KHLOE KARDASHIAN HATES THE TERM 'PLUS SIZE'

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Damn. Khloe Kardashian. Photo: Courtesy

Damn. Khloe Kardashian. 

On Tuesday evening, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede launched their new curve-conscious denim line Good American with a decidedly body-positive event at the Grove in Los Angeles.

The line, available exclusively on the brand's website and at Nordstrom, is available in sizes 0-24 in three styles that aim “to flatter and enhance various body types.” In this egalitarian vein — and, well, true to the Kardashian model — the brand took to social media in June to put out a call for girls to appear in its #Goodsquad campaign alongside Khloe. Twenty-three girls were selected, and in addition to representing a variety of sizes, shapes and ethnicities, they all have different backgrounds and stories that are shared on Good American's website.

When Kardashian and Grede (with some help from one Kris Kardashian Jenner — yes that's what she's going by now, apparently) debuted the line on a selection of the #Goodsquad girls at the show, it felt very “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” While it is clearly more “stretch” than it is magic, the denim really does work on a variety of heights and body shapes, from curvy to curvier (there wasn't a traditional model shape in sight).

Kardashian and Grede talked to Fashionista about why we need to get rid of the term "plus-size," how they are hoping to spark a denim revolution, and why we should trust Kylie Jenner.

The #Goodsquad. Photo: Courtesy
The #Goodsquad. Photo: Courtesy

As a shorter girl with a decent-sized backside, I feel like finding jeans that fit is a personal issue for me. Did you launch Good American because denim was a personal issue for you?

Kardashian: Swimwear and denim are the two most frustrating things to shop for. I feel like that's why people stick to the brands they know—once they've tried something on, it's too frustrating to try on new stuff. Emma and I were both huge fans of buying stuff online. You would order it, it comes to your house, and you can try it on in the comfort of your own home in regular mirrors with real lighting—no skinny mirrors or fake employees telling you that you look great.

Grede: [With the website] we've souped the [online shopping] experience up quite a bit. We've made a fab site, and styled things on three different models, a shorter girl who's a little curvy, or a really curvy girl.

Emma, you brought up a "really curvy girl." I know that you guys don't like the "plus-size" label.

Kardashian: I hate the term 'plus-size.' I just think it's so unfair. When did standard sizing become 0-12 or 0-10? We just want to break down those barriers and have standard sizing be 0-24. Period.

Grede: It's kind of crazy because in a traditional department store, you really can't find premium denim above a size 10. But all the research says that the average size of a woman in this country is a size 16. So something is not quite adding up. We were saying to each other, who decides the sizing? And then we said, oh it’s us! We get to decide the sizing. We’re just going to make [denim] for as many people as we can.

From the #AerieREAL campaigns to Ashley Graham's Sports Illustrated cover to the rise of curve models generally, this has been such a hot area in media lately. Were you responding to this cultural zeitgeist, the need to dress the average woman, or both?

Kardashian: We've been working on this for over a year now. We didn't just want to do a designer denim line in a vaster size range, but we wanted it to be cool. A lot of people who do offer the broader size range may not do cool, trendy looks. Timing is everything, so I think it's just really good timing on our end that all these great things are happening and we're launching now. Hopefully that's the way of the future. I don't want this to be a trend. I want this to be the way [designers] start acting and hopefully they'll start implementing what we're doing into their design elements.

Grede: It should really be a behavioral change. Our line is a response to popular culture. Things have really shifted—certainly in the media. You would hope fashion would be a bit quicker to respond to those trends. The girls I admire, be they Beyoncé or Serena Williams, have a curvier figure. In the fashion industry, they've always admired this sort of straight up and down figure. But popular culture has shifted, so of course our idea of a brand for today's girl would follow that. Khloe's right, timing is everything and I definitely think we have killed it on timing.

Kris Kardashian Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede. Photo: Courtesy
Kris Kardashian Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede.

Obviously, Khloe, you have a few famous sisters. Have they responded to the line at all?

