Fashion week is upon us. Most designers are treating this as though it is an event of almost religious solemnity (personally, as always, I am in it for the free Vitamin Water and Fiber One bars) but Alexander Wang is doing funny things! Alexander Wang is making funny videos with Bon Qui Qui the character from MadTV (played by the comedienne Anjelah Johnson). More
Topic: Alexander Wang
A few days ago, we saw the first ad for the Alexander Wang Spring 2013 collection (above). It featured (the truly great, truly beautiful) Polish model Malgosia Bela and, strikingly, no clothing whatsoever. Why, we fashion bloggers wondered, would a fashion campaign feature no fashion? This was all starting to seem a little masturbatory for us, but then the rest of the campaign dropped and… it’s pretty great!
Steven Klein shot the set, in which Bela is styled (by Patti Wilson) like a futuristic warrior but also haunted cave woman? We don’t know. And, yes, there are clothes.
And maybe some nipple? More
The weather is shitty.
A nice way to pass the time when you can’t go outside is online shopping (well, online window shopping). At the moment, we’re interested in ankle boots of the Winter-friendly variety (no stillettos, no slender heels)–basically, closed toe leather boots for clomping down slick streets. Bonus points if they liven up drab winter staples like puffer jackets and scarves. More
Kristen Stewart is still pounding the pavement for the last installment of Twilight (in addition to promoting her upcoming Kerouac-based indie, On the Road)–and she’s got some Balenciaga duties to uphold. Along the promotional trail, she landed the cover of Australian Marie Claire, and not only gave them a few weirdly puffy, positive quotes (we’ll get to that) she even almost smiled (above). More
If you’ve been paying much attention to the fashion press lately, you probably know all about oxblood. The dark, wine-ish shade of red has been dominating runways for a season or two now, at Gucci, YSL, Valentino, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Acne, Miu Miu and more (it’s also all over red carpets, especially as beauty). For those of you who can’t go out and drop a few grand on a trend-straddling McQueen frock coat, though, we’ve got a few more affordable options (and some aspirational pieces to oogle too). More
Scorned (for K-Stew) wife Liberty Ross has been milking her husband’s cheating scandal for all it’s worth. She’s had “fuck you” outfits, a “fuck you” rebound, and quite a bit of “fuck you” name recognition. But how many of you out there have actually heard her talk? More
You can’t make it in the art world if all you want to do is make art–you’re running a business, and it takes a fiendish work ethic and the willingness to look outside your own field for ideas and expertise.
The fashion world seems to operate in much the same way: unless you’re born into a famed fashion family, you’ll have a hard time making it in fashion if all you care about is fashion. More
One has to wonder that when a fashion magazine puts such expectations on a model’s future if it’s almost as if they’re jinxing them. Perhaps, sealing the deal on their demise. More
So we were outside TheGloss‘ Manhattan office last week and spotted a girl in Dr Martens (which we actively look for, apparently, because we’re still a friendless goth teenager). Upon looking a little closer, we realized they were actually a Dr Martens’ version of chelsea boots, which we had never seen and found kind of surprising. The short, suctioned ankle boot was a staple of the mod scene and enjoys a resurgence about every ten years–also! when spray-painted glossy white, they’re the unofficial shoe of the Stormtroopers in Star Wars–so we decided now would be a good time to go looking for a pair. While window shopping over the weekend, we then noticed approximately 60,000* other girls wearing Chelsea boots. …Which means we have an exploding trend on our hands. Moreover, an “It” shoe that’s walkable and practical is about the only kind we can get behind. So, without further ado… More
Black, per usual, is going to be in for fall. More
Fall 2012 is showing at NYFW, which means out with the breezy dresses, the delicate prints, the bright shoes and… in with the gloom (which we’re all for). If there’s one look that landed on every major runway, it’s probably what fashion glossies like to call the “urban warrior,” a modern, usually-but-not-always minimal tough girl look for the big city. In other words: lots of leather, sharp and angular silhouettes, combat, knee or thigh-high boots… with loads of military and gladiatorial flourishes in a palette of black and not much else. See Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler and more ahead. More