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Positive fashion: On Zalando, activist spokesmodels and profitable ethics



At The Beauty Conversation* we have been talking for a while about the shift from models and influencers to ‘activist models’, as a vehicle for brands to express their ethical values. This shift is reaching its peak now with most brands hiring outspoken role models who have a strong social media following and a passion for activism or a cause rather than standard models or It Girls as their ‘face of’.

Example: multi brand e-commerce retailer Zalando, who has hired gender nonconforming model Rain Dove (above), plus-sized model Felicity Hayward and Gurls Talk founder Adwoa Aboah for its latest ‘Free to Be’ campaign. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Burberry SS19 ad campaign



Burberry SS19 ad campaign by Colin Dodgson

Burberry just unveiled its first ad campaign under Riccardo Tisci. I like that it used a range of different photographers rather than just one, including the brilliant Nick Knight (below, with models standing in front of a painting by British artist, Jenny Saville) alongside two of my other faves, Colin Dodgson (above) and Letty Schmiterlow.

And in a further push for inclusivity, it’s featured Stella Tennant who is one of my favourite 90s models (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Margaret Howell SS18 ad campaign



Margaret Howell SS18 ad campaign by Alasdair McLellan

I can finally feel myself being eased out of the winter doldrums, helped along by yesterday’s blast of winter sunshine and a rash of new March magazines spreading spring cheer. i-D Spring 18 is guest-edited by Charlie Porter, Elle UK March is a big spring fashion issue (that’s the kind of energy hit you don’t get from online’s second-by-second drip feed) and the next issue of WattsWhat magazine will be out in ten days featuring my profile of a brilliantly inspiring architect.

And then there are the Spring ad campaigns. Margaret Howell’s are always a treat, shot by Alasdair McLellan and classically styled in a way that makes you want to click to buy the whole look. (more…)