Kardashian: Kourtney has tried them on. Kim and Kendall haven't gotten theirs yet, but they're coming today. And I have told them, don't BS me. We are brand new, I want notes.

Kylie and I had a little photo shoot at her house yesterday. The denim came in earlier that day and she Snapchatted them and when she tried them on, she said, 'I actually love these!' I was like, 'actually?' But then she even changed into a different pair of our denim and wore them out with her boyfriend later. That made me happier because she was wearing them when I wasn't around. And you can't force a 19-year-old to do anything. Especially not Kylie Jenner. 

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BELLA HADID TAKES THE FALL COLLECTIONS TO THE BEACH FOR VOGUE JAPAN SPREAD

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Bella Hadid stars in Vogue Japan's November issue
Bella Hadid stars in Vogue Japan’s November issue

Bella Hadid is bringing autumn style to the beach for an editorial featured in the November 2016 issue of Vogue Japan. After appearing on the magazine’s September cover, the brunette is back and is even joined by hunky male models. PhotographerGiampaolo Sgura snaps the spread with styling by Anna Dello Russo. Bella stands out from a busy scene including swimsuit-clad beachgoers and umbrellas in colorful looks. From luxe furs to sequin-embellished dresses, the brunette stuns in the designs of Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more.


Bella Hadid poses on the beach in looks from the fall collections
Bella Hadid poses on the beach in looks from the fall collections
Bella Hadid wears Dior printed top and dress with Jimmy Choo heels
Bella Hadid wears Dior printed top and dress with Jimmy Choo heels
Taking on arm wrestling, Bella Hadid wears Louis Vuitton bra top and dress
Taking a break for a bit of arm wrestling, Bella Hadid wears Louis Vuitton bra top and dress
Model Bella Hadid wears Versace dress with Christian Louboutin heels
Model Bella Hadid wears Versace dress with Christian Louboutin heels
Bella Hadid wears Chloe fringed and crochet-knit cardigan
Bella Hadid wears Chloe fringed and crochet-knit cardigan
Bella Hadid wears sequin embellished minidress from Chanel
Bella Hadid wears sequin embellished minidress from Chanel
Model Bella Hadid wears a Marc Jacobs gown with GCDS sandals
Model Bella Hadid wears a Marc Jacobs gown with GCDS sandals
Bella Hadid flaunts some leg in a Gucci look with ruffles
Bella Hadid flaunts some leg in a Gucci look with ruffles
Bella Hadid wears fur on the beach in a Fendi coat
Bella Hadid wears fur on the beach in a Fendi coat
Sitting on top of a red car, Bella Hadid models a Balmain dress with embellished detail
Sitting on top of a red car, Bella Hadid models a Balmain dress with embellished detail

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STEPHANIE SEYMOUR TURNS UP THE GLAM FOR ELLE SPAIN COVER SHOOT

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Stephanie Seymour on ELLE Spain October 2016 Cover
Stephanie Seymour on ELLE Spain October 2016 Cover

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, ELLE Spain taps supermodel Stephanie Seymour for its October 2016 cover shoot. The icon poses for Gilles Bensimon in a black top andgold hoop earrings. The selection of Stephanie as the cover star has a special meaning since it was also thirty years ago when Stephanie posed on the magazine’s first ever issue. In the accompanying spread, Stephanie wears all black looks ranging from leather jackets to fuzzy sweaters. Fashion editor Inmaculada Jiménez styled the glossy spread. 


Stephanie Seymour gets her closeup in this black and white shot
Stephanie Seymour gets her closeup in this black and white shot
Stephanie Seymour wears leather jacket with strapless bodysuit
Stephanie Seymour wears leather jacket with strapless bodysuit
Supermodel Stephanie Seymour looks pure glamazon in the editorial
Supermodel Stephanie Seymour looks pure glamazon in the editorial
Model Stephanie Seymour wears little black dress made of ribbed knit
Model Stephanie Seymour wears little black dress made of ribbed knit
Stephanir Seymour flaunts her decolletage
Stephanir Seymour flaunts her decolletage
Stephanie Seymour wears her hair in polished waves
Stephanie Seymour wears her hair in polished waves
Stephanie Seymour wears gold hoop earrings with leather jacket
Stephanie Seymour wears gold hoop earrings with leather jacket
FLASHBACK: Stephanie Seymour on ELLE Spain 1986 Cover
FLASHBACK: Stephanie Seymour on ELLE Spain 1986 Cover

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MOSCOW FASHION WEEK WRAPS UP WITH GRADE-A STYLING AND BEAUTIFUL GOWNS

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Details from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
Details from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection.

