Model Karlie Kloss is featured in a Vogue editorial called ‘Top Coats’ which shows off the coats of fall, but what’s more notable is her huge hair.
Photographed by David Sims, Karlie Kloss shows off the fashions by also showing off a wild Afro, complete with a flattened-down middle, creating a kind of hair hat. Not a look I think I’ll be pursuing, but it’s definitely a fun avant-garde shoot for Vogue.
Implications - This ad is not without its controversy. Some critics chided Sims and Kloss for putting an ad in Vogue that seemed to imitate black women, especially in light of Vogue's shaky history with black models. Nevertheless, the shoot is an interesting diversion from your average Vogue editorial, and deserves credit for sparking a pop culture debate, whether it intended to or not.
Karlie Kloss Wears Super-Sized Hair for September Vogue
1. Afro-inspired Fashion - The use of afro hairstyles in fashion photoshoots provides opportunities for brands to tap into the cultural influence and history of this style.
2. Embracing Cultural Diversity - The controversial reactions to the use of Kloss' hairstyle exemplify the need for the promotion of cultural sensitivity and inclusion in the fashion industry.
3. Pushing Creative Boundaries - Photographers and stylists may explore unconventional and experimental styles to create visually captivating fashion editorials and campaigns.
1. Fashion - The fashion industry can leverage the use of culturally significant styles to attract diverse audiences and foster inclusivity, while also addressing past controversies.
2. Advertising - Marketing campaigns may use provocative, avant-garde, and even controversial imagery to create buzz and generate discussion around a brand or product.
3. Photography - Photographers can explore unconventional styles to create visually striking and impactful images that challenge societal norms and provoke discussion.