Lupita Nyong'o stuns in red Elie Saab, Amy Adams covers up in black lace, and Kim Kardashian looks like a banana. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.Getty for Van Cleef & Arpels; Jason Merritt/Getty; Getty for DIFF; Ilya S. Savenok/Getty
Plunging necklines, over-the-top wigs, and a really bad comb-over steal the show in David O. Russell’s new film.
And Thierry Mugler gets a new Artistic Director.
David Koma Named Artistic Director at Thierry Mugler: Change is in the air at Thierry Mugler! Starting in January, David Koma, a London-based designer, will begin his term as the brand's new artistic director. Replacing Nicola Formichetti, who left the company in April, Koma will debut his first collection at Paris Fashion Week in September 2014. Koma’s “feminine body-con signature” is exactly what Mugler needs, as the company is hoping to rebrand its women’s ready-to-wear. [Vogue UK]
Beyoncé Releases Model-Filled Music Video: Releasing an entire album and a music video teaser all in one day is only something Beyoncé can get away with. One teaser, entitled “Yonce," is for fashion and music fans alike. Sporting bright red lips, grills, and black lace and leather ensembles, models Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, and Jourdan Dunn are the center of attention in the video. It wouldn’t be Beyoncé without being fierce, and what’s more fierce than a music video with a strong model trio? [Fashionista]
And Moda Operandi raises $20 million more from investors.
Lindsay Ellingson is Engaged: Yet another Victoria's Secret model is off the market! Lindsay Ellingson, who made her runway debut for Christian Dior's Spring/Summer 2005 collection, is engaged to medical equipment sales rep, and boyfriend of six years, Sean Clayton. Clayton reportedly proposed to Ellingson at his parents home in Ohio over Thanksgiving, and they are said to be planning a wedding for June in South Carolina. [Page Six]
Photographer Kate Barry Passed Away: Forty-six-year-old photographer — and daughter of Jane Birkin and the late composer John Barry — was found dead outside of her apartment in Paris's 16th arrondissement on Wednesday evening after allegedly falling from her fourth story apartment. Police are still investigating the situation. Barry established herself as a fashion photographer, shooting for the likes of British Vogue and The Telegraph. She is survived by her 26-year-old son Roman de Kermadec. [Vogue UK]
Nick Lord, 25, wins commission to paint Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel for a portrait which will hang in the British Library.
Nothing seels like controversy, eh?
The cult novel gets a spinoff line of naughty knickers just in time for the holidays—but are these underthings too tame for BDSM fans?
Last summer, there was much buzz about a Fifty Shades of Grey lingerie line—bras and panties for women, boxers for men—designed by BlueBella, a British retailer that wanted to capitalize on the global BDSM phenomenon. “The books have played a significant role in shifting perceptions of female sensuality,” said CEO Emily Bendell at the time.
From Fifty Shades-themed wine to sexy hotel packages inspired by the book, businesses have been profiting from the erotic trilogy’s huge success since it hit shelves in 2011—and the money keeps pouring in for author E.L. James, who has made an estimated $100 million from the franchise.
And Gisele blends breastfeeding into her beauty routine.
Kristen Stewart Named Face of Chanel: Sullen, sartorial star Kristen Stewart has been confirmed as the face of the 2013 Métiers d'Art Paris-Dallas collection campaign. The campaign, which was shot by Karl Lagerfeld, will be released in May 2014. On Tuesday evening, the actress attended the brand's latest Métiers d'Art show in Dallas, clad head to toe in Chanel from the Spring/Summer 2014 show. The star follows in the footsteps of Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, and Diane Kruger, who all all headlined Chanel campaigns. [Vogue UK]
Ryan Lochte Dabbles in Fashion Design: The swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist's fashion design career is gaining steam. Following the success of his signature Ryan Lochte sneakers, Lochte has partnered with Speedo to co-design a limited-edition swim cap with artist Dave Kinsey. All proceeds from the $20 cap will benefit a non-profit organization that fights Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy, and a cause Lochte's supported for several years. The cap, like Lochte's sneakers, sport a green, yellow, and black color scheme. [Fashionista]
“The Duchess is an inspiration,” Alice says.
Fashion designer Alice Temperley is full of praise for her most high-profile client's style, saying that Kate Middleton is the perfect modern-day woman.
“The Duchess is an inspiration,” Alice told The Telegraph in an interview today.
“She’s very graceful, gracious and she’s a brilliant ambassador for British fashion. She mixes up designer and high street; the perfect modern-day woman,” she said.
Alice Temperley designs for actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley and Kate's sister Pippa.
Alice, who has a clientele of celebrities, described the Middleton sisters as “lovely girls," (not such a big sccop there) and adds that creating Pippa’s emerald green backless number for her sister’s reception was “fun, easy, simple – she looked great … They know I will be discreet.”
And Mango launches a plus-size line.
