If you’re not familiar with Joe Zee, you’re about to be. The much-loved creative director for Elle magazine, and one of the few voices of reason on MTV’s reality show, “The City” — where he had to contend with the likes of scheming socialite Olivia Palermo, ugh — Zee is heading back to television once again. He stars in the Sundance Channel’s new show “All On the Line,” where he’ll help young designers shape and sell their struggling lines. We spoke with Zee about the show, his creative vision, and what makes some designers succeed where others fail. Keep reading »
Dior designer John Galliano’s been making headlines this week, and his designs (for once) haven’t been what everyone’s buzzing about.
The Guardian reports that Galliano was arrested in Paris for “alleged assault and making anti-Semitic remarks after a late-night drinking session.”
Multiple news agencies including the BBC and The New York Times subsequently reported that he has been suspended by Dior pending an inquiry into the allegations. Read more… Keep reading »
Remember Kira Plastinina? She was the Russian fashion mogul and style sensation who, at 14-years-old, brought her clothing chain to the United States a few years ago (helpfully backed by her very wealthy father, of course). Unfortunately, the plastic-y pink bedazzled styles didn’t go over too well in America and the company had to file for bankruptcy (but still did fine abroad). Now Kira is 18 and is back with a more sophisticated label called Lublu (means “I love” in Russian). Keep reading »
It’s not easy to describe a piece of clothing or the mood of a collection for someone who has never seen it. As an example, take the most complicated item in your wardrobe: Can you recall all the technical details, like a sweetheart neckline, a tiered skirt, a ruched waist? Can you find a few words to recount the overall feeling of the garment? We can’t tell you how many hours we’ve spent thinking, It’s kinda like … um, fashion-y? I mean it’s pretty and cute … What makes this even harder is when designers can’t provide you with specific information to base your analysis off of. It’s pretty common to find terms like “feminine” and “chic” in a designer’s bio. One particular fashion blogger has a strong dislike for the term “effortless fashion,” (we must agree) and Teen Vogue pointed out that Baby-G described its watches as “tough yet feminine” (contradiction city).
Here, we’ve rounded up blurbs from six designers/labels: Theory, Tory Burch, Elizabeth & James, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor, and Cynthia Vincent. Can you match up the description with each designer? Play our game, after the jump. Keep reading »
The hardest thing about being a new designer is not so much the creativity — if you’re good, you’re good — it’s getting exposure for the awesome clothes you’re creating. Some designers with amazing wares actually struggle for years just to get their clothes in front of the right eyes. New website Oak & Co. aims to change that by offering sustainable up-and-coming designers a hub for selling their wares. Some of the pieces are a little more hippie than chic, but a fair few of the choices are pretty great-looking pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, buying a dress from Oak & Co. means you’re being environmentally friendly and supporting developing designers. [ApparelNews.net] Keep reading »
Soccer players are so in right now. Though the World Cup definitely deserves the brunt of the credit for that, we have no idea why it took so long for people to obsess over what is essentially an army of incredibly fit, hot men. Now that the world has arrived at the fairly obvious conclusion that ogling soccer bods just makes sense, the Chelsea soccer team has signed a deal to be outfitted exclusively by Dolce & Gabbana when strolling sexily for public appearances. As though we needed yet another reason to stare … [The Independent] Keep reading »
It was announced last September that fashion designer Betsey Johnson would be designing an Eloise-themed suite for The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Those of you who were obsessed with Eloise to the extent that we were as kids may or may not have peed your pants in excitement at the news. Now, finally, the unveiling of the room is just a few days away. On July 29, we’ll all see what Johnson has done with the room and probably wish we were 8 years old all over again. (Take a look at Johnson’s apartment at left and you’ll know why we’re so jealous of grade schoolers.) We’re hoping that the room involves a healthy amount of artsy crayon on the walls and a cage for Skipperdee the turtle. What does your dream Eloise room look like? [Fashion Foie Gras] Keep reading »
Designer Jeremy Scott — he of the world’s most ridiculous sunglasses — is following in James Franco’s legendary footsteps by guesting on a soap opera. On today’s episode of “The Young and the Restless,” Scott and his ever-interesting coif is decked out in a wildly embellished matador jacket and bitchy scowl. He’s playing a designer on the show, so it’s not like he’ll have to try too hard to get into character, meaning the performance may not be horrifying. In any event, we’re excited. [Hint Mag] Keep reading »
Meet Gabriel Moginot, the man with the amazing 23-inch waist. Though his actual waist measurement is closer to 30 inches, as a student of legendary haute-couture corset-maker Mr. Pearl, Moginot has trained himself to fit into the 23-inch corset pictured at left. Though Mr. Pearl, whose tiny corsets are painfully beautiful, has shimmied his own waist into an 18-incher, Moginot is but a student and we’re fully impressed by his feat, freakish though it may look. [A Shaded View On Fashion] Keep reading »
Tom Ford, former Gucci designer, raging narcissist and surprisingly awesome director of “A Single Man,” has confirmed that he’ll be making another movie. We were skeptical when we heard last year that Ford was directing at all, but his debut film was actually pretty great, so we’re excited to see what he’s got for us this time. Ford’s staying tight-lipped about the project for now, but we’re sure it’ll be at least as visually stunning as “A Single Man” was and can’t wait for the release! [Elle UK] Keep reading »