A working model is a model, remove the plus size tag

This week Chanel unveiled their newest campaign, for the reopening of the brands SoHo store, which featured (Lagerfeld’s obsession) Baptiste Giabiconi and plus-size phenomenon Crystal Renn.

While the Daily Mail unnecessarily griped at the fact the photograph only showed Renn’s face – in the same week Liz Jones decided women with big boobs were sluts – the campaign was generally reported as a change in attitude towards plus size models. If Karl Lagerfeld, who has notoriously outspoken views on larger women, can use and photograph a plus size model for Chanel then there’s no reason why other designer’s can’t do the same.

Lagerfeld and Starck design cover for Wallpaper* magazine

Design legends Karl Lagerfeld and Philippe Starck are guest editors for October’s “peelable” edition of Wallpaper* magazine.

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of French fashion house Chanel, has teamed up with designer Philippe Starck this month to create a special edition cover for Wallpaper* magazine.

Starck has developed a new technology of paper allowing the cover to be constructed from three layers of tracing paper which has never before been used on a magazine. The publication has a peelable cover, featuring Baptiste Giabiconi in Dior Homme, which can be removed to reveal the other cover with the model naked.

Lagerfeld and Starck have each edited large sections of the October issue. Lagerfeld, also a sought-after photographer, has shot Giabiconi in a variety of historical settings across continental Europe, including Rome and Paris. He also writes about his collection of houses.

Starck has chosen a more philosophical subject for his pages, focusing on mankind’s quest to discover the meaning of life and interviewing scientists, physicists and cosmologists. “It is my mission to make intelligence sexy,” he said.

Editor-in-chief, Tony Chambers explained, “Like their illustrious predecessors, (including Jeff Koons, Dieter Rams, Hedi Slimane, Zaha Hadid, Rei Kawakubo and Louise Burgeous) Lagerfeld and Starck have made full use of their prime piece of Wallpaper* real estate.”

Chad Pitman for VMAN

VMAN magazine’s PR sent Design Scene advance previews of 3 fashion spreads by Chad Pitman, photographing some of the most wanted in the fashion industry.

The spread features Garrett Neff and Baptiste Giabiconi (photographed by somebody other than Mr. Lagerfeld). I think they’re really rather good.

VMAN’s (Issue #15) is hitting the newsstands September 15th.

Baptiste Giabiconi for Wallpaper magazine

I just think he’s an amazing model.

Here’s Baptiste Giabiconi, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld (obviously), for October’s issue of Wallpaper.

Always willing to push the raunch factor (for the sake of art and fashion naturally), Wallpaper magazine seem to be trying to outdo their Sex Issue, released a couple of months ago (editorial by Nick Knight).