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Kanye West Is Finally Getting the Credit He’s Always Wanted

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Kanye West has been very vocal about not getting the things he wants on account of being too famous, but at least he can go to bed tonight knowing that fame has not interfered with getting a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In fact, considering he was never an actual student there, it might even have helped him.

During a recent lecture at Oxford University, Kanye said he wished he’d attended SAIC. After hearing his comments, the school is granting him an honorary doctorate degree, thanks to all the work he’s done…existing as a cultural influencer, we guess. “Influential individuals earned this distinguished award through their work, which is always imaginative and aesthetically rich, and sometimes provocative and controversial, shifting the cultural landscape in significant ways,” Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Administration Lisa Wainwright wrote in a letter to the SAIC community explaining why West is getting the honor. 

And it’s not just prestigious schools giving Kanye the credit he’s been yearning for these past few years. It looks like fashion’s inner circle is starting to be kinder to Yeezy, thanks to his relentless courtship of fashion bigwigs and his fairly well-received Adidas show. WWD chronicles Kanye’s efforts towards getting fashion people to like him, likening it to him rushing a fraternity. “There’s something endearing about an outsider who so badly wants to be invited in that’s won over designers,” Erik Maza writes.  


So, is the way into the fashion industry as simple as kissing as much ass as possible and expressing a keen interest in fashion? That, and learning to humble oneself – something that has been difficult for Kanye – seems to be the ticket. Looks like the young padawan is finally learning.

[via Hypebeast, WWD]

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Gwyneth Paltrow Totally Gets the Common Woman

Gwyneth Paltrow Oscars 2015 red carpet

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For someone who has been mocked for being out of touch, Gwyneth Paltrow should understand by now that her life as a Hollywood actress, lifestyle guru and woman whose family’s diet will set you back about $300/day is indeed not the norm for most people. But that’s not the way Paltrow sees it. 

When CNN Money asked the actress if she, with her lavish Hollywood life, is in any way remotely close to the common woman, Paltrow answered in the affirmative. “I am incredibly close to the common woman in that I’m a woman,” she said completely seriously. “I’m a mother and we all are in a physical body with beating hearts, with compassion and love. We are all seekers, we all want fulfillment, we all want to live our best lives, we want to be healthy and happy and squeeze the most we can out of life.” So because Paltrow meets the minimum requirement of what it means to be a human being, she therefore lives in the same reality as the average Jane taking the subway to work every day. Right.

CNN pressed the issue, referencing her reputation for being out of touch with the average woman. Paltrow went on the defensive. “I always say when people make that false assumption, it’s because they haven’t actually gone to the site and seen what we’re selling,” which just so happens to be  $1,095 blazers and a $685 stack of coffee table books. Yep. Totally something the common woman can afford.

Someone should ask Paltrow next time if she’s confusing the common woman with the common millionaire.

[CNN Money]

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Fashion Police Is Taking a Break, Amidst Rumors of Kathy Griffin’s Diva-Like Behavior

Kathy Griffin

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Things have been rough for Fashion Police ever since Giuliana Rancic made those questionable comments about Zendaya’s hair at the Oscars. The show has since seen the departure of two of its cast members – Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, the latter who said that Fashion Police was simply too out of sync with her brand of comedy, that she had no choice but to leave. 

Now, Fashion Police is taking a break from all the controversy and E! has announced that the show will go on hiatus until September, presumably to gather itself and look for new cast members and hopefully reexamine their approach to red carpet commentary and comedy. “Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producer Melissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of ‘Fashion Police’ fans around the world,” E! said in a statement. 

But if you thought that was the end to all the Fashion Police drama, think again. Rumors are swirling that Kathy Griffin didn’t leave the program because of her moral convictions – rather it was more of an effort to save face in light of her impending termination. “Griffin’s gig was ‘doomed from the start,'” Defamer said. “She alienated her co-panelists, demanded the termination of some of the show’s longtime employees, and was otherwise ‘obstinate’ —and her current redemption tour is face-saving attempting.”

Sources say that Griffin’s diva-like behavior, including treating the cast “like they were her staff,” (which would explain Kelly Osbourne’s vocal discontent over the entire Zendaya issue,) and firing of former staff for personal reasons is why Griffin jumped the gun and left before an embarrassing termination. 

