LOVE mag has just released a teaser cover for Issue #11, due out in March, which will apparently feature Miley Cyrus. I sort of begrudge LOVE for setting me up to talk about its Miley coup twice, but I guess that considering the pop star's current status as a permanent trending topic, vying for two rounds of pre-release hype is a smart move on the part of the publication. I just hope teasers don't become the norm.
Still, this one was photographed by David Sims and shows Miley styled with a blood orange mohawk and matching rollneck sweater, her ear tattooed with the word LOVE. Whether or not the tattoo is fake, it's done in a 'stick and poke' style which, together with her punk-inspired hair, plays up the celebrity megastar's rebellious image. Of course, I question whether a true rebel would be caught dead posing on the cover of a fashion magazine, cool haircut color-coordinated with her turtleneck, lips tense with emoootion but I guess that's just Miley being Miley.
Over in the forums, Melencholybaby suggests that Cyrus was possibly also photographed for the publication by Mert Alas & Marc Piggott, and might appear on the final cover in a wholly different guise. Though that's unconfirmed, Alas did post a couple photos of Cyrus (with bleached brows) to his Instagram and hinted that they were shooting for LOVE.
's Christmas gift to Kim Kardashian
is the most reviled thing on the Internet today: A gigantic Birkin
customized with an original painting by George Condo, the American artist who created the cover art for Kanye's Twisted Fantasy
album. It reportedly costs $40,000
for the Birkin alone; whatever Kanye paid the artist is unknown, but we can safely assume it was a staggering sum.
After papparazzi snapped her carrying the bag on the street (photos here), Kardashian went on Instagram to explain herself — using hashtags, naturally: "#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy"
Instagram commenters didn't even try to temper their glee: "Didn't think a Birkin could look like poop." "This is the ugliest bag I have ever seen, no class. Oh, that's right … Money can't buy that!" "This shit is demonic! U devil whore.. kanye clearly has said that he's sold his soul to the devil."
Elsewhere on the Internet, NBC's online outlet asked New York Magazine's art critic, Jerry Saltz, to weigh in: "I love Birkin bags; the painting on this one is grotesque. George Condo has made good work. This painting or cartoon stinks. For the last few years he's been making knock-offs of his own work, getting weaker and weaker. When it comes to how to handle a great bag, this is clueless. No one should pay more than ten dollars for this monstrosity and travesty of a great bag."
Look familiar? For it's January 2013 issue, Harper's Bazaar Russia used an image from the American edition's November cover spread. Starring Madonna and photographed by Terry Richardson, a dream team of insufferable commercial appeal, the cover features a bronze faux-armored Lanvin dress, killer Richard Braqo stilletos, bedazzled with tinsel, and a dramatic pointy sword of undisclosed origins. As Mat Cyruss put it in the tFS Forums, "It doesn't get better in reprint."
Previously: Terry Richardson. Madonna. Harper’s Bazaar.
One of the most popular memes to have emerged out this holiday season: "Miserable Men" is an Instagram account (and now also a trending topic) documenting the pitiful population of men tasked with accompanying their (presumably female?) partners on holiday shopping expeditions.
Poor guys, having to sit in one of America's many temperature-controlled retailers, with nothing to distract them but their unlimited data plan-enabled smart phones while their wives and girlfriends selfishly select presents for the couple's mutual friends and family. Such sacrifice. [via Racked]
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In a roundup of designer holiday cards, British Elle included this insane Christamas card from Elizabeth Hurley. Dressed like sexy Santa, the actress is pictured cavorting with snow lions. Hurley dreamed up this concept, executed it and delivered the final product to her wide network of contacts — can you imagine? [ElleUK]
Bee Shaffer spent Christmas Instagramming what it's like to spend the holidays at Anna Wintour's house, as Anna Wintour's daughter. An experience that does not involve a tree: "My mom threw out our tree before Christmas Day because 'it was too messy.'" [Instagram via HuffPo]
Cara Delevingne delivers a bizarre/great Christmas speech for Love Magazine's Advent Calendar. Features a onesie and an enormous novelty box of Nerds (the candy). [Love via Fashionista]
I spent yesterday lounging in a longsleeved fleece mumu and men's long underwear. In contrast, Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen tartan dress. Such perspective. [FabSugar]
UnHoliday Bonus: Researchers at UC San Diego have created an algorithm that properly identify social types like hipster, goth, surfer, biker. [BusinessInsider]
Big news: The year is over. Done with, done-zo, finished, finito, kablam. We will soldier on into the brave future — but first, let's reflect on where we've been. (By we, I mean me.)
This year, we tackled some of fashion trickiest, stickiest subjects. We goo-be-goned them, as best we could. I'm referring to designer copyright, luxury pricing, the real costs of fast fashion, body diversity and bad moods.
I've included the most compelling topics in the slideshow below, but then there's moar, moar, moar on the second page. Don't miss any of it!
Keep going onto the next page!