ESSAY: WHY MODEL RETOUCHING IS UNDER FIRE

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As the body positivity movement continues to gain ground, the fashion world has seen a backlash over excessively retouched images. As of October 1, 2017, France’s law requiring commercial images which alter a model’s size to include the mention of ‘retouched photograph’ has taken effect.

Alternatively, Getty Images also enacted a similar rule where users can not submit "any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger." This seems to be just the beginning of what could cause major ripples across the industry.

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A CLOSER LOOK: RETOUCHING & BODY IMAGE

The idea of banning excessive retouching ties back to the idea of body image and its effect on young people. France’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, said in a statement to WWD: “Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behavior.”

That’s why brands like Aerie—American Eagle Outfitters’ underwear line launching retouching free campaign has been such a major hit in terms of sales and publicity. Featuring unretouched models shows that no matter one’s shape, even models have flaws. It can also be noted that brands who don't disclose retouching will face a fine of up to 37,500 euros, or even up to 30 percent of a brand’s advertising spend. We also look at the recent model charter signed by luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering that banned size zero and underage models.

Models on the runway.

A LOOK AT SAMPLE SIZES

Although labeling images of models who’s bodies have been altered can be seen as a positive step, a major problem still remains. As designer Damir Doma said in a 2015 interview with WWD, “[The fact] is, as long as there is a demand for extra-skinny models, the agencies will continue to deliver." 

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE LOOKS COWGIRL COOL IN DIOR’S RESORT 2018 CAMPAIGN

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Jennifer Lawrence stars in Dior's resort 2018 campaignJennifer Lawrence stars in Dior's resort 2018 campaign

Actress Jennifer Lawrence returns as the face of Dior's resort 2018 campaign. The brand ambassador poses in a series of portraits captured by Brigitte Lacombe. Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri found inspiration in the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and the American southwest for the cruise collection. Jennifer looks elegant in embroidered dresses, bandanas and custom straw hats designed by milliner Stephen Jones. J'adior and Lady Dior bags in neutral hues also take the spotlight in the advertisements.

Related: Jennifer Lawrence Looks Western Glam in Dior for ELLE France

CAMPAIGN: JENNIFER LAWRENCE FOR DIOR RESORT 2018

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CONSTANCE JABLONSKI POSES IN CHIC AUTUMN STYLES FOR ELLE FRANCE

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Constance Jablonski lands the September 22nd, 2017 cover of ELLE France. Photographed by Van Mossevelde + N, the French model wears an embroidered jacket, sweater and skirt from Prada’s fall collection. In the accompanying spread, Constance embraces outerwear for the autumn season. Stylist Jeanne Le Bault dresses the blonde in designs from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Michael Kors Collection.

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ONE-PIECE WONDERS: 8 CUTE OVERALLS

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Discover cute denim overlalsDiscover the best denim overalls

Make a statement this season in a one-piece wonder aka overalls. From seventies inspired flares to slim-fit cuts, the overall is far more than just a baggy silhouette. We rounded up eight dungarees perfect for that casual day out or even date night. Pair the look with your favorite pumps for a glamorous look. Or wear with sneakers for the ultimate laid-back, tomboy inspired ensemble. Discover more cute overalls below.


CUTE OVERALLS IN DENIM

ei8ht dreams Zip Front Crop Flare Overall $224ei8ht dreams Zip Front Crop Flare Overall $224
This zipper front overall features a frayed hem and side and back pockets.LEVI'S Original Overall $128LEVI’S Original Overall $128
Made from 100% cotton, these denim overalls include adjustable shoulder straps with a front chest pocket.
FRAME Flared-Leg Velvet Overalls $335FRAME Flared-Leg Velvet Overalls $335
Channel retro style in a wide-leg overall made of cotton-velvet.MOTHER The Tie Back Jumpsuit $248MOTHER The Tie Back Jumpsuit $248
This overall features a body-clinging silhouette with a pinafore inspired front and strappy back.ROLLA'S Jasmine Overalls $119ROLLA’S Jasmine Overalls $119
Made from a dark wash, the slim-fit overall includes adjustable shoulder straps and buttons at the side.Ganni Sheffield Overall $250Ganni Sheffield Overall $250
A casual denim overall gets updated with chic bow embellishments at the straps.See By Chloe Denim Overalls $485See By Chloe Denim Overalls $485
Made in a light khaki hue, these denim overalls feature a straight leg and front button fastening.STONE_COLD_FOX Duke Overalls $330STONE_COLD_FOX Duke Overalls $330
Look groovy in a pinstripe overall including flared legs and side slant pockets.

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ICONIC BLAZERS: SEE ZARA’S CHIC FALL OUTERWEAR

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Zara Contrasting Faux Fur BlazerZara Contrasting Faux Fur Blazer

Cold weather season is coming, and if you want to stay warm in style, Zara has just the essentials. With a new trend guide called ‘Iconic Blazers’, the Spanish fashion brand features wool jackets, plaid coats and faux fur outerwear. Model Kiki Willems heads to the outdoors and the studio in chic looks including cropped trousers and a-line skirts. For footwear, patent leather ankle boots make a shiny statement for fall.

Related: Urban Beats | Zara Spotlights Checkers & Plaid Style for Fall

ZARA 'ICONIC BLAZERS' FALL 2017 LOOKBOOK

Kiki Willems wears Zara Checked Coat, Faux Suede Leggings and Faux Patent Ankle BootsKiki Willems wears Zara Checked Coat, Faux Suede Leggings and Faux Patent Ankle BootsZara Wool Blazer with Full Sleeves and Poplin ShirtZara Wool Blazer with Full Sleeves and Poplin Shirt

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BELLA THORNE POSES IN SEXY SHOOT FOR GQ MEXICO

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Bella Thorne poses in bed wearing an Only Hearts slip and Chopard jewelry

Actress Bella Thorne turns up the heat on the October 2017 cover of GQ Mexico. Photographed by Michael Schwartz(Atelier Management), the pink-haired beauty wears a sheer dress from Dior with jewelry by Bulgari and Cartier. In the accompanying spread, Bella goes nearly naked in sexy looks styled by Aviva Perea. The 19-year-old poses in the designs of Alexander Wang, Zimmermann and Tamra Mellon amongst others in the sultry spread.

Related: Bella Thorne Looks Chic in Marie Claire Indonesia

COVER SHOOT: BELLA THORNE BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR GQ MEXICO OCTOBER 2017

Bella Thorne on GQ Mexico October 2017 CoverBella Thorne on GQ Mexico October 2017 CoverActress Bella Thorne poses in lace Zimmermann dress and Gianvito Rossi bootsActress Bella Thorne poses in lace Zimmermann dress and Gianvito Rossi boots
Wearing a robe, Bella Thorne dons Bulgari necklaceWearing a robe, Bella Thorne dons Bulgari necklacePosing topless, Bella Thorne wears lace panties and garter beltPosing topless, Bella Thorne wears lace panties and garter beltReady for her closeup, Bella poses in black and white imageReady for her closeup, Bella poses in black and white imagePosing in a tub, Bella Thorne wears sheer Dior dressPosing in a tub, Bella Thorne wears sheer Dior dressBella Thorne poses naked in Tamara Mellon heelsBella Thorne poses naked in Tamara Mellon heelsLooking sexy, Bella Thorne poses in Natori bodysuit and Alexander Wang heelsLooking sexy, Bella Thorne poses in Natori bodysuit and Alexander Wang heelsFlaunting some skin, Bella Thorne wears Zimmermann dress and Gianvito Rossi bootsFlaunting some skin, Bella Thorne wears Zimmermann dress and Gianvito Rossi boots

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