- Take three! Kate Upton stars in Sam Edelman‘s Fall 2014 campaign for the third time. [WWD]
- Watch the trailer for James Franco‘s BDSM documentary. [Paper]
- Drake gets the lap dance of his dreams from Nicki Minaj in the rapstress’ music video for “Anaconda.” [YouTube]
- Peep this sneak peek of the Big Sean x Adidas Originals Metro Attitude sneaker. They’re looking pret-tay dope. [Hypebeast]
- Eva Chen announced her pregnancy this morning in the cutest way possible. [Instagram]
- Here are the celebrities we’re still waiting on to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Ticktock, guys! [Popsugar]
- Victoria Beckham‘s wardrobe auction is LIVE, so if you’ve got the coin, now’s the time to shill out for some of the designer’s throwaways. [The Outnet]
- Milla Jovovich is pregnant with her second child. [Vogue UK]
- In “beating a dead horse” news, Pharrell Williams‘ Vivienne Westwood mountain man hat is getting its own exhibit. [The Guardian]
- Support the troops! A crop of female military veterans will walk during NYFW for the Salute the Runway fashion show. [WWD]
- Flats are the new heels, and our feet are oh, so grateful. [T magazine]
- Ooh la la! David Beckham is sexy as always in these latest ads for H&M Bodywear. [Mirror]
- Kate Moss directed a really weird video (starring Lara Stone) for Vogue U.K. [Vogue UK]
Back in June, Sportsgirl made a huge boo-boo. Customers, as well as PETA, caught onto the fact that the Aussie retailer was making products with fur from angora rabbits (which are generally tortured to get the fur) and virtually bashed Sportsgirl’s Facebook page. People were claiming they’d never shop there again, and the store looked like it was headed for the worst.
Apparently not. Sportsgirl is killing it, so to speak, with its sales figures. As reported by Ragtrader, Sportsgirl CEO Colleen Callander could be crowned CEO of the Year by The CEO Magazine November 27. She has been recognised for implementing a new sourcing strategy, which has upped the first margin by five percentage points. We imagine it wasn’t the sourcing of fur that she’s being recognised for.
It appears there has also been a double-digit sales increase, despite the online uproar. Maybe not enough people know about the horrific torture angora rabbits endure when they have their fur ripped out from their bodies or maybe they don’t even know that Sportsgirl uses the fur in select products. Maybe the removal of the offending products in October with the seasonal changeover solved everyone’s woes?
It seems you can’t browse a street style blog or open a fashion magazine without seeing someone wearing sandals with socks, mom jeans or some other fashion iteration of “normal people” clothes. Earlier this year, New York Magazine introduced the world to normcore. Now, everyone is scrambling to make the concept fashionable.
Gap seems to be getting in on the trend with its latest ad campaign. Perhaps it’s playing on the stereotype of being the go-to brand for the everyday person, but this season, Gap is encouraging shoppers to “dress normal,” “like no one’s watching.”
Ironically, Gap tapped decidedly not-normal people (i.e., celebrities) to front the campaign. Anjelica Huston, Zosia Mamet, Michael K. Williams, Jena Malone, Elisabeth Moss and Luke Grimes all don their personal interpretations of a “normal” outfit in the ads. The results: Looks suited for a suburban soccer mom, a brooding Brooklyn hipster, a badass sixth grade teacher and your dad on the weekend. Normal is looking kind of chic.
Peep more of the ads below.
Yesterday, Bee Shaffer, daughter of Anna Wintour, challenged her mother to the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that pretty much every celebrity in the book has already participated in. With bated breath, we awaited a response from the Vogue editrix, and now, praise the heavens, we’ve gotten one.
Yes, folks, Ms. Wintour has ACCEPTED the challenge, and just today, Vogue posted a video to its Facebook of Anna, flanked by members of her family (including the dog), getting drenched in a prim, printed dress and of course, her famous shades. Bee posted the video to her Instagram profile, noting that her mom’s take on the challenge was “much more dignified” than her own. But what would you expect from Anna other than dignity and class? She nominated Roger Federer and Dominic West to take the challenge, for which they have 24 hours to complete.
Gisele Bündchen also nominated the editor for the challenge on Sunday.
Anyway, thank you Bee, for initiating this viral brilliance. We are forever grateful.
Cara Delevingne is hot in pursuit of the title “model/actress.” It seems every few weeks, the young model (one of Forbes‘ highest paid) snaps up another acting gig. She will appear in the forthcoming Pan film, and did a pretty good job in the Sky Arts TV movie, Timeless. She’s starring in The Face of an Angel alongside Daniel Brühl and Kate Beckinsale, and has a role in Kids in Love. Also, she may or may not be a future Bond Girl.
But the latest job Cara’s reportedly in talks for might be a genius move for her. Fox 2000 is putting on a Beach Boys-themed musical called All Summer Long, and Cara may play the lead female role. The film hasn’t been officially confirmed, but word is John Stamos is one of the producers on the project. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the same guys who helped bring Hairspray and Chicago to the silver screen — are also working on the production.
We already know Cara’s got a pretty good singing voice, so she’d likely have no problems tackling the musical aspect of the show. Do we know a model better qualified to sing…anything? Perhaps she might even take a turn on the drums? It is a musical, after all, might as well take advantage of the full range of Cara’s talents. We’ll be watching carefully to see how this one develops.
Queensland’s Amanda Shadforth, from the ridiculously popular fashion blog Oracle Fox, has been nominated for this year’s Bloglovin Awards. We’re ecstatic about it because no distinct aesthetic of minimal, clean and monochromatic visuals should go unrecognised.
And even though Aussie fashion bloggers are all the rage right now with their own fashion-doco show airing this October, Amanda is the only nominee in the Best Personal Style Blog category from down under. “It is a huge honour to represent Australia in this category and I am so humbled to be nominated, all of the nominees are extremely talented,” Amanda said in a news release.
If you’re wondering who might be in attendance for the most coveted awards in the digital fashion realm and blog community, there’s also nominees likes Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo and The Sartorialist. Just like the Logies or Grammys, it’s a really big privilege to be nominated. We reckon Amanda’s probably whipping up a thank you speech just in case.
We’ll find out the winners when they are announced in New York City on September 7. You can vote for Amanda over on the Bloglovin site to help her join other previous winners like Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast.