Jason Wu deplanes, Cara Delevingne gets ink, and more from fashion’s finest this week. By Claire Stern.
A blushing Carey Mulligan and a ruffled David Hasselhoff. Misty White Sidell on fashion’s highs and lows.Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Charley Gallay/Getty Images, Samir Hussein/Getty Images, George Pimentel/FilmMagic
A hotel-room safe full of jewelry, stolen right under Hollywood’s nose. Was it the Pink Panthers, Colombians, an inside job? Dana Kennedy on the Riviera mystery.
Clutching umbrellas and shivering, Hollywood heavyweights like Nicole Kidman, Harvey Weinstein, Colin Firth, Rooney Mara, Sofia Coppola, and Emma Watson braved the rain and unseasonable cold Thursday night at A-list parties ranging from a rooftop soiree sponsored by Bulgari to a beachside bash held by Calvin Klein at the far end of the Croisette.
Cary Grant stars in the 1955 movie "To Catch a Thief". (Everett)
FLOTUS parts to the left, Twitter explodes.
The First Lady took the podium for her commencement address at the Bowie State graduation on Friday morning, her hair neatly styled in soft curls.
Soon, Twitter erupted with news that the First Lady had given up her bangs. “Breaking: Michelle Obama’s bangs are gone,” tweeted a reporter for The Hill. “Bang-gate?” asked another. Someone else tweeted: “BANGHAZI!”
and Rooney Mara is Calvin Klein’s new face.
Rihanna Sues Topshop: Rihanna is reportedly suing British retailer Topshop to the tune of $5 million for selling T-shirts that feature her name without her permission. According to the New York Post, Rihanna’s management had asked that Topshop not sell her image “a number of times,” but the store refused. The singer has reportedly already spent over $1 million in litigation fees. [New York Post]
Galliano To Do TV Interview?: John Galliano may be supplementing his sit down interview with Vanity Fair with an appearance on the small screen. According to WWD, talks of the designer participating in a TV interview with Charlie Rose are underway. If it pans out, this would mark one of the rare occurrences that Galliano participates in a long interview. His publicist, Liz Rosenberg, denied the claims: “There are no plans in place regarding TV appearances for John at this time,” she told WWD. [WWD]
Chopard baubles meant for celebs.
A-listers walking the red carpet in Cannes this week will be excused for not accessorizing their gowns with the usual bling. More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a Cannes hotel room where an employee of jewelry maker Chopard was staying. The thief reportedly ripped the room’s safe out of the wall of the employee’s Novotel hotel room, making off with baubles meant for celebrities to wear to the film festival’s glitzy parties and premiere events. Cannes jewel robberies are a bit of a tradition at this point: $8 million worth was stolen in one 2009 incident, while a group of thieves during that same festival rode away with $21 million in Cartier bling.
and Christine Quinn almost copied a Kardashian.
Julianne Moore’s Squashed Toes: Julianne Moore looked lovely in a black and lilac strapless Dior dress on Wednesday night at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, but her feet looked like they were in absolute pain. The Daily Mail points out that the actress’s toes were jutting out from the sides of her silver metallic heels, and the rest were squashed under the straps. [The Daily Mail]
Cambodia Shoe Factory Collapse: On the heels of a factory tragedy in Bangladesh, another country has suffered a hazardous clothing manufacturing-related accident. A collapsed ceiling in a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday took the lives of three people and injured six. The collapse was reportedly a mezzanine floor that had been added between two buildings in order to enlarge the factory space. [Wall Street Journal]
Joakim Noah, the most fashionable Chicago Bull, has a pretty awesome top bun.
Perched atop a mountain of wavy, pulled-back hair is a mangled ball of manliness, a holdover from the days of the samurai. Joakim Noah, the most fashionable Chicago Bull, has a top bun.
In the annals of hair, the top bun renaissance will be marked by the style’s escape from the shackles of gender and Brooklyn’s “hipster” L train. Wearing top buns (also known as the top knot or, according to The New York Times, the man bun), men are straddling both fashion and practicality. And looking sexy while doing so.
and Buckingham Palace will stage a fashion exhibit.
