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Vivienne Westwood Opens Up About Abusive Relationship with Malcolm McLaren

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Image: Redferns/Getty Images

Vivienne Westwood will soon release a memoir, and this weekend the 73-year-old designer released an excerpt from the tome in The Sunday Times. In it, we learn of her tumultuous relationship with Malcolm McLaren, former manager of punk rock group the Sex Pistols.

The designer reveals to the publication and the world that she and McLaren, who fathered her son Joe Corré, were in a relationship rife with violence. The turbulent relationship started, Westwood says, without much initiation from her side. She maintains that she was never really interested in McLaren, but he kept coming around so often, she didn’t know how to get rid of him. Things escalated when he got sick and needed a bed. “So I made him sleep in my bed in the daytime to get over a fever, and he stayed in there for days and then he wouldn’t get out,” she said. “And that was how we ended up having sex.” In spite of her not being too keen on McLaren, Westwood says she decided to be nice to him, which she thinks gave him the idea that she actually wanted a relationship. “I felt, you see, that somehow I’d been so kind to him that maybe he’d got the wrong idea, and it was my fault, and that I’d led him on without knowing.”

But it would be violence and abuse that colored the pair’s relationship. “I used to hit Malcolm,” Westwood admits. “One day he hit me back… He had this thing where he couldn’t leave the flat until he made me cry. He wanted to feel bad or something – he was trying to draw blood. It was simpler to give in; to give way to the tears so he would stop. Real tears have never come back for me. I haven’t cried properly since.”

It’s sad that Westwood didn’t feel like she could come forward all these years, but not surprising. Many victims of domestic violence don’t report their abusers. But with this particular issue at the forefront in the media these days, it’s becoming more important for stories like this to be told — hopefully Westwood’s experience can help another woman get out of a similar situation without it having to escalate.

Westwood’s self-titled book, co-written by the designer and Ian Kelly, is due to hit shelves October 9.

[The Sunday Times via The Independent, Vogue UK]

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Here’s What Kanye West Looks Like Teaching College Kids

Kanye West has been busy completing those 250 hours of community service he was hit with after putting the smackdown on a paparazzo last year. Of course, Kanye’s serving his hours in the most Kanye way possible: Teaching impressionable youth about fashion at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, the same institution Rick Owens attended. 

Kanye’s been finding time in his busy schedule to complete his mandated hours, but we haven’t really seen any photos of Professor West dropping godlike knowledge on these kids — until now. The eagle-eyed folks over at Dazed spied these images of the rapper/designer/deity teaching his class. 

From what we can tell, the kids have a presentation due very soon, and they’d better get on it because, well, you don’t want to disappoint Kanye. It’s unclear exactly what topics the kids were discussing, as it seems they were busy taking pictures of their famous teacher. But we’re pretty sure the talk had something to do with being the Steve Jobs of some facet of the fashion industry. It is, after all, the topic the rapper is most qualified to profess on. (more…)

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John Malkovich Impersonates Jean Paul Gaultier, Warhol and More!

Sandro Miller, Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990), 2014

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John Malkovich has proven that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. The actor has linked up with world-renowned portrait photographer and old pal Sandro Miller on a new art project to recreate iconic photographs that inspired Miller’s 30-year career.

The exhibit, entitled “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich,” features 35 images in which Malkovich gives us his best impersonations, from Annie Leibovitz’s snapshot of John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Andy Warhol‘s “Green Marilyn.” His depiction of Pablo Picasso is spot-on, and so is his haunting portrayal of Dorothea Lange‘s “Migrant Mother.” It’s worth a double-take, or three. Then there’s his hilarious transformation as the boyish Jean Paul Gaultier in the painted image by Pierre et Gilles, created in 1990 for the designer’s autobiographical photo novel, À Nous Deux la mode. Brilliant. How has this man not won an Oscar?

“Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich” will run from November 7, 2014 to January 31, 2015 at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

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WAGs Steal the Show at the 2014 Brownlow Medal

In support of their sportsmen partners, our favourite WAGs have taken to the 2014 Brownlow Medal red carpet at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne. As always, the good, the bad, and the ugly was found in the show-stopping gowns for the big night.

Scroll through below to see the best and worst red carpet looks.

Rebecca Judd

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Chris Judd‘s wife, fashion blogger and presenter Rebecca Judd, stunned in a layered J’Aton Couture gown with hick-neck detail, presumably worn with her much-loved shapewear underneath.
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Hörst Unveils New Menswear Styles for Fall

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For some men, fall merely signifies the return of football. But for the more style-conscious fellas, it means a new season of modern and luxurious offerings from Canadian menswear brand Hörst.

Hörst’s aesthetic comes from traditional British menswear. In other words: proper tailoring and unexpected, quirky add-ons. Bold colours and irreverent styling allow men put their own spin on suiting and casual wear, all while avoiding the classic pitfalls of bland, pleated khakis and the dreaded blue, button-down.

The new collection is full of bright plaid shirts, relaxed corduroys and gorgeous cardigan sweaters—ideal for the weekend, while wool trousers, classic check shirts and patterned bow ties take corporate clothes into newer and edgier territory. All of which can be topped off with one of the brand’s stylish and, most importantly, winter-appropriate outerwear offerings.

So fellows, what do you say? Are you ready to shop?

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Link Buzz: Kendall Jenner Now Getting Bullied by Tabloids

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  • As part of a promotional ploy, Reebok is getting people to tattoo the brand’s new logo on their bodies. This is real. [Racked]
  • So, J. Lo and Iggy Azalea finally released that “Booty” music video. [YouTube]
  • The Hollywood Reporter ranks Hollywood’s top 25 red carpet designers. [THR]
  • Calvin Klein got the most buzz on social media during New York Fashion Week, thanks in part to Justin Bieber‘s very uncomfortable onstage appearance in the label’s boxers. [WWD]
  • People, it’s time to leave Kendall Jenner alone. Now she’s getting bullied by Australian celebrity rag Famous over having cellulite. The headline reads, “You’re Too Fat for Runway.” Not cool, guys. [Fashionista]
  • Rebecca Minkoff‘s designing a collection for A Pea in the Pod for all the hot mamas-to-be out there. [WWD
  • Getting snapped by a street style photog at LFW is as simple as looking like enough of an idiot. [Vice]
  • Need a new topper for fall? You can buy Pope Francis‘ skullcap, which is up for auction on eBay. Hope you have more than $118,000, though, because that’s the current bid. [NYMag]
  • NOOOO: Honey Boo Boo‘s parents Mama June and Sugar Bear have broken up. There is no reason to believe in love anymore. [Page Six]

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