Vice's fashion coverage is not exactly traditional. For example, there was that time they had a reporter
Charlet, the statuesque blonde who had previously only written for Vice (but tells us she has done "a bit" of modeling and acting), is more familiar with the fashion world we usually talk about. "I follow big fashion weeks like a fiend," she tells us, but mostly wears vintage, mainly from the '90s--Guess, Moschino, Versace, Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler are among her favorites--as she feels the high waist suits her slender body shape better. (At one point, during the full-figured fashion week episode, she hilariously says, "I don't know if I'm going to be the only...empty-figured person there.")
"I started with Vice because I wanted to write about fashion but my relationship with fashion didn’t really fit with any other fashion publications," she explained. In Islamabad, Charlet does things like dress up in one designer's Lady Gaga-inspired collection, talks to show attendees dressed in full burkas and goes to a house party that won't allow cameras in, which she says was one of the most fun parts of the whole experience. "They fucking go hard out there. I think there's so much pressure and there’s so much shit going down they just wanna have fun." She also said a full-figured fashion week after party on a boat was "the best fashion party I’d ever been to."
The most mind-blowing episode, which we only saw a trailer of, sounds like it will be Colombia Fashion Week. With the goal of exploring the rampant plastic surgery that takes place there, Charlet actually watches someone get a butt implant. And they show it.
If Fashion Week Internationale will clarify one thing, I think it will be that most of the fashion weeks outside of the big four are put on for very different reasons. While New York, London, Paris and Milan are primarily about getting press and making money, the fashion shows documented in the show appear to draw very little, if any, of either of those things. From what I could tell, they were more about having fun and providing an escape for people from the pressures of day-to-day life, whether that involves violence and oppression or being a marginalized portion of society.
The first episode airs next week right here. See below for the trailer and pics from the screening (yes, there is a real bear at Vice's offices).
**All photos by TK Stuart-Deely