After what felt like forever without it, Mad Men is currently on TV for what will probably feel like way too short a time. In addition to providing plans for all of our Sunday nights, this means its primary players (but mainly the women) get to wear lots of pretty clothes about talk about themselves in magazines. In the latest issue of Net-a-Porter‘s interactive online fashion mag The Edit, criminal undersharer January Jones dons some truly gorgeous outfits and looks, well, gorgeous in them. The accompanying article is fairly similar content-wise to The New York Times‘ sexist hack job, only it takes a strong stance in favor of Ms. Jones’ right to privacy. Imagine that! But even if you are still mad at her for refusing to tell us everything about her interior life, perhaps you can content yourself with the fact that she seems committed to using her exterior to create some really striking images. More
A little while ago, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO
Clayface Mike Jeffries made some really awful comments about why his fratty Americana mall clothes don’t come in larger sizes. A recent article (focusing on the brand’s desire for thin, popular customers) brought the comments back around and a new outcry surged on the internet, especially from the fat acceptance community. One blogger, Jes at The Militant Baker, decided to write an open letter to Jeffries.
…Even better, she did a photoshoot to accompany that letter, imagining ‘fat Abercrombie ads’ that reflect positive body image. More
Emma Watson is pretty much a best case scenario for someone transitioning from child to adult stardom. She seems incredibly nice and normal, she’s never gotten into trouble of any kind, and she’s been nabbing quality roles in smart but entertaining movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. And in the June issue of W Magazine, she continues her flawless transition to adulthood with the most gorgeous and womanly photos we’ve seen of her yet. More
She can’t be tamed, y’all!
In the summer 2013 issue of V Magazine, Miley Cyrus can be seen “pushing the boundaries” of former child star propriety in some rather statement-y get-ups. Her accoutrements include ’80s punk spikes, ’90s jazzercise clothes, a pink mohawk, underboob, and many, many abs. She also wears that great bugaboo of the nineties, pre-distressed jeans, and even tries out a bit of androgyny in some men’s underwear. If she’s trying to get a bicurious female following, it’s working…this is the hottest I have ever found her. (I’m easy like that.)
What with all the screaming loud fashions and efforts at gender-bending on display, I’m a little (but not too) surprised most of the coverage of this so far has focused on how much skin she is showing. What kind of crazy shit does she have to wear to become known for her bold fashion risk taking? Click through to see this stupid sexy clusterfuck in all its gaudy glory. More
Carey Mulligan is currently in the thick of promoting The Great Gatsby, which is good news for anyone who enjoys looking at pictures of Carey Mulligan. In the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Ms. Mulligan poses for a series of lovely, seasonally appropriate photos: there are flowers on the trees and on her clothes, and she even wears a pair of rain boots in one shot. Her beauty look is fittingly soft and natural, and the accompanying article is full of cute tidbits, like the music she listened to to get pumped up for scenes in The Great Gatsby (LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”) and the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio wrote her notes and signed them as Gatsby. Aw. More
As with many “Women in Music” issues of major magazines, the selections in Elle‘s May issue are hardly earth-shattering; articles on Pink, Alicia Keys, and Adele are hardly going to introduce people to sounds they haven’t heard before. (Nor are they supposed to. They are supposed to sell magazines.) But the selection of British pop star Rita Ora for two of the covers is fairly eye-catching, as she has yet to hit it big in the US. It’s also eye-catching, of course, because Rita Ora at her best has some great, bold style, which the stylist wisely decided to play up. Check out her colorful editorial, then go here to listen to “Torn Apart,” a fun, reggae-inflected collaboration between Ms. Ora and the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. More
Every now and then when I’m feeling sad, I remember that Baz Luhrmann‘s crazy, postmodern, technicolor, 3D version of The Great Gatsby is coming out soon, and that it stars some of our greatest living thespians, and that its anachronistic soundtrack is produced by Jay-Z, and I feel okay again. It also means lots of flapper-themed Carey Mulligan editorials, which are nice, too. In the May issue of Vogue, Ms. Mulligan lays to rest any lingering silliness about how she’s not pretty enough to play Daisy Buchanan by donning several heart-stoppingly gorgeous 1920s ensembles in an editorial masterfully shot by Mario Testino. She also says some smart things in the accompanying feature, like “Daisy Buchannan was basically a Kardashian.” (I’m paraphrasing.) That is so true! Carey Mulligan is just the greatest. More
It’s officially spring, y’all! Birds are chirping, buds are opening, and today was the very first day this year I ventured outside without any fabric covering my legs. (The bottom two-thirds, anyway; it’s not leotard weather yet.) And it will grow even springier next month, which magazines shall celebrate with various spring-themed spreads! As a sucker for both spring and flowers, I do not tire of these kinds of photos, especially when they feature cool people like Karen Elson. She’s best known outside the fashion world as Jack White‘s ex-wife, but she’s also a musician in her own right, as well as a great model who’s been working in the industry for some time. And age 34, she’s getting more work than ever. This is hardly over the hill, but it’s still nice to see in such an age-ist industry. Click through to get psyched for spring by looking at Karen Elson wearing pretty clothes and flowers. More
Q: Is there a baby monkey?
