You might not be a billionaire, but now you can get a taste of what it’s like to be one – that is, of course, if you have the money to spend. Oprah is putting all her expensive knickknacks from her Water Tower Place condo in Chicago (which she put up for sale and then took off the market in October) and has enlisted the help of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to help.
On April 25, you’ll be able to bid on over 500 items from Oprah’s stash, with proceeds benefiting the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. Among the items up for sale are paintings by Hovsep Pushman, porcelain vases, a gilded Austrian clock, and a Jorg and Olif bicycle.
Now whether or not pastoral oil paintings and golden Rococo furniture is your thing, understand these are pictures, chairs and tables that Queen Oprah may or may not have used and that fact alone makes each of the items priceless. So bid away, folks, because Oprah’s got to fill her condo with some new pricey junk and she can’t do that unless you take all this stuff off her hands.
[h/t NBC New York, Leslie Hindman]
Charlotte Casiraghi, heir to the throne of Monaco, is Emnanuelle Alt’s latest cover conquest for Vogue Paris. The Gucci ambassador is no stranger to the French glossy, having already posed for the magazine’s September 2011 cover. This time around, Charlotte poses for photographer Mario Testino, sporting a denim Gucci ensemble and a relaxed vibe.
“She looks…like the crab (Sebastian) from The Little Mermaid. Testino GO HOME,” ranted Creative the moment the cover surfaced on our forums.
Benn98 was quick to respond, “In tepid Gucci? It’s certainly not a bad shot of her, but it’s unremarkable for a fashion magazine. I’m surprised they passed on Léa for Charlotte, who already had a cover.”
Also not showing much support was Cosmic Voices who exclaimed, “The fact that she has no neck and that her head looks superimposed on the most awkward of angles has truly disturbed my vision.”
“Whoa, such a stunning girl, and yet they managed to make her look not her best self. Fashion magazine covers are in such a weird place the moment, imo. I can’t remember the last time I was blown away by a cover, or an issue!” added an underwhelmed Miss Dalloway.
Sharing the same sentiments was LizzieF: “I love Charlotte! I thought this could not go wrong. But it is really bad. Shame, beautiful girl but horrible photo/styling/makeup.”
KateTheGreatest wasn’t feeling the outcome either and echoed, “I don’t like her at all, but that aside, the cover itself still doesn’t work for me. I don’t like the angle and I want Vogue to be more daring, more out there, special, amazing, something…not a girl in jeans.”
A missed opportunity for Vogue Paris? Give us your own two cents here.
Sexualizing underage girls is a creepy practice as old as time and in 2015, we’ve had enough of it. But apparently, the folks over at Kat Von D beauty haven’t, since they’re using it as a selling point.
The cosmetics label is selling a hue of lipstick creepily named “Underage Red,” which has shoppers up in arms. A woman tweeted an image of the store display featuring the lipstick shade (above) and the reactions ranged from Tyga and R. Kelly jokes to the simple “WTF?”
Kat Von D’s brand has been in trouble before for another lipstick shade called “celebutard,” which also rubbed a few shoppers the wrong way before it was removed from the product line. According to Sephora.com, Underage Red is a “cult favorite” (it’s also sold out online) so it’s only now gaining attention for the inappropriate name. In light of the controversy, we wager this particular hue will be going by another, less offensive name in the near future.
If we woke up every morning and looked in the mirror to find Olivier Rousteing‘s reflection staring back at us, we probably wouldn’t make it to work on time to design rainbow-hued beaded fringed skirts for Balmain. Rousteing was recently named the most followed French fashion designer on Instagram, and while, yeah, we’re sure his legion of one million IG fans are following him to see his designs on gorgeous, leggy models, it also doesn’t hurt that he’s actually quite attractive himself. Can’t lie, we’ve liked more than a few of his #wokeuplikethis selfies ourselves.
But don’t think having so many
admirers followers is going to Olivier’s head, because the guy was already feeling himself. “I don’t need to be famous to be vain about a selfie,” Rousteing told Vogue UK. “I could have 10 followers and I would still feel that way! I can take 20 pictures until I find one I like.” How Rousteing is able to choose the best of 20 probably perfect pictures is a mystery to us.
The designer also offered a few of his thoughts on the recent Dolce & Gabbana scandal, expressing a feeling of disbelief over the matter. “Honestly, I was shocked. Sometimes it is better, when you have these kinds of thoughts, just not to talk at all,” he said. “Just talk about Sicily. I have no words about that; that was bad. I’ve met Domenico and he is someone so nice, who has been so supportive, that I almost can’t believe that they said that.”
[via Vogue UK]
On a regular basis, you’ll hear us ranting that magazines continue to give us the same recycled cover stars. Yet W magazine managed to surprise us by delivering a relatively unknown actress for its April 2015 cover. Alicia Vikander stars on the magazine’s newly-released cover, captured by Willy Vanderperre for W‘s latest installment. On the cover image, the current girlfriend of Michael Fassbender dons a crisp white dress from Louis Vuitton with stylist of the shoot Edward Enninful teaming the creation with a black bow headband by Giambattista Valli. In a bid to spice things up, an eye-catching psychedelic masthead was layered over the conservative cover image.
Are our forum members impressed? “I love her! I’m glad she’s getting this exposure, hopefully not for her relationship cause she’s excellent as an actress, and I’ve been wanting to learn Danish after A Royal Affair thanks to her,” commented MulletProof.
“Who could’ve guessed? Good job W!” praised t-rex.
Also full of enthusiasm was RanThe: “Great job W! Get her early because she’s going to be everywhere this fall!”
MON couldn’t contain his excitement, either. “I can’t believe I’m about to say this.. but, I finally love a W cover (with the exception of the hair – it could’ve been better). I adore the feminine touch to it especially the printed logo. I also love the vulnerability of the cover and the makeup is on point!”
The rest of us just haven’t the foggiest. “Not familiar with her or her work, but what a plain cover. It’s nice they are supporting fresh talent though!” shared Miss Dalloway.
“I hope she’s more charismatic than that on screen, zZzzZ!” hissed HeatherAnne.
Check out Alicia’s cover story for the issue and share your own opinion with us here.
Image: Victor Zhan
The Americans have come out on top this year for the International Woolmark Prize. Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow picked up the award for menswear in January and now, M.Patmos‘ Marcia Patmos just beat out four other labels to take home the Women’s International Woolmark Prize. She triumphed over worthy contenders — Germany’s Augustin Teboul, Lebanon’s Bird on a Wire, Australia’s Strateas.Carlucci and China’s VMajor.
Judged by a panel that included Franca Sozzani, Victoria Beckham, Vogue China editrix Angelica Cheung and more, Patmos will receive $76,366 and a chance to sell her wares in stores like Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, mytheresa.com and 10 Corso Como, along with other high-end destinations.
“Thank you to The Woolmark Company for creating this great platform to support emerging designers,” she said. “I am looking forward to seeing what happens as a result of this new opportunity.”
Congrats to Patmos who repped hard for the Americans this year!