Let's just get one thing out of the way: since Michelle Obama knows that her every satorial decision will be scrutinized more than an irritated pore in a magnifying mirror (particularly this late in the election cycle), she pretty surely did not accidentally wear the same dress twice.
Last night, at the third and final presidential debate, your first and best lady wore the same Thom Browne dress she wore at Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in September.
If you think Mobama was suggesting that frugality is prudent (and could even be chic) during these trying financial times, get over yourself. Michelle Obama is just trying to rub it in that her Thom Brown grey lace overlay dress is really, really cute — even when it's marred by an ug-tastic glittery butterfly brooch — and she looks really, really good in it. No wonder the President likes her so much.
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Art, especially contemporary art, is often meant to provoke and confuse, and Vogue Turkey did just that with the cover image they commissioned from Turkish artist Taner Ceylan for its November Art Issue. Ceylan previously suffered a cultural backlash for being one of the first Turkish artists to incorporate homoerotic imagery in his work, but his creations are held in high regard despite the controversy. Vogue Turkey collaborated with the artist to convey how surrealism continues to be a predominant theme in fashion.
Many forum members applauded Vogue Turkey for doing something so different with its art issue. “It doesn't look like Vogue, more like Numéro mixed with Dazed & Confused, but somehow I find the image really powerful and so creative,” Bertrando3 analyzed. “It's very weird and a lot for Vogue, but I don't know, I don't hate it.”
Chanelcouture09 commented, “A very daring cover to put out there, but there is something quite beautiful about the cover. I admire them more than anything for publishing this.”
Penny609 applauded Vogue Turkey from resisting the easy route of a tried and true prescribed formula. “I do actually like this cover very much. Besides (or beyond) the fact I quite like the visual, I like the choice,” he wrote. “How many so-called ‘art issues’ are released every year and are just a regular cover with what the editor thinks people will consider as ‘slightly artier’ than what's been done on their other covers? And how can you complain about something that actually looks different when most of the editions of Vogue have nothing else to propose than the same old soup, over and over again… I can agree that some might not like the visual as a matter of taste, I still can agree one can think it's too literal for an art issue, but, I can't get how someone can throw stones at Vogue Turkey for trying when so many magazines have just given up trying anything at all and hold on to old, worn out formulas that are totally unable to provoke any aesthetic excitement.”
Whether you love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure. You won’t be seeing any other Vogue covers quite like this one.
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If fashion's like high school, Karl Lagerfeld's the creepy vice-principal: terrifying, inaccessible, everywhere.
This week, Karl the Kaiser will be in New York to shoot the Chanel Spring 2013 campaign and stink up the city with his noxious odor, a delicate blend of design genius and moral vacuity, with some Diet Coke undernotes. Ugh, keep that sh*t in Paris.
The designer's longtime muse, Stella Tennant, will star in the campaign alongside newcomer Ondria Hardin. Hardin is less a newcomer to the modeling world (she appeared in Prada's Fall 2011 print campaign, did an ultra-controversial walk down Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 runway, and paraded all up and down the European catwalks this past season, making appearances at Chloe, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana) and more a newcomer to the planet Earth — Hardin is fifteen years old.
Her Marc Jacobs strut was a violation of the CFDA Health Intitiative, which attempts to improve working conditions for models and make the fashion industry marginally less terrible. Karl's like, Thanks but no thanks! It's not fashion unless you're exploiting someone. Nothing like spitting in the face of an honor code to feel like a big man.
There is so not a shortage of over-sixteen models, I can't even make a joke about it. In fact, have you seen women? There are many beautiful ones. The fact that designers can't even stick to a sixteen-and-over age guideline in the models they cast is plainly sick, and thinking about it makes me nauseous. Hardin is a lovely girl and takes great backstage photos and I'm sure she's very nice, but the one thing that truly seperates her from other teenage models is her tabooed age.
“She doesn’t look 15. She looks 18 or 19,” the designer told WWD.
