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Points for consistency, at least: in keeping with the lackluster sartorial tradition of the past few weeks, several starlets stepped out this week at the premiere of 21 and Over, Essence Magazine‘s Black Women In Hollywood event, and more — but we didn’t see much that we liked. Are the worldwide fashion weeks offering no inspiration?
How we’ve missed that huge smile of hers since the Olympics ended!
Ellianna Placas’s appointment as the first white fashion director at Essence two years ago caused a firestorm of controversy and protest. But commentary on her firing from the magazine this week has been fairly restrained. And that’s probably because her departure proves the point of those original protests: that, unfortunately, there was no way a white woman could do that job.
We’re generally not huge fans of magazine covers featuring celebrities, but those featuring Michelle Obama? THE BEST.
If there’s one thing fashion loves to do, it’s push the envelope. And while some of the stories included on this list made the cut due to a deliberately controversial editorial vision (ahem, Terry Richardson), many more made the list by sheer (and often embarrassingly obtuse) accident. But one thing is for sure, these are the stories that kept tongues wagging, traffic spiking, and many publicists very, very busy.
They say quality is more important than quantity, and there were a lot of quality news stories this week. Read on to see if there’s anything you missed (like Lady Gaga‘s awesome cover for Vanity Fair).
On Tuesday, news broke that Essence, the fashion glossy aimed at black women, had hired a new fashion director. But there was one problem — she was white. The outrage was pretty immediate, with former Essence staffers tweeting, Facebooking, and blogging their “anger” and confusion. And now Essence’s editor in chief, Angela Burt-Murray has responded.
News has come out that Essence magazine, a Time Inc glossy aimed at black women, has hired a new fashion director after being on the hunt to fill the position for months. Problem is, the new fashion director is white.