From Beyoncé’s fake-nipple bodysuit to Lady Gaga’s bubble gown, Jean Trinh rounds up the wildest costumes.Rex Features, via AP;Jason DeCrow/AP;Jim Dyson/Getty Images
From the head-to-toe orange ensemble to those Capris, Allison Samuels on the Heat star’s eclectic look.Getty (4)
The Italian design duo has been sentenced to one year and eight month's worth of jail time, but are expected to appeal the decision.
It looks like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana may soon be finding themselves in some un-chic surroundings. On Wednesday the famed Italian design duo was found guilty of nearly $540 million worth of tax evasion by Italy's Supreme Court and was sentenced to one year and eight month’s worth of jail time. WWD reports that the designers are expected to appeal the ruling.
Wednesday’s sentencing follows a six-month-long Supreme Court trial. Similar charges were filed in 2011 and were dismissed. The case was then appealed by Milan-based prosecutor Laura Pedio, and was heard before Italy’s highest presiding legal body. The charges stem from a 2008 investigation into the sale of Dolce & Gabbana as well as now-shuttered diffusion label D&G to Luxembourg-based holdings company Gado Srl in 2004. Italian tax prosecutors consider the sale “a legal entity used to avoid higher corporate taxes in Italy,” reports WWD.
and Mulberrry gifts bags to each of the G8 Summit's Leaders.
M&S Perky Profile Bra: Marks and Spencer just launched the cone-shaped “Perky Profile” bra, inspired by burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. The cup of the bra is specifically designed to recreate the ‘40s female figure (Von Teese's preferred decade), one which favored a distinctly perky conical shape. [Daily Mail]
Pervert-Proof Hairy Stockings: It may be gross, but as China's densely poplutated cities continue to heat up this summer, some of the country's short-skirt wearers are apparently looking for a way to ward off perverts. Enter "super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out," as the new invention was described of Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. The stockings make its wearer appear to have limbs full of coarse, overgrown leg hair. [Huffington Post]
The fashion mogul tells the New York Post that the reality kinda-star torpedoed his popularity with the socialite set.
Ed Hardy was a "thing" of the early 2000s. Sported on the likes of wild-and-crazy celebutantes—think Tara Reid, Heidi Montag, and Paris Hilton in their party girl heydays—the line's trucker hats and blinged-out tees (helmed by French designer Chrisitan Audigier) became a staple of Hollywood's elite.
Jon Gosselin, 2008; Ed Hardy, 2011. (Ethan Miller/Getty; Dave Allocca/Starpix/AP)
and Irina Shayk is reportedly ready to battle her stalker.
Eva Chen Named Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine: Eva Chen has been named editor in chief of flailing shopping publication Lucky magazine, replacing current editor in chief, Brandon Holley. Chen, who left her spot as Teen Vogue's longtime beauty director last year, has since served as a high-profile consultant and editorial contributor to a variety of titles, Lucky inclued. Widely revered in the fashion industry for her kind demeanor and social media know-how, Chen received words of praise upon her appointment on Tuesday from Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour. “From the streets of New York City to Shanghai and everywhere in between, Eva is the quintessential Lucky girl,” Wintour said in a Condé-issued statement. “Lucky’s September issue will be her first opportunity to showcase her leadership ability, and I have every confidence she will meet the moment head-on.” Chen offered her own commentary, saying: “I have long admired Lucky’s unique point of view in the fashion industry. It’s an exciting time for the brand as technology empowers and inspires the Lucky girl to embrace her own personal style.” [Fashionista]
Vice Fashion Spread of Female Writer Suicides: This one may draw some awkward glances—in Vice's new 'Women in Fiction' issue, models pose as famous female writers who ended their lives by suicide. The spread, titled “Last Words,” was shot by Annabel Mehran, and is meant to illustrate writers like Iris Change and Sylvia Plath in their last moments with reenactments of their notorious endings. The spread even goes as far to credit the brand of tights that its fictitious Sanmoa uses to hang herself with. The shoot has since been removed from Vice's site, but will still appear in the issue's printed format. Its URL now leads web users to a statement from the Vice's editors who say they "apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended." [Jezebel]
Liberty United has enlisted some of the fashion industry's most esteemed jewelry designers to create pieces out of metals with a violent past.
It’s not often that the fashion industry rallies around larger social issues, like gun control. But on Monday evening it did, to toast the launch of new jewelry brand Liberty United—a line founded by Ethos Water founder Peter Thum. Liberty’s premise is to reduce gun violence by releasing capsule collections created of recycled gun material, designed by an array of esteemed jewelers, with proceeds then benefitting a variety of grassroots anti-violence programs. While the model is not unlike Newark mayor Corey Booker’s own accessory outing, Liberty boasts some of the fashion industry’s finest names. First up to the collaborative bat is Giles & Brother, the earthy, metal-heavy contemporary label by brother-sister duo Philip and Courtney Crangi.
