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Fashion Industry Alek Wek’s Trailblazing Career Alek Wek was born in the South Sudan, educated in London, and traveled the world for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Oscar de la Renta as a top runway model. Tim Blanks reflects on the career of the onetime-refugee-turned-catwalk star, entrepreneur, and activist.
Fashion Shows Alexander McQueen’s Controversial "Highland Rape" Show Tim Blanks revisits Alexander McQueen’s Fall 1995 show, “Highland Rape,” which introduced the world not only to the designer’s trademark bumster pants, but also to his fierce national pride. The models’ torn garments and bloodied bodies ignited a fury, but this was no endorsement of rape, it was an exploration of Scotland’s turbulent history with England.
Celebrity Style Shalom Harlow: Made for Haute Couture She was part of the anti-supermodels—waiflike beauties who seemed more tangible than the out-of-reach superstars like Naomi, Linda, and Christy. Shalom Harlow represented an elegant and graceful idea of beauty with a face and body that was made for haute couture. Tim Blanks looks back on the career of the Canadian native and her rise to the top.
Fashion Shows The Creative Genius of Yves Saint Laurent With Yves Saint Laurent’s vibrant Fall 1993 collection as a backdrop, Tim Blanks reflects on the master designer’s groundbreaking career, lavish lifestyle, and gorgeous muse Loulou de la Falaise.
Celebrity Style Naomi Campbell: The Super-est of Supermodels She’s outspoken, controversial, and utterly unforgettable. Tim Blanks looks back at the career of Naomi Campbell, including an early ’90s interview with the supermodel herself.
Fashion Shows John Galliano’s Fall 1999 Dior Haute Couture Collection It was one of fashion’s most famous turning points. After seasons of historicism and excess at Christian Dior, John Galliano gave us a comparatively subdued setup (save for the Versailles location) with urban warrior-inspired outfits that looked like something out of The Matrix.
Fashion Shows Channing Tatum’s First Runway Show in Milan Before he was Magic Mike, Channing Tatum was a model. In the early aughts Tim Blanks caught up with the then-21-year-old at his first runway show in Milan to talk about his crush on Kate Moss, why he wouldn’t last as a model, and his acting ambitions.
Fashion Industry Tom Ford’s Gucci Sex Bomb During the nineties Tom Ford revitalized Gucci, making the Italian fashion house synonymous with hedonism, sex, and sin. In this archival interview, the former creative director explains how working with nothing to lose helped him create the brand's powerfully seductive image.