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]
The Duchess looks trim four months after George's birth.
Kate Middleton stepped out into a bright but chilly London morning wearing a modest Orla Kiely printed coat-style dress today.
Kate clearly has no intention of letting her reputation for thriftiness lapse, having previously worn the coat by the Irish designer on a trip to Oxford last year, after which it sold out in a matter of minutes.
The famed fashion photographer strays from his typical celebrity subject matter to shoot the brilliant colors, patterns, and fabrics worn by locals from his native Peru.
“Alta Moda is quite different from the portraits I am perhaps best known for,” famed fashion photographer Mario Testino said of his latest exhibit.
Taking a bold approach in his newest venture, Testino has strayed away from his typical subjects—celebrities and fashion models—and traded them in for natives of his home country, Peru. Alta Moda—which translates from Spanish as “high fashion”—examines traditional Peruvian dress from the Cusco region of the country.
And Ashley Olsen joins the CFDA board.
Jay Z Takes Lead Role in Examining Barneys Racial Profiling Scandal: Although Jay Z has been under pressure to cancel his Christmas collection with Barneys, the rap mogul chose to move forward under the condition that he will have a “leadership role” in examining the store's recent racial profiling issues. Jay Z and Barneys agreed to increase the percentage of the collaboration's profits that will be given to the Shawn Carter Foundation, which “provides education opportunities to young people facing difficulties” to 100 percent, compared to the original 25 percent. "While I await the findings of the Attorney General's office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling," Jay Z wrote in an official statement on his website. [Vogue UK]
Net-A-Porter Launches Hunger Games Collection: The British e-tailer will launch a 19-piece Hunger Games-inspired collection, aptly named "Capitol Couture," the day before the Catching Fire premiere. The line, designed by the film's costume designer Trish Summerville, will include a metallic laser-cut dress, LOVE arrow graphic t-shirts and accessories, a leather bomber jacket, and a jumpsuit, all channelling heroine Katniss Everdeen. In addition, Net-A-Porter will also sell a version of the high-tech, Lucas Hugh training kit worn by Katniss and Peta in the trilogy. [The Telegraph]
And 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan fronts Zegna campaign.
Victoria Beckham’s Wedding Tiara to Hit the Block: The 18-carat gold and diamond crown worn by Victoria Adams in 1999 when she married David Beckham will go up for auction at Bonhams on December 5. The tiara, designed by British designer Slim Barrett, is set to sell somewhere between £18,000 and £25,000. Originating from one of Barrett’s Parisian-inspired collections, the tiara has been on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the 100 Tiaras, Past and Present exhibition. “We’ve had over ten years of brilliant time with that tiara,” Barrett said, “and we’re on the next step of our journey.” [The Telegraph]
Burberry Selects New Chief Design Officer: Designer Christopher Bailey, who was recently named Burberry’s new CEO and creative director, introduced Luc Goidadin as the brand's latest chief design officer. "[Goidadin is] one of my most experienced, trusted and talented colleagues who has worked alongside me for over 12 years," Bailey said. The company will now be divided into three sections: design, product, and communication, and Goidadin will be responsible for “all design activities under [Bailey’s] leadership.” [Vogue UK]
And Vivienne Westwood is writing her first memoir.
Isabel Marant Collection Finally Lands at H&M: Shoppers lined up as early as 2:00 a.m. Tuesday evening to try and secure a highly-coveted piece from Isabel Marant's collaboration with H&M. No stranger to early morning queues (remember the Versace launch in 2011?), the retailer allowed the first 420 shoppers into the store in 20 minute waves: 15 minutes for shopping and 5 minutes for the staff to clean up before the next batch arrived. Unlike the Versace launch, however, there was no purchase limit. The collection includes leather pants, fringed boots, silk t-shirts, and wool blazers. [Racked]
Burberry Breaks $1 Billion in First Half of Financial Year: Within the first six months of 2013, Burberry broke it's own record, earning $1.6 billion dollars in revenue. The brand succeeded most in the outwear, large leather goods, and mens accessories categories. Proving the brand is in strong shape, current CEO Angela Ahrendts said, “We remain focused on executing our retail, digital and marketing strategies in the all-important third quarter and in what remains an uncertain macro environment.” Ahrendts will depart the brand for Apple come mid-2014. [Harper's Bazaar UK]
Candice Swanepoel rocked the $10 million fantasy bra, Taylor Swift danced with Karlie Kloss, and Adam Levine blew kisses to fiancée Behati Prinsloo. Plus, more runway highlights.
