Joan Smalls Calls for Change, the House of Cardin, and more of the news you missed

Ready-to-Wear Revolutionary Pierre Cardin’s New Documentary Drops
Pierre Cardin, 98, is the subject of House of Cardin, a new documentary charting the life of the pioneering designer. Documenting his self-made success, House of Cardin uses both current footage and rare archival video to trace Cardin’s life from childhood to his revolutionary ready-to-wear collections and era-defining futuristic design work of the 60s to his present-day visionary ideas. [Vogue]

Joan Smalls Pens British Vogue Letter Calling for Reform in Fashion
Conde Nast unveiled an international campaign centered around “hope” for all of its Vogue titles and for British Vogue‘s latest September issue, Super Joan Smalls penned a powerful essay on how fashion can become diverse. In the letter, the Puerto Rican model takes to task fashion’s lack of diversity and lackluster response to the death of George Floyd. “This is going to take a lot of work, long days and endless hours to create real change, but it is time. We need consistency and not one-offs. I don’t want things to go back to how they were. It wasn’t working. That’s not fair, or right.”

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A Mentorship Program for Black Fashion Entrepreneurs Launches
As the fashion world begins to acknowledge and address its problem of systemic racism, along comes another initiative. RAISE–which stands for “Respect, Advocate, Inspire, Support, and Empower”–is a mentoring program founded by Alexa Geovanos from Chloé, Roopal Patel from Saks Fifth Avenue, Nayla Touma and Elizabeth von der Goltz from Net-A-Porter, and Carly Cushnie, amongst others. The program will focus on pairing Black designers and fashion entrepreneurs with mentors for free guidance on topics such as branding, retail, and product creation. [Vogue]

How to Get the Iconic Male Model Lifestyle (Website)
Male modeling icon John Pearson has started Mr. Feelgood, a men’s lifestyle website, in fitting style: he takes a look back at George Michael’s Freedom! ’90 music video with his co-stars Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz. The site also explores subjects such as books about race as recommended by black bookstore owners, where to buy art if you’re not rich, and the power of mental fitness. [The Daily]

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