Demi Lovato once dragged Taylor Swift and her crew for their seemingly contrived, showboaty feminism: “Don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work,” said the “Body Say” star. Lovato recently told Glamour that she takes issue with all of Swift’s anointed #squad members being tall and thin, and thus perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards. While Lovato does have a point, in a year that’s seen Gigi Hadid single-elbowedly fend off an assailant and T.Swift continue her emotionally taxing, drawn-out prosecution of Denver radio DJ David Mueller (the man who allegedly groped her behind during a 2013 pre-show meet-and-greet), we’d say the squad is doing its due diligence.
Gigi Hadid, who notably did not press charges against her attacker Vitalii Sediuk, instead took to Lenny Letter “to use what happened to [her] to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself.” Taylor, meanwhile, is fighting the good fight in the public court system, but on the (relative) low.
On Friday, October 21, a judge ruled to keep photos — the staging of which Mueller supposedly used as an opportunity to violate Taylor — from the public. After all, in the age of memes, “it is all but assured that the photograph will be shared for scandalous and prurient interests,” to quote Taylor’s lawyers.
In spite of Taylor’s wish to withhold other details of the case from the public, the transcript of her July 26 deposition about the incident is now available for all to digest. It reads as follows: (more…)
After Chanel’s mainline advertising campaign for Fall 2016 was a total flop, our forums were ready for whatever else Chanel churned out next. As reported by one of our eagle-eyed forum members back in May, model Mica Arganaraz was spotted on location in St. Tropez shooting with Karl Lagerfeld. Instantly, we recognized the shoot could have been for Chanel’s Cuban-inspired collection’s advertising campaign. Fast forward five months and our suspicions are confirmed. Photographed in full color (a Lagerfeld rarity), the Argentinian beauty looks terrific wearing Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection and we’re just loving how everything turned out.
Forum members quickly made their feelings clear toward the campaign. “Very beautiful. They managed to capture the spirit of Cuba while shooting the whole thing in St. Tropez. Mica looks very beautiful and joyful. Carine [Roitfeld] did a good job here! That skirt..” cooed a more than appreciative Lola701.
“Stunning pictures!” heralded liberty33r1b. (more…)
Our favorite fashion glossies continue to declare their love for Gigi Hadid. She’s already made the cover of Vogue Paris this month and can currently be found at your local newsstand fronting American Vogue‘s special edition issue for Fall 2016. Now, it’s Vogue Japan’s turn to embrace Gigi with a new cover for December 2016. Closing out the year on a high, the model-turned-designer was captured wearing a lace Chanel number by photographic duo Luigi and Iango, sending shockwaves through our forums earlier today.
The majority of our forum members were pleasantly surprised. “She is overexposed but I like this shoot she looks good here and I love the makeup,” confessed DutchHomme.
“Not usually a big fan of her, but I think the cover is quite nice,” Sensation admitted in agreement. (more…)
A young Rei; Image: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images
At this year’s Met Gala, guests will sport “lumps and bumps,” towering wigs and avant-garde tailoring. Those dressed in “invisible clothing” will require a wide berth on that stairway.
Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that its Spring 2017 Costume Institute exhibit and gala will spotlight Comme des Garçons frontwoman Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo, whose sculptural, fiercely original pieces are the stuff of legend, will be the second living designer to receive such an honor, the first being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
What we imagine Katy Perry will be wearing (from Comme des Garçons Fall 2016); Image: Imaxtree
Fashion’s favorite red carpet will roll out on Monday, May 1. Fittingly, nonconformist style icons Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams (who created a fragrance with CDG back in 2014) will chair the festivities alongside Kawakubo and Anna Wintour. (more…)
Our forums frequently praise photographer Steven Meisel for his brilliant, jaw-droppingly gorgeous fashion images. So it should come as no surprise that we’re head over heels for Meisel’s new campaign for Ralph Lauren. Amazingly, this marks the legend’s debut for the iconic American label and he does not disappoint. A cast consisting of Vittoria Ceretti, Margaret Qualley, Stella Tennant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Frederikke Sofie, Fei Fei Sun, Lady Jean Campbell, Alicia Burke, Lulu and Cameron Russell celebrate some of Lauren’s most iconic pieces in a series of stunning black-and-white images.
Every one of our forum members fell in love. “Holy f***!! I’ve been wanting Steven to photograph for Ralph Lauren for years now! This looks lovely, so classy!” praised an elated anlabe32 the moment the images surfaced.
“This is SO GOOD!! Meisel never fails,” screamed GreyVetiver. (more…)
Disclaimer: If you’re having your weekly “It’s already Thursday?! Holy crap, where has the time gone?” meltdown, read no further. Yesterday, Time released its list of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016. The list ranges from political activists (Joshua Wong, Malala Yousafza) to fashion and beauty insiders (Amandla Stenberg, James Charles, Barbie Ferreira, Kylie Jenner). Each of these acclaimed adolescents have risen to the top of their various fields, impacted the globe through their social media networks and sparked headlines. (It’s nothin’.)
We couldn’t help but notice that many of the fashionable teens who made the list are vocal advocates for diversity. In the past year, Kylie Jenner has cemented her status as makeup mogul, expanding her eternally sold-out Lip Kit line and launching not one, but two KyShadow palettes. Jenner has put out-there makeup back on the map and championed a new, inclusive definition of nude. (She also starred in Alexander Wang’s latest campaign and covered beauty bible Allure and streetwear scripture Complex, to name just a few.)
Barbie, along with hosting “Body Parties” for Teen Vogue, has spent 2016 modeling for progressive brands like Missguided, Aerie and Rachel Antonoff. She’s positioned herself at the forefront of the body positivity movement, consistently calling for more representation in fashion via her social media accounts, fashion features and grassroots campaigns like the All Woman Project. Her inclusion on the list represents a serious #win for, well, inclusion. (more…)