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Weekly Words: May 6th 2017

“Monica Rose splits with the Kardashians” – various sources

Monica Rose with Gigi Hadid

The biggest story that has been unfolding over the past 10 days or so is that Monica Rose, the stylist responsible for the Kardashian-Jenner extended family getting any recognition for their clothing, has been unceremoniously fired by all of her main clients, including Gigi Hadid. I was genuinely shocked when the first article saying this broke and I continue to be shocked a week later. It’s so surprising because of how long they have worked together and how nasty the split seems to be. For one, they’ve all unfollowed Monica on Instagram, despite the fact that they have been longterm friends as well as having a professional relationship. As neither party has given a reason for the split and Rose has reportedly hired lawyers (with rumors that Khloe has intent to sue), people are speculating terrible things. I’ve read that people think Monica Rose was an insider on Kendall Jenner’s recent robbery. I really hope this is not true. If it’s all a lie, it’s so horrible that Monica Rose’s reputation is being dragged through the mud. Stylists lose clients all the time. That’s nothing new. However, losing this many all at once suggests it is a personal rift instead of just a change in direction. Furthermore, Kylie Jenner is now working with one of Monica’s former assistants. That must hurt. The truth will come out eventually, and until then I’m going to keep judgement free.

“French Government to Buy Five Designer Items Each Season” – WWD

Paris Refashioned at MFIT

According to this WWD article, the French government are beginning to build a permanent collection of fashion items in an effort to preserve the country’s “cultural heritage” and are going to be purchasing five items per season to do this. Paris has been the longstanding center of the fashion universe and the fashion industry is a source of national pride for the French. It only seems natural that they would honor this institution and create a lasting legacy. The acquired pieces will form a permanent collection at the National Center for Visual Arts and will be used in exhibitions here or loaned to other museums around the world. I personally am all for the conservation of garments. Fashion can be a work of art, and I think the clothing should be displayed in museums even from a sociological or anthropological standpoint. Fashion reflects culture and I think it’s hard to tell the tale of a time properly without visually representing it in some way. It’s crazy to think now that current season Saint Laurent or Vetements could be archived and spotted in museums in 30 years time, but that’s likely what will happen. Every moment we live in becomes history. The fun part will be choosing which five items get to live on forever.

“Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash Over Vogue India Cover” – Fashionista

The past few weeks have been rough for Kendall Jenner. It seems like every move she makes is being critiqued, but rightly so. I actually agree with the backlash for this cover because I think models should have some accountability too, especially those who are as famous as Jenner. The issue with the magazine cover is that instead of using an Indian model or celebrity on a cover celebrating the 10th anniversary of the magazine, they used another white model. It doesn’t sound like much to some people but really representation matters and if you grow up only seeing images of white women held to the highest beauty standards then you may grow up thinking that only white women are beautiful, can be successful etc. That was reducing the matter down to its simplest form and representation is definitely a deeper issue. I listened to Shiona Turini’s interview on Man Repeller’s “Oh Boy” podcast earlier this week (it’s like a year old, I’m just super into the podcast right now) and she spoke about how representation matters not just in magazines but across the board. When she was a young girl she didn’t see anyone who looked like her successful in fashions (whether that be as magazine editors, PR people, buyers etc.). Visually, it matters. I just think Kendall Jenner is catching so much heat nowadays because she shirks from her problems, ignores any criticism, and just simply deletes things and moves on, whilst cashing that paycheck at the end of the day. People joke about Pepsi because she never issued an apology and tries to act like it didn’t happen. She deleted her Fyre Festival posts instead of just issuing an apology like Bella Hadid did. There are so many little things that are adding up to create a PR disaster for Jenner and really if she just took a step back and apologized nobody would care anymore.

Personal Style/Celebrity Stylists

A couple of weeks ago I received my daily newsletter from Vogue, that day entitled “What The Hell Happened to Personal Style?”. To give you the gist of it all, basically the writer was disappointed in the homogeneous, Kardashian style that has swept the nation and is worn by millions of young girls every day. They were sick of neutrals, topknots, and bodycon and missed true style icons like Kate Moss being lauded instead of those who work with a stylist. The latter point is what I’d like to hone in on.

The idea of working with a stylist seems strange to me, especially if it is for a non-red carpet occasion, but you cannot underestimate the power of a celebrity stylist. Think about what Rachel Zoe did back in 2004/2005! Nicole Richie had a major makeover and suddenly became an international style icon. This was a woman who was often ridiculed and thought of as just a famous-for-being-famous, reality tv star suddenly transformed to a real star. You cannot discredit Zoe for that. Nowadays it is Monica Rose who is spreading the same effect through her work with the Kardashians/Jenners and their gang of friends like the Hadid sisters. Just like the band of Zoebots who were constantly photographed this time a decade ago, Monica Rose’s clients often wear very similar looks today. It doesn’t help that they are currently some of the most talked about women in the world right now.

In the article the writer says Kate Young’s work with Selena Gomez is different because it is a “creative partnership”. Unfortunately I don’t agree with this. I don’t think what Kate Young does for Selena Gomez is any different than what Monica Rose does for her clients (although Selena does look so incredible now). Both stylists are picking “off-duty” looks as well as outfits for official appearances. I don’t have a problem with stylists doing this for clients. In fact, I think it is a super smart thing for all celebrities to do – a good branding move. However, I really do hate when people cite the celebrity’s personal style as their inspiration because I really don’t think it is their personal style at all. If your stylist has to pick out your clothing, whether they pre-pick your outfit or just provide you with pieces that would work well together, I don’t think it is your personal style, I think it is just a style. To me it is about those who the look originated from getting credit, but that rarely happens.

Kylie’s outfit in this photo is exactly what the writer of the Vogue article hates; cut-outs, bodycon, neutral.

If I were rich and famous, I can’t imagine that I’d want a stylist. It would probably make things easier for calling in looks for events but then again there are some celebrities who do it all themselves and still manage fine: Diane Kruger, Dita von Teese, Blake Lively (for the most part), January Jones. Dressing yourself every day should be straightforward and actually fun. However, maybe if you’re getting photographed everywhere you go you’d want to look photo ready at all times. Perhaps that’s why celebrity personal style seems manufactured.