Kate Upton is sophisticated in Versace, Kate Middleton looks like a chic banana, and Kim Kardashian wears a Balmain suit of armor in Paris. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.The Daily Beast
Two years ago, Raf Simons was an unexpected pick to take over the fashion house. A new documentary follows the creation of his first collection. Spoiler alert: It was a huge success.CIM Productions
And 'FASHION' magazine denies Lorde's photoshop claims.
Kate Middleton's DVF Dress Sells Out: The world cannot get enough of The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion choices. Within a matter of minutes of photos surfacing online showing Middleton's Thursday look, the blue and white Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress she was wearing sold out in its most popular sizes. “The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Drew Hirsch, an employee at DVF's Meatpacking District store. “That's just how influential [Middleton] is in fashion.” The frenzy, known as “The Kate Effect,” comes as no surprise—Middleton’s style choices have previously boosted the sales of Tory Burch and Whistles. [New York Daily News]
Roberto Cavalli May Sell Company For $621 Million: According to sources close to the deal, agreements may be reached shortly between Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli and buyout firm Permira. The potential $621 million sale would end a 40-year-long ownership for the animal print-loving 73-year-old designer, but “The Leopard King” would still retain between 20 to 40 percent stake in the company. [Reuters]
And 'Elle' searches for a replacement for Joe Zee.
Anna Wintour Wants "More Exclusivity" at Met Gala: For this year’s Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit, high fashion and exclusivity is a top priority for Anna Wintour. Ticket prices were raised a staggering $10,000 from the $15,000 cost of last year’s attendance, and the theme, Charles James: Beyond Fashion (1906-1978), will require “gentlemen to be dressed in white tie," according to an e-mail sent by Vogue. The female attendees—who thus far include Lupita Nyong’o representing Prada, Zoe Saldana for Prabal Gurung, and Taylor Swift donning J. Mendel—are expected to wear Jamesian-style ball gowns. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Sofia Coppola Guest Edits W Magazine: Director Sophia Coppola has received the chance to fulfill a life-long dream, editing W magazine’s May issue. “As a kid, I loved magazines. That’s where I got a lot of my interest in photography and fashion,” Coppola told WWD. “I remember as a kid W being so glamorous and it being so different from my reality.” The cover story highlights actress Kirsten Dunst, who starred in Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. Content inside the issue revolves mostly around the director’s “lifestyle and friends,” and includes pieces on actress and model Marisa Berenson, socialite Cornelia Guest, and designer Paul Fortune. [WWD]
When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.
In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figure problems.”
Before entering the eighth grade, then-14-year-old Maya Van Wagenen discovered Cornell’s tome in her father’s office. Van Wagenen, who had been having difficulties fitting in at middle school, decided to follow Cornell’s advice and embark on the new school year with a 1950s mentality. In her new (and first) memoir, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (April 2014, Dutton Children’s Books), Van Wagenen catalogue’s her journey through the social experiment, which included learning to be a stellar hostess, practicing proper posture, and styling her hair with rag curlers.
And Prince William called Kate "a banana."
Unretouched Photos of Lady Gaga Leak: On Wednesday, feminist website Jezebel published unretouched photos from Lady Gaga’s Spring 2014 Versace campaign, which features the performer—who reportedly requests all paparazzi retouch her images before making them public—with much less make-up, a darker complexion, and a lot less gloss than the final advertisement. Jezebel pulled a similar stunt in January when the site offered payment for the original photos of Lena Dunham's Vogue cover—which they also received and published. [The Telegraph]
Mary Katrantzou Collaborates With Adidas: Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, who was named Elle’s 'Young Designer of the Year' in 2012, has entered a long-term partnership with sportswear brand Adidas. "I admire Mary's extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colors, and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the Adidas Originals women's collection," the company's creative director, Dirk Schoenberger, told British Vogue. Set to hit shelves in November, Katrantzou's collection will feature activewear and footwear. The designer follows in the collaborative footsteps of Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, and Stella McCartney. [Vogue UK]
When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, the site changed the e-commerce business. Now it’s trying to revolutionize publishing with the launch of Porter, the ‘magazine of the future.’
First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)
Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been duly chastened. But a blog post announcing the impending arrival of a movie about blogging, called American Blogger, has inspired a week of steady disdain in the blogosphere and on social media, including countless posts, multiple hashtags, parody Twitter accounts, and spoof videos.
