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By “yore” I mean 2007, which is practically a lifetime ago.
Take a moment to transport yourself back — way, WAY BACK — to the summer of 2007.
After four long years on the air, The Simple Life was about to end.
Britney Spears hadn't done this yet.
The Kardashians were nobodies!
See her like you've never seen her before: in a one-piece .
After months of rumors, Kate Upton has finally landed on the cover of American Vogue, which declared her our Earth's "hottest supermodel."
And Vogue doesn't dole out compliments like that regularly. They're like a graduation — you have to wait about four years for the next one to come along.
The profile is fluffy as expected but includes some semi-interesting factoids about everyone's favorite hot blond, like:
She gives up on her ab exercises.
Her personal trainer David Krisch is like a drill sergeant, determined to get Kate in shape prior to each shoot. Vogue goes along to observe one of her workouts five days before her cover shoot in Uruguay, and at the very end of an ab exercise with an exercise ball Upton's like, enough. "I can't," she says.
She didn't buy magazines with models on the covers growing up because she "didn't know them."
This is what propelled her to become not just a model, but a celebrity. Though I hasten to add Upton is all of 20 years old —born in 1992 — which means she was just 8 years old when the supermodel craze was about done.
"In 2012, she was the fourth-most-popular search on Yahoo," Vogue reports, "just behind Election, iPhone5, and Kim Kardashian."
“When I talk about fashion, I’m not talking about a random street picture. I’m talking about Meisel, Testino, Sims, Naomi, Christy… that community of people that really is the fashion community.”
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BuzzFeed Fashion's "How I Made It in Fashion" series takes a look at the rise of the industry's most successful personalities. Here, VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay talks about working in the thick of the supermodel hey day of the '90s with Steven Meisel, and fashion's digital future.
When I talk about fashion, I'm not talking about a random street picture. I'm talking about Meisel, Testino, Sims, Naomi, Christy, Amber, Freja, Pat McGrath — that community of people that really is the fashion community. We talk to each other in pictures. Like, oh my God, I want to do this story, and it's going to be kind of grungy, kind of Marc Jacobs, but white and mixed with fur. I used to collect magazines — I was paper-hoarding — covers and all that. There's a whole crowd of people obsessed with fashion and they were collecting paper, but they want to see it on their computer. So the idea of VFiles is to have all this stuff in one place and be able to share it. It's a place where you could pull those kinds of references.
I was the executive editor of V for five years, and when I had the idea for VFiles [which stands for "Virtual Files"] I went back to V and said, "hey guys I'm going to do this, do you want to be a launch partner, and will you give me content?" We wanted to start the fashion conversation at the right level. So we started by archiving V, Visionnaire, V Man. Street style and personal style blogs are important and have a voice, but I think it's way more important to see what is really being done in fashion. Fashion is words and ideas and inventions and colors and sometimes black-and-white and sometimes sepia. You need these Meisels and the Inez and Vinoodhs and people that put it all together.
I'm from a print background, so I have respect for print. We didn't do jpegs and PDFs of pages for VFiles — we actually photographed the pages of every magazine, so you can see the spine, you can see the folds in the pages. And we tagged every image in every single page. It was so much work. Archiving the first batch of magazines took us a month or so. And while we were doing that, we were like, what do we do when we're waiting?
So we thought let's make some videos, which is what was missing in fashion and fashion programming. Until pretty recently there had been a West Coast land grab on TV, and so people on the West Coast were saying there's a $1.6 trillion dollar fashion industry, let's be part of it. But do you go to L.A. Fashion Week? No — it's not fashion, it's not where we go and what we consider fashion to be. So we wanted to put our voice on fashion programming and we started making videos. To be a fly on the wall in a casting is hilarious, so we said let's do a go-see and film it for VFiles. It's really funny.
