and Terry Richardson's limbs star in Valentino's new ad campaign.
Richard Branson Dons Drag: Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, dressed head-to-toe in drag on Sunday after losing a bet made in 2010 to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes over the magnates' Formula 1 racing teams in the Formula 1 Grand Prix race in Abu Dhabi. Branson posed as a flight attendant on a special AirAsia X Charity flight wearing a skirt and matching jacket, fishnet stockings, fake eyelashes, and a bright shade of red lipstick. "This has been a real first for me but I have enjoyed the experience and I have nothing but respect for what our fabulous flight attendants do every day to keep us safe," Branson said afterward. According to a statement issued by AirAsia, he also served passengers drinks, meals, and made several in-flight announcements. [CNN]
Terry Richardson's Valentino Campaign: Photographer Terry Richardson's inked-up forearms will star in Valentino's fall accessories ad campaign, which launches today in fashion magazines around the world. The ads feature Richardson's hands displaying the label's studded handbags and heels. This marks the first time Valentino has collaborated with Richardson. [WWD]
A Japanese designer is creating accessories—including Santa Claus costumes and blonde wigs—for guinea pigs. She talks to Misty White Sidell about her designs, going viral, and what’s next (prairie dogs).
Dressing pets up in elaborate outfits is nothing new. One renowned fashion university has even developed a certificate program to help the pet fashion industry grow. But so often, pet clothing is created only for dogs and cats—leaving out the rest of the bunch. That’s where 28-year-old Tokyo-based designer Maki Yamada comes in. She’s developed a whole line of clothes for the oft forgotten but no less adorable guinea pig—an animal she described to The Daily Beast as “really unique, unusual, and cool.”
Yamada says that her connection with small fuzzy creature was love at first sight. She “first saw guinea pigs in a zoo and then went to the pet store the next day and got one.” Now she owns three, the latest edition of which came courtesy of Mother Nature. “I bought my second one, and the pet shop told me was a boy, but it turned out to be a girl,” she says. “She had three babies, and I gave two of them away to my friends, so now I have one daddy, one mommy, and a daughter.”
It marks a big coup for the bubbly blonde model.
Kate Upton, the curvy supermodel with new media intelligence, has landed the June cover of American Vogue. In a spread photographed by Mario Testino, Upton preens in body-hugging designs that emphasize her healthy bronzed glow.
The model--who appeared on the front of Vogue UK in January, landing a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover the following month for a second year in a row--is well loved by fans. But she’s also no stranger to ridicule. The Internet was rife with commentary on Upton’s weight following the 2013 Sports Illustrated launch, which featured Upton on a ship in Antarctica with her parka popped open to reveal an expanse of cleavage— with many of her critics even calling her “fat.” But Upton, who trains with celebrity trainer David Kirsch in New York, was optimistic in her interview with Vogue: “It’s kind of funny to think, 'Oh, wow, the news is talking about whether I’m fat or not,'” she told the magazine.
A new men’s fashion company Wool&Prince creates a wool dress shirt that requires minimal cleaning. Claire Stern reports.
Like so many other young adult males, 24-year-old New Yorker Mac Bishop does not enjoy ironing his dress shirts. But unlike his peers, he has capitalized on this disdain for cleaning by launching a fashion startup called Wool&Prince on Kickstarter. The label boasts a shirt that can be worn multiple times (he estimates anywhere between ten and 50) before needing a wash.
The secret to Wool&Prince’s everlasting shirt? Wool, as the brand name suggests. But Bishop’s creation doesn’t have the same itchy feel as those uncomfortable winter sweaters—each one is made of a specially-developed wool fabric. And one of the original fiber’s most redeeming qualities still applies: It naturally fights odors and wrinkles, and is generally longer-lasting than cotton (the primary component in most men’s dress shirts).
and John Galliano will finally speak in Vanity Fair.
Suri Cruise to Launch Fashion Line?: The Sun reports that Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, has signed a multi-million dollar deal to launch her own fashion line. The collection, aptly named “Suri,” is aimed at young girls and will reportedly include dresses, tops, jeans, shoes, and accessories. According to The Sun, “Suri” is set to launch this fall in a New York department store, and, if successful, will expand to stores across North America next year. [The Sun]
Keith Richards’ Saint Laurent Tour Wardrobe: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ tour wardrobe, designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, will soon be available for purchase. The range of bespoke pieces consists of silk scarves, T-shirts, a leather vest, and a jacket, all named “Keith” after the rock and roll veteran. Slimane has dressed Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for past Rolling Stones tours, but this marks the first time the designer has collaborated with Richards. [British Vogue]
From a recreation of Do Ho Suh’s apartment in green polyester to a creepily robotic chatty little girl, a look at what not to miss at this weekend’s exhibition on Randall’s Island.
