Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Terry Richardson delivers his own brand of western drama for the most recent issue of Vogue Paris. Starring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Crystal Renn and Eniko Mihalik, the sexy trio commits crime as outlaws of the wild west.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) staged an anti-fur protest on clothing brand DKNY’s Facebook Page Monday morning. Thirteen different users changed their Facebook profiles photos to block letters and posted in quick succession on the DKNY’s Page to spell out the words “DK Bunny Butcher” in protest of the brand’s use of rabbit fur (screenshot below). Dozens of supporters have since taken to the Page to voice their disdain for the LVMH-owned company’s practices, reaching many of the Page’s 200,000+ fans in the process. Surprisingly, the posts are still up.
A brand-new blockbuster—Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark—is headed to Broadway this season, and Annie Leibovitz got the first photographs of the fully costumed cast for the December issue of Vogue. Directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge, NYC can't wait for the opening!
The biennial Fashion in Film Festival (FFF) is kicking off across leading London venues this week. Entitled “Birds of Paradise” this edition will be an extravaganza of costumes, lights and colours. The rich programme features some rare screenings of early silent films and underground movies from the 1940s-1970s of American & European Films.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Rihanna gets 'interviewed' by Kanye West and sports notable looks from the spring collections for the December cover shoot of Interview. Photographed by Mikael Jansson and outfitted by Ludivine Poiblanc, the pop sensation takes on designs from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Jil Sander in Paris.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Bringing back the tradition of glam rock for its Super Star issue, December’s Vogue UK taps Lachlan Bailey for a series of psychedelic portrait starring Frida Gustavsson. With styling by Miranda Almond and makeup by Lisa Eldridge, the Swedish stunner takes a dreamy trip with a colorful face and kaleidoscopic prints in Seeing Stars.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The theme of the famed 2011 Pirelli calendar has been confirmed as being structured around the classic Roman and Greek gods; Jove, Bacchus and a host of supporting goddesses in the form of some of the world's leading supermodels. This particular picture, Bacchus with Two Bacchantes, is an out take from next year's calendar, but is a first glimpse we have of both the styling the direction. Previously, we'd only been privy to two behind-the-scenes photos from the calendar showing Karl Lagerfeld, who is the calendar's photographer, and some of the cast models.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Via HuffPost Style: A new Rimmel mascara ad has Brit officials calling foul. In the controversial spot, Georgia May Jagger -- the daughter of rockstar-meets-model parents Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall -- is shown in three overlapping shots that seemingly show off the ability of Rimmel's 1-2-3 Looks Mascara to give you three uniquely different lash looks. Yet, the tiny print at the bottom says, "shot with lash inserts," or code word for fake lashes. The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), however, doesn't think the disclaimer is sufficient, and has yanked the commercial, and also banned the print ad from running in magazines. "Because we considered that the use of different length lash inserts applied to the eyelash area was likely to distort the visual representation of the effect achievable from the use of the product alone, we concluded the images in the ad were misleading," stated the ASA. This isn't the first time Rimmel's mascara ads have landed in trouble with the ASA.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This week in my "On Location" photo & interview series for the French Connection Electrique Blog, it's the lovely Sharan wearing the Rushes & Reeds Ruffle Dress. Every Thursday, there will be a unique, beautiful woman in unique, beautiful clothes from French Connection, so visit electrique.frenchconnection.com
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
'Tis the season for more fashion&shopping guides! Here goes my latest round of editorial contribution for BlackBook Magazine. Every day this holiday season, there will be a flurry of information on great fashionable gifts, must have items or even a boutiques/designers you should check out. Stay tuned!
One of our faves is Vogue's December cover girl! Angelina Jolie is no stranger to the pages of Vogue. The actress was first featured on the cover of the magazine in April 2002, and now many years (and many children) later she's back looking more stunning than ever. See her evolution throughout the years—from brooding bad girl who snagged an Oscar to international human rights activist and larger-than-life silver screen siren.
And another one...it was confirmed today that Karl Lagerfeld will create a one-off line of limited edition women's fashion that will be sold in about 250 Macy's stores as well as online in September. Interesting.
