And Dior reveals Jennifer Lawrence's latest campaign.
Pharrell Williams’s Grammy's Hat for Sale: The Twitter-sphere exploded when Pharrell took the stage at this year’s Grammy Awards in a Vivienne Westwood hat that was vaguely reminiscent of the Arby’s franchise logo. Now, the outrageous accessory could be yours. Purchased by Williams in 2009, the hat is a remake of the one seen in Vivienne Westwood’s 1982 'Buffalo Girls' collection. The hat appeared on eBay Thursday night after the music artist tweeted, “I’m auctioning off my hat from the Grammys to benefit From One Hand to another… #PharrellsHat.” The auction started at $200—the original price of the hat—but has already passed $10,000. [Vogue UK]
Lena Dunham Responds to Altered Vogue Photos: Following Jezebel’s acquisition of untouched photos from Lena Dunham’s Vogue spread for $10,000, the Girls creator and actress is finally speaking out. Dunham told Grantland in an hour-long interview that the feminist website “made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.” She admitted that she was “kind of scared” to view the photos that Jezebel had received, but went on to say that she was relieved to find “it was the most minimal retouching." "I felt completely respected by Vogue,” Dunham said. [The Telegraph]
And Zegna plans $34 million scholarship for fashion students.
Roberto Cavalli Accuses Michael Kors of Copying: Roberto Cavalli is at it again. After stiff accusations in December of 2013, the Italian fashion designer has opened up once again about his distaste for Michael Kors, whose brand recently propelled him to billionaire status. “Mr Michael Kors, he copies everything!” Cavalli said to the Miami-based magazine, Haute Living. “It’s really a scandal and nobody has the courage to say anything. It’s really not fair." A representative for Michael Kors has yet to respond to a request for comment. [Vogue UK]
Kate Moss Poses as David Bowie at Brit Awards: When musician and nominee David Bowie couldn’t make it the Brit Awards to accept his win for Best Album, he sent his friend and fellow icon in his place. Kate Moss, who has appeared as Bowie on several magazine covers and editorial spreads, took the stage in one of Bowie’s iconic outfits. “David has asked me to say this," Moss explained. "In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate’s wearing live on the moon. Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that’s nice. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day.” [The Telegraph]
And Reed Krakoff will become CEO of his namesake company.
Russia Bans Lace Panties: Say goodbye to lacy undergarments in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus! A new ban introduced by the Customs Union between the three countries in 2010 prohibiting lace underwear will officially go into effect on July 1. The new law requires that the underwear meets a six percent threshold for absorption—lace panties only hitting between three and four percent. In Kazakhstan in particular, the ban has sparked outrage—thirty women were arrested Sunday while wearing lace underwear on their heads and chanting "Freedom to Panties." The economy may also see a downfall, as "underwear sales are at $4 billion dollars annually in Russia," and it is predicted that ninety percent of panties will be removed from store shelves. [Marie Claire]
Kardashians Launch Kids' Clothing Line: The next step in Kardashian world domination? Childrenswear. The label, entitled Kardashian Kids, is set to hit Babies 'R' Us shelves and online March 15. “We started this idea when Kourtney was pregnant with Penelope,” Kim Kardashian said of her older sister. “It was mainly Kourtney who was the inspiration, but as I got pregnant, I started to chime in. Until you have your own child, you don’t realize how important it is for fabrics to be extra soft and accessible.” The 30-piece collection is for on-trend tots, with details including lace, gilded embroidery, and peplums. Prices are also accessible, ranging from $14.99 - $29.99. [WWD]
Former Royal hairdresser criticizes The Duchess's locks.
A former Royal hairdresser has waded into the most controversial issue of our times by declaring that Kate Middleton's hair is 'a little overdone.'
In the old days, criticising the Queen's glossy locks would have been a head-removing offense.
Craftsmanship may be a trend in the high-fashion world, but in places like India, it’s how garments have been created for centuries. An exhibit in New Delhi explores the deep tradition.
For many of India's top fashion designers, going to work involves navigating the makeshift tea stands and the cows that wander freely through the streets of Noida, an industrial area on the outskirts of India’s capital, New Delhi, where many designers have their studios.
Inside these mom-and-pop workshops, scores of young men from local villages sit at small tables using age-old techniques to sew garments and patiently position sequins onto both traditional saris and funky designs to be shown on the runways in Paris and New York.
Creating a “knock-off of the knock-off,” designer Tom Ford sent sequined Football jersey dresses, loud fur coats, and animal-inspired prints down his Fall/Winter 2014 runway.
Tom Ford’s Fall/Winter 2014 ready-to-wear collection begged the question: when is leopard skin, loud red fur, and other wild animal-inspired designs considered tacky? And when are they considered cool?