As usual, there were feathers and jewels galore at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday night. Opening the show was model Candice Swanepoel sporting the ten million dollar “Crown Jewels” Fantasy Bra as Fall Out Boy, clad in Tartan, and Taylor Swift, sporting a Union Jack coat and top hat, rocked out in the background. Cara Delevingne wore a sexy soccer uniform, Lily Donaldson’s lingerie was accessorized with an umbrella and bowler’s hat, and Jourdan Dunn was reminiscent of a sexy Mary Poppins. Talk about British invasion.
Throughout the six segments, Indie band A Great Big World played a more somber tune, as models showed off get-ups comprised of driftwood and torn fabric; Brit girl band Neon Jungle danced around the stage while outfits decorated with smiley faces and blow-up hearts paraded down the runway; and 13-time angel Adriana Lima opened the “Parisian Nights” section donning a romantic pair of gigantic red wings. Plus, model Behati Prinsloo received three standing ovations from her beaming fiancé, Adam Levine.
For the finale, the “Snow Angels” took to the stage in white, angelic get-ups as Taylor Swift – in a silver, sequined mini – belted out her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.” There was a flirty little dance-off between Swift and Kloss (can we say new BFF’s?) amid snow-like confetti falling from the ceiling and lots of winks and blown kisses.
The 47-year-old supermodel dishes on her pivotal workout video, making pizzas with Harry Styles, and the first moment she felt like a superstar in V magazine’s winter issue.
V Magazine’s winter issue (available on newsstands November 14th), features a sultry black and white menswear spread starring the inimitable Cindy Crawford. In the shoot by photographer Sebastian Faena, the 47-year-old supermodel opens up about her daily life in Malibu and offers intimate details on her meteoric rise to supermodel stardom.
The spread has a distinctly outdoorsy vibe, as Crawford and male model Clement Chabernaud cavort in the rustic wild, keeping themselves warm with classic white button downs and comfy plaids (not to mention a good amount of body heat). The feature’s wild setting conveys that Crawford isn’t a city girl at heart; born and raised in a small town in Illinois, she moved to New York City as a young model to pursue her soon-to-be-explosive career.
What's better than a slew of well-dressed men? Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Steve McQueen, and more turned out for LA's style event of the year.
GQ’s “Men of the Year”—who include Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Kendrick Lamar, and James Gandolfini—were celebrated Tuesday night in Los Angeles at the most stylish party of the year.
Guests arrived on the red carpet at The Ebell Club with indie rock music blaring in the background. Cover boy McConaughey, in a dark gray Dolce & Gabbana suit (“but not Dolce socks,” he joked to The Daily Beast), walked alongside wife Camila Alves, taking a moment to talk about trends. “What you read about today,” he said, “give it twenty years, and it’ll be cool again.”
Other notables included Steve McQueen (who described his personal style as “hopefully classy, without overreaching”), Pharrell, Kid Cudi, actor Michael B. Jordan (sporting a Prada suit in many shades of blue), and The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill in Calvin Klein. As for the ladies, actresses Whitney Cummings, Amy Poehler in a skin-tight khaki leather dress, Chelsea Handler, and Twelve Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o in Cushnie et Ochs attended the event.
Timberlake, who was honored with the “#Hashtag of the Year” award, was absent from the LA gathering -- opting to instead to attend the NYC dinner the night before. “I find it ironic that I'm doing an interview with you about Man of the Year when I feel—literally—like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face,” he told Amy Wallace in his interview with the magazine. Timberlake earned the "Hashtag" award because of the discussion he's caused this past year, particularly in regards to his acting career (for example, Variety ran an article titled “Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting”). Timberlake added, "Listen, I'm not cool... being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don't be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad."
Will Ferrell's “Men of the Year” cover featured the funny-man actor posing alongside his doppelganger, Anchorman Ron Burgundy (wearing, of course, a burgundy suit). “This is, I think, my fourth cover,” Ferrell told GQ at the party, “I’m honored...but it was a difficult shoot with Ron Burgundy because he’s very egotistical.”
