We were a little sad to hear that Women’s Wear Daily would be publishing less frequently and last week, the publication delivered its last daily print issue. Now, WWD is moving forward with its new weekly publishing schedule and its premier issue is now available to subscribers and obsessed fashionphiles. To celebrate its brand new format, the publication gathered a crop of fashion’s finest to appear on six unique covers for the occasion. Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson, Chitose Abe, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat for stark black and white portraits lensed by Nigel Parry for their respective covers. The issue presents the designers as the future powerhouses of fashion and explores what’s in store for their labels as they grow their brands.
Tom Ford is known for his provocative, ultra sexy ads, so it comes as no surprise to hear that a billboard for his Black Orchid perfume campaign would spark a bit of controversy. The ads – which picture a naked Cara Delevingne in a pool of water, holding a bottle of the fragrance with her arms covering her ladybits – rubbed a few U.K. residents the wrong way, resulting in two complaints submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority.
Concerned parties complained that the billboard, located on the corner of Brick Lane and Hanbury Street in London, was sexually explicit, degrading to women and far too provocative for the eyes of precious innocent British children on their way to church or the mosque. They also claim that the ad was in violation of ASA rules, due to its sexual nature and its 100-meter proximity to a school. But the alleged offensive nature of the campaign seemed to be lost on the ASA, which ruled that though the ad is indeed sexy, it’s not indecent. “We considered her pose was sensual and sexually suggestive but that it was not sexually explicit,” the ASA explained. They also noted that the billboard was not as close to the school as the complaining parties thought.
Tom Ford’s campaigns have always been at the center of controversy. In 2008, Italy banned the designer’s eyewear campaign thanks to a provocative image of a man sticking his middle finger into a woman’s mouth. A 2007 Terry Richardson-shot campaign pictured Ford’s Tom Ford for Men fragrance bottle in between a woman’s spread legs.
The ASA is pretty diligent about policing and regulating ads, having banned campaigns picturing overly-Photoshopped models, provocatively posed models and famously, that Miu Miu ad with Hailee Steinfeld in which the then 14-year-old is sitting on train tracks, arguing the image glamorized youth suicide.
We’re pretty pumped for the Zoolander 2 movie, and so are the rich and famous. Every day it seems another celebrity signs on for a cameo. So far, stars like Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig and Billy Zane have confirmed that they will appear in the film, although Karl Lagerfeld has said he wants nothing to do with the movie.
We won’t be seeing the Chanel creative director in the flick, but we’ll definitely be seeing Justin Bieber, who will appear in a cameo for the movie. Ben Stiller teased an image via his Instagram of himself and Bieber facing each other, giving their best Blue Steel looks. It’s a far cry from the usual “I’m confused by trying to look sexy” furrowed brow moment Bieber usually serves us.
We’ve got to hand it to Mr. Stiller, he’s definitely getting us all juiced for the Zoolander sequel – we can’t wait to see who else signs on to appear in the movie.
Guys will always and forever wax poetic about how much they hate when women wear a lot of makeup and how beautiful we look without it…until they peep the dark circles and hyperpigmentation and are all like, “Oh, snap, well…maybe just a little concealer.”
Who better than the hilarious Amy Schumer to illustrate this phenomenon in the most perfect way possible? Inside Amy Schumer released the boy band ballad of 2015, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup,” performed by a four-piece group of soulful-looking One Direction-types. The song starts with them pleading with women to wipe off their makeup, assuring us ladies that we’re all beautiful the way we wake up in the morning — as long as we still look hot at the crack of dawn, of course.
When Amy takes her makeup off, the band automatically starts backpedaling on the first verse, suggesting that maybe we ladies try “natural-looking” makeup instead of going fully au naturel. “It’s like I tore up the shag carpet assuming there were hardwood floors underneath, but it turned out to be just dirty linoleum,” one of the band members says.
In a word, it’s perfect. Watch the entire video above.
Changes are already being made to the Style.com staff in the wake of this week’s announcement that the website would be switching to an e-commerce platform. The plan was to move many of the staffers to American Vogue at vogerunway.com, but it already looks like some members of the Style.com team won’t even make it that far.
Page Six reports that the layoffs at the website have already begun and HR is already firing or reassigning people. Apparently, a few people have been told their days are numbered at Condé Nast and rumor has it that fashion market editor Rachael Wang is one of the names on the chopping block.
We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for more changes at the website as they occur. The new Style.com site will sell luxury fashion, tech items, beauty, gifts and more and is expected to launch in the U.K. this fall, with plans to expand operations to the U.S. in early 2016.
[via Page Six]
There have been rumors going around that DKNY was on the hunt for new creative leadership and it turns out the whisperings were true. Today, the label announced that it’s chosen not one, but two young designers that, to borrow a phrase from Mugatu are “so hot right now.” Public School designers and industry darlings Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow are to lead the DKNY label into the future.
Osbourne and Chow have been getting a lot of love from the fashion set, winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2013, taking home the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2014 and snagging the International Woolmark Prize for Menswear in January. It seems the pair, who are nominated for two CFDA Awards this year – the same prize they won last year — and a Swarovski Award for womenswear simply can’t miss.
Starting now, Chow and Osbourne will take over DKNY’s collections. “We both grew up in New York and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and New Yorkers,” Chow and Osbourne said in a statement. “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”
The design duo will be working on both womenswear and menswear and are expected to debut their first women’s collection for the label during New York Fashion Week this September. We can’t wait to see what they whip up.
[via Vogue UK]