The Cannes film festival is now well under way, with many strong fashionable showings. From Marion Cotillard to Emma Watson, see highlights from the red carpet.
and Vogue kicks off a second round of its photography competition.
Rihanna Enlists Big Name Friends: Rihanna’s U.K. fashion reality show, Styled to Rock, is coming to the US with the help of some pretty lofty names. Last week the singer announced that Pharrell Williams would be helping her out as a mentor on the program, which will air on the Style Network. Now come reports that American supermodel Erin Wasson will also serve on the show. [The Cut]
VS Mastectomy Bras a No-Go: Victoria’s Secret won’t be making those mastectomy bras afterall. The lingerie giant released a statement on Tuesday clarifying that “through our research, we have learned that fitting and selling mastectomy bras...in the right way...a way that is beneficial to women is complicated and truly a science. As a result, we believe that the best way for us to make an impact for our customers is to continue funding cancer research.” The statement also noted that VS has donated “nearly $2 million to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.” [Fashionista]
One New York City-based salon owner on teaching Cambodian sex trade survivors his tricks of the trade.
New York City-based salon owner Michael Angelo has long been privy to the beauty industry’s inescapable image-driven, superficial depths. It’s why he has set glamour aside in the interest of putting his hair-know-how to good use through a partnership with the Somaly Mam Foundation. The project, as chronicled Monday by Daily Beast alum Abigail Pesta on New York magazine’s The Cut blog, has Angelo teaching the foundation’s small army of sex slave rehabilitees the skillsets of a proper hairdresser—equipping the girls with a potential channel of income in the outside world.
Angelo first travelled to Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in 2006 to meet with the foundation’s founder Somaly Mam (a former sex trade victim herself), to discuss the ways in which he could help. “She asked me: ‘Do you know how to make a haircut?’” he told The Cut. It’s then that he began his work, teaching the tricks of the beauty trade to Mam’s cycling roster of sex trade victims, many of which she has personally rescued straight from brothels. And their relationship has continued--a trip back to Phenom Penh late last month was Angelo's third. “Some of the girls had never held a pair of scissors,” he said of his most recent experience, in which Angelo instructed 29 young women in how to cut hair and apply makeup.
and Lily Coles has a new social network.
Áslaug Magnúsdóttir Exits Moda Operandi: Áslaug Magnúsdóttir has left her post as co-founder and CEO of luxury online etailer Moda Operandi. The businesswoman made her exit just after the company reached $36 million in a Series C round of additional funding. Magnúsdóttir declined to comment on the reason for her departure to BoF, but the New York Post reports that the split was due to a rift between Magnúsdóttir and Moda Operandi co-founder and creative director Lauren Santo Domingo. [Business of Fashion]
Ireland Baldwin’s Steamy Photo Shoot: Ireland Baldwin, daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, is cementing her new career as a fashion model with a steamy new photo shoot in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. The spread, shot by Patrick Demarchelier, features the blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty striking a series of titillating poses, wearing a white shirt and barely-there bottoms in one photo and a formfitting white dress in another. [Vanity Fair]
A hotel-room safe full of jewelry, stolen right under Hollywood’s nose. Was it the Pink Panthers, Colombians, an inside job? Dana Kennedy on the Riviera mystery.
Clutching umbrellas and shivering, Hollywood heavyweights like Nicole Kidman, Harvey Weinstein, Colin Firth, Rooney Mara, Sofia Coppola, and Emma Watson braved the rain and unseasonable cold Thursday night at A-list parties ranging from a rooftop soiree sponsored by Bulgari to a beachside bash held by Calvin Klein at the far end of the Croisette.
Cary Grant stars in the 1955 movie "To Catch a Thief". (Everett)
FLOTUS parts to the left, Twitter explodes.
The First Lady took the podium for her commencement address at the Bowie State graduation on Friday morning, her hair neatly styled in soft curls.
Soon, Twitter erupted with news that the First Lady had given up her bangs. “Breaking: Michelle Obama’s bangs are gone,” tweeted a reporter for The Hill. “Bang-gate?” asked another. Someone else tweeted: “BANGHAZI!”
and Rooney Mara is Calvin Klein’s new face.