While we were doing all that we were still archiving the images and building the site, getting the tech ready. We realized our office is on Mercer St. in Soho and we had a storefront, so we said we should have a store! And we got some blue tape and we taped out a section on the floor, I hired Zachary Ching from Opening Ceremony and we said, "Can you make that into a store?" We started collaborating with brands that might not be sold in America anymore. Or labels like The Blonds who don't have a store, they only make concert clothes for Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, etc.
Also, she poses nude because that’s just how Allure works.
Here's Zoe Saldana — "115 pounds of grit and heartache," in other words.
Because how best to describe a woman than by her physical stats? Not "Star Trek star," not "first woman of color to cover this magazine since Nicki Minaj in April of 2012," or even simply, "enthralling Hollywood beauty" or some such nonsense. But: presenting Zoe Saldana — she's 115 pounds!
She poses if various states of undress for the magazine. If you prefer to see her bottomless, you can.
Because bottomless is the new topless.
But if you want to find out "why women love wine" you might have to obtain a paper copy of this issue.
And star on a reality show about running it.
The new documentary Venus and Serena is the story of how the Williams sisters became world class tennis players. Fashion is an integral part of their rise to the top as not only athletes, but also celebrities. The sisters have a huge fan in Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who photographed them for the magazine, and routinely make headlines for their unusual on-court ensembles. Filmmaker Michelle Major spoke to BuzzFeed Fashion about the sisters' relationship with Wintour, Serena's love of nail art, and more. And scroll down for an exclusive clip of Wintour talking about the sisters.
Serena goes to a lot of fashion events, like fashion week. Did you tag along with her to any of them?
We filmed her getting ready for the Met Ball. We filmed her also being styled for it, which is great because you get to see all these amazing outfits and everything she tried on you were like, oh my God, if I had a body like that. One outfit that stood out was, like, from the '80s. It had a spikey punk rock belt. She ended up wearing this swan-like gorgeous ballgown and looked very much like a fairy — a fairy godmother.
Serena at the Met Ball in 2011.
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Who's her stylist?
She has several stylists. You really have to — there's no way you could pull it together every single time.
I remember when she was getting ready for the huge party that marks the beginning of Wimbledon, and it was a team of ten getting her ready in lightning speed.
How would you describe the Venus and Serena's taste?
They're not interested in sort of boring things that everyone else wears. And why would they be if they're so into fashion? Venus designs all of her own clothing for the court, and she designed that very interesting dress that she wore for the French Open. You'd think the French would have appreciated it — it was black lace but it had chocolate colored underpants so when you lifted it up it looked like she had a bare bottom. The press went wild but she's sort of unfazed by the response of others. She thinks it's funny if they're negative or critical because she's enjoying wearing something that makes a splash.
Venus in her famous black corset/nude shorts tennis outfit.
It’s more complicated than just not looking “slutty.”
Office don't: Nasty Gal shorts.
As Slate's Katherine Goldstein points out, dressing for your internship or first job comes with certain rules. If you're a woman, these rules include not dressing like you're going to a nightclub, for the most part. You didn't come to work to find sex partners, you went there to sit at a chair and stare at a screen. Don't fight it, just accept it. This means not wearing crop tops or purposefully see-through things or shorts from Nasty Gal. You do not want to look like you're stopping by the office on your way to Coachella. You also don't want to look like work was merely a final destination on your "walk of shame" (or "fame" depending on how you feel about whoever you just slept with). Your clothes and grooming should suggest that you take your job more seriously than whatever or whoever you plan on doing after work. But Goldstein's rules are overly simplistic: dressing for work is about more than not showing too much skin or your underwear or "saving the glittery platform sandals for another occasion, like pole dancing class." Because in some cases, glittery platform sandals might be just fine, and looking modest is the easy part. Goldstein fails to mention that men should pay attention to how they dress, too, because they can just as easily dress inappropriately as women. Also, finding a work-appropriate wardrobe can be much more nuanced than she lets on.
