and LVMH announces investment in J.W. Anderson.
Alessandro Dell'Acqua Replaces Marco Zanini at Rochas: After much speculation, it was announced after the Rochas Spring/Summer 2014 show on Wednesday that Alessandro Dell'Acqua would be taking the reigns at Rochas. Dell'Acqua, who currently runs his own line, No. 21, will debut his first collection for the French brand next season. Although there has been no official confirmation to date, Zanini is speculated to be moving on to head the revival of the house of Schiaparelli. [Fashionista]
M.I.A. to Launch Versace Collaboration: Recording artist M.I.A. let it slip at the Balenciaga show Thursday that she has a collaboration with Versace being released in two weeks. Although details have yet to be released, it is believed that M.I.A's project will be for Versace's Versus line, which has been looking" to invite a range of designers and other creative types to interpret the brand." Past designers for Versus include Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson. [WWD]
Paris Fashion Week opened with some colorful shows (see: Rochas and Dries Van Noten) but things were noticeably cool and sleek on Damir Doma's runway on Wednesday.
Are those feather dusters for your feet? Marco Zanini delivered a collection for Rochas that was flirty and feminine with a bit of pizzazz.
Rochas’s Marco Zanini wins the award for having the most fun with one of Spring’s biggest trends -- flats -- at the line's Spring/Summer 2014 show on Wednesday. Embellished with ostrich feathers, the shoes swished down the runway like fanciful feather dusters.
The collection, inspired by Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, was a glittering spectacle of sweet, sugary pastels and shimmering metallics. It was girly-to-boot and eccentrically so -- long, full skirts, ruffles, and Miss Havisham hair made the models look like they’d pulled an all-nighter after a beauty pageant.
For Dries van Noten, one of the first designers to show at Paris Fashion Week, spring 2014 was packed with star-printed pieces and lots of gold.
The drones of a bass guitar kicked off the Dries Van Noten show today, the chords reverberating around the vast industrial space that is Paris's Halle Freysinnet. This being Dries van Noten, though, the soloist was Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood -- not bad for a Wednesday afternoon.
Greenwood happily jammed away, unfazed by the models stalking past him wearing Van Noten’s vision for spring 2014: one that was characteristically arresting though in parts a little staid (for van Noten, at least). The sleeveless tuxedo, the ruffles, and the housecoat we’ve seen before were elevated this season with new prints -- florals, stars, and barbed wire -- to add a little edge. The color combination of cream, ecru, russet, black, and the brightest gold felt fresh as well, especially in some of the earlier looks, and the accessories were playful, particular the wacky star necklaces and the John Lennon-inspired sunglasses.
For Spring/Summer 2014, the designer presented an other-worldly collection filled with sharp cuts, metallic colors, and oversized furry headpieces.
If Gareth Pugh had been alive when Star Wars was released in 1977, the British designer would most certainly have been selected to design the costumes. Just picture Princess Leia sauntering through the galaxy in one of his technology-inspired designs.
And although the ready-to-wear collection he showed in Paris on Wednesday seemed slightly muted and calm compared to his earlier, more theatrical work, his recurring theme of softer romanticism continued.
Nina Davuluri’s Miss America win—and Julie Chen’s recent admission that she got eyelid surgery to widen her ‘Asian eyes’—spotlights changes in Western and Asian beauty ideals.
“I’ve always viewed Miss America as the girl next door, and the girl next door is evolving as diversity in America evolves,” Nina Davuluri said last weekend before becoming the first beauty queen of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America. Also on stage was runner-up Crystal Lee, a Chinese-American and Miss California 2013. “We’re making history right here, standing here as Asian-Americans,” Davuluri said of the duo.
This is not the Miss America Julie Chen is familiar with. Earlier this month, the Talk host announced on her CBS show that in the early 90s, she underwent cosmetic surgery to widen her “Asian eyes.” In response to this, Davuluri said, “I don’t agree with plastic surgery, however I can understand that from her standpoint.”
And L.A. brand Poprageous makes ‘Breaking Bad’ leggings.
Victoria Beckham to Collaborate With Skype: Victoria Beckham is teaming up with Skype to tell her story, giving fans an inside look at the designer’s work process. The collaboration was inspired by Beckham’s penchant for conducting fittings and meetings via the online video chat service. While the project will chronicle the British star's creative process, Vogue UK reports that it will also “give the audience opportunities to engage directly” with Beckham and her team via Skype. [Vogue UK]
Jay Z Teams Up With Barneys New York for Holiday Collection: Jack of all trades Jay Z is taking his talents to the sartorial scene. The famed rapper is teaming up with Barneys New York this holiday season, curating the department store's Christmas offerings. The project, entitled “A New York Holiday,” will consist of "shop-in-shops" in Barneys outposts across the country. Jay Z told WWD, “With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy, and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces.” The resulting collection, featuring exclusive pieces from myriad labels, including Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, and Lanvin, is set to launch on November 20. [The Telegraph]
From an homage to Michael Jordan to a ‘Pretty Woman’–inspired mini, a look at a scantily clad Miley Cyrus in her new music video ‘23.’
The latest chapter of Miley Cyrus's rebranding campaign arrived Tuesday in the form of another video, for her single "23." The video, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, stars Cyrus alongside rappers Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, and the now-infamous foam finger from the MTV VMAs. Filmed at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn, “23” is chock full of ’90s nostalgia—in particular, a tribute to Michael Jordan—featuring Cyrus wearing several renditions of his number 23 Chicago Bulls jersey—and not much else. (Jordan, who played for the Bulls from 1984 to 1993, and again from 1995 to 1998, declined to comment for this article.)
Directed by Hannah Lux Davis and styled by Haley Wollens, Cyrus goes through no fewer than five outfit changes throughout the course of the video, all resonating with a 1990s air. The styling was meant to invoke "bad gal with a sweet spirit," Wollens told The Daily Beast, with direct references to her favorite teen movies, including Pretty Woman, Gidget, and Clueless. Despite the fact that Miley is wearing more clothes than her previous music video (and the fact that she recently told Rolling Stone that she'll probably never twerk again), she remains a "down-ass video diva," as Wollens puts it, and shows no sign of toning things down. Behold, the looks from the video:
and Miley Cyrus's stylist Lisa Katnic defends her style.
Kanye West Disses Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane: In an hour-long radio interview with the BBC's Zane Lowe, Kanye West confirmed his song "I am a God," from his latest album Yeezus, was written about Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane. West told the radio show host he wrote the song after Slimane said he could only attend the Saint Laurent show if he didn't attend any others. He continued, saying another song on the album, "Black Skinhead," was also the result of a Slimane diss. [Fashionista]
Victoria's Secret's Creative Director Calls Casting "Terrifying": Victoria's Secret creative director Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou spoke to Vogue UK regarding the "terrifying" casting process models must go through to be cast in the brand's annual show. "It's really like being an Olympian - they have to be in peak condition," said Neophitou-Apostolou, referring to the women needing to be "ready to perform." Even contract-bound angels, including Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Karlie Kloss, must submit themselves for a "pre-inspection." The girls are first selected by casting director John Pfeiffer, and then must walk in front of the entire VS panel before they are officially cast in the show. [Vogue UK]
Recognized for her extensive pin collection, the former Secretary of State celebrated her new Twitter account with a matching pin.
On Monday morning, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright created a Twitter handle and sent out her first tweet: "First of 3 female SecState's - last to join Twitter. Better late than never!" with an accompanying photo of Albright sporting a pin featuring a small yellow bird and the word "Tweet."
The late Italian fashion editor is the subject of a new exhibition, "Hat-ology," open now in Milan -- which includes highlights from her collection of 800 hats.
Anna Piaggi didn’t just wear hats -- she lived them. This much is evident in Hat-ology: Anna Piaggi and her Hats, an exhibition of around 150 hats on view now in Milan. It’s a greatest-hits of the late, great Italian fashion editor, who died last year.
“She didn’t just wear hats, she lived surrounded by them,” the show’s curator, Stephen Jones, told The Daily Beast during a press preview at Milan’s Palazzo Morando Costume Moda Immagine.
For his spring/ summer 2014 collection, which showed in Milan on Monday, the designer transported show-goers into an underwater kingdom.
If you like elegance, then you have to love Giorgio Armani -- and the Light and Shadows collection the designer sent down the runway on Monday in Milan was no exception.
Looks ranged from refined silvery-gray feminine suits, with an eclectic mix-and-match of patterns and a variety of tops and bottoms (think check trousers and elegant shorts) to dreamy dresses in light-as-a-feather transparent silks.
and Breaking Bad's Walter White's underwear is up for auction.
Miley Cyrus Wears Black Pasties: As Hollywood’s A-listers got classy for the Emmys, Miley Cyrus did just the opposite. For her performance at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, she dressed in an ensemble of major shock value, including black pasties, a white mesh tunic, black and white underwear, and a fur shrug. The look was consistent with the rest of the trippy-themed performance, which included dancing mushrooms, dancers dressed as flowers, and a rainbow. Will Miley’s flamboyant and crazy fashion choices ever cease? [Fashionista]
Naomi Campbell May Get Own Talk Show: Following the success of Naomi Campbell's TV show The Face, a modeling competition series in which she mentors aspiring models, there may now be more in store for Naomi Campbell. Rumors are circulating that Campbell has impressed TV moguls so much, that she may be getting her own talk show. "Naomi is a supermodel first and foremost, but she's becoming much more comfortable on TV now and really finding her voice," a "source" told The Daily Mail. "She's a perfectionist and if she does give TV a go she'd give Oprah a run for her money!" [The Telegraph]
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.