Terry Richardson appears to have moved beyond his man heel obsession, adopting a new footwear fetish, Five Fingers. Created by a company called Vibram, the footwear, which looks a lot like toe socks, is making waves beyond the fitness world. “Remember going barefoot as a child?” reads Vibram’s site. “Now you can experience that same physical and visceral sensation in Vibram Five Fingers—the only footwear to offer the exhilarating joy of going barefoot with the protection and sure-footed grip of a Vibram sole.” While not exactly poised to sweep the high-fashion community, even Martin Margiela approves of a little toe separation once in a while.
In other (significantly more) controversial Richardson news, teenage fashion blogger Tavi is the latest watchdog to take up a torch against the photographer over sexual harassment allegations. News of Richardson’s totally shady behavior on sets may have broken months ago, but Tavi is as feverishly opposed to the misogynistic undertones of his work and the fact that models have citing abuse as ever. “He’s become this weird cultural icon whose ‘thing’ it is is to be a perv,” writes Tavi. It seems Tavi isn’t just speaking out for the sake of controversy. “I’m writing it because it has to be written about and I want other people to write about it because he has to know that next time he tries anything along those lines, people will write about it. Then maybe he will stop doing it,” she writes. Tavi is by no means the only blogger calling for action. As Jezebel points out, she’s one of many. “The Internet is trying to tell the fashion industry something very important here, about power, privilege, and personal freedom. Whether or not the industry will listen remains to be seen.”