Karaoke isn’t normally a classy affair. Dive bars, sloppy slurred words, vodka shots, and embarrassing photos are more like it. Leave it to A.P.C., one of our favorite French clothing labels, to make karaoke cute. Their new DVD offers instrumental versions of the standards: “Like a Virgin,” “Billie Jean,” and other hits by the likes of The Ramones, The Spice Girls, and The Police. Except, instead of the cheesy beach scenes and ’80s montages you normally get on the screen (OK, we do kind of like those), you get nature images filmed from a boat on a polar exploration in icy Greenland. See? Classy. [$35, Apc.fr] Keep reading »
Chris March is usually very jovial and humble when he’s competing on “Project Runway,” but sometimes a man has to put his foot down if he’s being disrespected. March has filed a lawsuit against fellow designer Thierry Mugler for allegedly not paying him for the work he did on Beyoncé’s “I Am” tour costumes. Now hold on a sec before you get all hot and bothered. Mugler did design the costumes, but March executed them because he’s used to designing for the stage and “wild” dancing. March says he had to figure out a way to attach a harness into one of Beyoncé’s costumes and had to mold corsets to fit her figure perfectly. Everything was going smoothly, says March, until he submitted his last payment invoice after getting the finished costumes to Edmonton, Canada by March 26, the day of Beyoncé’s first show. March says Mugler left for Paris without paying anyone. (Beyoncé had paid Mugler and he was supposed to pay his team.) March told The Cut, “There’s just been a refusal to pay with no reason.”
This seems to be an oversight. I doubt Mugler handles his own invoices. Though, it’s too bad that the seven-year work relationship between these two has to end this way. Keep reading »
You’d think someone who worked as a “model” would know a thing or two about clothes. Kate Moss, with her enormously popular line for Topshop, is the perfect example of this assumption coming true. But just because you have worn clothes for your job doesn’t mean you have the skills need to design clothes professionally. Case in point: Heather Mills, the latest celebrity to launch a clothing line.
Last Thursday at the Celebrity Catwalk charity event in L.A., Heather Mills debuted her new Be@one recycled clothing line. In our opinion, it looks like she went to Goodwill, bought some old prom dresses, and wielded a pair of scissors. Heather’s website says the new brand “is about to show there is nothing trashy about recycling unwanted clothing!” We couldn’t agree more that recycled clothes can be cool — just not the ones Heather “made.” [Celebitchy]
After the jump, our favorite looks from Heather’s Be@one collection. God help us if anyone buys them. Keep reading »
There are certain things that people like Anna Wintour just do not do. Like eat, sleep or go to the bathroom. Waiting in line is one of these things. It just doesn’t happen. Or so we thought. But Wintour was snapped waiting in line to see “The September Issue” [again] over the weekend. And not only was Madame Wintour waiting in line just like a common peasant, she was also wearing jeans, a t-shirt and flats. [Gawker]
Really, there are so many things wrong with this picture that the mind reels. If she weren’t wearing the signature glasses and a bob so severe that it must be intended to dole out paper-cut-esque injuries to those who get too close, we might think that was a clever impersonator. But, apparently, the movie is well worth the wait and it brought in enough viewers to make it the fifth most successful documentary opening, umm, ever. Have you seen it yet!? Keep reading »
We love “Scene In” WashingtonPost.com’s on-the-street video style series. It’s like The Sartorialist, if Sart shot video and lived near the White House. So far, the D.C. trend hunters have checked out Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Jazz in the Garden, among other neighborhoods, and now they’ve hit the historic U Street district, where “everyone is, like, a style star in their own way.” What’s hot? Fresh striped shades, thrift store frocks, the Amber Rose look, Carlton Banks t-shirts, and color, color, color. [Scene In] Keep reading »
We love designer Emma Cook, and clearly we’re crazy about Topshop, but we’re having a little trubs drumming up any affection for these new platforms. A product of their latest collaboration, the shoe (far left) costs a whopping $290, while the boots (middle and right) weigh in at $340. The height and chunkiness are totally on trend–we’ll give them that. I could even learn to love those animal prints. But for that amount of money, most ladies would probably rather invest in something more classic, right? I know I would. Thoughts on these shoes anyone? Keep reading »
While we sometimes hear rumors about what happens on casting couches — it’s even being touted as a story line in the upcoming CW show “The Beautiful Life” — it’s not often we actually learn of someone taking advantage of women trying to make it in tough industries.
Today, fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, who was convicted of 14 counts, including forcible rape, will be sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court for casting couch-related crimes. Keep reading »
We told you all about how much positive response Glamour magazine has received from readers for the image of a nude plus-size model featured in the September issue. Lizzie Miller has since appeared on “Today” and copies of the magazine are selling out. Catherine wondered whether the overwhelmingly positive response would result in magazines, and the fashion industry, finally recognizing that beauty comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and that they would start featuring more models like Miller on a regular basis. The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman wrote on his blog, “When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say ‘no’ to my request to shoot them…. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and ‘average’ women in general.”
If a recent blog post from “style expert and bon vivant” Adrien Field is any indication, we still have a long way to go. Keep reading »
You may know Spike Jonze as the director of “Being John Malkovich,” the ex-husband of director Sofia Coppola, or the current paramour of actress Michelle Williams. But on the eve of the release of his latest movie project, a live-action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, he’s getting into the fashion business in a collaboration with Opening Ceremony. The mini-line’s theme ties in to the movie’s monster-y subjects and includes faux furs designed by Humberto Leon and claw jewelry designed by Pamela Love. After the jump, the metal horned look you can rock this fall. (Check out our “Where the Wild Things Are” inspiration board here.) [W] Keep reading »
We guess good things come to those who don’t wait. A year ago, Brooklynite Amanda Assad was working as a publicist for New York-based shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo (check out his ultra high, dangerously sexy heels if you haven’t already). She started making jewelry in her spare time, and voilà! Now her oversize multiple charm necklaces (like this amazing rosary-inspired piece available at Otteny) are showing up in major fashion editorials, such as this one in Purple magazine. So I think we’ve all learned a very valuable lesson here today. Don’t slack! What’s your big idea? Keep reading »