A: Of course there is a baby monkey. More
Every few months there’s some fashion editorial/event/publicity stunt in which someone has made a dress out of something not traditionally used to make dresses. Recent examples include cheese, gummi bears, toilet paper, roadkill, beetle wings, 3000 cow and yak nipples… In the time between those stories, we hear of industrious teenagers making prom dresses from similarly unlikely materials: cardboard, homework, etc… More
If you saw the glimpse of fashion tits Cara Delevingne flashed in Love Magazine’s “controversial” fashion film and thought you might like to see more of said fashion tits, you’re in luck. Interview Magazine has just published an editorial starring the young Ms. Delevingne that is the fashion tittiest thing I’ve seen since yesterday.
“What are fashion tits,” you ask? Generally speaking, fashion tits are small-ish, perky breasts which, when revealed in photos, read as artistic, rather than pornographic, due to their shape, size, and context, as well as the quality of photography. Obviously, these rules are silly and arbitrary, and easily broken by people like Terry Richardson, who’s never met a fashion tit he couldn’t porn-ify. But breast rules aside, this is also just a lovely set of photos. Cara Delevingne may be in danger of overexposure at this point, but it’s easy to see why: no matter how many questionable things she says or Shania Twain songs she lipsyncs to, she is beautiful in a way that a lot of people like, and pretty much photographs like the platonic essence of fashion model-ness. More
In the latest issue of Wired Magazine, Alison Brie (of Mad Men and Community fame) hams it up in some photos illustrating an article about the new ways people are using technology to engage with TV shows, and how outdated the Nielsen rating system is. (And how we have gotten better TV shows as a result.) None of the pictures within are quite as great as the cover shot, which shows what Trudy Campbell would look like if she murdered her horrid, sniveling prig of a husband and took his job. But they do show off Ms. Brie’s range as an actress, which is something the article discusses, and she looks great in all of them. Now, let’s do some “Mad Math.” More
Of all the self-referential ways the fashion world comments on itself, plastic surgery-themed editorials are one of the best. That’s because most efforts at self-referentiality come off self-indulgent and un-self-critical, while it’s pretty much impossible for a decent plastic surgery themed editorial to do that. The imagery of plastic surgery is so grotesque that it makes you think “hey, that’s awful!” even if you still want to look like the model therein. These photos “expose” the price of beauty, if you can call it that.
It also just appeals to my gothic sensibilities, because once you’ve grown up listening to Marilyn Manson you will never not enjoy a photo that combines the glamorous with the macabre. Additionally, it echoes a Suicidegirls photoset published during that site’s heyday, which was humorous and compelling enough to still be stuck in my mind seven years later. More
So I’ve already said enough about Lana Del Rey‘s shortcomings as an artist/empty signifier/hubristic first year Pratt student to last me for quite some time. But what about Lana Del Rey, model? As it turns out, she’s actually really good at that. She should do it more!
The latest issue of L’Officiel Paris features the cyberbullied singer/songwriter in a retro styled editorial that gives James Dean and Marilyn Monroe‘s ghosts a rest for once and draws on the iconography of an equally mythologized, if infinitely classier, country called Spain. From the red lips to the mid-length, wavy hair to the beautiful clothes, this is a feast for the eyes. Much credit should go to photographer Nicole Nodland, who got some really beautiful shots. But Ms. Del Rey is great and posing and conveying moods, too. And this goes without saying, but she looks lovely. If only she’d been born in an era before trip hop, she might have been a silent film star. More