Sarah Paulson Haunts a Neon Fantasy in Prada Campaign

Share Button

 

Fans are on the edge of their seats for the upcoming eighth season of American Horror Story. But Sarah Paulson’s latest project looks like it could be a highly stylized Ryan Murphy work itself.

Paulson stars in Neon Dream, a short film by Willy Vanderperre for Prada’s Fall/Winter 2018 campaign. Aptly titled, it features a collection of neon accented pieces on model Amanda Murphy. It plays out against the neon lit dreamscape that is Las Vegas’ Sunset Strip, like a fashion-forward homage to Hunter S Thompson.

Paulson makes multiple appearances as a hauntingly mysterious woman. A suited valet, a roller-skating bartender, and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, she shadows Murphy through this colorful fashion fantasy. RuPaul’s Drag Race season seven winner Violet Chachki also makes an appearance as the front woman of a Marilyn army and a showgirl performing onstage for Murphy and Paulson.

See Prada’s FW18 collection here.

 

Anna Wintour Gives Her Stamp of Approval on Air Jordan Collab

Share Button

 

Anna Wintour has long been the definitive voice of American fashion. Indeed, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast can arguably make or break a project.

Now she has quite literally contributed that stamp of approval to her new collaboration with Nike, as the original influencer has teamed up for a limited edition collection of Air Jordans. Two iconic silhouettes feature “AWOK,” which stands for “Anna Wintour Okay,” Wintour’s sign-off for pages of Vogue before they’re published.

The AJI Zip AWOK comes in both university red and sail, with soft leather accented by a gold metallic zipper and other embellishments, including an “Edited by Vogue” tag and the “AWOK” signature on the sole and tongue. The AJIII SE AWOK comes in black and red, with tweed inspired by Wintour’s signature Chanel suits.

The AJI Zip AWOK will be available July 23 on the SNKRS app. The AJIII SE AWOK will be available September 7.

 

Beyoncé X Balmain Collection Serves Black Collegiate Greatness

Share Button

 

Beyoncé recently turned heads during her performance at Coachella with some eye-popping threads by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. She and her dancers sported sequined hoodies that served total collegiate glamour. They paid tribute to marching band uniforms and the Greek lifestyle of historically black colleges and universities.

Luckily for her fans, she and Rousteing decided to collaborate on a collection inspired by the looks. Indeed, the pieces feature the same graphic. Available this week, it includes hoodies in both pink and yellow, as well as a black t-shirt.

Although the prices range from $290 to $1790, the proceeds will be donated to the United Negro College Fund. It follows Beyoncé’s donation of $100,000 to four HBCUs after her Coachella performance. The collection is available July 13 at Balmain.

 

Runway Rundown: All The Best From Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear, Resort and Fall ’18 Couture

Share Button

Valentino Fall ’18 Couture

 

A lot has happened on the runway over the last few weeks. There was Paris Couture Week; before that, some designers showed their Spring ’19 collections; and in between all of those, there was Resort (which we don’t usually care for, but this season had one great moment). So, we don’t blame you if you’ve missed some things. And because we love you, we’re going to be your fashion fairy godmothers, and round up everything you need to see if you haven’t already (and if you have, all of the amazing things you should look at again). Below, our favorite runway moments — or, as we like to call them, the only ones worth mentioning.

 

Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear:

Spring can be really boring. I mean, florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking. No, but seriously, it can really hard to re-invent the wheel when that wheel is a limited range of flowing skirts, mini dresses and caftans. That’s why our favorite brands threw out seasonal rules altogether and did things like patent leather and hoodies.

 

Alyx

 

For Matthew Williamson’s first ever runway show for his four-year-old brand Alyx (or, as its named now, 1017 Alyx 9SM for Williamson’s birthday and the location of his first studio at 9 Saint Marks), the designer went all out. Instead of debuting a ton of cliche Spring pieces, like bathing suits and floral dresses, the collection looked almost as if it could’ve been for Fall. With a post-apocalyptic vibe perfect for our current political climate, Willliamson’s pieces looked like a uniform for, albeit incredibly fashionable, anti-fascist soldiers. Sign me up.

 

Vetements

 

VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019

A post shared by VETEMENTS (@vetements_official) on

VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019 – WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO – LINK IN THE PROFILE

A post shared by VETEMENTS (@vetements_official) on

VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019

A post shared by VETEMENTS (@vetements_official) on

For fashion world darling Demna Gvasalia’s turn on the runway, the designer paid homage to his home country, Georgia. Gvasalia casted the show with all Georgian teenagers, and took the opportunity to teach fashion insiders about the current political turmoil happening in the region. In fact, each piece from the collection comes with a giant bar code, that once scanned with your iPhone, will open an app that features facts about the country. And as much as I want to hate Vetements, I wish I could afford to pay $1,000 for a sweatshirt.

