Unhappily Ever After by Jeff Hong

New York animation artist (and big Disney fan, he says) Jeff Hong has created less-than-rosy portrayals of Disney characters as they'd fare in today's IRL world. They are not cheery images, but they are poignant in their depictions of very real challenges, from climate change to drug addiction to ocean pollution. 

Sep 13, 2014 11:38:00
Nicole Kidman at the Tod's party

Most Annoying Celebrities at NYFW

Whenever we run one of these Most Annoying Celebrities posts, inevitably someone — the 40-year-old president-slash-treasurer of the Taylor Swift fanclub, and that sort  — shrieks, But why-y-y-y??!!! As if it isn't completely obvious. You can even see it in the stars' expressions, that telltale look that says, Crap, why did I listen to my publicist and come here? You see, we fashion folks already have a semi-mondaine of self-important VIPs to contend with. Camera-hunting Hollywood slebs just get in the way, and they know it. They've already ruined Los Angeles. Please, leave fashion to New York.

So here they are, the most annoying of the annoying celebs at the New York collections. Did we miss anyone?...

Nicole Kidman at the Tod's party...

Dakota Fanning at Rodarte...

Sarah Jessica Parker at Gareth Pugh...

Kate Bosworth at Boss...

Allison Williams at Rag & Bone...

Paris & Nicky Hilton...

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Sep 12, 2014 20:34:00
Louis Vuitton Tailoring

Planes, Trains and Louis Vuitton

Sorry, men. You can thank Louis Vuitton for having no excuse for traveling in sweats anymore — or worse, your pajamas. The ultimate luxury travel brand has launched Tailoring, a new permanent collection designed by men's creative director Kim Jones that merges comfort and functionality with the formal suit. Single- and double-breasted jackets are lined yet lightweight, with shoulders that are structured yet flexible. Three inside pockets accommodate a boarding pass, passport, and cell phone. Pants are wrinkle-resistant while slim-fit shirts are made of super-thin blue or white chambray. Mercifully, the vest has been completely left out of the equation.

Sep 03, 2014 16:35:00
The de Blasio family at the Mermaid Parade 2014

New York Gets a Boost from Its Fashion-Loving New Mayor

Surprise! The de Blasio family loves dressing up in costumes. Here they are at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island this year (for the record, Bill de Blasio and his son Dante are not mermaids, but a pirate and Neptune, Roman god of the sea). Not even a water theme could convince Chiara to trade in her signature floral headband.

But aside from the light-hearted fun of that day, New York's new mayor is serious about his commitment to the city's fashion industry. To prove it, he's hosting a formal cocktail at Gracie Mansion for CFDA members during NYFW. Plus, earlier this year he gave a speech at the CFDA Fashion Incubator, where he spoke candidly about his maternal grandmother, who secured passage to the United States by starting an embroidery business. He's also appointed one of his deputies as a special fashion liaison.

Further, de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, is expected to hit a small number of spring collections, including Nanette Lepore, who dressed her for her husband’s inauguration.

Sep 02, 2014 15:56:00
Saint Hoax

Saint Hoax Tackles Anorexia in Advance of Fashion Week

The semi-anonymous artist who created controversial posters portraying Disney princesses as victims of rape and domestic abuse is back with a disturbing new series. Known only as Saint Hoax, she depicts Disney princesses and princes as anorexic, presumably in anticipation of Fashion Week. Just days ago, CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg sent out an email reminding members of its health guidelines regarding eating disorders...

Aug 29, 2014 13:31:00
Miranda July in Somebody

Miranda July's Meta-App for Miu Miu

Not exactly a big fan of the Internet, Miuccia Prada let her view of the digital realm be known today with the screening of the latest in Miu Miu's short-film series, Women's Tales, at the Venice Film Festival. Called Somebody, the ten-minute short tells the story of an app that lets users text emotional messages to each other, but delivered verbally by the nearest stranger, thereby rehumanizing communication between people.

