Femen Activists

The biggest shock of Paris’s spring-summer 2014 fashion shows came on the otherwise calm and gentle Nina Ricci catwalk, when two topless activists from protest group Femen crashed the podium.  Grabbing a startled model making her way down the catwalk, they screamed “fashion fascism,” with words decrying the sexualization of the modeling industry written in make-up. One had “Fashion dictaterror” scrawled on her naked torso, the other “Model don’t go to brothel.”

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British model, Liverpool-born Hollie-May Saker, was caught in the middle, with the protesters brushing against her lamé-and-lace skirt.

“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me….As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose,” Saker told the Echo.

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Rebena is not quite sure what to think about this – because nothing says “take me seriously” like stripping down to denounce the over sexualization of women.  International attention? Certainly.  International contempt?  Yep, got that too.  International support…  ?????.

1920’s Illustration

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Fashion illustration is an art form. Undeniably. In an increasingly digitized world, it is a visual treat. And we can’t get enough of it. This whimsical design was originally created for Jeanne Lanvin’s beloved daughter but proved to be so popular with her clients that the designer opened her very own children’s department in 1908. Never mind the kids, we’d be more than happy to wear this item ourselves.