She plays the fashion superstar in the Lifetime film ‘House of Versace,’ premiering Saturday night. The actress sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss her gay-icon status and more.
The de facto descriptor when it comes to the allure of Gina Gershon is “sultry.” It’s a lazy, one-word appraisal that’s more in line with her on-screen persona—that of the tough-as-nails vixen from Showgirls, Bound, and Face/Off—than with reality. The first thing you notice upon meeting Gershon is her freshness. She’s one of those people blessed with an almost preternatural self-assuredness, and doesn’t look a day over 30 (I was shocked to learn that she is in fact 51).
Gina Gershon in "House of Versace." (A&E)
And Tyra Banks sues over copycat wigs.
House of Versace Unhappy With Lifetime Biopic: On Saturday, October 5, Lifetime will debut its original film House of Versace, and the design house isn't too pleased. Versace released an official statement to WWD stating "Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace." The film is adapted from the 2010 book entitled House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, to which the house also stated, “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction." [WWD]
Kate Upton is All Covered Up in Sports Illustrated: Sorry boys! Kate Upton's latest Sports Illustrated cover is much different than her previous ones. The model posed with Atlanta Braves baseball players BJ and Justin Upton for the magazine's October 7 issue in a complete Braves jersey, rather than her usual bikini -- proof that Upton can make anything look good. [Huffington Post]
A recent rise in Sikh hate crimes in the U.S. has sent shockwaves through the Sikh community. But some fashion-conscious Sikhs are reclaiming the individuality of their headdress. Soraya Roberts reports.
“The Sikh turban is a crown,” says Jay Singh-Sohal, British journalist and author of Turbanology: Guide to Sikh Identity. “It is worn so a Sikh can stand out from others, can be approachable and can be identifiable in society.”
But in a cruel bit of irony, Americans these days are misidentifying Sikhs precisely because of their turbans. “Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, many in the Sikh community have seen an increase in hate crimes and bias-based bullying because of their religion,” the American Sikh Congressional Caucus announced in May. According to a study released last month by Stanford University, 70 percent of Americans mistake all turban-wearers for Muslims. But it was only after Wade Michael Page left six dead after opening fire on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that the FBI started tracking hate crimes on Sikhs. The most recent incident was the violent beating of Columbia Professor Prabhjot Singh in Harlem last month.
The French brand closes fashion week with a collection that is quintessentially Parisian.
The Hermès show today was the last on my schedule, the endnote of an eventful week. The setting at the L’Orangerie, a greenhouse filled with lush vegetation, was perfect for a Spring presentation. The plants were dappled with light from the afternoon sun, and the pebbles crunched underfoot (well done to the models who navigated these stones in high heels).
Many people, including myself, were still talking about designer Christophe Lemaire’s Fall 2013 show from February. That collection was a perfect combination of restrained luxury—so elegant, so completely French. It was one of his best to date and a tough act to follow, not in the least because with Hermès, it often comes down to the fabrication, and layering and texture is simply easier in Fall.
A model walks the runway past a cluster of disco balls during the Gosia Baczynska show.
And Hedi Slimane ends 15-year relationship with Colette over T-shirts.
Riccardo Tisci Styled a Car Wreck for CR Fashion Book: Before Tisci presented a car crash set at Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 show, the designer styled a single car wreck (made from a model car) for the third issue of CR Fashion Book. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, CR Fashion Book referred to the car crash aesthetic as simply "Riccardo’s creative genius.” [Fashion Beast Inbox]
Beyoncé Reveals Stylish Prom Picture: Singer Beyoncé revealed her stylish prom picture, proving that the star's great taste has existed for years. Her gown was elegant yet sexy, with details that were completely “in” at the moment. “If it weren’t for the gown’s swirl print,” Styleite argues, “we’d even go as far as say that we could have seen it on one of fashion month’s fierce femme runways.” Beyond the dress, Beyoncé's hair, makeup, and accessories coordinate perfectly. [Styleite]
Bright colors, kitten prints, and patterned tights were all present on Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway.
There was a cute and cuddly feel to Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which featured collared-down coats that looked like they were made with a pair of pajamas in mind and featured images of a cat, which, if it had a name, would be called Miu Miu.
