Born with a condition called ectodermal dysplasia, Melanie Gaydos refuses to let her unconventional looks stop her from realizing her dream of becoming a high-fashion model.
Sitting across from me in an immaculately tailored dark blue jacket, Melanie Gaydos is so petite she seems almost like a child dressed up as a model. She picks at the cuffs of her coat as we talk, the only sign of her anxiety. This is her first in-person interview.
“A lot of people don’t realize it, but I’m actually quite nervous all the time,” the Connecticut-born, Brooklyn-based Gaydos tells me at one point. Then, as frequently happens during our sprawling, multi-hour conversation, a smile flits across her face. “But I’m a survivor.”
A new diet created based on the former French queen’s eating habits claims you can have your cake and eat it too – but only if you also like hearty soups and light evening meals.
Marie Antoinette, the colorful eighteenth century French Queen, notorious forever for saying, “Let them eat cake,” certainly lived by the maxim which came to define her, even if its attribution remains dubious. But hey, when did such trifling historical concerns stop today’s diet publishing juggernaut?
In The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake and Still Lose Weight, author Karen Wheeler says Marie Antoinette enjoyed a pastry with coffee or hot chocolate for breakfast, gorged on typically lavish palace cuisine—which included pate, oysters, and lobster as appetizers, followed by scallops, duck, salmon, breaded fois gras, or hare stew as a main dish—and snacked throughout the day on the likes of cheese, macaroni, and vegetables cooked in cream. Plus, with her sweet tooth, the Queen couldn’t resist the selection of petits fours, crystallized fruits, and wafers offered for dessert.
And American Apparel has hired a 62-year-old lingerie model.
Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Leaves The New York Times: The New York Times confirmed Friday that its controversial, longtime chief fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, has retired from her post. An internal memo made to newspaper employees Friday morning explained that “Cathy’s reasons for leaving are personal ones, to spend more with her partner, Art Ortenberg, who has had health problems, and whom she feels would benefit greatly from her increased presence at home.” Horyn, who has been with The Times since 1999 and written over 1,100 pieces, is credited for her outspoken reviews and her discovery of young, promising designers, most notably, Dior's Raf Simons. Horyn will continue her work on producing a book that chronicles The New York Times's fashion coverage since the 1850s, to be published by Rizzoli. [Fashionista]
Miley Gets Naked for W Magazine: In what seems to be an all-too-familiar continuation of her “Adore You” video, a sensuous Miley Cyrus appears nude in the leaked images of W magazine’s March cover issue. Covered partly by a pillow and decked out in diamonds, it comes as no surprise that Cyrus has stripped down. [Jezebel]
And Victoria Beckham debuts her Skype documentary.
Barney's New York Campaign Stars Transgender Models: For its Spring 2014 campaign entitled "Brothers, Sisters, Sons, & Daughters," luxury retailer Barney's New York selected 17 transgender individuals to model spring collections by the likes of Alaia, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Lanvin. The models, shot by Bruce Weber, will be showcased in a limited-edition portfolio and will star in a series of short films by the legendary fashion photographer, highlighting "both the struggles and triumphs a trans person may face in relation to their gender identity." For the campaign, Barney's partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the LGBT Community Center (The Center) "to help break stereotypes and build social acceptance of transgender people." [Barney's Press Release]
Burberry Promises to Eliminate Toxins From Clothing: Following Greenpeace's allegations of harmful substances, Burberry has pledged to eliminate all toxins from its clothing by 2020. Although Burberry released an official statement on January 24 alleging that its products "fully adhere to international environmental and safety standards," it has now agreed to remove any suspicious chemicals from its factories. "Burberry's Detox commitment to rid us of these hazardous little monsters represents a new chapter in the story of toxic-free fashion," Ize Smith, detox campaigner at Greenpeace told The Daily Mail. "In taking this landmark step, Burberry has listened to their customers' demands and joins the ranks of brands acting on behalf of parents everywhere to give this toxic nightmare the happy ending it deserves." [The Telegraph]
A new smart bra from a Japanese company claims to only unhook when it detects a woman is in love. It’s also full of garbage and assumptions.
Bras could be improved in any number of ways.
They could have more comfortable straps, come in a greater variety of sizes, and perhaps most importantly, cost less. For some reason, men get away with $10 for a pack of boxers when you can easily drop $30 for the most poorly constructed bra.
Seventeen magazine is the Cosmopolitan for teens, dishing out one wild—and unbelievable—piece of advice after another. But a new dating book by the glossy crosses a new line of crazy.
Cosmopolitan magazine has become notorious for dishing out insane love and sex advice since the sixties, convincing women they should try “having sex on the hood of a parked car,” or “masturbate their men with grapes” to maintain their relationships. Its words of romantic wisdom are intense, sometimes unbelievable, and almost all the time, just plain crazy.
