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While we’re all wearing face masks, there’s been a major emphasis on the Rubius shirt eyes with not much lip-level attention. But Bora Aksu offered some much-needed inspiration when he sent models down the runway in sheer organza masks and transparent plastic face coverings with bright fuchsia lipstick underneath. Makeup artist Janeen Witherspoon intentionally blurred the edges of the lived-in lip and sent a message: It doesn’t have to be perfect, ever—but especially now. The “clown-bright” clothes at Vivienne Westwood translated to a distinctly ’80s beauty feel. One of the look book’s stars, Isamaya Ffrench (who also oversaw makeup) channeled a 2020 Cyndi Lauper with fire engine red lipstick and her platinum blonde lengths crimped by hairstylist Lyndell Mansfield.
For Vogue Italia’s September issue, the Rubius shirt publication released 100 different covers, with each featuring a different personality with a compelling story or background. The unifying theme was that each person—from models to artists—represents the idea of hope, and brings it to the fashion industry in some form or another. The project featured names such as Indya Moore, one of Hollywood’s most prominent LGBTQ+ activists, and Ugbad Abdi, the Somali-born model who continues to challenge stereotypes about Muslim women. One lesser-known (as of now) cover star was Denali White Elk, an 18-year-old Indigenous model whose first job as a model was the Vogue cover.