Rihanna Named CFDA Fashion Icon: After countless red-carpet “wow” moments and a bevy of sartorial risk-taking, Bad Gal RiRi is finally getting the recognition she deserves. “We are proud to represent Rihanna with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” the company's CEO, Steven Kolb, stated. The recording artist, who is joining the ranks of Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss, and Nicole Kidman, will be honored for her contributions to the fashion industry as well as her philanthropic partnership with the M.A.C. AIDS Fund 'Viva Glam' campaign. [CFDA Press Release]
Steve Madden Teams With Brian Atwood: Brian Atwood, luxury shoe designer, has been sold by owner The Jones Group to multi-billion dollar company Steve Madden. Under control of the Madden Group, Atwood is looking to expand his designs into the menswear, handbag, and clothing spheres, as well as re-open his flagship location, which closed in mid-March. [WWD]
With a new book out on living the glamorous life—with ‘maj’ ease—the mega-stylist dishes on how far her life has come.
“I think in the last several years, honestly, I’ve grown up,” celebrity stylist and fashion personality Rachel Zoe says. “I feel like this is sort of the Rachel 2.0 version. It’s phase two [of my life].”
Zoe has come a long way since her days of screaming “I die” and “Bananas!” and feuding with former assistants Brad Goreski and Taylor Jacobson on her namesake Bravo reality series The Rachel Zoe Project. Off the air for almost a year now, Zoe’s life has taken a more personal turn, focusing attention on her budding clothing line, special projects and collaborations like the blow dry salon, Dream Dry, and, of course, her two sons.
Miss Piggy is confident, driven, and fights for what she wants. She embraces her "extra fabulous" looks and is unapologetically outspoken. And she doesn’t care what you think about it.
Over the years, Miss Piggy has been faulted for her clingy, seemingly obsessive relationship with Kermit the Frog. His unwillingness to marry her and settle down has only increased her fervor. Miss Piggy is so desperate, many think. So how does this longingness for acceptance and attention by a male figure a true feminist make?
Since her emergence on the television screen in the mid-seventies, Miss Piggy has been one of Hollywood’s reigning divas, overcoming and surpassing her years as a nameless swine in a male-dominated group. Her roots were humble and tinged with tragedy. “She grew up in a small town in Iowa; her father died when she was young, and her mother wasn't that nice to her,” Frank Oz told The New York Times in 1979. “She had to enter beauty contests to survive, as many single women do. She has a lot of vulnerability which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar." But Miss Piggy persevered, transforming her culpabilities into a successful career and becoming an icon to countless generations.
It’s finally happened. Kim Kardashian has gained Anna Wintour’s approval and, along with her beau, graced the cover of 'Vogue.' But the Internet, led by Sarah Michelle Gellar, has spoken.
“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue, she’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday.”
None other than Kanye West, the loudest—and most innovative—voice in hip-hop, made this proclamation to Ryan Seacrest in an interview late last year.
Despite media reports that the fashion designer was in deep debt, a spokesperson for the company has denied such speculations.
Despite several media reports that former model, fashion designer, and girlfriend to Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, was experiencing financial woes that resulted in her suicide, a spokesperson for the company has denied such speculation. In an official statement, the spokesperson wrote:
The figures quoted in the media regarding the financial status of LS Fashion Limited are not only highly misleading and inaccurate but also extremely hurtful and disrespectful to the memory of L'Wren Scott.
America’s “royal” couple finally receives Anna Wintour’s seal of approval.
He did it. Kanye West finally got Kim Kardashian the Vogue cover he/she/they have been waiting for. Following months of speculation—fueled by news that West dined with Anna Wintour at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge in January, and an unnamed source who shared details of Kim’s Los Angeles shoot—the reality TV star and her rapper fiancé are officially fronting the glossy’s April issue.
Forget Kim’s previous “feud” with Anna Wintour. On Friday, Vogue.com revealed the couple’s cover, which features Kim in a billowing, strapless Lanvin wedding dress with a slicked back, low bun, smoky eyes, and au natural make-up. Kanye stands behind Kim (of course) in a blue suit, hands wrapped around his fiancé’s waist. In a behind-the-scenes video, Vogue seemingly recreates the couple’s infamous “Bound 2” music video, with Kim and Kanye walking longingly into the sunset.
It’s hard to say if Madonna’s selfie is a true call for body positivity, or simply the grown-up version of Miley sticking out her tongue and posing with a sex toy.
These days, your average CW-approved teen heartthrob is bound to have more followers scanning his Instagram selfie than viewers watching his subpar vampire drama. In order to stay current, stars now need to have the social media savvy of a young Mark Zuckerberg in order to compete for headlines, YouTube views, and concert sales. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber have clearly internalized the importance of the sensationalist selfie, posing with blunts, booze, and even nearly nude. But refusing to Instagram even a single boring shot comes at a price, as these stars have to consistently up their selfie game in order to garner likes and hold our attention.
To create a truly newsworthy selfie demands a break with convention—to boldly selfie where no celeb has selfie’d before. This week, Madonna beat the kids at their own game, effortlessly raising the bar of social media sensationalism. Madonna’s selfie features the pop icon in a black bra and bow tie, raising her arm to reveal a thick patch of armpit hair. The image is captioned “Long hair...... Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.”
In the frightening, dystopian world of ‘Divergent,’ Shailene Woodley’s character, Tris, manages to fight her way through the film in some seriously on-trend leggings.
In Divergent’s dystopian society, clothing plays a large role in exhibiting one’s identity—factions are divided by color, with Candor (the truthful) sporting black and white ensembles, Amity (the farmers) donning natural, earthy hues, Erudite (the intelligent) wearing different shades of blue, and Abnegation (the selfless) somber in grey.
