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The Politics of Leggings

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A recent controversy erupted after an Illinois middle school told some girls to stop wearing leggings because they were too “distracting” for their male peers.

It’s been a controversial year for clingy pants. A year ago this month, Lululemon caused a ruckus when it was revealed that some of the brand’s yoga pants were completely see through. The company’s founder made it worse in November when he suggested that not all customers had the physique to be wearing the pants anyway. Now, an Illinois middle school’s spandex crusade has managed to make leggings the center of a debate over school dress codes, slut-shaming, and victim-blaming.

Earlier this month, several girls at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill. were told they would no longer be allowed to wear leggings or yoga pants to school because they were “too distracting to boys.”

Artist First

More Than Just a ‘Girl’

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Jemima Kirke. (Jessica Miglio/HBO)

Playing Jessa is both a blessing and a curse for Jemima Kirke. It helped the artist/actress win her latest exhibit in San Francisco, but she’d rather be seen as, first of all, an artist.

Before the world came to know her as the actress who plays the wistful bohemian Jessa Johansson on the hit HBO series Girls, the 28-year-old London-born, Brooklyn-based Jemima Kirke was an artist. Kirke even earned a BFA in painting from one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, the Rhode Island School of Design, the alma mater of artists who include Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, and the late Francesca Woodman. Her art career may have taken an unexpected detour due to her role on Girls, but a new exhibition proves that Kirke, who maintains that she’s an artist before an actress, is still on her way to making it. 

Last Friday, San Francisco’s Fouladi Projects opened an exhibition of Kirke’s paintings entitled, “Platforms,” which runs through May 10. Kirke’s second solo show features oil portraits of women in her life. The exhibition almost didn’t happen; Kirke was initially hesitant when the women who run the gallery, Holly Fouladi and Hope Bryson, approached her about staging a show of her work after discovering her email address on her artist website.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Chanel Inspires an Opera

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And Anja Rubik stars in a wild new music video.

Chanel Inspires an Opera: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Platée is getting a serious fashion upgrade. The comedic opera based on trick-wielding gods and unassuming earthling’s has been re-imagined with iconic figures from the House of Chanel. Now showing in Paris, the main couple garners inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld (a black suit, dark sunglasses, and a stark white ponytail) and Coco Chanel (head-to-toe tweed) while the opera’s main character is portrayed as the ultimate fashion victim. The show premiered in Vienna and will move to New York next week. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana May Receive Court Dismissal: Last June, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to almost two years in prison. Tuesday, Italian prosecutor Gaetano Santamaria requested that the charges be dropped based on the grounds that the company, Gado, which was believed to be a shell company, was not created to avoid paying taxes. The designers of the namesake brand will receive a decision on April 4. [Wall Street Journal]

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Cara Delevingne's #FightforYashika

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And Google Glass gets a trendy makeover.

Cara Advocates For Release of Detained Schoolgirl: International supermodel Cara Delevingne has taken to Twitter to defend a detained schoolgirl facing deportation without her family. "The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Home Secretary: #FightforYashika Stop this sixth form student being deported alone," she wrote. "She deserves a future!" Tashika Bageerathi, who fled an “extremely dangerous” relative in Mauritius for London in 2012, is being held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre until a verdict is decided. [Vogue UK]

Kristen Stewart's Chanel Campaign Leaks: Following the Southwestern-inspired runway looks at Chanel's Métiers d’Art presentation in Dallas last December, it was announced that Twilight actress Kristen Stewart would become the face of the collection. While the official campaign does not launch until May, an insider released exclusive photos of the actress styled in stars, stripes, and lots of fringe. [Fashionista]

Milestone

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WINTOUR’S FAIL?

Will Kim and Kanye Kill Vogue?

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Is it a bravura business decision, or will it lead to an exodus of appalled readers? Unsurprisingly, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not apologizing for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover.

Usually it takes a major scandal to shake consumer confidence in a brand. But in the case of Vogue magazine it appears that all it took was putting Kim Kardashian on its cover. The reality show starlet graces the April issue in a wedding gown alongside her fiancé Kanye West.

The backlash has been swift and brutal. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar led the charge with a tweet that read “Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”

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The ‘World’s Most Talked About Couple’ opens up to Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.

“The fast-cooling Los Angeles afternoon air is filled with the scent of eucalyptus and mimosa,” is how Vogue’s Hamish Bowles begins his cover story featuring "The World's Most Talked About Couple," Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, for the magazine’s April issue.

Photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz (who also shot the Kardashian Kollection for Sears campaign in 2011), the editorial spread of the “creative polyglot” and his fiancee, a “cultural phenomenon,” is a display of gratuitous excess. Kardashian dons an array of wedding dresses by Lanvin, Shiaparelli, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton (who also designed Kate Middleton’s nuptials gown) as she poses alongside West and their daughter/muse, baby North.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Rihanna Named CFDA Fashion Icon

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Singer Rihanna poses before the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

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]

"MAJ"

Rachel Zoe '2.0’

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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.

Ultimate Feminist

Miss Piggy Leans In

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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.  

Backlash

The Kimye 'Vogue' Backlash

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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.

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Designer L'Wren Scott is seen following her Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week February 16, 2012. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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.

Audrey Louise Reynolds

In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.

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First Lady

Qatar’s Jackie O

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Qatar’s Jackie O

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