Katy Perry claimed on the cover of Elle’s September issue that she couldn’t “be the candy queen forever,” so is she finally attempting to show us that? Her cover for L’Officiel Paris’s September issue is decidedly un-candy-like (unless she’s moving into the orange sherbet, circus peanuts, or taffy category) and Katy looks almost unrecognizable as she’s styled with a flowing mane of red hair.
Forum members didn’t mind the abandonment of Katy’s affinity for the super saccharine, but they took issue with the fact that she’s nearly unrecognizable on this magazine cover. “This must be photoshopped to death because it took me five minutes to actually see any resemblance to her actual face,” visualoptimism concluded.
Miss Dalloway couldn’t believe her eyes. “This is so bad, she is a stunning woman, who is incredibly photogenic, and they photoshop her into someone else? What is even worse is the person they made her out to be is far less attractive than the real woman! And I can’t with the jaw almost not fitting the upper face, ridiculous!” she exclaimed.
GERGIN wrote, “This looks like a Halloween issue, why the orange overload? I wouldn't have minded the image if they had put her in a different colored top,” he mused.
Maybe L’Officiel is subtly trying to hold on to Katy’s candy association after all?
Forum members have been anxiously waiting for weeks (or months, really since the collaboration was announced in June) for a look at the Maison Martin Margiela collection for H&M. Finally, this weekend, a scan from French Elle afforded the first preview, showing a red draped dress with a flowing asymmetrical hem.
“Funny, I was just lusting after a dress similar to this on ebay,” educo commented. The way previous H&M collaboration collections have been going, ebay may the only place to find this actual dress once the resellers storm the store and stockpile whatever they can manage to carry out with them.
If subsequent pieces are as covetable as this red dress (which I also wouldn't mind owning), then this collection of womenswear, menswear, and accessories is guaranteed to sell out fast when it hits stores on November 15.
Image: A scan from French Elle’s September issue via facebook.com/frichic
The disgraced designer has recently reemerged in Paris after a stint in rehab. He's been spotted dining with Anna Wintour and flâneur-ing around all over the place. Even though he hadn't released any details about his upcoming projects, he still retains the support of many of the industry's top people and so I have the feeling that we haven't seen the last of John Galliano.
Still, his path towards redemption just became a little more difficult to walk on because someone stole his shoes. More, uh, literally, French President François Hollande released a decree stripping the designer of his Legion of Honor award, which he'd been granted in 2010. How embarassing!
I don't know what noble or gallant thing Galliano had originally done to deserve the medal, but surely he understands President Hollande's reasoning: national honor awards and anti-Semitic rants make strange bedfellows these days.
Karen Walker started the rumours and Zambesi have confirmed them: Kiwi designers have an innate sense of what constitutes a mad cool pair of sunnies. As one of New Zealand’s most iconic and innovative luxury fashion brands, it’s a surprise that Zambesi has never considered tackling eyewear in the past, but this is probably one of those times when you’re supposed to take the adage “good things are worth waiting for” and just roll with it.
Zambesi’s debut eyewear collection is, obviously, a good thing. Their signature moody, cutting-edge aesthetic has been channeled into six unisex frame styles, three for the sun and three optical, each reimagining a classic style. The Jetson is like a rounder, slightly more angular version of the much-loved wayfarer, while the Aeronaut’s thinned-out frames prove that sometimes less is indeed more. But the best part of the six-piece collection is without a doubt the mismatched lenses, available in icy cool lunar tones in the Jetson frames or striking grey and yellow in the Space Cadet (the names alone are evidence these sunnies are not of this world).
Each pair of shades is handmade in Japan using a painstaking ‘tumbling’ process that can take up to five months to perfect. The premium Japanese Acetate must develop for six weeks in order to achieve that extra shiny, long-lasting luster, before the pieces are fitted with organic Japanese compound resin lenses that have been hand-dyed for crystal clear vision.
Check out the entire campaign on the Zambesi store website and see if you can resist clicking “Add to Cart”.
Forbes has officially released its 100 most powerful women list for 2012, including several international fashion industry insiders. We were excited to see Burberry’s CEO Angela Ahrendts at number 45, as she is largely credited with transforming Burberry into one of the most powerful British brands in the world. She beat the likes of Miuccia Prada at number 67, despite her $13 billion fashion empire, and also the Vogue editor, Anna Wintour at number 51.
Alexa Chung Turns Fashion Designer
Upon hearing the news that British model turned presenter, and of course, international fashion icon, Alexa Chung is in the process of creating her own fashion label, we couldn’t help but wonder whether one day she’ll be gracing the list, too. She’s already an influential player within the fashion industry, and her achievements to date make us think there’s not much fashion-wise that she can’t turn into a success. So when Alexa reportedly told Japanese magazine Numero that she decided to try her hand at designing since she has nothing to lose, we couldn’t agree more. It’s also refreshing to hear that she’ll actually be creating her own designs rather than just lending her famous name to someone else's work.
Grimes is a bit of an oddball, but there’s something engaging and entrancing about her music and her constantly evolving look that reels you in. She's had fans in the Fashion Spot forums long before her noteworthy appearance on the April 2012 issue of Dazed & Confused, and their devotion is still going strong. The recent release of her video for “Genesis” off of her album, Visions, has stirred up some new chatter.
“I'm now craving blond extensions,” MulletProof confessed after watching the video. “The Grimes complex is getting to me too,” she laughed.
Scott posted, “Is it me or does it seem like she's making some kind of ironic gesture at pop culture with that video? The Courtney Love look-alike… that Gaga thing… Britney…”
When you watch the video below, you’ll see that it’s not just Scott. Grimes is definitely conveying a message in this video. She’s too smart for the imagery she uses to be purely random and weird for weirdness’ sake.
Admittedly, not everyone “gets” what Grimes is putting out there. “That’s the most f**ked up video I’ve ever seen,” jmrmartinho wrote. “Great photography through.”
Judge for yourself below, and if you don’t already know Grimes, here’s your quirky introduction.