The truth is — and this took some adjusting to for me, personally — that if you're pursuing a career that will require you to spend inordinate amounts of time in offices (get excited, guys) you're best off gussying up a little bit, and putting your college costume of jorts, tank tops, and hoodies in the back of your dresser drawers. It's a good idea to budget some money for a blouse or two and — yes — a pair of sensible, closed-toe shoes. Save your flip-flops for the weekend — you know they're gross.
If you're going to work in a corporate office, your Monday-to-Friday dressing path is more clear: suits and button-front shirts, kitten heels or sensible pumps or closed-toe flats, and stockings if the office is business formal and not business casual and the other women in the office wear them. (If you have to wear nude pantyhose, don't let them get you down too much — K-Mid wears them all the time and Anna Dello Russo approves of hers so it's all good.)
If you're a dude, it's basically the same: suits, button-front shirts, slacks, sensible shoes, and SOCKS. Please, wear socks. It might seem weird for me to warn about socks, but everyone knows socklessness is the biggest man fad right now, and sadly, in a corporate environment, even if your feet spend most of their day under a conference table, you need to wear socks. The office is not the time for you experiment with being an ankle slut.
The longer you work at a corporate office — if it's business casual — the more you can start to loosen up. Do your superiors only wear suits only to certain meetings? You can probably get away with that, too. Have you been working there for a year and never indulged in khakis on casual Friday? Live a little and break yours out. Iron them if you're feeling fancy. But the conservative nature of your clothes should never change: this is not the time for you dudes to strut in wearing tight deep V-neck tees or cargo shorts or tattoo prints; and this is not the time for you ladies to show up wearing spaghetti strap dresses. Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers will probably always be friends to those working in corporate offices. But don't despair — those stores are borderline cool now.
Office do: Ann Taylor blouses.
Things get murkier if you're working in a more creative field, like graphic design or publishing. The great thing about jobs like this, which I've had the pleasure of holding for the duration of my post-college life, is that you have more freedom to wear what you want. But even though there are "no rules" — and employee handbooks dress code notes are cast aside like physical newspapers — you'll be expected to abide by certain unspoken rules, which is how people get themselves into trouble.
I'd advise entry-level employees and interns not to dress TOO casually for a little while in the beginning. Ease into more more casual days so that you look serious about what you do. What's so amazing about casual offices is that if you don't feel fancy one day, you can roll in wearing jeans and a tee and the company hoodie and it's fine — no one looks twice at you. When I have these days I'm likely to still do my makeup and wear some sparkly jewelry because those things always seem to pull an outfit together. It's all part of my quest to dress like Rihanna without actually dressing like Rihanna, you see. But more importantly, it's never bad to look like you tried. Consistently put-together employees possess an air of impressiveness and purpose that jeans and a tee-shirt day in, day out, will never give you. So get some blouses. They're always incredibly overpriced, I know, but just do it. They're automatically slightly dressy and never go out of style.
People in casual offices also have to think about what's appropriate attire for what they're doing. If you work in a magazine's fashion department, and wear leather shorts of a reasonable length to work one day, people are more likely to look at you and think, "Oh, fashion people," and continue on to the Nespresso machine without thinking twice about your silly ensemble. If you're in the politics department and roll into work wearing leather shorts the very same day you're supposed to interview a politician at some stuffy daytime luncheon, your coworkers are more likely to wonder what you smoked before work. (Also a good rule: don't get high before work.) You will have to dress like you're going to temple much more often than the fashion team if you want to be taken seriously. Just accept it.
Men in casual offices will want to leave their mid-thigh leather shorts and crop tops home at all times, of this I'm certain. A tucked in button-front shirt, a nice pair of dark jeans that aren't distressed or sandblasted, khakis, and a solid loafer or perhaps a boat shoe should be in your wardrobe's inner circle. No jerseys, no tattoo prints, no running shoes or those creepy barefoot toe shoes — and nothing people would associate with #fistpump.
