And the Chanel Hula Hoop bag appears at New York Fashion Week.
Missoni Bag Found: The bag of Vittorio Missoni, the missing Missoni CEO, has been found on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. The bag was easily identified because it was labeled with the fashion executive’s name. The plane carrying Missoni and five other passengers has been missing since January 4. [Vogue UK]
Steve Madden’s Movie Role: Steve Madden has been cast as a character in a Martin Scorsese film. The fashion scion has taken a minor role in the director’s new film, The Wolf on Wall Street. His co-stars will include leading men Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey. [WWD]
Judging from the ties in the crowd, Tuesday’s State of the Union address resembled Easter Sunday.
State of the Union or Easter best? At Tuesday night’s address, the dais was filled with politicians in pastel ties. President Obama went for light blue, Vice President Joe Biden chose lilac, and Speaker of the House John Boehner sprung for a peaches-and-cream cravat (some might say it was the pastel version of his skin color). Together it made them look like very official ice cream men. But the pastels didn’t end there. To issue the Republicans’ rebuttal, Marco Rubio chose a tie in sweet periwinkle.
Oscar de la Renta’s fall collection, which debuted Tuesday, had the subtle effect of John Galliano, who has been apprenticing in his studio. Isabel Wilkinson reports.
When news broke last month that John Galliano, the disgraced Dior designer, would be joining Oscar de la Renta’s atelier for three weeks before the designer’s ready-to-wear show in New York, people were shocked. Would this mark the beginning of Galliano’s comeback to fashion? And what could it mean for the future of de la Renta’s brand?
But by the time de la Renta presented his fall collection at his showroom Tuesday evening, few of those questions had been answered. The collection de la Renta presented was classic Oscar—with, perhaps, a few touches reminiscent of Galliano’s Dior. There were jackets and dresses cinched at the waist with thin belts; long, elegant gloves, and, for the finale, dramatic ball gowns. Each detail, which at first may have seemed like a hint of Galliano, could also have easily been in the realm of de la Renta—which, perhaps, speaks to the collaboration’s success.
The first lady was ahead of the curve with her new do. But the Grammys turned up a more than a few lookalikes.
Michelle Obama’s bangs will be very much on display at the State of the Union tonight, as the camera watches the first lady watching the president. But her new do already made an appearance—on nearly everybody else at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.
There were few musical surprises at the awards ceremony, and even fewer fashion highlights, even with J-Lo’s fabulous thigh-high slit. Instead it was the perfectly coiffed bang that reigned supreme as the most sought after beauty trend of the season.
“Fatshion” is a popular community on Tumblr, where plus-size bloggers post pictures of themselves as a way of celebrating their size. Judy McGuire reports.
Michelle Obama stepped out for the State of the Union address in a black and crimson dress by Jason Wu, who is shaping up to be her very own Oleg Cassini.
And Jason Wu takes the FLOTUS prize again. It may have taken nearly two hours to identify the designer of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union attire on Tuesday night, but post-speech, the news came that Wu was the creator of the First Lady’s shimmering cocktail dress. Around 9pm, Obama emerged in the House of Representatives wearing an empire-waist oxblood and black A-line dress made of a tweed fabric, which she accessorized with an Alexis Bittar floral pin and still-intact bangs. Her dress’s neckline and armholes were trimmed with leather cording, and the frock’s lack of sleeves accentuated Obama’s famously buff arms.
The dress may have received mixed reviews from the twittersphere (the Wall Street Journal even questioned its political affiliation) but it stumped fashion experts as well. During President Obama’s first term, Mrs. Obama was known to endorse a wide array of young American labels, jumping between designers like Thakoon, Wes Gordon, Narciso Rodriguez, and Isabel Toledo, to name a few. Wu was, of course, one of her first major picks, having designed the ivory chiffon floor-length gown that Obama wore to her husband’s first inaugural ball. She wore the designer’s clothes many times thereafter, but not to as many consecutive high-profile events as she has in the past month.
J.Crew’s head womenswear designer talks about the hottest new accessories for the brand’s fall 2013.
On Tuesday morning, J. Crew presented editors with a covetable fall 2013 collection. Using the colorful, historic landscape of Marrakech as inspiration, the clothing dipped into a palette of burnt oranges and crimson reds, which contrasted with the brand’s signature fluorescents and classic shapes. There was plenty of hallmark glitz too: “There is a lot of beading and a lot of embroidering, and mixing that, with really sharp tailored blazers or coats, made it feel really fresh,” said Tom Mora, J. Crew’s head womenswear designer. But as expected, it was the retailer’s accessories that stole many an audience member’s heart. The Daily Beast presents the show’s accessory highlights (hitting stores in six months’ time) with commentary from Mora himself.