I felt this was a bad idea from the start. I mean...Valentino for the Gap? Regardless, the seven-piece line made its debut in Milan last weekend, coinciding with Gap's arrival in Italy, and hits London and Paris later in the week.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Another ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is legendary costume designer, Edith Head. Ms. Head--aka the "Dress Doctor"--was as glamorous as the stars she dressed, and she dressed countless major Old Hollywood stars in some of their most memorable roles. If you loved Grace Kelly's iconic look in Rear Window or Audrey Hepburn's lavish wardrobe in Funny Face, one of Hollywood's ultimate fashion movies, take your hat off to Edith. The winner of eight Oscars (she was nominated for an astonishing thirty-four), Ms. Head also had a heavy appetite for glamour and absolutely heaped it on the stars of Notorious, All About Eve, and over four hundred other films. Ms. Head's snippets of advice and witticisms were as closely heeded as those attributed to Coco Chanel, and they remain relevant today:
• "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it."
• "Life is competition; clothes gird us for the competition."
• "The cardinal sin is not being badly dressed, but wearing the right thing in the wrong place."
• "Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady."
• "Clothes not only can make the woman; they can make her several different women."
• "I say sacrifice style any day for becomingness."
A new exhibit, “Balenciaga: Spanish Master,” opens Friday at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute on Park Avenue in NY. The exhibit includes top examples of the couturier’s designs — the flamenco-style gowns, the fichu stoles and matador-inspired hats, the evening dresses that seemed to follow the austere sweep of a nun’s wimple — borrowed from archives and private collectors.
Monday, November 22, 2010
It is that time of year again, when New York's department store windows are transformed into gorgeous displays of creativity for the Holidays. Bloomingdale's eschewed clothes and whimsical handmade displays in favor of video screens, Bergdorf Goodman built "fantasy travel" scenes with flying horses and spaceships. Macy's couldn't pick just one theme this year: The store honored Miracle on 34th Street, "Yes, Virginia," and Elf on Broadway. See all of these displays and more here.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The fabulous Tom Ford recently guest-edited edition of the December-January issue of French Vogue. According to WWD, French Vogue's editor in chief Carine Roitfeld invited Ford, who has recently dove back into womenswear design, to take up the guest editing task a year ago and he embraced it fully, art directing the entire issue, writing articles, playing photographer and stylist and casting a surprising array of models.
"I always say, 'Tom has an eye like a scanner,' " Roitfeld told the paper. "He took his role very seriously. He is truly multitalented." On the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-shot cover, half of Ford's face is shown in the background while 15-year-old Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld is front and center, her eyes closed and her glossy red lips parted for an overall smoldering effect. Fortunately for non-teenage readers, the inside pages aren't all about the celebration of dewy youth. Instead, Ford photographed 67-year-old style icon Lauren Hutton, 50-something curator and book publisher Lisa Eisner and a host of other female muses of his who have chosen to forgo plastic surgery and age gracefully.
While other magazines are putting 20 and 30 somethings on their covers, V magazine has gone in a different direction. For the magazines "Who cares about Age" issue they chose 64 year old Susan Sarandon, 72 year old Jane Fonda and 61 year old Sigourney Weaver as their cover girls. And every one of them looks fabulous!
The brilliant Tina Fey (my favorite) was awarded the coveted Mark Twain Prize for Humor last week, and here is her hilarious acceptance speech in its entirety (PBS had previously cut her hilariously controversial bit about Palin).
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This week in my "On Location" photo & interview series for the French Connection Electrique Blog, it's the fabulous Ane wearing the Elizabeth Rose dress. Every Thursday, there will be a unique, beautiful woman in unique, beautiful clothes from French Connection, so visit electrique.frenchconnection.com
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Google unveiled its shopping site Boutiques.com on Wednesday morning, after a few days of hype about the venture. On Monday, WWD broke it down for readers, explaining, "Anyone will be able to create and share their own personalized shop by selecting style preferences and the looks, brands and items they love--in the end making it easier and more stylish to buy fashion on the Web." Also, as WWD wrote, the site aggregates the items, meaning, "Visitors will not actually complete a purchase on Google, but will click through to a brand's online store or a retailer who carries the item, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Net-a-porter or Yoox." Celebrities like Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes and Anna Paquin, a handful of designers, and bloggers like Bryanboy and Susie Bubble have also set up virtual shops that showcase their fashion picks. The New York Times' Cathy Horyn has already reviewed the new site, which she called "a deliberate collision between nerds and fashion mavens."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Last night styled stars and fashion's elite gathered to honor the year's best designers at the seventh annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Billy Reid took home top honors, while Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo finished as finalists. Among the star-studded tribute, Carey Mulligan took the stage in sparkles, Anna Wintour was caught chatting with Prabal and Karl Lagerfeld, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Blake Lively each made a stunning red carpet entrance, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen coordinated in full-length fur.
