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Thomas Tait Nabs First-Ever LVMH Prize

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Thomas Tait can call himself a winner today, as the designer is the first to snag the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. After being vetted by a panel of LVMH design superstars like Phoebe Philo, Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons, as well as bosses Delphine Arnault, Pierre-Yves Roussel and Jean-Paul Claverie, Tait took home the $409,270 prize and will get a year of mentoring.

Tait beat out a collection of worthy contenders. Finalists included Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air, Simone Rocha, Vika Gazinskaya, Miuniku's Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, Tillmann Lauterbach, CG by Chris Gelinas, Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Tim Coppens, Gabriele Colangelo and Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Congrats to Thomas Tait and his line! It will be interesting to see how his label develops with this injection of cash and backing from one of the world's largest luxury conglomerates.

[via WWD]

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Watch: Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and More Talk CFDA Nominations BTS with WWD

The CFDA Fashion Awards are fast approaching, with the big winners set to be feted at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on June 2. Want to know what's going through the nominees' minds as the big date creeps closer? WWD went behind the scenes with some of the designers and honorees up for a prize in their respective categories. The industry trade released an on-set sit-down they had with each of the nominees they could get together for a photoshoot.

Of course, each graciously thanks the CFDA for their consideration and are tremendously #blessed to be recognized in this way. But perhaps the best bit comes from Bethann Hardison, who will receive the Founders Award for her work promoting diversity in the industry. Her reenactment of her reaction to hearing that she was getting the honor is simply adorable.

Watch interviews with Marc Jacobs, Rosie Assoulin, Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and more above.

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Pharrell’s New Art Show Aims to Celebrate Women, Includes Graphic Work by Terry Richardson

Pharrell posing with Terry Richardson


Pharrell's new art show, GIRLS — which was named after his recently released album — has just opened at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris.

The exhibition aims to "celebrate women who are above all free, liberated by artists and their boundless, unfettered imagination" and includes several pieces of provocative feminist art which examine gender roles from a critical perspective, by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono and Sophie Calle.

However, as Sarah Moroz for The Guardian writes, the show is made "heartbreaking and absurd" by the inclusion of a photograph by Terry Richardson: "The image is a slice of girl shown from belly button to upper thigh, a chocolate heart dangling in front of her vagina with the words 'Eat Me' scrawled in pink. Even if one were to repress the allegations that the photographer is a loathsome sexual predator, the image is a baffling inclusion," she writes. 

[To be clear: although several women have come forward with allegations about Richardson's inappropriate and exploitative working methods, the photographer has never been charged.]

"[Richardson] has his own expression," Pharrell told The Guardian's Moroz when she confronted him. "What we were trying to accomplish with this project was to house many different facets of women. This was meant to be a democracy, where people could contribute their views as long as we didn't see it as being outside of what we were trying to do … We want people to talk about these issues; we want to spark conversation… Just because you're a good girl doesn't mean you don't have naughty thoughts."

Emmanuel Perrotin, the gallerist who co-curated the show later approached Moroz to tell her that the accusations against Richardson were all false. He also added: "I saw [Terry Richardson] on many occasions doing photoshoots, and it's a real big party all together; I promise you the woman part of the photoshoot doesn't look a victim of anything."

People have the right to make and display any work of art, but including a piece by Richardson in an art show explicitly dedicated to women's liberation, without being aware of the implications, is an embarrassment — and it raises serious questions about Pharrell and Perrotin's authority and judgment as curators. 

[Pharrell's art show 'celebrating women' tainted by a Terry Richardson nude — The Guardian]

Related: How Can We Get Big Brands to Stop Working With Terry Richardson? [Updated]

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The Best Part of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Wedding is That It’s Finally Over

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally tied the knot in Florence, Italy this weekend and I am *thrilled* because I'm pretty sure this means that we can stop talking about the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple. The hype leading up to the marriage vows — compounded by their unexpected wedding-themed Vogue cover (another Kimye milestone we heard about ad nauseam right up until it actually happened) — has been tiring. Have we ever had a media event that was so banal but so all-encompassing? It has been impossible not to keep up with the Kardashian engagement.

And now that it's finally happened, this is all there is to show for it: a handful of Instagram photos of a happy, loving couple wearing pricy clothes. (Her gown was by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.) 

Kimye's was a wedding like any other and now that the deed is done, life can go on (for all of us). 

Related: The Most Ridiculous Moments from Kimye’s Pre-Wedding Dinner, as Told by André Leon Talley

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Miranda Kerr’s Got a Lash-Curling Beauty Hack You’ve Gotta Know

Lucky magazine's June/July cover star is none other than Miranda Kerr, one of the busiest models working right now. She's juggling her Kora Organics skincare line, just finished up a collaboration designing teacups for Royal Albert, raising her three-year-old son Flynn, plus she's got billionaires brawling over her in the streets of Sydney. Must be exhausting! But as Kerr reveals in the interview, she's got a few tricks up her sleeve for staying as fabulous as she does every time she steps out. 


Image: Lucky

Her secret for curled lashes in a flash? A simple kitchen spoon. The model dished that when she needs to quickly add some texture to her lashes, she'll use the back of a spoon and "a flick of the wrist similar to what a florist would employ when using a pair of scissors to twirl a bit of ribbon."

In case you wanted to know how to do it, Michelle Phan's got a tutorial.

Read about Kerr's other beauty tips and more in the full story at Lucky. The June/July issue hits newsstands June.

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Gisele Bundchen’s Latest Gig is This Naked Lui Magazine Cover

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Following its Internet-busting May Issue cover, which featured a very topless Rihanna, Lui Magazine tapped Gisele Bundchen for the front of its June edition. Photographed by Mert & Marcus, the supermodel poses nude in a pool, straddling a giant inflatable red whale. Gisele looks bronzed and beautiful, of course, and the overall effect screams summer, but… what's up with the whale? Lui may be a lad magazine, but it's a creatively ambitious one. And inserting a red phallus substitute into a nude photo of Gisele — a.k.a. She Who Needs No Help In the Sex Appeal Department — seems like a lazy choice. 


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