- Blake Lively has come up with a name for her lifestyle site launching next week. Internet, be prepared to meet your next destination for overpriced, artisanal goods — Preserve. [E! News]
- 18 people are being charged for last year’s Rana Plaza disaster. [WWD]
- This “Brooklyn Girls” music video is the visual embodiment of why everyone thinks Brooklyn girls (or in this case, out-of-state transplants now calling themselves “Brooklyn Girls”) are annoying. [Brooklyn Magazine]
- Why are designers leaving their lines behind? i-D counts the reasons. [i-D]
- Kate Spade is launching swimwear, for those looking for a cute ‘kini to wear once resort season hits. [WWD]
- Marvel Comics is giving Thor a gender makeover. They’re creating a new strip for the character, now cast as (gasp!) a woman. [RTE Ten]
- AnOther magazine adds Chanel x Monster headphones to 19th Century cabinet cards. [AnOther]
- One writer discusses how Instagram is ruining the fashion world. [i-D]
- These images of a photoshoot done with ultraviolet body paint are seriously stunning. [PetaPixel]
- The Platform’s Amy Pham dishes on how she went from black hair to platinum blonde. [The Platform YouTube]
A study done by Oregon State University, published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture, says that women who have sexy profile photos connected to their social media accounts are judged more harshly by their female peers. To reach their findings, researchers tapped a pool of 118 women; 58 teenagers and 60 young adults up to age 25. They created fake profiles for the imaginary “Amanda Johnson,” using different main photos for each. A volunteer provided two images: one, a high school senior portrait and the other, a racy prom picture.
For the class photo, the girl is dressed in a modest outfit, but for prom, the young lady’s showing a lot more skin. Thigh-high slit, garter belt, plunging neckline — the works. Researchers asked participants if they found each girl pretty, if she looked competent and if they would hang out with her. The image with the more modestly dressed girl was better received. The woman in the sexier picture scored lower with women, particularly on the competency front.
Of course, the long-standing patriarchal structures that conceived the Madonna/whore binary are certainly at play here. In our society, “proper” women are discouraged from overtly expressing their sexuality in a public arena. It makes sense that women brought up in this sort of climate might have negative feelings about those who post racy pictures. Women who do are deemed loose, and sometimes their humanity is overlooked completely. (more…)
We’ve been stalking Chiara Ferragni‘s shoe line for quite a while now. Can you blame us? Who doesn’t have a weakness for sparkly slippers and chain-laden booties (the latter of which I need like, right now)? The Blonde Salad blogger is bringing her shoe range to the FN Platform at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas next month to make its American debut. According to a press release, Chiara will be showing her offerings for the Spring 2015 season, which she says is inspired by American culture.
“As of now I live in the U.S. and I find myself totally lost in the American pop culture. I usually send inspirations to my design team while I’m traveling and then when I’m back I work closely with them, in every step of the creative work.”
What should you expect from the Italian blogger’s stateside debut? Chiara says the range is “composed by some of [her] iconic pieces and elements,” and that she will be dishing out an offering with lots of color and plenty of sparkle. Also on the menu are pointed-toe heels, sneakers and “food embroidery styles,” because nothing’s better than a great pair of shoes decorated with a rendering of your favorite snack. Each piece is named after a pop culture reference, so it will be interesting to see exactly which aspects of American culture she latched onto.
The MAGIC show will take place from August 18 to August 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There, you can preview Chiara’s range along with the upcoming collections for several other brands and designers. We can’t wait to see what Chiara has in store for next season!
Watch: Fashion Blogger and Shoe Designer Chiara Ferragni (from the Blonde Salad) Talks Casual Dressing and Magical Fashion Moments
Yes Gisele, we would be smiling too if we found out we were worth as much as you are.
Good old Forbes magazine has sunk its claws back into Gisele’s bank balance to announce that the 33-year-old has had her most lucrative year to date, bringing home a total of $47 million (that’s a whopping $128,000 a day), which to most of us seems like an insane amount of money to be raking in on a daily basis. Although it would explain all of the decadent holiday photos she has been taking lately. Gisele often says that Forbes reports her earnings incorrectly, although not even she can deny the $35 million gap that lies between her earnings and the second highest-earning model, Miranda Kerr.
