July 2nd, 2012
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The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Vogue Italia’s Whitewashed Cover, NBC’s Fashion Star Making Big Changes in its Second Season, and Atelier Schiaparelli Opens
By The Fashion Bomb Staff


• The folks over at Styleite are surprised to see exactly 0 faces of color on the cover of this months’ Vogue Italia. The cover features six impossibly pale models in frothy black frocks. Hillary George-Parkin writes,  “Sozzani is clearly conscious of the significant lack of diversity in Vogue Italia and fashion magazines in general, given her vocal stance on eating disorders, embroilment in the recent ‘slave earring‘ and ‘Haute Mess‘ controversies, decision to put together an all-black issue back in 2008, and of course the sheer fact that after said issue Vogue Italia didn’t put another black model on their cover for four whole years. Once in possession of this kind of awareness, whether through force or gradual realization, doesn’t it tend to, well, *color* the way you see things? And at that point, isn’t it a little hard to justify an all-white group cover as a purely aesthetic choice?” Hmm… I’m not at all troubled by this. It seems, sadly, like business as usual. What do you think? (Styleite)


• The Daily Beast is launching FashionBeast, a new fashion blog similar to New York Magazine‘s The Cut. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan will contribute regularly, as will other soon-to-be-named writers. (WWD)


Camila Alves, fashion model and wife to one Matthew McConaughey, has been tapped as the new face of Macy’s I.N.C. brand. (WWD)

• Word on the street is Donatella Versace‘s looking to launch a men’s fragrance called Eros this fall. (WWD)


Fashion Star is coming back for a second season, but not without some major changes. Elle McPherson will no longer host (although she will stay on and fulfill her duties as producer), and, probably most shocking of all, H&M has pulled its support and will no longer be involved with the show! (Page Six)

• Atelier Schiaparelli is open for business! The re-emerging brand set up shop at Paris’s Place Vendome, in a colorful space. Notables like Karl Lagerfeld and Haider Ackermann stopped by to fête the new opening. So, who’s headed to Paris for some custom Schiap? (Vogue UK)

~ Jihan

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8 Responses to “The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Vogue Italia’s Whitewashed Cover, NBC’s Fashion Star Making Big Changes in its Second Season, and Atelier Schiaparelli Opens”

  1. Anna says:

    I wonder what happened with H&M. Those Fashion star designs were always sold out very fast in stores here in NYC.

  2. T1K says:

    If I’m not mistaking Vogue Italia had a spread with current Miss Universe Leila Lopes (whose from Angola) very recently.

  3. I’m surprised Fashion Star will have a second season, the show was pretty boring if you ask me. That was the best pic you all could find of Camila Alves? Whoa!

  4. LaTasha says:

    Am I the only one that saw Nicole Ritchie really pale? I don’t remember her being that white. Also no surprise with Vogue Italia. I wish we as beautiful African Americans can quit looking for validation from white folk and their magazines. We are the most copied people in the world. We should just start our own high fashion magazines(essence and jet not high fashion).

  5. Fab. says:

    I like Fashion Star and how it focuses on the clothing versus typical silly reality tv “drama”. But I don’t like that H&M won’t be particpating… what gives

  6. Rebecca says:

    I don’t think we as Africans Americans should be upset about vogue italia covers. As Jihan said, it’s the unfortunate business as usual. Not only blacks who are under represented in fashion but also Asians and middle easterns and basically every other race except white. Can it truly be changed?? I agree with whoever said we should start a High end black fashion magazine!

  7. Sammie says:

    After considering Franca Sozzanni my idol for a quite a while with the all-black issue and using plus-size models, I’ve been disappointed over and over again…ugh. Rebecca’s idea of a high end black fashion magazine seems tempting. Maybe one that is dedicated to exposing models of color in general?

    Also, whomever photoshopped/edited that Fashion Star photo needs to be FIRED. Nicole is so pale that she’s almost unrecognizable. It’s just a bad photo…

  8. Amber says:

    No offense but some of you need to get over it, y’all are way too sensitive. So what there are no people of color in Vogue Italia? Guess who is running the magazine….caucasions. They put who they want to see on the covers so you can’t really complain about that. Does Ebony put non-blacks on their covers? Exactly. Create your own outlets to see your own faces rather than waiting for someone else to and complain when they don’t. It is getting tired and redundant!

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