Selena Gomez is on the cover of Nylon and this is the first time I've ever been able to say, "I feel really old." [AmyGrindhouse]
Here's something you maybe haven't thought about yet: What's Beyonce gonna wear to the inauguration? [SheFinds]
If you want to know how to wear a fit-and-flare dress, you could do worse than looking at pictures of Zooey Deschanel. [FabSugar]
Jennifer Aniston is the new face of Aveeno, which makes all kind of sense. [BellaSugar]
- Jennifer Lawrence is really concerned that her butt has been misrepresented on the Internet. It is not saggy! [FashionETC]
If you'd told me a couple years ago that the designer/fast-fashion collaboration thing was gonna be played out, I would have been like: "Please take me to this future world you speak of! It seems like a better one." The partnerships might be lucrative for retailers and an appealing way for designers to build their brands, but I dream of the day companies will invest more of their energies and efforts into producing well-constructed, affordable staples instead of making even more of the trendy, factory-made stuff that's already prevalent.
Ah, but no: Target is still doing collaborations, but will just be taking a different approach. The retailer has had major success working with designers in the past, but today the company announced it's partnered with a stylist for the very first time ever — celebrity stylist Kate Young.
Young started her career as Anna Wintour's assistant, and was quickly promoted through the fashion department at Vogue. She styled Teen Vogue's first-ever cover and has since worked with brands across the commercial spectrum, from Victoria's Secret to Dior. She held an Editor-at-Large post at Interview magazine and worked as a contributing stylist for niche fashion publications like i-D and Dossier.
Last year, Young topped The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 "Most Powerful Stylists" list. Her celebrity clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.
For Target, Young has produced an eveningwear line of women's apparel and accessories. Her line is seemingly timed for prom season, set to launch on April 14 at stores and online. The pieces will range from $29.99 – $89.99 for apparel and $14.99 to $49.99 for shoes, bags and jewelry.
Even though Young's hardly a household name — and is also an unconventional partner for a collaboration — if the collection's good, the price point will likely make it a commercial success.
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John Galliano, Anna Wintour, Oscar De La Renta in 1990 via Getty Images
It's almost fashion week, which means Oscar de la Renta is back in the pages of WWD courting controversy. Last season, he entered into a very public and very childish feud with fashion critic Cathy Horyn, taking out an ad in the print version of the industry trade publication to call her a "stale three-day-old hamburger."
Though the insult totally cemented his reputation as a creative genius, it did not do a lot for public perception of his maturity level. But based on his comments in today's issue of WWD, it's become apparent that the New York-based designer does not actually care what people think of him.
In any other case, I'd be all like, #respect — but this case involves helping fashion bogeyman John Galliano revive his career. Sorry, #norespect.
I know there's an argument to be made for giving Galliano a second chance after his 2011 disgrace, but I personally do believe his behavior was unforgivable. If you need a refresher course: two years ago, the then-Dior designer was filmed making truly vile anti-Semitic and racist comments at a Parisian cafe. He was drunk, yes — but then again he also said, "I love Hitler." I don't know how acquainted you are with intoxication, but love of Hitler is not actually a common side effect. (As a consequence of his actions, Galliano was fired from Dior and his namesake label — the John Galliano brand was owned by Dior holding company LVMH — and fined €6,000. He went to rehab and his French Legion of Honor Medal was revoked.)
Here's my reasoning: Let's set aside Galliano's so-called genius, and imagine a parallel, but more mundane scenario. Haha, let's make it about boys! If a friend came to me and said, "Maximillian [her boyfriend] got really drunk last night and told me he thought me and my entire family should have been exterminated in concentration camps and then he passed out. But this morning we talked about it and now we're fine. I'm gonna marry him and have his babies," my response would probably be like, "Wow, Maximillian has always seemed like kind of a jerk, but I didn't know he was evil. I'm sorry, but I don't think he is The One. In fact, I think you should have nothing to do with him ever again." "But I love him," says my friend, "And he didn't mean it! He was just so drunk. He's an alcoholic and he's going to enter a treatment program." Wow, sorry. This was supposed to be a really light and fluffy example, but it's getting really heavy. My imagined self was about to start looking up Al-Anon programs.
