Melancholybaby was shocked in the best way when he saw the covers. “I was expecting a blah celeb and we get these three ladies? Right when I was thinking how much I missed Lara with M&M too. All three covers look great and the colors are out of this world, but Lara's just about steals it for me (maybe it's the different angle). So excited for the editorials; W's big fashion issues make their competitors look like gossip rags,” he concluded. He’s clearly not one who minds playing favorites.
“These are so unbelievably gorgeous. I want all three covers,” beedonaldson commented.
“Gorgeous!” t-rex agreed. “I love the ‘dark spring’ theme. Spring and summer don't have to be all light colors and fresh feelings.”
While we're on the subject of fashion films and watching movies you don't really understand…
Today, Prada sent around its Spring 2013 campaign video, to accompany the print ads the brand released in December.
Shot by Steven Meisel who (along with Annie Leibovitz and Terry Richardson) is one of the only three people in the world who knows how to operate a camera, the short film stars ten of today's top working models: Vanessa Axente, Saskia de Brauw, Irina Kravchenko, Eva Herzigova, Sung Hee, Irene Hiemstra, Kirsten Owen, Sasha Pivovarova, Maartje Verhoef and Raquel Zimmermann. Whew.
(It appears that although Amber Valletta was in the print ads, she didn't make it into the video. Dun dun DUN.)
I would describe the campaign film to you, except I wasn't kidding when said I didn't understand it. I have no idea what it means or what's going on, except that the featured models are being really whimsical and talking about flowers as petals flutter all around them, and it's supposed to be mysterious but they're clearly in a photo studio so I'm a little insulted by how the video keeps insisting that no one knows where the flowers came from, because clearly they are a prop. And then there's this dramatic moment when a rocks glass tips over and all these clear marbles spill out while Vanessa Axentehave just looks on, bored — like of course the drinking glass would be filled with marbles, that happens all the time!
I do have to say yay yay that Prada included their geisha shoes.
If you haven't seen the Lizzy Caplan spoof of fashion films and the arty white girl fashion bloggers they appeal to, the video is waving and winking at you below.
If you're the kind of person that can't spend more than thirty seconds on Tumblr without your eyes rolling into the back of your head, you'll for sure appreciate Caplan's snarky take on the kinds of Zooey Deschanel wannabes that can't stop talking but don't have anything to say.
In the end though, it's not clear whether filmmaker Matthew Frost's main target is the hipster fashion girl or the fact that the fashion film is a commercial product masquerading as art. Aspiring Manic Pixie Dream Girl types can for sure seem insufferable for their self-indulgence and sense of entitlement, but they're really not hurting anyone. The fashion art film, on the other hand, exists as part of a system which perpetually conflates consumption with deeper satisfaction. And also: yeah, most fashion films are boring and dumb.
The Fall 2013 shows at New York Fashion Weekare about to kick off and given the frigid weather, it's more important than ever to think ahead and make sure I have all my essentials ready to go. I never know who I'm going to run into in New York City, but during Fashion Week, I'm guaranteed to see plenty of people I know, so looking my best is key. When it comes to makeup, everyone's best friend is a good foundation because, well, everything looks better when pores, fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes are visually minimized. Currently, I'm loving Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup ($36.50), a cult classic that has been around for decades but was recently revamped to be even better than ever.
The foundation's creamy texture is perfect for when you're on the go and need something that will take you from day to night. It comes in a toteable two-tier compact for quick touch-ups which is crucial because no one wants to spend more time in the cramped bathrooms set up inside Lincoln Center's Fashion Week section than necessary. The texture is also lightweight so you can set it with powder without dehydrating your skin, something that's especially important given the dry air that inevitably comes with winter. In fact, the steadfast color base will stay put for 12 hours*, no matter how many layers of scarves and face masks you've put on (just remember to prep your skin with a primer). It's also infused with micronized diamond powder to reflect light, so odds are you won't need to apply highlighter on top of the foundation, at least not for your everyday look, since the foundation works to boost luminosity and radiance.
Now I'm headed off to start my Fashion Week at the BCBGMAXAZRIA show with my other best friend: my mother!
*Based on a US clinical study of 31 women aged 18-65 over a 12 hour period.
Hey, here's Lindsay Lohan at the amfAR Gala looking pretty and healthy and happy. I keep hoping for a LiLo comeback and I think I can make out the beginnings of one in the rosy glow of her cheeks. [AmyGrindhouse]
NYFW officially kicked off with the BCBG show early this morning and if you want to know what the deal was backstage use your mouse to hover over the link which immediately follows this sentence. [BellaSugar]
This is an A+ headline: "Marchesa's New Contemporary Line Gives the Term Fancy Pants a Whole New Meaning." (Also: news you can use.) [Fashionologie]
Did you miss Prabal Gurung's Target party? It's a hard life. [FabSugar]
Florence Welch’s style is envied by many, and there aren’t many Brits who can say that their own natural sense of style has gone on to influence the likes of fashion power houses Gucci and Chanel. Let’s face it, if you can count Karl Lagerfeld amongst your fans, can your fashion credentials really get any bigger seal of approval?
If lusting after her wardrobe and constantly having her tunes on repeat inside our heads wasn’t enough, now we’ve also heard the exciting news that she’s released her own capsule jewellery collection. Her first line has been inspired by her album "Cermonials," and features a range of art deco themed cuffs, earrings and rings which will make the perfect purchase for this year’s forthcoming festivals.
You’ll also be pleased to know that she’s still in touch with the real world despite her dalliances within the luxury fashion sector, as she’s kept the price points of her new collection rather modest. Ranging from £20 – £50, you can channel Florence without breaking the bank!
She’s also given the range the rather cute name of Flotique, and all of the pieces are available to buy on her e-commerce site. So, if you’re a big fan of Flo’s vintage-come-ethereal style, then we suggest you check out the capsule collection soon, as it’ll definitely be a sell-out.