New York Fashion Week is underway, and it seems that people are feeling a bit … lukewarm about it. Hey, the times are changing, and so is the face of one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. With up-to-the-minute news (and clothes) available on the Internet at every turn, is New York Fashion Week losing its relevance? Could it be on its way to a demise, or at least a very heavy change of pace? And would that necessarily be a bad thing?
Fashion Week, which has made its home at Lincoln Center these past few years, has been a staple of the industry for decades. In the last several years, the fashion world has been forced to accommodate the addition of the likes of twitter, tumblr, street style blogs, and instant online shopping to the action. While the internet can be a huge advantage to the industry, the exclusive air of seeing NYFW shows in person is losing some of its cachet. Designers have taken to streaming their fashion shows live so everyone and their cousin can watch from home on the couch. This certainly saves time for the press and allows accessibility for thousands of consumers, but what does it mean for fashion’s power players? When minute-to-minute updates are being tweeted and blogged and instagrammed all over the world, is the live event devalued?
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Soldiers returning from combat get diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. So do people who live in violent war zones. And, apparently, models. At least according to former model Jennifer Sky, who says her years as teen model led to panic attacks and an anxiety disorder.
Sky started her modeling career young — at 15 — and was thrust into a strange and unfamiliar place when her modeling agency sent her to Japan unchaperoned and unaided. She lived a similar life in New York, where she was sent next, sharing a loft apartment with five other teenage girls, who were all expected to book jobs, feed and care for themselves without any adult supervision. After two years of this, Sky booked the cover of Sassy magazine’s 1994 prom issue. It would be her last modeling gig. She quit because, she told New York mag’s The Cut, she no longer recognized herself: Keep reading »
Lingerie brand You! specializes in maternity and nursing bras and underwear that are both stylish and comfortable. When designer and company founder Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger planned her Spring/Summer 2014 show at Lingerie Fashion Week, she knew exactly what type of models she wanted to send down the catwalk: pregnant ones, in all their glowing, feminine, big-bellied glory. It’s so refreshing to see body diversity on the catwalk, isn’t it? After the jump, a couple more stunning photos from this unconventional fashion show! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Hard to believe, but “America’s Next Top Model” is now in its 20th cycle. Yup, Tyra’s been lording it over wanna-be models since forever. This season’s a little bit different: She’ll have both male and female contestants competing against one another. Will there be catfights and sexual tension? Probs. Sigh.
To gear up for this latest season, premiering August 2, we’ve taken a look at the competition and given you an imagined backstory for each model hopeful. Take a look, and tell us who, in Tyra’s immortal words, you “wanna be on top.”
Ladies, grab your tissues. Maroon 5 front man, and unofficial sexiest man alive, Adam Levine is engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo.
The news may come as a shock to fans, as Adam split from Behati last spring and was spotted vacationing with another model, Nina Agdal, just a few weeks ago. Hey, he works fast.
Adam’s rep released a statement to People magazine, saying, “Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married. The couple recently reunited and Adam proposed this weekend in Los Angeles.” While Adam, 34, has become a household name since becoming a judge on The Voice, here are five facts about his lesser known 24-year-old bride-to-be. Read more on Your Tango…
If you’re looking for a good way to kill some time this weekend between BBQs and beach trips, try this web series ”Model Files,” which features real-life casting agent Preston Chaunsumlit lightly skewering the modelling industry and casting process. This is a standout from Season 1, featuring a bevy of adorable, edgy babies. I’ve watched it at least three times, and it still cracks me up. Check it out!
I don’t know what it is about TLC’s “Breaking Amish” that fascinates me so much, but I am hooked. So obviously when I found out that one of the stars, Kate Stoltzfus, posed for Maxim, I was irrationally excited. She looks smoking hot, but apparently this is nothing unusual for Amish women. She told Maxim:
“There are definitely a lot of Amish women who have great bodies, because they work hard. They also eat really healthy, since they grow their own food. That’s one big thing I miss about home, being able to garden and take care of plants.”
On the show, she has talked about feeling like “a small fish in a really big pond” as she transitions from Amish life to the life of an aspiring model in New York City. But I have a feeling that this stunner shoot in Maxim may start to change those feelings for her. [Huffington Post]
A few weeks ago, guests at Dolce and Gabbana’s show for Milan Men’s Fashion Week got an eyeful when a male streaker jumped on the runway. The naked prankser, who was wearing only his red sneakers, gallivanted onto the runaway after the designers’ final bow until he was caught by security. According to reports, attendees were unfazed by the naked man … probably since strange things happen at fashion shows more often than you would think! For example… [GQ]
It took you long enough, Tyra Banks: for the past 19 cycles, “America’s Next Top Model” has been all about teaching the ladies how to booty tooch. Last season we were lucky if we got a little bit of Rob Evans with his shirt off. But on August 2, Cycle 20 debuts with all whole new look: male models are competing. (And yes, Rob’s back as a judge — don’t worry!) I wonder if they’re going to make the guy with the hipster beard shave his face. It would only be fair. They make all the girls change something drastic. [YouTube]