Friday, November 11, 2011

First Issues

1892 VOGUE
1944 seventeen
1957 GQ

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A career in Fashion

Chelsea Settles is a typical 23-year-old recent college graduate who has hopes and dreams of pursuing a career in fashion in glamorous Los Angeles. But achieving your dreams is not as easy as it seems when you live in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, have a mother with severe medical conditions, a long distance boyfriend who’s not always there when you need him, and struggle with your weight of 324 pounds. Chelsea’s decision to move across the country is not without reservations. With a severely diabetic mom who has been in and out of hospitals for years and in need of kidney and pancreas transplants, to a boyfriend who would rather Chelsea follow him in his military pursuits instead of fulfilling her dreams of making a life for herself in L.A., she grapples with making one of the most difficult choices she’s ever had to make. Not only is moving to L.A. a chance for Chelsea to jumpstart a career in the fashion world, but also an opportunity to expand her social life by confronting the social phobias that have been holding her back and to take control of her weight in effort to get healthy. In the end, she stays true to herself and commits to the move. After arriving on the West Coast, Chelsea must deal with the stresses that typically come with relocating to a new city – stresses that can make transitioning to a healthier lifestyle even more difficult. From moving into a new place and having a roommate for the first time to finding a job, committing to a trainer, and getting a first-hand look at the L.A. social scene – Chelsea quickly realizes that her new environment may not be everything she thought or hoped. - MTV Press

Even good reality television can be a bit unreal
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pushing the Boundaries of Style

Ouigi Theodore

Abercrombie & Fitch Pays 'The Situation' to Stay Away From Its Brand

Punk Boys Halloween Costume

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boys of Summer

Natalie Portman

Harper's Bazaar UK points out that a new Dior ad featuring Natalie Portman has dropped. In it, the actress shows off her flawless complexion for the Diorskin Forever campaign. Portman, also the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, presumably severed ties with the fashion house and its cosmetics line back in March, after its head designer John Galliano's "I love Hitler" rant surfaced. At the time, she told the New York Times, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." The newspaper added, "it was not known how Ms. Portman's contract with Dior might be affected" -- making it all the more interesting that this new image was released. Does Portman know about this? Is it her last ad for Dior? When was it shot? So many questions and so few answers. - The Huffington Post

Friday, August 5, 2011

We will be getting married privately

Michael Kors and his longtime partner, Lance LePere, are finally tying the knot. They've known each other since 1990, when LePere joined the designer's company as an intern and live in the West Village. They were spotted by Life & Style at the city clerk's office in Manhattan on Wednesday. A rep for the "Project Runway" judge confirmed the couple had received their license. Kors told us in a statement, "Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together. We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately." - NY Post

Mattel must pay MGA $310 million in Bratz case

A judge awards punitive damages and attorneys' fees and costs on top of a jury award. 'I feel vindicated and I'm very excited,' MGA chief Isaac Larian says.,0,4874904.story

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Police tell man he can't wear his bunny suit in public because it scares children

Put up your ears and step out of the suit. Idaho police have told a 34-year-old man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public because it has frightened the neighbors' kids. One woman called cops after she said she spotted William Falkingham dressed in the plush costume, peeking at her son from behind a tree and pointing his finger like a gun. When cops questioned other neighbors in Idaho Falls, they found several "who expressed that they were greatly disturbed by Falkingham and his bunny suit," a police report stated. Some neighbors said Falkingham sometimes wears a tutu with the suit. Falkingham told cops that "he enjoys wearing the suit," but he understood his neighbors' concerns. At least one neighbor, Deborah Colson, has hopped to Falkingham's defense. "He's got the bunny outfit, a cowboy suit and a ballerina dress but you don't see him except in his backyard," she said. "He's never done anything wrong but wear his little suits in the background," she said. "He's got a strange lifestyle at home but we all do weird things at home. It makes me so sad." - Daily News

Friday, July 29, 2011

Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd

After a whirlwind romance of 50 — that’s right, 50 — years, fashion designer Arnold Scaasi and retired publishing executive Parker Ladd are gittin’ hitched. The ceremony will take place in New York — where same-sex marriage becomes legal today — at 5 p.m. Tuesday in front of a judge and two witnesses, Glendina West and Michael Selleck. So what does the fashion designer to the stars wear when the spotlight is on the other foot, so to speak? “I’m wearing a navy blue suit with a pink-and-white striped shirt and a pink tie,” Arnold said. Parker’s wearing white flannel pants and a navy blue blazer. Veddy Palm Beach. So, why now? — other than because they can — we asked. “It’s been 50 years,” Arnold said. “We’ve waited long enough.” - SHANNON DONNELLY, Palm Beach Daily News

Fashionistas, socials and even a convicted media baron came to Le Cirque Tuesday for the wedding of Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, who have been together 50 years. Guests including Martha Stewart, Tory Burch, Mica Ertegun, Alfred and Judy Taubman, Arlene Dahl, Marc Rosen, Iris Love and First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris were given postcards depicting the couple a half-century ago in Capri. But the real eye-turner was Conrad Black, who's due back in federal prison in September to complete his sentence for fraud. Bill Cunningham and Patrick McMullan photographed the cocktail party and a smaller dinner for 20. - PAGE SIX, The NY Post

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alexander McQueen's Suicide Note: "Please Look After My Dogs."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, by Danica Lo, RACKEDWe just spent the last hour tearing our apartment apart looking for these images of McQueen's Dogs, which appeared in the winter-spring 2008-2009 issue of Arena Homme+. Photographs by Shari Hatt.Alexander McQueen's Will Made Public, Fashion Designer Leaves £50,000 to Dogs, Thousands More to Animal Charities
LONDON — Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in February last year, left £50,000 of his £16 million fortune to his beloved pet dogs, details of his will released Tuesday showed. McQueen, who found huge success with his provocative designs, left the equivalent of $82,000 or 56,500 euros to ensure his dogs were pampered after he was gone. The will, seen by AFP and originally released after a request from Britain’s Press Association news agency, said £50,000 was being left “for the upkeep and maintenance of my dog or dogs so long as my dog or dogs shall live.” He left behind three dogs called Minter, Juice and Callum, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. Four charities — HIV and sexual health charity The Terence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and animal welfare charity Blue Cross — each received £100,000 [~$165,000 USD]. - Google News

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harvey Weinstein to Drop Halston Fashion Brand

Friday, July 8, 2011


Fashion as Art?Since the seminal book “Marketing Culture and the Arts” by Fran├žois Colbert, a Canadian professor, appeared in the late 1990s, there is no doubt that fashion has become the big winner and its exhibitions money spinners.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Judith G. Klausner

Classical portraits carved into Oreo cookie cream filling.


Bird of paradise prints on shirts and skirts at Givenchy.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir is the new face of MAC Cosmetics. The Olympic figure skater will star in the ad campaign for the 2011 holiday collection, Glitter and Ice. Weir was in Miami earlier this month shooting promotional materials for the cosmetic line, which he uses during competi tion. MAC has previously signed Elton John and the drag queen RuPaul as ambas sadors. Weir is sitting out the 2011-2012 ice-skating season to oversee his nonskating ven tures, including the MAC deal, his dress line and a reality show, "Be Good Johnny Weir," on Sundance Channel. - NY Post

Monday, June 20, 2011

Miss California Wins Miss USA

Alyssa Campanella, the 21-year-old Miss California, won the Miss USA pageant Sunday night after fielding a question about medical marijuana. "I'm not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war," she said in her winning answer. "I mean, it's abused today, unfortunately, so that's the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it's OK." Campanella is a self-described “history geek” and fan of Star Wars. She will represent the United States at Miss Universe in September. - DB via AP

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Li Xiaofeng

Li Xiaofeng is an artist from Beijing who takes shards of traditional ceramics from the song, ming, yuan and qing dynasties, sews them together on a leather undergarment and thereby creates a new kind of fashion. - Nini Baseema

Karen Elson & Jack White Divorce

Friday, May 6, 2011

Carine Roitfeld

Former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld will return to magazines in September. We hear Roitfeld will work on a cover story and fashion spread for V magazine. Roitfeld has collaborated with the magazine for several issues, with partners including Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld. Since leaving French Vogue she has said she wanted to work on various freelance fashion projects; Roitfeld is also styling the fall catalog and ad campaign for Barneys. - NY Post

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shala Moradi

Kate Middleton's bridal gown won't be hers alone for long. The minute the princess-to-be arrives at the steps of Westminster Abbey, a designer watching the royal wedding on TV on Long Island will put pen to paper and begin a mad scramble to knock off the dress-seen-round-the-world for sale to the masses. The ceremony will still be in full swing as Shala Moradi -- head designer of the Garment District dressmaker Faviana -- sets in motion the frantic job of getting their version of the gown to stores within weeks. It's a grueling process. Moradi's alarm will buzz at 4 a.m. Friday, the day of the wedding. She'll grab a cup of tea, and watch television while still in her bathrobe -- anxious for that crucial first glimpse when Middleton steps out of her Rolls-Royce Phantom to enter the church. "I don't get nervous. But it's a little bit of pressure with the timing," said Moradi, who has designed spinoffs of must-have dresses everywhere, from the Oscars to Chelsea Clinton's wedding. First, she'll figure out two crucial details -- fabric choice and silhouette. After making a rough sketch at home, it's off to Faviana's 17th-floor showroom on Seventh Avenue, via the Long Island Rail Road, to begin making a sample. During the commute, Moradi will be fielding calls from her assistants, pattern makers and marketing team. Her two sons, who work in the family business, will sit next to her on the train, pulling up by-the-minute Middleton pics on their iPads to get a close look at the design elements of her gown. Once at work, employees will be dispatched all over the Garment District to buy the fabric, beading, trims, and any necessary materials to make the dress. Their version will likely cost less than $2,000 and will be sold online and in department stores. "When it's a special event like this, there's an excitement in the office," Moradi said. Her dress won't be an exact replica of the royal bride's, whose gown will likely have a huge train -- far too fussy for non-princess brides. By the end of the weekend, Moradi's company will have all of the details ironed out and a finished sample, which they'll ship to China for production. "Depending on the style, it should hit the market within eight weeks," said her son Navid Moradi, the company's president. The dash to get out a dress isn't unusual for Faviana, who are known for spinning out "inspired dresses" worn by celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Taylor Swift. But the demand and the rush for a Middleton lookalike gown beats anything in recent history. "This is going to exceed by far any order that we've done," said Navid Moradi. - NY Post EXCLUSIVE

Monday, April 25, 2011

Magnum Ice Cream

Only one man keeps Anna Wintour waiting. The Vogue editor-in-chief sat patiently alone for 15 minutes at the IAC building for Karl Lagerfeld while he worked a press line to promote the three-part short film series he shot for the US launch of Magnum ice cream. The Chanel creative director then joined Wintour in a VIP section at the party Thursday night along with Chanel-clad Rachel Bilson, who appears in the films, and Lagerfeld's ridiculously good-looking bodyguard, Sebastien Jondeau. Our spy said, "Anna was there to support Karl and seemed happy and relaxed waiting for him. Nobody approached her." It was a short visit here for Lagerfeld, who arrived on his private jet from Paris late Wednesday, bumping into his friend and fellow icon Valentino on the tarmac at Teterboro amid a flurry of luxury suitcases and handsome entourages. Lagerfeld jetted out early yesterday, but not before again bumping into Valentino, who was boarding his own jet to spend Easter in St. Barts. - NY Post

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nigella Lawson wears a burkini

Nigella Lawson at Bondi Beach in Australia with friend Maria McErlane
"Nigella was protecting herself from sunburn, nothing more than that," said her spokesman. Miss Lawson purchased the burkini from Islamic swimwear company Modestly Active. - The Telegraph

Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff

Twin brothers who were once boyishly handsome TV stars in France have undergone so much plastic surgery that they’re nearly unrecognizable. Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff, now 60, had chin implants, cheek implants, botox and fillers. - Daily Mail