and 14.1 million worth of Hermès knockoffs are seized in a Los Angeles port.
Tina Turner’s Vogue Cover: Good things come to those who wait. At the ripe old age of 73, Tina Turner has finally landed her first Vogue cover. The Grammy-award-winning singer covers Vogue Germany’s April issue in a spread styled by Nicola Knels and shot by photography couple Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer. [Fashionista]
Charlize Theron to Launch Denim Line?: Charlize Theron is reportedly getting into the fashion game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is in talks to launch a denim line in mass market stores with stylist Leslie Fremar. [THR]
The Catholic League is enraged over topless photos featuring busty glamour model Lucy Pinder that appear to mock Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement.
The legendary French brand enters a new chapter with new owners, promising pure design and no drama.
As the ready-to-wear shows drew to a close in Paris on Wednesday, Courrèges was just getting started. The legendary brand best known for the shape-shifting, bright designs that made it famous in the 1960s is in full reboot mode, following a relaunch last year. On Wednesday, they presented their fall/winter collection in a minimalist white showroom above their flagship store near the Champs-Élysées.
For the occasion, the brand’s new ownership ordered up reissues of some of the house’s most iconic pieces as well as new designs which exude the same joie de vivre as the originals.
and Vivienne Westwood really doesn’t like Michelle Obama’s clothes.
Kate Moss Might Cover Playboy: The fashion rumor mill is churning once again, this time about Kate Moss’s reported upcoming cover for Playboy magazine. Website NowThis News, which was started by a Huffington Post co-founder, apparently got their hands on an internal Playboy memo which details Moss’s cover shoot, scheduled to take place in London this week. Moss would reportedly cover the mag’s 60th anniversary issue, hitting newsstands in January 2014. [NowThis News]
Cathy Horyn’s Searing YSL Review: Hedi Slimane didn’t invite Cathy Horyn to his Saint Laurent show for the second time in a row. The move was unsurprising, especially considering their epic Internet feud last Paris Fashion Week. But that didn’t stop Horyn from looking at photos of the collection on the Internet and writing a piece of searing criticism. “He showed a grunge collection of baby-doll dresses and flannel shirts, which I viewed online because I was not invited to the show,” Horyn wrote. “But mainly it was clear to me how strong the name is. In terms of design, the clothes held considerably less value than a box of Saint Laurent labels. Without the label attached to them, Mr. Slimane’s grunge dresses wouldn’t attract interest-because they’re not special. But a box of labels is worth a million.” [NYT]
Rihanna’s collection for River Island debuted at London Fashion Week a mere two weeks ago. At the time, the clothes were described by The Daily Beast’s own Tom Sykes as “unsurprisingly slutty and yet tiresomely predictable.” But they remained unseen by a majority of the population until officially launching in-stores on Tuesday. Retailing exclusively at Opening Ceremony in the United States and Japan, the collection was privately feted in the store’s SoHo location on Monday night, also marking the debut of a "RIHtrospective"—a small exhibit of some of the singer’s most famous outfits to-date.
There, you'll find downtown Manhattan's cardinal emporium of hip filled with mannequins exhibiting seven of the pop star’s most famous looks. It’s a display of disjointed snippets from the Barbadian’s evolutionary comet that’s run the gamut from Caribbean sweetheart, to BDSM, to Tumblr princess, and then back again--as witnessed at last month’s Grammy awards when Ri sweetened up in an elegant Alaïa gown. The exhibit’s seven looks are numerically symbolic--representing a seven year career that’s beheld seven studio albums and a 777 tour which travelled seven countries in seven days aboard a Boeing 777.
Courtney Love Gasms for YSL: A lot of critics drew comparisons between Hedi Slimane’s fall 2013 Saint Laurent show and Courtney Love’s signature style from the early 1990s. But unlike many of the said critics, Love really really loved the collection. On Tuesday she tweeted at Slimane: “having gasms at the idea of rich ladies buying what we used to wear, finally someone got the actually look exact, no beanies.” Her mention of the beanies specifically takes aim at both Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui, who turned the grunge aesthetic into a highbrow signature of 90s fashion. But Love told The Fashion Law’s Julie Zerbo on Facebook, “No offense to MJ but he never got it right. This is what it really was. Hedi knows his shit. He got it accurate and MJ and Anna did not.” [Fashionista]
Kanye West Shuns Skirts: Kanye West’s leather skirts got a lot of blowback following the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert. Rapper MC Lord Jamar even wrote a song about it called “Lift Up Your Skirt.”The backlash has reportedly prompted West to ask photo agency Getty Images to remove all photos of him in the leather kilts. Not all of the looks have been taken down, but many of them, including the 12-12-12 event are noticeably missing. [Telegraph]
Paris Fashion Week went out with a bang on Wednesday—in a sea of Miuccia Prada’s bright polka dots.
