This weekend, a report in The New York Timesrevealed 15 male models are accusing photographer Bruce Weber of sexual harassment and misconduct, with another 13 male models and assistants accusing fellow photographer Mario Testino.
Now, another four models have come out with allegations against Weber. A Business of Fashionreport finds D.L. Janney, a former male model, accusing Weber of asking him to strip nude during a break in a British Vogue photoshoot in 1982 so he might take photos for ““his own use, and to show Calvin [Klein].” Janney believes Weber “blacklisted” him from the industry after Weber asked him and his male model brother to “pretend to be boyfriends” and they refused.
Christopher Cates says Weber asked him to strip and touched him inappropriately at a shoot in Miami in 2006. Alex Geerman says Weber touched his genital area while doing “breathing exercises” with him in 2008—he now says Weber didn’t do something wrong, though, explaining: “It took me years to figure out, it wasn’t a sexual thing. It was an art thing.”
Finally, Ryan Vigilant said he was touched inappropriately by Weber at a shoot in 2008. After hearing Weber’s denials to the Times expose, he told Business of Fashion: “The statements that Bruce and Mario, or should I say their lawyers made, pains me. I don’t understand their denial. Either their sense of entitlement has so clouded their ethical judgement, it’s not based in reality anymore. Or they are going through so much pain internally and are destroying themselves.”
Missoni Men’s F/W 18 collection is a colorful, richly textured assortment of knits, inspired by the New York City bohemian world of the early 80s. Deep greens, blues, camel, bronze, and ochre are among the rich palette of the collection, also characterized by heavy velvets and thick knits in abstract patterns. Simultaneously old-fashioned and youthful, it’s an aesthetic that feels as new as it did three decades ago.
Prada held their FW 18 show at the Viale Ortles near the Fondazione Prada in Milan this Sunday, and invited four guest designers – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Herzog & de Meuron and Rem Koolhaas – to contribute one-off pieces. The result is a chic, modern, and mostly minimal collection of mens’ and women’s pieces. Structural silhouettes and bright, bold colors, as well as whimsical prints, made the show decidedly clean and futuristic.
In a fit of perfect timing, Louis Vuitton have launched tropically-themed pop-up shops across the country, to warm us up during this these particularly bitter winter months.
The shops, which come complete with a colorful retro van parked outside each locale, travel from Florida to Los Angeles to Hawaii over the course of January and February, beginning today in Miami’s Design District. In addition, a pop-up location on Madison Avenue in New York City will run from January 19 through mid March. Each store will display and sell items selected from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 18 collection.
Florally printed jackets and shirts, leather goods, bombers, shirts, blazers, and trenches are just some of the exclusive goods offered in the temporary shops. Customers will also receive complimentary limited edition stickers designed especially for the pop-ups.
Check out the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 18 runway show in its entirety here.
Pop-Up Store Locations
Miami Design District (January 10th through January 22nd)
140 NE 39th Street
Miami, Florida 33137
Los Angeles Rodeo Drive (January 26th through February 5th)
295 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hawaii Ala Moana (February 15th through February 22nd)
Vivienne Westwood has today released a short fashion film ahead of her Fall/Winter 18-19 collection, titled “Don’t Get Killed.”
It takes viewers behind the scenes of Westwood’s campaign photoshoot for her upcoming new collection, and features some words of wisdom from the designer herself.
“Happy new year, world,” she begins. “I designed a set of playing cards, which is a strategy to save the whole world. Collect the cards, connect the cards. I am here at a photoshoot for our new collection. And it’s got a theme of war running through it. And here they are, printed as prayer flags. Because, don’t forget, when you connect the cards, then it brings peace.”
Westwood has explored this concept of playing cards in the past – in a press release on her site describing her Spring 18 collection, the queen of punk explains: “Everything’s connected, you can collect them like football cards; it is also a plan of action, a survey map. If we connect the dots, we can win the fight for the free world, first step: Switch to [sic] Green Energy Supplier.”
A feature-length documentary on Westwood titled Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activistis set for release this year, and will compete in the World Documentary Cinema Competition later this month at Sundance Film Festival.
Take a look at the Fall/Winter 18-19 campaign film below.
GmbH, the young, Berlin-based fashion label founded by Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Serhat Isik, has just released the provocative campaign for their Spring 18 collection.
Titled “Europe Endless,” it envisions a nation without borders, and features all models descended from immigrants – an homage to the pair’s own fathers, who came to Europe from Turkey and Pakistan.
“We thought of the expression ‘Gastarbeiter’ commonly used in Germany, meaning guest worker,” the two told Dazed. “As visitors, they were expected by their host countries to only stay temporarily, but they never left. We, the children, are at once European, but also told we do not truly belong.”
The campaign references Richard Avedon’s Versace fashion photography of the 90s, and features models with parents who immigrated from nations including Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and India.
“We wanted to see brown men and women like ourselves in a campaign like this, something we never saw growing up. But we have no supermodels, or big budget – just our family,” the pair continued to Dazed.
GmbH will unveil their Fall 18 collection at Paris Fashion Week on January 16.
In 2011, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presented the landmark exhibition The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier – effectively illustrating how a new generation of designers had extended the influence of fashion far beyond its traditional perimeters. The show went on to tour eleven more cities, including New York, London, Paris, Melbourne and Seoul.
Another such radically brilliant designer is Strasbourg’s own Thierry Mugler, who also rocketed to stardom amidst the wild experimentation of the 80s; and like JPG, his talents were, and are, legion. So it’s hardly a surprise the MMFA would make him the focus of yet another monumental survey, Thierry Mugler: Creatures of Haute Couture, which will debut in February of 2019.
On display will be more than 130 outfits (many never seen before), including costumes he created for Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Festival D’Avignon in 1985, and the spectacular Zumanity for Cirque du Soleil in 2003. Perhaps most revealing will be the exploration of his staggering history of famous (and infamous) collaborations, including the likes of Bowie, Lady Gaga, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Helmut Newton and David LaChappelle.
The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with the Clarins Group and Mugler, and is being curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA.
Last month, fashion photographer Bruce Weber came under fire after being accused of sexual assault by model Jason Boyce, who filed a complaint to the New York State Supreme Court about an incident that occurred at a casting in 2014.
The complaint specified that Weber had locked Boyce in a room at the back of his studio, kissed him, put his fingers in his mouth, and had Boyce remove his clothing and underwear. The complaint also alleges Weber guided Boyce’s hand to touch both of their genitals and, according to the report in New York Post, that he told Boyce, “If you just had confidence, you’d go really far,” and asked him “How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?”
Boyce sued for $2 million in damages, and was joined by another model, Mark Ricketson, who came forward and described a similar encounter with Weber which happened to him when he was 18, USA Todayreports.
These accusations were made in early December, but until now, Weber has declined to comment on the models’ words at all. Today, he posted this denial of all claims to Instagram.
For the December issue of alexa BlackBook, Edgar Ramirez told us all about becoming Gianni Versace for the new American Crime Story. Naturally, we dressed him in some amazing looks by the iconic brand, and let him do the rest. Read the cover story, here.
Photography: Williams & Hirakawa, Fashion Editor: Serena French, Stylist: Anahita Moussavian, Grooming: Barbara Guillaume at Forward Artists using Oribe, Tailor: Erik Gavrilov for Sew Ponies