Vogue isn’t exactly known for its sensitivity to, um, sensitive issues, and that’s fine. It is, after all, a fashion and society magazine, not The Atlantic. But every once in a while the international publication comes at us with something controversial, something so tone-deaf (see: longtime contributor Joan Juliet Buck’s complimentary portrait of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad just prior to the Arab Spring) that the public at large just can’t help but take note. As for this Hurricane Sandy-inspired editorial, which was just released today, I can’t decide where I stand: am I cool with it because they’re honoring the first responders and other such “heroes,” or am I outraged because a) they’ve juxtaposed top models in designer dresses with members from the neonatal ICU at Bellevue Hospital who were forced to evacuate their patients when a backup generator gave out or b) people are still suffering from the impact of the storm? Well, I’m not easily offended (I don’t think), and Vogue and the CFDA did in fact raise close to $2 million for relief efforts… So I don’t know. It’s not glaringly irresponsible, it’s just, as one commenter put it, “kinda tasteless.” What do you think? [Fashionista]
It’s not every day that Karl Lagerfeld deems a fashionista worthy of being photographed in Coco Chanel’s iconic former Paris home at 31 Rue Cambon, so it’s kind of remarkable that he chose Victoria Beckham over someone like, say, Blake Lively. I totally thought Blake was his dress-up doll of choice these days. I do have to hand it to Posh for her seamless transition from Spice Girl and football WAG into a well-respected style icon and designer; there aren’t many former pop stars who ever enjoy the same level of high-fashion success. Victoria tweeted photos this week from a recent shoot for Elle France, where she appears alongside Lagerfeld modeling pieces from her new eyewear collection. What she doesn’t model, however, is pants, and that is completely understandable — if my legs looked like that, I wouldn’t wear pants, either. [Celebitchy]
Rashida Jones? Is that you? We’ve always known the “Parks and Recreation” actress to be beautiful but restrained, given that her personal style, not to mention the type of role she generally goes for, veers more on the sweet, bookish side rather than the total bombshell she could totally be if she wanted to (no shame in not wanting to, Rashida, we love you the way you are). But if you’ve ever wondered what Rashida would look like should she decide to channel her inner vixen once in a while, you’re in luck — Flaunt Magazine got their (wet, it seems) hands on Ann Perkins for a new photoshoot and styled her all sexy-like. She looks hot, but did anyone ever doubt that she would? [Flaunt via The Gloss]
Katy Perry is no stranger to Crayola-colored hair, having long eschewed her natural blonde (!) for every which shade of the Manic Panic rainbow, but this is the first time we’ve seen the songstress looking so … fiery! The September cover of French fashion mag L’Officiel casts Katy in a warmer, more romantic light, offsetting the shock of copper hair with a pretty peach dress and subtle rosy makeup (I seriously hope she swapped numbers with the makeup artist from this shoot). It’s a solid departure from her usual over-the-top all-the-makeup-at-once fare, but would it be wrong for me to suggest that Katy looks really good channeling a touch of Florence Welch, orange hair and all? [Huffington Post]
Another day, another Choupette headline! Karl Lagerfeld‘s famous feline is getting more press than the Kaiser himself these days, and with a face like that, who could complain? V is the latest magazine to feature the esteemed Siamese model, who has apparently signed with one of the world’s top agencies — and in her first-ever fashion spread, no less. The photo set, aptly titled “Glamour Puss,” was shot by Choupette’s dad, which may have something to do with why she appears so nonplussed, even as she’s clutched provocatively to French model Laetitia Casta’s bare chest. (There are admittedly a couple of images that make me feel a bit concerned for darling Choupette, but we shan’t go into that.) Keep reading »
Confession: I haven’t seen a Keira Knightley movie since “Love Actually,” but I’ll gladly own up to my weakness for the actress any day. How could I not, what with her impeccable bone structure? It also helps that, for all of Keira’s delicate features and compelling roles
(but also not really), she manages to come across in the press as the delightfully witty, irrepressibly potty-mouthed British best friend of my dreamz.
Her feature in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is no different: a charming interview laced with obscenities and a sumptuous editorial is all I could ever wish for, and Keira certainly doesn’t disappoint. The opulent styling envisions the “Anna Karenina” star as “a modern-day Guinevere,” replete with a glamorous Gothic appeal that really speaks to the half-Russian in me. Keira wears the season’s difficult deep plum lipstick to unrivaled success, and I would sell my soul for that feather stole or cape or coat or whatever it is she’s got going on there. Any takers? No? Fine. Additional photos after the jump! [Celebitchy] Keep reading »