Miu Miu presented a youthful, upbeat collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday to a crowd of enthusiasts: January Jones (whose hairdo was, bizarrely, very Betty Draper), Zoe Saldana,and French Actress Léa Seydoux.
It was a nice wake-up call for the media — who were trying not to slump too much in their seats from exhaustion — and that brightly coloured polka dot print, used for the dresses and neckerchiefs, was one of the liveliest prints we’ve seen all week. We’re betting it will be everywhere come fall.
Marc Jacobs’ collection for Louis Vuitton, which showed at the Carrousel de Louvre on Wednesday morning, played out in the corridors of an old hotel – and featured an appearance from Kate Moss.
“Beautiful and dreamy” said Vogue’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, as he left the the Louis Vuitton at Carrousel de Louvre on Wednesday morning. He was echoing the sentiments of most of us present.
A great one for theatrics, this season Marc Jacobs had reconstructed the scene of a hotel -- well, the hallways at least -- with plush carpet, elaborate wallpaper, and 48 doors from which the models emerged before walking the runway (or corridor) and disappearing again. Once the doors were open, we saw inside the “rooms” and caught glimpses of Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage; and black and white footage of men in various states of undress projected onto the walls.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Kate Upton, has an uncanny lookalike, Ania, posing topless in the same fur ski jacket. The Russian beauty on mail-order brides and Twitter fame.
As the saying goes, no two snowflakes are alike, yet supermodel Kate Upton has met her busty match—a 22-year-old Russian student who goes only by the name Ania. The blonde bombshell tweeted a photo of herself topless and barely covered by the same snowy white fur-trimmed ski jacket as the two-time Sports Illustrated cover model did in her sizzling cover that ran last month.
Sarah Burton’s small but ornate collection for Alexander McQueen was inspired, presciently, by “the high church.”
Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana may not have been the only ones referencing the Papacy this season. Sarah Burton, the designer for Alexander McQueen, presented a collection at the Opera Comique in Paris on Tuesday that was inspired by “the high church” – and offered futuristic takes on ecclesiastical dress, “from communion gowns to cardinals’ robes.” She presented only ten looks (since she only recently gave birth to twins) but what ten looks they were – five pairs of looks featuring white and gold with fur and lace. There were four beaded black looks, with strong metal belts. Models wore beaded headpieces with lattice-work and pearl-encrusted boots.
The finale was a dramatic tribute to Queen Elizabeth I, with an ornate white dress with a bodice of gold brocade and a starched collar.
President Obama nominated supersmart MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to run the Department of Energy. But it’s Ernie’s hairstyle that’s getting all of the attention
MIT faculty members aren’t usually held to a certain standard for fashionable hair, and from the looks of it, nominated energy secretary Ernest Moniz got pretty comfy with that idea during his 40-year tenure at the university.
In fact, his coif, which appears to be a mash up of ’30s finger waves and a George Washington-type bob, is so dated that the Twittersphere erupted Tuesday with commentary like @Artologica’s “Ernest Moniz has perfect hair for a cabinet secretary—in the early 19th century.” And riffing on Moniz’s penchant for clean energy, Fast Company’s editorial director Tyler Gray tweeted, “Even his hair harnesses the power of the wind.”
and that infamous Fashion Week slap gets settled.
Marc Jacobs’s Acting Debut: Marc Jacobs will make his on-screen debut in the upcoming film Disconnect, in which he plays a “pimp for wayward, underage teens who are sucked into the seedy world of web-chat prostitution.” The film also features Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, and Paula Patton, and hits theaters on April 12. Watch the trailer above. [Refinery29]
Cara Delevingne’s Twitter Spoofs: Cara Delevingne’s growing fame has spawned over twenty Twitter spoofs. There are even five accounts entirely devoted to her eyebrows. But the craziest spoof of all? @CarasVirginity. The account’s profile description gratuitously reads: “DO I EXIST? THAT IS THE QUESTION.” [Fashionista]
Fashion Week Slap Settled: The slap heard ‘round the (fashion) world has finally been settled. Following a seating dispute before last season’s Zac Posen show, PR honcho Lynn Tesoro was famously cuffed on the face by Jalou publishing house’s Jennifer Eymere. But Tesoro, who filed a lawsuit against Eymere, has settled out of court. Though the terms of the agreement have not been released, Tesoro did reportedly, “receive and accept an apology as part of the settlement.” [WWD]
Harry Brant’s Clean Computers: Stephanie Seymour’s tweeting offspring Harry Brant has some unconventional showering methods. “I never stand in the shower; I’m too tired…I’ve even brought my computer in and placed it on the bench in the shower, to listen to audio books. It’s far enough away so it doesn’t get wet,” he told beauty site Into The Gloss. But eventually that plan didn’t pan out. “One time, I did break my computer because it fell off, so I stopped bringing the whole thing in and now I have littler speakers that connect…” [Into The Gloss]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.