Kim Kardashian's Givenchy dress has been tearing people apart (it's just like that Jewel song). At long last, designer Riccardo Tisci explains what he was thinking when he dressed her and voiced his support for the much-maligned reality star. [HuffPo Style]
Are you tired of looking at the same pictures of the same outfits from two days ago over and over and over again? Yeah, sorry. Here are the best looks from the *history* of the Met Gala. [FabSugar]
Okay but sorry: Anne Hathway's smoky eye from the other night? You can click through to 'get it.' [StyleBakeryTeen]
No more Met Gala! Here's the full version of Karl Lagerfeld's short "film" for Chanel, starring Kiera Knightley. [Fashionologie]
Lauren Conrad's super-bright hottt pink lipstick is a thing you can do too. [BellaSugar]
A tabloid claims that Kim and Kanye West have broken up and Kanye is "threatening" to take their baby to Paris, which is very illegal and it would not be possible for a famous person to get away with. [CelebDirtyLaundry]
Sorry, more Met (minus gala): New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones thinks the Met's punk exhibit was surprisingly, embarrassingly bad — and particularly mind-boggling given that the same curator mounted the wildly successful Alexander McQueen exhibition at the museum in 2011, which played on similar themes of darkness and chaos. [NYer]
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In a statement released yesterday, Parsons The New School for Design said it was canceling a planned undergraduate master class taught by former Dior designer, John Galliano:
"An important element of the planned workshop with John Galliano was a candid conversation about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large. Unfortunately, we could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward.”
Galliano was fired from his position at Dior as well as his eponymous line (both are owned by French luxury holding company LVMH) in 2011, after a video leaked online showing the designer making a series of offensive racist and anti-Semitic statements while drunk at a Paris cafe. He was later found guilty of hate speech in French court and stripped of his Legion of Honour medal.
After some speculation that he would ease back into public life by taking a teaching post at a top design program, Parsons announced he would be leading a workshop. Despite consistent support from leaders in the fashion industry, reactions were mixed and a petition protesting the assignment appeared online within a few days. (When we first broke the news that Parsons students were circulating the petition, it had only 160 signatures; it has since racked up over 2,000.)
As I've previously written, in the mid-20th century, The New School was a haven for Jewish academics and writers fleeing the Nazi regime in Europe, making Galliano's now-void teaching position seem troubling. Parsons is no longer in the cards, which may be the best thing for everyone, but it's clear that the former designer won't rest until he finds a way to establish a new professional life. But for that, he'll need to do what he was unwilling to do at Parsons: talk about his past mistakes.
After the whole Joe Fresh/Bangladesh factory collapse disaster, Canadian consumers are question the clothing that's on their backs. More to the point, the customers have spoken and they want their merchandise made locally. To that end, I've curated a few exciting designers that most definitely deserve the "Made in Canada" tag.
You can find this purveyor of leather goods in many upscale boutiques (Toronto's Dutil, Community 54 and the newly opened Elevator). Fashioned by 24-year-old McMaster grad Matt Boston, his popular belts (see above) and wallets are made in the basement of his Queen West home.
Twigg & Hottie
Vancouver's Twigg & Hottie carries more than just homemade fashions from 50-plus designers. It focuses on clothing that is sustainable, like the store's in-house line, We3, by owners Glencora Twigg, Christine “Hottie” Hotton and Jessica Vaira.
A relaxed brand that trumpets unisex, laid-back sportswear, Muttonhead is headed by sisters Meg and Mel Sinclair along with their partner Paige Cowan. Their popular raglan sweaters (above) are developing a loyal following thanks to their Toronto manufacturing, sustainable fabrics and counter movement to "fast fashion."
A very well established line Comrags, by Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse, design and produce all their goods locally, working with some of the same Ontario sewers for the past 28 years. The inspiration for their breezy prints and workplace tailoring comes from everywhere — the street, television, even literature.
Finally in the footwear department, you can't boast a name like La Canadienne without waving a Made in Canada label. This boots and shoes from this Montreal based store are handcrafted in Canada to the highest European standards (using Italian materials no least). Their boots and sandals (above) come with a practical sensibility and you can learn about the entire manufacturing process on their site, from design right the way through to packing.
