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Must Read: Frank Ocean Covers 'i-D' Magazine, How Harvey Weinstein Used His Fashion Connections to Victimize Models

Plus, why new designers are struggling to achieve long-lasting success.
Photo: @i_d/Instagram

Photo: @i_d/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Frank Ocean covers i-D Magazine and contributes a visual portfolio and personal essay 
Frank Ocean lends a bit of his artistic brilliance to i-D Magazine's latest issue, which both features the singer-songwriter on two different covers and contains a 32-page visual diary and personal essay, created by the musician himself. In the images, Ocean captures the warm energy, collaborative spirit and ever-present sense of imagination that exemplified his summer on tour; meanwhile, in the letter, he writes about happy things like peace, love and Szechuan sauce. {i-D}

How Harvey Weinstein used his fashion connections to victimize models 
In a new report, the LA Times uncovers how disgraced former film mogul Harvey Weinstein leveraged his fashion connections to get his hands on models. Weinstein earned a front-row seat on the runway, after having helped create "Project Runway," weaseling his way backstage by supporting the growth of his wife's womenswear label, Marchesa. {LA Times

Why new designers are struggling to achieve long-lasting success
Winning or even participating in the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition does not determine whether a designer will achieve lasting success. In fact, of the 120 brands who've participated in the competition since its inception in 2004, only 80 are still up and running — of the 80, fewer than five generate more than $100 million in revenue a year. With such access to mentors, new business opportunities, a cash prize and guaranteed press, why hasn't this program churned out more success stories? {Business of Fashion}

Cara Delevingne on her critics and becoming a novelist 
Cara Delevingne's intriguing set of brows made her a prominent face in the modeling industry. But now, the model — who's removed the hair from her head, but not the money-making hair above her eyelids — is also an actress, a singer and a novelist. In an interview with Stellar magazine, the multi-talented 25-year-old discusses ignoring her critics, her tattoos and writing for tortured youth — i.e., teens. {The Telegraph}

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GQ Style's holiday issue stars ASAP Rocky
GQ Style put rapper-slash-fashion heavyweight ASAP Rocky on the cover of its holiday issue. While we're sure the issue boasts many luxe gifts for men with refined sartorial tastes, we also hope that there's a specially curated high-fashion gift guide by the Harlem-grown musical talent. But before the we get our hands on the special-edition book, please marvel at the camel blazer, courtesy of Lanvin, on the cover image. {GQ Style}

Andreja Pejic signs to Ford Models as the agency's first transgender model
Ford Models has signed its first-ever openly transgender modelAndreja Pejic. The 26-year-old came out as a trans woman in late 2013 and has accomplished a number of milestones since, including becoming the first trans model to grace the cover of GQ, to be profiled in Vogue and to star in a major ad campaign. {WWD}

Influencer tip: Followers aren't big fans of sponsored posts 
Influencers are losing credibility when it comes to sponsored posts, largely because their followers aren't turning to them for advice on, say, teeth-whitening strips. A digital research firm performed a study on super-influencers — including Chiara Ferragni, Arielle Charnas and  Aimee Song — and their sponsored posts over a six-month period, and the results showed that there is a direct correlation between sponsored content and declining engagement rates. {WWD}

Inside BFF marketing, and why it works
There's a silent contract made between a pair of best friends that goes something like this: They support one another (both on- and off-line), share an intimate bond and are in constant communication. Direct-to-consumer womenswear brands like Réalisation Par and Reformation have translated this loyalty pact into their marketing strategies, which has brought each a band of mega-followers eager to purchase. {Business of Fashion}

The official trailer for "Phantom Thread" — starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his final film — is here
Earlier this year, actor Daniel Day-Lewis announced that "Phantom Thread," which comes out Christmas Day, will be his last movie — and now, the first official trailer is out. The film follows a renowned dressmaker, played by Day-Lewis, in 1950s post-war London as he outfits the upper-crusts of British society. You can watch the first official trailer below. {@Focus Features/Twitter}

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