And finally, I would advise interns and entry-level people not to go to work wearing anything blatantly, absurdly expensive. If you happen to be 21 and entering the workforce, you should probably leave your Chanel and Celine bags and Proenza dresses at home. There are exceptions to this rule of course — if you're working at Vogue where everyone comes to work wearing Louboutins and full runway Prada every day, your Chanel bags and Oscar de la Renta brooches will fit right in. But many people outside of Vogue associate wealth with entitlement and entitlement with poor work ethics, which is why I suggest playing down your designer collection at the office for at least a little while. Once everyone loves you and sees how hard you work for your meager salary, they won't care what kind of handbag you carry. But don't give them reasons to doubt you when you start.
So: if you can afford to have some fun with your clothes, go for it. Don't look like a hot mess. Don't look like a slob. If you look in the mirror and think, "I'm fit for a rave!" go back to your closet and change. It's that simple, really.
Just remember that once you're wildly successful in a few years — a Big Deal, you know — people will care less if you look a little silly. And if you're REALLY wedded to looking ridiculous and wearing crop tops on a regular basis, just work in fashion and be really incredibly weird from the get-go so that people know it's Who You Are. After you've rolled into work wearing paint-splattered leather overalls a few times to show people that your eccentricity really means business, people will overlook whatever you wear. And just think, "Oh, there she goes again." From then on, looking base level cool will excuse your every faux pas.
Smelled her good and hard, he did.
After his polo match in Connecticut Wednesday, Prince Harry got up close and personal with former Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova.
A bunch of models and a few top fashion designers and Olivia Palermo attended the match to pose for photos and hug each other. (Fashion's obsession with polo is a curious thing — I think it has something to do with all the animals involved, which makes it less like "sports" than, say, football, which is just boring.)
This lady was forced to stand by and smile as Harry clamped his meaty paws on Karolina's skinny arms and pulled her romantically toward him.
Via: Craig Ruttle / AP
Harry, who likes blonds, could be seen looking like he wanted to eat Karolina for lunch.
He was probably hungry after all that mallet waving.
Via: Mike Segar / Reuters
But then, he just went in for a good, hard smell.
Via: Mike Segar / Reuters
And her husband was like, "Fuck this shit."
You do YOU, Archie. You do you.
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“He’s like, ‘Come over to the house! Let’s work out!’ And I’m like, ‘No.’”
Ashley Tisdale at a Scary Movie premiere in April.
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Ashley Tisdale, the new face of this snack for guys called "Cracker Jack'd," sat down with BuzzFeed Fashion to discuss fitness, snacks, and why she doesn't work out with Zac Efron (based on our conversation, no, I don't think she's certifiably insane at all, which is how rejecting an invitation to work out with Zac probably sounds).
So this "Cracker Jack'd" is a fitness product? I think they said it had something to do with fitness.
Ashley Tisdale: Oh, really? It's a spinoff of the original Cracker Jack, but it's Cracker Jack'd. Frito Lay, when they asked me to be a part of it, I tried it, and I really like it. My favorite's the peanut butter and chocolate.
With summer just about here, do you worry about bikini-body paparazzi shots?
AT: Not really. I mean, I'm always working out, and I'm someone who doesn't like to live my life based on photographers being outside my house. I'm actually most comfortable when I'm in a bikini, running around on the beach, like, no makeup. It's really free-feeling, whereas I'm always having to get dressed up and putting makeup on.
So you don't worry about a nasty Daily Mail headline or something?
AT: No. It's so funny — people are always like, "Oh my gosh, what do you do to get ready?" And half the time on vacation if I'm in a bikini, I allow myself — I eat like waffles and pancakes for breakfast, so that's me after, like, a big meal. I'm not the one that's like, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to be on the beach." And all the time people ask me like, "Oh my god, what did you do to get ready for the red carpet? And I'm like, "I just had Thai food." I love to work out and do cardio and have a healthy, active lifestyle, but I also am not going to, like, freak out over food.
Do you work out with Zac Efron?
