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Caitlyn Jenner to Receive ESPY Award, Esther Jenner and Rob Kardashian React to Vanity Fair Cover

Image: Vanity Fair

Image: Vanity Fair

It seems all anyone’s been able to talk about these past 24 hours is Caitlyn Jenner, who revealed her new (to us, at least) identity with a stunning Vanity Fair spread. With the exception of a few jerks, the response to her cover has been overwhelmingly positive and Caitlyn has been largely getting words of support for her bravery.

Cait’s mother, Esther Jenner, has come forward to comment on her daughter’s stunning spread, saying that Caitlyn has been much more relaxed and happy since the transformation. “I was there last week, well actually, I got home a week and a half ago. And I met Caitlyn. She is… so much more at ease,” she said. But Mama Esther says that calling her daughter by her new name is going to take a lot of getting used to and some time for her to accept. “I still have to call him Bruce. His father and I named him that,” she said. “It’s going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change, but happily so… I’m very happy for him – or her!”

We’ve heard reactions from much of the reality TV family on the cover, but Jenner’s stepson, Rob Kardashian, was reportedly in the dark that Caitlyn was posing for Vanity Fair . At last night’s CFDA Awards, Kim Kardashian recounted her brother’s reaction to Cait’s big reveal. Apparently, Rob was the only member of the family that didn’t know Jenner was doing the cover, so when she passed around an image of the cover via text, Rob was a little confused. “I sent it on a mass text to everybody and my brother was on it, and he goes, ‘Kim, why are you sending me this? Who is this woman and why do I care?'” Kim explained. “And I was like, ‘Rob, that’s Bruce – that’s Caitlyn.’ And he was like, ‘Oh my god, she’s beautiful.'”

Things seem to be off to a good start for Ms. Jenner, who is already receiving accolades for her fearlessness, coming out in such a public way. The former Olympian will be honored at this year’s ESPY Awards, where she will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on June 15.  And yeah, we’d say she definitely deserves it.

[via Access Hollywood, Daily Mail, Uproxx]

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Iggy Azalea is Engaged

Iggy Azalea Nick Young Red Carpet

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Iggy Azalea is officially off the market. The rapstress and her bae, Nick Young, announced their engagement on Instagram tonight.

“She said yes. It’s over man. I’m getting married!” Nick wrote to Instagram. The post included a pic of him smooching Iggy, who was wearing some pretty Fancy bling on her wedding finger. (more…)

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The 10 Best Bits From Kanye West’s Lecture at the LATTC

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Image: WENN

Kanye West’s full lecture at the LA Trade Technical College was released this week, and, because we’re feeling so bloody inspired after watching it, we’re sharing the best bits with you.

Dr. West, if you will, delivered some pretty motivating words throughout his 7-minute stint on the stand, focusing on his transition from musician to designer, and touching on such subjects as creativity, success and craftsmanship. 

Seeing as he’s the stepson-in-law of a very inspiring motivational speaker, it’s not that surprising that we were left wanting to get off our behinds and make something of ourselves after listening.

Check out some of the most inspirational, motivational, and all-round enthralling things Yeezy had to say below. (more…)

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And the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Winners Are…

Kim Kardashian Kanye West Pharrell CFDA Awards

Image: Getty

The night was lacking Rihanna’s nipples but didn’t skimp on style. Celebrities and members of the fashion elite turned out at Alice Tully Hall in New York City to see which designers would take home some of the fashion industry’s top honors at the CFDA Fashion Awards. The guest list included a smattering of models like Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha, who was looking ever the yummy mummy.

Of course, Kim Kardashian, fresh off announcing that she’s pregnant with baby number two, was on hand to present the Media Award, her very slight bump pushing through a pair of high-waisted knickers visible through her grommeted see-through custom Proenza Schouler gown. Buzzy model Binx Walton arrived on the arm of Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver. Janelle Monáe stunned as she is wont to do in a gold embroidered ivory cape, a definite favorite of the evening.   

The evening kicked off with Tom Ford winning big as Menswear Designer of the Year while It bag designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel received the well-deserved Swarovski award for Accessory Design. Pharrell Williams, who was dressed for a day at a stylish outdoor market, picked up his Fashion Icon prize from presenter Kanye West in denim and leather. During his speech, Williams mentioned that he was first exposed to Chanel – the same house who tapped him for its Pre-Fall campaign – through another rap legend: the Notorious B.I.G. The night ended when Olsen Twins’ The Row took home the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year 

If you missed all the CFDA Awards action, check out the full list of winners below:

  • Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
  • Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
  • Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin
  • Accessories Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons
  • Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford
  • Womenswear Designer of the Year: May-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row
  • Founder’s Award: Mickey Drexler
  • Fashion Icon Award: Pharrell Williams
  • Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson
  • Media Award: Kevin Systrom
  • International Award: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino

[via @cfda]

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Link Buzz: Caitlyn Jenner’s Twitter Account Breaks Records, Kanye West Talks Fashion at LATTC

Image: Vanity Fair

Image: Vanity Fair

  • George Zimmer is starting an “Uber for tailors.” [NYT]
  • Moises de la Renta reportedly caught some posthumous shade from his father Oscar in the late designer’s will. [Page Six]
  • Jimmy Choo is collaborating with Moon Boot. [WWD]
  • Smart phones, smart watches and now smart clothing – Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create tech-savvy garments. [Vogue UK]
  • Caitlyn Jenner is giving her social media-savvy family a run for their money. Her Twitter account, which she just launched today, has broken a Twitter record as the fastest account to reach 1 million followers. Kim, take note. THIS is how you break the Internet! [Politico]
  • Jessica Lange is thrilled that you think Cait Jenner looks like her on the cover of Vanity Fair. [Daily Beast]
  • The #CharlieCharlieChallenge was just a social media promotion campaign for a movie. [Uproxx]
  • Kanye West gave another fashion lecture at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. [YouTube
  • A new Fifty Shades of Grey novel is due out this month. [ELLE]

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ANDAM Prize Announces 2015 Finalists

vetements sping 2015

Image: Getty, Vêtements Spring 2015 show

The finalists for the 2015 ANDAM Fashion Award have been announced. July 3, we will find out which of five contending labels will take home a cash prize of $275,000 and a mentorship with Chanel’s president of global fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky. In the running for the big award is Paris-based design collective Vêtements, Japanese label Anrealage, Pigalle Paris, Umit Beaman and Pallas Paris. 

The winner will also have the opportunity to create a capsule collection with and $11,000 worth of Swarovski crystals, to make sure their creations are extra blingy. ANDAM also picked its finalists for its accessories prize – Hugo Matha, Annelise Michelson and Charlotte Chesnais. And for ANDAM’s first collections prize, Gauchère, Jour/ne, Etienne Deroeux, and LéaPeckre will compete against each other for a chance to win a mentorship, $99,000 and a spot in Paris’ Galleries Lafayette to show two collections. 

Good luck to all the contenders!

[via WWD