Rihanna, she’s just like us. She loves her wine to the exclusion of most other inanimate objects, she enjoys wearing fuzzy objects on the regular, she counts Naomi Campbell as one of her fashion icons. The only difference between Robyn Fenty and us, really, is that she’s now welcome to phone Naoms at any time of night and regularly receives beauty care packages from her childhood idol cum best friend for life.
In a recent Instagram post, RiRi fanned out, much like we would, at the sight of Naomi modeling her Fenty ready-to-wear designs in the September issue of Vogue Italia (for which Campbell also modeled Riccardo Tisci for Nike and Yeezy for Adidas). Styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the Fenty branch of the editorial features Naomi in white thigh-high boots (Rihanna’s preferred length), a hoodie accented with corset-like lacing, gothic-lettered headbands and more. Campbell lends her tough edge to the gym-chic line, which we first glimpsed at Fenty’s inaugural fashion show last February (Naomi sat front row, of course). The much-anticipated streetwear collection will hit stores September 6 and, like everything else RiRi touches, is sure to sell out. (more…)
Kendall Jenner only recently just made the big time by scoring American Vogue‘s all-important September cover and she now surfaces as Vogue Japan’s cover girl for October 2016 (yes, October issues already). Back on the cover for a second time within the space of a year, Kendall was once again shot by photographic duo Luigi & Iango for the occasion with styling from Anna Dello Russo. Following Bella Hadid‘s cover appearance last month, Kendall got decked out in head-to-toe Balenciaga, but the newest addition to her portfolio wasn’t exactly well-received as it came to light earlier today.
“God that expressionless stare. Literally looks like a cardboard cut-out. Don’t vibe it at all. At least Wednesday Addams was intriguing with her blank stare,” pointed out an unimpressed SpeakThatJDunn the moment the cover dropped.
In agreement was dodencebt, replying, “Now that you’ve mentioned it, I can’t help but imagine Christina Ricci in this. It would have been a thousand times better.” (more…)
Back for the seventh time, Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out is once again set to unite thousands of shoppers with VIP Guests and retailers in Sydney’s CBD this September.
The inaugural Fashion’s Night Out event took place in New York City in 2009 and was created to celebrate shopping and support the fashion industry during the global financial crisis. The latest Sydney edition of the event will see over 600 brands participate in the night, which will feature pop-up runways, giveaways, plenty of live entertainment and heaps of celebrity guests.
Vogue Fashion’s Night Out is celebrated in more than 20 countries worldwide and is not only a great night out for the fashion-conscious, but also gives scope to Sydney as a premiere shopping powerhouse. “This event gives focus to, and helps celebrate, Sydney as a global fashion shopping destination which is good for local jobs and good for the economy,” says City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone. “Fashion design, manufacturing and retail businesses strengthen our economy and provide thousands of jobs – that’s why the City is committed to lend its support.”
Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out 2016 kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 1st September and runs across Sydney’s Martin Place, Pitt St Mall, the QVB and Strand Arcade. For more information, head to the Vogue website.
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Maybe it’s because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just came out, but after watching Teen Vogue’s ode to Condé mainstay Grace Coddington, the first thing that came to mind were the words of Sirius Black: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” From the video — an homage to the grace of Grace as told by her former assistants — it’s clear that the fashion frontrunner is the ultimate counterpoint to the Miranda Priestly stereotype. In addition to possessing a fantastic, one-of-a-kind imagination that’s given rise to some of Vogue’s most iconic editorials, Coddington is apparently the world’s best boss. “You taught me how to fight, you taught me how to tell a story, you taught me the importance of a good laugh,” Samira Nasr insists to her mentor. Vanity Fair fashion and style director Jessica Diehl swears that Grace still impacts “lots and lots and lots of parts of [her] life.” Watch the full video below and prepare to feel even more longing to learn, firsthand, the divine secrets of the Grace Coddington sisterhood.
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At first glance, Ashley Graham’s new campaign for H&M Studio’s Fall 2016 collection looks like a win for the plus-size community — and in many ways it is. After modeling the folklore-inspired, feminine pieces on the runway at March’s Paris Fashion Week, Graham once again suited up in H&M’s pricier, seasonal line alongside other straight-sized models.
The brand didn’t toot its own diversity horn by touting the campaign as “body positive.” It’s simply a high-end lookbook starring a group of models, one of whom, like many women in America, just so happens to be a size 14. Mass retailers outside of the plus-size arena are finally courting the Sports Illustrated model and not just for the sake of modeling a plus-sized capsule collection.
While Graham has chosen not to be labeled as “plus-size,” she remains an outspoken advocate of body positivity and is happy to champion the new norm: “It’s exciting to be representing one of the most internationally known fashion retailers that is not only offering more options for curvy women, but pieces that have a high fashion aesthetic,” the America’s Next Top Model judge told Harper’s Bazaar. (more…)
Leave it to Fox News to serve up the most inappropriate, immaterial Olympics coverage known to mankind (and NBC correspondent Alessandra Ambrosio has festively attempted to teach Ryan Lochte the Portuguese word for Speedo on live TV, so that’s saying something). On August 3, Fox dedicated its Sports Court segment to dissecting the pressing issue of whether the (strong, talented, driven, superhuman) female athletes at the Rio Olympics should be wearing makeup and, if so, how much, and to what end? Congratulations Fox, you win the gold medal for irresponsible journalism.
The mediator of the six-minute conversation, host Tamara Holder, got things started with the line, “We all know the old adage ‘sex sells,’ well, now, female Olympians are sexing it up more than ever by wearing makeup during their competitions. Some say this is about empowerment, well, really? Do women who are elite athletes need to wear makeup to feel stronger, or is it simply a fashion statement?” Cringe.
Do women feel undue societal pressure to look good in front of mass audiences? In many cases, yes, and with good reason — studies have shown that men associate a whole raft of attributes to well-groomed women. Could Simone Biles take home the gold sans sparkly eyeliner? Duh At the end of the day, an Olympian’s decision to wear makeup is a personal one — she should do whatever makes her feel more herself, more confident. Which begs the question…why is this discussion relevant? (more…)