After tackling the spring 2017 shows in New York, London and Milan andParis, we've kept the fashion train rolling all the way through to Moscow, where the 33rd season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia(#MBFWRussia) just wrapped up in the nation's capital.

Read on for the looks that caught our attention on the last day of shows.

LENA KARNAUHOVA

A look from Lena Karnauhova's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Lena Karnauhova's spring 2017 collection.

When designer Lena Karnauhova founded her eponymous brand in 2009, it was one of the only labels in Russia that was based in creative engineering and technology. Specifically, her work revolves around the "folding" of materials, a procedure which largely reduces the need for tailoring — which, in turn, reduces the cost. But rest assured, her pieces are exquisite, with high-quality fabrics and recognizable, often asymmetrical silhouettes being the line's mainstays. The above look closed the show, and for good reason: The gown's long, billowing sleeves and satin-like finish was a sight to be seen as it came down the runway. And while the open bodice revealed quite a bit of sternum, it looked tasteful, somehow, thanks to the large amount of fabric elsewhere.

KSENIA SERAYA

A look from Ksenia Seraya's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Ksenia Seraya's spring 2017 collection.

I'd been eager to check out Ksenia Seraya's work since Chantal named the designer a Russian label to watch last March. The Moscow-based knitwear designer lived up to the hype. Of all the collections of the week, it was Seraya that struck me as being one of the only true contemporary brands showing in Moscow. Not only was her collection cohesive, but it also felt representative of how women want to dress today. The garments were just body-hugging enough to feel fun and modern, without having the effect of an actual body-con dress. This #Tumblrpink look opened the runway show, and I was delighted by the extra-long sleeves, houndstooth-like pants and pleated fan detailing.

A look from Ksenia Seraya's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Ksenia Seraya's spring 2017 collection.

Here's an example of that non-body-con-body-con dress, my favorite of Seraya's collection. The back was completely open and featured waist-cinching detail that imitated a sweater. I loved the thick shoulder straps and subtle skirt slits up the side, as well.

DASHA GAUSER

A look from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection.

In 2006, Dasha Gauser quit her day job and launched her label without any outside investment, and today, her brand is a regular headliner of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. Her garments are architectural and modern, but what's better is what goes into them — Gauser mainly uses natural fabrics, including silk, wool, linen and cotton. She specializes in accessories, too, showing unique clutches and bags alongside dresses, blouses, hoodies, trousers and more. And while this frock would've been exceptional on its own (note the asymmetrical sleeves!), it was the sequined cactus pin that brought out the metallic detailing on the collar and really did it for me.

A look from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia


A look from Dasha Gauser's spring 2017 collection.


I'm always a sucker for sequins, especially when used in excess (and on a slinky slip dress) — but even so, the styling of this look was the standout. Does it have you convinced that you, too, should dress down a formal frock by wearing a patterned blouse underneath? After seeing this on the runway, I'm ready to give it a shot. 



ALENA AKHMADULLINA

A look from Alena Akhmadullina's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Alena Akhmadullina's spring 2017 collection.

We haven't been shy about praising Alena Akhmadullina's work in previous seasons — why isn't she showing in Paris already? — and her spring 2017 collection held up. While I'll expand on this Moscow-based designer's prowess in a separate post, I'll admit now that this collection (which was presented in two parts, immediately following each other) was the most impressive of MBFW Russia as a whole. The first half was more casual, with patterned mini dresses and subtly embellished blouses, as well as this impeccable vest-and-culotte set. Once again, it was the styling that blew me away. I'm not ordinarily one for colored tights, but the above pair in turquoise looked so sophisticated against the sky blue suit and mossy green shoes.

