Fashion News Alert: Bebe Rexha’s Clapback, Vogue Runway’s Pay to Play, Balmain Returns to Couture Week, and D&G Model Apologizes

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The fashion industry purports to support diversity and inclusion; however, sometimes that narrative is just idle talk. Particularly, when it comes to dressing celebrities of color that are larger than a sample size.In 2016, “Saturday Night Live” regular Leslie Jones complained that no fashion designers would dress for Award Season red carpets. Christian Siriano came to the rescue. And the red Christian Siriano red dress that Leslie Jones wore during Award Season sold out.

Now, which designer is going to rescue British songbird Bebe Rexha?

Nominated for a 2019 Grammy for her country pop duo “Meant to Be,” Rexha has been getting lots of refusals from designers to create a custom gown for her for the 2019 Grammys because she is not sample size. (The girl has some thick thighs and significant junk in her trunk.) 

I had my team hit [up] a lot of designers,” Bebe Rexha detailed. “And a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big.”

“If a size 6/8 is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your [f***g] dresses,” Rexha said. “You’re saying that all the women in the world that are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses.”

On Tuesday, Christian Siriano offered to dress Bebe Rexha for the Grammys.

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Couture is the charm

Balmain returned to the couture calendar after in absence of 10 years. Balmain’s couture show took place at Balmain’s new store on Rue Saint-Honoré with only 130 invited guests.

Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing looked to the Balmain of the 1960s for inspiration, concentrating on architectural as opposed to his super glam embellishments of the brand’s ready-to-wear collections. There were lots of pearls, in fact, oversized pearls in this couture collection, as well as oversized bubble dresses and a bevy of Swarovski crystals. Rousteing played with a lot of shapes in this collection that referenced the avant-garde mode style of the 60s.

Rousteing can now count himself as not only a ready-to-wear designer of one of France’s most iconic fashion houses, he can also add couturier to his fashion titles.

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Pay for play is now adopting a business model that has been practiced by other media companies for decades. Traditionally, fashion magazines have always given content priority to brands that have spent large amounts on advertising. The advertising packages could include editorial content, editorial photo spread inclusion, and a host of other perks based on the extent of advertising dollars. has taken these advertising packages now a step farther by offering fashion brands publication of all of the images from spring/summer and fall/winter fashion collections for a fee of $20,000. This coverage does not include reviews of fashion collections. editors must still approve of the collection before the deal goes through.

What is unusual about this new pay for play development is that, until recently, offered this coverage free of charge. This is so sad!!

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Loose lips sink ships

The Chinese model that was featured in the Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) controversial promotional video has apologized. The attacks against D&G for their racially and culturally insensitive video started over two months ago.

The promotional video in question shows a Chinese model eating pizza and spaghetti using chopsticks. Images of smiling poop emojis to describe China, as well as cultural insults, accompanied comments on Stefano Gabbana Instagram chats.

“For not properly interpreting the proper way of holding chopsticks, I express my deepest regret,” model Zuo Ye wrote in a post on Monday on the Weibo social media platform, as detailed in a article.

“I appreciate the fact that this isn’t just my personal action, but that I am representing the image of our country, and of Chinese culture so I am racked with guilt, deeply apologetic, and will definitely improve my decorum in future.”

Because of this cultural insult D&G was forced to cancel a fashion show in Shanghai. D&G products were also eliminated from several Chinese e-commerce sites.

—William S. Gooch

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