Model ActressIsraeli-born supermodel (and former Leonardo DiCaprio lover) Bar Rafaeli is the latest catwalk queen to be bitten by the acting bug. A familiar face in high-fashion and men’s magazines, Rafaeli is slated to star in Kidon, a movie based on a 2010 assassination of a top Hamas commander in Dubai by the Mossad. Rafaeli will play the part of the Mossad agent tasked with “luring the Palestinian militant into her web.” Of the part, Rafaeli joked: “I would love to be in the Mossad and maybe I am. Who knows? I think that being a famous model is the best cover.”
Haute Hoisery“The problem with legs,” says Alexander Joo, founder of premiere tights company Toights, “is that when they’re unadorned with accessories, when they are stark-naked and mulling around, smoking a cigarette and eating drugstore chocolates, they are mostly boring.” Sold exclusively through toights.com, the reasonably priced ($29 US) graffiti-esque hosiery comes in three different designs – STUN, WISP, PAIS – and they’re sure to make your legs standout in a crowd. Developed by this new bold and brazen legwear company, Toights are made of 20 Denier in thickness, they feature black print on black fabric, and are one size fits all. Put a little WISP, STUN or PAIS into your wardrobe to make your outfit pop.
Fashion’s Fight Against ThinThe fashion industry is synonymous with slender models. Most fashion shows feature non-diverse standard size-zero girls walking the runway. Under fire for years, critics have been campaigning to stop the industry from using the thin-framed models and promoting a healthier ideal. Recently, Vogue – notorious for featuring uber-skinny models in their pages – took the first step forward. Vowing to only use healthy models and not employ those underage or with eating disorders. “We’ve been hearing about the anorexia and image problems for years, even decades,” says Condé Nast chairman Jonathan Newhouse. “We’re thinking it has something to do with the convergence of fashionable extreme-to-the-extreme thinness and the Internet.”
A Fashionable EveningWhat began four years ago at Vogue headquarters in New York, Fashion’s Night Out is going global. The next edition of the event is slated to occur in all 19 territories that publish Vogue — including Russia, Spain, UK, France, Italy and Germany — all set for early September. Many of the countries will be holding the event in multiple cities. The high-profile fashion event that encourages fashionistas and the general public alike to get out and support the retail industry is known to attract big names such as Isabeli Fontana, Anja Rubik and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Patriotic FootwearOfficially launched on May 10 at the Toronto-based training gym Academy of Lions, New Balance Canada presented their new sneaker named “The Canada Shoe,” in support of Canadian athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. New Balance Canada’s nationalistic shoe is a popping red, silver and yellow, and features our patriotic maple leaf in an ode to the country. The invite-only preview party saw the appearance of several celebrities – singer Jordan, catwalk queen Stacey Mckenzie, and Olympic marathoners Reid Coolaset and Eric Gillis. Guests were treated to a sneaker fitting which saw the crowd decked out in a sea of red shoes for the evening.
Ageless DesignsHandbag company Nella Bella took an unusual approach for their F/W 2012 collection – they partnered with teenage designer Andreas Kyriakos for a special two-piece capsule collection this season. Meant to evoke the “chic sophistication of vintage Europe,” high-school student and aspiring designer Kyriakos worked hand-in-hand with Nella Bella’s creative director, Tarek Al-Azbat, to create Lausanne and Lucerne messenger bags. A handbag company that uses state-of-the-art fabrics to create beautiful, trendsetting luxury bags, Nella Bella’s F/W 2012 collection featuring Kyriakos’ designs is available in stores this August and online at nella-bella.com.
BY JACQUELINE PARRISH / PUBLISHED IN THE HEALTH & WELLNESS ISSUE, JULY 2012