“Rapper of the Year,” Kendrick Lamar, dished on his musical beginnings in his hometown, Compton, his relationship to Drake (when asked if Drake is one of his role models, he answered: “No—peer. If anything. We all peers.”), and, most importantly, the meaning of his lyrics. “It wasn’t just about money, hoes, clothes, drinking,” he said. “I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there’s people out there that can’t really connect to that lifestyle. They’re in the struggle.”
Additional reporting by Peter Zawel.
And Dolce and Gabbana appeal their tax evasion charges.
Is Lady Gaga the New Face of Versace?: Word on the street is that frequent fashion offender Lady Gaga could be the face of Versace’s spring/summer ad campaign. Rumors hold that the photography duo Mert & Marcus recently photographed the star while she was in London. Gaga and Donatella Versace have always been close; Gaga penned an entire song about the designer for her current ARTPOP album. [Vogue UK]
See the Sneak Peek of Kate Moss’ Playboy Debut: The 40-year-old mother will be featured on the cover of Playboy's 60th anniversary January/February issue. While the supermodel’s Playboy pictorial will be nude, Playboy has offered fans an uncharacteristically demure sneak peek. In the picture, Moss is dressed as a Playboy bunny in satin bunny ears, a black corset, and French cuffs. The fashionable shoot was styled by W’s Alex White and promises to be both sartorially sophisticated and sexy. [Daily Mail]
Tom Ford talks about nude beaches, Baz Luhrmann pays tribute to Anna Wintour’s 25 years at Vogue, and design duo Public School takes home the $300,000 prize.
Ten years since its conception in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has helped propel the careers of some of fashion's biggest names: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Joseph Altuzarra. On Monday evening, at the fund’s annual dinner and award ceremony, NYC-based urban street wear line Public School—helmed by design duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne—took home the $300,000 first place prize. Fine jewelry designer Marc Alary and Juan Carlos Obando, a LA-based womenswear and accessories designer, were named runners up, each receiving $100,000.
Anna Wintour, dressed in Marc Jacobs, and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg stayed close, greeting guests as they arrived for cocktail hour. Orlando Bloom, Allison Williams, Christina Ricci, Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling, and a slew of NBA players—Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul Pierce—joined the festivities at Spring Studios in Tribeca for the usual champagne and chicken pot pie. This year’s finalists included menswear designer Todd Snyder—who was accompanied by Matthew Broderick and Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson—Misha Nonoo, Jason Jones and Mike Feldman of Parabellum, Ryann Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons, Tim Copens, and Veronica Beard’s Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard.
And H&M to debut "Try and Buy" initiative at new Times Square store.
Taylor Swift to Perform at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: After months of speculation, it is now confirmed that Taylor Swift will take the stage at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Earlier this year, rumors circulated that teen heartthrobs One Direction would perform, but they were quickly dismissed by both the band and Victoria's Secret. Swift will perform alongside A Great Big World, Neon Jungle, and Fall Out Boy, who follow in the footstes of previous headliners such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber. The show is being filmed on Wednesday and will air December 10 on CBS. [Vogue UK]
Hunger Games Director Admits to Frying Jennifer Lawrence's Hair: After Jennifer Lawrence debuted her new pixie cut on Facebook last week to mixed reviews, Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence (no relation) took responsibility for the actress's new 'do. After having Lawrence repeatedly dye her hair while shooting The Hunger Games trilogy, the director inadvertently fried her mane, forcing her to cut off the damaged ends. "At first I didn't realize it was messed up," he told The Cut. "I thought she was cutting it just to wear wigs to make me mad, but it wasn't the case. We actually fried her hair, which is sad. I feel bad." [The Cut]
No transgender model has cracked something as mainstream as Victoria’s Secret—for whom much of the audience is straight men. Is Carmen Carrera ready for the runway?
Within a few days of being posted last week, a Change.org petition pushing for model Carmen Carrera to be the first transgender Victoria’s Secret Angel had garnered over 34,000 signatures.
Carmen Carrera at the premiere of "Show Girl" created by Steven Meisel at No. 8 in New York. (Patrick McMullan Co./Sipa USA)
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.