5 weekend reads: the problem with skinny models; 10 years of Alber Elbaz

Celebrating 10 years of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, and what makes the designer so successful – and likeable. One writer takes a look at body shapes through the decades, while another tries to pinpoint the problem with skinny models; and Charlotte Casiraghi makes the move into fashion.

After the break are five reads worthy of your weekend.

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Alber Elbaz in the spotlight

A look at Alber Elbaz, as the designer celebrates 10 years at the helm of Lanvin.

“The key to understanding the success and longevity of Mr. Elbaz, a nice guy who did not finish last, comes down to this: “I never think people should do things for me,” he said during an interview at the cafe last week. “I think I should do things for others. That makes me more comfortable.””

Read it here.

The shapes we’re in

Matching body types to decades: Are you a leggy Edwardian? Or a nip-waisted New Look?

“Fashion is strangely reluctant to love what women are.”

Read it here.

The problem with skinny models

Vanessa Friedman argues that if we get used to seeing all kinds of bodies, all kinds of bodies will lose their stigmas.

“My observations of eating disorders all took place in a time before supermodels and largely without the benefit of glossy magazines and celebrity-worship… but they absolutely did take place, because adolescence is a time when girls feel entirely out of control (of their bodies, their hormones, their social life), and the desire to get back in control tends to take the form of controlling the one thing you can influence: what food you put in your mouth.”

Read it here.

Charlotte Casiraghi: seeking independence from Monaco

Grace Kelly’s granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi steps into the fashion spotlight – but don’t call her a model.

“Just don’t call her a model. “Protagonist” is the word Gucci uses to define Ms. Casiraghi’s role in its campaign, entitled “Forever Now.””

Read it here.

Futurism is still influencial

In anticipation of the Guggenheim Museum’s upcoming exhibition – the biggest ever held on the Italian Futurists – The Smithsonian delves into the origins of the Futurist manifesto and its impact on art.

“The Futurists created a style that was bolder and brasher in its visual impact than Cubism, and also forged a new connection between the compulsive innovation of new styles in painting and the innovative world of new machines and inventions outside the painter’s studio.”

Read it here.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.