 

Kenzo

 

Prints, prints, prints. #KENZOSS19

A post shared by KENZO (@kenzo) on

Kenzo S/S ’19 was all about prints. Gingham, checks, polka-dots, snakeskin — you name it, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon designed it, and styled it together. The whole maximalist, should-be-clashing-but-instead-looks amazing thing has always been Kenzo’s vibe, but each season Lim and Leon seem to do it better and better. After last year’s Spring collection, I really thought the brand had reached their peak, but this season even makes me want to wear color.

 


 

Resort:

Honestly, I shouldn’t have even included Resort on this list, since it’s really not a list – it’s just Miu Miu.

 

Miu Miu

 

If Miu Miu’s Resort ’19 collection was bad, it truly wouldn’t have even mattered. With a casting like the one they had at The Regina Hotel in Paris last week, including Rowan Blanchard, Kaia Gerber, Uma Thurman, Chloe Sevigny and Naomi Campbell, no one would have even noticed the clothes. But we did, because the collection was perfect. Kind of preppy, but with a race car driver-meets-Valley of the Dolls-meets-Maui sort of look, the Miu Miu collection was what Miuccia Prada still does best, even after all these years: it was fun, it was free, and somehow, between all the clashing prints and furry heels, it was still subtle.

 


 

Fall ’18 Couture:

Couture is all about fantasy; it’s about staring at beautiful clothes you desperately want but have absolutely nowhere to wear them to. When it came to this year’s Couture Week, our favorite designers didn’t let us down, delivering some of the dreamiest collections we’ve ever seen grace the runway. I mean, Kaia Gerber at Valentino. Enough said. But don’t worry, we’ll say more anyway.

 

Chanel

 

For his Fall ’18 Chanel couture show, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris. Honestly, everything the guy does is good, and the fact that he’s still able to send tweed two-pieces down the runway, and make them look good — well, that alone, proves he’s a genius. In addition to his love of Paris, the designer built this collection around what he calls the “high profile” — long skirts that unzip to show thigh-bearing minis underneath. “You can wear it zipped down when you visit your banker, no?” he told Vogue. “And zipped up when you see your lover after!”

 

Valentino

 

At this point, there’s no way you haven’t seen at least one photo from the Valentino couture show. Images of Kaia Gerber in her amazing beehive have literally been flooding the internet. But for once, the talk is true and all the hype is worth it. The Valentino collection was the MVP of Couture Week — and maybe all of 2018. Obviously, Pat McGrath and Guido Palau killed it with the beauty; but the collection itself was completely breathtaking. I mean, the models looked like actual angels floating down the runway in their billowy gowns and floral headdresses.

 

Fendi

 

 

Fendi always knows what they’re doing. For their couture collection, the brand took a step back from the logomania that’s taken over their last few seasons, and created a ’60s-inspired ode to fur. While a lot of the industry has vowed to go fur free, Lagerfeld has doubled down with Fendi. Though the collection included bits of actual fur, it was more about the ways in which he treated other fabrics that created a sort of gaudy (but in a good way), glam feel that I totally could’ve imaged Liz Taylor or Anne Welles in.

 

Margiela

 

Discover highlights from our Autumn-Winter 2018 ‘Artisanal’ Collection designed by @jgalliano: The nomadic idea of taking life on the road is conveyed in abundant layering where garments interweave and mutate. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry – Music: “Unchained Melody” Written By: Alex North & Hy Zaret Courtesy Unchained Melody Publishing LLC – Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda,Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music Arrangement : Jeremy Healy

A post shared by Maison Margiela (@maisonmargiela) on


Galliano went all Fifth Element for his latest Margiela Artisanal collection (he’s too cool for couture, natch). Using VR headsets and iPhones as accessories, the designer sent a retro-futuristic, technology-obsessed collection down the runway. And hey, since people are already attached to their phones, physically adhering them to our outfits seems like a natural next step. That, or we’re going to war with aliens and Galliano is designing the outfits.

 

Viktor and Rolf

 

To celebrate their 25 years together, Viktor & Rolf decided to take 25 of the brand’s most iconic looks, and update them for their Fall ’18 couture collection. That update meant turning everything white and covering them in Swarovski crystals. Though I’ve always been a fan of Viktor & Rolf, there’s literally nothing more perfect than the bed dresses they originally created for their Fall ’05 collection — or, at least, I thought, until I saw this season’s iteration, complete with white bedazzled pillows and a down evening dress. Sigh. This is what dreams are made of.

 

Photos & Video: Instagram

The Weeknd Releases Summer-Inspired Merch Collection

Share Button

 

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye has created some of the most sensual R&B of our time as The Weeknd. As an influencer, he’s also created some worthy pieces of streetwear through his limited edition merch collections.

This week, he released the second installment of his 2018 edition The summer-inspired collection features a cut + sew mesh basketball jersey, a cut + sew pique polo, basketball shorts pairing, and custom XO slides. 2018 Merch Release 002 also includes a new range of screen printed graphic t-shirts, long sleeves, and hats, as well as a new colorway of the Classic XO tracksuit and a new matte black XO coffee mug.

