We expect fashion "month" to be a bit of a circus, but this year, the Fall/Winter 2014 runways were downright beastly. See some of our favorite looks and their animal doppelgängers.
Jennifer Lawrence sparkles in Tom Ford, Rihanna rocks red mink and suspenders, and Serena Williams shows off cleavage in too many places. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.Getty
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.
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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.
And the trailer for Lindsay Lohan's OWN series is unveiled.
Cara Delevingne Gets a TV Gig: The world just can’t get enough of Cara Delevingne. The omnipresent supermodel’s face turns up in nearly every magazine on stands, and she just finished a month-long fashion tour-de-force, appearing on runways in London, Milan, and Paris. Amid it all, Delevingne has found the time to extend her CV, this time with an acting gig in a new TV drama, Timeless. Airing June 19, the series follows a young woman whose soon-to-be husband is serving in Afghanistan. Although Delevingne has a few movie appearences under her belt, this is the model's first television drama. [Vogue UK]
Dior Documentary to Debut at Tribeca Film Fesitval: Christian Dior is the lastest fashion house allowing viewers a peak into its private world. Previewing at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the documentary, Dior and I, follows designer Raf Simons as he produces his debut collection for Dior. The crew captured a “dedicated, charming, and often humorous group of collaborators” that worked feverously for eight weeks—half the time normally allotted for production. The film is directed by Frédéric Tcheng, who has worked on documentaries on Diana Vreeland and Valentino. [The Telegraph]
Atelier Pallas is one of the only couture houses still doing things the old way—completely in house and completely by hand. Daniel Pallas talks about the changes and designing for the Queen.
The way Daniel Pallas tells it, Atelier Pallas, the petite couture house with over fifty years of history, is the only company that still makes ready-to-wear the way all of the Parisian fashion houses, both large and small, used to do it as recently as the 1970s.
“Today everything is industrial,” he says. “In the 1970s, my father had 35 individual tailors working around Paris on our collection. Today we have seven of them, and no one else works like this. I even had a couture house phone me and ask me to make a jacket recently. I was shocked. I could not do it. To be a couture house, you have to make everything in house.”
Following Marc Jacobs's exit, Louis Vuitton's new creative director Nicolas Ghesquière presented an outstanding debut collection for the brand that was fresh, intricately crafted, and timeless.
The New Louis Vuitton woman, of Nicolas Ghesquière's making, wears knee-high leather boots, retro mini-skirts, and leather jackets. Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, made his much-awaited debut for the brand on Wednesday in Paris, taking things in a different direction than former creative director Marc Jacobs had during his tenure.
The collection was free from any major house logos. Sexy coats with suede lapels were worn over white roll-neck tops. Petite a-frame suede mini-skirts featured patchwork pockets or cut-out patterns on leather. Some of the minis were printed with busy, floral-seeming decorations, but were worn with leather, v-neck tops with cut-out sleeves that were tucked into the skirts. Others were paired with sportswear-inspired tops—think a tracksuit zip-up made glam with diagonal decorative panels.
The runways of three of the top fashion houses were all fun—while maintaining their traditions of quality high fashion—during the first day of Paris Fashion Week’s grand finale.
From the golden lapels on Alexandre Vauthier’s dynasty jackets to the neon, club-kid inspired designs of Manish Arora, the range of styles seen on the Paris Fashion Week runways is inevitably as varied as the women who buy them. One thing that has connected the collections this season, however, is the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of the clothing. The Fall/Winter 2014 catwalks have been magical, visual candy for lovers of fine clothing and fabulous design, ranging from young designer Damir Doma’s richly autumnal collection to Elie Saab’s lavish ballgowns with ultra-wide hips from yesteryear.
This theme was continued during the first day of Paris’s grand finale, the last two days fashion week when most of fashion’s largest houses present their highly anticipated collections. Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen delivered runway shows that were playful and fun—think art as inspiration, supermarket chic, and furry, creature-like models—that also maintained their traditions of luxury high fashion.
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'