Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring was purchased for $81,250 at Sotheby's. See other stars’s bling.Pacific Coast News
A new modeling agency in London prides itself on signing unique, passionate individuals whose first priority isn’t becoming a model.AntiAgency
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]
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]
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.
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.
Working all day, every day for weeks—unpaid because of a contract in another language with a sociopath.
It was a gray Sunday morning with a constant looming threat of rain. I woke up early, hoping to finally spend an hour seeing the city of Istanbul instead of the suburban holes where we primarily worked. I arrived at the Grand Bazaar and planned to work my way over to the Aya Sofia and the Topkapi Palace.
“Lady! We sell Chanel, Givenchy, whatever you want. Please look inside…,” the vendors shouted at me as I walked through the stalls, enjoying the smells of faraway spices and incense lingering in the air.
And Edie Campbell edits 'Love' magazine.
Vivienne Westwood Goes Bald: In a neighborhood protest againt the sale of housing co-ops, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood removed her beanie to reveal a new cropped, white hairstyle. “Vivienne cut her hair as we must all wake up to Climate Change,” a spokesperson told TheTelegraph. “Secondly, she wanted to cut the red out for a while and have it white—to show she’s proud of her age.” Westwood has been a long-time climate change activist and recently announced a shift in focus from her fashion business to Greenpeace’s efforts to protect the earth. [The Telegraph]
Miranda Kerr Poses For Wonderbra: The busty supermodel best known for her Victoria’s Secret pin-ups left the brand last year to spend more time with her three-year-old son Flynn, claiming she was in no position to commit to a full-time contract. Now, after a slew of random projects, Kerr has officially signed as the face of Wonderbra, a competing lingerie company. The 30-year-old model joins the ranks of Eva Herizoga, whose campaign for the brand was named the most iconic ad of all time in 2011. [Vogue UK]
The fast-fashion retailer has made yet another questionable decision, releasing a new ad that turns edgy into just plain distasteful.
American Apparel—the controversial retailer known for its outspoken CEO and its provocative advertisements—has unveiled its latest campaign. The ad features a topless model of South Asian descent, with the words ‘MADE IN BANGLADESH’ boldly printed across her chest and a detailed account of her background.
“[Maks] is a merchandiser who has been with American Apparel since 2010. Born in Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, Maks vividly remembers attending mosque as a child alongside her conservative Muslim parents. At age four, her family made a life changing move to Marina Del Rey, California. Although she suddenly found herself a world away from Dhaka, she continued following her parent's religious traditions and sustained her Islamic faith throughout her childhood. Upon entering high school, Maks began to feel the need to forge her own identity and ultimately distanced herself from Islamic traditions. A woman continuously in search of new creative outlets, Maks unreservedly embraced this photo shoot.
And Carla Bruni claims being first lady hindered her cosmetics contracts.
Kimye Sets a Wedding Date: The highly-anticipated nuptials between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West officially have a date! On Saturday, May 24, the couple will wed in the City of Lights—the specific venue has yet to be revealed. "We're having a super, super small, intimate wedding," Kardashian told Ryan Seacrest in an interview. "As we go along, we're realizing we want it to be smaller and more intimate than people are imagining and thinking." [US Weekly]
Luxury Goods Prices Soar: Believe it or not, the price of a quilted Chanel bag has increased by 70 percent since 2009. And while this may be a result of changing "models, production costs, raw materials, and exchange rates," analysts suggest that raising the prices of products could be a strategy companies are using to add to the allure to their goods. Sure, a higher price may make things seem less attainable, but does that really help sales? [The Telegraph]
Lulu, the mobile dating app for women, has changed its system to allow men to opt-in. Here’s why guys shouldn’t bow to the pressure to perform online.
A frantic text from a male friend read, “Are you familiar with Lulu… Can you try checking Lulu on me? If something is on there, can you snapshot and send it to me?”
Since its launch in February 2013, Lulu, the mobile dating app for women to anonymously review guys and their romantic capacities (or shortcomings), has sent a panicked chill through many a man.
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.'