This week, Fashion Week Internationale goes to Kingston, Jamaica to investigate the disturbing trend of illegal skin bleaching. We chatted with host Charlet Duboc over email (she's currently working on upcoming episodes in Tel Aviv and Moscow) about how the show has progressed, what other disturbing beauty trends she's encountered during her travels, and why Jamaica has been her favorite trip thus far (it totally wasn't just because of the abundance of smoke everywhere).
Vice's fashion coverage is not exactly traditional. For example, there was that time they had a reporter attend a London Fashion Week show while tripping on acid. And that time they had Terry Richardson shoot a group of scantily clad full-figured gals for their photography issue. And Fashion Cats, the best book ever published. And there is also of course the popular "Dos & Don'ts" column. On Thursday, Vice will launch their biggest fashion project yet--a web series called Fashion Week Internationale, which is meant to explore the "world of fashion that exists outside the superlative catwalks of New York, London, Paris, and Milan." In each episode, Charlet Duboc, a charming British Karlie Kloss lookalike with a truly enviable '90s clothing collection, goes behind the scenes Vice-style of a different fashion week, many of which are in some pretty unlikely locales. Last night, we had the pleasure of attending a screening of the first two episodes at Vice's Williamsburg offices. The first was Pakistan's Islamabad Fashion Week (fashion literally used to be banned there), followed by Full-Figured Fashion Week, which takes place right under our noses here in NYC. Both episodes, while extremely different, were incredibly eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining, heartfelt and, at times, hilarious. We got a chance to sit down with Charlet (who I feel like could be the next Alexa Chung) and Vice Global Editor Andy Capper to chat about fashion, Jersey Shore, how the series came about, the craziest things they saw and did and what they hope to accomplish with the show. Click through for that and a sneak peek at Fashion Week Internationale!