The brainchild of Miranda July, the short captures the cockeyed, ironic tone of the actress-screenwriter's work, particularly her feature-length film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Caméra d'Or prize at Cannes in 2005.

Naturally, pieces by Miu Miu appear throughout, a motley selection of items from the fall 2014 collection mixed with vintage and streetwear. “With this collection Miuccia Prada seemed to be drawing from the everyday, utilitarian world around her," says july. "I fantasized that I was reverse-engineering the clothes back to their origins.”

In the biggest twist of all — a meta-twist, if you will — the Somebody app has been made for real users in the real world in real time. With support from Miu Miu, July worked with a team of developers to create the free app, downloadable here. It's hard to imagine anyone using it for more than novelty reasons, but it's at least good for a few laughs in Venice today. Let's see, what could we get Lena Dunham to say to Ed Norton, both of whom are expected at the post-screening dinner at Ca’ Corner della Regina.

Aug 28, 2014 15:13:00
Fergadelic for McQ

Something Different: Fergadelic for McQ

Fergus Purcell, aka Fergadelic, is the go-to artist for a number of houses that rely on his street-influenced graphics to spruce up their collections around the periphery — which is to say, not the collections themselves. The spring men's collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs and McQ Alexander McQueen are but two houses that come to mind.

Now Fergadelic is venturing into fashion with a collaborative men's capsule for McQ, consisting of two custom designs for fall: the 'Scarred McQ' (on jersey tees or as knitwear) and the 'Frankenman.' The conjured images of unrefined, imperfect cretins are a seamless fit with Fergadelic's fetish for retro comics and homemade tattoos and with the brand's recurring themes of destruction and regeneration.

Available from August at select stockists globally and Alexander McQueen 

Aug 26, 2014 19:21:00
Winde Rienstra, Iris Van Herpen

Head Over Heels for the Brooklyn Museum's New Exhibit

It's hard to think of a fashion accessory as celebrated as the high heel — or as reviled. The shoes of royalty and street walkers alike, the objects of devotion are getting the retrospective treatment this fall at the Brooklyn Museum. Through 160 items, Killer Heels examines the transformative power and provocation of the elevated shoe.

Historically noteworthy are 17th-century Italian chopines made of silk, leather, and wood, as well as 19th-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platform shoes from China. Twentieth-century examples range from a wool “heel hat” by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38) to Marilyn Monroe’s Salvatore Ferragamo stilettos (1959). Contemporary standouts include Christian Louboutin’s spring 2013 collection; Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber and fiberglass “Nova” shoe for United Nude; Iris Van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel; Céline’s fur pump covered in mink; and footwear by Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Pierre Hardy, Iris Van Herpen, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood.

The exhibition also features six short films commissioned for the exhibition from Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, Zach Gold, Rashaad Newsome, and Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, Brooklyn Museum, Sep 10, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015

Aug 25, 2014 15:49:00
Material Girl

The Madonna Auction Madonna Knows Nothing About

There's going to be the largest auction of Madonna memorabilia ever and her publicist says she's oblivious to it. Maybe she's still raging at her well-instagrammed 56th birthday bash in Cannes.

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills — which dubs itself "the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house" — has amassed a wide assortment of personal and professional items of Madonna's, apparently gathered from her various acquaintances over the years. Although how an acquaintance would wind up with her 1988 calendar book or some of her trophies, like the American Music Award for her song Vogue, isn't clear.

The item with the highest estimated value ($20,000 - $40,000) is Madonna's Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, fur stole, and costume jewelry from her Material Girl video of 1984. Meanwhile, the items with the highest gross-out value are the panties, bra, waspie, and latex mask she wore in a recent V magazine cover shoot with Katy Perry. Negatives and prints from the infamous nude shoot she did with photographer Bill Stone — who, after she became famous, took to Penthouse — will also be available to bid on.

Memorabilia from other music videos — Music, American Pie — will also be on hand, while her various films are also represented, including Evita (accessories and jewelry), A League of Their Own, and The Next Best Thing.

Madonna Auction, November 7 & 8, 2014

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Aug 23, 2014 13:06:00

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