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The Theme of the Next Met Gala Has Just Been Announced — and It’s an Avant-Garde Dream

Rei Kawakubo

A young Rei; Image: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images

At this year’s Met Gala, guests will sport “lumps and bumps,” towering wigs and avant-garde tailoring. Those dressed in “invisible clothing” will require a wide berth on that stairway.

Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that its Spring 2017 Costume Institute exhibit and gala will spotlight Comme des Garçons frontwoman Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo, whose sculptural, fiercely original pieces are the stuff of legend, will be the second living designer to receive such an honor, the first being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.

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What we imagine Katy Perry will be wearing (from Comme des Garçons Fall 2016); Image: Imaxtree

Fashion’s favorite red carpet will roll out on Monday, May 1. Fittingly, nonconformist style icons Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams (who created a fragrance with CDG back in 2014) will chair the festivities alongside Kawakubo and Anna Wintour. (more…)

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The Ralph Lauren Icons Campaign Shot by Steven Meisel Is Pure Perfection (Forum Buzz)

Our forums frequently praise photographer Steven Meisel for his brilliant, jaw-droppingly gorgeous fashion images. So it should come as no surprise that we’re head over heels for Meisel’s new campaign for Ralph Lauren. Amazingly, this marks the legend’s debut for the iconic American label and he does not disappoint. A cast consisting of Vittoria Ceretti, Margaret Qualley, Stella Tennant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Frederikke Sofie, Fei Fei Sun, Lady Jean Campbell, Alicia Burke, Lulu and Cameron Russell celebrate some of Lauren’s most iconic pieces in a series of stunning black-and-white images.

Ralph Lauren ‘ The Icons Collection' 2016 by Steven Meisel


Every one of our forum members fell in love. “Holy f***!! I’ve been wanting Steven to photograph for Ralph Lauren for years now! This looks lovely, so classy!” praised an elated anlabe32 the moment the images surfaced.

“This is SO GOOD!! Meisel never fails,” screamed GreyVetiver. (more…)

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Diversity Champs Barbie Ferreira and Amandla Stenberg Are Among Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016

Disclaimer: If you’re having your weekly “It’s already Thursday?! Holy crap, where has the time gone?” meltdown, read no further. Yesterday, Time released its list of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016. The list ranges from political activists (Joshua Wong, Malala Yousafza) to fashion and beauty insiders (Amandla Stenberg, James Charles, Barbie Ferreira, Kylie Jenner). Each of these acclaimed adolescents have risen to the top of their various fields, impacted the globe through their social media networks and sparked headlines. (It’s nothin’.)

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We couldn’t help but notice that many of the fashionable teens who made the list are vocal advocates for diversity. In the past year, Kylie Jenner has cemented her status as makeup mogul, expanding her eternally sold-out Lip Kit line and launching not one, but two KyShadow palettes. Jenner has put out-there makeup back on the map and championed a new, inclusive definition of nude. (She also starred in Alexander Wang’s latest campaign and covered beauty bible Allure and streetwear scripture Complex, to name just a few.)

Barbie, along with hosting “Body Parties” for Teen Vogue, has spent 2016 modeling for progressive brands like Missguided, Aerie and Rachel Antonoff. She’s positioned herself at the forefront of the body positivity movement, consistently calling for more representation in fashion via her social media accounts, fashion features and grassroots campaigns like the All Woman Project. Her inclusion on the list represents a serious #win for, well, inclusion. (more…)

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Be Very Afraid: Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner Morph Into Humanoid Creatures for W Magazine’s Weird November Cover (Forum Buzz)

For obvious reasons, It girls Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are having a banner year when it comes to magazine covers. So it should come as no surprise to see the duo’s newest covers of W Magazine. Not just any old edition of the title, W‘s issue for November marks its 10th anniversary annual art offering, which captures Gigi and Kendall like never before. In collaboration with artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, the girls morph into humanoid creatures of another dimension. Still with us? OK.

As expected, members of our forums had strong opinions about the concept. “Good God,” laughed Benn98 in a state of utter shock, “This is bad on so many levels!! I admire their gusto for going with this, but I’m not a fan, I’m afraid. With a gun next to my head, I’d take Kendall’s cover purely because of the calming motifs and colors.”

“What the hell is this exactly?” Oxymore asked in horror. (more…)

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This #NastyWoman Shirt Benefits Planned Parenthood (and Shades Donald Trump)

50 percent of proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to Planned Parenthood.

50 percent of proceeds from the sale of this $25 shirt will go to Planned Parenthood; Image: Google Ghost

Donald Trump is the inspiration behind the above tee, currently retailing for $25 at Google Ghost. Fifty percent of all proceeds from sales of the shirt will go to benefit Planned Parenthood. How is it that Trump would help create anything that benefits an organization dedicated to promoting women’s reproductive health, you ask? Allow us to present the following clip of last night’s final 2016 Presidential Debate:

For those who don’t have the desire to hear Trump’s voice this early in the day, this particular exchange between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went as follows:

Hillary Clinton: My social security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it. But what we want to do is to replenish the social security trust fund —

Donald Trump: Such a nasty woman.

Hillary Clinton: — by making sure that we have sufficient resources… (more…)

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This Is Not a Drill: Victoria Beckham Is Target’s Newest Collaborator

In her designs, the ready-to-wear artist formerly known as Posh Spice follows the mantra of the musical group that brought her to fame (You know the one: “Girl power!”). Victoria Beckham’s pieces are cut to flatter and comfort. They’re chic yet wearable, alluring yet understated (hello, comfy flats and velvet separates). That said, they are damn expensive, which is why, when Becks revealed she’d be the latest designer to collaborate with Target on a limited-edition collection, we fell to our knees thanking the fashion gods.

“The timing just felt right,” Beckham told Business of Fashion. “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wanted to put a collection out there for people who either can’t afford designer prices or don’t want to pay designer prices.”

The collection will hit Target’s racks and website, as well as Victoria Beckham’s online boutique (so as not to exclude international fans), beginning April 9. It’ll be available in stores until April 30 or until supplies run out. The retail giant’s designer collaborations usually have a shelf life of about a day (tops), so plan accordingly.

Inspired by silhouettes from the designer’s Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, the range includes over 200 pieces priced between — wait for it — $6 and $70. The majority of the apparel and accessories will ring in below $40. “It’s quite girly, fun, happy,” Victoria told BoF. “I’ve always said [the VVB collection] is the other side to my personality, it’s the other half of my suitcase. The fun side of me.” Expect rompers, easy-to-wear dresses and flirty tops in a spring-apropos palette: soft pastels, bright pops of color and feminine prints. Beyond that, your guess as to what the “fun” side of Victoria looks like is as good as ours. (We imagine it sounds like this.) (more…)

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