Karl Lagerfeld shook the earth, moon, and stars when he introduced humanity to his new kitten, Choupette. As The Kaiser loves to say, his little furball is the most famous of all the cats — and that isn't an exaggeration. Magazines want to take her picture and the Internet wants to Tweet at her because she is cute and her life is cush: Choupette has two dedicated maids, a private garden, cockpit privileges when she jets to St. Tropez. She is so much more than a LOLcat — a mere feline jester — she is a celebrity, a true A-list deity, and her rising fame is only elevating Karl's own.
Since Lady Gaga has a black belt in fame and is scared to death of someone stealing it in the night, it appears that the pop star has taken note of the great press and attention Karl's benefitted from by acquiring a super-cute new pet. Mother Monster received a dog from boyfriend Taylor Kinney way back in April, but she's only now started taking her pup out on the town.
A couple of days ago, the performance artist arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria carrying the canine in a Louis Vuitton leather handbag, à la Paris Hilton. But today she decided to go for a more provocative dog-carrying look, cradling the puppy in the armpit of her massive fur coat. The effect is very Cruella de Vil.
If Lady Gaga wants to channel a puppy-napping villain, PETA is, of course, more than happy to treat her like one. The animal rights organization has already released a statement reminding the pop star that during the 2010 meat dress controversy, she said to Ellen DeGeneres, “I hate fur, and I don’t wear fur.”
In PETA's statement:
But by wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose.
If I were a betting man, I'd put it all on "just a pose."
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Dree Hemingway and ManiaMania are a match made in heaven. The model/flowerchild this time shines as the face of the visionary jewellery label’s campaign for The Astral Plane, lensed by David Mandelberg amidst a surrealist and ambiguously located dunescape dense with all things dreamy plus a whole ton of black body paint.
Tamila Purvis and Melanie Kamsler are fast gaining a global following for their beautiful, moody, and almost otherworldly creations, forged from materials including molten brass, rough, faceted crystals, and soft suede elements. Each piece has a handmade original look that manages to make each ethereal campaign seem dreamier than the next, which is probably a good thing considering this particular one draws inspiration directly from dreams. More specifically, The Astral Plane pays home to advocates of psychic and spiritual development such as Carl Jung and The Theosophical Socieity, an organisation formed in 1875 to advance the spiritual principles and search for Truth.
The collection sees the inspiration of warped symbols and telepathic visions in molten brass pendants, marbled stones and an armouresque oversized tassle piece named the Cosmos choker. Like usual there are a few reinterpreted ManiaMania classics dispersed throughout, including the coveted Immortals and Eternal rings. See more of the dreamy shoot below and see if you don’t too want to paint yourself with black body paint and writhe around in some dunes.
All that was missing was a racoon cat from Team Canada's closing ceremony outfit last night. Decked out in the notorious Canadian tuxedo, our Olympic athletes sported jean jackets, embellished with a variety of Canada-inspired patches (logos of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Hudson's Bay Company, and indigenous animals) and teamed with heather grey maple leaf t-shirts and sweatshirts, tailored khaki pants, and white sneakers. Some of the Canadian Olympic Team also chose to wear maple leaf red summer toques as they celebrated their Olympic moment.
The questionable jean jacket was created by the Hudson's Bay Company, who've been a major sponsor of Team Canada throughout the London 2012 games. They say that their design was "inspired by Canada's love for denim" (allow me to pause for one moment while you process that quote) and symbolizes "exploration, adventure, accomplishment and pride."
"Canadian Olympic Team outfits were a real source of pride for our athletes and the talk of the Olympic Village," said Derek Kent, Chief Marketing Officer at the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release. "The London collection is fashion forward and a great opportunity for Canadians to connect with our athletes and show support for the Team."
Fashion forward? That's the question up for debate in the Twitterverse today, prompting comments such as: "Canada wore jean jackets to the Olympic closing ceremony. What is this, some kind of formal event?" On the flip side, many were wondering how they could become the proud owners of their very own closing ceremony denim and for them I give you this link. Is it wrong that this thing is currently out of stock?