Christy Turlington Returns to Calvin Klein: Christy Turlington’s barely-aged face and body is making a return to Calvin Klein, one of the brands responsible for launching her career. She’ll appear in a fall campaign for Calvin Klein Underwear, photographed by Mario Sorrenti. [WWD]
H&M’s Plus Size Praise: H&M has hired a plus-sized model for a new swimwear campaign. Jennie Runk, a size 12 American model, poses in both one-piece suits and bikinis from the retailer's the plus-sized swimwear collection. H&M is remaining humble in response to the positive press surrounding its campaign. “Our aim is not to convey a certain message or show an ideal but to find a model who can illustrate this collection in an inspiring an clear way,” a publicist told Quartz. [Time]
Former Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti quit the modeling industry to become a Christian housewife. Her new book, I’m No Angel, details her journey.
It’s not every day that you meet a lingerie model who has written a book about her devotion to the “Lord.” But Kylie Bisutti’s I’m No Angel (released Tuesday) is the exception. It begins with proverb 31:30, which reads: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” The line sums up Bisutti’s exit from the modeling world, and serves as a prelude to the 23-year-old’s stories of commitment to the Christian church, as well as her strong stance against the industry’s inherent immodesty.
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Legendary magazine pulls a tabloid move and trumpets the ‘Star Trek’ star’s low weight.
You probably didn’t know it, but we can now confirm that actress Zoe Saldana weighs in at a feather-light 115 pounds. As Allure describes the Star Trek star in so few words on the cover of its June issue, “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache.”
In this digital world, where a website’s survival often comes down to traffic, or the number “page views” and “hits” it gets, many news sites often run sensational headlines to drive clicks. (Not that The Daily Beast would ever do such a thing.) But plastering an actress’s weight on a gossip website or the cover of a magazine, ostensibly without said actress’s permission, is extraneous and in poor taste. We expect as much from the tabloids, but Allure is generally smarter than your average supermarket rag.
and designers draw maternity sketches for Kate Middleton.
Karlie Kloss, Designer: Karlie Kloss is putting her long gams to good use. The model has designed a two-style denim capsule collection for Frame, launching this June. The jeans have been produced with extra-long legs and inseams to accommodate tall women like Kloss. “I’m freakishly tall, so finding pants that fit is something I’ve struggled with my whole life,” Kloss told Vogue. The jeans will retail for approximately $200. [Vogue]
Offensive ‘Slave’ Fashion Spread: Another month, another provocative fashion shoot. This one is called ‘Be My Slave." An offensive spread staged by Pakistani designer Aamna Aqueel, the shoot features a model wearing her designs while a darker-skinned child attends to the model’s needs, like holding an umbrella over her head. The child ‘slave’ is dressed in disheveled, tribal clothing. When The International Herald Tribune’s Pakistani affiliate contacted Aqueel for comment, she said that the shoot was not intended to be racist but meant to “spark a debate on child labor.” She said that the child featured “works in a garage and wanted some work.” [The Express Tribune]
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.
Androgyny is once again in fashion, and just in time: the long arm of gender equality has extended its reach past the boardrooms and into our bathrooms (and medicine cabinets). American consumers spent over $5 billion on men’s grooming products last year, over half of which went into skin care and cosmetics, according to the market data firm Euromonitor International (in 1997, by way of comparison, they spent $2.4 billion). By becoming attuned to the beauty industry, men are now openly availing themselves of the same opportunities afforded to women.
And it makes sense: if the whole mating game and song and dance (and so, to a large degree, human existence) is about power and seduction, why wouldn’t men employ tools that would stealthily make them appear to be more attractive, healthier, and generally successful? (Just be careful of your word choice: when it comes to the “rougher” sex, it appears that the use of the word “grooming”—which brings to mind the virility and polish of racehorses—is preferred industrywide over “makeup.”) One might wonder what’s taken them so long to join ranks; after all, blemishes don’t care whether you have a Y chromosome.
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.”
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.