- And now, 100 years of Philippine beauty in a bite-sized minute. [Cut YouTube]
- An analysis on how Kim Kardashian became important in pop culture. [Vulture]
- Marina Abramović will never do business again with Jay Z after he failed to hold up his end of the deal after the “Picasso Baby” art performance in 2013. [Defamer] UPDATE: Apparently he did make a sizable donation, oops. [Rolling Stone]
- In which The New York Times learns how to roll a joint. [NYT]
- Alexander McQueen puts its spin on the ballet shoe for the ABT’s 75th anniversary. [Twitter]
- Stylist Micaela Erlanger chronicles dressing Lupita Nyong’o for Cannes. [T Magazine]
- We Wore What’s Danielle Bernstein on how bloggers make money on Instagram. [Harper’s Bazaar]
Stateside, Americans are debating whether Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks should be on the $20 bill and across the pond, folks are weighing Alexander McQueen as an option for their own £20 note. The Bank of England is asking the public to help them choose visual artists “of historic significance” as contenders for the face of the bill.
Included in the category of visual artists are fashion designers, which is why some are thinking that McQueen could be a good fit for the honor – and it looks like he is already an early favorite in the running. So far, painter and satirist William Hogarth and actor Richard Attenborough are each favored to win at 4-1, but McQueen is hot on their tails with 8-1 odds.
As fashion people, we are obviously biased, but McQueen’s legacy in British fashion is undeniable. He was truly an innovator and created some stunning, groundbreaking pieces, which in themselves are works of art. McQueen’s house still lives on under the direction of Sarah Burton, who helped usher the McQueen name into the history books by creating Duchess Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. The house of McQueen is already a part of British history – might as well make it official and put its founder on some money.
Whether you love her, loathe her or just want to stop hearing about her, Kendall Jenner has become a bonafide fashion darling and she’s got designers of all stripes singing her praises, including Karl Lagerfeld. Jenner is one of the faces of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest eyewear campaign and the notoriously outspoken designer has nothing but nice things to say about the buzzy model.
At this point, Lagerfelds’s love for the reality star-cum-It-model is clear. He’s included her in enough of his runway shows for us to know that he’s a big fan, but this time, we get to hear straight from the kaiser’s mouth just how he really feels about Jenner in a behind-the-scenes video from the set of his namesake label’s spring campaign.
“She’s great and modern and the girl of the moment,” Lagerfeld explains quite matter-of-factly to the camera. And he’s right. At this point, it’s getting hard to keep track of all the campaigns Jenner has scored with brands like Penshoppe, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and more. And let’s not forget that Estée Lauder contract she’s sitting on at the moment.
Watch Karl pile praise onto Jenner in the clip above.
[h/t ELLE UK]
Anyone with two eyes can see Rob Lowe’s got great skin and, like any business-minded celebrity, he’s looking to cash in on one of his best features. The actor is delving into the grooming world with the launch of his very own skincare brand for men, Profile, a line which Lowe makes very clear that he himself founded and built over the past six years. “I’m not the celebrity endorser, I’m not the face of the product. I’m the developer of it. I have an entrepreneurial spirit … I’m just very proprietary about my communications and my aesthetic.”
The products in the “performance grooming” line all have an anti-aging aspect and include a cleanser, shave gel, aftershave serum, eye serum and a moisturizer. The soon-to-be available products are free of toxins and aren’t diluted with extra water. Profile for Men will launch e-commerce this week and will roll out in Nordstrom stores this fall. Lowe said he specifically created the collection to address the unique needs of men’s skin, assuring users that this isn’t simply a women’s line repackaged as a men’s product. Lowe has plans to expand the range into haircare products and he’s working on creating the perfect SPF-infused moisturizer.
Prices for the collection start at $24.50 and peak at $59.50 – so fellas, there’s now no excuse for your skin to not look as flawless as Rob Lowe’s.
Harper’s Bazaar Germany successfully impressed with its fabulous close-up shot of Arizona Muse last month. The magazine now moves swiftly onto its June/July 2015 issue featuring cover model Anna Selezneva— and they’ve created something wonderful once again. The one-time cover girl of French Vogue was captured by Marcus Ohlsson for the occasion and wears a crisp white dress while posing under gorgeous sunlight.
“Perfect cover! So minimal but the pose is so suggestive and the play with the masthead is cute, it’s a very nice balance. I like the contradiction, it is not cheap in any way, it looks expensive but playful and sexy,” credited gazebo.
“Strong and dynamic pose, Anna looks beautiful,” Cosmic Voices raved soon after.
Also showing the cover some love was KateTheGreatest: “It’s a pleasure to see her and she looks so gorgeous. It’s a really gorgeous cover, love it!”
Benn98 agreed, commenting, “Anna looks great, yet another fresh shot from German Harper’s Bazaar. You don’t need top photographers to deliver something classic.”
“It’s beautiful and it’s Bazaar like,” appreciated A.D.C.
Emmanuelle was also quick to share her enthusiasm. “I really like this cover ! The pose, the colors, it’s a great job!” she enthused.
“Anna looks really powerful here. Can’t wait to see the ed,” added Mody in anticipation.
Take a peek inside the thread for Anna’s cover story and join the conversation here.
Now that the hype over Target’s Lilly Pulitzer range has calmed down, the retailer is free to unveil the next exciting designer collaboration it has up its sleeves. Target has tapped Eddie Borgo to create a limited-edition range of jewelry, wall art and accessories, priced between $7.99 and $49.99. The unique feature of this range is that the products are customizable.The wearer can add different charms, studs and “totems” to handbags, earrings necklaces and more in order to truly make the pieces their own.
For the collection, Borgo says he looked to vintage crafters and wanted to bring that same semi-DIY feel to the range. “I was inspired by the idea of modernizing the 1960s and 1970s craft culture and empowering people to be creative,” he said in a release. “It’s been exciting to bring the spirit of this collection to life, and I can’t wait to see how Target’s guests make it their own.” On tap are bags, belts, jewelry and more, which you can find in an array of nature scene prints and marble swirls. Add to any of these pieces with the several effects the range has to offer, like geometric and beaded charms or turquoise pyramid studs. Target will also offer an option to create your own letter charms, which you can design at the dedicated website.
Target has tapped Poppy Delevingne to help promote the collection, which is due to hit stores July 12.