Category Archives: Rodarte

Vogue Italia Launches Vogue Curvy and Vogue Black

Curvy women and black culture are officially en vogue.

Vogue Italia has relaunched their website to include channels for Vogue Curvy (for full-figured women), Vogue Black (for black women) and Vogue Talents (for up-and-coming talents).

The site, which is available in English, boasts video interviews, photo galleries, articles and images—all the features fashion lovers spend hours dissecting on the web.

Vogue Curvy currently features an interview with plus-size model of the moment, Crystal Renn, while Vogue Black offers an exclusive talk with model/mogul Tyra Banks. Vogue Black also includes a profile on Grace Jones and an article “Know Your Fro” by amazing beauty blogger and friend of The Glamazons, Afrobella. Vogue Talents presents an interview with the Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and footage from their Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

The content is pretty exceptional. The concept, on the other hand, has caused quite the controversy.

In general, everyone agrees that it’s great that Vogue Italia recognizes that curvy women and black culture are worth celebrating. But some argue that presenting them on separate channels is still divisive. It’s like saying ‘You deserve attention, just not on our main channel. Here’s a section just for you.’

Similar complaints were made during the launch of the Vogue Italia All-Black issue and V Magazine’s Size Issue. To some, it perpetuated separatism. Instead of incorporating women of color and women with curves into these magazines on a regular basis, groups are given an issue where it’s all about them…one month out of the year. They’re celebrated, yes, but still marginalized.

On the other hand, people are arguing that ESSENCE Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Latina Magazine, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, etc. are just as separatist, focusing solely on a particular ethnic group. Sure magazines like Ebony were created as the answer to exclusion from the mainstream, but now those magazines have set the tone for what “inclusion” means. It seems Vogue Italia is just following suit using that same, proven formula.

Which leads me to my next question…can a wide range of cultures, sizes and ethnicities be represented (regularly) in one book? Is it even possible?

Judging from some unfortunate comments about the Vanity Fair controversy, if a magazine is not overtly associated with a race, people believe it should be assumed that it’s a “white magazine.” Which presents the need for a “black magazine.” Perhaps, that’s the thinking behind Vogue Italia’s separate channels.

When will the pages of a magazine, or the screen of a website, be big enough to fit all of us? Do we even want it to? Discuss.



Video Glam: Teen Blogger Tavi Teams Up with Rodarte for Target

Hey Glamazons!!

So I attended the Rodarte for Target preview months ago and I was as thrilled to see the amazing collection as I was to meet Tavi Gevinson, the 13-year old blogger of Style Rookie, who has truly blown the industry away with her intelligence and fashion sense!

Check out her fab video project of the editor preview event (that I attended), the lookbook shoot and the ad campaign shoot below. She also interviewed designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and chatted with celebs like Elijah Woods at the Rodarte runway show.

Fab!!! Here are some images of the MAJOR collection including a sequin dress that is everything!

Sequins, lace and leopard, oh my! Rodarte for Target is perfect for the young, fashion-forward dresser who is a romantic at heart.

The collection ranges from vintage-inspired looks with feminine flourishes, like the charming tulle skirts and swingy dresses lined with lace, to party-ready standouts like the leopard print minis and sequined frocks.

Remember Rodarte for Target is all about layering so have fun piling a knit over a lace cardigan over a leopard-print dress. Take off the knits and cardigans and you have a look that is still fabulous once the temperature rises.

Just in time for Christmas, the Rodarte for Target line hits stores on December 20th and is priced at $10-$80!

What will you add to your wardrobe when the collection hits stores??

Happy Shopping, Glamazons!



Photos: Target.

NEW!! Rodarte for Target


Start saving NOW! The infamous Rodarte designers (sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy) are creating a collection for Target’s Go Series, which also includes Anna Sui and MCQ Alexander McQueen. Available December 20th through January 31th, the feminine, fashion-forward collection promises to be as ethereal and elegant as their signature line (see my fave Spring 2009 piece above), which won the sisters the top design award at the CFDA awards earlier this year. Even better? The 55-piece collection is priced from $10-$80, yes you read right, $80 is the most expensive piece! This is almost too good to be true!!!! I’ll have to touch (and purchase) the clothes to know I’m not dreaming; fortunately, due to my fashion assistant gig, I was invited to the preview next week! Ahhhh!! Rumor has it I’ll be touching a leopard-print jacket (you know I love leopard print – I won’t leave the showroom without it)! Joshua Thomas of Target gave the scoop on what Rodarte lovers like me can expect from the new collection:

“What you’ll notice is an amazing eye for detail. It’s very feminine, yet very modern. The collection incorporates a rich mix of patterns and fabrications and everything from sequins and bows to faux fur. The key with Rodarte is layering.”

Sequins? Bows? Fur? And you’ll still have money left over to go out and show it off! Doesn’t get any better than this (unless, Karl Lagerfeld is designing a Chanel for Target collection as we speak…or maybe Marc’s the next one to join the mass retailer train! A girl can dream, right?!). Which collection are you more excited about: Rodarte for Target, Anna Sui for Target or Jimmy Choo for H&M? And yes, options are a beautiful thing.

Stay tuned for pics from the preview! In the meantime, check pics of the sisters and their Spring 2009 collection below.