Posts Tagged ‘Condé Nast’

VOGUE UNDERSCORES MINIMUM MODELING AGE

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

In a call to action, Vogue has issued an addendum to its 2018 Global Vendor Code of Conduct, a response to numerous accounts of sexual harassment in the fashion industry.  In doing so, Condé Nast established provisions for safe working spaces.  Additionally, it addressed the age of models. “In recognition of the unique vulnerability of minors thrown into a career where they have little control and where abuse has been all too commonplace, the vendor code of conduct stipulates that no model under the age of eighteen will be photographed for editorial (unless he or she is the subject of an article, in which case the model will be both chaperoned and styled in an age-appropriate manner).”

In a new article, “Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard, Vogue acknowledged that it partially created the environment of “making it routine for children—since that’s what they are—to be dressed and marketed as glamorous adults.,” citing Brooke Shields’ cover at the age of fourteen (above).  However, the publication states that it will no longer participate.  “No more: It’s not right for us, it’s not right for our readers, and it’s not right for the young models competing to appear in these pages. While we can’t rewrite the past, we can commit to a better future.”

The problem has been endemic in the fashion houses.  “It’s a numbers game,” says Chris Gay, co-CEO of Elite World Group, in the article. “Brands want 40, 50 girls in a show, leaving less opportunity for designers to spend time with each talent. There’s no time for long fittings. But you know who fits those tiny samples? … Teenagers—girls who haven’t finished growing yet.”

CONDÉ NAST’S CUTBACKS

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
In an effort to move more of its content to its digital platforms, publishing giant, Condé Nast, is expected to wrap up its layoffs of approximately 80 of its employees (or 2.5 percent of its labor force) by the end of next week, according to WWD.  One of its casualties is the regular print version of Teen Vogue.  The publisher, however, indicated that the brand was still vital.  In a prepared statement it said, “We are aggressively investing in the brand and all of its consumer touchpoints including events like the upcoming inaugural Teen Vogue Summit next month in Los Angeles.”
Other cost-savings measures will be reducing the number of print issues for publications.  GQ, Glamour, Allure, and Architectural Digest are expected to reduce to 11 from 12, while Bon Appétit is likely to go from 11 to 10.  Condé Nast Traveler and W will reduce from 10 issues to 8, and publications such as Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair are expected to continue monthly and, in the case of The New Yorker, weekly.

 

TERRY RICHARDSON: BLACKLISTED!

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Amid allegations of sexual abuse, controversial fashion and celebrity photographer, Terry Richardson, has allegedly been banned from some of fashion’s top publications.  According to The Telegraph, Condé Nast executive vice president and chief operating officer, James Woohlous, sent a company-wide email to “country presidents” announcing that the company would no longer be working with Richardson.  Editors were advised, “Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.”  Condé Nast is the parent company to publications such as Vogue, Allure, GQ, Glamour, AD, W, and Vanity Fair.  Richardson has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including, Madonna (pictured), Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé.