|This weeks must-read fashion news include PFW, Vogue launching in the Middle East & fashion buyouts.
The Thought Process of Wearing High-Waist Jeans "From Denial to Acceptance - There is nothing more enticing than the prospect of encasing my loin fruits in a suction cup of denim that fastens right below the ribcage. I pull the 11-inch zipper up slowly, relishing in the compact delight of two halves of this delicious Levi’s sandwich becoming one, circling my torso in a perfectly sized love lock."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks feminism
"Her essay, We Should All Be Feminists, adapted from her 2013 TEDx talk, has remained on the bestseller lists, particularly in Sweden, where in 2015 it was distributed to every 16-year-old high-school student in the land. The talk was sampled by Beyoncé in her song Flawless."
The Importance of Gigi Hadid's Vogue Arabia Cover in Donald Trump's America "Those of us who have ties to the area have always known that there are few things more glamorous. Seriously, watch an Arab wedding and you’ll want to marry into the family. And then, this year, it FINALLY happened: Vogue was coming to the Middle East. Vogue Arabia launched online last fall, and I’ve been waiting patiently for the first printed copy. I imagined an ode to the fashion icons of the region or something to encompass the diversity. But what they did was better, and so much bigger. Gigi Hadid, the model of the year, is the first face to grace the cover of the magazine. And did you know that the American beauty is also half Palestinian?"
Fired Balenciaga casting directors respond to claims of model ‘abuse’ "The casting agents accused of subjecting models to degrading and “inhumane” treatment in the run-up to Paris Fashion Week have responded to the allegations made against them. Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes reportedly locked more than 150 models in a dark stairwell for over three hours at a recent Balenciaga casting, while they went to lunch. Their fellow casting director James Scully named and shamed them in an explosive Instagram post, calling them “serial abusers”."
This All-Female Flight Crew Just Made Airline History "An all-female crew has operated a passenger flight around the world for the first time, Air India has said.The airline's all-female crew flew across the Pacific Ocean from New Delhi to San Francisco on Monday. The same crew then flew back to New Delhi across the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, completing their historic circumnavigation of the globe."
Lingerie Label Agent Provocateur Bought by Sports Direct "The company entered administration, but was sold in a so-called "pre-pack" deal before an administrator had been appointed, BBC News reports. It is thought that the company paid around £25 million for the lingerie label - which was founded in the Nineties by Vivienne Westwood's son Joseph Corré and his then-wife Serena Rees."
Community and Ceremony at Rick Owens "'If you don’t know who I am, it’s bonkers.' Number One Reason to love Rick Owens: devastating clarity about self. Watching his parade of caped, patched, trussed models on Thursday night, you couldn’t help but wonder how liberally your sense of surrender would be shared by your non-fashion family. But that’s art. Some people get it, most people don’t. Their loss."