By now, the fashion set has come to know and love Tavi Gevinson, editorial wunkderkind that leapt onto the fashion blogging scene in 2008 with The Style Rookie, her personal blog offering insightful views on fashion and fantastic #OOTDs that looked like a stylist put them together. Gevinson is way beyond her Style Rookie days, since solidifying herself as an old pro, launching Rookie, a lifestyle site for teenage girls. Today, Gevinson turns 18, making her a real-life adult on paper. But as the adage goes, age ain't nothin' but a number, and though she's reached this milestone age, we think that Gevinson's been a grown up way before the clock struck midnight on Monday.
Let's be real: Tavi Gevinson is more mature than plenty of people twice her age who have been calling themselves "adults" since she was learning how to tie her shoes. The editrix has an old soul, and has dropped so much knowledge and common sense on us over the years, we thought it appropriate to pay tribute, on her 18th birthday, to the most level-headed teenager around.
These 8 quotes from Tavi that prove she's been grown long before she could vote:
"I look back at some of the things that I wore and I don't really like them now but I like that I wore them and I think it's kind of cool that a bunch of adults, you know, appreciate it that a young person was actually trying to make a really bleak day in middle school more interesting."
"The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option."
"When I started Rookie, there were a lot of girls like me who had fashion blogs and loved getting dressed up and thinking about appearance, not in a stressful women's magazine way, but in a creative way. I can understand how some feminists who've fought against things like style or beauty defining all women might feel confused about how we can discuss self-esteem and being your own person, but also write so much about fashion. But for Rookie, fashion is about personal expression and creativity. And I want there to be a place where women can do that, where you can care about fashion, and even be super girly, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not also smart or confident or strong."
"There's danger in glorifying negative emotions as fuel for art."
"I wanted to start a website for teenaged girls that was not kind of this one-dimensional strong character empowerment thing, because one thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism in that girls then think that to be feminists, they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers…and this is not true and actually, recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rule book but a discussion, a conversation, a process."
“People expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women ARE complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.”
"One is that feminism is for smart girls, and fashion is supposedly for stupid girls. I mean, I remember when I was writing [both] about fashion and occasionally about feminism, it was like [annoyed voice] 'Won’t she just give up this fashion crap and be smart already?' I just remember feeling, 'What, the only people who write about fashion should be stupid?' So there’s that, that they both have these different raps. And then because fashion is always about appearance, the industry is deeply flawed, and something that dictates how a woman should look and what her body should be like doesn't’t seem feminist. And it’s not. But a lot of fashion isn’t like that."
“I think you have to take the approach that feminism is ultimately about freedom.”
Just ahead of Earth Day, here's a friendly reminder that truly conscious fashion isn't just about minimizing the damage done to the environment by our current system of clothing manufacturing, its also about supporting the communities of workers who make our clothes. Handprint, the short film above, commissioned by Eco-Age creative director Livia Firth and starring American model Elettra Wiedemann, was created to spotlight the often invisible garment workers who labor over almost every single piece of clothing we wear. [via Ecouterre]
Brian Atwood and Peter Som; Images: Andres Otero/WENN.com, WENN
You won't find Peter Som or Brian Atwood staying at the Principe de Savoia in Milan, the Dorchester in London, or Le Meurice in Paris anytime soon. The designers are boycotting the hotels, as the owner, Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, has instituted a policy punishing homosexuals with death by stoning. The laws are slated to go in effect tomorrow, April 22, and LGBT activists have already begun to pull out of the Sultan's hotels.
The Gill Action Fund, an LGBT advocacy group was scheduled to hold its 'Winning The Heartland' conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel this year, but decided to change locations after hearing of the Sultan's decree.
Members of the fashion set are also joining the cause. British shoe designer Brian Atwood Instagrammed a note, encouraging fashion people to avoid booking at any of the aforementioned hotels during Couture Fashion Week this June and Fashion Month from September to October. Peter Som chimed in today with a regram of Atwood's post, adding the hashtag #takeastand.
Aside from the Sultan's deplorable policy, we think that at the very least, the boycott will cause the hotels to lose a lot of cultural capital. The last thing any hotel mogul needs is for his locations to be deemed "out of fashion" by the very caliber of people he might want to book visits. All in all, this news does not bode well for the Sultan.
[h/t Daily Mail]
Bob Geldof and a handful of celebrities paid tribute to Peaches Geldof today, who passed away on April 7 from causes investigators are still trying to figure out. The funeral service was held at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence church in Davington, Kent, the same place Geldof got married in 2012, and where late mother Paula Yates was both married and laid to rest.
Kate Moss, Sarah, Duchess of York and Alexa Chung were amongst the many who turned out to send Peaches off in a coffin painted with peaches, clouds, flowers and a portrait of Ms. Geldof, her husband, musician Tom Coen, their two sons Astala Dylan Willow and Phaedra Bloom Forever, as well as their family pets.
Her father, Bob Geldof, is said to have made a heartfelt eulogy at the service. Peaches will be cremated and her ashes spread in the estate garden where she used to play as a child.
[h/t Daily Mail]
Alessandra Ambrosio attends the second weekend of Coachella with her 5-year-old daughter Anja in tow. Small children = the next 'it' festival accessory. [TheGloss]
East coast vs. West coast style; this important battle rages on. [FabSugar]
If you want to wear makeup like Lupita Nyong'o wears makeup, here is the beauty tutorial of your dreaaams. [BellaSugar]
How did Cara Delevingne become Cara Delevingne? [The Cut]
Leaked documents show that Gwyneth Paltrow's aspirational lifestyle newsletter, Goop, is in bad financial shape. [Jezebel]
This trailer for the final season of True Blood features lots of violence, but no Alexander Skarsgård. [Variety]
After the controversial Kimye cover for the April issue, it's refreshing to see the latest issue of Vogue for May 2014, featuring The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone. Photographed by Craig McDean, Emma was styled by Tabitha Simmons in a dress from Gucci's Pre-Fall 2014 collection.
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"I really like that cover, but it's more fall than Spring IMO," commented catherine88.
Suhzie shared the same sentiments: "Looks like a Fall cover wtf?" as did Emmanauelle: "'Spring in the city, clash your prints, pop your colors!' … ok, where are they in the picture?" Although she went on to write, "Besides that, Emma looks great. But who's gonna be happy to be on that cover after Kim and Kanye?"
"Poor Emma, following last month's disaster. She looks adorable as always, but this definitely would have made a better fall cover. Way too dark for spring, and I'm not crazy about the hat. Hopefully the ed will have her in some better looks," wrote SallyAlbright.
Miss Dalloway was happy to see a change in photographer shooting the cover of American Vogue and wrote, "This is the sixth issue in a row that Testino didn't shoot the cover, very interesting how times are changing, nice to see photographers like McDean & Sims are getting a chance as well. Now bring back Meisel!"
What are your views? Will you be happy to see Kimye's cover replaced on the newsstands? Tell us what you think by voicing your own opinion here.