Amongst us fashion lovers, the British actress Joanna Lumley is probably best known for her role as Patsy in the cult comedy Absolutely Fabulous, which follows the lives of two crazy fashion industry insiders. Now, as many of us used to watch the show and laugh at Eddy’s overly fashion-forward, or perhaps more fittingly, fashion disasters, we also used to watch and drool over the much more fashionable Patsy’s wardrobe. So, what luck we’re in to have found out that Joanna is about to auction off some of the character’s garments.
The Ab Fab Pieces on Auction
The auction is set to take place on November 13 via Kerry Taylor Auctions in London to aid the Prince’s Trust, and tickets for the event can be purchased for £20. The key Patsy items up for grabs will include a pair of long nylon gloves which were worn in the Naomi Campbell scene, a Dolce & Gabbana black pinstriped jacket, a Joseph black leather skirt (you couldn’t get more Patsy than this piece!), a gorgeous pair of Dolce & Gabbana stilettos that she wore in the birthday motorbike scene, and that memorable Ryoichi Murata feathered hat in which she attended Eddy’s daughter Saffy’s wedding.
Other Must-Have Items
Joanna Lumley has been quite the style icon for decades in Britain, and even starred in the leading British TV show, The Avengers, so Joanna definitely has quite an extensive wardrobe from which to choose her auction pieces. For instance, she’s also donating much sought-after pieces like a pair of iconic satin corsets which she wore in The Avengers. She’s also decided to donate a few pieces which are particularly personal to her, such as a Moschino jacket which she wore to the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s 40th anniversary party, an organization which is close to her heart and for which she serves as ambassador.
To check out the full list of what’s up for auction, visit Kerry Taylor Auctions.
Ruby Jean Wilson is the professionally good-looking person from Australia to land a major campaign with Marc Jacobs. Wilson we be the face of the designer’s Spring 2013 campaign, lensed in perennially kooky Marc Jacobs fashion by Juergen Teller.
Granted, we saw this one coming after she opened and closed his Spring 2013 show and scored herself what was most likely an exclusive in Jacobs’ subsequent Louis Vuitton show in Paris, but it's still pretty big news considering she’s been making the rounds since 2009.
Wilson’s no doubt got the jawline, cheekbones, and impossibly willowy figure for an overexposed flash shoot, and here’s hoping the campaign will make excellent use of the Factory Girl vibes she radiated in such abundance on the catwalk back in September. Probably, it will do that and then some, with previous Marc Jacobs campaigns having put Victoria Beckham in a giant shopping bag and a series of bizarre miniature hats and turned Helena Bonham Carter into a highly textural inflatable mermaid.
Other Australian models to have found favour with Marc Jacobs include Codie Young, who appeared as the face of the ‘Dot’ fragrance, and Andrej Pejic, who landed the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 campaign alongside Ginta Lapina.
Some people (artist types) have launched a Williamsburg live fashion webcam blog project thing called Styleblaster. They've set up a camera a block away from the Bedford Avenue L train, which feeds live images of the passing throng of Brooklynites to a blog in real time. They claim to have "a unique and unmatched vantage point on the hippest block in New York City."
At first glance, this seems exactly like what our world doesn't need: real-time trendspotting and one more way to sit in your bedroom anonymously judging people. Sometimes it seems we've collectively decided that there's nothing more fun than hating on people that have extremely specific interests, unconventional taste in clothing, creative ambition, and few traditional "adult" responsibilities. Yes, these people can sometimes be fools and hypocrites, but the way the Internet treats them, you'd think *they* were the monsters responsible for everything that's wrong with America and the world, and not just pawns of the system like everyone else.
Anyway. Styleblaster actually turns out to be more than just a platform for judgement. Unlike the photo that I chose to illustrate this post (because I'm a jerk), most of the pictures that stream in don't actually show people that are mockable on the level of "Look At This Fucking Hipster." New York is for sure a good-looking and image-conscious city — but it turns out that even the people on the "hippest block in New York City" are just people, period.
Styleblaster has lots of ambitions: to eventually track the way street fashion changes according to season and also to demonstrate the way Bedford Avenue will continue to gentrify in the next few years, as even the trust-fundy creative types are pushed out by bankers and other high-rent (in all senses) professionals*.
All these plans sound cool, but I actually like the site the way it is now: a reminder that I live in a city of actual people — not walking clothing racks.
*I actually have a secret (not rlly secret) theory that soon everyone's going to start getting priced out of Brooklyn and will seek lower-rent refuge on the (increasingly more affordable!) island of Manhattan.
