Diane von Furstenberg totally lucked out earlier this week when she got to attend the Neiman Marcus x Target Holiday Collection preview party on the errr…arm (leg?) of Bullseye the Target mascot. A few years ago, I read about a woman that paid for her Macbook Pro by selling out ad space on its surface, so her computer became a kind of billboard whenever she worked from a coffeeshop (she was a freelancer, so this was a near-daily occurance). I would do that, but with my face.
Dear Target, Let's talk. I will go out with a giant bullseye drawn around my eye — like all the time, except maybe not on dates? — and you just have to cover my food, drinks, and cab fare. Maybe also my clothing? Would not want to tar the Target (haa) brand image by looking like a slob.
If you were hoping Season 2 of Girls would be just terrible so you could have an extra half-hour a week to pet your cat and develop meaningful relationships with the people in your life, I'm sorry but it appears that Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) & Co. are coming back in January with guns blazing. You can have a life some other time.
There's still over a month before the Season 2 premiere and the first trailer is already here, because HBO's going to be damned if you pay attention to something else even for a second. If you aren't already wary of the impending Girls hype hurricane, please get it together. This show would be so much better if it were just a show, and not a nauseatingly relatable twentysomething Brooklyn lifestyle almost-empire.
So here's what we can look forward to next season:
Yes, everyone still lives in New York.
"What if he's murder-y in like, a murder way?"
Jorma Taccone is back to seduce Marnie (played byAllison Williams). Finally. It will probably be the sexiest thing on television.
As my friend Andrew put it: "I liked the part when Lena Dunham was in a mesh top or something."
Though many forum members seem less than thrilled with this announcement, it seems that New York based fashion designer Alexander Wang will be taking the reins at Balenciaga. It was announced earlier this month that Nicolas Ghesquière, who has been serving as Balenciaga’s creative director since 1997, would end his working relationship with the brand on November 30 (as in, today).
Wang has been one of the darlings of New York fashion since he emerged on the scene. The chic urban cool-girl vibe of his clothes has had women everywhere clamoring for his apparel and ever-expanding selection of accessories. Despite his popularity and commercial success, a lot of forum members don't see his appeal.
“I don’t get at all how could anyone think that Wang, based on what he has shown in his work so far, could handle a house like Balenciaga?! Just doesn’t make sense,” Miss Dalloway posted.
Lemeray wrote, “Wang is so wrong for Balenciaga. He's definitely not versatile enough for Paris.”
Psylocke shared a more optimistic point of view: “I'm actually quite excited about the news. Like everyone else I'm very skeptical about this working out in the long run, but I'm definitely excited to see what Wang can do at a big fashion house like Balenciaga. I think although many of us find him extremely overrated, one cannot deny he has managed to create buzz and trends and make his shows one of the highlights of NYFW for much longer than anyone would have guessed. He can put on a spectacle, keep us interested in his brand and design wearable and very saleable collections, therefore I can see why a company like PPR trusts him to be a good choice for Balenciaga. Is he versatile or skilled enough for this job?” she continued. “Probably not, but I hope the team around him will do something about that. I really don't think he's the worst choice,” she concluded.
Despite his wunderkind status in the States, Wang has some huge shoes to fill and this is a major coup for him. Can he handle it though? The Alexander Wang brand is growing at a rapid rate and leading the team at Balenciaga is a huge job to take on. Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to another case of fashion designer burnout followed by complete meltdown.
There aren't many people who can upstage Santa Claus, but for the annual NBC Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center, the big man in red played second fiddle to the First Lady of Festivity, Mariah Carey.
The warbling songbird sparkled in two different bedazzled Pavoni gowns, a Canadian brand that's growing increasingly popular with celebrities like Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Kylie Minogue. That's a pretty impressive roster considering the luxury Canadian house was established as recently as 2011 by childhood friends, Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone, both hailing from Montreal.
Quickly turning our attention back on Mariah Carey before she curses us with a plague of butterflies, the diva's first dress was a red hand crystal beaded organza and tulle cocktail dress with a plunging neckline (and I mean plunge-ing!) from the Pavoni Spring 2013 collection, while her second was a long custom silver crystal beaded silk and lace gown with sheer detailing. She accessorized with Jimmy Choo shoes, an Anne Fontaine cape, and Joan Boyce jewelry.
The red and silver creation left little to the imagination and risked some serious nip-slippage (and probably hypothermia) as she belted out her two most famous hits, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again."
I think it's great that the Christmas Queen is yet another celeb shining light on the Canadian brand’s ever-growing popularity and, who knows, we could be seeing more of Pavoni working its way down red carpets in 2013 (hello, Academy Awards in T minus 85 days). I'll leave you with a few more photos from MC's pre-taped performance.
It’s so refreshing to see a summery cover in December, so thank you Vogue Brazil for being in the southern hemisphere and for having the foresight to put one of your national model treasures (there are so many of them), Isabeli Fontana, on the cover. Simply put, Isabeli looks super gorgeous wearing Christian Dior Resort 2013 in a shot by photographer Jacques Dequeker.
“I absolutely love this cover! The colors, everything looks just perfect, it's a very strong shot,” xPedro gushed.
Nepenthes posted, “This is quite striking and beautiful. Isabeli is so sexy.”
“[The cover] is beautiful… the colors, the styling, and of course, Isabeli, who looks gorgeous, as usual," wrote ckgirlbr. "Looking forward to her editorial as well, it was shot in a beautiful wheat field in Sweden, and the previews look good,” she added.
I kind of can’t get enough of Isabeli on this cover. Since I’m pretty sure I can’t pull off that penetrating gaze of hers, I’m going to put it on record that I would settle for the star earrings she's wearing. And/or the Dior dress. I’d be happy to take that too.
“Looks really good. Kendra looks like an old-school supermodel,” Elfinkova posted.
“She always does!” Sweet rus agreed. “Am I the only one who finds it a bit weird to see the guy posing while pulling down his trunks? I am not complaining, just saying,” she laughed. “Other than that it's a decent campaign for Versace.”
Urban Stylin was also getting that supermodel feel from Kendra. “I get a Cindy Crawford vibe from Kendra…which is never a bad thing,” he remarked.
Seeing as Cindy Crawford is one of the most iconic supermodels of the Gianni Versace era, she’s not a bad person to emulate. And though forum members put a lot of focus on Kendra, let’s not overlook Ryan. He may be (obviously) hard-bodied, but he is very easy on the eyes.