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)
And Lady Gaga rocks a flying dress.
Miley Cyrus Channels Kate Moss at the MTV EMAS: At MTV's Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam on Sunday, the Bangerz star lit up the stage, pulling a hand-rolled "cigarette" from her Chanel bag while wearing a high-cut, white leotard and a fur-coat (many speculate, however, that it wasn’t tobacco that Miley was puffing on). While this crazy charade seems on-point with Miley’s recent behavior, it isn’t the most original stunt. Two and a half years ago, supermodel Kate Moss famously smoked a cigarette on the Louis Vuitton catwalk—while also wearing a fur coat meets leotard ensemble. [The Telegraph]
Jessica Chastain Covers Vogue: Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain has finally scored herself a Vogue cover. Legendary photographer Annie Lebovitz captured a full-body shot of Chastain for the magazine's December 2013 issue, in which she wears a yellow Theyskens’ Theory gown and a noticeable lack of jewelry. Chastain's cover is a close resemblance to Frederick Leighton's 1895 painting Flaming June, which shows a red-headed woman cozied-up on a chair in a flowing yellow dress. [Fashionista]
They have the traditional form, but these are no regular jogging pants. In leather and silk, and worn by stars from LeBron James to Dwyane Wade, are sweatpants really ‘the new denim’?
Sweatpants aren’t stylish. Traditionally worn by sixth-graders and jocks and those who lounge aggressively, the draw-stringed trouser is defiantly apathetic. Wikipedia says sweatpants, otherwise known as tracksuit bottoms, are “one of the most commonly worn items of clothing.” There are no statistics on this, but you know it’s true. The image on the site is unapologetically blunt: three tailgating bros holding wine glasses, smiling. Of course they are smiling. They are comfortable.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. (Noah Graham/NBAE, via Getty)
Forget the Kardashians: Glamour is more persistent, pervasive, and powerful than we realize.
When Kim Kardashian posts Instagram photos of her nearly bare backside and Mark Zuckerberg wears a hoodie to meet with investors, it’s no wonder people assume glamour is dead.
"Model in Silverblue Mink," 1956. (Virginia Thoren)
And Jennifer Lawrence explains her new pixie cut.
Abercrombie & Fitch To Launch Plus-Sized Line: Struggling Abercrombie & Fitch has decided to expand its demographic to include plus-sized customers. The brand—whose sizing stops at large—will introduce a line in the spring with items available in sizes over a 10. “We recognize that our businesses have been and will continue to be disrupted by both fast fashion and pure play e-commerce competitors,” Leslie Herro, A&F’s head of planning and allocation said on Wednesday. [Reuters]
Vuitton Second-in-Command Ready for Ghesquière: Behind every great man comes a great woman. Julie de Libran, who has spent the past five years as creative director for Louis Vuitton’s womenswear, is thrilled to work alongside newly-appointed artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière. “I only met him for the first time on Tuesday,” de Libran told Vogue UK. “I’ve always loved his work. He is a huge talent and so creative, so I’m really excited to see what he wants to do here.” De Libran will collaborate directly with Ghesquière by organizing shows, participating in ad campaign design, and launching new collections. [Vogue UK]
Discord has swept the online marketplace, and many artisans fear the entry of big retailers. But one designer says they’re looking at this all wrong.
Etsy and I have been dance partners for seven years. After reading an article about shopping local in 2006, I became a devotee of the online, artisan marketplace. So when I decided to launch my own stationery company in 2009, my choice of selling platform was simple. As I posted items and built my online Etsy shop, I dreamed of working for the company. After a six-month internship in their “Seller Education” department, I left for Japan to learn papermaking, hoping to add a new skill to my growing business.
Needless to say, I’ve had a long love affair with the site. In October, Etsy announced a change to its guidelines that opens the door for artists to hire outside help, including employees, production manufacturers, and people to handle logistics. The new rules quickly sent a shockwave of unrest through the artisan community, who worried that manufacturing companies would now be able to move in, and the smaller creators would be pushed out. But this is a misguided assessment; this change will actually help smaller businesses.
and Karl Lagerfeld chats with Jessica Chastain.
Lululemon Founder Says Its Pants Don't Work for Everyone: The same week Lululemon released the first ads for the new "Full On" yoga pant—meant to combat the sheerness problem the brand encountered earlier this year—founder and chairman Chip Wilson dug the brand's PR disaster hole a little deeper. On Bloomberg Television's Street Smart, Wilson said, "Quite frankly, some women's bodies just don't work for it," saying one factor contributing to the fabric issues could be "rubbing through the thighs and how much pressure is there." Lululemon recalled 17 percent of its pants in March, a move that cost the brand approximately $20 million in losses. [Bloomberg]
Alexa Chung Snubbed by British Fashion Awards: Fashion "it" girl Alexa Chung, who has been awarded the British Style Award at the British Fashion Awards for the past three years, didn't even make this year's preliminary list. The highly-coveted British Style Award honors the "individual who most embodies the spirit of British fashion and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital." Nominees for this year's award—which is voted on by the public—incude Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, and Kate Middleton for the women's award, and Harry Styles, David Beckham, and future 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan for the men. [The Telegraph]
Thirty years ago, Lori Goldstein tried her hand at styling on a whim. Today she is known for some of the most unforgettable images to grace fashion’s glossy pages.
For some, properly styling an outfit requires tremendous focus and planning. For Lori Goldstein, “style is instinct.” In her own words, she is more than just a fashion stylist. The visionary behind some of the iconic images of our day, Goldstein describes herself as a “conjurer of fantasy,” whose work entails “taking an opportunity and making sure it comes out perfect, whatever potions she has to mix.”
Over an almost thirty-year career, she has succeeding in doing that and more. Goldstein is one of the most widely sought-after stylists in the industry and has worked with the world’s top photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, and Mario Testino to create picture-perfect concoctions of style and art.
and Tom Ford designed 600 exclusive pieces for Justin Timberlake's world tour.
IMG Signs Christie Brinkley and Daughter Sailor: International modeling agency IMG has officially signed supermodel Christie Brinkley and her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, to their board. Fifty-nine-year-old Brinkley, who has been represented by Elite for the majority of her career, has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers. Her 15-year-old daughter seems poised to follow suit—Sailor appeared in accessories retailer Claires's "Back to School" campaign alongside One Direction, and even posed alongside her model mom for the July cover of Bella magazine. While the double-signing was only confirmed on Wednesday, Brinkley posted a picture of her daughter at the IMG offices back in August, with the caption, “Sail on to all your dreams my little Sailor! You have a great crew.” [Vogue UK]
Schiaparelli to Show at Paris Couture Week: On Tuesday, the Chambre Syndicale elected Schiaparelli as a new guest member, earning the newly-revived house a place on the official calendar at Paris Couture Week (scheduled for January 20 to 23). Schiaparelli, which recently named Marco Zanini as its creative director, is the most well-known addition to couture week; other new guest members include Serkan Cura and Ralph & Russo. [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.