AT: I haven't talked to him in so long. He's been doing movie after movie after movie, so he's been, like, MIA for the last couple months. But I talked to him two months ago — he texted me. But I mean, his workouts are really different compared to mine, so I would never. He's like, "Come over to the house! Let's work out!" And I'm like, "No."
AT: It's just like, a dude's workout compared to a chick's workout. I'm into light weight training, and he's into heavy weight training. But everybody from High School Musical, we're all still really close; we're like a family.
Have you seen Spring Breakers?
AT: I thought it was really good. I thought that the girls were, you know, really great in it, and they had really strong performances. I'm super proud of them.
Do you feel like it's a rite of passage for actresses go from Disney to these very "sexy" roles?
AT: For me as an actress, I don't go looking for "What's that sexy role?" For me, I just find characters that I really enjoy and scripts that I really love, and I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. But I don't think it's just because we come from Disney — I mean Disney, yes, was a start for a lot of us, but I had a career before Disney and I'll continue to have a career after Disney. I've been in the business since I was 3. People think that was the first thing I ever did, and I'm like, no.
You were pretty high up on the Maxim Hot 100 list.
AT: Yeah, I think number seven. Just because it's, like, my lucky number I remembered that.
What was that like for you? Do you see yourself as sexy?
AT: No. I mean, I'm confident, but I'm not like, "Ooh you're sexy." It's, like, the weirdest thing ever to say about yourself. I'm a confident person. I just try to be me. I like to make people laugh, I am a comedienne — so if people find me sexy, that's awesome.
Is it weird for your family to see you in those kinds of photo shoots?
AT: Probably for my dad, yeah. He's like, "That's weird." My mom came by the set that day. I like to step out of my comfort zone, but I definitely care what my parents think. She was actually fine — I've done worse that that. I've done an Allure photo shoot where I was naked.
Allure has a lot of nudity.
AT: That was much more nerve-wracking, and she was there for that too. But I'm really proud of the Maxim photo shoot because I wanted to do something different than just being in lingerie like they always do. So I wanted it at the beach because that really represents, I think, who I am. So when I got to rock, like, leather jackets and bathing suits, I felt like it was definitely more my style.
What was the Allure shoot like?
AT: It was really quiet and a private set. The photographer, who is like an amazing photographer, made it very comfortable. It was nerve-wracking for a minute but it was so quick.
Did they let you wear nude underwear or anything? Sometimes they just Photoshop panties out.
AT: There was no Photoshopping in that one. The reason why I did that was because it's all about being comfortable in a woman's body. I would never do that again.
The woman is a fashion genius and there’s no two ways about it.
This is Rihanna's new River Island collection. It comes out May 25, and she totally deserves it.
Really, if ANY celeb should be doing a clothing line, it's Rihanna. Here's why.
1. She's actually incredibly famous. Not so-so famous like a lot of people who get to do clothing lines.
Think Paris Hilton (whose stuff probably sells mostly overseas, maybe because she's more tolerable to those who don't speak English as a first language). Or Natalia Vodianova, who did a lingerie line for a store called Etam. Or Lauren Conrad, who... what does she even do anymore? Exist? Yeah, Rihanna's "busier" than all of them, I think most people would say.
Via: Mike Lawrie / Getty Images
2. She's not trying to pretend like she designed everything herself.
This is incredibly admirable in a celebrity designer. Adam Selman, who designs the line with her, always speaks to reporters doing stories on the line and is given credit for his work. He even appeared with Rihanna at her fashion show. This is a lot different from other celebrity designers (coughVictoria Beckhamcough) who you know don't really design their lines but pretend like they do. In describing the Olsens twins' design methods once, a designer who interviewed to work with them once told me, "They say things like, 'we're really inspired by this ashtray,' and then you have to make clothes based on that.'" But those people don't do press with the Olsens.
Via: Danny Martindale/WireImage
You won’t believe this one fascinator. Just you see.
The most important new photos from Cannes are of The Bling Ring cast.
