Elizabeth and David Emmanuel argue over who took Diana's call.
There’s nothing like a bit of reality TV for enlivening a 32-year old feud, especially when its an argument about Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress.
The gown was designed by the husband and wife team Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, who divorced in 1990, and are now arguing about WHO TOOK THE CALL from Diana.
And Mulberry cancels London Fashion Week show.
Royal Family to Replace Royal Hair Stylist: After utilizing photos of The Duchess of Cambridge to promote his own work, the Royal Family has ousted hairstylist James Pryce, who tended to Kate Middleton's locks at the 2011 Royal Wedding, as well as her tour of North America. "When he went solo and tried to tour around the USA, he launched a Facebook page and Twitter account which featured hundreds of pictures of Kate and her various hairstyles to promote his business," a hairdresser at Richard Ward—the salon where Pryce previously served as creative director—explained. With Pryce out of the picture, Middleton is testing the waters with several stylists—Richard Ward salon still cuts and colors her hair, stylist Amanda Cook Tucker blows out her locks for events, and Sydney-based hairdresser John Bailey has recently been added in preparation for her and Prince William’s upcoming Australian tour next year. [The Telegraph]
Lady Gaga Fronts Versace's Latest Campaign: After months of speculation, the Queen of Pop is officially the new face of Versace. The news went public when a teaser shot of the brand's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign was posted to Instagram on Friday. The next day, Versace's Twitter feed read: "#Versace proudly confirms @LadyGaga as the face of SS14 campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott." Lady Gaga has been quick to embrace her new role, sporting the gown she wears in the ad campaign to Sunday's American Music Awards. But if anyone is excited about Lady Gaga for Versace, it's Donatella herself. "I am honored that my friend Lady Gaga is the face of our new Versace campaign," she said. "I wanted to capture her true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring. She is like family to me, the embodiment of the Versace DNA." [Fashionista]
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.
A new documentary narrated by the pinup icon sheds new light on her through a bevy of her lovers and confidantes—and what happened to her after her disappearance at the height of her career.
It was a time completely anathema to today. A time when the class freak was the one who’d had sex, not the one abstaining. A time when anything remotely resembling pornography warranted censure and possible imprisonment, as opposed to a $13 billion industry. A time when the Postmaster General had the authority to open and confiscate your mail, and even raid your home in search of “lewd material” (paging Edward Snowden!).
Pin-up model and cultural icon Bettie Page poses for photographer and silent movie star Harold Lloyd using his Sterio Realist 3D camera, at his home 'Greenacres' circa 1955 in Beverly Hills, California. (Harold Lloyd Trust/Getty)
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.
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.