In my continuing efforts to sing (err, write… whatever) Laetitia Casta’s praises at every opportunity, I bring you her latest magazine cover for Flair on which she appears wearing Dolce & Gabbana, photographed by Sean and Seng. From all indications, most forum members are just as obsessed with Laetita as I am.
“Wow, these lips are hot!” AnaO posted. “Very sexy cover, yet not in an obvious way. Definitely makes me want to take a look inside.”
“She looks like she is ready to be kissed by a vampire,” Frenchkiki thought. “Not lame Edward Cullen but Lestat! Hot.”
MyNameIs commented, “Very unusual, but I like it. Bold and striking. Catches your attention.”
If the cover doesn’t convince you of Laetitia’s inherent awesomeness, then the editorial should, so I’ll leave you with that. Enjoy.
Images: mondadori.it and magazine.panorama.it
America's pop-fairie-dust-glitter-rhinestone-sweetheart Taylor Swift released her new album Red this week. Her love life takes center stage on the track listing like it does in the media, and it's the kind of girlie pop millions of fans have come to love her for. While many of her (mostly male) peers in the music industry have made political statements this election year, we would never expect something so serious from our bubblegum queen.
This is partially because Swift has cultivated an image of the forever 16-year-old. While lots of guys want to see Swift "grow up" in a Britney Spears, sexually-provocative-equals-mature kind of way, I'd much rather see Swift show her maturity by talking about something real. Hopping down off of that noncommittal white picket fence she is spritishly perched on in her cowboy boots and taking a stand. For something.
The Daily Beast recently gave her several opportunities to do so in an interview previewing the new album. But she shied away from even the most innocuous questions, saying that if she has empowered women, that wasn't what she set out to do. Not only that, but she didn't even intend for her hit Mean to have an anti-bullying message. She wrote the song about a snarky music critic who made her feel bad. While that's a valid point of view to write a song from, it seems that while her fans have the ability to take her personal struggles and apply them to her own lives, she is unable to do that for them in return.
Then she was asked point blank if she considers herself a feminist. You can almost hear the ultra-conservative Bible Belt that makes up her fan base hold its breath. And Swift was surely afraid they'd hold on to their purse strings as well. She answered:
"I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life."
This would be appropriate (it does, after all, describe gender equality) if "working as hard as guys" didn't mean earning only 82% of what they earn. But she makes this statement as if her message refutes the idea of feminism rather than defines it. I don't expect Tay-Tay to go all Norma Rae and actually use an icky phrase like "gender wage gap" — OMG that's so not adorable guys — but it would be cool if she'd at least speak out for her fans, mostly girls and women, and have a little backbone.
I can imagine the waves it would make if Swift had said, "Yes, I absolutely consider myself a feminist." Surely she would get heat from conservative groups and likely her management and record label, all of whom benefit from the idea that Swift is some 1950s Sandra Dee-type innocent ingenue. But she is a powerful woman in the industry and they'd all get over it. Plus, we know better than to think Swift is just a little girl spinnin' yarns and playin' guitar. (Two words: John Mayer. No judgment, girl.) Swift is a confident, self-possessed young woman, a savvy business person and talented artist who obviously enjoys boys and dating as much as the next 22-year-old.
One thing she's not? A feminist.
image: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com
Last night, H&M threw a party in New York (the City) to celebrate their collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, which is a totally good thing to do because 1) people love parties and 2) if any limited-edition fast-fashion+high-end designer collaboration is worth celebrating, it's this one.
Winter is coming, and if you're not longing for comfy, warm, cozy everything, you're probably a sociopath. MMM x HM doesn't just look like the most comfortable thing in the world — tailor-made (not really though; the collection's mass-produced) for shorter days and wintry, bone-chilling winds — it also looks flat-out amazing. And at least visually, the label managed to capture the original spirit of the house*, which is awesome because the spirits hate being neglected.
Anyway, many people attended the event. Here are the most famous ones: Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mena Suvari, Kanye West (what else was he gonna do, stay home and read a book?), Helena Christensen, Selma Blair, Alan Cumming, and Chace Crawford. Some were wardrobed in the MMM for H&M designs, which they're happy to tell you about in the video below.
The collection was "unveiled" as a conceptual dance piece rather than a runway show, which looks and sounds like the most pretentious thing ever. Still, very approrpiate for the Margiela brand.
And most importantly: the clothes work. The collection arrives at H&M stores worldwide on November 15.
Here's the PR video from the event, followed by the collection photo preview.
*I do always worry about the quality of these collections. Just remember: as good as the clothing looks in the pictures, this stuff is still manufactured by H&M. The design concepts may be sophisticated, but I bet you can't fully execute them using the kinds of fabrics that are neccessary for a mass line like this to be financially viable.