Because Sofia Coppola directed it and the cast is all young women and everyone's really hoping this will be the antidote to that horrendous, rape-y Spring Breakers garbage. So there's quite a bit of pressure on this bunch to make us forget about all that, but if a cast and crew's color coordination and generally clean lines are any indication of a film's quality, this one ought to be a four or five-star feat.
Via: Regis Duvignau / Reuters
And then they turned around for the requisite "you know I'm at Cannes because I'm dragging my big train up these red stairs" shot. And there was much rejoicing.
Via: Francois Mori / AP
Except from Emma Watson, who either didn't shave her armpits or couldn't raise her arms under the constriction of those tenuous spaghetti straps.
Via: Regis Duvignau / Reuters
It's like she's thinking, Why the hell did I hike my skirt up to my tits? I'm 23, not 83.
Via: Yves Herman / Reuters
“My friend said, ‘Charge him a lot of money — it’s David Bowie.’ I charged him $100.”
The fall 2013 Rachel Comey show.
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BuzzFeed Fashion's "How I Made It" column takes a look at how the industry's most influential and successful players rose to the top of the business. Ahead, Rachel Comey, one of New York's most effortlessly cool designers, explains how she turned a few men's shirts into a full-fledged label that receives rave reviews from fashion's toughest critics.
I'm from Connecticut outside of Hartford. I went to University of Vermont, where I studied art and became really interested in materials. I was a sculpture major. I started in fashion when I moved to New York, which was four years after college. My first fashion job was through a friend of mine who worked in fashion-shoot production. The first day I arrived in New York, I was hired to be a production assistant on a photo shoot for Ralph Lauren, which was amazing.
My first job was to pick up a sports car, pick up a model, and bring her upstate to a photo shoot. When I first heard about the job, I was like, Oh my god, this is so much money. (I think it was a couple hundred dollars.) And I said, OK, I'll pick up the model. I was thinking we were in this together, and I picked her up and she didn't speak English and she wanted to go to Niketown, so I had to circle the block for an hour until she was done. I think she also met up with her boyfriend. But I got her to the shoot.
Then I started freelancing every which way. I was doing costume design and styling things here and there. I was making stage outfits for downtown musicians, and that is what kind of parlayed me into doing some manufacturing. I made costumes for this band Gogol Bordello. I was mostly customizing things — like, finding things and cutting them up and sewing them back together and taking off sleeves. Like DIY. (Now, actually, I sell some of my patterns to Vogue Patterns, so you can sew one of our dresses at home.)
The biggest musician I worked with was David Bowie. I was making these kind of pinstriped shirts that I had painted on — they were really photogenic for the stage. A girl who I was friends with was working with him and he wanted these shirts. And my friend said, "Charge him a lot of money — it's David Bowie." I charged him $100 for each of two shirts.
After Bowie, I found a custom shirt factory in New Jersey and I just started a small label. I was very naive — this was 2001 — and I put a runway show together and I had friends model and we just went for it. And a showroom picked me up and we went from there. I showed the two days before fashion week. It was a bummer because it was Sept. 11, and fashion week was canceled, obviously, but I showed before 9/11. That was a really weird time to start a business.
Rihanna has her own version of Project Runway , except instead of Michael Kors she has Pharrell and apparently now instead of Nina Garcia she has Erin Wasson.
Here's a preview of Rihanna's new Style network show.
Styled to Rock is a fashion competition reality show hosted by Rihanna, the first season of which aired in the U.K. However! It's coming to the Style network in the U.S. this year. This simply must be due to a lobby from Urban Outfitters and Nasty Gal, which would be downright bankrupt without Rihanna to base their various lines of acid wash and '90s bra tops on. There's just no way around it — anyone who wants to sell skimpy, ironic clothes to early twenty-somethings needs Rihanna right now because she keeps those things "cool."
