For our flashback series this week, we’re heading across the Atlantic and taking a look at a back issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar — I can guarantee it’s a forgotten favorite. For the November 2008 cover, the Bazaar team commissioned two of Britain’s leading artists, Peter Blake and Marc Quinn, to participate in its collector’s cover project, which involved customizing the cover images with Swarovski crystals. Stephanie Seymour was Bazaar‘s model of choice, wearing a silk gown from Versace. Paola Kudacki captured the 90s supermodel for the celebratory issue, dubbed “The Icon Issue.”
Cover designed by Peter Blake; IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E
Even with a cover subject like Stephanie, the icon theme is still evident when leafing through the pages of the magazine. There’s a wonderful retrospective on photographer Richard Avedon, including some of his most iconic portraits of Barbra Streisand, Sophia Loren, Charlize Theron, Bob Dylan and Mia Farrow.
The fashion content consists of two main fashion stories. One from Alexei Hay, who photographs Jeisa Chiminazzo to convey the season’s new take on grunge. Katrin Thormann is shot by Mark Pillai for a series of stark images showcasing structured and tailored pieces from Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Escada and Max Mara (I can always remember this story because it’s so fabulously 80s).
Check out the thread for the issue’s contents, where you might just find a comment of yours from 2008 (I sure did and cringed!). You can do all of that and reignite the discussion here.
Just yesterday, Net-a-Porter launched its athletic wear site, Net-a-Sporter, providing luxury sweats and spandex for the fit customer of discriminating taste. After all, you’ve got to work out if you plan on squeezing into any designer clothes at all, since most labels barely go past a size 12. But we hope you’re coming with the coins if you’re looking for gym gear from Net-a-Sporter, because woo boy, them windbreakers are expensive!
But one of the priciest items on the site has us scratching our heads. Included in the e-tailer’s ‘Après Sport’ category is a comfy-looking pair of grey cashmere leggings from The Elder Statesman. And how much might such a fine pair of pantaloons cost a potential buyer? Oh, about a month’s rent–prepere to shill out $1,060 for the ribbed pants if you dare.
But for real, who wouldn’t want to spend over a thousand dollars on something that can soak up your gross post-gym butt sweat? It’s not like you could spend that money on, oh, I don’t know, some kind of fancy Apple computer.
Image: Dominic Chan/ WENN.com
- Meet Axelle Despiegelaere, the Belgian soccer fan who scored a L’Oréal contract after a photo of her went viral. [IBT]
- People are starting to spend more wisely on clothing by purchasing fewer, more expensive quality items. Take that, fast fashion! [Fashionista]
- How’s this for vanity sizing? J.Crew is introducing size 000, for human beings who don’t exist. [Time]
- Alicia Keys made a photo diary while shooting Givenchy‘s Dahlia Divin campaign. [Elle]
- Following in the steps of Net-a-Sporter, Yoox is launching an activewear collection this September. [WWD]
- When free publicity goes wrong: these bloggers are superfans of retailers like Ikea, Anthropologie and Lululemon, but their favorite stores aren’t working with them — or trying to shut them down. [Racked]
- All Kelly Cutrone‘s fashion editor friends are broke because they keep buying expensive shoes. [The Huffington Post]
- American Apparel has finally come to an agreement with Standard General. [WWD]
- Eva Mendes is pregnant, and is reportedly hiding out with her baby daddy Ryan Gosling. [Zimbio]
David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes got up close and personal with Madonna’s ex Tony Ward for the latest issue of Australia’s biggest glossy, Sunday Style. The totally convincing, steamy garage shoot named American Spirit builds the anticipation for the David Jones United States of Style campaign launching next week.
Although Jess works serious magic in this shoot, the article was all about Tony, and, as expected, for the large part it focused on his relationship with the one-and-only Madonna. But as the article explains, the man has a pretty impressive resume with or without his dating history, having been featured in campaigns alongside Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell. Did we mention he was the first crotch to ever be featured on a Calvin Klein underwear box packaging?
Image: Sunday Style
The 51-year-old model is on his first trip to Australia to shoot the David Jones Summer 2014 campaign, so it’s no surprise that the department store’s leading lady was tapped for the mag’s shoot. The whole thing is actually just a big David Jones party, with both Tony and Jessica wearing only pieces available from the high-end store.
That’s right, those Alexander Wang shorts Jessica wears with a white Bonds tank and denim Levi’s jacket while thrusting up against the chiselled charmer can all be snapped up from the store affectionately known as DJ’s. Hunky tattooed man with just the right amount of facial stubble not included.
To see the entire shoot and read the full-length article for yourself, click here.
To say the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling allowing Christian companies to deny female workers certain types of birth control is controversial would be an understatement. Women across America learned nearly 2 weeks ago that their lives were worth less than the “rights” of a corporation or that of a few microscopic dividing cells and, of course, the right has wasted no time in painting these women as cheap, manless Jezebels looking for a government handout.
On a July 1 broadcast of Fox News’ Outnumbered, Jesse Watters dubbed women who think they should be provided this sort of health care “Beyoncé Voters” who “depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands” and “need things like contraception, health care and they love to talk about equal pay.”
You know those single ladies how they love to be treated like real freaking human beings… so weird!
So what does a Beyoncé voter look like? According to this tumblr, like a bawse. Some genius, obviously amused at Watters’ assertion that women into equal rights are angry layabouts, created a site featuring pictures of women (and a few men) in politics with relevant Beyoncé lyrics added to them in that Pepto Bismol-hued font from the singer’s latest (and greatest) album. It’s the perfect F-U to the right, which seems to think that wanting equal rights, or being called a Beyoncé anything is a bad thing.
Below, some of our favorite images from the site:
We’ve got some good news for Zimmermann fans. The brand’s stunning ready-to-wear Spring 2014 collection that graced the New York runways earlier this year has now transformed into a beautiful lookbook. If that wasn’t enough to have you jumping with sheer joy, select pieces are also available to buy from Zimmermann’s online store right now.
The shoot, photographed by Darren MacDonald, took place in a luxurious indoor setting with model Stephanie Joy Field lounging around on divine velvets and amongst flower bouquets for the collection dubbed “Cloud Stompers.” The name choice for the range is fitting for the dreamy prints and textures tapped into this season, including sky blue off-the-shoulder dresses, studded skirts, pussy-bow blouses and prints infused with romantic hydrangea and rose graphics.
The standout style of the range is definitely the red lace pieces, including the one-of-a-kind Racer Chainmail dress with laser-cut bottom half, brought to life on Sophia Bush at an InStyle cocktail party just last month. Congratulations Nicky Zimmermann, you’ve put yet another lust-worthy piece on our never-ending wish list. (more…)