The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Blacks Spend Heavily on Fashion, Yet are Underrepresented, Kate Moss Snags British Vogue Editor Gig, and Malaika Firth Covers British Vogue Supplement

Prada Casts Black Model in Ad Campaign for the First Time in Almost Two Decades Maiaika Firth

• We’ve extensively discussed the lack of brown faces in fashion on this site, covering everything from the storied use of white models painted to appear black in editorials, to the Diversity Coalition’s Fashion Month epistles imploring designers to add more color to their runways. Now, with a recently-released Nielsen study saying that black spending power is expected to reach $1.7 trillion by 2017, and the same report noting that 73% of whites feel that blacks influence culture, it is quite puzzling that so little money is spent on marketing to people of color.  Out of $75 billion dollars spent on advertising, only $2.24 is allocated to black-focused media. Even more shocking is the fact that blacks outspend whites on luxury goods by about $1,900, and still, there is little to no representation of us in ad campaigns and on the runways. Fashionista explores these figures, and why the black consumer should no longer be ignored. (Fashionista)



If you can build a spliff with solid gold rolling paper, why shouldn’t you be able to wipe your bum with the same material? Thank God, then, for the Toilet Paper Man, who is selling a 3ply TP infused with 22 Carat gold for $1,376,900.  According to the site,  “As you use the toilet paper 22 carat gold flakes will fall onto the floor and your behind taking you to another level of sophistication.” In the words of Aubrey Graham, “That’s luxury, dawg!” This sounds like the perfect pairing for Kimye‘s rumored gold-plated toilets. If you had the money to throw away, would you splurge on gold toilet paper? (Toilet Paper Man)



Lil’ Wayne is diversifying his already impressive portfolio, having teamed up with Parisian accessory brand wize&ope. Wayne just became a major shareholder in the label this Fall, and announced this new, likely lucrative partnership with a party at the wize&ope’s Parisian flagship. “I was drawn to wize&ope because of their amazing design, fresh packaging and their support of individuality,” Weezy said. “I’m excited to bring wize&ope watches stateside  and inspire their future collections.” Get money then, Tunechi! (Fashion Bomb Inbox)


• As the world impatiently awaits the launch of Isabel Marant‘s collaboration with H&M, the Swedish retailer is inundating us with teasers of the forthcoming collection. The latest is an interview with Marant, who says that this capsule collection marks her first real opportunity to design menswear pieces: “There were a lot of men asking me: “why don’t you do men’s”…  but I never actually did a total outfit for men before, so this is the first time; for H&M.” (H&M YouTube)


kate-moss-louis-vuitton-timeless-muses-exhibition-louis-vuitton-resort-2014-dress-1Kate Moss is joining the ranks of British Vogue as a contributing fashion editor. What does she know about fashion editing? Uh, probably a lot. Moss has several years of modeling under her belt, in which she dealt closely with stylists, editors, photographers, makeup artists, and high-level creatives. It’s safe to say she’s at least familiar, no? Moss will be putting together spreads choosing her own photographers, and models, working alongside the magazine’s stylists, Kate Phelan, Francesca Burns, and Lucinda Chambers. Her first fashion story is set to appear in British Vogue‘s spring issue. Can’t wait to see how she does! (WWD)
• The fashion gods are loving Malaika Firth! The buzzy model appears on the cover British Vogue’s November 2013 supplement, More Dash Than Cash, shot by Nick Dorey and styled by Emma Elwick-Bates. Get into her strong jaw, full brow, and innocent doe-eyes! Werque! (Vogue UK)

• It’s never a surprise to see Gisele Bundchen‘s face gracing, well, any cover, but here she is, in all her glory for Vogue Paris’s November 2013 issue. Gorgeous as usual! (The Fashion Spot)


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