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.”
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.
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]
Langley Fox might be the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, daughter of actress Mariel, and sister of model Dree, but this up-and-coming artist is playing by her own rules while mixing art and fashion.
You might imagine growing up a Hemingway the gateway to a gilded life. After all, Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. But Langley Fox, his 24-year-old great grand-daughter, is proving you can make it sans the glamorous family name.
Fox is a full-time artist and a part-time model who forsook the Hemingway surname for her middle name, Fox, because it “makes her feel like she’s a storybook character.” Nonetheless, the anonymity hasn’t kept her from captivating both the art and fashion world with a multitude of artistic collaborations. She’s been commissioned by Alice+Olivia and Louis Vuitton, landed both a Marc Jacobs fragrance campaign and a spot walking in the brand’s coveted runway show at New York Fashion Week last September, and even has a few fashion collaborations in the works.
Becoming an haute couture designer isn’t easy—it takes years of work and acceptance into the official federation. A new documentary follows two young designers hoping to make the cut.
To be officially considered an haute couture label requires meeting the precise dictates of the Fédération Française de la Couture, an establishment that sets industry standards on quality and strictly polices the application of the “haute couture” title.
#Couture: the New Queens of the Haute, a French documentary that debuted on Paris Première, spotlights two young designers who employ haute couture-style practices, but do not yet have official recognition. Iris Van Herpen and Delphine Manivet each have a technical mastery that falls within the luxurious customs of haute couture. Manivet longs to be given the distinction and invited to Haute Couture Fashion Week, while Van Herpen has already been part of the calendar since 2011 and her official status is pending (she is already a guest member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture). Haute couture has existed for 150 years, and important maisons (Chanel, Dior, and their ilk) have a long history of making exquisite, inimitable looks for individual clients. Inclusion in this fashion faction means not only showing collections among peers, but also truly becoming part of the history of—and contemporary conversation around—Parisian fashion.
And Jennifer Lawrence may land a major deal with Dior.
Kate Moss Fronts Latest McQueen Campaign: Alexander McQueen unveiled its Spring/Summer 2014 campaign on Monday, revealing a futuristic scene of voyeurism and voodoo and starring an equally haunting Kate Moss. The campaign, which was photographed and filmed by Steven Klein on location in East London, shows Moss in both shots with slicked-back yellow hair, holding a doll that wears a pint-sized versions of the model's ensembles. Although Moss has been a long-time collaborator with the house, and was a close friend of McQueen himself, this is the first time the supermodel has fronted a campaign for the brand. [Vogue UK]
Anne Hathaway Leaves Long-Time Stylist Racehel Zoe: Anne Hathaway's style turned heads when she arrived in Park City, Utah last week for the Sundance Film Festival. It was noted that the actress's look had evolved from her “usually girl style” into a more sophisticated, “perfectly chic and understated” look. The reason why? Hathaway has reportedly left Rachel Zoe, her stylist for almost a decade, for Penny Lovell, who is known for her work with actresses including Rose Byrne and Taylor Schilling. The duo's split, however, may not be permanent. "Rachel and Anne aren't currently working together," a source revealed to E!. "However, their relationship isn't over. Anne is just trying out something new for the time being." [Hollywood Reporter]
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?
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'