Images courtesy of Hudson's Bay Company
French Vogue is using its September issue to debut a new look with a cleaner, airier design, a new font, some renamed sections within the magazine, and new features that include a fashion opinion column written and illustrated by blogger Garance Doré. It seems that Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt is finally making the move to more effectively put her stamp on the magazine and put forth the more defined point of view that some Fashion Spot forums members have been missing. The theme of the September issue itself is the color black, as showcased by models Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, and Lara Stone, each wearing the same Dolce & Gabbana dress on three separate covers.
Even with a new point of view, Vogue Paris continues to be polarizing. YoninahAliza appreciated the new approach. “I absolutely love the concept of having the models each wear the same dress but pose differently,” she posted. “It's a fresh take on a magazine issue that has more then one cover to choose from. Personally, I find Kate's cover the most interesting, but at least they all look rather decent. I'm curious to see what else Alt and co have changed for the ‘new look.’”
SugarMe didn’t think the new approach felt all that new. She wrote, “I was expecting a very punchy cover with the three ladies together, but I felt like a deflated balloon when I saw the actual covers…I am incredibly annoyed by the covers for the same reason I was annoyed by the recent Karlie Kloss/Joan Smalls W covers. It feels a bit pointless to use models only to make them look like carbon copies of one another. I think it would benefit them more to differentiate between these current and upcoming supermodels. Same hair, same makeup, same background, even the same dress? Seeing them all lined up together exacerbates how boring it all ends up looking.”
Jmrmartinho staunchly defended the magazine’s new direction. “I can't believe people hate this,” he commented. “It’s like they just hate it because it's cool to hate Alt’s work. This is fantastic, I love how simple and timeless these covers are. They chose three models to showcase the same dress and to show different ways of Parisian chic… Alt’s work for Vogue Paris is not what it used to be. She’s becoming more comfortable and producing better and better, issue after issue.”
Having only seen the cover, it’s a bit too early to say whether the redesign is a success, welcome as it may be. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued and didn’t want to see more. Overused as these models may be, I still love seeing them, and am curious to see how Vogue Paris pays tribute to the go-to, always fashionable color black.
Want to know what it looked like behind the scenes shooting Lady Gaga's September Vogue cover? Either use your imagination or click through, I don't care. [Fashionologie]
How terrible is it to break makeup rules? Just as terrible as breaking all other kinds of rules. [BellaSugar]
Unretouched Victoria's Secret photos of Doutzen Kroes popped up on The Fashion Spot forums, proving that a) DK is truly incredible-looking b) the world has a Photoshop problem. [TFS]
Alexa Chung's Maje Fall campaign is heavy on Alexa Chung and kitschy birdcages, low on clear visuals of the actual clothing. [StyleBakeryTeen]
The seasons are going to be changing and obviously you're super-stressed trying to figure out what you're going to wear when the leaves turn reddish and the breeze breezes in. Don't hyperventilate! Here's a now-and-later style guide. [FabSugar]
R-Patz will maybe forgive K-Stew for that thing that she did. [INeedMyFix]
Ryan Lochte refuses to urinate outside of the pool. [HaveUHeard]
Sofia Vergara covers Allure's September issue, looks expectedly bombshell-y. [DailyStab]
It seems that the whole of Britain has been infected with some kind of Olympic patriotic pride, with even supermodel Naomi Campbell getting into the team spirit. The usually frosty fashion icon revealed that she was so proud of Team GB’s success so far that she wanted to throw a charity event in their honor, and that’s exactly what she did. So, last night in conjunction with her own charity Fashion Relief, she hosted a fundraising dinner. Since no Naomi party is complete without a bevy of celebrity faces, her guest list included Sarah Burton, Vivienne Westwood, Georgia Jagger, and Kate Moss. Obviously, our invite is still in the post.
Celebrity Footwear Auction
Naomi Campbell isn't the only celebrity in a charitable mood of late, as an array of other A-Listers, including Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, and Sienna Miller are all donating a pair of their favourite shoes to be auctioned off in aid of the Small Steps charity, which supports children who work on landfill sites. Last year’s auction exceeded expectations, and this year’s is set to do exactly the same. It’ll take place on October 11 at Jalouse in London, so, bookmark that date now! Check out their website smallstepsproject.org to see exactly who’s donating what.
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