Katie Holmes can go all kinds of places now that she’s been unentangled (we hope) from the million squid-like arms of Scientology! She and Suri even got to check out my favorite childhood hotspot, the Central Park Zoo (I would make a joke about being kept in animal pens here, but the boss beat me to it, damn it). But this, this is what I believe to be the most telling rite of passage for Katie as a free woman. And do you know what that is? That’s right, my friends: it’s leather pants. Leather. Pants. Congratulations, Katie. You made it. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Choupette Lagerfeld is my literal spirit animal in that she is, in fact, an animal, and also happens to really speak to my spirit, so there you have it. Just when I thought the gloriousness quotient of Karl’s legendary Siamese had finally been capped due to overload, what with recent reports of a photoshoot and eponymous purse, I could not have been more wrong. It turns out that the influence of le chaton on the Kaiser’s design sense does not only not draw the line at soft, fluffy bags, but an entire collection Karl kreated for Chanel was inspired by Choupette’s eyes. And who spilled the beans on the true blue roots of the Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection but Karl’s friend and neighbor Diane Kruger? One more for my extensive list of reasons why I would beyond happily trade lives with the German actress (we’ll call it #2, before Joshua Jackson and after the fact that she is one of the most beautiful people alive): she… has touched… Choupette. Even though she was probably made to wear white silk gloves whilst doing so. [Fashionista]
Here’s a comforting thought: while our planet threatens to transmogrify into an Easy Bake oven, the world economy teeters on the edge of collapse, and Scientology is permitted to exist as a viable religion and way of life, there’s a 22-year-old out there who’s bummed out because she’s never been poor. Taylor Cotter, a 2012 graduate of Northeastern University, grieves the fact that just two months after completing her Journalism degree, she has an editorial job, a car, an apartment, and a 401k, none of which factor into the “10-cents-a-word” life she always dreamed of. It’s not surprising, coming from a girl who begins her lament, titled “A Struggle of Not Struggling,” by stating that “like most female journalists,” her only two inspirations in life were Carrie Bradshaw and Harriet the Spy, and it makes me wonder — has Cotter, who lives outside of Boston, ever actually been to New York City? Keep reading »
Every girl with aspirations of high fashion and even higher heels has their sights set on Condé Nast, and why shouldn’t they? It’s the stuff of “The Devil Wears Prada” dreams, a promised land where Wintour rules as supreme overlord and the streets are paved with, well, pavé. In light of the complaints filed by former interns who speak of slave labor and the long-running rumors that the job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (on the contrary, it will make you crack), it’s getting harder and harder to secure a seat on Vogue‘s Byline Express. The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design may sound like a fever dream I had when I was 16, but come January, such a school will be brick-and-mortar reality in central London. It vows to “establish itself as an important starting point for those who want to be tomorrow’s stars of the fashion industry,” which sounds pretty ambitious to me. Keep reading »
Today in Things That Aren’t Cute: these uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic Team. Blazers, berets, knee-length skirts — the company’s statement says the outfits aim to “embody the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship,” but I think they’re more “Phillips Exeter Academy, sailing, affected accents from a place that doesn’t exist, that kid you know named John Charles Johnson III, your mom’s Valium in the mirrored bathroom cabinet, and things that do not and will never genuinely define America as a whole unless, of course, you happen to be asking Ralph Lauren.” I grew up in Connecticut. I know this shit.
I’ve publicly voiced my lukewarm feelings on designer department store collaborations in the past, but this latest one may have just the right elements to make a convert out of a non-believer like me. As far as fast fashion goes, Target isn’t the first superstore that springs to mind, despite Missoni and Jason Wu to their name: H&M unforgettably landed a high-fashion trifecta of Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, and Versace (not to mention Stella McCartney and the impending Maison Martin Margiela), and Macy’s has stepped it up recently with cameos by Alberta Ferretti and Doo.Ri. Make no mistake, Target took note, and though only time will tell for certain, my instincts say there’s a good chance that they’ve nailed the formula with their fresh new take on luxury-meets-affordability. Keep reading »
Nobody ever told us who designed Cinderella’s glass slipper, but if a contemporary version of the tale were to take place, Christian Louboutin would be a shoe-in for the job — so it’s only natural that Disney chose the French designer, known for his luxurious red-soled footwear, to create a modern-day take on the fateful shoe. Unveiled yesterday in Paris, the results are infinitely more practical than a heel constructed of, uh, glass: the shoe is actually made of a fine layer of lace and covered in a smattering of Swarovski crystals, including crystal butterflies. I totally would have preferred to see Louboutin create a pair of actual glass slippers, even if it meant they were unwearable. They would look just as pretty on display as they would on the foot of a future princess. Or, you know, a stripper named Princess. Or Shauna Sand. [Fashionista]
While there are many things definitively Chanel that I don’t exactly promote — tweed, for instance — I almost always agree with Peter Philips. The global creative director of Chanel Makeup since 2008, Philips is responsible for crazy-coveted Le Vernis nail lacquer shades like Particulière, which sparked the frenzy for taupe-grey (or “greige”) polish back in 2010, and the birth of the Rouge Coco lipstick range. He’s a visionary of sorts (see: bedazzled brows on the runway last season) who can put an elegant, luxurious spin on pretty much anything (see also: temporary tattoos). But just in case you need a little more proof that Philips is, indeed, a bonafide beauty genius, his new short film will make up your mind once and for all. “Miroir, Miroir,” inspired by the Paris-Bombay show Karl Lagerfeld sent down the promenade in December, serves to introduce five new shades of Chanel lipstick in the most gorgeously hallucinatory way possible. Philips said of the video, “The concept complemented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fit well with the Indian theme.” Are you tripping yet? [BellaSugar]
I don’t really “do” white eyeliner. As far as its eye-brightening properties go, I find a nude pencil to look infinitely more natural and actually open up the eye, rather than just looking like, well, you’re wearing white liner! To be honest, I’m a little bit afraid of using white, and I’m not entirely sure of its place in the makeup spectrum. Should it be worn on the inner rims? The inner corners? The lower lash line? How about on the top, like you would wear a black or colored liner? So many questions.
Julie and I are generally on the same page when it comes to beauty trends, but the white liner craze is one that we disagree on. She thinks it’s cool and wearable; I think it should be, for the most part, left to the pros, lest things get really tacky really fast. This trend may be better suited to the darker-skinned among us, whose complexions are flattered by pale tones, whereas for me it’s like putting white on white on white. Would you be interested in giving this runway look a whirl, or are you fine sticking with tried-and-true blacks and browns? [Beauty Bender]
Expect to see spots aplenty in the very near future — Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will be the subject of several pop-up shops around the globe this summer, but the avant-garde visionary won’t just be selling prints. Kusama has teamed up with none other than Louis Vuitton to create a capsule collection of clothing and accessories that are sure to captivate the fashion flock… if they haven’t already, that is.
Gisele Bundchen may have been the first to wear it on the cover of this month’s Vogue Brazil, but it was Kirsten Dunst who debuted a dress from the line last night at the opening of the new Vuitton boutique in Paris. I like the silhouette of the maxi, and the polka dots, but the overall effect is a little more hoedown-ready than anticipated. Then again, I wasn’t exactly a fan of Gisele’s look either, so perhaps this speckled collection just isn’t for me. Do you love Kirsten’s quirky gown, or do you think it’s best left to those also wearing cowboy boots?