Anyway, in spiffing up the show for U.S. audiences (which are slightly more discerning than U.K. ones, let's be honest) producers haver recruited Pharrell and Erin Wasson to mentor the 12 designer contestants on the show. Each week they'll be asked to "style an A-list star," press materials about the show explain, as they compete for the title of "America's next trendsetting designer." Note: that's not "great" but "trendsetting" — so this is basically a show about dressing celebrities who need massive amounts of attention. I'm seeing lesser versions of Beyoncé's sculpted nipple bra and Justin Bieber's creepy leather harem pants and I'm not upset about it at all — TV needs an antidote to Fashion Star, the show that tasked designers with designing for... Macy's. It remains unclear if the show will feature Project Runway-style challenges that force designers to make dresses out of cat food and so forth, or if the stars are indeed A-list enough to be able to demand real clothes made out of real fabric each time.
Pharrell, of course, founded Billionaire Boys Club and seems to be buddy-buddy with Anna Wintour, given his eagerness to appear at all the big Vogue events, so you could argue he's the Michael Kors of the Urban Outfitters-worshiping generation. Wasson is a wildly successful model who created a few collections of clothing for the brand RVCA, one fashion show for which took place in a rug store in New York City, because, Wasson said, "I want people to roll around on carpets." As opposed to having guests "sit in a chair that's hard and stagnant and in a horrible environment." (Truly it was a great show — champagne was present.) Prior to that Wasson was Alexander Wang's muse and fashion show stylist. She also has a line of jewelry called Low Luv, which is necessary for someone in her Styled to Rock role because if you're even slightly famous these days and don't have a line of something you may as well not have a Twitter account or exist.
So really, it's a pretty good bunch of fashion-involved people that the Style Network's managed to assemble here! None of them real trained designers, but would you want to see your favorite world-famous designers on Rihanna's fashion TV show? No. Probably not.
Rihanna at a Miami Heat game.
Via: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images
Or… thank her? IS THIS CHIC OR FREAK, I CAN’T DECIDE!!!
Here's Sarah Jessica Parker in a pair of Current/Elliot skinnies, going to pick her girls up from school in New York.
They jeans are named "the slouchy stiletto," which means they're skinny jeans with a baggy crotch, basically. So think Justin Bieber but with a lot more inseam between the fly and your knees.
Via: Fame Flynet
It looks like Parker scrunched them up around her calves on purpose. Probably to show off her fly cut-out ankle boots.
So if you see chicks everywhere scrunching up their boyfriend fit skinnies, you know who to blame!
Or thank, if you kind of dig this look in a weird way, which I might? I simply CANNOT DECIDE.
The $268 pants are SOLD OUT on Shopbop.
Which means it's only a matter of time before they take over the world and everyone starts wearing them flood-style like our homegirl SJP.
THE SUMMER OF UGLY DENIM IS UPON US, EVERYONE!! Will you get on board or scoff from the sidelines? It's a very personal decision — feel free to take your time.
Is it just me or are people looking progressively dumber at these things?
Tragic rave look 1: this person.
Even lining her under eye area with sequins could not hide how tired this girl is. Getting dressed probably just completely wiped her out, to say nothing of the hula hooping.
Via: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
Chicer alternative: La Roux's cool trench and minimalist wrist jewelry.
This outfit must be her visceral reaction to all the bra-wearing, arm party-rocking crazies running around at all her shows nowadays. Also possible: she's the new Tilda Swinton and she knows it.
Via: John Lamparski/WireImage
Tragic rave look 2: bras decorated with daisies.
If this kid in the front looks happy it's because he's looking at La Roux and thanking the heavens.
Via: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
Via: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
No more Bangladesh disasters, OK?