Then why cast her at all? Lagerfeld wants to push back against even the most permissive age restrictions, because better working conditions for models would give young women in fashion more power. Maybe eventually even the power to say no to him.
And what's Karl if people aren't scared of him? Just an old guy with a ponytail.
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Cool young designer Prabal Gurung is doing a Target collaboration as cool young designers are wont to do and it'll hit stores on February 10 and items will retail from $19.99 to $199.99 and then everyone with at least $20 of disposable income could conceivably have a little piece of fashion from the Nepalese designer that won the heart of Kate Middleton and fashion editors and buyers worldwide.
Also, tonight there's an episode of Gossip Girl and also the final presidential debate and they're going to discuss foreign policy and tomorrow we'll get to talk about whatever tomorrow's version of binders and Big Bird will be and also we'll talk about what Michelle Obama and Ann Romney wore because fashion blogs aren't allowed to have opinions about the other stuff and actually Ann Romney wore a swimsuit at the beach today and it's totally creepy that she was photographed on the beach and it's even creepier that I'd actually wear her modest Mormon swimsuit in a heartbeat.
And also I've had the same cold for five days and I have not been able to answer email and I don't want to tell you what happens when someone calls me on the phone because it's just embarassing and there was a mosquito trapped in my bedroom last night and my horoscope has been dead wrong for months now.
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Maybe it’s our country’s obsession with buying clothes on the Internet, but LA-based e-tailer Nasty Gal seems to have a thing for Australian models. In August it was Anja Konstantinova taking the American desert by storm in full-on sequins and cropped crochet, and for October they’ve nabbed Rachel Rutt and clothed her in an equally formidable amount of sparkle and texture.
‘In Stereo’ is heavy on the Almost Famous style shag coats and matchy prints, with the omnipresent sequins, studs, and hazardous platform shoes cropping up throughout. The exclusive prints for October include houndstooth, polka dots, and amped up florals. Like always, the best way to wear these is to wear as many of them as possible all at one time, because if you’re not breaking any sartorial guidelines then you’re probably not doing this right.
But for the 99% who maybe don’t have gams à la Rutt there are plenty of buzzy accessories to get tricked out in. The Chomp 2.0 Cap with acrylic cross “eyes” and silver spike “teeth” is potentially even more eye-catching than head-to-toe houndstooth, and circular 60s frames are so good you’ll want be wanting to stack on multiple pairs at once. Ostentatious leather fringing never looked like such appropriate poolside attire.
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The British Fashion Council (BFC) has exclusively revealed exactly which emerging menswear fashion designers have been lucky enough to receive NEWGEN support this A/W 13. So, get ready to see if any of your favourites (i.e. those who you’ve secretly been tipping for great things!) have made it to the final cut. The NEWGEN MEN results, sponsored by Topshop, are as follows: Catwalk Sponsorship is going to Lee Roach, Shaun Samson, and Sibling; Martine Rose and Matthew Miller are the lucky recipients of Presentation Sponsorship; Exhibition Sponsorship goes to Bunney and William Richard Green.
Who Chose the Recipients?
The lucky winners were chosen by a strong committee of important fashion industry supporters and players, such as Ben Banks of Selfridges, Fashion East, and leading fashion magazine, Dazed and Confused.
What Will They Receive?
As with all NEWGEN recipients, the winners are set to receive extensive business support as well as being granted the opportunity to showcase their collections at London Collections: Men, January 7-9, 2013.
When Was it Founded?
This season actually sees four different NEWGEN MEN recipients taking to the catwalk, which is the most ever since the initiative began, proving how successful the scheme is. In fact, the NEWGEN MEN initiative only began in September 2009, which replaced Topshop and Fashion Fringe’s MEN initiative. Since being founded, it's successfully nurtured the menswear fashion designers James Long, J.W. Anderson, and Christopher Shannon, all of whom have received an army of success over the last year in particular (who doesn’t love J.W. Anderson and his Topshop collabs?).
Image: Shaun Samson Fall 2012, IMAXtree