Oh boy, let the wedding dress speculation begin! It was officially announced today, that Prince William is engaged to Kate Middleton amid a flurry of media attention. William has given her the engagement ring his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, got from his father, Prince Charles, he said Tuesday."It's my mother's enagagment ring, so of course it's very special to me, and Kate's now very special to me, so it was only right to put the two together," he said Tuesday.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Via The Cut: Officials at the prestigious Brooklyn Law School rented the school's library to the fashion brand Diesel for an undisclosed fee, "expecting a tasteful photo shoot," because apparently they've never seen a single Diesel ad, and didn't bother to Google it. Shocking: True to its brand, Diesel's resulting ads aren't even Dolce & Gabanna–style suggestive, they're just quirky soft-core porn stills. In this case, the images are a whole bunch of campy, fairly cute library fantasies, featuring "students" wearing underwear reading "Tonight I am your teacher," and mounting each other on bookshelves. (See diagram.) One would think a place like Brooklyn Law might welcome this sexy attention, but no! Some uptight students now claim the ads are "gross" and "embarrassing," and the school might sue the brand. It's not yet determined whether the ads will even run outside the Diesel website, since Brooklyn Law claims they're a breach of contract.
The first transgender model, Lea T, has just landed a cover on Lurve magazine, photographed by Carlotta Manaigo and styled by Maher Jridi and the clothes by Givenchy. If you recall, Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci also included Lea T in the fashion house's fall ad campaign.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The annual Victoria's Secret fashion show was this week in NY, with Katy Perry opening the show in spectacular style in two outfits from designer Todd Thomas. Victoria's Secret 'angel' Adriana Lima, opened the show in a giant set of wings, followed by Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova, Candice Swanepoel, Selita Ebanks, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and a bevvy of other the beauties for the annual lingerie show. It will air on CBS on November 3oth.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Karl Lagerfeld sits down with BBC News to chat about the economy and how it's affecting the world of fashion.
Via French Vogue: C’est ainsi qu’Yves Saint Laurent résumait 30 ans de sa vie au moment de quitter le métier. 90 ans d’existence et c’est ce même amour pour la féminité que le magazine Vogue entretient avec des photos inoubliables, des confessions intimistes, des portraits en toute liberté. Retour en images sur une femme qui a marqué l’histoire de Vogue : Catherine Deneuve.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This week in my "On Location" photo & interview series for the French Connection Electrique Blog, it's the lovely Amber (aka "Obama Girl") wearing the Samantha dress. Every Thursday, there will be a unique, beautiful woman in unique, beautiful clothes from French Connection, so visit electrique.frenchconnection.com
Alber Elbaz can do no wrong designing for Lanvin, and we are counting down the days until his H&M collection comes out. "I’m not an image-maker; I’m a dressmaker. If you don’t feel good in something, you don’t look good in it."
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This just in, via Vogue.com: Romantic, avant-garde, dark, imaginative, daring, sublime—these are some of the words that come to mind when thinking of the late, great designer Alexander McQueen, and they are also some of the themes that will be explored in the upcoming exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. To honor the designer's astonishing, prolific nineteen-year career, a retrospective of his work will be featured at the museum next spring, and will include approximately 100 pieces from McQueen's oeuvre, drawing pieces from iconic collections such as Number 13 (spring 1999), Irere (spring 2003), and Plato's Atlantis (spring 2010). "This landmark exhibition continues the Museum's tradition of celebrating designers who changed the course of history and culture by creating new possibilities," said Thomas P. Campbell, director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Via Fashiongonerogue: Vogue Italia Glitter gives us a look at some of the season’s most outlandish accessories for the November issue. Featuring Dree Hemingway lensed by Richard Burbridge, the decadent shoot finds inspiration in everything from the Elizabethian era to more contemporary styles curated by fashion editor Robbie Spencer.
A French lingerie label called Lingerie Dement has designed a collection of undies that fasten with magnets instead of those hook closures that can be so awkward during drunken romantic encounters. The label's website describes the magnets' "flick-off" function as "romantic and naughty." Only the French!
Monday, November 8, 2010
She's so grown up! I loved her in the Burberry campaign, and now here is Emma Watson with her new pixie haircut for the December issue of Vogue UK. Lensed by Mario Testino and styled by Lucinda Chambers, the British actress wears a wardrobe of Chanel, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and more.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This is not your average music article. With an unusual spin, NPR wrote "Listening To Rap For The First Time, With A Book Critic." Next week, Yale University Press will publish a book called The Anthology of Rap, its pages containing the lyrics to more than 300 rap songs written and recorded between 1978 and this year — but they don't contain any of the music. No voices. No melodies. No bass lines. Just text. Sam Anderson, New York Magazine's book critic, reviewed the Anthology — all 788 pages — but he did so without ever having heard more than a couple of the songs. So NPR sent Anderson an email along with a handful of YouTube links — demonstrations not only of great rap lyricism, but also illustrations of the gulf between written word and flow. The next day, they chatted online about what he heard.
Katherine Heigl strikes a pose with her adorable daughter Naleigh on the cover of W Magazine's December 2010 family issue. The 31-year-old actress opens up adopting the 23-month-old baby from South Korea and also poses with other family members, including mom Nancy and her sister Meg. “My sister is Korean,” she said. “I hope one day she and Naleigh will be able to talk about what it’s like to be adopted.”
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Ballerina Project grew from the idea of New York City as a magnet for creativity; each photograph is a collaborative work of dance, fashion design and photography played out against the city's landscape. View the blog or the Facebook page for more.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This week in our "On Location" photo & interview series for the new French Connection Electrique Blog, is the lovely Allegra wearing the Luck Be A Lady Dress and Gem Fur Shrug. Every Thursday, there will be a unique, beautiful woman in unique, beautiful clothes from French Connection, so visit electrique.frenchconnection.com
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
T-Mobile does it again! Just one great flash mob video after another! Here is there latest, a little "welcome home" at the airport. And if you wish to re-visit their fantastic past commercials, visit: www.youtube.com/user/lifesforsharing
Cher is still looking fabulous on the December cover of Vanity Fair, who she shares her secret to remaining in the spotlight for the past five decades: “I feel like a bumper car. If I hit a wall, I’m backing up and going in another direction. And I’ve hit plenty of fucking walls in my career. But I’m not stopping. I think maybe that’s my best quality: I just don’t stop.”
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Did you vote already? Good. Now onto the fashion....Today, Lanvin unveils its highly anticipated collection for H&M! It seems that since the collaboration was announced in September, fashionistas have been frothing at the mouth, eagerly awaiting a look at Alber Elbaz's designs. The clothing hit stores November 20.
Remember to exercise your right to vote today America! Not only is it the responsible thing to do - it's super stylish.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Fashion bible WWD is celebrating 100 years of reporting the news à la mode with "The 100 Remarkable Moments" a look back at the most significant events to impact the industry since 1910. The WWD 100th Anniversary issue hits newsstands on November 1.
If you were devastated for missing one of your favorite designer's collections for Target, you're in luck! The retailer announced they're bringing back items from past designer collections. The 34 pieces will be pulled from designers including Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen, and Tucker. The new old clothes hit the racks on March 13th, so save the date!
The fourth ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is legendary actress Marlene Dietrich. The epitome of Old Hollywood glamour, Dietrich also exuded sex appeal - and yet never veered into crassness. Mystery and subtext were Dietrich's forms of currency; today's bare-all stars could take a lesson or two from her. When Marlene Dietrich died at age 90, the headline of her New York Times obituary decreed her a "Symbol of Glamour." "Dietrich artfully projected cool sophistication, self-mockery, and infinite experience," said the article. "Her sexuality was audacious, her wit was insolent and her manner was ageless. With a world-weary charm and a diaphanous gown showing off her celebrated legs, she was the quintessential cabaret entertainer of Weimar-era Germany."