Nearly a month after Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh, the death toll surpassed 1,100, making it one of the worst garment factory disasters in history. Council of Fashion Designers of America President Diane Von Furstenberg just posted this letter on the CFDA's website, urging designers to take responsibility for working conditions in their factories:
MAY 20, 2013
A note from CFDA President, Diane von Furstenberg, regarding safety and fairness in the workplace:
To CFDA Members,
What happened in Bangladesh is a tragedy and a harsh reminder that it is our obligation as designers to make sure our factories are a safe place to work and that the workers are respected. At DVF we ask our suppliers and partners to follow the attached below "Code of Conduct" to emphasize our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices. I share our "Code" with you as a template in case you do not have one. I also encourage you to have your production team visit directly with your supplier partners to see firsthand the working conditions and treatment of workers. As I am sure you are aware, there are third party vendors who can audit and inspect for you as well. It is important to know who you work with and to ensure safety and fairness in the workplace.
Diane von Furstenberg
The DVF Studio "Supplier Code of Conduct" is posted online in full for all the world's reference. It essentially states that DVF expects suppliers to follow laws in their respective countries, treat employees well, pay them fairly, and not employ workers under the age of 15.
All brands — fast-fashion and high-end — should have a code of conduct in place like DVF's, but the truth is, fancy labels like hers aren't implicated in unfair labor practices nearly as much as the Wal-Marts or H&Ms of the world, which have to produce tons of cheap clothes so they can inundate stores with shipments of whatever hot new thing consumers have been trained to want. Designer clothes are expensive because they tend to be made in factories with good conditions — not Bangladesh.
The onus to prevent disasters like the Rana Plaza collapse lies with designers, who should encourage each other to take responsibility for their manufacturing, but perhaps even more importantly, with consumers. After years of demanding fast fashion, we have to show companies we're willing to pay more for ethically made garments. And we have to get used to buying and living with less. Most people don't wear half the crap in their closets anyway.
DVF at the Met Gala.
Via: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Crystal-embellished cactus: $300. Owning a crystal-embellished cactus: priceless.
The designers nominated for the CFDA award for emerging talent, sponsored by crystal company Swarovski, all made "objects d'art" with Swarovski crystals to sell at the store Fivestory in New York. The CFDA awards are like the Oscars of the fashion industry, so you know giving these designers a bunch of sparkles and letting them run wild can only be a good thing. Let's take a look at the sparkly knickknacks they came up with.
Bedazzled Vintage Pin-up Art by Creatures of the Wind, $500
Crystal Knife Set by Cushnie et Ochs, $1,000
iPad Case Bearing Crystal Jewelry-Wearing Dog by Irene Neuwirth, $700
A downright steal when you consider that the iPad comes included!
A lawsuit filed against Lincoln Center by environmental groups and residents of the surrounding neighborhood argues that Damrosch Park, where fashion week takes place, isn’t supposed to be used for commercial purposes as often as it is. The suit seeks to reclaim the park from Lincoln Center to keep it from being used for “nonpark purposes.” In other words, this will affect the five must-see designers who still show there. And Fiber One.
A lawsuit filed by environmental groups and residents of the neighborhood against Lincoln Center argues that Damrosch Park, where fashion week takes place, isn't supposed to be used for commercial purposes as often as it is. The suit seeks to reclaim the park from Lincoln Center to keep it from being used for "nonpark purposes." In other words, this will affect the five must-see designers who still show there. And Fiber One.
Big quotes around pope, guys. Big quotes.
Artist Francesco Vezzoli covers the May-June issue of L'Uomo Vogue.
You don't want artists to go the standard pensive portrait route male actors get, right? Of course not.
According to the magazine, it's a "self-portrait as Pope Innocent X (after Diego Velàzquez)."
So the inspiration is NOT Francis Bacon as you might have thought. Maybe he's too lowbrow for the Vogue Italia family.
Don't look so down, Pope Francis — your day will come.
You know Meisel would do a sitting with you ANYtime, I'm sure.
Via: Tony Gentile / Reuters
Yes, it’s true: Jorts have reached a new low.
This is Rihanna's latest strange getup, for her new music video.
This highly uncomfortable evolution of the jort may seem like a Rihanna innovation, but it's not — denim thongs have been done before.
Gisele did it first.
Now, WHO WORE IT BETTER?
Only you can decide.