Whoopi Goldberg demonstrating her love of kitschy Christmas sweaters many moons ago; Image: @theviewabc
Whoopi Goldberg, EGOT winner, is a woman of many passions and talents. She’s a champion of women’s health, hence her range of cannabis-infused menstrual discomfort remedies, which debuted last April. The humanitarian has also put her hard-earned dollars to work producing a reality series starring transgender models, which premiered in September. Her latest business venture is a little more back-to-basics: She likes quirky Christmas sweaters, so she’s making quirky Christmas sweaters.
Whoopi Goldberg’s All Together Now sweater; Image: Lord & Taylor
The Vetements fan will release a limited-edition collection of 11 “ugly” holiday sweaters in partnership with Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. The knits will be available at 37 Lord & Taylor locations, 29 Hudson’s Bay stores and each retailer’s e-commerce site beginning November 1 — right in time for Ugly Sweater Party season. Coeds rejoice.
The unisex sweaters will range in size from small to extra large and will cost $139 apiece. While that may seem steep for a sweater that features gingerbread men eating each other, you can’t put a price on comfort: “The quality of the Christmas sweaters has gone down for me. They’re not as comfortable and they don’t feel as good,” Whoopi told WWD. “If we’re going to do it, we wanted to do them really well.” Hence, the novelty products are made from wool, cashmere and alpaca. (more…)
Our forums went into meltdown when Kendall Jenner graced the cover of US Vogue‘s Special Edition issue back in March (ultimately scoring the September cover months later). Now, Gigi Hadid (who was just on the cover for August 2016) stars on the magazine’s newly unveiled special edition for Fall 2016, aptly themed “It Girl Style.” Photographed by Gregory Harris, Gigi is all smiles wearing a bold red lip and a stunning sequin Altuzarra dress at the beach.
Yet the majority of our forum members weren’t buying it whatsoever. “Why do they need these special edition covers with models who have already been on the cover? First Kendall and now Gigi. I wish they could give this chance to some new faces or one of their favorites like Imaan [Hammam]. By the way, the shot is not bad but this cover feels very unnecessary to me,” stated apple the moment we took a first look at the cover.
“Exactly! I don’t understand these special editions either! You are after teenagers but will they shell out almost 13 dollars for such a thin issue? Why?!” asked a dumbfounded Miss Dalloway. (more…)
Because no great pop artist/half of a celebrity It couple/social media influencer is truly complete without at least a half-dozen fashion collaborations to his or her name, today the New York Times announced that there is a Zayn x Versus Versace capsule collection in the works. (On a related note, Zayn will star in the upcoming Versus Versace campaign.)
After former creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s departure for Yves Saint Laurent, Versace’s “younger, hipper” offshoot was a ship without a captain. Enter Zayn who, according to Donatella Versace, embodies the brand’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe. “Versus is everything that the Versace line is not. It is loud, it is rebellious — I don’t want shoppers buying both from Versus and Versace. The houses have different souls,” the grand dame of Italian fashion told the New York Times. “I wanted Zayn because he can help me talk to his followers. I want to listen to their language. I want to learn more about them, what they think and what they like. They are a new generation that without working with someone like Zayn, I will never reach.”
The two met through Malik’s bae and Versace’s frequent campaign star, Gigi Hadid. “He impressed me very much — he was so mature, so thoughtful, treated her like such a gentleman. They are very nice young people, a lovely couple, in fact. And then he told me how much he loved fashion. It was then I knew he was the right face for what I had in mind,” Donatella told the Times. Cue the awwws. (more…)
Gwyneth Paltrow’s last cover for US Harper’s Bazaar was back in 2013 and considering the mag has a tendency to recycle the same cover subjects, a three-year absence is somewhat of an achievement. The actress/lifestyle guru makes her long-awaited return for the November 2016 cover, posing for Bazaar regular Alexi Lubomirski. On both the newsstand (below) and subscribers cover, Gwyneth channels Zorro wearing a face mask and matching lace bodysuit from La Perla for a bold and unconventional cover image.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Bazaar‘s efforts, however, failed to resonate with our forum members. “The cover looks stiff and awkward. I’m assuming the mask is Photoshopped on? Either way, it looks Photoshopped and badly so. Very fake. That first image from the editorial would’ve made for an amazing cover though,” MyNameIs pointed out.
Sharing the same sentiments was Nymphaea: “The mask looks very fake almost like they’ve put it there with Photoshop: copy and paste. Also her eyes are a bit smallish. Overall it gives me a Christmas vibe. (more…)
In the ever-revolving game of designer musical chairs and their contracts with fashion houses, Peter Dundas is leaving Roberto Cavalli. In news that shocked the fashion industry earlier today, Dundas’ final collection for the iconic Italian fashion house was Spring 2017, shown only a few weeks ago at Milan Fashion Week. The Norwegian-born designer joined the brand in March 2015 and his first collection for Spring 2016 received appalling reviews on our forums. His next collection for Fall 2016 was a vast improvement, but Dundas took two giant steps backward with his most recent Spring 2017 showing. Nonetheless, the announcement came as a shock.
Members of our forums were quick to voice their opinions once the news broke. “Yikes, what’s happening to this industry!! Purely from a superficial perspective, to me it looks like brands are as complicit as young designers. Where’s the loyalty where brands used to back their creative heads even through bad patches? Seems like this is a thing of the past now,” voiced Benn98 straight away.
“It was apparent that Peter wasn’t successful at Cavalli, he was much better at Pucci. The fashion industry is becoming more and more fickle, loyalty isn’t much around anymore. Money is driving this insanity, the big bosses wanting the gold pot at the end of the rainbow and it seems like it’s killing creativity unfortunately,” echoed Nymphaea. (more…)
CoverGirl is giving gender stereotypes a much-needed makeover. Yesterday, the cosmetics giant named its first-ever male spokesperson: beauty vlogger James Charles. The Instagram and YouTube sensation — at time of publishing, Charles has 507K followers and 76K subscribers, respectively — is the brand’s first-ever CoverBoy, a term coined by pop icon and current face of CoverGirl Katy Perry. On Tuesday morning, Perry welcomed Charles to the CoverGirl fold via Instagram. (See above.)
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The 17-year-old beauty savant is relatively new to the blogging scene, having started his channel only one year ago. However, Charles attracted a massive following in no time thanks to his masterful makeup looks. (more…)