I can accept that for some people, operating in the professional world means sometimes setting aside a personal dislike for something or someone, so I can see how Wilhelmina Models could be willing to represent Chris Brown. That doesn't mean I think it's okay that they signed him, or that in an upcoming installment of this story, he might get an endorsement deal.
I'm surprised Wilhelmina would jeopardize its reputation by working with someone most famous for assaulting a woman. In 2009, Brown was convicted of a felony for assault, and photos of Rihanna's bruised and beaten face were all over the Internet. That's what he's best known for. I'm sorry, but to my mind, there's no way to come back after something like that — to "rebrand" — and there shouldn't be. He did not say something mean about someone, he did not make a gaffe: he brutalized someone. Domestic violence isn't simply a mistake or a slip-up, it's serious and dangerous and awful and deeply messed up. I can't overstate it.
I'm maybe less outraged by Wilhelmina's willingness to sign him because I know that for many people, a buck is a buck (and it's not like I neccessarily expect modeling agents to be moral agents, too — although that would be super great), but I'm horrified to know that someone thinks they can make a buck on Chris Brown. That he's marketable. How do we get a new market?
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I don't know who you are and I don't know what kind of relationship you have to money, fashion, or your bed, but if you're planning to wait overnight so you can be one of the first (and maybe few) to buy the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collaboration when it launches tomorrow morning … why are you doing that?
According to Racked Chicago, there were already people waiting in line at the city's Michigan Avenue H&M at 2:30 in the afternoon today. The store opens its doors at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Apparently for some people, the best use of their willpower and time is to wait for like eighteen hours on one of the Windy City's most literally windy streets in the middle of November, so that they can be first in line to buy some H&M clothes. Sorry, but that's really lame. Even if the pieces are Margiela-branded, they're still factory-produced and a serious downgrade in quality compared to the original. Also, the line retails at boutique prices, so you're not even getting that great of a deal.
I'm sure I'm talking about otherwise perfectly decent, marvelous people, but whoever's waiting in line right now should kind of be embarassed. No, really embarassed. I'm embarassed on their behalf.
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Marie Claire's new EIC, Anne Fulenwide, promoted Nina Garcia to Creative Director. [Fashionologie]
Instead of shopping for the person that has everything, you should tell them to donate some stuff. [BellaSugar]
Who knew how badly I'd want a faux-fur snood? [FabSugar]
No, the world doesn't need a "Netflix for Nails." [SheFinds]
Channing Tatum was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive because we live in a sad, dark world. [Earsucker]
Justin Bieber was turned down by all the Victoria's Secret models because some people have standards. [StyleBakeryTeen]
Lana Del Rey got bangs because you should try everything once. [MTV Style]
We Are Handsome are masters at making us nostalgic for things we might never have even experienced, and here they are doing it again for Resort 2012. “The Enchanted” is an enigmatic and mysterious collection featuring six new prints, each dug from designers Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Somers’ personal photographic archives.
While the photographs have probably undergone a little reimagining, we’re happy to believe that at least one of the design duo has stared an assertive eagle directly in the eyeballs if it makes for a print this magical. The Guardian features the same somewhat intimidating eagle that caused a stir at MBFWA earlier this year, rearing its head on a panel one-piece swimsuit and, somewhat more cheekily, on the rear of a string bikini bottom.
Other prints draw on Chagoury and Somer’s love of all things that make you want to run away to an exotic location filled with enchanting sunsets and animals that are either very beautiful or very dangerous. The Messenger is a flight path of birds illuminated by a myriad of greenery, while The Calypso is a moment captured by Somers as he was just casually basking on the shores of the tropical Philippines glimpsing a yacht sailing into the horizon.
New shapes for the collection include a cut-away one piece, butterfly bikini and tie-front bikini alongside cult classics like the scoop one piece and string bikini. But with prints this pretty they could feature on a Borat mankini and we’d still probably consider wearing it.
Images courtesy of EVH PR
Sure, food trucks are cool — what with their indulgent ability to satisfy your bacon, tacos, and poutine cravings at the flip of a parking brake — but do you know what feeds our consumer cravings even more? Fashion trucks.
Starting today, Yorkdale will be pandering to our shopping appetites and rolling out a brand new, gourmet fashion truck, stocked with hand-picked merchandise from many of the coveted and first-to-Canada brands (like kate spade new york, Ted Baker London, and LOFT) that are arriving at Yorkdale on November 16. That's right! This is street style at a seriously street level.
Other iconic and innovative retailers such as Ann Taylor (which recently opened at the Eaton Centre), Club Monaco, Diesel, Holt Renfrew, Microsoft, and The North Face will also be hitting the road with the Yorkdale Fashion Truck, which you can track under the twitter handle @YorkdaleStyle or the hashtag #YKDfashiontruck.
But there's more. As well as delivering decadent courses of designer swag to the downtown core, shoppers that make purchases at the fashion truck will receive the free side of a $10 Royal Bank Plaza gift card that can be used at any of Royal Bank Plaza’s 21 stores. Customers can also enter to win a $200 Oxford Gift Card or a $1,000 gift card from Brookes Brothers.
Are your taste buds tingling yet? Then check it all out when it kicks off from 11 a.m. today at the Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St, Toronto.
Images via Yorkdale Shopping Centre
ASOS has done it again – and by this we mean that they’ve only gone and bagged yet another hot collaboration with none other than fashion designer Markus Lupfer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with London-based Lupfer’s work (those of you who have been residing on Mars perhaps), he started his career upon graduating from London’s University of Westminster in 1997 when his final year collection was instantly bought by the London boutique Koh Samui. He went on to regularly showcase at London Fashion Week, aided by his British Fashion Council New Generation win, and with awards such as Designer of the Year, and his appointment as Design Director for Spanish fashion house Armand Basi, the rest his fashion history.
Markus Lupfer for ASOS
Lupfer is known for artful takes on everyday basics, and perhaps this is the reason why ASOS has appointed him as a guest designer for its latest capsule leather collection. Expect hot skaters and jackets in a colour palette ranging from black and navy to orange. The best bit is that although the capsule collection is high fashion designed, it’s not high fashion priced. So, these edgy pieces are set to make the perfect pre-Christmas treat without breaking the bank.
A High-Street Favourite
This isn’t the first high-street chain that Lupfer has been associated with, as he’s also previously created a womenswear range for Whistles, as well as a childrenswear range for Debenhams. His current ASOS collection will, however, feel a lot more high fashion than his previous high-street collabs, simply due to the fact that it's leather based, which always makes for a lovely luxury feel.