Kanye West is finally getting the credit he always knew he deserved and all is right in the world. The rapper appears on TIME‘s list of 100 most Influential people, named a titan, which judging from his overwhelming influence, seems quite fitting. Whether or not you like this attitude, the rapper has not only managed to change the course of hip-hop music, but also broken into the fashion world, a feat difficult for everyone, even rappers with an enormous fan base and lots of money behind them.
Kanye has in the past been very vocal about his struggles to be accepted by the fashion world, but for all his griping, it turns out West was actually glad he got snubbed by industry bigwigs at first. “When I entered the fashion world and I encountered a lot of elitism and all that, it just made me happy. It was something fun. We had the entire world against us. There were absolutely no allies,” he said in a video for TIME. He discusses a time when editors wouldn’t even come to re-see his collection, telling his fashion publicist, “Remember this moment because it won’t always be like this.”
Kanye is on the list with a host of names including Apple’s Tim Cook, Empire creator Lee Daniels, Emma Watson, Misty Copeland, Laverne Cox, Diane Von Furstenberg, Taylor Swift and his wife, Kim Kardashian, who is dubbed the First Lady of Fame. Kardashian is listed for her modern take on fame, family and flamboyance, which have all made her arguably one of the most influential people in the media.
So for those of you who are getting sick of hearing about the power couple, you might as well just get over it. Kimye is here to stay – and will continue to shape pop culture for as long as we keep watching them.
Vogue Australia received mixed feedback for its Cate Blanchett cover, but the magazine has come back stronger than ever with its May 2015 edition starring Abbey Lee Kershaw and Riley Keough. The duo posed for Nathaniel Goldberg, giving us a beautiful and effortless cover image. Both starring in Max Men: Fury Road, the girls are currently making the transition from modelling to acting and we’re more than a little excited.
Forum members were quick to descend on the thread to sing Vogue‘s praises. “This looks great! Wonderful to see Abbey back on Vogue Australia and it seems sweet that they both got the cover together. Watched an interview a while back about how they share a place together and are friends and it’s wonderful they got to share this,” ash92 enthused.
“Just beautiful, I look forward to Vogue Australia thread every month,” appreciated marsnoop2.
Sharing the same sentiments was Benn98: “Omg, so excited!! Nathaniel is back to shooting covers at VA. The girls are looking great here, and I love this new trend of shooting female friends. This cover is way better than the American Vogue‘s Taylor/Karlie cover.”
TeeVanity agreed posting, “The perfect May cover, so beautiful. Abbey and Riley complement each other perfectly, stunning.”
“This is divine… but then, when is Abbey Lee for Vogue Australia ever not perfection?” admired HeatherAnne.
“Vogue Australia is so consistently good! It makes me cry,” shared MON, making a pretty strong statement.
Take a peek at some previews of the content and join the conversation here.
Carine Roitfeld is about to bring her chic, classically French sensibilities to Uniqlo. The editrix is teaming up with the Japanese retailer for a roughly 40-piece womenswear collection made to suit their LifeWear category.
LifeWear is Uniqlo’s line of functional, fashionable basics that help you build out a full wardrobe – without having to dispose of your pieces every couple months. Uniqlo’s current LifeWear collection includes Chino pants and shorts, oxfords, zip up hoodies and more.
“Creating new clothing within the Uniqlo LifeWear concept is a great challenge,” Roitfeld said. “I started from the idea of clothes that I would want to wear myself and developed this into clothes that anyone would want to wear, a woman’s ideal of clothes that make her feel transformed when she wears them.” And there are plenty of women who would love to dress like Carine, to adopt her effortlessly casual-yet-sophisticated aesthetic. Now all of us will have the chance.
The line is due to hit shelves in October, so start saving up now!
When cultures collide, the line between inspiration and appropriation can be extremely thin. It’s a concept that some folks understand, and others do not —or simply refuse to no matter how many times it’s explained. Thank goodness then, for 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, who you might know as Rue from Hunger Games, who is here to break down what exactly cultural appropriation is.
“The line between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation is always going to be blurred, but here’s the thing: Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes of where it originated but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves,” Stenberg says. “Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they are partaking in.” Stenberg originally recorded the video as part of a school project (she’s obviously getting a great education!), and aptly titled the short, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows.”
Though her analysis of cultural appropriation is level-headed and fair, it is still a concept that many fail to grasp, voluntarily or involuntarily. But, if you’re still trying to understand what is so wrong with appropriation, hopefully this 16-year-old girl can explain it to you.
Bottom line: Cultural exchange is a beautiful thing, but it’s important for us to understand the meaning behind what we’re being “inspired” by and equally as important to make sure the people who created the very thing we’re adopting are acknowledged and represented in that cultural exchange. Seems pretty fair, doesn’t it? It’s not about limiting the freedom of white people to experiment. It’s about getting people to understand what they’re experimenting with, and making sure that the original cultures you’re borrowing from are celebrated, because often, they are not.
E!’s Fashion Police has been at the center of so much controversy as of late, some of which is to blame for the departure of two of their hosts, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin. But though the show has been going through its share of troubles, not to mention criticism on how they ream celebrities’ style choices, the show isn’t going anywhere. And neither is Giuliana Rancic, whose off-color joke about Zendaya’s locs at the Oscars is part of what got the show in hot water in the first place.
The hostess told Access Hollywood that Fashion Police would be back in the fall to cover the Emmys. “I think more than ever, (Fashion Police) is definitely coming back, because (the Zendaya controversy and Kelly Osbourne’s departure) shows that a lot of people were watching the show and enjoyed the show,” she said.
Rancic says that both she and Brad Goreski will be back, though they are looking for cast members to replace the vacated seats of Osbourne and Griffin. Rancic also said that issues with the cast members were boiling under the surface before “smells like weed”-gate. “There were issues, a lot of people had problems with the new season before it aired without Joan [Rivers] there,” she explained. “There were just a lot of problems. I don’t know what was behind these moves.”
We’ll be looking forward to see who joins the cast come this fall.
Karl Lagerfeld most definitely has his favorites when it comes to models and with Edie and Olympia Campbell’s starring turn on Vogue Germany, he adds the sisterly duo to his ever-growing list of faves. The Chanel creative director captured the British beauties for German Vogue‘s eye-catching May 2015 cover, which ultimately reminds us of an 18th century painting. While this is Olympia’s debut cover, Edie is certainly no stranger to the publication, already having several covers under her belt, including Vogue Germany’s November 2013 issue.
Although our forum members are left horrified by the outcome. “Oh my! This is terrible! Scary looking cover with both of them looking horrible. Simply not a cover shot, the text layout, no text would work here!” Miss Dalloway immediately ranted.
“They look like a painting for the 18th century. Art realness gone bad,” added MON.
Also not feeling the cover was MyNameIs, who was quick to complain, “What a nightmare. Yikes. There’s not one redeeming quality about it.”
In agreement was Benn98: “Vile! God knows how Vogue Germany still manages to stay afloat with these atrocious covers. They really seem to sell solely on their masthead alone, otherwise the content is always tepid. What a waste of poor Edie. Christiane can pack her bags, and take Karl with her while she’s at it.”
Forum member Nepenthes wasn’t so fond, either, writing, “This feels like it’s too zoomed in.”
“This looks like something that will give me nightmares because they both look like some ghosts who will haunt the living people. It’s really awful. Probably one of the worst covers I have ever seen,” disapproved KateTheGreatest.
Check out what else the issue has to offer and share your opinion here.