Model harassment claims cloud Paris men’s fashion week

Designer of Rottingdean Bazaar, (R), as part of the MAN collection, joins models during a catwalk show on the third day of the Autumn/Winter 2018 London Fashion Week Men’s, in London on January 7, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Model harassment claims cloud Paris men’s fashion week

PARIS: Paris men’s fashion week starts late Tuesday with the industry shaken by claims that two star photographers sexually harassed male models.
Peru-born Mario Testino, a favorite of the British royal family, and American Bruce Weber both denied the accusations made against them by a string of models and assistants in the New York Times.
But the publishers of Vogue magazine severed ties with the photographers this weekend.
British brand Burberry and US labels Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and shoemaker Stuart Weitzman, for whom the two men have shot publicity campaigns, also insisted they would not work with people who abused their position.
Another model Christopher Cates, who said Weber asked him to strip within seconds of meeting him, said it was time for male models to speak out.
Inspired by the #MeToo campaign in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Cates has launched the #MenToo hashtag on social media to break the taboo and stand up to abusers.
“We want you to know you’re no longer in control,” he wrote in the industry bible, Women’s Wear Daily.
“We want you to know who we are. We want you to know our stories,” he added.
The welter of accusations comes months after the two French luxury goods giants LVMH and Kering joined forces to create a charter to combat the mistreatment of models.
New York casting agent James Scully had earlier blown the whistle on the way models were treated at a “cattle call” casting for Balenciaga in Paris last March.
Scores of women said they were left to wait in a cramped stairway for hours, with some alleged locked inside in the dark while agents left to eat.
Paris men’s fashion week runs till Sunday night, with 55 shows and the French capital more dominant than ever compared with its rivals in Milan, London and New York.
A new wave of daring young designers will present for the first time alongside the big names, starting with the flamboyant Spanish label, Palomo Spain, on Tuesday evening.
Designer Alejandro Gomez Palomo made headlines in July when the singer Beyonce wore one of his dresses to present her twins to her 110 million Instagram followers.
The 25-year-old made his name with his erotic, theatrical style inspired by the imaginative world of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.
His clothes are for a decidedly gender fluid generation, with dresses that can be worn by men or women, plumed hats and flowery feminine male ensembles.
As the autumn-winter collection shows end on Sunday, an exhibition dedicated to the work of the legendary designer Azzedine Alaia will open in Paris next to his studio, where he died suddenly in November.
The show will feature 35 of his creations chosen by the style historian Olivier Saillard, who curated the retrospective of Alaia’s work at the Palais Galliera fashion museum in Paris in 2013.
Another show celebrating the career of the Tunisian-born designer dubbed the King of Cling, will open at the Design Museum in London in May.
Men’s fashion week will be followed next week by the haute couture shows, the uniquely Parisian institution whose handmade creations are worn by the richest and most famous women in the world.


Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk for Versace

Updated 17 June 2018
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Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk for Versace

  • Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday
  • Milan will showcase 28 ready-to-wear collections to reveal the Spring/Summer 2019 lines

DUBAI: Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday.
Creative Director Donatella Versace is looking to dress a man whose masculinity is challenged by neither lace, nor neon nor florals, AP reported.
The Versace man is ready to work in a double-breasted pinstriped suit but leaves the shirt unbuttoned to show off a Versace T-shirt that reads like Tabloid newsprint. The headline: “Versace finally speaks out.”
The flash soon followed, with shiny red snakeskin coats over mid-thigh shorts and Versace newsprint tops. Boxy jackets with flat pockets were worn with matching shorts, dressed up with a woman’s cross-body bag.
Men wore sheer tops over legible T-shirts, lace detailing on military-style knitwear and floral print suits with buttons left open to show off necklaces and belly-button jewelry. Flashes of neon green and orange closed the show, in knit sleeveless tops that show off a man’s hours at the gym. The bright footwear included the Versace Chain Reaction sneaker.

The menswear runway was punctuated by corresponding looks for women, including US-Palestinian Hadid in a snug leather mini with form-accentuating ruffle accents, Dutch-Egyptian-Moroccan Hammam in a graphic T-shirt and hot pants and Kendall Jenner in a body-hugging floral mini with thigh-high boots.
Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell and Italian star Monica Bellucci injected Hollywood-octane oomph in to the second day of fashion week, sporting sizzling men’s suits teamed with skyscraper stilettos for Dolce & Gabbana.
With an over-the-top gilt and baroque decor glittering in the background, the 48-year-old Campbell was a vision from top to bottom from her elegant black hat with a white band to her sparkling silver heels, AFP reported.
She wore a classic pinstripe suit with a carefully mismatched bow tie adorning her crisp white shirt.
Bellucci showed off a three-piece coal black suit with a wide lapel, teetering on vertiginous heels with her hands in her pockets.
The younger models were heartthrobs of the Millennials — a target group for the house — including actor Cameron Dallas, Chinese singer and actor Karry Wang and Kailand Wander, the son of US music legend Stevie Wonder.
Apart from Campbell and Bellucci’s suits, the other offerings bore the quirky, sassy D&G stamp: Suits encrusted with precious stones or layered with dazzling silver and gold embroidery that the maison put down to a “Gothic inspiration.”
Milan will showcase 28 ready-to-wear collections to reveal the Spring/Summer 2019 lines.
Among the major Italian names showing between now and Monday are Prada and Giorgio Armani.
The overseas fashion houses taking part include Britain’s Stella McCartney, Canada’s Dsquared2 and Germany’s Philipp Plein.
McCartney is returning to Milan after a four-year absence and will close the fashion week on Monday evening.