Brooklyn! It's currently one of the world's most successful brands. For proof: Consider the fact that the once disparaged outer-borough has starred in its own Vogue spread and hosted two major runway shows. Brooklyn-themed restaurants are popping up all over the world (including on West Houston Street in Manhattan) and as The New York Times dubiously reported last year, stylish young Parisians (possibly) refer to cool things as being "très Brooklyn."
No wonder Brooklyn is one of America's most popular baby names, as the Associated Press reports today:
"Over the past two decades, Brooklyn as a name for girls has surged from No. 912 to the top 30 in each of the last three years. Some credit soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, for naming their son Brooklyn. Some cite model and actress Brooklyn Decker. Others point to Girls and the many other TV shows and movies that tap into the borough’s gritty, cool vibe."
Whatever the case may be, New Yorkers are the only ones who aren't naming their kids Brooklyn: despite being the 28th most popular girls name nationwide, Brooklyn doesn't crack the Top 100 chart in the state of New York. As The New York Times noted in a post about the name's rising popularity last year, Brooklyn is especially popular "in some of the country’s least Brooklynian precincts" — states like Utah (#9), Tenessee (#14), Alabama (#8) and West Virginia (#11).
The first images of Givenchy's Fall 2014 campaign have leaked in our forums, and it looks like Riccardo Tisci & Co. is going with a gothic vibe for this season's ads, shot by Mert & Marcus. Posing alongside Givenchy darling Mariacarla Boscono is Julia Nobis, Veroniek Gielkens, Jamie Bochert, socialite Peter Brant and Alessio Pozzi. And who's that peeking out from the left side of the image? Oh, just Kendall Jenner, NBD, scoring her first major high-fashion ad campaign.
Jenner walked in the label's Fall 2014 show, rounding out the impressive season of catwalk appearances, having also twirled in the Marc Jacobs and Chanel shows. It looks like Riccardo Tisci loved her so much, that he decided to throw her in his latest set of ads. Though, it probably doesn't hurt that he's BFFs with Jenner's older sister, Kim Kardashian…
These likely aren't the last images from the campaign. As tFS forum member miguelalmeida points out, "From what I'm seeing, every girl Riccardo posted on Instagram with the hashtag 'Givenchy Girl' or 'Givenchy Gang' (don't remember) is starring in the ad, there were at least 12/14 girls! So let's wait and see!"
As you can expect from this diverse casting, members of theFashionSpot are undecided about the campaign. "Very weird cast if you ask me…." wrote valliaddict.
"Weird cast indeed. I like Julia but I don't know what she's doing here? Not even going to mention about Kendall, but I'm not surprised she's here. I'm glad Veroniek is featured, she opened the show after all but I wish we would see her more in the picture. I'm excited to see more of this!" shared Valentine27.
TeeVanity was impressed Brant is part of the cast: "Wow, Stephanie Seymour's son Peter Brant is the leading male model. I really like this campaign."
Although mistress f was less than impressed over the casting and wrote, "Peter Brant and Kendall Jenner. Shame on you, Riccardo. Casting aside, I like the gothic vibe that comes across instantly. Other than that…"
"The group shot is interesting, my eyes went straight to MariaClara. So bored with the black and white images they always do though," enthused TheoG.
Any guesses who additional cast members might be? Join the conversation in our forums!
Gisele Bündchen is the new face of Stuart Weitzman. The Brazilian beauty replaces Kate Moss, who previously fronted the American footwear brand's Spring 2014 campaign (and many more before that). Gisele was photographed by Mario Testino posing in nothing but white pants and a pair of Weitzman's Fall 2014 black ankle boots. The image might already look familiar because Weitzman tends to stick to the same aesthetic for his campaigns. Yet even with the likes of Gisele reclining back across the shot, you cannot deny the main focus is on the shoes. Now that's advertising!
IMAGE CREDIT: WWD.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of our forums are head over heels for the new campaign. "Oh My God! Phenomenal! Finally Gisele, I was so tired of Kate Moss!" commented la veronika.
Forum member Elfinkova simply wrote, "Incredible."
"She looks a bit cross-eyed with this makeup…but she's truly sexy and doesn't need to pull silly faces to achieve a natural sex appeal!" shared KissMiss.
However, la veronika commented in the thread again and responded with, "Love the makeup, I don't think she looks cross-eyed and yes, with no particular facial expression, she oozes sexiness."
Keep a look out for the advertising campaign, which is slated to break in September inside international fashion publications. In the meantime, check out the thread and join the discussion here.
