Whether you are averse to Lily McMenamy or secretly stanning her, the above cover will likely reinforce your previously held beliefs on the subject of (duh) Lily McMenamy. Photographed by British duo Sean & Seng for Flair Issue 7, McMenamy poses with her head tilted back, her lips and heavily-shadowed eyes ballooning beyond their already-ballooned proportions. Her hair forms an intricate, tangled net and there's nothing pretty about any of it — not the hair, not the cover. But still, it's an arresting image. (Okay, fine: I love it.)
Surprising news this morning: Jil Sander is leaving her namesake line for the third time. The German designer returned to her eponymous label in February 2012 after an eight year hiatus, to replace Raf Simons, who later headed to Christian Dior. (A lengthy article in the Wall Street Journal last November found that the Sander comeback was negotiated ahead of Simons' departure to Dior, when it was still rumored that the Belgian designer might move to Yves Saint Laurent — meaning, the Sander hire was a strategic decision on the part of the brand's executives, and not a simple scramble to replace Raf.)
WWD reports that the label's Spring 2014 collection was Sander's last; the range for Fall 2014 will be designed by the in-house team.
Despite a strong reputation for minimalist design, the Jil Sander label has struggled to find stability in recent decades (the line was launched in Germany in 1968). The brand's founding designer made her first exit in 2000, one year after selling the majority stake of her company to the Prada Group. Sander returned to the label in 2003, and left again after designing two collections. The Prada Group sold the brand to Change Capital Partners in 2005, who passed it forward to Onward Holdings after two years.
WWD reports that Sander's departure is for "personal reasons." The designer turns 70 in November.
Yesterday, Karlie Kloss was photographed um, being photographed (slow news day, okay?) at a photoshoot in the Meatpacking district, an oversized blood orange tote dangling on her shoulder.
Yes, that's a Coach bag and yes, that brown leather strap around her wrist displays the brand's logo. When I visited the Spring 2014 ad rumors thread in the forums, members had (of course) already shared similar images from Corbis. The photo service confirms that the shoot took place for a Coach handbag campaign, photographed by Craig McDean. Kloss posed alongside Will Chalker (below), Liu Wen and Freja Beha Erichsen.
No hard-and-fast plans, no expectations and no rap over the knuckles for being hungover — it is a truth universally acknowledged that Sunday would be the best day of the week if it didn’t precede Monday. And while Sunday Somewhere can’t halt the cruel passage of time, it can put a halcyon Sunday glow over even your midweek activities.
Sunday Somewhere’s Summer 2014 offering is an extension on their un-fussy mantra: "No requirement for catch slogans. No need for by-lines." And while not fussy, their selection is extensive. To their favorite frames like the Soelae and the flip-lens Matahari, the designers have added new styles equally primed to gather a cult following. The female-specific Laura (most of their frames are unisex styles) combines chunky frames in black, tortoiseshell or metallic pink with a subtle cat eye edge. As per, the Italian acetate is of the highest quality and the vintage influences are referenced in a way so fresh it feels futuristic.
See five of their most stellar frames below and head to their website to shop.
Since launching in 2012, Allure Russia has consistently attracted some of the modeling industry's top talent (Natashy Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anne V., Vlada Roslyakova, Crystal Renn) for its distinctive, bold covers.
This November, the beauty publication continues its winning streak with Toni Garrn, who poses as a makeup addict — a slave to her lipstick, she smokes it like a cigarette. The styling and beauty concept are clever and well-executed (kudos to photographer Paolo Kudacki, stylist Anya Ziourova, hair stylist David von Cannon and makeup artist Lisa Houghton). The image highlights the 21-year-old German model's versatility as a canvas for makeup, but raises questions about her actual modeling skills.
Garrn also appeared on the cover of Numero China this month (below). The images are polar opposites in terms of styling — Numero China's is a black & white wide-view photo with an ethereal, wispy mood; Allure Russia's cover uses tight framing and bright, highly saturated colors to produce a glamourous, slightly retro effect. But the difference between the two photographs lies entirely in the styling and photography: Garrn's heavy-lidded, open-mouthed expression is nearly identical in each shot.