The fifth faction, Dauntless (the fearless), may wear all-black clothing that’s hardcore and designed for intensive and rigorous movement, but, somewhere in the violent world of a futuristic-Chicago, Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) was able to find extremely durable, yet still very on-trend, leather pants. As seen in the majority of the film, Tris, a new Dauntless initiate, sports black, jegging-like bottoms with decorative leather stripes detailing the outermost part of the leg.
And Bulgari pledges to restore Rome's Spanish Steps.
Michelle Obama's China Tour Looks: For her current goodwill tour of China, the First Lady has opted for "soft diplomacy," sending subtle diplomatic messages through her fashion selections. Obama arrived in a black, tan, and white dress by Derek Lam, a designer of Chinese-American descent; to meet with China's First Lady, Peng Liyuan, and attend a Beijing school, she sported a black vest and pants with a white button-down by Phillip Lim, who also boasts a strong Chinese heritage; for her visit with President Xi Jinping, Obama donned a lace, three-quarter-sleeve dress in red, "a color that symbolizes happiness and good fortune in China." [Racked]
Stella McCartney's Maleficent Children's Line: Disney, Angelina Jolie, and Stella McCartney are reportedly teaming up for a capsule children's collection based on the upcoming film Maleficent. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Disney growing up, as was my mother, and I grew up watching all the films like most kids did,” McCartney told WWD. “When the opportunity presented itself and I was invited by Angelina Jolie to visit the film set, I jumped at the chance.” The eight-piece collection, available in stores at the end of April, will include dresses, sneakers, t-shirts, and sandals. [WWD]
And Ann Demeulemeester to release coffee table book.
Kim Kardashian's Major 'Makeunder': The typically glammed-out Kim Kardashian retired her blowout and full face of make-up for one hell of a prank. Appearing on Oxygen’s new show Celebrities Undercover, the reality star sported a completely different look while interviewing fans for a position as her personal assistant—she reportedly even tricked her own sister, Kourtney. [Refinery29]
Gisele Bündchen Lists $50 Million Home: Talk about impressive looks. The supermodel and her husband Tom Brady have put their $50 million Los Angeles home on the market, allowing the world a peak inside their private, stylish digs. The 14,000-square-foot, French chateau-style home was a five-year project spearheaded by architect Richard Landry. The home reportedly cost around $18 million to design and build, and featuers spectacular views, a professional gym, and, of course, a copious amount of living space. The couple will be relocating full-time to Boston, where Brady’s NFL team is based. [The Telegraph]
During the day, these women hold corporate jobs. But on their off hours, they embrace 'kawaii,' the trend of dressing in a cute, almost child-like style, to flaunt individuality.
On the back cover of photographer Thomas Card’s new book, Tokyo Adorned (Abrams, March 2014), a young girl with a light pink-and-blue hairstyle wears a brightly colored floral frock accessorized with a pink, patent leather watering can. “Kumamiki was one of the [first] girls who came to have her portrait done,” Card says in his Chelsea art studio, “This is what [she] wears on a day-to-day basis around the streets.”
Kumamiki is just one of the nearly sixty individuals Card photographed for his series examining kawaii—or “cute”—style in Tokyo, one of the many trends that is exploring the complex ideas of identity and self-expression in the Japanese capital. Card’s fascination with the eccentric Japanese culture began roughly ten years ago after reading an article in The New York Times that highlighted a “crazy eye make-up phase” happening in the club scene throughout Asia. “The Ganguro were doing very extreme eye make-up,” he explains. “I thought it was just incredible, the variety and the creativity that went into these different looks. So I wanted to do a beauty story that looked at these girls before they went into the club and at the end of the night, so you could see the progression along the way. There is always this huge difference between the way you see yourself and they way it manifests in the physical world.”
Oscar de la Renta is so much more than a fashion genius, he is also a mentor and friend to many in the industry. Model Karlie Kloss reflects on her friendship with the iconic designer.
In 1965, Oscar de la Renta launched a label that today still signifies the sophistication, femininity, and grace with which it was founded. Since then, de la Renta has become notable for bustling couture gowns, tweed separates, and cardigan sets seen on the likes of his clients (and friends) Barbara Walters, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Hillary Clinton. The 85-year-old designer's life and work are the subject of a new book, The Style, Inspiration, and Life of Oscar de la Renta (Assouline, March 2014), which celebrates his 40-plus-year career in the fashion industry and pays tribute to the designer's unique—and widely loved—personality and aesthetic. Below, Karlie Kloss, one of the world's top supermodels and a close friend of de la Renta, reflects on first meeting the designer at 15 and his legacy, both past, present, and future, in the fashion industry.
The first time I met Oscar de la Renta, I was 15 years old. I’d just started high school and was in New York City for my first full Fashion Week.
And Kate Moss writes for 'Vogue UK.'
Beyoncé Rocks Tom Ford: Jay Z has been very vocal over the years about his love for Tom Ford—the rapper dedicated an entire track to the designer on his 2013 album and even had his team design jerseys emblazoned with Ford’s name. At London Fashion Week this past February, Ford sent sequined dresses down the runway inspired by Jay Z’s own creations, sporting the famous phrase, "I don't pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford." To bring things full circle, on the German leg of her world tour, Beyoncé appeared on stage in one of Ford's glistening designs. [The Telegraph]
Fast Retailing Backs Out of J. Crew Deal: Although there was speculation that Japanese fashion conglomorate, Fast Retailing, was in talks to purchase J. Crew, the company has reportedly backed out of the deal. According to WWD, sources said that the high-price tag of $5 billion, as well as the details leaked to the press, may be the reason behind Fast Retailing's decision. [WWD]
In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.
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?