Kate Moss will appear on the cover of Playboy's June 2014 Issue, commemorating the publication's 60th anniversary — topless or not topless, only time will tell. [Fashionologie]
Blake Lively looked phenomenal at the Gucci show, which is presumably a requirement of sitting front row next to Anna Wintour. [FabSugar]
London Fashion Week beauty trends. Don't you want to want to want to? [BellaSugar]
"11 Cult Nail Polish Shades To Try Before You Die." Or, how to live life to the fullest. [SheFinds]
The latest New York Fashion Week runway diversity count does not show much improvement over last season: "The problem is that while there might have been nominally more models of color this season than last, all of the same models were booking the shows." [Jezebel]
- Find out how Bentley (yes, the car company) may have finneagled its way into your social streams this fashion week. [BoF]
Like many other little girls, I went through a Barbie phase. My two ladies (and their generically attractive shared beau, Ken) lived, loved and lost their hair in an elaborately decorated house fashioned out of a cabinet shelf in my bedroom. I don't remember their names or how they occupied their time (with clothes or work or boys?), but I doubt they lived anything but a relatively modest life of egg breakfasts and romantic walks on the carpeting. For sure, their existence would have had little in common with the high-shine glamour afforded to the newest member of the Barbie family, who fills her nights with red carpet premieres and little jaunts down the runway, all while dressed in custom-designed Hervé Léger by Max Azria bandage dresses, gladiator boots and harness belts.
Set to retail for $150 at Hervé Léger boutiques, select Neiman Marcus stores and online at BarbieCollector.com (the website also features dolls wearing outfits designed by The Blonds, Stephen Burrows, Coach and Trina Turk), the Hervé Léger doll is available with two looks, both constructed of the same materials (and manufactured in the same factory) used to produce the main collection. Conceived for the so-called "Adult Collector," life-sized versions of each one of Barbie's fashion item will also be available through the Hervé Léger by Max Azria collection.
All images courtesy BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP
Dion Lee might just be responsible for changing the landscape of Australian fashion. His daringly futuristic designs render him incongruous with words like ‘floaty’ and ‘feminine’ that are often thought to be an intrinsic part of local design’s DNA. They’ve also made Lee our most valuable export, both financially and in terms of things to brag about at happy hour.
Accordingly, Dion Lee’s New York Fashion Week debut last week was probably watched with a sort of nervous smugness on the part of most Australians present. Just how awesome would New York find our beloved fashion wunderkind? How thrilled would they be to shake his hand and offer him a seat at the already crowded table of local talent?
Perhaps as a way of making himself more approachable (Lee’s experimental approach to textiles and silhouettes can often mark him as an outsider), the designer’s collection was relatively pared back for a show that began with a laser light performance.
The first looks were monochromatic – sleek trousers and pencil skirts paired with tailored blazers and leather bustiers. But after that quick introduction, he ventured into a sci-fi cross-hatching pattern and clothes that were more like wearable art. The emphasis still, though, being on ‘wearable.’ The most impressive were tops made from strips of fabric that snaked bondage-like around the model’s body and neck, and a skirt that fused panels of the neoprene (there’s that glamourised wetsuit fabric again) backing. Gauzy fabrics kept things well clear of Blade Runner territory.
First impressions count at fashion week, and Dion Lee could hardly have made a better one. Australia is probably justified in feeling a little smug.
Image: Dion Lee's Facebook
Hedi Slimane's latest photographs for the Saint Laurent Music Project, of rock and blues legends B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, have just been released. Previous subjects for the photo series included Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk and Kim Gordon, whose contributions to popular music occured more recently than the latest crop of campaign stars. With his newest ads, Slimane seems to be expanding the label's connection to music and musicians beyond the leather-trousered badassery of contemporary rock 'n' roll, to the genre's legendary beginnings — to its soul. Whether or not that's an interesting and/or appropriate direction for Saint Laurent Paris … we'll have to see.
Miley Cyrus is on the cover of Harper's Bazaar's October Issue, proving that sometimes you get what you ask for, especially if you are the notoriously twerky daughter of famed country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Photographed by Terry Richardson, Cyrus wears Burberry Prorsum, bright red stick-on nails and a guarded expression.
The pop star appeared inside the Hearst publication's September issue last month (covered by Sarah Jessica Parker), for an editorial spread also shot by Richardson. In the accompanying video interview, Cyrus straight up asks executive editor Laura Brown, "Where's my cover?"
Phillip Lim's Target collaboration may have just launched ("just" means yesterday morning), but the mega-retailer has already announced its next design partnership.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos (right) are the two designers behind the London-based brand, which was once a pioneer in the world of digital prints, now a ubiquitous trend. Like other Target collections, the capsule — comprised of women's apparel, accessories and swimwear — will err on the side of cheap, with most pieces set to retail for under $60.
How is this Target collaboration different from all other Target collaborations? One interesting development is that the mass market retailer is joining up with luxury e-commerce site Net-A-Porter, which will make the line available to international shoppers (a smart way to expand the market, for a partnership with a brand that has high fashion cache but little mainstream recognition) and, according to the press release, offer "a curated assortment of the limited-edition Target collection."
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