Whether or not these rumors are to be believed, one thing is for certain: This entire situation is a hot mess.

[via VultureDefamer]

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Mixed Reviews for Vanessa Paradis on Cover of Vogue Ukraine (Forum Buzz)

We guess the November 2008 cover of Vogue Paris is a hard one to surpass, but Vogue Ukraine tried its best at the very least. Vanessa Paradis stars on the magazine’s newly-released April 2015 cover sporting a shaggy bob teamed with a blush pink lip. The French singer, model and actress was recently unveiled as one of Karl Lagerfeld‘s muses for the latest Chanel handbag collection and also fronted the campaign for the occasion. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Vanessa wears Chanel on Vogue Ukraine’s new cover, which forum members are left undecided about.

Did the team behind the shoot capture Vanessa in her best light? “She looks like Sasha Pivovarova. Looks more of ELLE France than Vogue,” discredited MON.

Benn98 shared the same opinion and echoed, “Uneventful, it indeed looks like an ELLE France cover. Vogue Ukraine has been very devoid of actual fashion, on the covers that is.”

Handbag Queen also failed to show support. “Awful cover. Don’t understand her appeal at all,” she sniggered.

“I saw this a million times! It’s not a good cover for Spring! The background is so dead and Vanessa doesn’t look okay, she seems tired,” narcyza later slammed.

But the rest disagree. “I love this. Everything works imo… the color scheme, the styling, the layout. They Photoshopped her face but still she manages to look more her age,” approved kokobombon.

“Fantastic cover! Paying tribute to Vanessa through the French Lolita/rock vibe is awesome. Works!” noted |PerfectTonight|.

Drab or fab? Add your own two cents on Vanessa’s latest Vogue cover inside the thread here.

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Vogue Hommes’ Spring/Summer 2015 Cover Is Perfect Thanks to the Casting (Forum Buzz)

Fashion magazines for men rarely make an impact on our forums, but with the release of Vogue Hommes‘ Spring/Summer 2015 cover, our forums were set ablaze. The biannual style and lifestyle title continues to push the boundaries of menswear fashion photography, enlisting the help of male models Clement Chabernaud, Benjamin Eidem and Tim Schuhmacher to shift copies off the newsstand, and we think the formula has worked like a charm! Willy Vanderperre photographed the trio wearing black tuxedos, styled by Olivier Rizzo, resulting in each model looking devilishly handsome.

Vogue Hommes International Spring 2015 Willy Vanderperre


Forum members were quick to respond once the cover surfaced. “Fantastic!!! Their best one so far!! It looks so chic and so polished,” hailed MON, about to set the tone of the thread.

“Amazing cover. Nice to see these three together,” added an impressed Style Savvy.

Also a fan of the casting was Marc10: “What a trio. Simply fantastic.”

HeatherAnne was quick to show the cover some love by commenting, “Perfectly posed, they look fantastic. Willy can do no wrong.”

“This cover is just making me smile from ear to ear. It’s perfection,” sweetpop raved, sharing the same sentiments.

“This is a must have,” declared simon.

“Might be the first Vogue Hommes I buy in a long time thanks to this wonderful cover. Very fresh and striking without being in your face. The composition is fantastic and so is the cast of course. Can’t wait to see the contents,” enthused an excited Wolkfolk.

Stay tuned for the editorial content and share your opinion with us here.

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Rihanna on Her New, Historic Dior Gig

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It’s hard to believe that after all these years, Dior is just getting around to hiring a black campaign star. But the one it chose is a doozy: Rihanna is set to appear in an upcoming campaign for the label, and the significance of the new gig is not lost on the songstress.

“It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color,” she told MTV. “I think to be acknowledged by Dior means a lot, as a woman, to feel beautiful — to feel elegant and timeless.” And Riri will be showing just how elegant and timeless she is in the label’s next “Secret Garden” film, shot by Steven Klein at Versailles. We have no doubt she will nail it.

While we wait to see the historic end result, here’s hoping that Rihanna’s appearance will serve as a gateway for other black women to front the brand (ahem, Taraji P. Henson). 

[via MTV]

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