These stylish grannies are taking over Europe. A group of British women—some nearing 90—breaks all of the rules of old age in the hot new documentary ‘Fabulous Fashionistas.’
Growing old and gray may not be easy, but six stylish Britons do old age in style.
Fabulous Fashionistas, a new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4, follows these women, who believe in forever young and forever fashionable. With an average age of 80, none of this remarkable group of six have ever had Botox or plastic surgery, maintaining a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age in all aspects of life. “I don’t give a damn what people think of me or the way I dress. I dress for myself because I love style and design and color,” says one fashionista.
Dressing the ‘Hunger Games’ stars—and 6,000 extras—can be daunting. Costume designer Trish Summerville’s secret to creating the second film’s darker look: stay true to her own vision.
Hunger Games aficionados will quickly pick up on the tonal and aesthetic overhaul of Catching Fire, the second film in the popular trilogy. The somber sequel finds protagonist Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, once again fighting for her life, while navigating increasingly fraught political and personal ground. One woman played a critical role in this dark transformation: Trish Summerville, the Catching Fire costume designer who summoned a stark sartorial landscape for the much-anticipated movie.
To kick off the new look, the accomplished costume designer brainstormed with director Francis Lawrence and decided, “We wanted it overall to have a darker feel, a moodier feel, an escalated feel, a higher fashion feel.” Summerville captures this ambiance with a mix of ready-to-wear couture pieces and original creations. She took on the daunting task of dressing Katniss and her cohorts, along with 6,000 extras, while simultaneously charting the shift in sartorial sensibility from the poverty-stricken districts of Panem to the decadent Capital.
And Kendall Jenner signs modeling contract with The Society.
Solange Knowles Named Art Director of Puma: Singer Solange Knowles announced her new fashion gig as Puma’s art director and creative consultant via Instagram, posting a picture of legs diving into a swimming pool wearing seriously cool multi-colored sneakers. "It is in my new role that I am able to express my love for not only design but the conception of creative ideas, and the execution of them by curating amazingly talented teams," she said. The collection will be inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of Brazil and is set for release in Feburary 2014. [Elle UK]
Is J. Crew for Sale?: Rumors are circulating that all-American brand J. Crew may soon be sold by its owners Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital. While a spokesperson declared, "We don't comment on industry speculation" on Friday morning, another source told WWD that “It’s certainly not out of the question.” Although nothing is set in stone, there is speculation that the company is considering an IPO for next year, or a sale to private investors. [Vogue UK]
The Chanel outfit Mrs. Kennedy was wearing when her husband was killed was constructed in a New Yorker’s tailor shop—and my dad, a Jewish Polish immigrant, helped sew it.
To this day, many people are under the mistaken impression that the pink suit Jackie Kennedy wore that day in Dallas when JFK was assassinated 50 years ago was Chanel and made in France. Actually, the first lady wanted to make sure the outfit was made in the USA, so it was an exact copy of a Chanel suit, made in Manhattan.
She could never have known the significance of that symbolic gesture. But I do. My father was one of the tailors who made the outfit.
A new, ballet-like performance at Paris’s eminent fashion museum explores the meticulous process of creating a beautiful garment, using actress Tilda Swinton as mannequin.
Fashion today is true mélange: it’s mass-market collaborations at Target, it’s Madison avenue window-shopping, it’s Project Runway challenges, it’s impulsive e-commerce, it’s Fashion Week frenzy, it’s small-business Brooklyn, it’s foreign production in struggling countries. These are not equal circumstances, but what’s shared at the heart of them all is the act of making a garment. That common denominator gets lost in the muddle, sometimes, when we talk about fashion. But a performance in Paris is spotlighting just that meticulous and elegant act with Eternity Dress (running through Sunday November 24th as part of the annual French Festival d’Automne).
Olivier Saillard (director of Paris’s eminent fashion museum, Palais Galliera) and Tilda Swinton (the beguiling Scottish-born actress) perform the entire process of making a single dress— from the measuring and patterning to the cutting and sewing—directly on Swinton’s body. Eternity Dress follows a 1950s methodology, with the dress ultimately representing the history of fashion and the architecture of the craft. It’s a striking conceptual counterpoint to the profusion of fashion collections.
And Cara Delevingne may be recording an album.