Despite her far more reserved approach to the media, Gisele is absolutely towering above models like Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, who may party harder with more people, but are not bringing in the contracts like the Brazilian superstar. Her Instagram makes her seem like a really laid-back, holistic yoga bunny, so perhaps the early bird is truly getting the worm. While the others are crawling into cabs at 3:00 a.m., Gisele is getting up to do pilates before going to work for either H&M, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Chanel or the other high-profile brands paying her bills.
The mother of one also recently signed new contracts with Emilio Pucci and Balenciaga, which were not even factored into Forbes’ calculations, so who knows how much the final number is. Either way, it’s impressive and the big designers clearly think so, too.
Christopher Raeburn is kicking off a two-season collaboration with Barbour, inspired by the brand’s strong military heritage. The two have paired up for a womenswear collection, for which there will be both a spring and fall range available at British department store, Fenwick.
“It’s wearable and straightforward, and I wanted to mix the Barbour classics with new things – shirt dresses, accessories, and a mix of spot and check to create — hopefully — something very different,” Raeburn told WWD. Indeed, it looks as if he can declare that mission accomplished.
There are several functional (but stylish!) outerwear options, apropos considering the range’s military influences. Raeburn referred to the brand’s famous Ursula jacket, a staple for British submarine officers during World War II. Trenches and bomber jackets boast large pockets and belts, rendered in moody hunter green and navy plaid, sometimes combined with a large polka dot pattern. If roomy pockets aren’t enough for your effects, Raeburn also put forth a backpack. Pleated skirts, shirt dresses, chunky knits and blouses round out the offering.
For spring, Raeburn still worked with the plaid/polka dot aesthetic, this time in brighter blues and even pastels as seen in a light pink windbreaker. Culottes and to-the-knee shorts also have their moment in this offering.
“Working with Barbour and particularly on womenswear has been a real honour,” Raeburn told Vogue UK. “It’s a brand with so much heritage that appealed to me due to its inherent function, but I’m proud of the fun, feminine collection that we’ve been able to achieve through the collaboration.”
[via WWD, Vogue UK]
Thelma & Louise, the Griswolds, Smokey and the Bandit — the classic cross-country road trip has become a quintessential mark of summer. There’s nothing quite like packing your vehicle up for the long haul and stocking your glove box with boiled candies that turn sticky after two days, am I right? Now joining the league of extraordinary journeys, Etsy Canada will be embarking upon its own eight-day tour, to bring kitschy sellers and their one-of-a-kind pieces to a city near you.
Beginning August 1, Etsy will travel around in a 30-foot custom Airstream trailer, hitting up various parks and locales that will be “Etsy-fied” (which I believe means transformed into a Wes Anderson set). The first stop will be Montreal’s Olympic Park (August 1 and 2), as a part of Montreal’s #firstfridays. Visitors there will be able to shop handmade clothing and statement accessories from Noémiah, grab a hand-drawn card or print from Kristy Boisvert, or pick a handmade sterling silver piece of jewelry from The Angry Weather.
Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats will be the next port of call on August 4, where folks can meet local Etsy seller, Burrowed by Caryne, whose upcycled clothing has been re-sewn into fashion-forward pieces. Next up is Kingston (August 5), where you can shop and mingle with Kingston-based sellers here&now, Nicole Tarasick, as well as Salvage Jewelry Co., who creates jewelry incorporating upcycled scrap metals and vintage components. Lululemon will also be on hand for a free afternoon yoga class.
Finally, Etsy’s last stop will be downtown Toronto on August 8 and 9, where you can pick up a festival-favourite flower crown from Jordan de Ruiter, browse the show-stopping neckties and bow ties by Handsome & Lace and hunt down accessories made from found, limited-edition textiles from Grace Designs‘ travels.
You can check out the full itinerary by clicking here, but I must say, I’m a little disappointed that the trailer isn’t heading over to either the East or the West Coast. Maybe this could be a future trip for Etsy to plan? Get on it, guys!
Images via Etsy and Noémiah