Upon initial viewing, there is a lot to mock about the trailer, released on Vimeo by first-time feature-length documentarian and husband of a popular “mommy blogger,” Chris Wiegand. First, there’s the voiceover. It sounds like a real trailer, in terms of the rhythm and timbre of the disembodied voice, but it immediately launches into a metadiscursive journey through the accomplishments of the filmmaker in this, his first feature-length film, that makes the viewer wonder if this is, in fact, a hoax.
You want to lose weight, or give up smoking? Stop blaming the amount and availability of fast food, or the power of big tobacco companies—and just use your willpower.
As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream. We weren’t actually ‘taught’ this – it was obvious to us, even as young children, that fruit was healthier than sweets and biscuits.
Which is why I was surprised at the media furore over the latest health findings. Experts at University College London have studied the eating habits of 65,000 people over eight years and found that consuming seven to ten helpings of fruit and vegetables is linked to a 42% lower risk of death from all causes. Forget five-a-day, they say - we should be aiming for more like seven to ten servings per day.
And street style is becoming shoppable.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Heads to London: At a private press conference Tuesday morning, Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the brand’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek to announce the move of the annual fashion show, which began in 1998, from New York to London. “Candidly… when we came to London, no one knew who we were," Razek said at the company's new Bond Street location. "We’ve started opening stores in London—I think we’ve got six stores in Great Britain at the moment and we hope to open more here...We found a good [show] location that made sense in Earls Court. It just kind of all came together this year.” The annual spectacle will take place on December 2. [Victoria's Secret Press Release]
Oscar de la Renta Seeking New Creative Director: As the 81-year-old designer prepares to step down as the creative director of his namesake label, names of potential successors are slowly beginning to leak. After deals with John Galliano, who assisted with de la Renta's Fall/Winter 2013 collection, failed to solidify, American designers Olivier Theyskens of Theory and Prabal Gurung are said to be two of the strongest contenders, according to Page Six. [Page Six]
It took Justin Jedlica 149 cosmetic procedures to look like this. He says Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers were his idols, while the Real Life Barbie is just faking it.
Following an appearance in photographer Phil Toledano’s book, A New Kind of Beauty, Justin Jedlica was dubbed ‘The Human Ken Doll’ while making a brief appearance on 20/20. The name stuck, and Jedlica—and his 149 cosmetic surgeries—have become an international phenomenon. Recently, Jedlica made headlines for calling Valeria Lukyanova, ‘The Real Life Barbie,’ “an illusionist” in an interview with GQ. He opens up to The Daily Beast about dreaming of becoming famous, fighting body dysmorphic rumors, and how he really feels about why Lukyanova has gone too far.
When did you first get the nickname ‘The Human Ken Doll’?
With a push to make editorial content more accessible for purchase, online retailer SSENSE is breaking boundaries with a series of shoppable music videos.
Early last year, online magazines began making a big push towards allowing the products in its features and advertisements to be easily shopped by readers. By simply clicking on a product within an image or article, consumers would no longer have to spend time tracking down hard-to-find items.
Pushing the boundaries one step further, online retailer SSENSE—which carries over 200 luxury designers including Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney—is integrating shoppable music videos into its stream of online editorials. As a partnership with edgy, London-based glossy System magazine, SSENSE will release a series of new music videos every two weeks that will blend e-commerce with music, fashion, and film.
And Haider Ackermann may expand into couture.
Alexander Wang Announces Collaboration With H&M: At the Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night, fashion retailer H&M announced its next, highly-anticipated collaboration with fashion designer Alexander Wang. “We’ve always liked Alexander’s designs,” Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor, said. “He’s very contemporary. It’s very young, but it’s also things that can be worn by any age because of his influences in tailoring and sport. He’s very much today.” Wang is the youngest designer to join the store's capsule collection roster, which has previously included Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Lanvin, and Isabel Marant. The collection will be available November 6. [Style.com]
Joe Zee Named Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Fashion: After much speculatiion, it was confirmed Monday that longtime Elle magazine editor Joe Zee will be heading up a new "digital fashion magazine" for the soon-to-be revamped Yahoo. “I have always embraced technology and innovation in everything I do—from making a magazine, to executive producing and hosting my television shows, to writing my books. So, the chance to combine all of these passions at Yahoo during a period of tremendous innovation and transformation is a dream,” Zee said in an official statement. [Fashionista]
In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.
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?