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Bill Cunningham’s Tales of Old NYC


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


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]

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Bling Bling

The Gagosian’s ‘Precious Objects’


© 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

Barack Obama

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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]


A Revolutionary Fashion Exhibit


Curator Shonagh Marshall makes final touches to a Tearabul Songvich silver paillette A-Line dress at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition at Somerset House on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

Longtime fashion curator Judith Clark talks about the 1971 costume exhibition that changed the relationship between fashion and art at some of the world’s greatest museums.

Around the time that the Victoria and Albert Museum in London staged its landmark exhibition, “Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton” in 1971, Vogue shocked the public by publishing models sporting some of the same dresses displayed in the controversial show.

According to Judith Clark, a London-based curator with a reputation for an unconventional approach to exhibiting, it was the first time that a fashion exhibition was so current in Britain that it featured dresses seen in the latest edition of the magazine. It was the choice to highlight the work of Beaton—an eccentric English fashion, wartime, and portrait photographer—and allow him to curate the show himself that made for this seminal exhibition, back before retrospectives of Alexander McQueen or David Bowie were considered cool or relevant.

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'Prada Marfa' Vandalized

'Prada Marfa' Vandalized Veronique Dupont/AFP/Getty

Covered in graffiti and blue paint.

Some really do think the devil wears Prada. The “Prada Marfa” replica store, known for shining an international spotlight on a desolate area of Valentine, Texas since its installation in 2005, was vandalized last night by what seems to be radical activists. The minimalist structure, designed by Scandinavian artists Elmgreen and Drgset, was graffitied, splattered with blue paint, and covered in TOMS paraphernalia stating that the brand “will bring greater inspiration to consumer Americans…so long as you buy TOMS shoes, and endorse Jesus Christ as your savior, welcoming the ‘white’ him into your heart.”

Read it at Miami Herald

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Lorde Announces MAC Collaboration



And Christian Lacroix redesigns Hôtel du Continent.

Lorde Announces MAC Collaboration: The distinctive, dark-lipped look of 17-year-old New Zealand native and award-winning singer Lorde can soon be yours. On Monday, the Kiwi singer announced a new collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. “I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid,” she told The Cut. “I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends! MAC has a very clear aesthetic, that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too.” [The Cut]

Vamp Magazine Puts Women on Top: As many publications struggle to stay afloat in the digital age, others are rethinking their approach, creating more aesthetically-pleasing, coffee table-worthy magazines. Long-time publishing duo David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues are doing just that with their new venture, Vamp magazine, which focuses specifically on empowering women. “It’s about inspiring women with stories about other successful women," Sourigues told Business of Fashion. "It’s not another magazine for fashion people, it’s for real women, power-women, women on top, who like beautiful things—clothes, hair, skin.” [Business of Fashion]

Work It

The Anti-Model Agency



A new modeling agency in London prides itself on signing unique, passionate individuals whose first priority isn’t becoming a model.

Tall, thin, and beautiful is how most people would describe the average runway model. It’s hard to differentiate one woman prancing down the catwalk from another, when they all possess long, flowing legs, flat chests, and stand at an average 5’11”.

Certain professional models, however, have begun to break the stereotype, bringing their individual style and unique personalities to the world of high fashion. Models like Chloe Norgaard, whose rainbow-hued locks are now most famous for serving as a muse to Rodarte’s Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the pierced and tattooed Dorith Mous—who fronts the latest Diesel campaign—and Mariacarla Boscono with her shaved hairline have all made strides in the fashion industry without looking like a carbon copy of the traditional runways. 

Fashion Cheat Sheet

Beyoncé 'Leans In'


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And a Victoria's Secret tell-all is reportedly in the works.

Beyoncé 'Leans In': For Sheryl Sandberg’s latest Lean In commercial, the Facebook COO has enlisted some of America’s most powerful women—including Condoleezza Rice, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Garner, and Diane von Furstenburg—to advocate against the word "bossy." The term, which is typically viewed as a negative word that keeps determined women from pursuing powerful positions, is being taken down particularly by one of the most powerful women in the world: Queen Bey. “I’m not bossy,” Beyoncé states in the video. “I’m the boss.” [The Cut]

Miley Cyrus Performs in Her Underwear: What could be seen as another scandalous stunt by popstar Miley Cyrus was really just her devotion to a performance. At Cyrus's Sunday evening concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the singer appeared onstage to perform her hit ‘23’ in nothing but a bra, panties, and sneakers. “Not a new outfit for 23,” she tweeted after the show. “I didn’t make my quick change and I couldn’t not come out for the song so I just had to run out in my undies.“ [Cosmopolitan]


A Dunham Doll’s Life


Laurie Simmons

Artist Laurie Simmons explores the freedom that comes with dressing up like someone entirely different—a doll—in a new exhibit based on the Japanese practice of Kigurumi.

It was the discovery of Hatsune Miku, a fictional Japanese pop star whose voice stems from a Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer, during a trip to Japan last year that was the starting point for the latest body of work by artist Laurie Simmons. Over the course of researching the phenomenon, Simmons stumbled upon the bizarre world of Japanese cosplay. “We just went down this rabbit hole of people who dress up and fetishes, and the girls that surgically enhance themselves to look like dolls,” says Simmons.

Simmons, whose daughter is actress Lena Dunham, finally found a cosplayer from Russia who makes giant masks of cute, anime-eyed women for Kigurumi, a subset of cosplay that involves costumed performers who dress as dolls or animals. “We don’t know who he is or what he is, but we ordered the masks, we customized them, and we just crossed our fingers and hoped they would arrive in the mail,” says Simmons, whose large scale photographs of costumed models wearing the masks are the focus of her latest exhibition, Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See, which runs through April 28 at Salon 94 Bowery in New York.

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A New Kind of Online Shopping

As part of our recurring feature on chic innovators, the ladies behind the Editorialist discuss the inspiration for their one-year-old site that is part e-commerce, part modern glossy.


The Death of Barbie


Photo by The Daily Beast

As the plastic princess rings in her 55th, kids everywhere will be finding toys with more interesting stories to tell. Bad news Barbie, your days are numbered.

Barbie turns 55 today, and she doesn’t look so good.

Despite a flurry of PR in the constant quest to keep America’s original teenage fashion model doll relevant—including a controversial Sports Illustrated spread and a partnership with the Girl Scouts—Barbies aren’t flying off the shelves like they used to. Girls are ditching the teen dream, yes for iPads, but also for low-tech activity toys and for dolls with more interesting stories to tell.

Audrey Louise Reynolds

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

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Qatar’s Jackie O

Qatar’s Jackie O

Qatar’s Jackie O

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