Celebrity fashion guru blasts top designers for ‘only working with white stylists’

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in …

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.

Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

“Celine stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Tomorrow’s world will not exist without equality for all,” they stated.

However, Bolden soon took issue with the post and wrote in the comments section: “Wait really, you guys dnt (sic) dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine. FACTS.”

The Styling Hollywood personality, who regularly works with the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Mock, Sasha Lane, and Yara Shahidi, didn’t expand any further. However, when moderators at fashion Instagram page Diet Prada picked up the story, Bolden also alleged the team at Saint Laurent, helmed by Anthony Vaccarello, and other leading fashion houses were behind the times with embracing diversity.

“@ysl is another one! I’m only supporting brands who support us,” he added. “NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US (sic).”

Bolden’s comments soon racked up thousands of likes, with model Adwoa Aboah replying: “Call them all out. This is the way we have been treated by so many brands for far too long.”

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Yara Shahidi turns to acupuncture and cupping to release tension

Teenage actress Yara Shahidi is encouraging young fashionistas to try acupuncture, revealing the needle point therapy helps her look and feel great. The black-ish star has become one of the most influential young style and health gurus in the past yea…

Teenage actress Yara Shahidi is encouraging young fashionistas to try acupuncture, revealing the needle point therapy helps her look and feel great.

The black-ish star has become one of the most influential young style and health gurus in the past year, and she admits one of the big secrets of her glowing skin and healthy look is acupuncture and cupping.

Raving about the alternative Chinese techniques during an appearance on Access Live on Tuesday (27Mar18), Yara said, “I just started and so far it’s worked really well… It brings blood to the surface and helps release tension. It’s been very cool.”

But she reveals she had to start planning her sessions better, so she’s not marked for awards shows and premieres, where she likes to show a little skin.

“You have to explain the marks wherever you go,” she chuckles.

The cupping marks Yara showed off as she arrived at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday (24Mar18) became a big talking point, as did her pretty polka dot outfit.

The actress insists she doesn’t stress out over what she wears for parties, premieres and awards ceremonies, because she loves fittings with Jason Bolden, who was recently named one of Hollywood’s top stylists.

“Our fittings are so much fun because it is really about finding things that feel like Yara rather than being like, ‘Strategically you should wear this’, or, ‘This is what you should do’,” Yara explains. “It’s really about, ‘What do we wanna do? How do we make it fun? How do we make it enjoyable? How do we make it even (more) impactful?'”

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Allison Janney worried her Golden Globes gown didn’t fit with dress code

Allison Janney was scared her beaded Mario Dice gown went against the unofficial all-black dress code at the 2018 Golden Globes.Hollywood stars opted to wear only black ensembles to the awards show in January, in support of the anti-sexual harassment m…

Allison Janney was scared her beaded Mario Dice gown went against the unofficial all-black dress code at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Hollywood stars opted to wear only black ensembles to the awards show in January, in support of the anti-sexual harassment movement Time’s Up, though the decision came last minute – leaving stylists scrambling around to find black dresses for their famous clients.

Allison, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress prize for I, Tonya, wowed in an intricate gown from Mario Dice which featured a cut-out butterfly design, but her stylist Tara Swennen has revealed the 59-year-old wasn’t sure at first.

“It was more pressure, and there were more things to consider than just what’s the prettiest dress,” stylist Ilaria Urbinati said of the black dress code during a roundtable chat for The Hollywood Reporter.

“It was a decision that was made very late in the game,” Tara noted. “Allison Janney’s Mario Dice dress had a little white beading, and she was very fearful. In the end, I said that I didn’t want that to impede our creativity. So we did it, and it was one thing that set her apart at the Globes.”

There was also a lot of confusion about how stars were going to represent the Time’s Up message, which was created in response to the sexual harassment and assault claims that swept Hollywood at the end of 2017.

Stylist Jason Bolden, who worked with director Ava DuVernay, recalled how the filmmaker had heard rumours that women were forgoing make-up for the glitzy event.

“My client Ava DuVernay said she heard no make-up, no jewellery. Then I looked at her and said, ‘We’re wearing make-up and jewellery’,” he shared. “It boiled down to the battle of the best black dress.”

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