Sometimes, no matter how black your best friend may be, you need to stay in your lane. This is a lesson Jean Touitou is about to learn. The designer presented his Fall 2015 men’s collection, announcing his collaboration with Timberland, but not before offending probably more than a few people in the room. As he showed his wares, he introduced a look he likes to call “Last N***as in Paris.” If the name alone made you do a record scratch in your head, you’re not the only one. Style.com writer Luke Leitch recounts the very uncomfortable moment in the presentation:
“I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood—the ‘hood—meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland…”
Wait, when did Touitou become so well-versed on hood fashion, much less what is in good or bad taste on the streets? Could it have been his childhood growing up in Edenwald Houses in the North Bronx? Oh, wait — seems like it’s just because he has a black friend.
“I am friends with Kanye [West, who recorded ‘Ni**as in Paris’ with Jay Z], and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship,” he told Style.com in an email. “As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, ‘I love this vibe.'” (more…)
Can Vogue Mexico ever catch a break? The magazine left us with mixed feelings after an average January cover and we have the same sentiments toward its February cover. The magazine tapped Eva Longoria to star on its latest installment, in theory being a perfect cover subject for the fashion title, given Eva’s various upcoming projects. Yet something appears a little off to us. The former Desperate Housewives actress was captured by Stockton Johnson surrounded by a luscious landscape as she sports a vibrant top and matching pants from Mary Katrantzou teamed with Chanel jewelry. But seriously, what’s up here?
Forum members were quick to voice their concerns. As soon as the cover surfaced, Oxymore asked, “Eva is that you?”
Also suggesting some overdoing of the post-production was Anna147. “What happened to her?” she questioned.
“Photoshop fail!” declared Emmanuelle. “On the cover her face looks like a Disney animation and the whole look is VERY Telenovela,” added gazebo in response.
KateTheGreatest overlooked the evident airbrushing, but ranted, “Is she still relevant enough to get covers?”
On the other hand, Urban Stylin‘s positive comments stood out among the rest: “I actually like the colors, wish she was wearing a dress in the same print as the pants. As for relevance she’s one of the most successful Mexican actresses of all time as well as a fashion/beauty star and producer for Devious Maids, so am sure she deserves a Vogue Mexico cover. This is not U.S. Vogue, they don’t give covers based on what someone is promoting in the U.S.”
“Since Issa’s cover, Vogue Mexico is focused on Latin American designers, people, trends and more. Maybe this is a new course for the magazine. Just maybe,” enthused IndigoHomme, hopeful the magazine is headed in a new direction.
We’re happy to see a fashion magazine enlist someone unexpected as its cover subject, therefore Vogue Mexico deserves a round of applause for that alone. Share your own opinion with us here.
Victoria’s Secret got us all pumped up last week when the lingerie giant let it slip that it would be broadcasting a commercial during the Super Bowl — and provided a video of the Angels playing football to get us psyched for the spot. Today, Victoria’s Secret unleashed the commercial due to be shown during the big game, and we can’t help but feel just a teensy bit disappointed.
The pre-commercial short that dropped last week was almost a minute and a half long and a lot of fun. The official 30-second spot, however, looks like every other Victoria’s Secret commercial we’ve seen over the years: Angels, sultrily playing with their hair and looking into the camera wearing lingerie and sometimes wings — you know, the usual. Basically, the difference between this and all other Victoria’s Secret commercials is that this one will be playing during the game. Nothing groundbreaking here, but when you’ve got hot girls prancing around in underwear, you probably don’t need to be.
[via Victoria’s Secret YouTube]
Outside is looking pretty gloomy in the Northeast as we prepare to be hit by an epic snowstorm, but the only thing shadier than the sky right now is Naomi Campbell, who always has the most perfect response to any question about the state of the fashion industry today.
Meredith Vieira sat down with the supermodel to discuss the new crop of supers — the Instagirls — many of whom have gained popularity through their social media presence. Naomi provided her analysis on the phenomena, and as you may have imagined, she’s not necessarily here for these new It girls.
Naomi noted that she and her generation of supermodel sistren had to “earn our stripes” to get that “super” title. But though she said she’s astonished by how easily supermodeldom is coming to this younger group of girls, she is thankful for having to take a bit of a rockier path to get to where she is today. “Sometimes, it’s easy come, easy go. So, I’m actually grateful for the way I’ve had my career. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Does this mean Naomi thinks a chunk of these girls are on their way out? Perhaps. Watch her drop knowledge (and throw a little shade) in the clip above.
[via The Meredith Vieira Show YouTube]
Continuing in the tradition of unconventional campaign stars is Karen Walker, who just tapped an Instagram star to front her latest campaign. The very glamorous Insta-model in question is Toast the Dog, aka the cutest little toothless Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on this side of the Internet.
Toast is no stranger to posing with eyewear. A quick peek at her Instagram will show you she is a professional with props, so modeling sunglasses was a piece of cake. Walker says that for the campaign, she looked for a model fitting the following criteria: “We were after a model for this campaign who could fit with our caramel-y color palette and also someone whose hair would work with our three wind machines hitting her from every angle to create a slightly ’70s vibe.” Toast was clearly a shoo-in for this one.
Let’s just come out and say it: This is likely the cutest instance of a dog modeling human clothes since our own Beanie stepped in front of the camera to show you the hottest beanies for the winter season. While we’re a little biased toward Beanie, we’re positively melting at Toast’s efforts for Karen Walker. What can we say? The girl is killing it.
We aren’t even out of January, yet Vogue Japan’s March cover surfaced on our forums over the weekend. The magazine hit a home run last month, tapping Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi as its cover star, but that’s about to disappear from newsstands in favor of the magazine’s all-important spring fashion issue. Natalia Vodianova graces the March 2015 cover shot by Patrick Demarchelier, showcasing an outfit from Gucci and a head full of curls.
Has Vogue Japan hit a home run once again? “This is actually beautiful! The best they’ve had so far!” congratulated MON, getting us off to a good start.
“Really great cover! Love the hippie styling and Natalia looks gorgeous here,” justaguy responded in agreement.
Miss Dalloway was also full of enthusiasm and echoed, “Love this cover! The white background works for the Gucci look, and she looks wonderful. But yeah, wow, March issue already, I never get used to their early releases haha.”
“It reminds me of the fabulous old Nippon covers shot by Craig McDean,” GivenchyHomme reminisced.
In full agreement was MON: “THIS!! This reminds me of the covers they had back in their glory days.”
But not everyone was feeling it. “Pretty cover, but it’s getting boring to see the ‘boho’ style in every magazine,” burbuja8910 disapproved.
“Natalia is not really doing it for me lately. It’s like she’s fallen into the ‘supermodel trap’ where they’re just there being themselves over and over. It sucks because she has always been my favorite and her regular self is too bland so it’s even more boring than Gisele always being bombshell or Kate always being rocker chic,” shared A.D.C.
Check out a fashion shoot inspired by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin from inside the issue and add your own two cents here.