The Frieze Art Fair in New York—the city’s answer to the famed London fair—kicked off Thursday morning in a torrential downpour. But intrepid fair-goers trekked to Randall’s Island by East River Water Taxi, where they were greeted by artist Paul McCarthy's giant red inflatable dog, which towered over the fair itself. Unsurprisingly, the more than 180 booths inside offered everything imaginable. There is a slick Doug Aitken wall-mounted sculpture with the words “ART” written in cracked mirror (to remind us of our own narcissism? Of a discipline that’s falling apart? Or maybe just to serve as a mirror in case we have something in our teeth?) There's a video by Chinese artist Qiu Anxiong, The Temptation of the Land (2009), which served as an animated commentary on the destruction caused by the construction of an Olympic stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, on the natives of Beijing. There was an empty, haunting self-portrait by the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, her mouth ringed with plated gold. By midday, the fair was chock full of people: designer Valentino Garavani, in a perfectly tailored brown suit, went from booth to booth—as did the actor Andrew Garfield, who appeared to be led around by an adviser. And deals were happening here: quickly but quietly, art appeared to be selling, under the nose of tourists and kids taking Instagrams. Below, our list of art not to miss at the fair. (Frieze New York, on Randall's Island, runs May 10-13.)
1. Francesco Vezzoli, Unique Forms of Continuity in High Heels, Bronze, 2012 (Yvonne Lambert Gallery)
and Marina Abramovic sells her house to Riccardo Tisci.
Phillip Lim for Target: The Wall Street Journal reports that Phillip Lim has been chosen for Target’s next designer collaboration. Lim will design a line of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as accessories, for a limited-edition collection that will launch in September. Items will sell between $20 and $75 on average, with specialty designs like leather jackets escalating up to $300. [WSJ]
Kate Moss's Self Tanner: Kate Moss is now shilling self-tanner. High-end product Saint Tropez will roll out its first-ever global campaign today, starring the English supermodel. Its unknown how much Moss was paid for the endeavor. [WWD]
The founder and patriarch of the Italian knitwear brand passed away at his home in Italy on Thursday.
Ottavio Missoni, who founded the Italian knitwear company with his wife in 1952, died on Thursday at 92. He was the patriarch of the Missoni family, an Italian dynasty with a fashion and lifestyle empire.
The logo of a Canadian brand called Plain Jane Homme is a silhouette of a naked woman with underwear around her ankles. But thankfully, Soraya Roberts writes, people are getting sick of sexist merch.
"Who the fuck is Plain Jane?" reads a T-shirt from the Spring 2013 collection by Montreal lifestyle brand Plain Jane Homme. Next to the question stands the silhouette of a naked woman, her back turned, with panties around her ankles. This is the logo of a Canadian clothing company that purports to be inspired by "the ultimate gentleman." Originally only appearing on T-shirts, the image is reminiscent of the infamous 1970s mud-flap girl favored by long-haul truckers and now adorns hats, jackets, and pants sold across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
Clockwise from top left, designs from Plain Jane Homme, Forever 21, Topman, Madhouse.
System, out this week, covers the connection between the fashion industry and contemporary culture—and its first cover features former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière.
This week a new fashion magazine hits the stands—and it’s bound to be a good one.
System, a new publication run out of London, has a very imposing masthead. Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman of Ever Manifesto (and, up until recently, Industrie magazine), Jonathan Wingfield, the former Editor of Numéro, and Thomas Lenthal, art director and publisher of cult French art/fashion bible Paradis, have all joined forces to launch the biannual magazine.
The French EDM duo tell Sky Ferreira about their friendship with Hedi Slimane.
Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book has photographed the reclusive electronica duo Daft Punk in anticipation of the group’s forthcoming studio album, Random Access Memories (out May 21). Shot by Mathieu César in custom Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent sparkling suits, the French DJs talk to fellow Slimane muse Sky Ferreira about their rebooted careers—which, save for creating a Disney soundtrack, have been on hiatus for eight years. “Hedi is a longtime friend of ours,” the group, comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter told Ferreira of their relationship with Slimane, who specially envisioned their comeback wardrobes. “We share a lot of the same tastes in art and music.”
Comes, of all places, from Robin Williams.
The last person you'd expect to weigh in on the Givenchy dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Ball? Robin Williams. But oh, it is good: on Tuesday, the actor tweeted a picture of himself in drag as the best character of all time (Mrs. Doubtfire) next to a pregnant Kardashian, in her body-con sofa-printed dress at Monday's Met Gala. "I think I wore it better!" he wrote.
Depite all the ridiculous things people have said about the dress, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci defended his creation on Wednesday: "To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers," he told WWD. "I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”
The designer has teamed with Paperless Post to create invites directly inspired by his fall collection.
Can’t afford anything from Oscar de la Renta’s last collection? Now might be your chance. The designer has teamed up with online-invitation behemoth Paperless Post to create a line of stationery, based on the exact prints from his fall collection. The range of invitations will be available both online (and, of course, on the company's mobile platforms) as well as in real paper stock. The collaboration will launch with 50 original wedding designs and then expand into general invites (including some for kids) later this year. Remember de la Renta’s fall collection featured input from John Galliano after the designer apprenticed in de la Renta’s studio.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.