Amazingly, Fashion People were undeterred by the foot-plus of snow we received this weekend, and New York Fashion Week carried on as usual. Total champs — we certainly can’t say the same about our weekend, which we spent contained safely indoors in front of the television. This is just a small selection from the many, many incredible shows that took place over the weekend and into this week. Let’s see what Alexander Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Zac Posen, and Marc by Marc Jacobs have in mind for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season… Keep reading »
This new Alexander Wang video features a slew of famous faces: Alessandra Ambrosio, A$AP Rocky, Shannan Click, Simon Doonan and Natasha Lyonne — and an extremely fake pregnancy belly. But the main star is Anjelah Johnson, who reprises her “Mad TV” character Bon Qui Qui as a new salesperson in Wang’s flagship boutique. In this clip, directed by Gavin McInness (who believes he knows a lot about racism, sexism and homophobia), Bon Qui Qui is a stereotype of a sassy, back-talking Latina woman. And though it’s being lauded as “hilarious” by outlets like Huffington Post and New Mag, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable watching this. Johnson’s caricature is the only representation of a woman of color in the video — she’s effectively the butt of the joke, and portrayed as an uncultured, unsophisticated, rude person. That seems pretty shitty to me. And Johnson herself seems to have a pretty unnuanced understanding of race. In a 2010 New York Times profile, she said: “Deep down inside, I’m really a black girl stuck in a Mexican girl’s body.” She then went on to mock an audience member’s disapproval of the Bon Qui Qui character: “Once I was doing Bon Qui Qui in Miami, and this black girl was in the audience and she yelled out, ‘That’s not funny!’ which was really funny because she sounded exactly like the character I was playing.” So, yeah.
In any case, if the only thing that Wang is selling is a humor based on ridiculing the “other,” I’m not buying. [YouTube]
Spotted at New York Fashion Week: the inimitable Aila Wang, three-year-old niece of designer Alexander Wang and total future It girl. She’s only three, but Aila has her uncle’s trademark urban-chic on lock, not to mention a street style savvy that most aspiring fashionistas can only dream of. Nike kicks, black snakeskin, and a mini Chanel… um, Suri who? [World of Wonder]
“To be honest I was totally terrified. I hadn’t actually been out of my house for seven weeks so I was really anxious. But it felt amazing.”
–Liberty Ross, model and estranged wife of scumbag/dry-humping enthusiast Rupert Sanders, describes her mood before walking the runway of the Alexander Wang show at New York Fashion Week. We spotted Liberty looking fabulous on the “Lawless” red carpet a couple weeks ago, so that seven weeks stat isn’t quiiiite accurate, but still, getting back into the crazy world of runway shows after weathering a very public cheating scandal would definitely be stressful. Kudos to Liberty for strutting her stuff with confidence. [The Cut]
From Alexandre Herchcovitch’s checkered shirts to Suno’s voluminous dresses, Day 4 of New York Fashion Week was everything you want in a fashion week — and more. We’ve got collections from Herchcovitch and Suno, along with Maison Martin Margiela, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, and so, so many more. Check ‘em all out after the jump! Keep reading »
Alexander Wang is not a happy man. The young designer was accused by former employee Wenyu Lu of running a sweatshop. Lu, in a $50 million lawsuit against the designer, claims that he was forced to work 84-hour work weeks sewing Wang’s clothes. And, Lu alleges, he once passed out after working for 25 hours straight. Now the case is advancing forward, and will be refiled on the federal level.
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Oh look, it’s Captain Cryptkeeper of the S.S. Bad Ideas, and his First Mate, Childhood Nightmare with Vitamin Deficiency, sitting front at the Alexander Wang show yesterday. This is your fashion “It” couple, America. [Getty Images]
Oh my God, you guys. Breaking news. Alexander Wang is making Tevas. Excuse me, Teva-inspired shoes. I have just lost all faith in humanity. I get that when designers gets bored, they take the world’s ugliest things and make them expensive, but I have a hard time picturing anything but sweaty river-waders and/or the boys of my 5th grade class whose uniform was sweatpants and Tevas with white socks. [$395, Shopbop]
Ugh, Die Antwoord. The South African band-cum-performance-art-project just bugs the crap out of me. It’s kind of “Gummo” for the 2010s, isn’t it? The way they mug around with stupid haircuts trying to be transgressive and weird. Well, tiny little Yolandi Visser and her partner in crime, Ninja, have just been tapped as the new faces of Alexander Wang. We should have seen this coming: their new video, “I Fink U Freeky” (don’t watch if you are at all rat or bug squeamish, trust), features the duo in Wang jumpsuits. [Pedestrian.Tv]
There is a commercial that plays often in the New York area for a local, super upscale, chic-chic bowling alley. In the commercial there’s a pretty girl wearing hot-ass leather shorts and a high-collared shirt going on a bowling date with a very attractive floppy-haired dude and I always think, Wow, that bowling alley is really going for the cool hipster contingent. And then I think that perhaps that term has been angled and destroyed and co-opted by the mainstream so much that it’s actually meaningless. And then I think: I really need to turn off the TV. Anyway! These Alexander Wang leather mini-shorts with lapel pockets pretty much approximate the ones the cute girl in the commercial wears, but will these shorts land you a floppy-haired man of your dreams? All signs point to … the Man Panel. Click to see their thoughts after the jump! Keep reading »