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‘Kawaii’

The Cute Streets of Tokyo

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Thomas C. Card

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.”

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Beyoncé Rocks Tom Ford

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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]

TRAGEDY

Jagger 'Struggling to Understand'

Jagger 'Struggling to Understand' Danny Moloshok/Reuters

L'Wren Scott's death.

In a message posted to the Rolling Stones' Facebook page, rocker Mick Jagger said he is "struggling to understand how my lover and best friend [L'Wren Scott] could end her life in this tragic way." Scott was found hanged in her NYC apartment on Monday. The 49-year-old's fashion company was reportedly deep in debt, and the New York Times reports that she was going to announce its sale on Wednesday. While some news outlets have claimed that Scott and Jagger had split, the musician's spokesman said the couple were still together at the time of the fashion designer's death. "There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It's a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during a very tragic time for Mick," he said.

Read it at The Telegraph

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Mick Jagger Breaks His Silence

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And Vivienne Westwood takes a shower for World Water Day.

Mick Jagger Breaks Silence On L’Wren Scott's Death: Following the tragic death of former model and fashion designer L’Wren Scott, her long-time lover, Mick Jagger, has released an official statement on his website. “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” the Rolling Stone vocalist said of her alleged suicide. “She was a great presence and her talent was much admired,” he continued, “not least by me.” The Rolling Stones subsequently cancelled the Australian/New Zealand leg of their world tour, which was booked through April. [Mick Jagger's Official Site]

Terry Richardson’s Pervy 'Assistant' Identified: While Terry Richardson is getting bombarded with accusations of sexual assault after a former model went public last week, his equally pervy 'assistant' had yet to be identified. Vocative confirmed that successful stylist Leslie Lessin, whose work can be found in Harper’s Bazaar, international fashion campaigns, and high-profile celebrities, is the woman behind the scenes. “He also had these two male assistants there,” one of the models recalled. “But I remember Lessin as being very gung ho about everything. She was encouraging me the whole way, like isn’t this fun? Isn’t this cool? Everything is A-OK.” [Vocative]

RIP

Remembering L’Wren Scott

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From the early age of 18, L’Wren Scott caught the eye of the fashion world, skyrocketing to success with a career as a model and designer. On Monday, she died of an apparent suicide.

On Monday, L’Wren Scott, American fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment. The 49-year-old’s body was discovered hanging by her favorite scarf around 10 a.m. While a suicide note has not yet been found, police do not suspect foul play.

Scott, born Laura “Luann” Bambrough, was raised in Utah by adoptive Mormon parents. At thirteen, Scott—who was known for her incredibly long legs—was already six-feet tall, and she began crafting clothes to fit her lengthy stature. In 1985, an 18-year-old Scott captured the eye of fashion photographer Bruce Weber while skiing; soon after, Weber shot her for a Calvin Klein shoot, and her career took off. She walked the Paris runways for Thierry Mugler and Chanel and landed a slew of editorials and campaigns, most notably, the Pretty Polly “clock” campaign shot by David Bailey.

Unreal

Who Wants To See Real People In Vogue?

Alexandra Shulman

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"Readers don't want to see 'real' people on the covers of glossy mags, "because they can look in the mirror and see that for free."

The editor of British Vogue has waded into the ever-heated debate over the idealized representations of women in fashion magazines by declaring that readers don't want to see 'real' people on the covers of glossy mags, "because they can look in the mirror and see that for free."

Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue since 1992, made the forthright comments in an interview with singer Lily Allen on Radio 2.

TRAGIC BEAUTY

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.

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

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Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

Meet the Mipsterz

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