Coco Rocha cut her hair because she gets to be the boss of her own hair. [BellaSugar]
Was Raf Simons the best thing to ever happen to the red carpet? Don't think about it, simply allow the provocative nature of the question to stimulate your clicking muscles. [FabSugar]
Donna Karan's New York Fashion Week seating chart has gone missing. The hashtag associated with the event: #HeadsWillRoll. [Fashionologie]
Here are the ten most runway-inspired looks from Phillip Lim's new collection for Target. [Racked]
Now that Nars has revolutionized eye makeup (congrats!), maybe it can do something about the shrinking middle class? [SheFinds]
- Here's Cara Delevingne's second ad for YSL Beauty's Fall 2013 makeup campaign. [Forums]
I was ready to mock this rhinestone-encrusted bottle of pepper spray for its pop opportunistic name (Blingsting) and glib, fear-mongering attitude towards violence against women ("One in four women falls victim to sexual assault during their college years. Hope for the best. Plan for the worst," reads some promotional copy on the website), but who am I to judge a sparkly, $25 keychain accessory?
Oh wait, I can't help myself: I just don't buy into a system of self-defense predicated on the belief that young women will only take their safety seriously if they can accessorize it. And although it's true that statistically, one in four women experiences sexual assault by her college years, it's a myth that these are random acts of violence: at least 80% of attacks are perpetrated by someone the woman knows, not by some stranger waiting in a dark alley. That doesn't mean pepper spray isn't a valuable tool for self-defense, it just means sexual assault is complicated and the Blingsting is a toy.
Another September cover: Elizabeth Olsen for Dazed & Confused's Collections Special, photographed by Angelo Pennetta and styled by Robbie Spencer. With so many details in play — the starched white collar, the asymmetrical zipper and oversized buttons on her Miu Miu coat, the veil — this cover easily could have been a miss, but it's not! It's a lovely cover and a beautiful photograph of Olsen.
The issue includes an interview with Alexander Wang about his new role at Balenciaga and a shoot showcasing fashion photographer Kacper Kacprzyk's debut collection.
Dazed and Confused September 2013 goes on sale tomorrow.
Just want to preface everything I'm about to tell you concerning Kanye West's alleged ambition to get Kim Kardashian and their baby on the cover of Vogue with a disclaimer: Anna Wintour is clearly not going to put the maligned reality star (with child!) on the cover of Vogue; Vogue is about aspiration and most of its readers don't want to be like Kim (does she have actual fans? omg she does). Pop culture has an infinite supply of improbable hypotheticals that would delight me if they ever did occur (like if Karl Lagerfeld came out as a furry), but this is not one of those if-only! situations. If Vogue ever ran a cover with Kim Kardashian, it would destroy the fabric of the universe in an irreparable way … I don't even want to consider the aftermath. It's true that Kanye West is a special kind of egotist, but despite his rather embarrassing foray into fashion (although I actually have some sympathy for him on that front, since some of the objections had a vaguely classist tinge to them), people seem to forget that he's an immensely successful recording artist, and he never would have achieved that level of success without some degree of savvy or sense.
But apparently, or at least according to RadarOnline.com (which has one of the saddest backstories in the whole history of Internet publishing), Kanye has been pestering Wintour to run a cover with Kardashian and the couple's child.
(West has reportedly referred Wintour to a recent WWD article which names Kardashian as Cosmopolitan's best-selling cover star of the past year.)
According to the account, Wintour is "non-pulsed." Yes, RadarOnline meant to say she was "nonplussed," but it's much funnier to imagine West's proposal caused Wintour's heart to literally stop beating, that the thought of Kim Kardashian on one of her precious Vogue covers made the fashion editor just keel over and die.
So this post comes with both good news and bad. Let me give you the good first: Another high-end designer has taken the plunge for a collaboration with eBay especially for us 99-percenters. Remember when Rebekah Price designed some exclusive jewelry way, way back? Well now it's time for Sunny Fong of homeland brand VAWK.
Somewhat unimaginatively titled, VAWK for eBay by Sunny Fong — duh — the limited-edition capsule features clothing and accessory pieces, including a must-have little black dress, all under $120 with free shipping across Canada.
"I wanted to create an exclusive collection for eBay of great essentials that can transform a look from day to night, and can give someone a fashion moment," says Fong. "The pieces stay true to the VAWK aesthetic — each is inspired by our past collections that can be seen in our runway shows."
And so he's put forth seven items including a shift dress, two silk-blend scarves, leather and fox fur collar, caplet, leather and fox fur cuff and unisex leather tie, each priced under $120. The collection is wholly exclusive to eBay and can be found at ebay.ca/vawkforebay, running from NOW until September 15, 2013, or while supplies last.
Now the bad news? The only thing remaining from the collection is the gothic batwinged Manta Shift Dress! There are six of 20 still available (at last check), however, given the speed at which everything else has sold, I wouldn't expect them to last past noon — if you have a spare $120 then go get 'em FashionSpotters! In the meantime, it's plausible that more items could be added given the collaboration's success and fact that the store will be up until September. Let's just keep our vamp noir manicured fingers crossed and keep checking back.
Warby Parker has just released a new ad, "The Literary Life Well Lived," capitalizing on nostalgia for New York City's now-gone literary culture, which apparently consisted of relentless hard drinking, boxing matches and printed newspapers. The glasses e-tailer has a strong vintage aesthetic, but whenever fashion takes up literary culture, the results tend to be disastrous*. Glossy magazines and brands do a fantastic job of producing whimsical photos of pretty women jumping up and down with bundles of bright balloons at Parisian cafes, but when it comes to stylizing a world that resembles our own and mirroring it back to us, the result is often tone deaf and tasteless. When fashion photographs books, to choose a relevant example, it treats them as set pieces or fetish objects — the subtext is never, This is a good book, isn't reading fun? Instead it's, Don't you want to be the kind of person who reads books? Warby Parker frames will help you be that kind of person. Too transparent.
*Consider the outcry in response to Vice's recent spread showing famous female writers in the moments before they committed suicide. The publication eventually pulled the editorial offline and issued an apology.