After four years as artistic director of Theory, Olivier Theyskens is leaving his post to pursue other design opportunities. His last collection for the label will be Pre-Spring 2015.
Theyskens originally signed on to design the Theyskens' Theory capsule collection, which bowed Fall 2011. By the next season, Olivier had taken on the womens, accessories and mens collections. "Everything has a life cycle. Olivier has done great work at Theory, and I believe his appointment at the company and his creativity within the studio enhanced the brand and added a new dimension and new possibilities to the market segment," Theory CEO Andrew Rosen told WWD. "With Olivier we saw that elevated design has a place in the contemporary universe."
For now, the Theory design team will take control of the house in Theyskens' absence. "It has been an amazing opportunity to work with Andrew and to benefit from his knowledge in this dynamic segment of fashion," Theyskens said. "I will always cherish our friendship."
While it's sad to hear that he's leaving Theory, we can't wait to see what Theyskens has planned for the future.
Babies are officially becoming more fabulous as Matthew Williamson is turning his design house into a family business with his mum, Maureen, who has designed a range of baby-wear. Williamson and his mum have always been close and after helping him start his business after his graduation from Central Saint Martins, this is such a great way for the two to work together again.
Image: Matthew Williamson
Williamson told Vogue UK today, "My mum first started knitting when I was born, then more recently she started making baby bonnets for friends and they went down a treat. She took inspiration for the colours from my first collection in 1997 and now she's got a little waiting list! I may pop them in my Mayfair store towards the end of the summer.”
His mum admitted that she got the idea from one of his books, also telling Vogue UK, "I was recently browsing through it and loving the colours, especially the Electric Angels show. I just thought how cool to have a little bonnet in the colours, tried it and had a brilliant reaction and great feedback." The vibrant knitted woollen designs are absolutely adorable, with traditional booties and hats getting the Williamson treatment in neon blue and fuchsia cashmere.
Image: Matthew Williamson
Who knows if this might tempt Williamson to follow in so many deisgners' footsteps and start a full children’s range. He admitted that "my womenswear line would translate well into childrenswear." He also reflected on the influence his mum has had on him. "My mum has always been a huge inspiration for me and my work. She loves fashion and has always been so supportive. She even worked at our Bruton Street store for a while a few years back and loved every minute of it."
This week, the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrated her first birthday. What does one gift the infant who has everything? Oh, just a set of diamond stud earrings to go with her freshly-pierced ears. Yes, North looks adorable with her new baby bling, but of course, no action of famous parents shall go uncriticized by the Internet commentariat. While some people gushed about how cute little Nori's new look is, there was a large portion of people who were turned off by the fact that a one-year-old child had gotten her ears pierced. Hollywood Life commenter Tanya wrote, "Practically child abuse in my eyes, mutilation of a 1yr old perfect little body and dangerous to boot."
Mutliation? Child abuse? Quite strong terms to be throwing around over the harmless prick of a piercing gun, which you can barely feel, especially when you're piercing the very bottom of the ear lobe. But Tanya isn't the only person feeling a little icky about Nori's new look. British TV personality Katie Hopkins took to Twitter today to sound off, and to say she went in on an innocent baby girl would be a gross understatement. "North West. If there's one thing worse than an ugly baby, it's an ugly baby with pierced ears." Ouch! She continued, "Piercing holes in the head of your baby is a strong indicator of social class. More downstairs than up."
Wow. Besides it being completely screwed up that she's a grown woman attacking the appearance of a child, for her to make a connection between pierced ears and social class is troubling, to say the least. Piercing an infant's ears is a common practice among many black and Latino communities, at least here in the United States. As little as a few days after birth, or as many as a few months, infant children are whisked away to the piercing parlor to get their first studs. Hopkins, being from the U.K., has probably seen pierced ears on the children and children's children of immigrants from the West Indes (where piercing is common), Africa and the Middle East. By connecting baby ear piercing, a cultural norm in many non-western communities to social status, she is ostensibly saying people of these cultures have no class, in comparison to her superior British sensibilities of propriety.
Obviously, Hopkins knew her tweets would cause a stir. After all, it's kind of her job to make asinine comments every once in a while, something she'll describe as "telling it like it is." But it is particularly low to attack a baby girl, and then go on to cluelessly insult the traditions of people she most likely doesn't spend a lot of time with.
There is no stadium large enough to hold the amount of seats Hopkins needs to take on this one.