Michelle Obama's Biggest Fashion Regret: Belive it or not, FLOTUS too suffers from fashion remorse. The First Lady admitted on BET's 106 and Park that she regrets the time she wore navy blue cargo shorts on Air Force One in August 2009, because it caused "a huge stink." Obama suffered major public backlash and criticism that her shorts were un-First Lady-like. "[People said] she's wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One," Obama said, adding, "Sometimes I forget I'm the first lady and I'm running around in shorts." One thing's for sure: FLOTUS won't be making the same mistake again. [Huffington Post]
LVMH Launches Contest for Emerging Designers: On Thursday, fashion conglomerate LVMH announced its latest initiative, The LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize, intended to both celebrate and help foster emerging design talent. Eight creative directors within LVMH—including Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior) and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy)—will select a winner to receive the over $400,000 prize and assistance from "a special LVMH team in developing their company for a period of twelve months." The LVMH Prize will also choose three university graduates with a degree in fashion design, to win an award of over $13,000 and a one-year apprenticeship at a LVMH brand. [LVMH]
Forget the day after Thanksgiving—Walmart is starting its sales this Friday, a full week early. And in the race against e-commerce for holiday shoppers, it’s only going to get worse.
Ah, the smells of late November. Wood fires. Decaying leaves. The unforgivable java sin of a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. And the stench of desperation from retailers, fearful that the vital Christmas holiday season will be a stinker.
Historically, the several weeks between the onset of daylight saving time and the end of the year were a great time for retailers of all stripes. Lured by big discounts and fueled by cheap credit, shoppers hit the malls with abandon and stuffed their SUVs with bags of Hanukkah and Christmas merchandise. Year after year, in an age of long business cycles and rare recessions, holiday sales reliably rose.
The BORNFREE campaign, dedicated to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV, launched a collaboration with the fashion world on Wednesday with the help of Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour.
“If you do something, you can make it happen,” fashion designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg said Wednesday evening at the launch of the BORNFREE campaign at her studio in New York City. “It is the very beginning of the end of HIV.”
BORNFREE, which was created by Apax Partners CEO John Mgrue to eradicate the spread of HIV from an infected mother to her newborn by the end of 2015, has enlisted von Furstenberg, along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and Amazon-owned e-tailer ShopBop to grow awareness of the cause.
Kate maybe needs to get some weights stitched into her hemlines to protect her modesty.
I think we have mentioned previously that a princess needs to invest in some curtain weights to ensure no wardrobe malfunctions on windy days.
However, it is advice Kate Middleton clearly continues to ignore, and she experienced a new petticoat-flashing incident when she visited anti-bullying charity Place2Be in London today.
And Harry Styles's unwashed t-shirt sells for over $4,000.
Ann Demeulemeester to Exit Namesake Label: Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has announced that she is leaving her eponymous fashion house. The designer wrote, "A new time is coming for both my personal life and the brand Ann Demeulemeester." She continued, "[the brand has] it's own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me." Despite her exit, Demeulemeester noted that the house will still show men's and women's collections for the Fall/Winter 2014 season on January 27 in Paris. [WWD]
Kate Middleton Pulls a Marilyn Monroe: The Duchess of Cambridge risked a wardrobe malfunction in order to attend Place2Be's Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum. Middleton's navy MaxMara jacket and Orla Kiely skirt, however, were no match for the blustery weather. While bending down to accept flowers from a school girl, Middleton's skirt flew up behind her. Naturally, the royal gracefully held down her skirt with one hand and continued to chat with the young student. [The Daily Beast]
Made for women, the newly launched Adult magazine explores sexually explicit literature and photography—and asks, is it possible for porn to be fashionable and artistic?
And Kering invests in Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier.
Oxford Declares 'Selfie' Word of the Year: For its 2013 Word of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries selected the infamous term 'selfie,' beating out other popular contenders including 'twerk,' 'binge-watch,' and 'showrooming.' Oxford officially defines 'selfie' as "(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." Although the word has yet to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary, it did make it into the dictionary's online version in August. Oxford defended its decision by explaining that the use of the word 'selfie' has increased 17,000% in the last 12 months and has become a cultural phenomenon. Oxford traced the word's origin back to 2002, when an Australian first used the term to describe his or her photo of a drunken lip injury. [Time]
Barneys to Debut Holiday Windows via Instagram: Barneys New York announced Tuesday that it will be launching its holiday window display via Instagram this year. Starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST, the store will post a ten-second video of each of the interactive, multi-dimensional window features—without merchandise—to its official Instagram account. The social media move comes one day after the store cancelled its holiday party fundraiser with Jay Z, following allegations of racial profiling against the retailer. This makes Barneys the first major retailer to use social media to extend a typically New York holiday event to a global audience. [WWD]
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.