Models are typically considered ready to be shipped off to the model glue factory before they even hit 25, but in an editorial for the September issue of W magazine, 37-year-old model Amber Valetta was aged a remarkable 120 years. Shot by photographer Steven Klein, Valetta channeled the timelessness of an age-defying Madonna (it can’t be merely coincidence that the copy refers to our heroine as a “material girl”), and stays sultry and supple–even with more than a century’s worth of wear and tear on her. [Unbreakable Diamond] Keep reading »
You might not know this about me, but I’m a little bit into crystals. At the beginning of the year, I bought a green aventurine stone, and I never take it off. I suppose these things are only as meaningful as you allow them to be, but in my case, my aventurine crystal—which is meant to provide a “heart’s new growth.” Also: “Removes hurts of the heart and encourages new, healthy growth. Balances male/female energies. Amplifies leadership qualities. Provides courage through love.—seems to really do the trick. And let’s face it, having a little crystal power couldn’t hurt. One thing to know about crystals—if you’re really putting your energy into them, you shouldn’t let other people touch them and muck up your energy with them. If someone does touch your crystal, you can place it in a clear glass of water and sea salt on a windowsill, and allow it to soak in the sun’s rays. See, I told you I’m into this stuff. After the jump, a selection of lovely mineral and stone crystal jewelry, and what the stones can bring you. Keep reading »
“Yes, no one can say that you don’t take care of them. You’re also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.”
–Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, speaking to former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, on the wonders of rearing children. Oh, Karl, if you had an ugly child, you could just put them on the patented Karl Lagerfeld Diet–a steady stream of consomme, Diet Coke and cigarettes. Let’s hope this never happens. [Dlisted] Keep reading »
Vogue Italia may be on the cutting edge of couture fashion, but cultural politics, not so much. Which is why the fashion mag’s website is catching flak for posting a fashion editorial on earrings with the caption “Slave Earrings.” Slavery! So hot right now! After consumers lobbed protests, the site took down the offending label and replaced it with “Ethnic Earrings,” which is almost a double affront. After all, to be ethnic and to be a slave must be somewhat interchangeable then. The massively ignorant editors failed to change the original copy in the piece, which notes that “If the [Slave Earrings] bring to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the late 18th century, the latest interpretation is pure freedom.” Are Vogue’s editors so out of the loop/out of their minds, that they have no conception of how utterly offensive and ignorant ascribing “slave” as an adjective is? If so, we think they should spend a little less time in the Fashion Week tents and a bit more time with their noses in a history book. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
I’ve never been a huge fan of houndstooth — it always seemed really conservative and dull. But a see-through chiffon houndstooth shirt? Yes, please! This little number from Equipment manages to be both party and business, all in one. How sexy is that?
Me: Did you want to play that trust game?
Model: What? What trust game?
Me: You know, the one where you fall backwards and have to trust someone to catch you? Keep reading »