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Oscar De La Renta and Cathy Horyn Kiss and Make Up

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I'm not sorry to have to report the news that Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have kissed, made up, and moved on from the meat feud which bloodied (sry) NYFW Spring 2013. We'll always have the memories. 

If you don't remember what happened, here it is in two sentences: After becoming offended by several perceived slights (including a reference to the designer as a "hot dog") to his work and reputation in fashion critic Cathy Horyn's New York Times column, Oscar de la Renta took out an ad in WWD's print edition, calling Horyn a "stale three-day-old hamburger." (That's the quote of the fashion year!*) Cue uproar, both parties elaborating on their statements in not entirely helpful ways, and new [Yves] Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane getting himself tangled in the crosshairs by calling the fashion writer a "schoolyard bully" (among other things) on Twitter.

These meatscapades were fun (I guess?) while they lasted, but we shouldn't count on any future protein-rich name-calling. Horyn sat front row at the designer's Pre-Fall show yesterday, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress. According to WWD, she even popped in backstage before the show, to wish the American designer luck. "I read every single article she writes on fashion," said ODLR, in another astonishing display of maturity. Look at that, people can change. 


* I know that parenthetical makes it three sentences. Hate me, it's fine. 

 

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Cat Get Enough: Rejected Titles for ‘Cat Lover’s Gift Guide’

Working Title: Gift Guide: Cat Lady

Proposed Alternatives:

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Crazy Cat Lady
  • The Ultimate Cat-tastic Gift Guide
  • What to Get the Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • She's On Everyone's Shopping List: Gifts for the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • Lucky for Your Fave Cat-aholic, Cat-Inspired Gifts Are Everywhere Right Now
  • Merry Catmas Karl! Choupette Would Totally Pounce on this Gift Guide
  • Meowy Christmas! Purr-fect Gifts for the Crazy Cat Lover
  • The Pawsitivly Purr-fect Present Fur the Cat-aholic In Your Life
  • We're Totally Feline These Gifts for The Girl Who Loves Her Cat to Death
  • The Time to Buy Your Crazy Cat Lover Friend a Gift Is Right Meow
  • Pounce On These Purr-fect Catmas Presents

Shockingly, none of these titles were used. Final version:  Love Me, Love My Cat: The Feline Fan's Gift Guide

Image: TFS mascot Nika's cat, Carl

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Check Out Alexander McQueen’s Shoe Designer’s Shoe Collection

A woman can never have too many shoes…or, more to the point, any kind of accessory in general, right? There’s one designer you need to have on your radar: Gaetano Perrone. For those of you who regularly swot up on your fashion knowledge, you’re already familiar with the name and know that he’s currently the shoe designer for Alexander McQueen and Corso Como Russia. On the other hand, you may not have realized that he actually launched his own label back in the spring and, yes, it's fab!

Gaetano Perrone's Design Inspirations

Initially, it was working alongside Antonio Berardi which opened Perrone’s eyes to the limitless creative opportunities to be had whilst designing handmade shoes. Later, whilst leading the shoe design department at Salvatore Ferragamo, he learnt how to inject classic products with freshness and modernity. For his own label, Perrone has taken these design experiences and combined them with influences from his own southern native origins to create shoes to help women feel feminine yet strong. To get a feel for what we mean, check out a few choice picks from his AW/12 and SS/13 collections: 

Images: Gaetano Perrone

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An Unfortunate Endorsement: Donald Trump Thinks Anna Wintour Would Make a Great Ambassador

Even though I thought that reports of a possible Anna Wintour ambassadorship were wishful thinking, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's unwillingness to quash the rumors when they came up at a press conference a few days ago makes it seem quite possible. 

So now people are asking the question: Would the Vogue editor make a good ambassador? Not easy to come up with an answer.

On the "pro" side, it seems clear that the British-born editor has strong ties to the European establishment (her father was a newspaper magnate in the UK), business acumen (so, presumably, she has the ability to negotiate and be discreet), and loyalty to the President (she was one of Obama's top bundlers in the 2010 election). 

On the "con" side, she already has a job, she doesn't have immediate experience in diplomacy, hers is not the cuddliest public image, and (maybe most importantly) it's not clear what kind of message it sends to appoint someone whose power lies in dressing very young, very thin, mostly white women in clothing most U.S. citizens can't afford to one of our most prominent diplomatic posts.

Skepticism about Wintour's qualifications and experience have been labeled as sexism, but I think there are legitimate reasons to be wary of an Anna ambassadorship.

First: on the level of optics, Wintour is maybe not the best face for an America that's struggling to remain a place of opportunity for all kinds of different people.

Second: the Vogue editor might be great at selling ads and magazines, but the glossy has sometimes struggled to anticipate controversy when it dips its toe into even the shallowest political waters. Last year's profile of Asma al-Assad, Syria's First Lady, caused such an uproar, Vogue had to take it down from the Internet. 

But most importantly: Donald Trump has come out in support of the possible appointment. The businessman's success is very mysterious to me (presumably he was a touch sharper when he was young), because today he is the polar opposite of good judgment. If you needed confirmation that an Anna Wintour European ambassadorship would be a bad idea, Trump's endorsement is it:

[via Mediaite]

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Get Set for an Intergalactic Rave with Emma Mulholland and Anja Konstantinova

One of the many, many, many striking things about an Emma Mulholland collection is how she’s able to channel persistently wacky inspirations into her signature aesthetic of Australiana and 90s surf culture. Last season it was iguanas playing basketball in the Mexican desert, and for Autumn/Winter 2013, she’s giving aliens and ancient Egypt an aqueous Southern Hemisphere twist.  

Aptly titled ‘Spaced Out’, the collection is a glitchy collision of neon prints and enough metallics to give a magpie an epileptic fit. There are sequins everywhere, holographic skirts, glittery ruffles, and what looks suspiciously like lurex. It’s all anchored by hulking mirrored platforms (worn predominantly with either glittery or tie-dye socks) and it somehow looks just as appropriate for planet Earth as it does for an intergalactic rave. 

Mulholland staples include cropped jackets, printed pants, high-waisted minis, crop tops, and the omnipresent caps and backpacks. You can also guarantee each collection to have at least one great print, and here the winner is a buzzy 90s Aztec affair made up of alien heads and radioactive pyramids.

Otherworldly babe Anja Konstantinova stars in the lookbook, shot by Bryron Spencer and styled to OTT perfection by Pauly Bonomelli. Check out the whole thing here

 

Images: EmmaMulholland.com

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