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L'Wren Scott Found Dead

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Apparent suicide by hanging.

Model and fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead of apparent suicide by hanging Monday morning in Manhattan. Scott, 47, modeled for Thierry Mugler and Chanel, among others. After her modeling career ended, Scott became a stylist, working for Liz Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld. Most recently, she designed clothes worn by everyone from Madonna to Michelle Obama. Scott had been Mick Jagger's girlfriend since 2001.

Read it at New York Daily News

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Kate Middleton Goes Green

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And Jimmy Choo considers an IPO.

Kate Middleton's St. Patrick's Day Look: After two years of wearing the same pleated Emilia Wickstead coat to the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade at Aldershot Barracks, Kate Middleton has finally switched things up. The Duchess arrived at the British military training academy on Monday sporting a forest green Hobbs 'Persephone Trench,' accessorized with a gold shamrock brooch by Cartier (first worn by Queen Alexandra in 1901) and a coordinating Gina Foster fascinator. [Marie Claire UK]

Vogue UK Editor Defends Skinny Cover Models: During an interview on BBC Radio 2 between singer Lily Allen andVogue UK's Alexandra Shulman, the editor admitted that she was “bored” with the hot-button debate as to why models were thin. Her reasoning? No one wants to see a “real person” on the cover of a glossy. “I think Vogue is a magazine that’s about fantasy to some extent and dreams, and an escape from real life,” Shulman said. “People don’t want to buy a magazine like Vogue to see what they see when they look in the mirror. They can do that for free.” [The Telegraph]

The Great

Russian Nationalist Couture

Danila Golovkin

Valentin Yudashkin, Russia’s most recognizable fashion designer, talks style during the Cold War, dressing Raisa Gorbachev, and the political unrest that exists in his home country today.

For over 25 years, one Russian designer has been presenting collections alongside the top Parisian couturiers, creating gorgeous, overly-embellished pieces that have been heavily inspired by the culture of his home country. Yet, despite his recognition by the Syndic de la Haute Couture, very few in the west have heard of Valentin Yudashkin. Now the subject of a new book, Yudashkin's opulent designs are being introduced to a wider audience, and he hopes they will help present a more luxurious, romantic view of Russia, even as the world watches as the government increases its aggression towards Ukraine.

Valentin Yudashkin emerged as a designer in the late eighties from the seemingly styleless Soviet Union, where fashion was, as former Condé Nast Russia president, Karina Dobrotvorskaya, writes in the forward to Valentin Yudashkin, “viewed with suspicion.” At the time, Slava Zaitsev was the only couturier permitted to design under the Soviet regime, and, as a result of Communist rule, his pieces were only available for sale in Russia and Czechoslovakia.

HAPPY FEET

The Art of the Sneaker

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Rizzoli New York

The basketball sneaker has a long and lucrative history, especially for the sportsmen who become the brands' ambassadors.

They wait in long lines in the bitter cold. They squeal with delight over the stitch on the shoes or the faux snakeskin upper. Colors more likely to be seen during Carnival in Rio than on any self-conscious American are hits. Catty quips about style choices are met with irrational exuberance over over-hyped new designs.

No, these aren’t the insufferable Carrie wannabes taking up New York’s sidewalks—they are teenage boys and grown men all over the world going on about basketball sneakers.

Model Behavior

From G.I. to Eye Candy

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When he was fighting in Afghanistan as a US Marine, Alex Minsky had no idea he would later become an underwear model and amputee poster boy. Chiseled Minsky, 24, lost his right leg during a terrifying IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2009, he was plunged into a coma and almost died. (Gastelum/UnderwearExpert/Splash)

Alex Minsky's career as a marine was cut short when he lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. But, much to his surprise, he found a new calling during his recovery—male model.

Last month, retired Marine Cpl. Alex Minsky’s life took a surreal and unexpected turn. He was sitting on a plush couch at ABC’s studios on West 66th Street in New York City for his first-ever live interview. Next to him sat Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy. The ladies of The View were cooing and gushing, not over Minsky’s heroic military service, or even the fact that he’d been awarded the Purple Heart. The reason he was invited on the show was his recent success as fashion’s hottest new underwear model.

