• The Cut caught up with Franca Sozzani to ask her about Vouge Italia‘s latest controversial spread, Haute Mess. The editorial has been called both classist and racist by several people, but Ms. Sozzani doesn’t see it that way: “A racist image, I really do not understand. I went through the pages so many times.” She says the spread was instead inspired by “messy drag queens,” as opposed to low-income blacks and Hispanics.
When asked if she was aware that several of the hairstyles featured in the editorial were direct copies of real-life hairdos found on websites like No Way Girl and Hot Ghetto Mess, the editrix responded: “I don’t know, I don’t know what to answer. No.” (The Cut)
• Go behind-the-scenes of M.I.A‘s new video for ‘Bad Girls,’ the first single off her upcoming album. The video opens with some old Saudi men trying to figure out who or what the shoot is for. When they realize it’s for a “songstress” named “M.I.A,” they heartily approve of the project. Glad they were able to sign off on it! (Global Grind)
• Zac Posen is set to release his first eyewear line in collaboration with eyewear company Illesteva. The limited edition capsule collection features cat-eye and oval frames in a variety of colorways including green, clear and tortoise, leopard print, yellow, and brown. Expect the range in stores next month at Colette, Opening Ceremony, and Illesteva.com. (WWD)
• Vogue UK is really gung-ho about this Haider Ackermann at Dior thing. The designer recently spoke of wanting to head an established house (he wouldn’t say which) along with his eponymous label, so of course, that means he’s definitely talking to the people at Dior right now. Early this month, a bouquet of flowers was delivered to Dior headquarters, addressed to Mr. Ackermann. Since then, the folks at Vogue UK have been speculating the designer’s possible courtship with the brand. (Vogue UK)
• TOMS is getting all fancy on us. The brand is set to release a high-end line, TOMS+, which will retail between $100 and $140. Obviously, these shoes will be made of more expensive materials, and, as founder Blake Mycoskie says, will feature “different design techniques.” I’ll assume the TOMS “one for one” policy will still stand with this line, only at these prices, they could donate at least two pairs for every one sold. (WWD)