1. A collaboration with cult leather goods brand WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie
A good samaritan in the front row at the Dennis Basso 30th anniversary show at Lincoln Center on Tuesday picks up a shoe lost by a model.
And Minnie Mouse scores another fashion gig.
Eva Mendes’s Design Job: Eva Mendes is entering the world of fashion design. The actress has created a line for mass-retailer New York & Co. The label, called Eva by Eva Mendes, will issue four collections a year. “When we asked our customers to name the celebrity they aspired to be [Eva’s] name came up again and again Based on that we went out and per sued her,” the brand’s CEO told WWD. Mendes has reportedly sat in on multiple creative meetings and signs off on every design before they’re produced. [WWD]
Minnie Mouse Teams with Lanvin: Minnie Mouse has landed a new fashion gig. After starring in Barneys New York’s holiday campaign, the Disney mouse has scored a collaboration with Lanvin (who dressed her for the Barneys animation). Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz called Minnie “a real fashionista.” Minnie will wear his design to Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary next month, partaking in festivities that will even include a fashion parade. [WWD]
Thom Browne showed his fall womenswear collection on Monday—his first women’s designs to debut after outfitting the first lady at the inauguration. Misty White Sidell reports.
Exactly three weeks ago, the name Thom Browne was on the lips of every newscaster. It erupted across the Internet before first lady Michelle Obama even had the chance to joyously stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue hand in hand with her husband following his second inauguration. Aside from the event’s pomp and circumstance, all eyes were glued to her silk A-line coat and shift dress that Browne had created for the occasion. The designs earned him widespread and rave reviews.
The Thom Browne Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, February 11, 2013, in New York. First lady Michelle Obama (center) arrives during the presidential inauguration at the Capitol, January 21, 2013. (AP (2); Getty (1))
A model gets into hair and makeup backstage at the KaufmanFranco show at Lincoln Center on February 11.
And a cat walks the runway at Tracy Reese's show.
Oscar de la Renta on the FLOTUS: Oscar de la Renta has opened up about his feelings for Michele Obama. Obama is the first FLOTUS since Jackie Kennedy to not wear any of his clothes—which has led de la Renta to previously voice distaste with Obama’s wardrobe choices. But he tells New York magazine, “Journalists only use what they need, and it is often out of context…I didn’t want to sound like a bag of saccharine, so I said that some First Ladies—after all, they aren’t elected—do it all very well right away, and for others there is a learning curve.” [New York Magazine]
Aziz Ansari’s Beauty Routine: Aziz Ansari has revealed his beauty routine, and it’s full of pomegranates! “I get up at five in morning to purée the pomegranate. I put that on my face and let it rest for a few hours, and take the pomegranate off,” Ansari told Into The Gloss. He follows up with Lubriderm and some “custom Kiehl’s stuff just for Indian people that’s not on the market yet.” [Into the Gloss]
John Galliano’s apprenticeship at Oscar de la Renta will end tomorrow night following the label’s fashion show. So where is he headed next? One report points to teaching.
This very moment, former Christian Dior creative director John Galliano is likely holed up in Oscar de la Renta’s studio, where he’s spent the past three weeks helping the brand prepare for tomorrow night’s runway show. Since WWD announced news of his internship in mid-January, a flurry of rumors has surrounded the apprenticeship, many of them speculating how much of Galliano’s fantastical influence will present itself in de la Renta’s collection. Many anticipate that de la Renta will share his final bow with the disgraced designer. And with de la Renta celebrating 50 years of design this year following an extended battle with cancer, some think that he’s using the opportunity to poise Galliano as his successor, ready at an arm’s length for when retirement comes a-calling.
In a lengthy interview in this week’s New York magazine, de la Renta addresses the rumors. “When Anna [Wintour] asked me if I would have John in my studio, I said yes. I also believe that everyone should have a second chance, especially someone as talented as John. And he has worked so hard on his recovery.” The apprenticeship is part of a full-stage comeback for Galliano who last week was granted the right to have his case heard against his former employer, Christian Dior Couture—the LVMH label from which he was fired after footage of his infamous anti-Semitic rant emerged on YouTube.
With fans from Hollywood to the White House, a fashion darling hits his stride. By Isabel Wilkinson.
Four years ago, you might not have heard the name Prabal Gurung, much less known how to pronounce it. But now the Nepalese designer is on the brink of becoming a household name. On February 10, Gurung will be the latest designer in a long line of fashion stars to release a collaboration with Target, putting out more than 80 pieces—ruffled neon dresses, playful printed shorts and blazers, bright wedge sandals—ranging in price from $12.99 to $199.99.
It’s a collection, as he describes it, inspired by a woman’s journey through love. “To me, there’s nothing more beautiful than love,” Gurung says. “Whether you have it, whether you want it, whether you lose it.”
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.