As the interview began, racy pictures of a tattooed, half-naked Minsky were plastered all over the set’s jumbo screens. But what made this different from any other fluffy segment on the industry’s latest hunk wasn’t his perfect abs, or his killer smile. Along with his God-given attributes was one characteristic that made Minsky an anomaly in the fashion world: his prosthetic leg.

Temptation

Models Moonlighting as Escorts

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“I saw in my contract that I’m supposed to have dinner with clients, and breakfast was optional. What does that mean?”

My mother gave me two pieces of advice that have always stuck with me. The first piece of advice was never accept expensive gifts from men who aren’t your fiancé or husband; there are always strings attached. And second, nothing is ever really truly free.

When I was in Istanbul, I met through mutual friends an American girl, let’s call her Lia. At the beginning of our friendship, I was under the impression that Lia possessed some secret charm that I was clearly born without. All of her bags were Chanel, Balenciaga, or Givenchy. She owned an enviable collection of Louboutins. She boasted of constantly jetting around Europe and Asia (with the occasional jaunt to Dubai), where she stayed exclusively at Conde Nast-recommended hotels. A pimple or wrinkle was an easily solvable problem for New York’s best dermatologist; any weight she put on was swiftly removed by Miami’s best surgeon. For a few days I was in awe of this girl: Her stories always had characters I’d read about, and her lovers were always wealthy.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Terry Richardson Denies Allegations

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And Marlene Deitrich's personal items are up for auction.

Terry Richardson Reportedly Denies Sexual Assault Allegations: Page Six has reportedly obtained a letter written by controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson denying all sexual assault allegations, both past and present. “When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months," Richardson wrote, "they seemed especially vicious and distorted . . . becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt.” This letter follows former-model Charlotte Wheeler's Reddit post and interview with Vocative in which she goes into explicit detail of her encounter with Richardson. [Page Six]

André Leon Talley Resigns From Número Russia: On Thursday, fashion editor André Leon Talley stepped down from his year-long stint as international editor-at-large of Número Russia. "I am honored to have had the exceptional opportunity to work with the publisher Alexander Fedotov, and his team, in the launch of this new fashion magazine in Russia,” Talley told WWD. “It was a very, very exciting project and I am so proud of my work with 12 issues.” The editor added that the split was "mutually agreed" upon, and that he may have an opportunity to work with Fedotov in the future. [WWD]

VINTAGE

Bill Cunningham’s Tales of Old NYC

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Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is known for his pictures of striking and fashionable New Yorkers. An exhibition of his photographs from 1968 shows a different city, in the throes of financial crisis, its architecture captured alongside stunning period styles.

He is the chronicler of a colorful fashion-loving world, famously traversing Manhattan on his bicycle. Bill Cunningham, the 85-year-old father of street-style photography, has captivated readers for decades with influential columns for The New York Times. His approach is simple—he captures New York’s pretty, handsome and generally striking pedestrians exhibiting the trends of the moment.

But his love for the city and its ever-evolving looks began long before his reputation as on of the most influential authorities of style and society.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

#Belfie Queen Goes High-Fashion

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And 'Marie Claire' launches a pop-up magazine.

#Belfie Queen Goes High-Fashion: In January, 20-year-old Jen Selter rose to Instagram fame thanks to her large behind. Dubbed the Queen of the Belfie (also known as butt-selfie), Selter (and her behind) have become huge—she's signed a contract with The Legacy Agency, appeared on the likes of The View and Good Morning America, and has partnered with CIRRUS Fitness. Now, Selter and her booty have gone the high-fashion route, with a new two-page spread in the April issue of Vanity Fair. Titled 'Rear Admirable,' the social media phenomenon poses in a lacy Louis Vuitton catsuit in one photo, and a tight, black corset (butt-exposed) in another. [Racked]

