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]
Monday's grungy Saint Laurent show riled strong reactions from some of the fashion industry's most vocal members on Twitter and in reviews. See the highlights.
Monday’s Saint Laurent Paris show marked creative director Hedi Slimane’s second outing for the legendary French brand. His first collection, shown in September as a modern homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s trailblazing designs from the 1970s, was met with tepid reviews and a much controversy when the New York Times’s Cathy Horyn blasted Slimane for not accommodating press and presenting unimaginative designs. Slimane retorted by tweeting out an ‘open letter’ that criticized Horyn for her journalistic bias, creating an explosive feud.
The scene at Monday’s show was “roughly the same, perhaps a bit friendlier and inclusive of more editors, but not all of them” wrote Horyn’s Times colleague Eric Wilson. But the friendlier atmosphere didn’t stop a portion of the fashion Twitter-sphere from speaking their mind on Slimane’s take on the 90s. Many noted that his collection, which will inevitably sell at incredibly high prices, looked less than luxurious. “Am I watching Saint Laurent or TopShop?” the Los Angeles Times’s fashion critic Booth Moore, tweeted mid-show. Others were perplexed by the collection’s lack of correlation to the house of YSL’s strong heritage. And the whole, the formal reviews that followed were no less forgiving. See the six funniest thing said about Slimane’s collection below.
Karl Lagerfeld sent models around a giant rotating globe at his show on Tuesday afternoon.
The show set at Chanel is always a talking point of Paris Fashion Week: last fall it was towering crystals; for spring, models wove their way around life-size windmills, and this season it was a gigantic rotating globe, on which miniature Chanel flags pinpointed where all the Chanel retail stores were situated around the world. (Fittingly the soundtrack included Daft Punk’s dance anthem "Around The World"). It sent a strong statement to make to a very captive and influential audience: whatever you might think of the collection, Chanel is the global powerhouse.
Spectacular as the sets can be, they often take away from the clothes — but this season there was as much happening on the runway as there was in the background. The house’s signature tweed was featured in almost every look, and looked great when layered with other knitwear and weaves, and the ladylike skirts and dresses were contrasted with black biker boots that had Chanel chains, and were worn with black or white leather spats that finished mid thigh. Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld also presented what might be this season’s most covetable accessory: brightly colored (we’re talking Marge Simpson blue) fur helmets.
New York–based artist Adam Harvey creates garments that shield you from drone surveillance.
Adam Harvey likes his privacy—and drones are infringing on it.
The 31-year-old artist, based in New York City, is skeptical of the unmanned military aircrafts, which have sparked controversy in recent years due to their potential for civilian casualties and use as domestic surveillance tools. Armed with thermal-imaging cameras, drones can effectively target a subject’s heat signature and lock onto it. They can even see through clothing.
Zahia Dehar has peddled her tabloid scandal into a fashion fairy tale.
As the woman at the center of one of the most high-profile sex scandals ever to hit French sports, Zahia Dehar has become the ultimate tabloid sensation. It all started in April 2010, when—at age 17—she was reportedly presented as a “birthday gift” to national football star Franck Ribéry by an alleged pimping network at a Paris VIP nightclub. The scandal broke in the press when Dehar was quizzed by French police investigating the illicit ring. Dehar told the cops that Ribéry and fellow footballer Karim Benzema had paid her for sex even though she was underage (prostitution is legal at age 18 in France). Set to stand trial in June, both men now face a possible three years’ imprisonment and a $60,000 fine.
But while the allegations continue to tarnish their career and the image of French football, Dehar has capitalized on her notoriety, shifting her saga away from the crime pages and into the fashion section. This past year she launched her own brand of lingerie with the help of the Hong Kong–based First Mark investment fund, and the line has become a darling of the French fashion industry’s glitterati.
Hedi Slimane’s second collection for the house brought forth a 1990s grunge girl in flannels and baby doll dresses.
Hedi Slimane’s second women’s wear show for Saint Laurent showed in Paris on Monday night -- and so far, the response is mixed. Industry commentary on Twitter is remarkably neutral, with most people referencing the soundtrack or celebrity attendance.
Derek Blasberg tweeted that the collection “made me nostalgic for my Kurt Cobain era flannels and sparkly tights the girls in my high school pom-pon [sic] wore” and British Vogue called it “Cool to the core.” Buzfeed’s Amy Odell, on the other hand, tweeted: “Who will dare to unleash their honest thoughts about Saint Laurent this season?”
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the same pair of boots that Prince Harry bought new girlfriend Cressida Bonas last week.
This past weekend, Kate Middleton jetted to the Swiss Alps with Prince William and Prince Harry to attend a friend’s wedding, and although the Duchess didn’t hit the slopes, she substituted her signature L.K. Bennett pumps for a more appropriate piece of cold weather footwear: mukluks.
The mother-to-be strapped on the fur-lined boots, usually made from animal skin and worn by Eskimos, for a walk through the snow at the luxury Arosa ski resort, where the trio was staying. Huffington Post is reporting that Kate’s boots are the Giada Ecol by Italian brand Oscar Sport.
Australian brand Solid Gold Bomb was caught hawking rape-themed T-shirts on Amazon's UK site, instigating public horror.
