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Streakers: A Brief History of Nearly Naked Fashion Event Crashers

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Image: Getty Images

What is it about fashion events that make people want to take off their clothes? We've seen it happen more than just a handful of times, and now, it's almost guaranteed that any high-profile fashion event will be disrupted in some way by folks running around in the buff. Last night's annual Met Gala kicked off with authorities having to apprehend a hot pink mankini-clad gentleman who ripped off his clothes and made a dash for the Met stairs. While his feet didn't touch the actual crimson carpet, he definitely made another memorable moment for the fashion set.

Perhaps they're just fans of irony, or maybe they're just immature and obnoxious, but it seems these days that crashing a fashion affair in little-to-no clothing is the thing for many brave souls looking to cause a stir. Check out these streakers of fashion events past…before more crop up in the future.

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Link Buzz: A History of Anna Wintour at the Met Gala; Tinder for Shoes

Anna Wintour Met Gala 2014

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  • Anna Wintour has been going to the Met Gala since before you were born*, wearing beautiful things. And you can see ALL her looks, if you want. It's allowed. [FabSugar]
     
  • It looks like Kendall Jenner was dropped into this photo by one of those Amazon drones. The industry is realllly working hard to make her happen. [Twitter/VogueMagazine]
     
  • The Met Gala's best manicures because bla bla bla bla bla bla bla. [BellaSugar]
     
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer's former press secretary, Audrey Gelman, will join Marie Claire as a contributing editor. [Styleite]
     
  • Go inside the GOOP pop-up store store. [Racked]
     
  • Tinder for shoes, in case the other one wasn't enough for you. [PSFK]
     
  • An audio interview with fashion critic Judith Thurman: “You have to stand out and you have to fit in. And how you negotiate that tension really defines how fashionable you are.” [NewYorker]

*That is, if you were born after 1988. 

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Is Harvey Weinstein Resurrecting Met Gala Honoree Charles James’ Design House?

After the reawakening of the Charles James legacy in the wake of last night's glittering 2014 Met Gala Ball, there are now few people in the fashion world who still haven't heard of the British/American couturier.

One person who certainly has the name on the tip of their tongue is Harvey Weinstein, who is rumoured to be bringing the fashion house back again. While the designer's exquisite gowns are open for the public to view at the Metropolitan Museum, the fact that this British-born man was deemed the USA’s first true couturier certainly raises questions as to why we are not able to purchase this label today.

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One of the many Charles James creations on show at the Met now (image: Getty)

According to a source speaking to Page Six, “Talks have been ongoing to breathe new life into the Charles James name…There is a lot of interest to carry on Charles’ legacy.” The talks in question have been with the Weinstein Company and James' children, Charles Jr. and Louise, about a licensing deal with the option to buy the company, which would include “an exclusive couture house" with all licensing rights, including a fragrance.

Not surprisingly, it has also been mentioned that the movie magnate would be looking towards his Marchesa designer wife, Georgina Chapman, and her CEO brother Edward to be "retained as creative consultants" if the deal goes ahead.

Of course, this wouldn’t be Harvey’s first foray into the world of fashion. In 2007, he invested in heritage label Halston, along with actress turned designer Sarah Jessica Parker, but sold his stake in the business in 2011.

According to the source, "The Weinstein Company would be the sole partner with the James family. So there would be one voice, with the Weinstein Company running the business."

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For Your Information: Shailene Woodley Explains Why She’s Not a Feminist

Shailane Woodley Divergent autographs

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Because there's nothing better than hearing the uninformed opinion of a young performer on a thorny, complex topic such as feminism, TIME Magazine decided to chat with Divergent star Shailene Woodley about her feminist principles — or lack thereof. 

Unlike fellow celebs Beyonce, Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, et al., Woodley does not identify as a feminist, chiefly because she doesn't really seem to understand what "feminism" means. She tells TIME

"I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance."

Totally. Feminism is not a movement championing equality for women in an often sexist, historically patriarchal world, it is a system of belief dedicated to oppressing and imprisoning men for the sake of female supremacy. Glad we've cleared that up. Can someone please call Gloria Steinem

[TIME]

Related: Alanis Morissette: Until Patriarchy Ends, Feminism Is Still Mandatory (But So Is Integrating Our Masculine and Feminine Parts)

 

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Inside the Wedding Dresses 1775–2014 Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or vow never to marry, there’s no denying that there’s something rather captivating about looking at a beautiful wedding gown. This spring, London’s iconic V&A museum is celebrating all things matrimonial with its much anticipated Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition.

The exhibition traces the development of the white dress over the decades and shows just how our tastes have developed and ultimately changed. There’s also a special focus on celebrity brides too, featuring iconic gowns such as Kate MossJohn Galliano couture number in which she wed husband Jamie Hince of the Kills. It’s a must-see for any Moss fan!

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Image: Victoria and Albert Museum London

Also on display is Vivienne Westwood’s striking purple gown chosen by Dita Von Teese, proving that not all brides wear ivory or white. Other highlights include designer gowns by Jenny Packham and Temperley Bridal, which are a great source of inspiration for those who are currently designing or simply choosing their own wedding dresses.

Tickets cost £12, and the exhibition is running until the 12 March 2015, so, you’ve got plenty of time to go along and check it out. And just a little tip from our experience: yes, you’ll probably wish that you could try on every single dress, but don’t scare your boyfriends with that fact! 

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Vogue China’s June Cover Goes to Faye Wong (Forum Buzz)

Chinese-Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress Faye Wong has landed the cover of Vogue China's June issue. Photographed by Emma Summerton and wearing a top and skirt from Céline's Pre-Fall collection, the cover is very minimal, which is always a welcome surprise, right?

Vogue China June 2014 Faye Wong

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Perhaps not for our forum members, who were not so forgiving. Bertrando3 laced right into the cover, writing, "It's an awkward cover that could have worked but actually doesn't: the pose doesn't help first of all, then the white background with the white blouse, the black skirt which appears too strong and makes her look big, the layout is barely working and her facial impression is like: 'doubt.' It doesn't work for me as a cover, but it's not awful."

"The pose is really awkward and her facial expression doesn't help at all," commented fluxxx.

Kuli trendy was pleased to see Wong: "I don't care with the pose… I'm just surprised it's Faye Wong on the cover of VC…"

"I love Faye. She definitely deserves a Vogue China cover, and she looks gorgeous here," wrote JoCaderone.

As did gossiping, who wrote, "Love what she is wearing, very clean cover. I like!"

Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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