Miss Vogue’s Northern Hemisphere counterpart may have just struck her own career a heavy blow, but the title’s antipodean cover star Holly Rose Emery is on the up and up.
On the sun-drenched shores of Bondi Beach, far from the probing cameras of rogue British tabloid paparazzi, the New Zealand-born model does the bronzed Aussie beach babe thing in an entirely age-appropriate way. Christine Centenera is the fashion mastermind behind the shoot’s denim and midriff-heavy styling. Local labels Josh Good and Ksubi are featured alongside what looks like the top half of a Burberry trench, and which at the hands of Centenera becomes perfect beach attire. The series was shot by Australia-based photographer Pierre Toussaint.
This year, Holly Rose flew to Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. She is now signed with Chic Management in Sydney.
Abercrombie & Fitch: torn denim hot pants, naked ad campaigns, bare chested boys beckoning from its store doors. Abercrombie & Fitch has less to do with clothing, more to do with showing bodies — teen bodies specifically. It's the best possible business strategy for a retailer whose actual product is mediocre: sell to young people, make it about sex.
Abercrombie exploits the dumbest aspects of teen and college-aged social life, stoking the prurience (no one is more obsessed with sex than someone that's never had it), insecurity and drive to conformity which are the hallmarks of conventional American adolescence. (Another group the company exploits: the Filipino factory workers who manufacture its clothing; in 2010, Abercrombie made the International Labor Rights Forum's Sweatshop Hall of Shame.)
There are many reasons to boycott Abercrombie, but here's one that's getting a lot of attention right now: Robin Lewis, who co-wrote the well-received book, The New Rules of Retail, recently told the website Business Insider (BI) that the reason the company doesn't carry plus-size clothing is because the CEO, Mike Jeffries, "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn't want his core customers to see people who aren't as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they're one of the 'cool kids.'"
As BI notes, Abercrombie doesn't sell women's pants above a size 10 (or 12, sometimes), which is unusual for its competitive set: H&M and American Eagle, also teen favorites, have options going all the way up to size 16 and 18 respectively. H&M just launched a seperate plus-size line, which includes sizes up to 24. To top it all off, the Swedish brand recently made the blog rounds after it ran photos showcasing its standard swimwear collection on a size 12 model, without sending out a press release or including any self-congratulatory fanfare on the site itself.
Anyone that follows luxury fashion understands the appeal of exclusivity, but it also makes business sense that mass market brands would want many shoppers (i.e. the masses) to to buy their stuff. Abercrombie is doing the opposite — trying to keep people out so that the 'cool kids' can feel good about themselves for 'fitting in' to the brand's clothing. Sadly, that equation seems to be working for them: in February, the company posted 11% revenue growth for the fourth quarter of 2012.
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The Dior brand has launched another 'Secret Garden' campaign starring Dior favorite Daria Strokous. While Dior's secret garden is still located in Versailles, like it was in the first campaign last year, Daria and several other models are now seen lounging around, dancing and showing off their Dior handbags and outfits in a misty forest near Petit Trianon. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were inspired by Édouard Manet’s famous painting “The Luncheon on the Grass” for the first image, but forum members also pointed out stylistic similarities with the photography of Annie Leibovitz.
"Very beautiful, more like US Vogue spread shot by Annie Leibovitz though," commented JoeHsiang.
LagerfeldBoy agreed: "It's very Annie Leibovitz for sure. The first image is nice, but I find the second one to be too cluttered. I honestly don't get the point of this however."
LagerfeldBoy was not alone in wondering what exactly is being advertised in this campaign. "But what is this campaign advertising for? I don't get it," says Pricciao.
According to WWD, the models in the campaign are clad in outfits from the Christian Dior Fall 2013 collection although this is not an advertisement for that collection per se. Last year's 'Secret Garden' campaign was later said to be advertising the Dior Pre-Fall collection. Regardless of what Dior is trying to sell here, other than the Dior fantasy, the compelling images make me excited for the accompanying short film that is to to be released in June and it is nice to see how Dior is consistently establishing a new surreal and fairy tale-like aesthetic for the brand's ad campaigns under Raf Simons' creative direction.
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