But who does the pre-Cosmo girl turn to? For the romantically—and sexually—curious teen set, Seventeen magazine claims to have all the answers. What does his text really mean?, the glossy promises to answer. “Does he like you… or not?” It’ll help you figure it out. It even swears to know “The flirting moves he’ll love.”
As part of our recurring feature on innovative creators, Molly Guy talks about the inspiration for her company, Stone Fox Bride, that designs gowns for brides who want to go barefoot.
Was this a "boxers or briefs" moment? At the inaugural Fragrance Foundation talk, President Clinton revealed that he goes sans cologne (or was he just protecting his formula?), and discussed his foundation's work.
President Bill Clinton currently goes sans cologne. Or so he told an audience of fashion and beauty insiders on Wednesday afternoon in New York.
Speaking at the Fragrance Foundation’s first Foundation Talks, a series of lectures à la Ted Talks that aims to act as a catalyst for innovative thinking by showcasing prominent speakers from a wide array of industries, President Clinton spoke about the biggest problems facing the world and, of course, his own personal grooming habits.
And Peter Pilotto wins BFC/Vogue Design fund prize.
Michelle Obama Wears Alaïa to State of the Union: On Tuesday night, while millions tuned in to hear President Obama’s State of the Union address, others were highly-anticipating what Mrs. Obama would wear. FLOTUS opted for a conservative emerald dress and sweater set designed by French designer Azzedine Alaïa. Seated alongside the always fashionable First Lady were "openly gay former NBA player Jason Collins, marathon bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, GM's first female CEO Mary Barra, and Sabrina Jenkins, a veteran and single mom featured [in] the recent Shriver Report on women on the brink." [The Cut]
Kenyan Artisans Star in Karen Walker Campaign: Designer Karen Walker teamed up with the United Nations’s ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to create her latest line of sunglasses—promoting “sustainable business over aid dependency.” After hiring Kenyan artisans to design and produce the new collection, Walker chose to feature some of them as the stars of her campaign. Walker told The Telgraph that she was "thrilled to be able to work with the Ethical Fashion Initiative on this project and wanted to expand on that by presenting not only the pouches they're creating for us, but also something more intimate—a glimpse into the world that the work is coming from." [The Telegraph]
Canadian designer Rad Hourani has broken boundaries by designing the first unisex line to be recognized by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
Amongst the elaborate ball gowns and intricately embroidered shifts that floated down the runway during Haute Couture Fashion Week, one designer was presenting a very different style of collection at the Embassy of Canada in Paris.
Rad Hourani, who was born in Jordan but raised in Canada, has lived in Paris for eight years now, designing what has become recognized as the first unisex haute couture line. Growing up, however, the 30-year-old Hourani had never anticipated becoming a fashion designer, let alone in the realm of couture.
A casting for hijabs is a reminder that all body parts are not created equal.
Up until today, castings have been in the Istanbul suburbs or more industrial parts of the city. But today Atti drove us to an office near the Grand Bazaar where the small sidewalks are packed with merchants selling throw pillows and carpets, clusters of veiled women walking in packs, and young men pulling heavy carts.
The rickety roads were much too small for anything other than pedestrians or scooters, so Atti pointed in the direction of the office and we all poured out of the car toward the casting, which in itself was a comical scene: a bunch of super tall girls walking in high heels on the treacherous cobblestones, clutching our books, talking loudly in English. People stared at us with long quiet glances, taking slow drags from their cigarettes.
And Emma Watson adds magazine editor to her resume.
Angela Ahrendts to Become Dame of the British Empire: Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will earn an even greater title before leaving her post to become the Senior Vice President of Sales at Apple. In the coming weeks, Ahrendts will collect a DBE from the British Government, becoming a Dame of the British Empire. Although the award was confirmed in October, details were released quietly. Ahrendts will receive her honor alongside Melinda Gates, businesswoman and wife of Bill Gates, and Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids' Company, who will earn a CBE. [Vogue UK]
Google Glass Unveils Prescription Frames: The powerhouse behind the web-browsing glasses has introduced its first collection of prescription frames—available for sale Tuesday. The new line of glasses will feature round, square, and nearly rimless style frames ($225) as well as nonprescription sunglasses ($150) in a variety colors. Geared toward existing users, the Google Glass hardware easily attaches to the new set of frames, making the Google Glass a bit more stylish—and wearable—for the tech-savvy crowd. “We’re making it a more natural part of your life," Isabelle Olsson, Google Glass lead designer told WWD. "[Wearing Glass] will be easier with this, plus you have more choices. It’s a very natural extension of things that you already wear.” [WWD]
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'