The point I'm trying to make: I believe there's a limit to how much we can forgive what people say and do when they're intoxicated. I'm not saying we should imprison Galliano for life, but I don't think it's right to welcome him back with open arms and to help him reestablish his glamourous, high-profile career. It sets a bad precedent, sends the wrong message. And so on.
De la Renta, however, disagrees. He tells WWD that he's invited the former Dior designer to join him in his New York studio in the lead-up to fashion week: “John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent. He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”
Galliano also made a statement: “I am an alcoholic. I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt.”
Well, I guess we'll see how this plays out. I do believe it would be better for you, me and everyone we know — even Galliano himself — if he could just live quietly among friends and stay out of the public eye. Yes, forever.
In a complete about-face from the spare, stark image she portrayed in the Alexander Wang campaign we highlighted yesterday, Malgosia Bela donned smoky eyes and printed clothes alongside Isabeli Fontana and Sui He for the opulent Spring 2013 Roberto Cavalli campaign (photographed by Mario Testino).
Whether you love it or hate it, you can always depend on Cavalli for over-the-top, in-your-face and even borderline garish clothing and imagery. In this case, it seems most forum members were loving it (despite the excess of face-erasing Photoshop).
“Gorgeous!! They all look very sexy and powerful,” thiago:) posted.
“Who would have thought that Malgosia and Isabeli would be stunning to look at together?” cottonmouth13 asked, apparently surprised but pleased with the model casting.
ALAUU wrote, “Talk about glamazons. They look amazing.”
There’s definitely something really strong and powerful about these images and the women are undoubtedly giving off that glamazon vibe ALAUU mentioned, but maybe it’s just me… I find it the campaign to be more intimidating and aggressive than anything else. I don’t want to be these women, but I probably want to stay out of their way.
And, just for kicks, because these are apparently now requisite – a campaign video:
This is the most highly-anticipated designer debut since Kanye West's Dw clothing line launched at Paris Fashion Week for Spring 2012. Just kidding. The only reason anyone was looking forward to Kanye's Dw brand launch was because from the moment it was announced, it seemed like it was going to be a hilarious disaster (unfortunately, it was merely a disaster). A Rihanna x River Island line, on the other hand, will probably be wearable and good, as River Island has actual experience in making clothes and Rihanna is simply great.
The Barbados-born pop star told Vogue UK: "Launching at London Fashion Week is a dream come true for me. I have wanted to design my own collection for a long time and to present my collection for River Island alongside all of the other great design talent at LFW is a real privilege. I can't wait to see the reaction from my fans and the fashion press!"
Her fans and fashion press will all probably be like, "Yeah, good job Rihanna!"
The collection will launch on March 5 and be available at Opening Ceremony in the US and Japan.
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Tommy Hilfiger imagines Malia and Sasha Obama's Inauguration Outfits
WWD asked designers to sketch possible inauguration outfits for birthday girl Michelle Obama, and three of the twelve designers that participated (Bouchra Jarrar, Nanette Lepore, Chanel) also included some fun looks for Sasha and Malia Obama, whose much-discussed election night frocks have apparently made them fair game for the fashion industry. But one of the people consulted by WWD — Tommy Hilfiger — went a step further: skipping over the First Lady entirely, the iconic American designer focused all his efforts on the younger Obama set. You can see what he came up with above.
Hilfiger told WWD: “My designs for the first daughters are inspired by American spirit with bold pops of color in classic red, white and blue. Sasha’s cropped tux jacket over an A-line silk dress takes a youthful twist on her mother’s classic style. Malia has great style, and I thought it would be fun to see her in a fashion-forward tuxedo jumpsuit.”
His "tuxedo jumpsuit" is cool, but totally outside of the realm of possibility. Hilfiger designed something for a fashion plate — someone other than Malia Obama, a 14-year-old schoolgirl whose father just happens to be the President of the United States. It's a little disturbing how easy it is for a designer like Hilfiger to envision a child like Malia as a luxury mannequin. I'd like to introduce you to fashion's often distorted worldview, I don't know if you're acquainted?