If you're young, not so dumb, and full of fun, Jason Wu thinks you should be shopping more of his designs. The man is probably right! The Taiwan-born designer's been having a fine old time of a career ever since he won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award in 2008, just two years out of college. He also earned a Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, but his career wasn't truly signed, sealed, and delivered until Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to the Inauguration Ball in early 2009. (Woah, good moment for a see-how-far-you've-come flashback! Just try and remember where you were that night, and next recall all the things that happened between then and now.)
Well, anyway. Jason Wu: he's no longer just for First Ladies. The young designer is going even younger, and launching a new collection exclusively at Nordstrom for cute, cool, downtown-y girls. Like you, of course! (You're so pretty! Have I ever told you that you're just so, so pretty? If you were any prettier it would be like, dangerous, because I'd petition to have you exiled from Earth.)
The line's called Miss Wu, after his brand's lady owl mascot, and it's not just a lower-priced version of his primary collection: “Instead of just doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less,’ the idea is to explore the other side of myself. I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am — slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.” Get it? You can tell that Miss Wu is a totally chill, fun girl but with a lot of class because she always wears a hat. Also, she can't possibly be that chill, because her top costs $195 and her leather jacket costs $795. Chill girls don't buy great clothes — they're born wearing them.
We’ve all been hearing the gory details about Lady Gaga’s fragrance Fame for what seems like forever, and now we have a visual. Steven Klein photographed the Mama Monster nude and strategically covered in crawling Lilliputian men. The campaign image has not sold forum members on the virtues of this new scent.
“This is incredibly disturbing,” ParisFashionMuse posted. “I don’t want any piece of her fame even if it comes in a tacky bottle. I would rather buy Britney Spears’ perfume,” she admitted.
Chanelcouture09 commented, “Oh Jesus. I'm bored of seeing her trying to be controversial, shocking or scandalous; she's just irritating. She's like a mosquito when you're on holiday; you're constantly trying to get away from it and/or trying to squash it. I'm failing to come to terms with the fact Steven Klein shot this; his work is usually gorgeous and dark. This is just tacky. It looks just like Small Soldiers in the 90s, or the little army guys in Toy Story.” So, Lady Gaga has taken something with positive associations from childhood and made it perverted. What else is new?
Spike413 for one, came to Gaga’s defense. “I have to wonder if everyone in here would have the same reaction to this very same image if it wasn't Gaga in it,” he mused. “Honestly, her gimmicks may be tired at times, but so is the constant stream of hating. It's so utterly predictable.”
The hate is predictable, but so is Lady Gaga. This scent is going to be a runaway hit with all of her Little Monsters. They’re kind of predictable too, aren’t they?
H&M confirmed the rumors that Lana del Rey is starring in its Fall 2012 ad campaign, and since the songstress has been cultivating a bit of a retro image, the brand decided to embrace that vibe for the campaign. The newly released images, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, show the singer in a monochromatic peach look composed of skinny jeans and a fluffy sweater. Her signature Priscilla Presley-esque hair, long talon-like nails, and nude lip with a smoky eye are on full display. In keeping with the 50s feel of the campaign, Lana also performs a cover of Elvis’ “Blue Velvet” in a short film on the H&M website.
Typically highly critical, forum members were fully on board with the campaign. “Love how she's styled for this, well done H&M,” TeeVanity commended.
Mchunu posted, “I am seeing the 50s reference come through very strongly here, but what I like most about it is how modern it is. Despite the theme, she does not look like a caricature from the 50s glamazon era.”
We’re ok with a celebrity getting the campaign, as long as it’s not permanent. MulletProof wrote, “Lana looks amazing. I only hope they don't make a habit out of this because I still prefer models.”
If you find yourself fighting over one of these sweaters come fall, you might find that your tug-of-war opponent is a Fashion Spot forum member. Be forewarned, we all want this sweater.
I’m just going to come right out and say it. Too much George Michael, not enough Kate Moss. The supermodel is featured in the pop star’s (do we still call him that?) music video for his new single "White Light." The artist’s (is that better?) supermodel-laden video for "Freedom" has become iconic, but sadly, I don’t think this song and video will share the same fate.
However, Kate’s fans in the forums are a bit more optimistic than I am. Shuffle posted, “LOVE her in the video!! It's all about KATE!” I don’t think we were watching the same video.
Label Basher wrote, “She looks fantastic. Love that coat she wears. The song isn't bad either.”
Yesitsdagny loved what she saw, but she’s admittedly biased. “Being a huge fan of both George Michael and Kate, this collaboration is like a dream come true,” she shared. “I expected it to be amazing but it's even better than I ever dreamt! This video is a masterpiece. And Kate looks so pretty in it and I love what she wore and I can only say good things about this vid. Oh, it's just fantastic.”
Marion Cotillard may be snagging every fashion magazine cover in sight, but her co-star, Anne Hathaway (AKA Catwoman) and her Prabal Gurung gown from his Resort 2013 collection guaranteed that all eyes would be on her at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in New York City. The white gown’s plunging neckline offset the purity of the color and the innocence of the actress’s current pixie cut, while also emphasizing that Anne’s still a woman despite the boy cut, and she knows how to look sexy without going over the top.
“Wouldn't have expected white,” Not Plain Jane commented. “The low cut of the dress, coupled with her pixie cut, really accentuates her long neck. It looks quite elegant in my opinion.”
Sojou wrote, “It's cool she went the total opposite of wearing black/Catwoman, it's the shock we needed."
Casaanova posted, “Oh my WOW!! She looks outstanding. Forget the accessories, she doesn't need them.”
This is a case of the right dress on the right girl with the right amount of accessories. Well styled, and well-played Anne Hathaway.
The ten finalists for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have just been announced, which is very good news for them and just news for the rest of us. The winner will receive $300,000, a special mentorship with an industry bigwig, and lots and lots of attention. Last year, Joseph Altuzarra took home the final prize (which included a $300,000 award) and Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters were runners-up (their prize package included a not-too-shabby stack of one-hundred thousand dollars).
The ten 2012 finalists will now have to present their most recent collection to the CFDA/Vogue judges, design a special piece for sponsor Tiffany & Co, and produce a runway show. Winners will be announced on November 13 (exactly one week after the 2012 elections). Good luck to them all!
Andrea Lieberman, A.L.C.
Greg Armas, Assembly New York
Sofia Sizzi, Giulietta
Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman; Illesteva
Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Jennifer Meyer
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno
Tabitha Simmons, Tabitha Simmons
Greg Chait, The Elder Statesman
Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon