The hip-hop mogul has gone silent as his retail fashion partner, Barneys New York, faces an escalating scandal: discrimination against its young, black customers. By Michael Daly.
The rowers at Great Britain's University of Warwick are battling homophobia -- by getting naked.
Winter is almost here -- but that’s not stopping the men on the University of Warwick Rowing Club from stripping down.
For their fifth consecutive year, the British rowing team has unveiled another nude calendar -- featuring the young men in all of their, well, glory. The nude calendars, which began in 2009, were conceived as a way of fundraising to spread awareness against homophobia. Since then, sales have spread internationally, with last year’s calendar selling out within a couple of days to customers in over forty countries.
and Kate Upton thanks Carine Roitfeld for shooting her in clothes.
Jil Sander Leaves Her Namesake Label: Jil Sander, who only returned to her design house in February 2012, is leaving the label for the third time. The designer, who is said to be departing for personal reasons, has gone through a bit of a revolving door with her eponymous brand over the past decade. In 2000, her label was sold to Prada. A year later, Sander resigned due to reported conflicts with Prada's CEO Patrizio Bertelli. In 2003, she was reinstated, but stepped down again in November 2004, where she was succeeded by Raf Simons. Sander then returned to the house in 2012. "On behalf of the group I want to thank Jil Sander for her remarkable contribution to the brand over this period," the brand's chief executive Alessandro Cremonesi said in a statement to WWD. "Her outstanding design and creative leadership have been crucial in reinforcing the brand and positioning it to foster further prosperous growth." [Vogue UK]
Calvin Klein to Design Drake's Tour Wardrobe: Rapper Drake announced that Calvin Klein will be designing the outfits for his world tour, which is called..."Would You Like a Tour?" Italo Zucchelli, men's creative director at the brand, has been working on "three unique capsule collections for the rapper" that include a hoodie based on Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2014 blue sky pattern, a fully-denim ensemble, and one that features "innovative fabrics with neon details and reflective accents." Zuccheli announced his admiration for the rapper. “I love Drake -- he is very talented and I like his effortless attitude in terms of his style and music.” [WWD]
A new show celebrating Jean Paul Gaultier opens at the Brooklyn Museum this week. From couture shows in Paris to line-dancing in Texas, Dita Von Teese pays tribute to the legendary designer.
I met Jean Paul Gaultier in 2002 in Paris through my friend photographer Ali Mahdavi and legendary fashion muse Suzanne von Aichinger. When Jean Paul met me, he told me that he had pictures of me from my Playboy December 2002 magazine cover, which showcased all of my burlesque shows. At that time, I was well-known in the burlesque and pin-up world, but I wasn’t being invited to fashion shows, and I certainly wasn’t being dressed in haute couture for red carpets.
Not long after this meeting, Suzanne and Flaunt magazine had an idea for me to do a pictorial of some of the iconic pieces from the Gaultier haute couture archives. I flew to Paris and spent several days in the atelier with Suzanne, who helped me choose all of the looks. It was around that time that Jean Paul said something to the effect of: “Wear anything you want, to any event—even if you want to wear it to the grocery store.” Naturally, I was delighted with this idea, and for every event, there I was, wearing the most extravagant head-to-toe looks from the Jean Paul Gaultier archives. I was overdressed for every event, and I loved it! A famous stylist I knew said to me: “How are you managing to borrow those things? We can’t even pull them for [insert A-list actress here].” I’d heard more than once that Gaultier was one of the most selective of couturiers, preferring to dress women of unique character with strong personalities, diverse beauties… and being part of this select group of women with the golden ticket has always meant something to me.
The publishing conglomerate, which owns Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, has chosen to eliminate its internship program starting in 2014. What does it mean for the industry and students alike?
On Wednesday, WWD reported that Condé Nast publications will be eliminating its internship program come 2014.
Unpaid internships in the fashion industry were brought to light in February 2012, when former Harper’s Bazaar (owned by Heart Publications) intern Diana Wang, sued the publication for unpaid wages. The case was dismissed, Wang appealed, and a conclusion has yet to be reached.
'50 Shades of Grey' fans were shocked when Charlie Hunnam left the project. But after learning about (and seeing) his replacement, they may breathe easier.
“He is not merely good looking—he is the epitome of male beauty, breathtaking.”
At the Christening of Prince George, The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in an ivory-colored Alexander McQueen ruffled suit.
Three-month-old Prince George, plump-cheeked and with tufts of brown hair, was awake as he was escorted into his Christening at St. James’s Palace in London on Wednesday afternoon. He also was entirely oblivious of the commotion he caused—the flooded streets, the hoards of photographers, the live telecasts.
His escorts, Kate and William, appeared up beat and camera-ready for their big photo op. And, of course, the occasion brought out crazed fans all over London—including one guy in a full Union Jack suit and hat--which called to mind the frenzy over George’s birth last summer.
and robbers stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from Saint Laurent boutique.
