Style Notes: Yara Shahidi Signs Modeling Contract; "Athleisure" Added to Dictionary

Yara Shahidi


Black-Ish Actress Yara Shahidi Signs Modeling Contract [Vogue]
Yara Shahidi, known for her role as Zoey on ABC's Black-ish, has signed with New York's Women Management. The 16-year-old tells Vogue that as a black woman, she sees modeling as an opportunity to positively represent women of color. "It’s important to see yourself in media. The visuals we’re presented with allow us to understand that things are attainable,” Shahidi says. "If I can add one more voice to the conversation, one more face to the spectrum, then I’ve accomplished something.”

Merriam-Webster Recognizes "Athleisure" as a Word [Racked]
On Wednesday, Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary officially recognized the word "athleisure." In a blog post introducing the term, Merriam-Webster defined it as "casual clothing designed to be worn for both exercising and general use." According to the post, the trend is the legacy of 1980s nylon tracksuits. We've come so far. 

Balmain's Olivier Rousteing Embraces See-Now, Buy-Now [Fashionista]
While several British and American brands have embraced the see-now, buy-now concept with open arms (Burberry, Tom Ford, etc.), European designers — including Raf Simons, who knocked the concept — have been less enthusiastic. But now, socialite-favorite designer Olivier Rousteing of Balmain has vocalized his support, noting that "we have to stay connected and go faster." However, he says that there should still be a mix of pieces that are held and ones that are immediately available. Especially given his social-media based fans (many of whom know of the designer because of his Kardashian ties), the route makes sense. 

The Fashion Industry 3 Years After Rana Plaza [Business of Fashion]
Three years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh — a disaster which claimed more than 1,100 lives — the fashion industry still faces several major issues regarding working conditions and environmental impact. Business of Fashion interviewed several industry insiders, many of whom agree that the fast-fashion business model needs a complete overhaul in order to fix the problems associated with the high demand for "disposable" clothing and accessories. They do, however, acknowledge the success of new, more environmentally friendly textiles, recycling practices and technologies which have alleviated a small fraction of the environmental strain.