expectation, we can fight that, or we can understand that and go with that.”

It’s a risky prospect, as Converse All Stars enjoy a very rare status. “What on this planet that is popular with young people has changed so little over such a long period of time?” asked Calhoun. “It’s the true definition of timeless, because our consumers are young kids, and the surest way to get young kids to think something is uncool is tell them that their mom, dad, grandparents and great grandparents all wore these.”

When the demographic of Converse began to change in the 70s, it was because subcultures (like surfers, then skaters) were adopting the Chuck Taylor All-Star, yet today the shoes are both mainstream while still keeping that association with creative and alternative cultures.

“I think the idea and the need to be authentic and to celebrate the unique and individual you has actually become mainstream. We see it around the world, I think we see it in gay rights, this idea of hey—being different is something to celebrate, not hide,” he says, adding, “I’d love to sit here and tell you that we knew that saw that or planned that. It’s been fortuitous. But I think it’s now at the center of what we do and what we hold very precious.”

So it wasn’t by design, but the Chuck Taylor both resonates as a timeless classic and appeals to self-expression–sort of a blank canvas made of canvas. But that doesn’t mean it has to be spare. The Chuck Taylor All Star has finally gone electric. “Nike’s a great partner in that sense–using all of their R&D dollars and their learning as well as our own. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

Anytime a big brand retools a classic product, it raises the specter of the disastrous revamp New Coke. What if the Chuck II tanks? “You can’t be afraid to fail,” Calhoun said, noting, though, that Chuck 1 isn’t going anywhere. “Both products will also be in the marketplace at the same time, and I’m going to be really fascinated to see how the consumer votes.”

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME beauty

U.K. Fashion Retailer Topshop Drops ‘Ridiculously Shaped’ Mannequins After Complaints

The company has been accused of showing a lack of concern for body-conscious youth

British high-street retailer Topshop has agreed to stop using unrealistically thin mannequins in its stores after a shopper’s complaint went viral.

Laura Berry posted a photo to Topshop’s Facebook page of a “ridiculously shaped” mannequin at a store in a shopping mall in Bristol, reports the Guardian, and said the company was showing a “lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth.”

“We’ve all been impressionable teens at one point, I’m fairly certain if any of us were to witness this in our teenage years, it would have left us wondering if that was what was expected of our bodies,” wrote Berry, a customer-service assistant from Gloucestershire, England.

Topshop says the mannequin is based on a standard U.K. size 10 (U.S. size 6), but Berry points out she’s not sure that it even looks like a U.K. size 6 (U.S. size 2).

“Perhaps it’s about time you became responsible for the impression you have on women and young girls and helped them feel good about themselves rather than impose these ridiculous standards,” Berry said.

Topshop responded to the post publicly saying the mannequin was “not meant to be a representation of the average female body,” but said it was “not placing any further orders on this style of mannequin.”

[Guardian]

TIME fashion

The King of Stretch Jeans, Elio Fiorucci, Has Passed Away

Elio Fiorucci Next To A Sculpted Red Horse
Adriano Alecchi—Mondadori via Getty Images The Italian stylist Elio Fiorucci poses resting his left hand on a sculpted red horse in 1994

Fiorucci introduced stretch jeans to show off women's curves

Elio Fiorucci, the man behind stretch jeans, was found dead at the age of 80 at his home in Milan on Monday morning, according to New York magazine’s fashion news portal, the Cut.

He started his Milan-based fashion label in 1967, churning out pieces initially inspired by ’60s mod fashion in London.

But what he is best known for are form-fitting stretch jeans. Fiorucci got the idea for the pants after a trip to Ibiza, the Spanish island now known as one of the party capitals of Europe. He was impressed with the way wet jeans fit a woman’s body better, the Cut says, and wanted to re-create the effect.

At the time of waifish models like Twiggy, Fiorucci introduced his stretch jean silhouette to show off women’s curves. Once the 1970s hit, his designs spread globally, and he opened a store in New York City on 59th Street. Famous patrons like Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor and Cher came to buy up his designs, while a 15-year-old Marc Jacobs used the store as a hangout, the Cut reports.

