ICYMI: What’s Up in Fashion This Week

Kaia Gerber photographed and styled by Kendall Jenner for LOVE Magazine. Your mid-week update.

It's Wednesday, a.k.a "hump day," a.k.a hang-in-there-you've-almost-made-it day.  If the summer heat has got you in a slouch, not to worry.  We've condensed the biggest stories of the week for you right here, so that you can get caught up and not feel guilty about all of the hours you spent lounging by the pool.  After all, you've been working hard - you deserve a break.

Maxwell Osborne Pens an Open Letter in Support of Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the police shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castle in the United States, the fashion industry has drawn criticism from activists for its largely absent part in the subsequent nationwide protests.  Fashion blogger Hannah Stoudemire organized a sit-in at New York Fashion Week: Men's to draw attention to the lack of participation, calling out Public School designer Maxwell Osborne in particular for his apparent disinterest in Black Lives Matter.  On Monday, Osborne responded with an open letter in W Magazine, urging the fashion industry to support the movement and to use our collective power to advocate for change, writing:

"I write this open letter to encourage the fashion industry to not just continue the dialogue of race in America, but to do something about it. Fashion exists in a world of make believe. Our job is to offer an escape from everyday life and a fantasy of glamour and beautiful clothes. It’s easy to forget the real world with its very real problems. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Fashion is always at its best when it looks outside of itself for inspiration and holds up a mirror to society. Sometimes we do that on the runway and sometimes when we come together as an industry and take up important causes, like so many of our peers have and continue to do with breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.
"Stand with Black Lives Matter. Go out and educate yourself and learn how you can help and join the conversation as an active participant and not just as a passive, if well-meaning, observer. Encourage diversity on your runways and campaigns. Empower your social media fans to raise their voices. Use your designs for the public good. Attend a protest and see change in action. Raise awareness – it’s not as empty a gesture as it may seem – and others will follow your lead."

Kendall Jenner Shoots with Kaia Gerber for "LOVE" Magazine
Model, reality TV-star, and oftentimes controversial Instagram it-girl Kendall Jenner has taken her talent behind the camera, making her debut as a photographer and stylist for LOVE Magazine's latest issue.  Kendall's subject was none other than 14 year old Kaia Gerber, daughter to iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford.  While the shoot has drawn its fair share of negative feedback on social media, we're curious to see the rest of the editorial before we judge (and so far, the dreamy-summer-film vibes are winning me over).

Tiffany & Co. Tap Elle Fanning & Lupita Nyong'o as Ambassadors
Since taking the helm at a struggling Tiffany & Co., Grace Coddington has brought about a fair amount of change to the historic jewellery brand.  This week, they revealed their first ever celebrity campaign, starring actresses Elle Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o, both style icons in their own right.

A photo posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on

Main Image via LOVE Magazine

Want more news from the fashion set? Here's some: Alexa Chung is launching her own label, and Toronto Fashion Week was just cancelled.

WHO: Tia Elisabeth Glista, Editor in Chief at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief