Glamour magazine has undeniably been killing it lately, delivering fantastic covers one after the other, including last month’s issue featuring three models. But the title appears to have slipped for November with a generic and poorly styled cover featuring Demi Lovato. Photographed by Carter Smith, Demi posed before a bland grey studio backdrop with poker straight hair and wears a Project Runway-esque look from Diesel Black Gold. Cue the major sighs of disappointment.
To say our forum members were underwhelmed would be an understatement. “That outfit looks like a DIY/Pinterest project where someone didn’t want to throw out an old biker jacket, so they turned it into a dress,” mocked an unforgiving tigerrogue the second the cover dropped.
Allure editor Rachael Wang models the New Balance x J.Crew women’s active collection; Image: New Balance x J.Crew
The athleisure bubble has grown so precariously large that industry analysts are shocked it hasn’t burst. The more cleverly designed, eco-conscious, celebrity co-signed leggings hit the racks, the more we’re buying. (Hey, there’s comfort in comfort.) In the words of Gigi Hadid, card-carrying member of the cult of cozy, “[Athleisure is] one of a certain amount of relatable things in fashion. I think that when people see it on the runway, they can imagine themselves in that…it’s great when you’re sweaty, and it’s flexible and all the good stuff — but also you can mix and match it with other pieces and it looks really high-fashion. That’s what people look for.”
Fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur Taryn Toomey in the New Balance x J.Crew women’s active collection; Image: New Balance x J.Crew
Which is why, starting next Tuesday, J.Crew will vie for a place in our nylon-filled closets. Years into the athleisure game, the company is finally launching its first full-scale activewear collection in collaboration with longtime partner New Balance.
“We did not have the expertise to do this alone,” said J.Crew CEO and email enthusiast Millard Drexler of the project. “We have style sense and quality sense. But we didn’t have the technical sense in getting it done. It’s really important for us to do it — and to do it right.” (more…)
Today, Adidas-owned 80s darling Reebok (outfitter of aerobic enthusiasts and Patrick Ewing) announced Hadid as the newest face of its #PerfectNever campaign. The body-positive initiative is “an inspirational call to action that asks women around the world to celebrate the beauty of imperfection,” said the brand. Gigi, like UFC legend Ronda Rousey before her, will encourage women to use physical fitness as “an escape to drown out all of the negativity that surrounds them” and embrace the social, mental and physical benefits of exercise. (more…)
Imaginative fans often put pen to paper to depict their favorite celebrities and characters through new lenses. Some, like Instagram artist Jovan Rosario, aka @ponyy_boyy, keep it light. Rosario has amassed a 304k+ following thanks to his hyper-stylized, cartoonish renderings of Disney characters as fashion icons, the Kardashians as themselves, and angels like Selena, Amy Winehouse and Aaliyah rocking today’s trends. Others, like Tumblr artist dellbelle39, opt for more politicized subject matter, depicting Harry Potter characters as races other than white. Vladimir Serbanescu, a 17-year-old artist from Romania, illustrates popular images of celebrities, sometimes with an imaginative twist, with the intention of entertaining, not making a hard-hitting statement.
Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ movement has partnered with The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) to launched a new campaign starring a bunch of Aussie musos, including the likes of Montaigne, Ngaiire and Abbe May.
The campaign, in collaboration with Berlie, has also launched The Chrissy Bra, just in time for International Breast Cancer Awareness month. Chrissy Amphlett of the Divynyls passed away from breast cancer in 2013, and The Chrissy Bra aims to remind women to try to identify any potential early signs of breast cancer on their own bodies each and every day.
Other musicians joining the campaign include Catherine Britt; Liz Drummond, Christa Hughes, Abbe May, Virginia Lillye, Katy Steele, and Hannah Field and Anna Hamilton of Little May, who have all been photographed for the campaign by Tony Mott. (more…)
We will be needing Kitty Travers’ marigold Hermes slacks; Image: Vogue UK
In an unprecedented move towards diversity (or something like it), the November issue of British Vogue — hitting stands Thursday — won’t feature a single Hadid or Jenner. Instead, women accomplished in fields outside of modeling will showcase the latest trends, from jumpsuits to all yellow everything.
Jane Hutchison wears Stella McCartney in Vogue’s annoyingly titled “Real” issue; Image: Vogue UK
You’ll see architectural historian Shumi Bose posing in a tailored Max Mara jumpsuit. Ice cream aficionado Kitty Travers makes the case for crisp, banana-yellow (Hermes) coordinates. Women’s rights advocate and charity coordinator Brita Fernandez Schmidt slays in a polka dot Michael Kors blouse. Hello Love Studio creative director and Hello Beautiful founder Jane Hutchison pulls off a trio of patterns as per Stella McCartney. Tech titan Kate Unsworth stuns in a blood red Ralph Lauren gown with a plunging neckline and pleats for days. (Take note: Very deep v’s are in.) (more…)