Discount luxury retailers have been dropping like flies, with Loehmann’s being the latest in a long line of closures. Is this trend another sign of the demise of the middle class?
This week marks the death of one of the greatest names in American fashion. Despite enjoying a long, grand life of 93 years, many friends, family, and fans are still taking the loss very hard.
I’m not referring to the demise of a person, but an institution. Loehmann’s, the luxury discount mecca founded by Frieda Loehmann in Brooklyn nearly a century ago, will be closing its doors for the last time this Wednesday. It had been on the brink of closure before, having filed for bankruptcy protection multiple times. Apparently, the third time proved to be the unfortunate charm.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards wants to transform herself from reality TV celebrity to fashion player. First came her LA boutique, and now she reveals her new clothing line for HSN.
Kyle Richards, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, can be seen on TV and in the tabloids week in week out, dealing with one controversy after the next: cheating rumors involving her husband, Mauricio, tense confrontations with co-star Carlton Gebbia, a new friendship with Brandi Glanville and, most notably, drama with her long-time frenemy Lisa Vanderpump.
But Richards is moving away from her recognition as a controversial Bravo-lebrity, and is making her foray into the fashion realm with a new clothing line aptly named Kyle by Kyle Richards. The 45-year-old reality star has teamed up with HSN to launch a series of pieces inspired by her own style. The eight-piece collection—which includes jumpsuits, frocks, and moto-jackets that seem straight out of Richards’s closet—will launch February 25. Putting Housewives talk aside, Richards talks about her fashionable childhood, dressing when you have four children, and what’s next on her fashion radar.
The Oscar nominated ‘12 Years A Slave’ actress has been owning the red carpets this awards season with a series of eye-catching dresses, and was spotted sitting front row at New York Fashion Week.
The role of Patsey, the tormented scapegoat of Mephistophelean slave owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in Steve McQueen’s gritty drama 12 Years A Slave, is unglamorous to say the least. When she’s not out in the fields picking 500 pounds of cotton a day with the harsh Louisiana sun beating down on her, Patsey is the subject of an endless string of abuses by Epps—or occasionally, his jealous, Lady Macbeth-like wife, played by Sarah Paulson. She collects bushel after bushel of the fluffy fiber that’s a staple of fashion, but like most field slaves, is clothed in tattered dresses and isn’t even afforded a bar of soap.
So it’s been extra surprising to witness Lupita Nyong’o, the then-unknown actress who rivets as Patsey, strutting her stuff on various red carpets this awards season—a jarring about-face similar to Jennifer Lawrence’s transformation from a squirrel-chopping mountain gal in Winter’s Bone to budding fashion icon back in 2010.
In her new book “The Breast Cancer Alphabet,” Madhulika Sikka dissects the pros and cons of post-chemotherapy headscarves, turbans and big shiny earrings.
You have been diagnosed with a terrible disease that for previous generations was almost always a death sentence, so it may seem a little frivolous to devote a whole section to fashion, most especially fashion accessories. But frankly, not enough attention is paid to fashion accessories at the best of times, and this is a moment when they come in useful (see “L Is for Looks”).
If you undergo chemotherapy, you will soon come to terms with the fact that you are bald (see “H Is for Hair”). Then you will spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out how to cover your head up.
Production designer Judy Becker and costume designer Michael Wilkinson on crafting American Hustle’s style, Bradley Cooper’s tight pants, and a last-minute pasties hunt for Amy Adams.
American Hustle, filmmaker David O. Russell’s dizzying mélange of A-list stars, outré hairdos, and deceit, is not without its plaudits. The movie’s received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and became only the second film since 1981 to receive nods in all four acting categories. It’s also strutted and sauntered its way to over $215 million worldwide.
The ‘70s-set film, loosely based on the FBI Abscam operation, centers on Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), a con artist who, along with his fake British mistress, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), cuts a deal with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to help him corral some corrupt politicos. Things soon spiral out of control when the mob, and Irv’s unruly wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), gets involved.
Hairstylist Sherry Heart, the mastermind behind the locks on 'Girls,' dishes on Hannah's bob, Jessa's braids, and why Shoshanna has abandoned her crazy 'dos.
The girls on Girls have certainly grown and changed over the past three seasons. As Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa continue on their journies of self-discovery, apparently their hair is as well. When hairstylist Sherry Heart first began working with the show on season one, she received notes that the characters needed to be “messier and more ‘real-looking.'” "It was against my instinct to make them so messy, as a hairstylist for film and television," Heart told Refinery29. "Now that the characters are somewhat more evolved, I can produce more stylized looks for them."
Heart continues by discussing the dynamics of each character’s hairstyles and how they reflect the individual’s personality—for example, Hannah's new bob, a result of her OCD breakdown the season before, is easy to maintain now that she is consumed with writing. Marnie's polished look, on the otherhand, mirrors her attempt to keep her mental stability intact. And, we all know Shoshanna’s quirky styles have been inspired by fashion editorials, but as her focus shifts to academincs in season three, it's easy to see that Shosh too has become slightly isheveled and sporadic. [Refinery29]
An hour-long interview on Grantland featured a few great moments of epic hyperbole, and a handful of Hannah Horvath-esque explorations of the extremely myopic and incredibly personal.
A trip down the dark recesses of Lena Dunham’s brain would be incomplete without a bunch of weird cultural references and humble brags. On Bill Simmons’s podcast the B.S. Report, Dunham essentially began the conversation with a rant on Ishtar, the 1987 flop comedy that she harbors fantasies of rebooting with two female leads, loosely based on Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple. Naturally, this fantasy led into a conversation about ‘90s female singer-songwriters, as well as the classic Lena Dunham retort, “well I was at the first Lilith fair.” Ok, Lena.
When she wasn’t rocking out to serious lady vocalists, young Lena Dunham was engaged in intense virtual love affairs with a considerable number of teenage heartthrobs. Dunham lists Brad Renfro and Jimmy Fallon as two of her most serious adolescent crushes, and offers some pretty choice quotes on the other men in her life.
And Dior reveals Jennifer Lawrence's latest campaign.
Pharrell Williams’s Grammy's Hat for Sale: The Twitter-sphere exploded when Pharrell took the stage at this year’s Grammy Awards in a Vivienne Westwood hat that was vaguely reminiscent of the Arby’s franchise logo. Now, the outrageous accessory could be yours. Purchased by Williams in 2009, the hat is a remake of the one seen in Vivienne Westwood’s 1982 'Buffalo Girls' collection. The hat appeared on eBay Thursday night after the music artist tweeted, “I’m auctioning off my hat from the Grammys to benefit From One Hand to another… #PharrellsHat.” The auction started at $200—the original price of the hat—but has already passed $10,000. [Vogue UK]
Lena Dunham Responds to Altered Vogue Photos: Following Jezebel’s acquisition of untouched photos from Lena Dunham’s Vogue spread for $10,000, the Girls creator and actress is finally speaking out. Dunham told Grantland in an hour-long interview that the feminist website “made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.” She admitted that she was “kind of scared” to view the photos that Jezebel had received, but went on to say that she was relieved to find “it was the most minimal retouching." "I felt completely respected by Vogue,” Dunham said. [The Telegraph]
And Zegna plans $34 million scholarship for fashion students.
Roberto Cavalli Accuses Michael Kors of Copying: Roberto Cavalli is at it again. After stiff accusations in December of 2013, the Italian fashion designer has opened up once again about his distaste for Michael Kors, whose brand recently propelled him to billionaire status. “Mr Michael Kors, he copies everything!” Cavalli said to the Miami-based magazine, Haute Living. “It’s really a scandal and nobody has the courage to say anything. It’s really not fair." A representative for Michael Kors has yet to respond to a request for comment. [Vogue UK]
Kate Moss Poses as David Bowie at Brit Awards: When musician and nominee David Bowie couldn’t make it the Brit Awards to accept his win for Best Album, he sent his friend and fellow icon in his place. Kate Moss, who has appeared as Bowie on several magazine covers and editorial spreads, took the stage in one of Bowie’s iconic outfits. “David has asked me to say this," Moss explained. "In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate’s wearing live on the moon. Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that’s nice. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day.” [The Telegraph]
A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?
The latest video in its recurring series, luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi talks design process and inspirations with up-and-coming British designer Emilia Wickstead.