Thum is a longtime social reformer, having created Ethos (which he sold to Starbucks in 2005, later becoming the coffee magnate’s Vice President), as well as jewelry line Fonderie 47, which is nearly identical to Liberty, except rather than sourcing its materials domestically, it does so from African child militias. “We basically take recycled guns and bullets and make it into jewelry and then sell that jewelry and use that to fund anti-gun-violence projects,” Thum told The Daily Beast of his latest project at Liberty’s launch event on Monday evening. “We are working on reducing gun violence in this country, we are not creating legislature, but in some ways we are building a movement—we are offering people an opportunity to express themselves both visually and emotionally.”
A Youtube video of some jet-setting Buddhist monks has Thailand scrambling to crack down on materialism in the monastic ranks.
Following the release of a YouTube video of a group of jet-setting Buddhist monks living it up on a private jet, Thailand's national Buddhism body is now investigating monks across the globe for similarly inappropriate behavior. The monks featured in the video, outfitted with Louis Vuitton luggage and clad in trendy aviators and headphones, look like they're straight out of a P. Diddy music video rather than an ascetic monastery.
and female lawyers in Tennesee need to cover their elbows.
Tyra Banks Visits Marijuana Shop: Tyra Banks visited a medical marijuana dispensary in Venice, California and left with a suspicious-looking brown paper bag. The dispensary is called "The Pharmacy" and is apparently known for its range of California-grown marijuana products, but the store also sells normal organic medicine. [Daily Mail]
Lululemon Posts 'CEO Wanted' Ad: With the announcement of the departure of Lululemon's CEO last week, the brand has tried to turn a sad situation into something a little more lighthearted by posting a 'CEO Wanted' ad on their website. The job description cites that, amongst other things, the new CEO should, "plan to bring yoga and luon to Mars by 2018," and have "Chip Wilson, Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey on speed dial."[Racked]
The Puerto Rican supermodel is spun in circles for Nowness's latest editorial film, which celebrates power.
Model Joan Smalls is the kind of stunner who boasts a strong appeal. Her striking features, chiseled body, and unwavering stare beg the addition of equally powerful clothing, which is what stylist Keegan Singh delivered when wardrobing Smalls for “Woman of Steel”, a Barnaby Roper-directed film for Nowness. Its array of Balmain, Rodarte, Altuzarra, and Anthony Vaccarello clothing, paired with piles of Eddie Borgo’s tough-luxe jewelry, fit the Smalls bill with a perfectly articulated aplomb.
and Carine Roitfeld nabs another job.
A Look at Marc Jacobs Beauty: Marc Jacobs delivered the first full-look at his forthcoming beauty collection in WWD today. The 122-piece line, lauching on August 9 at every Sephora store in the U.S. and Canada, is relatively pricey and includes a complete range of color cosmetics, foundation cosmetics, nail polishes, and more. [WWD]
Child Model Bill Passes State Government: On Wednesday, a bill to protect child models under the New York Department of Labor passed through the state’s Senate and House. Once signed into law by New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, child models will be subject to the same protections now enjoyed by underage actors and performers. Spearheaded by Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, with the help of NY state Senator Jeffrey Klein, the bill stipulates that models under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone, are not allowed to work past midnight and can only return to work 12 hours later, and that 15 percent of all wages must be placed into a trust account that is only accessible once the model turns 18. If Cuomo signs the bill into law before the state government goes on summer hiatus at the end of June, all regulations will apply to New York Fashion Week in September. Ziff and her Model Alliance cohorts are positive that these stipulations will make it more difficult to hire child models and could skew the industry aesthetic in a more grown-up direction. [Fashion Beast Inbox]
VFiles has collaborated with the film on a limited-edition evidence bag filled with cheeky goods.
It was inevitable that fashion would find a way to bring The Bling Ring onto store shelves. Sofia Coppola’s new film, which opens in limited release Friday, celebrates the glistening, cocaine-fueled excess of Hollywood in the early ’00s—highlighting Tinseltown’s major style players, whose keen tastes led a teenage crime ring to rob them of fashionable goods. Now New York–based shop and fashion-entertainment platform VFiles has issued a Bling Ring collaboration—a set of official merchandise that’s cheekily packaged in an evidence bag, just like the film’s hot-wired couture.
VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay told The Daily Beast that their collaboration “really plays on [the film’s] energy. For me The Bling Ring’s big takeaway was the energy and power of youth coming together.” The package’s contents hint at early-’00s iconography. A set of nail wraps produced in collaboration with NCLA include Starbucks-logo-inspired decals that read “Rich Bitch Coffee,” recalling the oversize lattes then favored by the diminutive Mary-Kate Olsen. Itty-bitty shorts, created in partnership with MilkFed, Coppola’s original fashion line from the ’90s (now owned by an Asian conglomerate), are emblazoned on the butt with a slew of Bling Ring catchphrases like “I wanna rob” and “Let’s go to Paris.” There are also Ring Pops, the film characters’ candy of choice. The collection ($99) launches at VFiles’s SoHo store and website Friday.
In his first post-scandal TV interview, John Galliano sheds new light on his career downfall.
Three years after his anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar, two years after the French courts found him guilty on the charges of “public insults,” and just one month after losing his course at Parsons due to an anonymous petition, John Galliano finally decided to make a public apology. The designer, who is now exactly two years and three months sober, sat down with Charlie Rose on Wednesday night to discuss his downfall. “This conversation is not about rehabilitation or prosecution,” said Rose, “it is about understanding why. It is about accountability. It is about great creativity and troubling addiction.” Under the harsh television lights, Galliano’s face and dress—stiff button-up shirt, tight ponytail—made him look jarringly gaunt and serious. Galliano told Rose that he’s a different man now, and is willing to do anything to atone for his actions. Highlights from the interview:
Galliano talked to Rose about his abuse of alcohol and claimed that he had no knowledge of his rant at the Paris café that night. “In instances like that, what I've since discovered, since I wanted to know too where that hate came from, I've discovered that when one is a blackout drinker, what happens is that it can release paranoia of such a stage that it can trigger frustrations from childhood,” Galliano said. “And due to that, it can trigger a self-defense mechanism. Now, having had quite a tough time at school and being subjected, persecuted, bullied, called all sorts of names as children do, and living a lie because I was gay and couldn't admit to that at home...I couldn't escape…”
MySpace has hired the famed indie photographer to direct a commercial celebrating its relaunch. But the campaign has more to do with being a hipster than the actual Internet itself.
Trying to accomplish what’s seemingly impossible, MySpace is gunning for a reboot—one that now boasts Justin Timberlake as minority owner. And as a ploy to lure back the millions of millennials (who in the last 10 years have decamped for Facebook’s less primitive pasture—one that now treads on privacy invasion), MySpace has tapped hipster poster boy and photographer Ryan McGinley to create a campaign celebrating its relaunch, which debuted on Tuesday.
If hiring McGinley (a photographer best known for taking nude portraits of severely underage-looking legals) weren’t enough evidence that MySpace is trying very hard to regain its “cool” quotient, then look at the roster of negligibly underground faces that join him in the commercial. Pharrell Williams, model Erin Wasson, beauty blogger Emily Weiss, singer Sky Ferreira, Ciara, and others bop and hula-hoop to The Orwells’s “Mallrats (La La La)” with mussed-up hair and cans of spray paint, wearing overalls and Saint Laurent stilettos, while doing little more than boasting their status as indie stars.
and a major jewelry heist hits Tiffany's.
Bangladesh Leglislation Introduced in House: Two US House democrats made a motion on Wednesday to create an amendment in the Department of Defense spending bill, one which would require all military garments manufactured in Bangladesh to adhere to an “enforceable accord on building and fire safety,” reports WWD. The Department of Defense is being specifically targeted for their production of military apparel. George Miller (D., California), one of the congressmen who presented the motion, visited Bangladesh last month and told ABC news upon his return, "Workers that manufacture clothing, embossed with our nation's military slogans and insignias, shouldn't have to face blocked fire exists and threats of being fired for refusing to work in unsafe conditions." [WWD]
Boehner Sings to Kate Upton: Worlds collided in a New York City hotel elevator when Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Kate Upton, crossed paths with her uncle, Michigan congressman Fred Upton, on her 21st birthday. "Uncle Fred" has friends in high places, and was on his way to a fundraiser with none other than House Speaker John Boehner. Which is how Upton's landed herself a birthday serenade from none other than Boehner himself. The famously tan official sang his famous birthday jingle '21st Birthday', reports the National Journal. [National Journal]
Now we know the real Ellen DeGeneres. On Monday's episode of 'Ellen,' Madonna showed up wearing something rather, well, Madonna-esque (read 'highly unusual and just a little kinky'). When Ellen was similarly outfitted, the host cheekily said, 'I finally feel like myself.'
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.