Once upon a time, Tyra Banks was a supermodel — full stop. Being a supermodel is a pretty big accomplishment, but Tyra's ambition was yet greater, and so she decided to produce her own television show.
America's Next Top Model is a swell show in many ways, but after nineteen seasons of campy photoshoots and utter irrelevance, only real diehards (or just me) regard it as must-watch TV. Its ratings have been declining steadily over the years, and it looks like even Tyra Banks started itching for a channel change.
The reality modeling mogul told the New York Post that she'd seriously considered quitting the show and handing the hosting reins over to someone else: “I had to be reminded that [ the show ] is my baby. A few years ago, I was willing to give my baby up for adoption!” Sweet metaphor, Ty.
Instead of putting her shoes back on and leaving the party, Tyra just kicked out all the other guests. Longtime ANTM fixtures Nigel Barker and the Jays were flat-out fired earlier this year, and replaced by Rob Evans and BryanBoy.
Honeycombchild called the images a “waste of some of the collection’s beautiful colors,” and HeatherAnne agreed. “Absolutely, more than almost any other brand I associate them with color… Meghan looks pretty damn cool, I love her moodiness,” she shared.
“Much as I don't rate Meghan's look at all, for these ads and for this vibe, I have to concede that she's definitely right for this,” Northern Star posted.
Psylocke referred to Meghan as “the perfect choice for this collection and campaign. I like those shots a lot,” she added. “I agree that it would have been nice to see this in color but I appreciate the mood that's created with the black-and-white; its gloominess complements the heavy and boxy garments in this collection nicely.”
For me, the black-and-white photography brings an Alexander Wang type of feel to the campaign and the clothes. The brands court the same cool girl customers, but I want Proenza Schouler to look more like Proenza Schouler. The designers’ individuality and creativity usually sets them apart, but if you take away the logo, these could almost be ads for any downtown New York brand.
For the all-important September Issue, Glamour Magazine is bringing a little something extra to the table. Yes, as you read in the headline, the glossy gave Victoria Beckham the chance to try on a pair of Guest Editor pants.
Not on the actual cover, though, where there are no pants in sight. Instead, the Spice Girl-turned-designer sports a dense coat of bubbles and a sparkly tiara. WWD reports that when Beckham last appeared on the cover of the magazine, in March 2010, single copy sales of the issue were 16 points up over the previous year.
Unlike typical guest editor gigs, which are largely in name only, Beckham actually did some work. The fashion icon worked alongside the Glamour editorial team for five months to produce the issue, taking the reins on a runway hair spread modeled by Lily Collins, a fashion editorial featuring the British band The Wanted, and other items.
Beckham totally thinks she did a good job — "I wanted to put my stamp on the magazine. They were really open to my ideas, like I wanted to show Lily with not a lot of retouching. I have a very strong vision of what I like and it's cool and a little more edgy." — and I bet she's right. The words "flop" and "Victoria Beckham" don't belong in the same sentence.
I know it might be useless, or at least exhausting, to rail against every instance of casual misogyny in the fashion industry, but Karl Lagerfeld's out of control.
The designer for Chanel, Fendi, and his own eponymous line recently got into a lot of trouble for making some disparaging comments about singer Adele's weight. He apologized, but he hasn't learned.
The most recent target of his senseless vile insults is the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton. Here's what the Kaiser decided to say about her to a reporter for The Sun: "I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."
That's an extremely mean thing to say about someone. Moreover, it's dehumanizing. The fact that Karl's opinion is flat wrong (Pippa is lovely, duh) is beside the point. Life is not a casting session, and real humans' value isn't determined by how they look. And Pippa's just a formerly normal person who was thrust into the spotlight due to outside factors. She did not cause her sister to fall in love with a Prince.
If you don't like the way she looks, Karl, here's what you can do: don't ask her to be the face of Chanel; don't invite her to your shows; don't dress her for magazine covers. That's all your prerogative. But here's what isn't: publicly humiliating a woman that has nothing to do with you.
Earlier this month, we got our first glimpse ofBlake Lively's print campaign for the new fragrance, Gucci Premiere. It was a nice ad; people liked it. End of the story? Wish it were that easy, but there's another installment to the gripping tale of Blake's Gucci fragrance campaign: a video spot. It opens with a shot of the Gossip Girl star looking out at the city of Los Angeles from a glass balcony. She is wearing a serious gold dress that curve-hugs like no dress has ever curve-hugged before. She does a good deal of pacing around the expensive, sterile halls of her fortress and and takes a quick trip to the desert, where she visits with a giant industrial fan. She spends the rest of her time gazing at herself in the mirror, rolling her head back orgasmically as she douses her neck in Gucci Premiere.
The clip was filmed by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. It's a nice ad; you may like it.
As the much-anticipated Olympic games kicked off Friday, we were treated to an opening ceremony which delivered beyond our wildest expectations. The ceremony, created by British artist Danny Boyle, was a performance piece which transported viewers through the history of the United Kingdom. Although at times, it may have been a little incomprehensible for international audiences to grasp, it certainly wasn’t amongst Brits, and exemplified the integral elements which have come to define us as a nation.
Emerging fashion designers dressed the performers
As the ceremony explored Britain’s musical heritage from the sixties to the digital age, which also included drawing specific reference to grime music that obviously originates from East London, the new guard of British Fashion and London Fashion Week played a huge part in selecting the performers’ costumes. The emerging British designers who actually dressed the troupes included Nasir Mazhar, Christopher Shannon, and Michael van der Ham (pictured). As London is an international fashion capital, Olympic organizers wanted to use fashion designers who live and work in London, and most importantly from the East End where the most cutting edge of youth design originates, in order to give them the opportunity of an international platform to showcase their talents.
Samantha Cameron in Roksanda Ilincic
Samantha Cameron, the British fashion ambassador and Prime Minister’s wife, was also spotted amongst the crowds at the opening ceremony, and for the occasion she, too, opted to support the British fashion industry by wearing Roksanda Ilincic. She has been pictured in Ilincic pieces so many times that the brand is widely referred to as being her favourite. The red and black top comes from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection, and although Samantha doesn’t quite possess the Kate Middleton effect, her appearance in this number at such an international event is sure to boost the brand’s sales.