After landing the campaign for Chanel’s Paris-Dallas collection, sitting front row at the label’s shows and appearing as the new face of its latest handbag campaign, it’s clear that Kristen Stewart is one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorites. Shot by the designer in his Paris-based studio against his signature dark gray backdrop, Kristen sports a timeless Chanel jacket with matching pants teamed with a white tee. But the focal point of the campaign is the iconic French fashion house’s latest coveted accessory — the 11.12 handbag, pictured here in black lambskin leather.
At first, our forums were treated to an exclusive preview of the ads. Forum member Slater didn’t get us off on a positive note: “Can Karl stop already… Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel must be fuming from her grave.” Is the shot of Kristen really that bad?
Melancholybaby soon fired back: “She was a terrible human being so who cares what she’s doing in her grave about a talentless actress fronting a campaign for her house?” Ouch!
“Haha, that’s exactly what I was thinking…” added la veronika in agreement.
“Really? Can she sell anything?” asked narcyza, questioning if the actress will even shift merchandise.
The rest were left unsure. “Kristen isn’t the best, but surely she’s better than the Charlotte Frees and Alice Dellals of this world. This image looks good, but her hair is a mess as usual,” exclaimed Benn98.
Steddycam91 was uncertain, too: “I’m on the fence about this. On the one hand, Kristen looks pretty, relaxed and chic. But it’s also quite… generic? She’s just been made to look like a mini-Carine with her artfully disheveled hair and slight pout and classic jacket. She just kind of blends in. Nice but forgettable. However, I’ll happily take that over the Karl photographic monstrosities we’ve seen of late.”
Await more campaign images and add your own two cents here.
Nasty Gal’s board of directors just got a high-profile new member. Ron Johnson, former Apple exec, has made a $16 million investment in the retailer. It is some much-needed good news for the company, which has been struggling with layoffs this year and the recent announcement that founder Sophia Amoruso was handing over the company‘s CEO title to Sheree Waterson.
The investment is significantly less than the $40 million boost it got back in 2012, but the #GirlBoss says that’s because she is taking things slowly this time, saying the retailer doesn’t have “an aggressive rollout” planned. A new store is expected to open next month, but beyond that, it depends on how this second store performs. “We want to get another one open, learn a lot and then hopefully destroy everyone.”
It seems wise for Amoruso to proceed with caution into brick-and-mortar. As we’ve learned with brands like American Apparel and C. Wonder, when you open up too many stores too quickly, it can be more of a burden than a boon.
Margot Robbie’s makeout sesh with Will Smith wasn’t her only beneficiary while filming Focus. The Australian actress got to wear a mix of high-end designers on-set, and loved every minute of dabbling in pieces from Gucci to Givenchy.
By now you might’ve seen the trailer, or the film if you’re in a country where it’s been released already, and probably spent the entire duration drooling over Margot’s, or rather her character Jess’, chic, expensive wardrobe. (more…)
In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a dress that stopped the world today. People can’t figure out whether it’s blue and black, or white and gold, and the divided views have sent the world wide web into an absolute meltdown. People are stressing out, and, we’ll be honest, so are we.
If Kim Kardashian’s butt broke the internet, than we don’t even know what the little black/blue/white/gold dress is capable of. All we know is that people are going to bed tonight angry, confused and frustrated. Families are bickering, friends are fed up with one another, and boyfriends are destined for the couch. Cray.
As always, the reactions on the internet are hilarious, terrifying and outrageous. Ellen DeGeneres is suggesting this dress could start World War III. Memes are spreading like wildfire. Scroll through below to see our favourites. (more…)
Billabong is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The Australian-founded company has made its way back to profitability for the first time in three years, following a turnaround strategy implemented in December 2013.
Ragtrader reports that Billabong International Limited, which owns brands Billabong, RVCA, Element, Von Zipper, Honolua Surf Company, Kustom, Palmers Surf, Xcel, Sector 9 and Tigerlilly, made a profit of $25.7 million for the six months to December 31, 2014. This is in comparison to a loss of $126.3 million in the same period the year earlier.
Sales were up 9.5% in the US, which is the group’s biggest market, but sales in the Asia Pacific region were down 4.5% partly because of a weak Christmas trading period. Neil Fiske, Billabong’s CEO, said, “It’s encouraging to see the group return to profitability,” but it now needs to see “universal progress”. (more…)
Parisian fashion blogger, noted fashion-film buff and scent-lover Diane Pernet is using her beauty and style koalifications to whip up a new koala-inspired perfume.
Why? Because she’s freakin’ fond of koalas, you guys, and she even had one of those touristy koala-hugging pencils back in the day. “I am so in love with koalas! I’ve always had a thing for them,” Diane, who runs the blog A Shaded View of Fashion, affirmed to WWD. “Growing up, I had a friend from Sydney, and we would all have toy koalas on the end of our pencils.”
Later on, maybe around the time she got her pen license, Diane was given the chance to visit the sunny and picturesque Perth, but would only go on one condition. She said, “I’d only go if I could hold a koala because it’s been a dream since childhood.” She held a cutesy creature named Sunshine, and, from what we can gather, didn’t try to steal it in her croquembouche-esque hair on the way back home. (more…)