The furry creature looks presented in Ford’s diverse show Monday didn’t seem to fit into one camp or the other. Perhaps the designer wanted to blur the lines between the two in a sort of trashy-cool aesthetic. With over-sized, loud fur coats in garish colors and little furry skirt ensembles that lacked shape and style, that blend was exactly what Ford achieved.
For Black History Month, the CFDA honors three of its African American members with a video series to raise the visibility of their contributions to the fashion industry.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is spotlighting three of its African American members—Jeffrey Banks, Tracy Reese, and Public School’s Maxwell Osbourne—in a video series “to raise visibility about the contributions African Americans are currently making to the American Fashion Industry.”
Washington DC-native Jeffrey Banks moved to New York City at age 17 to attend college and work as Ralph Lauren's design assistant. He later went on to work for Calvin Klein before starting his own eponymous menswear brand in 1978 at the age of 25. Banks established himself in the fashion industry with his vintage-style tailoring, classic neckwear and accessories, and most importantly, the furs he designed for men. André Leon-Talley described Banks's furs as "so smart and tailored that some women want to wear them.” His innovative approach to classic dressing earned Banks two Coty Awards—one for Outstanding Menswear, the other for Mens Furs—a Cutty Sark U.S. Menswear Designer of the Year Award, an Earnie Award for boyswear, and the Pratt Award for Design Excellence.
In his video for the CFDA, Banks discusses his childhood in Washington D.C., how his experience in the industry helped him establish his brand, and his advice for budding designers, which includes “try to get a business education because fashion is a business.”
And Miuccia Prada was named co-CEO of Prada.
Kendall Jenner Makes London Fashion Week Debut: Following her successful high-fashion debut at the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week, reality star-cum-model Kendall Jenner is now taking London by storm. Thanks to a budding relationship with Love magazine's editor-in-chief, Katie Grand, who cast Jenner for Marc Jacobs, the budding model is quickly becoming a familiar face on the runway. Sunday, Jenner was spotted sitting front row at the Topshop Unique Fall/Winter 2014 show next to Anna Wintour. The following day—dressed in a black and white printed dress—she stole the spotlight as she walked the Giles runway. [E! News]
Michelle Rodriguez Confirms Relationship with Cara Delevingne: Ever since the actress and model were spotted acting rather intimate at a New York Knicks game in January, questions have been raised as to whether or not the two are romantically involved. Thirty-five-year-old Rodriguez reportedly confirmed with The Mirror that she and Delevingne are, in fact, an item. "It’s going really well. She’s so cool,” she said of the 21-year-old supermodel. “When we started hanging out I just thought she was awesome, and we have the best time together.” [Huffington Post UK]
Burberry presented a collection in London that looked like works of art, thanks to hand-painted detailing and beautiful scarves. Plus, the brand debuted its newest bag: the Bloomsbury.
Burberry’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was shown at London Fashion Week on Monday and was dubbed The Bloomsbury Girls. It featured designs that brought to mind walking works of art, thanks to beautiful, hand-painted detailing of the light and airy collection that descended into deeper, darker tones.
Some of the pieces had a summery feel, with models wearing white hand-painted boots and dresses. But cozy coats were also plentiful and added soft, luxurious warmth. These were often topped with scarves or ponchos that were sometimes worked into the silhouette rather than simply accessorizing the looks. Think scarves with over-printed icons, painted flower-and-leaf prints, and equestrian blankets.
Menswear designer Michele Savoia, best known for creating custom suits for the likes of Robert DeNiro and Mickey Rourke, was found dead Sunday in the water next to his docked yacht.
Eccentric fashion designer and owner of former Lower East Side boutique House of Savoia, Michele Savoia, was found dead in the Hudson River on Sunday, after an almost three day search for the missing 55-year-old. Savoia, who was last seen leaving the newly-revamped Marquee nightclub at 4 a.m. early Friday morning, was reported missing by his driver, Alberto Alonso, on Saturday. Alonso had not heard from the designer in nearly two days.
The designer, who was known as "Savoia the Tailor," was best recognized for his 1930s-style suits and art deco-era clothing. His pieces were a favorite of Robert DeNiro, Chris Noth, Mickey Rourke, and Matt Dillon. Savoia also designed for Broadway, creating Ricky Martin’s costumes in the revival of "Evita," as well as the outfits for Tom Hanks's performance in Nora Ephron's posthumous play "Lucky Guy."
Go behind the scenes with Kate Moss as she designs her latest collection for Topshop.
She’s obsessed over by the fashion set, but compared to Kate Middleton, Sheikha Mozah is an unknown. How her pricey taste—and circumstances—have kept her from becoming a household name.