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Behind the Scenes of Cara Delevingne’s New Movie, and More of Today’s News

Dressing Ms. Delevingne…

“She wasn’t going to be a supermodel in my room. She was going to be Cara, the actor.” This was costume designer Mary Claire Hannan’s response when asked what it was like to work with model Cara Delevingne during the filming of Paper Towns. Hannan revealed that the inspiration for many of the costumes came from watching ’80s and ’90s high school movies, and even explained how she created costumes for Delevingne by cutting up clothes she’d found in thrift stores. [Fashionista]

Margiela’s on the rise…

Renzo Rosso, the president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB Group, is singing the praises of the brand’s recently appointed creative director, John Galliano. “John is a real pro, I am so happy to have him,” said Russo in a recent interview, adding, “Martin [Margiela] told me I could not give his brand a better present, as Galliano was the designer he admired the most.” Russo also disclosed that Maison Margiela sales are already up 20 percent. [Reuters]

Saint Laurent ads under fire…

The Advertising Standards Authority in the U.K. has banned the use of Saint Laurent’s most recent campaign because it believes that the ad features an “unhealthily thin” model. The black-and-white image was deemed irresponsible by the ASA because 18-year-old model Kiki Willems’ “rib cage was visible and appeared prominent.” The ASA also argued “her thighs and knees appeared a similar width, and…looked very thin.” [ASA]

Barbie keeps up with the trends…

After more than 50 years in production, Barbie will, for the first time, be able to wear flat shoes. Mattel unveiled a new range of dolls recently that feature articulated ankles with joints that can actually move. This allows Barbie—or, more specifically, her owner—the right to choose between heels and flats. A win for feminist fashionistas the world over. [Glamour]

A new leather alternative…

For the purpose of sustainability, some brands have begun using fish leather as a replacement for traditional cowhide leather. Rose & Willard, a label dedicated to “unwavering ethical activity,” is one such brand. “My initial concern was that fish leather would put pressure on overfished waters, but [our suppliers reassured me] they were using proper sustainable farms,” explained founder Heidy Rehman. The designer also clarified that her designs don’t carry the potent smell we often associate with fish. “It doesn’t smell of fish, but it does kind of remind you of the sea,” she said. “But it’s more gritty, earthy, rustic.” [The Guardian]
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