Card-carrying members of the Beyhive may want to start saving up because the Queen Bee is about to bless us with a major shoe collaboration. The singer is teaming up with Giuseppe Zanotti to design a shoe, and it should be unveiled within the next week or two. Permission to squeal with pure joy granted.
The designer has created a shoe (the sketch reportedly depicts “ultra thick platform stilettos”) with the singer and it seems as if Zanotti and Beyoncé‘s stylist Ty Hunter are finalizing the design before making the big reveal. “Beyoncé has very clear ideas – she knows exactly what she wants,” said Zanotti. “The thing which she then also has over other celebrities, is that she has an amazing voice. She’s incredibly talented and she’s an amazing dancer – she’s complete. Few are like Beyoncé.”
Knowing the Beyhive, we’re expecting Adidas x Yeezy Boost-type frenzy around the release…and likely a lot of parody Vine videos of fans dancing the “Single Ladies” routine wearing the stilettos.
Harper’s Bazaar Spain successfully managed to capture our attention last month, delivering a fabulously energetic cover featuring Mariacarla Boscono. Yet it appears as though the publication has let standards slip after the unveiling of its April 2015 issue. Brazilian beauty Isabeli Fontana becomes the magazine’s new cover girl, photographed by Alique for the occasion. Below is the regular newsstand cover, though we’ve been treated to the subscriber edition as well. But that hasn’t stopped our forum members from laying into Bazaar‘s latest offering.
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“Is it me or she’s not looking at the camera? It’s disturbing…” Oxymore noted.
“The stare is bothering me. Like girl, look here. Second, the proportion of the body is disturbing. She looks stretched? Like they elongated her body parts?” asked MON.
Also not feeling it was Benn98: “The editorial shots posted so far is nothing special. I was hoping for a more athletic mood running through it.”
Bertrando3 soon fired back, writing, “Are you kidding me? This editorial is super cool, the poses, the fashion, her face, I love it!!! She’s growing on me just with this spread, wow. There’s energy, glamour and high fashion.”
“Just now she’s growing on you? This girl has been modeling high fashion for 25 years and she hasn’t aged a bit. People talk about Naomi and other supers. Isabeli is a bona fide SUPERMODEL. She’s amazing,” replied gazebo.
“Both covers are nice. I like her poses, the simple makeup and styling. But something with her face is wrong,” narcyza stated.
Karlie Kloss is living out all our glamorous disco fantasies in a new music video from CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers. The band tapped Inez and Vindooh to direct their music video for “I’ll be There,” part of which they taped during V magazine’s New York Fashion Week party in February.
Karlie Kloss stars in the video, as a leggy, gorgeous gal just watching old Soul Train reruns in nary but a pair of panties, socks and an off-the shoulder cropped sweatshirt. But why get down to disco in the comfort of your home when you can get all dolled up – 70s style – and cut a rug at a real-life disco party?
Kloss changes into a white Atelier Versace jumpsuit (the same one she wore on the brand’s Spring 2015 runway) and hits the town, rubbing shoulders and cutting a rug at the V mag fête with a bunch of fancy fashion folk.
Watch Karlie dance and twirl it out in the video above.
Occasionally we find ourselves frustrated with the odd magazine cover. ELLE Spain tapped Andrés Velencoso for its April cover and our forum members aren’t a happy bunch. Not because a handsome male specimen is present on the cover, but with how the woman is used as an accessory for the cover story. Photographed by Xavi Gordo, the former face of Chanel’s Allure Homme Sport cologne was captured wearing a conservative gray turtleneck, clutching the leg of Marta Español, reminding us of Andrés’ previous campaign for Giuseppe Zanotti.
Forum members were quick to add their two cents. “Yikes at her being reduced to like, a disembodied mannequin. I don’t know who these two are, but you can literally only see ‘parts’ of her – save for the close-up of her face. It’s uncomfortable to look at, she’s like less than an accessory,” mistress_f shared immediately.
“I agree. That was my feeling too when I saw this. Very sad for a woman’s magazine to do this,” replied bun-bun.
Forum member mistress_f added, “Exactly. I mean I’d side-eye something like this in a man’s magazine as well, and I’m sure the likes of GQ and Details probably did it many times before, but coming from a women’s mag is just sad.” Oh, dear.
Sharing the same sentiments was littlekiki: “100% agree that she looks like an accessory. So sad.”
GIVENCHYlover was willing to overlook the situation, however. “Gorgeous cover and editorial,” he raved.
As was A.D.C.: “What I like about ELLE Spain is that they embrace the boho spirit that was once ELLE‘s signature. You can tell you are looking at an issue of ELLE when browsing their content. I wish more of their editions would have a stronger sense of identity like this.”
What’s your take on the cover? Let us know inside the thread here.
Kate Upton, whose career started to blow up after a video of her doing a version of the dougie at an LA Clippers game in 2011 went viral, is now so over social media. Like, really, really over it. The model covers the latest issue of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit and expresses her exhaustion with the very medium that helped make her famous in the first place.
“I feel like social media at this point is kind of b******t,” she tells the magazine. “At the beginning, it was amazing and a lot of fun. It was like, ‘Cool, I can talk to my fans!’ And now I think that we’re losing the art of it.” And what, pray tell, is the art of social media according to Ms. Upton? Authenticity. “When I joined Twitter it was just me, but [when] you’ve got contracts, it’s so planned,” she explains. “Now it’s about who has the best marketing, not who has a really good personality.”
Upton seems to have a point. These days, a single tweet from someone with the right amount of followers can translate to big bucks for the tweeter, and tons of exposure for the brand. It was reported in 2012 that Kim Kardashian was paid $10,000 for tweets endorsing Shoedazzle. We imagine the price tag for her tweets has only gone up since.
Upton’s attitudes on social media aren’t at all helped by trolling culture, either. “The internet can be horrible, so I just don’t look at it anymore.” She says. “But maybe a little hate is good for me. Because if I’m in a spot where everyone loves me, I won’t try as hard.”
Kanye West’s Adidas collaboration just got an order from a major buyer. Barneys just announced it will be carrying the Kanye West x Adidas Originals Season 1 collection, which will be available in stores and online. Word is, Barneys is also trying to get West somehow involved with the marketing aspect of the collection, which, if plans go forward, should be an easy task for the man who considers himself the Steve Jobs of culture.
According to Tom Kalenderian, EVP and general men’s merchandise manager, Yeezy’s collection “is right for the moment.” In addition to apparel, Barneys will carry the footwear and bags associated with the range. All the excitement around West’s big Barneys buy must have made the rapper extremely busy. West was scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday to participate in a sketch and read mean tweets, but he was apparently a no-show. According to a rep for West, scheduling conflicts are to blame. “We were never confirmed . . . We took extraordinary steps and worked directly with the show to make it happen. Logistics were insurmountable.”
We lament this missed opportunity to see Mr. West make fun of himself.