The Buzz

The Buzz Forum Buzz

Link Buzz: NYC Fashion People Are So Happy for Wang (Mostly); Who Was 2012′s It-est ‘It’ Girl?

  • Anna Wintour, DVF, and most other people think Alexander Wang is going to do a bang-up job at Balenciaga. More anonymous members of the American fashion community are … not convinced. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Is grunge hair cool again? Sort of, but if you have to phrase the question that way — then no, not exactly "cool."  [BellaSugar]
     
  • The it-est 'it' girls of 2012: Who's the fairest of them all? [FabSugar]
     
  • Beyonce got a $50 million contract with Pepsi because that's totally something Beyonce would do. [FashionETC]
     
  • Lea Michele shared January's Marie Claire cover with Adobe Photoshop CS6. [DailyStab]
     
  • Dita Von Teese's debut dress collection is nice. Yup. [SheFinds]

Image via Getty

The Buzz Latest News

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

The Buzz Latest News

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]

Previous:

Image via WENN

Advertisement
The Buzz Latest News

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

The Buzz Latest News

Christian Louboutin Exhibit to Kicks Up Its Heels at Toronto’s Design Exchange

Gone are the steampunkish engineering shows at the Toronto Design Exchange (housed in the old Toronto Stock Exchange) and stepping into place is a decidedly more fashion-forward exhibit: Christian Louboutin.

Christian Louboutin attending a photocall for his exhibition at the Design Museum London, England, back in April 2012.

While details have yet to finalized, this display of fabulous footwear drew more than 900 visitors per day last spring when it was held at London’s Design Museum in the United Kingdom. Curated by Donna Loveday and exhibited to wide acclaim, this exhibit draws from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive to present the designer’s celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic red sole through to the latest Louboutin collections.

It's expected that the exhibit will kick off in Toronto between June 21 and September 15, 2013 at the Toronto Design Exchange, Canada’s primary museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Why not the Bata Shoe Museum you must be wondering? After all, it is the go-to venue for the designers du jour and yet, according to Bata curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, the Bata Shoe Museum had no room or time in its schedule for the show but will participate with talks and other supporting events. 

Hosting Louboutin's collection at the DX is also part of an ambitious three-year plan to increase visitors to a venue that, until now, has found more use as a party space (half of the DX’s $3 million budget comes from space rentals). The upcoming Louboutin exhibit is just one of many that will hopefully increase foot traffic.

Christian Louboutin attending a photocall for his exhibition at the Design Museum London, England, back in April 2012.

As was evident in London, the exhibition will focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his highly innovative ideas, forms, and materials. There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for "Fetish," an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch.

At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory.

It's all very reminiscent of the DX's last fashion-focused display, The Tutu Project, which featured pieces by Canadian fashion designers such as David Dixon and Juma, artists like Julie Moon and Tania Sanhueza, and jewellery designer Shay Lowe. It was an en pointe success and it's hoped that these big tent displays of fashionable fancies will continue.

Images via WENN.com

The Buzz Latest News

Kate Upton: Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany Video & Vogue US Cover Rumors

Here's your daily Kate Upton news dump: the polarizing American model starred in Vogue Germany's latest fashion film, It Had To Be You, directed by Bruce Weber. The video is retro and it's preppy and there are a few memorable shots — in my favorite, Upton sits on a horse wearing a starchy white button-down. Others might single out a two-second frame which shows the model floating topless in a pool, covering herself with her hands, and catching water from a fountain with her cleavage. I know boobs are a rarity in the fashion industry, and Kate's are uniquely intense, but Weber's preoccupation with Upton's in this video reads a little adolescent. I think it's really cool that a curvier model is getting so many prestigious gigs, but at this stage in her career, Upton is more interesting when she's wearing a shirt.

Speaking of prestigious gigs, clothes, and Kate Upton, there's a rumor sweeping Twitter, the TFS Forums, and other Internet destinations speculating that the model is on the cover of US Vogue's February Issue, shot by Mario Testino. With covers for Vogue Italia and Vogue UK already under her belt (not to mention her three US Vogue editorials and a load of other work) it isn't risky to bet that Upton will grace the front of Anna Wintour's glossy, and soon. 

The Vogue Germany video:

["It Had To Be You" video via Fashionologie]

 

Previous:

Page 265 of 330« First...263264265266267268...Last »

Follow TFS on Pinterest

Twitter timeline

Follow Us

Facebook recommendations

Recommended on Facebook