Despite the fact that it was the Spring/Summer collection presented Wednesday in Paris, models wore wooly knit patterned tights in pale grays and powder blues beneath preppy coats, perhaps better suited to the autumnal nights.
Skimpy bralets and short-shorts take the cake in Britney Spears's new music video for her new anthem.
How many bra tops can one pop star own? Is it politically correct to whip a back up dancer? Can women really have it all? Britney Spears’s “Work Bitch” video, directed by Ben Mor, attempts to answer all of these questions. It could be interpreted as, say, a feminist workplace manifesto à la Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. But the secret to success in Britney's world is the much-repeated aphorism “Work, bitch.” This simple mantra reminds women to, in Spears’s words, “Don’t stop now, just be the champion.” By working hard, “bitches” really can have it all: and by all, we mean living “fancy,” “sippin' martinis,” and looking “hot in a bikini.”
Now about those bikinis. Spears works a series of fabulous, skimpy looks in her video. As Director Ben Mor told MTV News, “You can’t have soft visuals for a song called "‘Work Bitch," and we sure as hell didn’t.” Stylistically, Spears has certainly come a long way from her “Baby One More Time” video, which came out exactly 15 years and one day before “Work Bitch's” debut. While this Britney wouldn’t be caught dead in a schoolgirl skirt, her outfits range from NSFW to heart-attack inducing. Spears features so many looks in this video that the stylist, B Akergrund, captioned a “Work Bitch” Instagram “#somanylooks #solittletime I #worked like a #bitch.” That’s the spirit! A rundown of her wardrobe:
The legendary designer Roger Vivier is the subject of a new show in Paris that emphasizes the relationship of his shoes to art history. Sarah Moroz reports.
A new exhibit in Paris celebrates Roger Vivier as an artist as much as an iconic shoe designer. Entitled Virgule (Comma), after the inverted heel he created that so resembles the punctuation mark, the designer’s imagination is made plain. He livened up what footwear could be with the contours of the shoe itself, as well as decorative touches like gold thread, glass beads, tulle, and embroidery.
Vivier, born in Paris in 1907, started his own label in 1963, after a full decade working at Dior. He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.
Sixteen years after launching Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear line, creative director Marc Jacobs is leaving the French fashion house to focus on his own line. Alice Cavanagh on his stunning final show.
In Paris on Wednesday morning, Marc Jacobs presented his final collection for Louis Vuitton, 16 years after he launched ready-to-wear for the house. Rumors surrounding the designer’s departure—which were confirmed by LVMH CEO and chairman Bernard Arnault and the designer himself—have been circulating all week, and upon arrival at the show this morning, all the signs were all there. The grandiose set paid homage to his greatest hits from past seasons—the escalators, elevators, and carousel—though this time they were cast in somber black.
In his show notes, Jacobs dedicated the collection to the women who inspire him and to “the showgirl in all of us.” This list included Coco Chanel, Kate Moss, Diana Vreeland, Madonna, Sofia Coppola, and Anna Wintour. Coppola and Wintour were seated together at the show and led the standing ovation when Jacobs took his bow at the end. Surprisingly, Moss didn’t put in a cameo this season.
The pop star tells of her admiration for Diana’s style.
Rihanna reckons that Princess Diana was gangsta—when it came to clothing, at least.
Although most of us might have thought that Diana had a very conservative, demure look compared with the pop star’s, Rihanna tells the new issue of Glamour magazine: "You know who is the best who ever did it? Princess Diana. She was like—she killed it. Every look was right.
Rap trio Migos's new video for "Versace" brings us down fashion's memory lane.
But these days, when it comes to rap shout-outs, it's the more obscure, the better. Kanye West practically made Maison Martin Margiela mainstream by asking “What’s that jacket, Margiela?” to an audience who had seemingly never heard of the designer. Maximilian cited Jil Sander in his song “Window Seat” and A$AP Rocky recently “killed” it in his hit “Fashion Killa,” taking obscure fashion namedropping to another level with namechecks of Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, Thom Browne, Damir Doma, Rick Owens, and even finding a way to rhyme Ann Demeulemeester. To say the least, it's quite different than the fashion rap of the Nineties, which paid tribute to logo-ed out brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.
Things got glamorous—literally—at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway.
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.