Kylie, Sienna and Claudia bare all!

Kylie Minogue, Claudia Schiffer and Sienna Miller have all stripped off to raise awareness for breast cancer. Photographed by Mario Testino, the campaign is aiming to raise £1 million for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Kylie has publicly battled the illness five years ago and won. Now happy and healthy she poses to front the campaign to protect other women to be as fortunate as she has been.

“It means so much to me to be part of this years’ campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer,” she says ” I wholeheartedly support their efforts to raise funds for the vital work undertaken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.”

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer was started by Ralph Lauren in 1994 and nowadays is a huge fundraising research campaign. With these stunning photos and the takings from various items donated from high street and online stores, hopefully this year it will be more successful than ever.

You can find out more about Fashion Targets Breast Cancer here.

A Curvier Trend

Recently, a small phenomenon has hit the world of fashion. One by one, fashion designers and magazine editors have taken note of the outcry of the public and have started paying attention to larger models. Just last year designer Mark Fast sent size 14 models down the runway at his catwalk show. He has since clinched a deal with Topshop. Newly engaged model-of-the-moment Lara Stone has hit the headlines many a time for being “the fat one” at a healthy size 8. When Madrid Fashion Week decided to weigh all girls before shows and ban any with a BMI of below 18 from walking down the catwalk, society rejoiced in appreciation of the fact that the skinny model obsession, which markedly cost the lives of Uruguayan sisters Eliana and Luisel Ramos, was finally being recognised. And Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue UK sent a letter to designers accusing them of forcing magazines to hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” due to “minuscule” garments provided for use in photo shoots. She even added that Vogue now frequently retouches pictures to make models look bigger. The letter was not intended for the public domain, but The Times squeezed a look at it and the story reverberated around the world.

But these few examples are not yet widespread across the fashion world. When Lizzie Miller bore all for US Glamour, stating that she was considered too big to be a plus-size model, despite being 5ft 11ins and 12½ stone, there was outrage. She has since been booked for many jobs, as readers spoke out against the prejudices of even the plus-size side to modelling. To further back up the situation, American model Crystal Renn made headlines with her book “Hungry”, detailing how her struggles with eating disorders coincided with her career success, showing that a super skinny model will always get more bookings that a larger girl. V Magazine in America has also recently featured four plus-size models in a designer spread to raise awareness of the issue.

However, these recent positive steps do have their counterparts. In 2009, Ralph Lauren airbrushed a model to the point that her head was bigger than her waist. The original plus-size supermodel, newlywed Sophie Dahl famously lost all of her extra weight to become the slim icon she is now, and Lara Stone has stated that she is “fed up” with being “the fat one” and has made a new year’s resolution to tone up. And with super slim icon Kate Moss stating “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, it seems that we still have a long way to go before society can change. Moss’ throwaway comment was snatched up by pro-anorexia websites as an excuse not to eat. Yet, whilst it may be unfair to blame the supermodel entirely for this, it simply goes to show that the war against skinny rages on.

SS10: Double Denim

When some trends make a big return to the runways, you wish that you had never seen them again. For most, the dreaded double denim is one such comeback trend. How many of us see somebody in the street teaming a pair of jeans with a denim jacket and think: “How cutting edge!” ? Not many, that’s for sure. So, why-oh-why has almost every designer this season decided to force us into reconsidering making such a statement with our clothing?

The one thing that I think when I look at most of these catwalk photos is that they do not look modern. If you didn’t know that they were SS10, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d raided the fashion archives for these beauties. But alas! No. Strong, reliable labels such as Chloe, Ralph Lauren, House of Holland and even D&G have brought back the look and I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it working on me! And I doubt that I’m the only one! Some trends just aren’t made to follow.

However, when even style icon Alexa Chung manages to pull off quite a sexy denim look for the new Pepe Jeans campaign, maybe we all should pause for a second and consider this a possibility. Should I rush out now to buy some matching denims and parade around my local supermarket feeling all 2010, or should I partake in some other daring look for Spring/Summer and leave the dreaded double denim for the hardcore Brick Laners? I think we all know the answer to that one.