Even in post-9/11 New York, Fiorucci fashioned a lasting legacy. His shop, which moved downtown, eventually transformed into a place for Fiorucci to sponsor and inspire new artists, among them DJ and design duo Andrew Andrew, who used the shop to launch their careers.

Fiorucci’s New York shop eventually closed down in 2003 because of financial troubles, but his iconic leopard-printed Americana style remains the inspiration of many designers and fast fashion labels.

[The Cut]

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Hillary Clinton Bemoans ‘Hair and Makeup Tax’ on Women’s Time

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, July 17, 2015.
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, July 17, 2015.

"It's a daily challenge"

Hillary Clinton said that women have to work extra hard to get ready in the morning.

In an online question-and-answer session on Facebook, the former Secretary of State was asked about her morning routine by a female Facebook staffer who noted that she has to spend more than 30 minutes getting ready while her boyfriend “zips out the door.”

“I wonder about how the ‘hair and makeup tax’ affects other women — especially ones I admire in high-pressure, public-facing jobs,” asked Libby Brittain, who added that as a “young professional woman” she’d like to know how Clinton handles it while “staying focused on the ‘real’ work ahead.”

Clinton agreed that it’s a problem.

“Amen, sister — you’re preaching to the choir,” she wrote. “It’s a daily challenge. I do the best I can — and as you may have noticed, some days are better than others!”

Though lighthearted, the exchange touched on a serious issue that has bothered Clinton for a while. During a town-hall meeting with students in Kyrgyzstan in 2010, Clinton was asked by a moderator if she had any favorite clothing designers. She responded by asking pointedly, “Would you ever ask a man that question?”

Though she jokes about her love of pantsuits (later in the Q&A she noted she “never met a pantsuit I didn’t love”), Clinton’s decision to eschew major fashion choices puts her in line with President Obama, who told Vanity Fair in 2012 that he limits his clothing options to reduce the number of decisions he has to make in the morning.

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

Clinton’s response earned an enthusiastic response from Brittain.

TIME fashion

This Woman Is Making Ethical Fur Fashion From Roadkill

Pamela Paquin, Petite Mort Fur.

Many of the items cost hundreds of dollars

Pamela Paquin, the founder of Petite Mort Fur, cashes in on roadkill. How? She turns deceased animals left on the side of the road into ethical furs worth hundreds.

Some of the items she sells? A raccoon neck muff for $1,500, a red fox wrap stole for $2,000, and a fawn scarf and belt for $2,500. But if that’s a little above your price tag, there are also fur pom pom earings that retail for just $45. She sells the items on Etsy, and her store can be found here.

Along with making money, Paquin says that she wants to inspire a new industry for “ethical fur.” She told CNN in an interview: “It was a wasted resource and I decided after some deep thought that I could make a viable business out of this.” Paquin added that she hopes the business can one day “completely mitigate the need to have animals in cages.”

To get the furs required for the business, she works with the Highway Department and animal control near the Boston area. “I started working with the Highway Department and animal control officers who would report them to me when they had an animal down,” she told CNN. “They took me seriously, thank God.”

She’s responsible for sewing the furs herself after getting them tanned elsewhere. Paquin also said in the interview that she skins the animals to leave in forests for other creatures to eat.

“It’s a way for the customer to honor the animal and the animal’s life, rather than dissociating from it in the way you have to when you have fur that comes from trapped or caged animals,” she said.

TIME fashion

Why It Took Americans So Long to Care About Men’s Fashion

Models stand on stage for the Cadet presentation during Men's Fashion Week, in New York
Lucas Jackson / REUTERS Models stand on stage for the Cadet presentation during New York Fashion Week: Men's.

New York Fashion Week: Men’s edition premieres this week. As the name suggests, it’s the men’s version of the women’s event that takes over New York biannually with a stream of models, designers, and outfits being feverishly dissected in media for days on end. The men’s fashion week is at a much smaller scale, but a host of designers, new and old have descended on Gotham hoping that American men will finally pay attention to couture the way their European counterparts have.

So why the sudden focus on men’s fashion? After all, it’s not like men emerged as a new demographic. Men have always needed to get dressed, have always been half the population, and have historically worked in office environments longer than women.