LVMH Announces Finalists for 'Young Designers' Prize: Twelve finalists have been selected by a panel of experts to move into the finals of LVMH's new 'Young Designers' Prize. Among the chosen designers are Hood by Air's Shayne Oliver, Irish designer Simone Rocha, American duo Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of Suno, Jacquemus, and Tim Coppens. "The LVMH Prize finalists reflect the vitality and diversity of young fashion today," the company's executive vice president Delphine Arnault said. "The singularity as well as the high level of quality of their collections particularly impressed the experts." On May 28, the finalists will meet with jury members, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Karl Lagerfeld, and Riccardo Tisci, where a winner will be decided. [LVMH Press Release]

Style Icon

Jackie O: The Manhattan Years

Bling Bling

The Gagosian’s ‘Precious Objects’

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© Victoire de Castellane. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Vito Flamminio

The Dior Joaillerie designer brings her whimsical jewelry-as-sculptures to New York City for the first time in a bling-filled exhibit that begs to be worn.

“My jewels are propositions,” jewelry designer-turned-artist Victoire de Castellane said in the press release for her upcoming exhibit, Precious Objects. “From the outset, this involves making an object that constructs itself out of many different things, and that sometimes ends up surpassing even what I had imagined for it. It is no longer primarily an accessory; it becomes something larger. It speaks about concept and form as opposed to objective value. It becomes sculpture.”

De Castellane’s jewelry-as-sculpture work is on display for the first time in New York City. On view at the Gagosian Gallery, Precious Objects, highlights the designer’s pieces that are inspired by “the synthetic wonders of Technicolor, the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, Hollywood screen idols and manga characters, the trash and fizz of pop culture, and the darkest depths of the subconscious.”

Pervy Photog

Terry Richardson Accused Again

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Last week, an anonymous Reddit post went viral after a former model accused the famed photog of sexually assaulting her during a shoot. Now, she has gone public with her claims.

On Reddit last week, a post by an anonymous model went viral after she leveled claims of sexual assault against high profile—and highly controversial—fashion photographer Terry Richardson. While the thread has since been removed, model Charlotte Waters, now a 24-year-old nurse’s assistant in Los Angeles, has come forward as the post’s author in an exclusive interview with Vocative, giving a detailed account of her experience during a photo shoot when she was 19 years old.

She claims that, within the first hour of the shoot, Richardson, who photographs celebrities and models for some of the world’s most well-regarded publications, allegedly had already licked her ass, had her squeeze his balls, and even ejaculated into her eye—making sure his assistant captured everything on film.

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Obama Hits the Gap

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And the CFDA announces its 2014 nominees.

President Obama Shops at the Gap: When President Obama arrived in New York City Tuesday afternoon, there was a lot of national business to attend to—two Democratic fundraising events and, of course, a stop at retail chain, the Gap. Shopping for his wife and two daughters, Obama's visit follows The Gap's recent decision to substantially increase its minimum hourly wage, a goal POTUS has made a priority for companies nationwide. “[I] believe the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” President Obama laughed as a store's cashier told him he definitely looked better in person. [Wall Street Journal]

Venessa Friedman Joines The New York Times: When long standing New York Times fashion critics Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes announced their departures from the newspaper, rumors immediately began to circle as to who would fill their coveted roles. On Wednesday, it was announced that The Financial Times's fashion editor Vanessa Friedman would become Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, filling both shoes at once. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to The Times,” executive Jill Abramson said. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.” [WWD]

Audrey Louise Reynolds

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

  1. Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE Play

    Naomi Throws Shade at KIMYE

  2. Be Your Own Muse Play

    Be Your Own Muse

  3. Fashion Party Gone Wrong Play

    Fashion Party Gone Wrong

Style Stars

Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

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?

Young Love

Seventeen's (Awful) Guide to Guys

MODEL ART

The Next Big Hemingway

In the Spotlight

A Model's Fight for High Fashion

WEARABLES

How Smart Is The Smart Bra?

Luxury

Hey, Big Spender!

Noble ‘Do

God Save the Comb Over

Beautiful

The Men Who Dress Like Dolls

Don't Shave

How to Be Cameron Diaz

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