Speaking with students at SCAD, Alexander Wang revealed that he had declined the Balenciaga job when it was first offered to him. Also, the company had to shut down security cameras at Balenciaga when the designer went to visit the house archives, to prevent news of the negotations from being leaked. [Fashionista]
Here's an inside look at the CFDA's new book, The Pursuit of Style. [FabSugar]
Your clothing could soon have chips in it, which would make it scannable (!) for strangers who want to shop your wardrobe. [Observer]
Big, big HUGE congrats to Jourdan Dunn, who was just named spokesmodel for Maybelline. How fantastic to see that lucrative contract go to a model, not a celebrity. And a model of color, to boot! [HuffPo]
Another new beauty contract: Tina Fey signs on to be the face of Garnier's Ultra-Lift skincare line. [Glamour]
Speaking of BEAUTY, find out why this beauty editor doesn't actually wear makeup in her day-to-day life. [BellaSugar]
Dannijo tells young brands: "Not every opportunity is right." [Racked]
- Jenna Lyons discusses the difference between LA and NYC, when it comes ot style. [The Cut]
The wondrous Lorde appears on the cover of Teen Vogue's May issue, wearing a bold plaid look from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 runway (the collection marked the debut of a new design duo tasked with reinvigorating the line, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley).
The publication bills the 17-year-old singer Lorde as the leader of a "revolution," and quotes her saying that "prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over." Probably? Except the message comes with a touch of hypocrisy on the part of Teen Vogue. As forum member KingOfVersailles pointed out, it looks like the glossy went a little heavy on the makeup and Photoshop, considering the accompanying tagline.
Lorde has been vocal about the way photos are often distorted to sell a false image of physical perfection to fans. Two weeks ago, she shared photographs of herself before/after airbrushing on Twitter, reminding her followers that "flaws are okay."
And although Lorde hasn't addressed whether her Teen Vogue cover was itself Photoshopped, she did speak to the "new nose" which had been fashioned onto her face in an editorial shot in the Canadian publication, Fashion:
I'm not even going to mention the fact that apart from this Photoshop business, it's a little ridiculous for Teen Vogue to align itself with an evolved ideal of beauty, when a quick glance at its cover gallery shows an array of predominantly white, thin and perfectly-coiffed starlets. So progressive! Ra ra ra.
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The unretouched outtakes from Lady Gaga's Versace campaign leaked to fan forum GagaDaily yesterday, and you may notice a slight difference between the original photos and the final ads, which rolled out online last November.
We're calling it a small service to every woman living in the modern media world: Next time you look in the mirror and feel any measure of insecurity or disappointment, remember that the magic you're searching for is called Adobe Photoshop — and it only works on pixelated digital images.
Take Lady Gaga as an example: Here's one of the most famous performers on the planet (in photographs by top fashion duo Mert and Marcus for the legendary Italian luxury brand Versace, no less) and she looks sort of awkward because she doesn't have the help of computer software. It's a nice reminder that fashion advertising does not only distort reality, it barely has a relationship to it: Lady Gaga wasn't even wearing makeup when she shot the original photos; that element was added in later, using Adobe brush tools.
For its Spring 2014 issue, Arena Homme+ got a special look at designer Raf Simons' one-off catwalk collaboration with the artist Sterling Ruby. The project was photographed by British fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan in two parts, in Paris and London, and styled by Max Pearmain.
"You've looked very deeply into this collection, into our collaboration," said Simons, speaking with the magazine in an interview that accompies the feature. "And you've hit on the truth."
Check out an exclusive preview of the spread below. You can see the full story in the latest issue of Arena Homme+, available on newsstands now.
We may have only just recovered from the excitement of Alexander Wang’s forthcoming collection with H&M, but there is even more brilliant news on the collaboration front as Adidas has announced a long-term partnership with British designer Mary Katrantzou.
Katrantzou’s Spring 2014 collection may have been a catalyst for this, with her abstract photographic prints of sneakers and laces over her designs. The American sports brand is definitely pleased to add the designer to its list of collaborators that has included Topshop, Stella McCartney and Pharell Williams.
Speaking to Vogue UK this morning, Adidas global creative director Dirk Schoenberger was thrilled about the forthcoming partnership. "The collaboration between Adidas and Mary Katrantzou merges the exceptional talent of one of the most interesting designers of today and a company that embraces many different cultures from sports, pop, music and fashion, I admire Mary's extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the Adidas originals women's collection."
Currently reported to be released in November this year, the collection will include both footwear and clothing, and given that one of those expertly printed dresses from Mary’s own range usually retails at around $2,500, you can bet that this collection will be far more affordable and will not be left on the shelves for long, and Katrantzou cannot wait either.
"I'm really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear, I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I'm really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand,” she told Vogue UK earlier. "They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market."
We cannot wait to see what the results will be.
American model Lindsey Wixson has landed herself another Vogue cover, this time for the May issue of Vogue Ukraine. She was photographed by Jeff Bark and is seen modeling a Spring 2014 Prada dress, accompanied by a tagline that announces 'Girl Power' as a theme of the issue.
TheFashionSpot forum members had a lot to say about this cover. Some, like MulletProof, didn't like the hair and model choice ("I'm all for baby-faced models and Lindsey's certainly had her moments, but that hair is only making things worse here… she looks like one of those odd 9-year-old girls that were allowed to overpluck their eyebrows before their time.") Others were disappointed that this lacked the weirdness of Jeff Bark's usual work ("I was hoping for something wonderfully weird when I saw that Jeff Bark had shot this, but it just looks like a standard cover. Nothing wrong with that, but hopefully the editorial will bring forth that strange and beautiful feel only Jeff can bring," commented Luxx.)
TeeVanity posted, "This is a very cute cover, Lindsey looks adorable."
But 'cute' and 'adorable' does not go down well with all tFS members in this instance. It didn't go unnoticed with some members that a cover like this coming from a country that is currently going through major political struggles may seem inappropriate.
"Could Vogue Ukraine be the first edition to publish during a civil war?? It just seems odd to me to see the new covers come out with so much more going on in their country. Life must go on I suppose," noted A.D.C.
To which MyNameIs added, "I wasn't going to mention anything, but since you brought it up. I was thinking something along those lines. They don't even seem to acknowledge the reality there right now. I was wondering whether they'd go for a somber cover this month, but nope. Seems somehow inappropriate, no? I understand life must go on and all that, but you can't remove yourself completely from the reality."
Do you think it is insensitive of Vogue Ukraine to keep publishing during these times? Join the discussion on the forums or comment below.