A look from Alena Akhmadullina's spring 2017 collection. Photo: MBFW Russia
A look from Alena Akhmadullina's spring 2017 collection.

Meanwhile, the second half was comprised almost entirely of ornate, ankle-length gowns and voluminous minis. If there's an "It" piece from the collection as a whole, it was this gilded, laser-cut dress, which closed the show. Paired with the easy, middle-parted waves, minimal makeup and embellished velvet ankle boots (with a lucite heel), the look was nothing short of jaw-dropping.

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IS THIS LAVERNE COX'S BEST MAGAZINE COVER YET?

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Photo: Ladygunn Magazine

Back in 2014, Laverne Cox made history when she became the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. And while it's hard to top that kind of barrier-breaking editorial — and Cox has fronted many other glossies before and since — the actress's most recent cover just might be her best one yet, especially in fashion terms. The actress appears on the latest issue of indie magazine Ladygunn in a fantastic red beret and a thick floating stripe of sage/seafoam eyeliner. It's truly perfect.

Cox was photographed by Janell Shirtcliff and styled by duo Jessica Loria and Kelly Williams, who dressed her for the cover in a Reformation top and Majesweater with Alexis Bittar jewelry. Deja Davenport is responsible for the stellar makeup, Neeko Abriol did her hair and Cox's powerful, confident gaze is her own. From the images we've seen so far, the fresh styling and beauty throughout the shoot delivers a fresh and quirky dose of retro vibes. Feels appropriate for Cox's upcoming upcoming role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox's TV remake of "Rocky Horror Picture Show," no?

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ELSA HOSK HITS ALL THE RIGHT MOVES IN MAVI DENIM

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Models Elsa Hosk and Jordan Barrett star in Mavi's fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.
Models Elsa Hosk and Jordan Barrett star in Mavi’s fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.

Elsa Hosk is the star of Mavi’s fall-winter 2016 outing. Appearing in this season’s campaign, the Victoria’s Secret angel joins models Francisco Lachowski and Jordan Barrett. Together, the models wear the brand’s debut partnership with AdrianoGoldschmeid.

nit that moves with the body, mirroring the stretch and performance qualities of activewear.


MAVI FALL/WINTER 2016 CAMPAIGN

Elsa Hosk is joined by models Jordan Barrett and Francisco Lachowski for Mavi's fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.
Elsa Hosk is joined by models Jordan Barrett and Francisco Lachowski for Mavi’s fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.

Demonstrating the durability of Mavi’s stretch denim, Elsa appears in the accompanying catalogue. Striking strong poses, the Swedish model hits sharp lines that emphasize the flexibility of the brand’s Indigo Move denim.

Joined by Francisco Lachowski and Jordan Barrett, Elsa Hosk is front and center for Mavi's fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.
Joined by Francisco Lachowski and Jordan Barrett, Elsa Hosk is front and center for Mavi’s fall-winter 2016 Indigo Move denim campaign.

ELSA HOSK FOR MAVI FALL/WINTER 2016 INDIGO MOVE DENIM COLLECTION

Elsa Hosk strikes a sexy pose in Mavi's Indigo Move denim for the brand's fall-winter 2016 catalogue.
Elsa Hosk strikes a sexy pose in Mavi’s Indigo Move denim for the brand’s fall-winter 2016 catalogue.
Elsa Hosk embraces flirty lumberjack style in a red and black buffalo check shirt with Mavi's Indigo Move denim.
Elsa Hosk embraces flirty lumberjack style in a red and black buffalo check shirt with Mavi’s Indigo Move denim.
Elsa Hosk is a sporty vision, rocking Mavi's new Indigo Move denim.
Elsa Hosk is a sporty vision, rocking Mavi’s new Indigo Move denim.
Elsa Hosk hits sharp lines in Mavi's Indigo Move denim.
Elsa Hosk hits sharp lines in Mavi’s Indigo Move denim.

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