I guess ever since financial journalists attributed a serious spike in JC Penney's stock to a tweet by Nina Garcia, the Project Runway judge and Marie Claire editor might be getting a little too cocky and careless with her Twitter endorsements.
Yesterday afternoon, Garcia decided to give a little shoutout to the not-so-humble Birkin. Hermes is doing an auction over at Moda Operandi right now, and bags were retailing from $3,200 to $76,000 (some options have already sold out). The fashion editor couldn't understand how anyone could afford to go without a Birkin, that holiest of holies.
"This is the bag that you can spend a few weeks’ salary on and not feel guilty. It is going to last you a lifetime."
If even $3,200 seems like a lot of money for you — and for most people, it IS a lot of money! — the only proper response to Garcia's sense of spending is: LOL.
Even if we're going with the low-end figure, $3,200 may be a pretty comprehensible sum of money, but only a select few could spend that much on a handbag and still consider it a guilt-free purchase. There are many other ways normal people might want to stretch a few thousand bucks. Like, you know, paying for housing or medical care, saving up for retirement or education. I don't know: you could even use that money to feed your body and forestall death for a pretty long time. The point is, there are good reasons to shop quality and there are times and circumstance that call for a big splurge, but a $3,200 bag is aspirational, and Garcia's tweeting about it as if it's a neccessity.
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On the cover of Elle’s September issue, Katy Perry is quoted saying, “I can’t be the candy queen forever,” but from the looks of things she hasn’t given up that title quite yet. Between the pink Bottega Veneta dress, pink background, and purple hair, this cover is so overpoweringly bubblegum sweet that it does nothing to help her shed her saccharine image.
Melancholybaby called it “tacky as hell, but I'm sure this is going to stand out a mile from the newsstand,” he added.
MON posted, “This is by far, their best cover this year! Amazing! Katy is just gorgeous! Amazing! The tacky pink even works! OMG! AMAZING!” I guess he thinks it’s amazing.
Others found it to be less amazing and more over the top. “I guess this is the one time you wish Elle US had a white background on the cover,” Psylocke commented. “Everything about this is too much. The hair and makeup would have looked nice with a minimalistic dress, no tacky nail art and a more subtle background color. I do think she looks very pretty here but the styling and the layout is a massive fail.”
MulletProof notes that Katy “looks like a stripper in ‘important meeting’ attire. Everything about it is bad and vulgar.”
Most of us have had enough of the over-the-top candy queen girl child thing, so maybe it’s time Katy Perry officially relinquishes her crown and moves on.
It’s not uncommon for Terry Richardson to photograph himself with the models he’s shooting for editorials and campaigns, but it is unusual for Richardson to actually costar in an ad campaign with a model. In this case, Richardson photographed himself alongside a bejeweled Eniko Mihalik for David Webb’s Fall 2012 campaign. Richardson marked the occasion by swapping his signature plaid flannel shirt and jeans for a sharply tailored suit. Though he more or less cleaned up his act for the campaign, forum members were not amused.
“Terry Richardson should just stick to being a photographer and never model again,” ALAUU posted.
Lucy92 wrote, “I actually wouldn’t mind in the slightest if this image incited people to try to start a boycott of the brand.”
In addition to their general distaste for Richardson and all he represents, forum members thought it was worth noting that “they are both photoshopped into oblivion,” as Elfinkova put it.
Does anyone else get the feeling that Richardson’s trying (and let’s face it, failing) to channel Tom Ford? This whole thing is just weird.
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We've just gotten notice that "Valentino: Master of Couture," a new exhibit dedicated to the decades-long fashion career of the iconic Italian designer, is opening at the Somerset House in London on November 29.
The exhbition will span fifty years and showcase 130 of Valentino's favorite and most famous couture creations. If you live in or near London, or will expect to find yourself in the city between November and mid-March, you can look forward to spending some quality time with both Jackie O's and Princess Marie-Chantal's wedding dresses and Julia Roberts' iconic 2001 vintage Valentino Oscars gown.
It's always quite an accomplishment when a living designer gets to see a retrospective of their work in their own lifetime, and Valentino seems totally pumped:
"Each of these designs have a beautiful story. The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen, so to be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House, where they can be seen in great detail by the public, is very unique."
So much breathless Italian enthusiasm coming through in that run-on sentence! Also, sorry to push the new media bit on you, Valentino, but all of these intricate handmade details need to start getting Tumbled. If you want to show your hand-crafted gowns in all their glory, the Internet is here to serve.
Valentino with models, 2007 © Lorenzo Agius @ www.aandrphotographic.co.uk
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Gossip Girl is ending, and it looks like the producers are doing their best to build up a little hubbub around the series finale.
Enter Alexa Chung, a tFS Forum favorite and a natural fit for the pop-y, fashion-conscious teen soap. The TV presenter and Vogue UK contributing editor was spotted shooting for the series' sixth season in full Gossip Girl regalia (meaning: she was wearing cute clothes, which is not a major stretch for the style icon).
Her spokesperson confirmed to Vogue.UK that Chung would be making a cameo appearance on the show, and she'd be playing herself. Cute, but the series has long made good use of cameos. I'd like to see Blake Lively do a weird meta cameo as herself, maybe by bumping into Serena Van Der Woodsen or even Dan Humphrey at a Gucci party, and having the character and the actress switcheroo as part of an ensemble scheme. The show's probably already been written, but it can't be too late to do a quick rewrite. Please!
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Following Marion Cotillard's and Rachel Weisz's turns on the red carpet wearing pieces from the collection, Jessica Biel stepped out for the premiere of Total Recall wearing a look from Raf Simons' Dior couture collection. Even though critical reception of the Belgian designer's debut at the French fashion house has been mixed, both Cotillard and Weisz did a good job showing the potential of his interpretation of Dior couture. The pieces are sophisticated in terms of design without being showy, and the woman wearing them ends up looking elegant but still fresh, not fussy.
The powderpuff pink dress Biel chose to wear is a harder look to pull off, and the actress floundered. The problem here is mostly one of styling, and Biel would have done well to remember Coco Chanel's edict: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” In this case, Biel could have removed two: the oversized Tom Binns necklace and earrings surely look lovely in other contexts, but here they look gaudy and junky. Betting Raf would have never approved this styling, but I'm sure he isn't complaining that more and more A-listers are jumping on his Dior bandwagon and strutting around in front of cameras wearing his gowns.
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