Melissa McCarthy Defends Her Controversial Elle Cover: Melissa McCarthy's cover of Elle magazine has already garnered some serious criticism. For the November issue, the actress sports a draped, charcoal coat, leading commentators to speculate that Elle was attempting to hide her full figure -- while other covers for the magazine's "Women in Hollywood" issue featured Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley clad in tight, revealing black numbers. On Monday, McCarthy herself addressed the brewing scandal, explaining that the magazine's stylists actually dressed her in a sexy black dress. 'What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat," McCarthy said. "I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, 'Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!'" [E! Online]
Vittorio Missoni's Remains Recovered From Plane Crash: Venezuelan authorities have recovered the presumed remains of 58-year-old Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni. The Missoni co-owner, who operated the firm alongside his two siblings Luca and Angela, went missing in January after taking off in a small plane. The plane wreckage was discovered in June, but Venezuelan navy divers were only able to access it over the past ten days. The difficult recovery yielded samples from five bodies; the divers located a sixth body, but were unable to reach it. The plane was carrying Missoni, his wife, another couple, and two crew members. [BBC]
and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes Richest Brits Under 30 list.
Lorraine Schwartz Designed Kim Kardashian’s Engagement Ring: Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on Monday (also her 33rd birthday) with a 15-carat diamond ring designed by Lorraine Schwartz. West selected the ring from Boucheron in Paris when the couple made the rounds at fashion week earlier this month. And, funny enough, it's Kim's second Lorraine Schwartz ring: the designer also made the 16.5-carat bauble Kris Humphries gave Kardashian last year, which recently sold at auction for $620,000. [Fashionista]
New York Passes Labor Law to Protect Child Models: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that recognizes all models under the age of 18 as child performers. All child and teen models in the state of New York will now fall under the protection of the Department of Labor, rather than the Department of Education, and will be provided with the same limits and guidelines used to protect child actors. The new rules include limiting the number of hours a child model can work, a midnight curfew on schools nights, and a minimum of 12 hours of downtime between jobs. The law is expected to go into effect within the next 30 days, and according to The New York Times, will impact casting for New York Fashion Week in February. [The New York Times]
The fashion photographer captures Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, and Guinevere van Seenus, three of the most famous ‘90s models, for a new book. He talks to Isabel Wilkinson.
and Lucky magazine taps stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele as Fashion Editor-at-Large.
Rihanna Gets Turned Away from Abu Dhabi Mosque: During her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna decided to immerse herself in the local culture with a visit to Abu Dhabi’s famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. The "Pour It Up" singer staged an impromptu photo-shoot, where she posed seductively outside the mosque in a black jumpsuit and matching hijab. Almost immediately after the shoot began, the Centre condemned her behavior and asked her to leave the premises. In a statement, the Centre said: "The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place." Rihanna used the main visitors gate and left without actually entering the mosque. [AP]
Prince George Will Wear Replica of Historic Royal Gown at Christening: On Wednesday, Prince George will be christened in a replica of the royal gown that has been worn by more than 60 royal babies, including every reigning monarch since Edward VI. The gown, which was designed in 1841, has been deemed too fragile for the child to wear. The Queen's couturier, Angela Kell, will create Prince George's replica, which will feature cap sleeves and a cotton lace overlay. [Harper's Bazaar UK]
The Book of Jezebel is a glossy and irreverant encyclopedia for "the ladies." But blogger Ana Alvarez says she's tired of feminism's slick new makeover by the ladymag set.
Leave it to Jezebel co-founder Anna Holmes to edit what is sure to be the coffee table bible for middle-class feminists everywhere. The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things features a word-and-picture compilation of all things “relevant” to the “ladies.” Who these ladies are remains unclear, but so far we do know zits and ingrown hairs are in there alongside women’s history greats like bell hooks and Althea Gibson. A better question might be, why make an encyclopedia? Before the Internet offered up search engines, encyclopedias provided Oxford-approved knowledge. These blocks of prescribed truth indexed history into discrete categories of easily digestible snippets of truth. Holmes’s lady-feminist encyclopedia catalogs the indiscernible, the complex, into an alphabetized logic that is then shrink-wrapped and shipped from Amazon.
On the surface, there is nothing particularly novel about a digital platform banking on its readership by branding its content and selling it as a nice novelty item. Jezebel can be a little bit funny and a little bit thought-provoking, at times gossipy or trivial. At most, the book will be some “funny and thought-provoking” holiday gift and end up in the nightstands of young women as some lofty marker of their cultural awareness and political progressiveness for all their friends to see.
Photographer Endia Beal captures white corporate women in corn rows and “finger waves,” for a conversation about race and women in the workplace. She talks to Isabel Wilkinson.
When Endia Beal began her internship in Yale University’s IT department, her big, red Afro would stick up over the cubicles. Her white male co-workers were fascinated with her hair; many had never seen anything like it. Finally, someone told her: They all wanted to touch it.
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.