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Inject Some Menswear-Inspired Tailoring Into Your Wardrobe with LN-CC

If you followed the recent catwalk shows at the London Collections: Men, then you would have noticed that the showcases blurred the lines between genders. The most obvious example of this was by designer of the moment, J.W. Anderson, whose menswear collection featured a plethora of garments such as leather skirts and frilly gloves that challenged the status quo of what’s socially acceptable for men to wear.

Now, we’re not exactly sure how many guys would actually be brave enough to wear such fashion forward designs, but we can’t deny that anything that dares to break convention is a positive step forward. Just think of leading designers such as Coco Chanel, who back in her day made high society gasp when she created suits and trousers for women in an age when dresses and corseted numbers were the norm. If we lead by her trendsetting example, who knows how long it’ll be before we’re off on a date with a guy who’s wearing a nicer skirt than us!

In relation to womenswear, and for you girls who love to incorporate a bit of androgyny into your own wardrobes, we’ve recently stumbled upon fashion retailer LN-CC.  They are currently boasting a fabulous spring buy that has clearly been influenced very strongly by men’s tailoring in womenswear. Featuring an array of leading brands from J.W Anderson to Lucas Nascimento, checking out their website is a must. Plus, they also have a newly refurbished concept store (complete with record boutique and exclusive café) opening in the trendy Dalston area in London at the end of the month. 

We're loving the J.W Anderson contrast vest dress currently on sale for £284 and the Lucas Nascimento beehive cylindro jacket (above right) currently retailing at £417. Let the gender bending begin! 

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That Awful Brad Pitt No. 5 Ad Was a Huge Success for Chanel

If South by Southwest thought The Canyons had "quality issues" the film festival selection committee probably would have thrown up all over themselves if Chanel had submitted its Brad Pitt No. 5 commercial for consideration. 

When it comes to fashion, there's always room for a difference in opinion with this one exception: Brad Pitt's Chanel ads were awful, horrible. Show me someone that disagrees and I'll show you a Chanel employee trying not to lose his or her job. 

Ah, except no one at the French fashion house is actually in danger of getting sacked over this painfully painful commercial. Because um, according to Bloomberg, Chanel earned millions of dollars in free advertising ("free" = Brad Pitt's undisclosed contract fee + production expenses) off our dumb commentary. Don't you feel dirty? I feel like that South by Southwest committee, post-vomit. 

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Hey James Deen, Tell Us How You Really Feel About Lindsay Lohan

Ever since The New York Times ran that long article a couple weeks ago, reporting on how difficult it was for The Canyons production team (specifically director Paul Schrader) to wrangle lead actress Lindsay Lohan into showing up on set and playing a character in front of a rolling camera (if you haven't read it yet, enjoy!), co-star James Deen seems to be having a hard time finding someone to talk to about anything else. 

Because The Canyons has buckets of indie/hipster appeal (the film was largely financed by a Kickstarter campaign and the script was written by the cultish novelist and Twitter goblin, Bret Easton Ellis), porn's Jewish-boy-next-door, Deen, was likely hoping to use the film as a vehicle for the mainstream acting career Sasha Grey couldn't get. 

So when a Daily Beast reporter asked some questions about Lohan's disastrous work ethic and on-set behavior, Deen tried to bring it back to his own fine acting chops: 

[The director and I] both went outside and were yelling at each other, but what we were really yelling was, 'WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MOVIE SO FAR?' 'I THINK IT’S REALLY GOOD!' 'I’M REALLY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR DIRECTING STYLE!' 'YOU’RE DOING AN AMAZING JOB AS AN ACTOR!' We were just screaming compliments at each other. And he ended the conversation with, 'Here’s your motivation for the scene: after you do this, you’ll never have to work with her again.'

Unfortunately, it's starting to seem more unlikely that Deen might not make it out of the porn ghetto with this picture. After being rejected by South by Southwest (the prestigious festival denied the film on the grounds of its "quality issues"), The Canyons' future is uncertain and yet Deen still can't find anyone to talk to about anything non-Lohan related. The Sun just posted another interview with Deen that's basically just a rehashing of his previous comments on the endlessly fascinating subject of Linday Lohan:

“She is a product of the Hollywood system," he says. "She is so fragile you can’t help but feel for her.” With empathy skills like those, of course the man can act. (Also he's super-attractive, yeah?)

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PreviouslyI'd Really Like It If You Read This Post and Watched the Trailer for 'The Canyons' 

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Jennifer Hawkins Strips Down to a Skirt and a Smize for the February Issue of Harper’s Bazaar

Newly anointed Australia’s Next Top Model host Jennifer Hawkins is looking deservedly smug on the February cover of Harper’s Bazaar, wearing only a rope-like Toni Maticesvki skirt and a rather exemplary smize.

The well-timed issue hits shelves just as filming commences for ANTM cycle eight. Jennifer was chosen to replace former host Sarah Murdoch in November, having much prior experience with live television and the inner workings of headsets. The winner of cycle eight will go on to land her own Harper’s cover as part of her journey to become the next Montana Cox

But being young, successful and really ridiculously good looking isn’t always the most effective way to win fans. Over in the forums, commenters are finding much to fault about the Simon Lekias-lensed cover despite being ready to admit that Jennifer is a veritable babe no matter how much or how little she’s wearing.

Perhaps the cover could have been improved if she had spent/wasted some valuable time with Tyra Banks’ smizing app, with some saying her face looks awkward. Jmrmartinho doesn’t mind the idea but thinks, “The execution is what is bothering me, she looks really uncomfortable,” and samoanceleb echoing the sentiment. Others like birdyandme appreciate the “cool and crisp” hues and the beachy texture of her hair and skirt.

Is JHawk being unfairly blasted or is the cover really quite bad?

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Victoria’s Secret Angels: “Women That Appeal to Other Women”

On the Forbes 2012 list of highest paid models, six out of ten slots belong to past or current Victoria's Secret Angels.

For the eighth year in a row, the top earning slot went to Gisele Bundchen, who'd made $45 million between May 2011 and May 2012. The Brazilian model first walked in the nationally televised Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2000, so one could say she's been grandfathered in. 

In an attempt to figure out what makes the Angels such success stories (one of life's biggest mysteries, definitely) WWD spoke with Richard Habberley at DNA Model Management which represents a number of the Victoria's Secret girls, including two of Bundchen's fellow top tenners, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes.

Habberly explains how it all works:

"They try the girls out, and certain girls sell product. They’re women that appeal to other women. And they’re special because they never appear in men’s magazines. Once you start to do that, they become threatening [to potential female customers].”

Ahh, yes: you can't have these Brazilian goddesses being all threatening when you're trying to sell panties to women. Is that why the Getty Image database has so many pictures of Gisele backstage before the 2002 Victoria's Secret show, fake-eating pizza? To make it seem like, if she weren't about to strut around national television in a diamond-encrusted bra and G-string, Gisele would be vegging out with us on the couch? Hang on, let me get my wallet out. I just got the inexplicable urge to order a pair of hot pink boy shorts. 

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