Rihanna Sues Topshop: Rihanna is reportedly suing British retailer Topshop to the tune of $5 million for selling T-shirts that feature her name without her permission. According to the New York Post, Rihanna’s management had asked that Topshop not sell her image “a number of times,” but the store refused. The singer has reportedly already spent over $1 million in litigation fees. [New York Post]
Galliano To Do TV Interview?: John Galliano may be supplementing his sit down interview with Vanity Fair with an appearance on the small screen. According to WWD, talks of the designer participating in a TV interview with Charlie Rose are underway. If it pans out, this would mark one of the rare occurrences that Galliano participates in a long interview. His publicist, Liz Rosenberg, denied the claims: “There are no plans in place regarding TV appearances for John at this time,” she told WWD. [WWD]
Chopard baubles meant for celebs.
A-listers walking the red carpet in Cannes this week will be excused for not accessorizing their gowns with the usual bling. More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a Cannes hotel room where an employee of jewelry maker Chopard was staying. The thief reportedly ripped the room’s safe out of the wall of the employee’s Novotel hotel room, making off with baubles meant for celebrities to wear to the film festival’s glitzy parties and premiere events. Cannes jewel robberies are a bit of a tradition at this point: $8 million worth was stolen in one 2009 incident, while a group of thieves during that same festival rode away with $21 million in Cartier bling.
Donatella Versace presented Versus Versace’s new look on Wednesday night in New York, while championing one of London’s brightest new talents, J.W. Anderson.
In the wake of Christopher Kane’s departure from Versus, Donatella Versace decided to retool the label’s dynamic—one that she’s been overseeing since her brother Gianni Versace gave her the renegade brand’s lead responsibilities in 1990. Those changes, which have been carefully plotted in the last six months since Kane left, were presented in New York on Wednesday evening, marking the debut of two components: the newly named Versus Versace collection (a mélange of seasonless, referential designs for progressive youths) and a three-part collection that Versace designed in collaboration with Kane’s upstart London acolyte, 28-year-old J.W. Anderson.
and Christine Quinn almost copied a Kardashian.
Julianne Moore’s Squashed Toes: Julianne Moore looked lovely in a black and lilac strapless Dior dress on Wednesday night at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, but her feet looked like they were in absolute pain. The Daily Mail points out that the actress’s toes were jutting out from the sides of her silver metallic heels, and the rest were squashed under the straps. [The Daily Mail]
Cambodia Shoe Factory Collapse: On the heels of a factory tragedy in Bangladesh, another country has suffered a hazardous clothing manufacturing-related accident. A collapsed ceiling in a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday took the lives of three people and injured six. The collapse was reportedly a mezzanine floor that had been added between two buildings in order to enlarge the factory space. [Wall Street Journal]
Joakim Noah, the most fashionable Chicago Bull, has a pretty awesome top bun.
Perched atop a mountain of wavy, pulled-back hair is a mangled ball of manliness, a holdover from the days of the samurai. Joakim Noah, the most fashionable Chicago Bull, has a top bun.
In the annals of hair, the top bun renaissance will be marked by the style’s escape from the shackles of gender and Brooklyn’s “hipster” L train. Wearing top buns (also known as the top knot or, according to The New York Times, the man bun), men are straddling both fashion and practicality. And looking sexy while doing so.
and Buckingham Palace will stage a fashion exhibit.
Christy Turlington Returns to Calvin Klein: Christy Turlington’s barely-aged face and body is making a return to Calvin Klein, one of the brands responsible for launching her career. She’ll appear in a fall campaign for Calvin Klein Underwear, photographed by Mario Sorrenti. [WWD]
H&M’s Plus Size Praise: H&M has hired a plus-sized model for a new swimwear campaign. Jennie Runk, a size 12 American model, poses in both one-piece suits and bikinis from the retailer's the plus-sized swimwear collection. H&M is remaining humble in response to the positive press surrounding its campaign. “Our aim is not to convey a certain message or show an ideal but to find a model who can illustrate this collection in an inspiring an clear way,” a publicist told Quartz. [Time]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.