Lululemon Founder Resigns as Chairman: Chip Wilson, the outspoken, fat-shaming founder of Lululemon, announced his resignation as chairman of the company on Tuesday. Wilson, who is best known for his comments that some women's bodies simply don't work for Lululemon's products, will be replaced by lead director Michael Casey, who will assume his position come June. Unsurprisingly, AP reports that "analysts that follow the company believe Wilson alienated some core customers and potentially opened a door in the lucrative market to rivals like Nike, Under Armour, Athleta and others." The company also announced that Laurent Potdevin, former president of Toms Shoes, would be replacing former CEO Christine Day, who resigned in June. [AP]
Victoria Beckham's Wedding Tiara Fails to Sell: The gold crown Victoria Beckham wore to wed David Beckham in 1999 failed to hit the reserve price during auction at Bonhams in London. Although estimated to sell somewhere between $29,445 and $40,897, the tiara, created by designer Slim Barrett, only received a bid of $22,900. According to WWD, the 18-carat gold and diamond headpiece has been returned to Barrett, who has ownership over the crown. [WWD]
Forget Gaga’s bushy full frontal—modern women aren’t embracing the au naturel look just yet.
I was once a “model” for a Brazilian wax, in which one has the torturous job done for free by an aesthetician in training. Having been through this procedure many times, I empathized with my visibly nervous waxer. I smiled reassuringly, contriving to mask the grimace on my face when, with one strip of wax, she pulled, and pulled, and pulled again. “Oof,” she grunted, using her sleeve to wipe the perspiration from her brow. She plunged the tongue depressor (yes, this is the utensil of choice) back into the wax pot. Oof, indeed.
As she applied the next strip with an unsteady hand, a beautiful Singaporean woman entered the room, trailed by a notepad-holding observer. (How strange, I thought, to have three women scrutinizing my vagina like a science experiment.) She watched my trainee rip, and rip, and rip again before jumping in. “Stop! Stop! The area has to be taut,” she chided, gently stretching the skin around my exhausted unmentionables. “Now do it.” The tentative trainee collected herself and ripped again, this time in one dramatic pull. “Better,” the Singaporean said, winking at me.
It has bejeweled the upper crust for over a century. A new retrospective in Paris looks back at the house’s work from its birth in 1847—including Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara.
On a summer day at a villa on the French Riviera in 1957, top Hollywood producer Mike Todd gave his ravishing 25-year-old bride Elizabeth Taylor some buffed red-leather boxes. Her eyes brightened—she knew those boxes came from the French jeweler Cartier, one of her favorite stores in the world. She opened them and discovered a jaw-dropping ruby and diamond necklace, with matching earrings and bracelet glittering in the hot Mediterranean sunlight. “It was like the sun, lit up and made of red fire,” Taylor would remember. She swooned and cooed as she put them on and jumped into the pool, the drop earrings swinging like chandeliers in a storm. Ever the movie star, Taylor had someone on hand to film it.
The necklace, earrings, and film clip are among the marquee items on display at Cartier: Style and History, an unprecedented retrospective of the jewelry house’s work from its first year in 1847 through the 1970s that is being held at the Grand Palais in Paris. In the recently restored Salle d’Honneur, more than 600 items are on display, including the Halo Scroll tiara, a swirling diamond-filigree headdress that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II, who lent the tiara to Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Also on display is the 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring that Prince Rainier III of Monaco gave to American actress Grace Kelly in 1956.
But there are a great many other gems on view, such as the sword crafted with a Picasso-head-like hilt for writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau when he was admitted into the Academie Française, France’s regulatory body for language, in 1955; enameled, jewel-encrusted objets, such as clocks, cigarette cases, and desk accoutrements; a case devoted to a hundred-year’s-worth of Cartier watches; and a revolving display of international tiaras, including a Roman laurel wreath-like diadem once belonging to Princess Marie Bonaparte, the great-grandniece of Emperor Napoleon I of France and a psychoanalyst associated with Sigmund Freud.
The Daily Beast went backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing Tuesday on CBS, to ask Doutzen Kroes, Constance Jablonski, and more about their craziest fan moments.
The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is back, delivering dozens of beautiful women with highly-coveted bodies in elaborate lingerie to millions of viewers watching at home in their pajamas, devouring pints of ice cream, and promising to hit the gym every day this week. But what about those fans who take their Angel admiration to a whole new level, tweeting love notes or instagramming photos? And what happens when they go too far? The members of One Direction aren't the only celebs to have wild super-fans. Backstage at the fashion show's taping on November 13, The Victoria's Secret Angels tell The Daily Beast about some of their own crazy admirers.
And Beyoncé adds more Pucci to the Mrs. Carter Show.
Miley Cyrus Debuts Anna Wintour-esque Bob: Sunday evening, Miley Cyrus debuted a new 'do at the 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas festival in Los Angeles. Cyrus changed up her super-short look with bangs and a symmetrical, not-quite shoulder-length bob that looks a bit like Anna Wintour's famous hairstyle. Although the singer has been public about her desire to grow out her pixie cut lately, it's hard to imagine that this look is 100% Miley's real hair. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, maybe Miley will land that Vogue cover after all. [Fashionista]
Lady Gaga Dresses as a Christmas Tree: Getting into the holiday spirit, Lady Gaga donned a Christmas tree headpiece—complete with baubles and a sparkly star—when leaving the Jingle Bell Ball in London Sunday night. Keeping the rest of her outfit subdued, Mother Monster posed for the cameras in a red jumpsuit, fishnets, a festive green wig, and platform stiletto boots. The popstar did not comment on her Yuletide outfit, but she did say on her Facebook page that "Last nights show cured a deep sadness" she felt after canceling her last performance at the venue in February due to emergency hip surgery. [BuzzFeed]
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.