After spending half a century photographing fashion, it seems only fitting that legendary photographer David Bailey has finally turned his hand to design.
Bailey teamed up with East London Design studio The Bleach Room to create a T-shirt range based on his most infamous artwork. You can buy the shirts from Selfridges.com now for a rather reasonable $115.
Although the designs took over a year to perfect, Bailey characteristically downplayed the collaboration by stating that “it’s not fashion, it’s just a T-shirt.” The images include portraits of Grace Jones, Boy George and Johnny Depp that pretty much no one would be able to afford to hang on her walls, so this is the perfect way to own a Bailey work of art.
As the 76-year-old artist said himself at the launch this week, “Not everyone can afford a print [so] it’s a nice way of making [my work available] for everyone… I think it’s quite nice that everyone can have a T-shirt that has an image with some history behind it.”
Bailey is his national habitat the studio in 1966 (image: GETTY)
If you want to go for the full Bailey experience, you can wear your T-shirt to his upcoming exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London. The photographer has partnered with Hugo Boss to showcase over 250 portraits personally selected by him, and with a career spanning over 50 years that must have been one mean feat. The images range from a dishevelled Kate Moss to a haunting image of the artist Francis Bacon, so you can take in a world of faces while trying to spot the ones on the T-shirts.
Bailey's Stardust runs from 6 February – 1 June, http://www.npg.org.uk/
New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn has announced her retirement. Horyn's decision to leave the paper reportedly involves the health of her longtime partner, Art Ortenberg, who is sick. You can read the official Times announcement here and the internal memo (from executive editor Jill Abramson and Styles editor Stuart Emmrich) here. Horyn is at work on a book about the history of the paper's fashion coverage, from the 1850s to the present. [NYTimes]
DIY a Super Bowl team jersey for your cat. (Not really for cats, just wishful thinking.) [FabSugar]
Watch Girls actress Allison Williams ham it up with Harper's Bazaar editor Laura Brown. Opening line: "What do you do when you have to shoot in those Brooklyn places?" To Williams' credit, she responds hilariously. [Bazaar]
Does Kerry Washington deserve a Vogue cover? Does anyone "deserve" a Vogue cover? Does anyone deserve anything? We are a nation of Kanyes. [HuffPoStyle]\
15 backstage beauty tips to get you "revved" for 2014. Vroom vroom. [BellaSugar]
Eva Chen's assistant got her job by sending out lots and lots and lots of emails. [FashionWeekDaily]
Fitbit, Nike and Garmin may be planning to sell your personal fitness data. Something something Karl Marx. [MotherJones]
Supermodels are always welcome on magazine covers and this week we welcome Claudia Schiffer on the cover of The Edit magazine by Net-a-Porter. Claudia is photographed by Nico and styled by Natalie Brewster for the effortlessly beautiful photo shoot.
IMAGE CREDIT : NET-A-PORTER.COM
The story consists of 8 pages of the blonde bombshell wearing fashions from Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs to Altuzarra. Natalie Brewster also incorporates items of Claudia's own into the shoot.
Claudia talks to Kay Barron about supermodel rivalry, new business ventures and what her signature everyday style consists of. Be sure to check out the full story and accompanying video available within the forum, which was kindly posted by OliviaObsessed.
Image: beautifulballad via Forums
Oh look. W Magazine's March 2014 cover has appeared in the forums ahead of its official release, and it stars the polarizing Miley Cyrus. The pop star is pictured lying nude in bed, covered with a puffy white pillow, lots of ornate metal bracets and plenty of chunky rings.
The accompanying caption reads: "NO APOLOGIES: Miley Cyrus Laid Bare, by Ronan Farrow." (Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra — the matter of his paternity recently became a media controversy — will launch his own show on MSNBC in February.)
A naked Miley Cyrus cover teasing a probing interview with the young starlet? Clearly intended to provoke. And it's working:
"I cannot wait for the meltdowns this will cause," said GarageGlamorous.
"I don't know whats worse — Miley's face, Miley's hair, or the headline 'Instaglam,'" said Cosmic Voices. "W Magazine, we were all rooting for you."
Cottonmouth13: "I have to admit I got a little excited when I saw the thread title but God, this is awful. Such a failed attempt from them to make her look sexy or sultry or whatever."
But not everyone is onboard with the negativity. LabelWhore4 had a different perspective: "What type of goddess?!? So glam imo."
So did KINGofVERSAILLES: "I may be alone in this, but I think the worst thing about this is that Ronan Farrow's name is on the cover. I don't mind Miley generally, but this is just not a good photo. She looks like a bored alien miming a sexy pose."
But no matter what we think of Cyrus, Farrow or the cover above, I think we can all agree with VogueDisciple93: "My eyes rolled out of my head at 'instaglam.'"
Bruce Weber photographed 17 transgender men and women for the new Barneys New York campaign, "Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters." [WWD, Barneys/TheWindow]
Here's a tutorial on how to wear skirts with boots, in case you've lost cognitive functioning. [FabSugar]
If you want to prevent dry skin in winter, you better introduce yourself to my friend, Moisturizer. [BellaSugar]
Or maybe you'd prefer the company of the woman with longest legs in New York City — nay, the world? Whatever works. [NYPost]
Ten years of Prada, can your eyeballs handle it without falling out of your scalp? Let us know in the comments! [Fashionologie]
Beyonce wore $10 million worth of jewels to the Grammys, chiefly because she is a good person. [SheFinds]
Kanye West is allegedly annoyed that his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, didn't get the cover of Vogue's February issue, which "instead" went to Girls creator Lena Dunham, as you know. The story continues: Kanye apparently "insisted" to Vogue editor Anna Wintour that Kardashian is “just as talented as Lena, if not more so.” [Radar]
Following months of scrutiny sparked by the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bandgladesh last Spring, H&M recently announced a plan to secure fair living wages for all textile workers employed by factories that manufacture items for the Swedish retailer.
The move didn't come as a surprise: with its eco-friendly Conscious collection, recycling program and various sustainability initiatives, H&M has long promoted itself as a socially responsible corporation. Here's what was surprising: The company's claim that increased wages for factory workers wouldn't drive up retail prices, which currently hover close to dirt cheap. Would it really be possible, critics asked, for the fast fashion brand to continue pricing dresses at $4.95 while paying fair wages to factory workers?
"How can that be true?" said Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, speaking with a reporter from Mother Jones. "It makes me think that the company is just riding on unsustainable expansion [and] will just continue to sell more and more low-quality clothes to make up for this increased cost."
But in a new report from Reuters which was published today, Helena Helmersson, H&M’s head of sustainability, told the news agency that adopting more ethical manufacturing practices wouldn't jeopordize the mass retailer's low prices.
“There is a misconception that lower prices in the stores mean bad working conditions or less pay,” said the executive. Reuters notes that according to Helmersson, sustainable practices such as "cutting water use to grow cotton, improving energy efficiency or using fewer chemicals," would all, in the long-term, improve profitability.
Another thing that will likely help profitability? H&M's nimble brand positioning and PR spin: “‘Made in Bangladesh’ is something that I’m proud of,” Helmersson told Reuters. “Our presence in Bangladesh is coming with so much positive impact if you think about the alternative jobs for women in Bangladesh.”
[H&M Says Fashion Can Be Cheap and Ethical — Reuters]