In a world where offensively-sloganed merchandise is pulled off store shelves all of the time, it’s hard to understand why brands keep rolling out highly-insensitive merchandise. Enter Solid Gold Bomb, a brand that was caught selling shirts on Amazon’s UK website, each one emblazoned with violent, misogynist riffs on the classic English slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The shirts, which read “Keep Calm and Hit Her,” Keep Calm and Rape A Lot,” and “Keep Calm and Rape Me,” have sparked public outrage, their messages striking an especially sensitive chord following multiple gang rape incidents in India.
The situation has prompted UK shadow Culture Secretary, Harriet Harman, to speak out against Amazon’s decision to carry the shirts. “Domestic violence and sex offences are not something people should make money out of," she told English paper The Independent. "[Amazon’s] supposed to be a public company.” The shirts have since been pulled from Amazon’s site and Solid Gold Bomb has since deleted their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Harman has also urged Amazon to give a “substantial donation” to women’s safe haven charities. “My suggestion is they give all profits they made from it to a women’s refuge,” she exclaimed.
Heidi Klum’s New Gig: Heidi Klum is ratcheting up her reality TV resume. The Project Runway host has signed on as a judge on America’s Got Talent, replacing Sharon Osbourne who quit amid controversy after last season. Klum will join fellow judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Mel B of the Spice Girls. [HuffPo]
Gucci Baby: Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has formally announced the birth of her baby girl, Greta, born on March 2—just days after the brand’s fall 2013 show. It marks the first child for both Giannini and her partner Patrizio di Marco, who serves as the brand’s president and CEO. The two co-workers initially kept their romance a secret to protect their professional reputations, but they came forward in October 2011, with a personal endorsement from PPR CEO Fraincois Henri Pinault. [Telegraph]
The designer showed a collection filled with mannish silhouettes, pinstripe suiting, and plaids.
Stella McCartney’s show ran 30 minutes late today, held up by the late arrival of the designer’s father, Sir Paul McCartney (fathers, especially former members of The Beatles, are afforded such privileges).
But few seemed concerned by the delay: pre-show, whoops of cheering could be heard from backstage (for reasons unknown), and the waiting media seemed relaxed in their seats. Perhaps given the magnificence of the venue (the Paris Opera House) there were other things to appreciate, not least the coffee offered on entry.
Riccardo Tisci brings out everyone from Bambi to Kanye West.
Critics are calling the Givenchy show the show of the season. Riccardo Tisci has long been a favourite of the industry and his shows are always highly anticipated, but Sunday night’s show was, as they say, truly next level.
With a red carpet to rival the Oscars, Tisci’s hip hop fan club (including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and Frank Ocean) were there to support, along with Hollywood heavyweights Jessica Chastain, Nicole Richie, and Amanda Seyfried — the stage was set for big things. But when Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons started singing accompanied by a string orchestra, and the collection appeared, all the flashiness was set aside.
Claire Waight Keller debuts a collection inspired by “night buses, independent spirit, and bare legs."
The collection notes for Chloe’s FW 2013/2014 presentation read as follows: “Night buses, independent spirit, bare legs, dorm rooms, bike sheds, flirting, cold nights, tough girls.” Creative Director Clare Waight Keller translated these key words into a preppy, yet feminine collection featuring the house’s greatest hits. Although it was the same staid stuff of season’s past (which to be fair probably sells like hotcakes) there was a random lederhosen/pinafore moment that is not likely to be a best seller. Our pick for the season: the knitwear stood out in a collection that was otherwise (and somewhat bizarrely) quite summery.
With a collection inspired by ancient temples in India and Nepal.
We’re halfway through Paris Fashion Week and feeling a little weary, so thank God for the Kenzo presentation that took place earlier this morning — one of the liveliest shows of the week. Staged at La Samaritaine (an empty building that used to be one of the finest department stores in Paris) guests were presented with a colourful and energetic collection of clothing with pop art prints, gold jacquard weaves and printed lamé.
Taking inspiration from the ancient temples around India, Nepal and China, this collection encompassed the brand’s reoccurring East meets West influences. The graphic wrap skirts, raglan sleeve bomber jackets, and coats with wide temple sleeves brought to mind the silhouettes of Asian warriors, albeit modern-day ones that live in the trendiest postcodes of New York, London and Paris.Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson and Hanne Gaby all walked in the show, and Jessica Alba (representing in new season Kenzo and doing a fine job at it) was sitting front row, along with Robyn, The Misshapes’ Leigh Lezark, and New York-based DJ Vashtie.
And, in one look, Big Bird gone couture.
In an industrial side chamber of the Garage du Turenne, an old Martin Margiela haunt in the heart of the Marais, amid the metal tubes filed into cubby holes and lamps dangling from the exposed rafters, select guests perched on fold-up chairs, listening to the hum of an industrial cylinder hidden somewhere in this bomb-site of a space, evoking an experimental laboratory of sorts and, as such, making the perfect setting for the Comme des Garçons autumn/winter 2013 show.
When the models began parading slowly down the narrow concrete space left vacant in the center of the room, guests gazed on in quiet wonder at what the designer Rei Kawakubo, described backstage as being about “the infinity of tailoring.”
Designer Phoebe Philo presented a cool collection of wooly outerwear and unexpected proportions.
The view from Court Two at the Tennis Club de Paris was of ironing boards and models dressing for the Céline show on Sunday. The site has become a regular haunt for the hot label, despite its long trek from the center of Paris.
Backstage after the show, designer Phoebe Philo told The Daily Beast that the inspiration behind the brand’s fall 2013 collection came from “instinct and design.” She explained: “I used instinct to create pieces which were emotionally engaging.”
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.