The Lulu app, which allows women to anonymously review men using Facebook Connect (yes, really), is taking off — its audience has grown 600% in the past six months. Very promising. Because the best way to get to know someone is to find out what others think of him. [
A handy how-to video guide for pronouncing designer names. [FabSugar]
Lupita Nyong'o from 12 Years a Slave is "blowing up the beauty world." [BellaSugar]
Inside J. Brand's Los Angeles denim factory. #MadeInTheUSYay [Fashionista]
Brownstone Brooklyn's independent retailers "aren't afraid of being replaced by J. Crew." [Racked]
- Mario Testino has released new photos documenting traditional Peruvian style. [Fashionologie]
We may not have even reached the thick of winter yet but we’re already having a sneaky peek at what some of our favorite retailers are offering in their stores next season, and we have to admit that we’re totally excited about French Connection’s S/S 14 shoe collection.
The new collection embraces a fresh feminine vibe with a color palette that strikes quite the contrast from soft nudes and peaches to bright neons. The softer hues adorn perfect summertime heeled sandals and flats that we can already picture accessorizing our cute summery dresses.
Laser cut and scallop edge detailing transform what would otherwise be timeless pieces into on-trend party heels, whilst the forever classic monochrome colorway definitely makes a few of the heels stand out from the rest.
Embellishment comes in the form of studs that, rather than inject the heels with that typical edgy feel, add a touch of feminine elegance. And best news yet: the heeled mule is back in classic tan or black colorways.
Expect a perfectly on-trend S/S 14 collection from French Connection with a splash of timeless pieces that will most definitely carry us through the seasons… especially those party heels!
Here's another Cara Delevingne cover, the second we've come across this week: The British model appears on the front of Numero Tokyo's January/February 2014 Issue, photographed by S. Sanchez & M. Mongiello. Although her pose is a standard one — 'Model Having a Hard Time Wrapping Her Mind Around Something' — and there's hardly a Delevingne deficit in the world of fashion publishing, this cover still feels fresh. That's partly due to the effective styling, which is inventive and assured, and partly to Cara's facial expression: girl has range. [via Forums]
Not one to let her new haircut court all the mixed opinions, Jennifer Lawrence stepped onto the arrivals carpet at the Hunger Games L.A. premiere wearing a totally see-through Dior Haute Couture gown that had the Twittersphere buggin’. Jennifer Lawrence fanatics, which total about 99% of the first world population, for the first time experienced a feeling that was not unconditional love towards the actress who once halted a red carpet to comfort a crying fan.
But it wasn’t just the fact her thighs were showing that had us looking twice. It’s also that it’s hard not to remember a completely see-through dress, and we’ve definitely seen this one before – on former model/socialite Erica Packer, for the cover of Vogue Australia’s November 2013 issue. Or was it Tatler’s November 2013 issue? Either way, the cover was pretty unremarkable considering the dress was worn the same NSFW way it was on the runway (i.e. with no swimsuit-like leotard to cover Packer’s top half).
Lawrence made an important adjustment to her dress, wearing a strapless bodysuit underneath it. Other than that, both women wore the same black patent belt that matched Lawrence’s Roger Vivier box clutch. In terms of bling, Packer added a string of pearls while the Hunger Games star had on some crystal wing-shaped earrings.
The dress is gorgeous, but something is a little off in both instances. Vogue Australia’s celebrity cover is a bit tabloidy for a high fashion publication, and we sometimes wish someone would get Lawrence tight with a ‘younger’ designer. We’d say Marc Jacobs, but with that haircut, we might then have some Miley Cyrus comparisons to deal with.
Elle has apologized and pulled an item touting 'North Korea Chic' as a fall fashion trend, following an outpouring of criticism from various news organizations. The offending piece was part of a slideshow which was posted to the magazine's website on Tuesday (it had initially appeared in the glossy's September Issue). (The Washington Post presciently captured the screengrab, "just in case the article disappears," before it was deleted from the site.)
The original copy, written by the publication's fashion editor, Joe Zee:
The Washington Post's Max Fisher first noticed the item and responded searingly:
Think Progess weighed in:
As did Foreign Policy, which noted that Elle's reference to North Korean fashion wasn't just "tone-deaf" but also wholly inaccurate — North Korean style is less militaristic than colorful and decorative.
Surprisingly, not a single fashion outlet weighed in before Elle issued an apology:
One of the Internet's very first beauty tutorial vloggers, Michelle Phan is reportedly taking home $5 million in earnings this year, largely due to endorsement partnerships. (Accordingly, Phan has over five million subscribers on YouTube.) Lancome's official video makeup artist since 2011, this year Phan launched her own product line with the global cosmetics giant.
[Want to Make $5 Million a Year? Become a Beauty Vlogger — Cosmopolitan]