Sexual harassment at the workplace is finally not a taboo topic anymore. The actresses and models who dared to speak up about Harvey Weinstein‘s inappropriate behavior and abuse paved the way for many others to open up about their experiences with sexual abuse. Models continue to spread awareness surrounding sexual abuse and as a result, famous photographers, producers, and other influential figures have been fired from their positions. The sexual abusers get called out on social media, but is that enough to put an end to this kind of inappropriate behavior?
The Model Alliance finally took things a step further by presenting the “Respect Program”, an agreement designed to protect models at work. The Model Alliance was founded in 2012 by former model Sara Ziff. The organization focuses on “fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from the runway to the factory floor.” With the “Respect Program”, the organization is on a mission to hold the abusers accountable for their actions. The plan “provides a blueprint for protecting models and their colleagues from harassment.” Not only that this program is expected to protect the models from harassment but also provides a blueprint to create a safe working environment for everyone.
“We believe that if a company is serious about protecting us, it will be willing to go beyond mere premises to do better and embrace enforceable standards, with real teeth. Together, we will enable a working environment in which creative collaboration and self-expression flourishes, and everyone can work without fear of harassment, abuse, discrimination or violence,” states the open letter on the program’s website.
The open letter is specially designed to bring improvements in the fashion industry. The letter has been signed by more than 100 supermodels including Karen Elson, Teddy Quinlivan, Eddie Campbell, Milla Jovovich, and Doutzen Kroes.
The agreement calls for Code of Conduct. If a person violates the Code, the company needs to cut ties with that person.
“Participating fashion brands and publishing companies will give business preference to other participants that are signatories to the Program,” the open letter states.
The “Respect Program” also requires training sessions to educate companies and individuals how to provide a safe working environment. Besides spreading awareness about sexual harassment, the training will highlight health and wellness standards. Topics such as eating disorders, nutrition, and substance abuse will also be covered.
The program will ask companies to closely monitor the workplaces and provide a safe place for everyone involved to file a complaint. Although every company has a policy and rules that cover such things, obviously they didn’t put an end to the harassment.
“We know from this experience that voluntary standards and corporate self-policing don’t work. Real change requires enforceable standards and independent oversight,” Professor Suzanne Goldberg of Columbia University Law School, who was involved in designing the “Respect Program” explained. “It is not enough to fire one or another famous abuser. Ending harassment requires a comprehensive solution,” the founder Sara Ziff added.
In the following weeks, The Model Alliance will present the “Respect Program” to fashion entities of every kind as well as media companies.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival brought so many gorgeous beauty looks to feast our eyes on. Celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Sara Sampaio, Winnie Harlow, Shanina Shaik, showed off their best makeup looks and hairstyles during the numerous red carpet appearances. Swipe through the pictures below to check out our favorite ones.
This stunner literally set the Cannes Film Festival on fire. With every appearance, Bella is setting new trends. This ’90s-inspired updo, matched with a tangerine lip is everything!
Nothing excites us quite as much as collaborations do. From numerous celebrity beauty lines to fresh collections, it’s all about keeping things interesting this year. No one brings more anticipation to the table like Marc Jacobs does. The all-time favorite American designer knows exactly how to surprise his fans. Jacobs teamed up with another iconic New York designer to create a limited-edition collection. Anna Sui and Marc have been close friends for quite a while, so they finally decided to bless us with an exclusive line.
“It’s a fun project that celebrates our dear friendship.”-Marc said. “Marc and I have been good friends for a very long time. I can’t believe it has taken us this long to collaborate. It was so much fun working on a project together,” Sui added.
The designer duo first met way back at the beginning of their careers and are both notable Parsons alumni. The two fashion geniuses are BFF’s, so to celebrate the long-term friendship they are now releasing a limited-edition capsule.
Both of the brands are extremely popular on the Japanese market. That is why you’ll see plenty of details that are influenced and are appealing to the Japanese audience. Color-blocking patterns, graphics, illustrations, and patches. It’s all about youthful, bold pieces that are also easy to wear. Since the line celebrates the designer’s friendship, they decided to feature super-cute caricatures of themselves. Marc’s iconic dog Neville is also a part of the drawings.
We’re talking about a vibrant collection, made for all the girly girls out there. It features clothing, accessories, and bags. Mark and Anna used Will Broome’s illustrations and plastered them all over the clothing and accessories. The most dominant colors include black, grey, yellow, and of course, Anna’s favorite lavender. Broome is also the artist behind Marc’s Miss and Mister Jacobs characters.
The capsule will offer fairly affordable prices. We’re not talking Target-affordable, but still a good price for a luxury collaboration. Prices start at $65 for the bag charms, $95 for the chic tees, $295 for the sweatshirts and $395 for the gorgeous cross-body bags. The pair of slip-on sneakers cost $225.
The Marc Jacobs x Anna Sui collection made an official debut in Isetan, Japan on May 2. Two weeks later, it’s also coming worldwide. You can now shop all the goodies online at marcjacobs.com, annasui.com and select Anna Sui stores. Everything is so cute and eye-catching that fans certainly won’t be able to stop at just one item.
Photo Credit: Marc Jacobs x Anna Sui
Suits of all colors and styles have been popping up everywhere, but one thing is for certain, pink suits have never been more in. When I saw the first pink suit make an appearance earlier in the year I drooled, and then when I went to purchase it, it was sold out. After lots of effort and determination, I found it. Then found another, and then another and this week, God willing, I found my last. Yes, I have 4 pink suits. I am not good at making fashion purchase decisions. I justified it with “well this one is high waisted”, “this one is a lighter pink and not high waisted”, ” this one has lapels and the other does not”, and now, “this one is a very laid back summer fit, and has long, wide legged pants.”
The pink suit that I went with in this look pictured above is from H&M, (it’s the “this one is lighter and has lapels” one). Then last week I scored this sweet (and original) New York Dolls shirt that I have had on my wish list for literally about ten years. When I was pondering what to make this week’s fashion article about, I knew it had to be something involving this t-shirt, and my next thought was “A PINK SUIT! DUH!” So I just went with it, and went all “Funky But Chic” (that’s a New York Doll’s song) and really got into that vibe with the polka dot skinny scarf, checkered booties, and sparkly sunnies. I have sourced out 3 great pink suits you can grab now. Great thing about any of these is that you can rock them up as I did, or get all fancy pants and dress them up. I’m sure you will find plenty of ways to wear this coveted suit. SUIT 1: River Island. This is for sure one I would dress up with maybe a silk camisole or even a sexy lace bodysuit underneath. The high waist compensates for the amount of midriff that would be showing, that way you are still on the classy side. Get This Blazer For $136.00 Here. Get These Paper Bag Pants For $92.00 Here. Get This Lace Bodysuit For $19.90 Here.