This Week So Far: PFW, Casting & Bella Hadid

Pat McGrath makeup for Maison Margiela
It's been an eventful couple of days.

Paris Fashion Week has officially started, which means that we are coming close to the end of 'fashion month' and the Fall 2017 season.  This is the time when things can tend to get a little bit monotonous for some, but fear not - this week's events seem to have prevented boredom of any sort.  Here are the top stories that we've been reading about for the past couple of days.

Bella Hadid's First Dior Beauty Ad Is Here

We are deceased.  Bella Hadid seems to be everywhere these days and honestly, we don't hate it.  After booking a Dior makeup contract a while back, we finally have a look at Bella's first official campaign promoting the Diorshow Pump n' Volume Mascara.  She thanked the Dior team (and her mom) on Instagram today to reveal the ad, which we can reasonably expect to appear relentlessly over the next couple of months.

Casting Director James Scully Exposes Racist, Cruel Casting Practices at PFW
So true to my promise at #bofvoices that I would be a voice for any models, agents or all who see things wrong with this business I'm disappointed to come to Paris and hear that the usual suspects are up to the same tricks. I was very disturbed to hear from a number of girls this morning that yesterday at the Balenciaga casting Madia & Ramy (serial abusers) held a casting in which they made over 150 girls wait in a stairwell told them they would have to stay over 3 hours to be seen and not to leave. In their usual fashion they shut the door went to lunch and turned off the lights, to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see. Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized. Most of the girls have asked to have their options for Balenciaga cancelled as well as Hermes and Ellie Saab who they also cast for because they refuse to be treated like animals. Balenciaga part of Kering it is a public company and these houses need to know what the people they hire are doing on their behalf before a well deserved law suit comes their way. On top of that I have heard from several agents, some of whom are black that they have received mandate from Lanvin that they do not want to be presented with women of color. And another big house is trying to sneak 15 year olds into paris! It's inconceivable to me that people have no regard for human decency or the lives and feelings of these girls, especially when too too many of these models are under the age of 18 and clearly not equipped to be here but god forbid well sacrifice anything or anyone for an exclusive right? If this behavior continues it's gonna be a long cold week in paris. Please keep sharing your stories with me and I will continue to to share them for you. It seems to be the only way we can force change and give the power back to you models and agents where it rightfully belongs. And I encourage any and all to share this post #watchthisspace
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Casting Director James Scully caught our attention at the end of 2016 after doing an emotional, expository talk for Business of Fashion where he disclosed some shocking inside stories about the modelling industry and many of its hurtful practices.  Taking to Instagram on Monday to continue his commentary, Scully called out casting duo Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes for leaving 150 girls to wait in a dark stairwell for their Balenciaga, Elie Saab, and Hermes casting after leaving for a 3 hour lunch break.  Scully said that a number of the girls had felt unsafe and called the pair "serial abusers."  Balenciaga have subsequently released a statement confirming that they have terminated their relationship with Boina and Fernandes and apologized to the models in question.  Likewise, Scully claimed that he "received mandate from Lanvin that they do not want to be presented with women of color."  While the accusation may seem shocking after one of the most diverse fashion weeks in recent memory (read: ever), Lanvin's cast at today's show had only 4 non-white models out of 42 exits.  We continue to watch this story unfold and needless to say, all eyes are on James Scully who is doing the right thing in using his position of power to advocate for those who don't have a voice in these situations.

Maison Margiela and Pat McGrath Go Bright (or Go Home!)

Iconic makeup artist and businesswoman Pat McGrath teamed up with Maison Margiela to create the beauty looks for their Fall/Winter 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week earlier today.  The spunky, graphic eye look definitely caught the eye of the fashion community on Instagram, contrasting a collection that was unusually paired down for the subversive brand.

Main Images via @patmcgrathreal

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Tia Elisabeth Glista is the founding Editor in Chief of Couturesque Magazine.  She is also a textbook Taurus (ambitious, aesthetically-driven, very stubborn) who can at any given time be found listening to BANKS and looking at pictures of puppies.  Click here to follow her on Instagram. 

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