Men’s fashion has been perceived as boringhow many viable ways could you really reconstruct the suit? Ties get skinnier then fatter; colors creep towards pastel then return to bland office-appropriate hues; jackets lose boxiness and hug shoulders more. But we are in the throes of a men’s fashion upheaval. The basics of men’s officewear are getting thrown aside as business casual is becoming the norm: jeans are favored by startup types, ties are restricted to certain sectors, shirts are relaxing their starched collars. Suddenly, there’s a very urgent space for men’s fashion.

Social media has emerged as a key player in the turnaround in not only making fashion more accessible but offering a lens to what dudes around the globe were wearing. Think of early fashion blogs: Most were exclusively for women, but The Sartorialist was one of the first to incorporate men (albeit, focusing mostly on Europeans) into its spreads, creating an ideal of what men’s fashion could besomething that had been sorely lacking. Men, after all, relied mainly on pop culture for inspiration before; now, there lay an entire world of opportunity.

“The men’s industry has [overtaken] women’s in terms of growth over the last couple of years,” says Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, or CFDA, the group that organizes New York’s fashion weeks. “I think the ability to shop easily through e-commerce and mobile commerce has made it more within reach of the guy who wants to shop.” For the guy—and girl—who hates going to the mall, sifting through messy hangers with club hits blasting or looking for a more streamlined process, e-commerce has been a blessing in convenience, efficiency, and comfort.

The data supports this: Euromonitor International reported earlier this year that menswear saw an increase of 4.5% in $440 billion in sales in 2014 alone. A 2014 report from Bain showed that men’s luxury accessories have outpaced women’s since 2009, increasing up to 13% per year. Traditionally female designers like Prada, Hermes, and Dolce & Gabbana have launched men’s lines to great success. And men love to shop online for clothes—much more so than for techie gadgets.

A generational difference may also play a role in the changing attitudes toward men’s fashion, Kolb said: Millennials are much more tuned into their smartphones and social media, the prime spots for what’s hot and what’s not. Consider Millennials’ penchant for posting selfies: All of a sudden, what you wear is being broadcast to the world, and what you wear is saying a whole lot more about who you are.

“I think Millennials tend to use the way they dress as a statement,” Kolb said. “You see the public figures that people relate to, like sports figures, musicians—and [the consumer] just has more options.”

Male fashion role models are no longer restricted to the stereotypical trifecta of sports, music, and politicians; there’s an entire smorgasbord of types that are all equally as cool and all play into aspects of a man’s personality and lifestyle. Personalization, in other words, has arrived for the American man’s fashion palate, and, combined with the ease and dominance of technology in daily life, has made fashion more accessible.

Plus there’s more wardrobe flexibility in the modern workplace. Combined with alternative male identities that have made it socially acceptable to be fashion conscious and retain a strong sense of masculinity, whether it be gay or straight or transgendered (think: hipster, metrosexual, lumbersexual, gender fluid, androgynous or just nerd), men’s fashion has become a viable concept.

“I think the world’s attitudes towards masculinity have really progressed,” Jeremy Lewis, editor of Garmento, a fashion magazine, told Business of Fashion. “The classic male archetype has been pretty misogynistic, sexist, and slightly fascist and I think that’s broken down quite a bit over the last 20 years. It makes more sense in a world that is becoming less patriarchal that the male identity would shift to allow for something like fashion or style … to be adopted.”

But before American men can fully celebrate the inclusion of a men’s fashion week and how far we’ve come as a society, it’s worth remembering a key fact: The United States is sorely behind in this realm. New York was the last of the great four fashion capitals (the other three being Paris, London, and Milan) to create an exclusively male-centric fashion week. And the week is getting only a fraction of the attention that its sister organization gets.

Kolb realizes the uphill battle the CFDA faces in hosting the week. “It’s a new event and new effort and we’re able to connect to a broader audience differently,” he said, confirming that the show is slated for a repeat next year. “We have a robust marketing campaign, amazing fashion partners, this city, and magazines and newspapers and pretty cool campaigns.”

In other words, there’s no reason why the guys can’t have in on the fun of dressing up.

 

TIME Careers & Workplace

How to Dress For a Job in Fashion

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"Your personal style should reflect that fashion is your passion"

This is the first in the “how to dress for the job you want” series. In this series, I will interview women across various industries that can offer advice on how to look the part for the job. When it comes to work, not all industries are the same and one closet can impress at one firm and fall flat at another.

I am a firm believer in the power of fashion. The way you look will not only be the first impression you make but it can also have a huge impact on how you feel. Both of those are incredibly impactful at a job and at a job interview. I want to make sure you put the best (fashionable) foot forward when you are going after the career you want.

In this edition, I sat down with a good friend and the most fashionable woman I know, Celine Lotmore Jones, and asked her some questions about dressing for a job in the fashion industry. Celine worked for Elie Tahari in New York City as the Senior Manager of Design Development – Accessories and now works in interior design and as the founder of her own line of kaftans (I’m obsessed with them).

Q: What would you say your dress code was at Elie Tahari (casual, business formal, business casual)?

A: The dress code depended on what time of the season it was. If it was market then we had to be business formal and all Elie Tahari, preferably from a current season. If it wasn’t market, then business casual.

Q: OK so interns…. Generally what’s the biggest mistake they make when it comes to dressing at work in a fashion company?

A: I think that the typical thing that interns did was try too hard. They should to have a point of view but not look contrived.

Q: Complete the sentence: If someone comes in wearing [blank] for an interview, you know they won’t get the job

A: There wasn’t really a “rule” about this. If they come in wearing an outfit that is SO far from the brand’s identity that they are interviewing for, that is a problem. You don’t need to be a carbon copy of the brand’s model, but you can’t be WAY off on another tangent either. In the end though, with design, talent is talent so that’s what speaks the loudest. Hopefully the first impression that your outfit gives doesn’t speak louder than your talent.

Q: How about a suit? Is that appropriate for an interview in fashion?

A: To me, if someone came in wearing a suit for a design internship it was off putting. Suits (especially on girls) don’t scream creativity to me. It’s hard to show your individuality and personality in a suit. But that being said, there are no “rules” in fashion, so someone could come in wearing an amazing suit and be too cool for school.

Q: Strange question, but how important is how someone dresses to an interview at a fashion company? Will it affect whether they get the job or not?

A: I think it is very important. If fashion is the industry that you are interested in, your personal style should reflect that fashion is your passion.

Q: Do girls need to wear heels?

A: I don’t think it’s necessary to wear heels. To me it’s about confidence. If heels make you feel confident then wear them, if they make you feel uncomfortable then don’t.

Q: Do you remember any particular hits or misses?

A: I do recall someone once came in for an interview with absolutely no make-up on and wet hair. That bothered me because to me that says “I don’t care enough to make an effort”.

Q: Any particular advice to girls looking to enter the fashion industry on how to dress to make the best impression?

A: As I mentioned previously, let your outfit express your personal style and boost your confidence. It’s a cliché but I think it’s true, when you look good, you feel good. And if you feel good you will perform in an interview better.

Q: Any particular advice for what to highlight on their resumes or cover letters?

A: For the resumes, just try to avoid it looking like you copy and pasted terms and phrases from the internet. Like “great team player, highly motivated”. Those don’t mean much if there is nothing to also express your individuality. Somehow your resume needs to show your personality and individuality. The person reading it needs to learn something about you that will stick in their mind after having read hundreds of resumes. Most importantly, just be you.

This article originally appeared on MOGUL

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Watch 100 Years of Men’s Fashion in Under Three Minutes

From the newsboy caps of 1915 to the slim-fitting jeans of 2015

We’ve seen plenty of videos highlighting the evolution of beauty trends for women — but now, here’s a video that outlines 100 years of men’s fashion.

Mode Studios grabbed a male model and dressed him up in the most iconic looks from the past 100 years, beginning in 1915. Things start off kind of charmingly retro and dapper, with sharp suits and spiffy hats. Then, we’re reminded of some of the more unfortunate looks that became popular for men (primarily in the 1970s and 80s.)

Note how the stylists nail it with the ’90s look, particularly when it comes to facial hair and accessories. And when it is time for 2015’s modern style, they do a great job of making the model look like every guy you work with.

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