The Weeknd’s 2018 Merch Release 002 is now available online.

 

Def Leppard Releases Sneaker Collab with Six Hundred Four

Share Button

 

You may know Def Leppard mostly for melting your parents’ faces in the ’80s with their epic metal ballads. Now they’re looking to rock your peds.

Luxury sneaker brand Six Hundred Four has just announced a limited edition collaboration with the iconic band. The collection consists of four flamboyant styles, inspired by the group’s album art for On Through the Night, Pyromania, and Hysteria, as well as the iconic Def Leppard logo. Only 604 individually numbered pairs will be available for order.

“I always knew the fans we’re going to love the shoes,” says lead singer, Joe Elliott. “But when I finally saw them in person, I fell in love with them. I’m looking forward to wearing them on stage.”

The collection will be on display during the band’s current world tour and are expected to ship out in October. Retailing for $265, they’re now available for pre-order at Six Hundred Four.

 

Reebok Classic Releases ‘GLOW’ Inspired High Tops

Share Button

 

This month, GLOW returns to Netflix for season two. Based on the ’80s wrestling show of the same name (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), the scripted adaptation follows 12 actresses as they start an all-women’s wrestling league. It’s full of ’80s music, ’80s hair, and ’80s style.

To celebrate the new season, GLOW has partnered with Reebok Classic – and drawing inspiration from the show and the era, they’ve released two new models of the Freestyle Hi. It will also be worn by multiple characters in the show’s upcoming season.

 

 

The updated version of the Freestyle Hi embraces the pastel palette that was so popular during the ’80s. One model even comes in a rose gold color, and the other comes in white with pink, green, and yellow accents.

The Freestyle Hi is one of Reebok’s most iconic shoes, its first marketed to women in 1982. It’s the perfect model to celebrate the strong women of GLOW, as well as women around the world. So, wear it for your next wrestling match or just to look cute while running around town.

The GLOW-inspired Freestyle Hi is now available at Reebok for $85.

Nordstrom Celebrates Anniversary Sale with Dan Levy

Share Button

 

Actor/comedian/Canadian (and Eugene Levy’s son), Dan Levy can now add model to his résumé. Indeed, the star and creator of Schitt’s Creek makes a dapper appearance in Nordstrom’s ad campaign for their 2018 Anniversary Sale.

“I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale,” Levy says. “I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”

 

 

This year’s campaign features four fashion-savvy comedy up-and-comers, with Levy joined by Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand), Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), and Hannah Simone (New Girl). They each exemplify a fresh Nordstrom-approved style, as well as a great sense of humor and passion for their work. The campaign was photographed by Mary Ellen Matthews, best known for her portraits of celebrity guests on Saturday Night Live.

“Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” says Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast brings to the campaign.”

The Nordstrom 2018 Anniversary Sale takes place July 20 through August 5. Watch Levy in the campaign video below.

 

Revisiting LA’s Relentlessly Hip Silver Lake…Before the Tourist Invasion?

Share Button

 

It happened in Williamsburg. While that now media saturated hood had already become ground zero for the unstoppable hipsterization of Brooklyn, when the first sceney boutique hotel, The Wythe, opened in 2012, it was off to the races…and on to the inevitable yupsterization phase.

Arguably its Los Angeles equivalent, Silver Lake, has already sort of gone beyond having that moment; at this point, it’s a bit of a parody of a neighborhood having a moment. Celebrities, boutique coffee roasters, and critically acclaimed chefs are as common a sighting as people in wool hats rolling their own cigarettes. Surrounded by Echo Park, Los Feliz, and East Hollywood, Silver Lake is the ultimate epicenter for the young and trendy of LA.

But word has it that SL’s first boutique hotel is set to open at Sunset Junction in early 2019…which means hipster-seeking tourists will be soon added to the mix.

 

 

We would tend to avoid anything that’s already been labeled “tragically hip” (as Silver Lake was in a GQ piece earlier this year); but after recently spending the day meandering through rows of sun-drenched houses, sipping on high-voltage cold brew and feasting on produce fit for the gods, we too found ourselves newly enamored of its undeniable charms. And so just might try to get in as much time pre-hotel opening. 

Should you be so intrigued, here is our by-no-means-exhaustive guide to Silver Lake at this pivotal cultural moment. Funny enough, and in very un-LA fashion, you can actually get everywhere on this list without driving.

 

A Cool Caffeine Jolt

First things first, coffee. Intelligentsia (3922 Sunset Blvd) is located in a bright red building in Sunset Junction’s open air pavilion. Unlike many of the austere, minimalist cafes trending as of late, it has a refreshingly vibrant sensibility. They’re one of several single source roasters in the area; and like Stumptown, they were recently acquired by Peet’s. Dinosaur Coffee (4334 Sunset Blvd), co-owned by one of the founders of Cards Against Humanity, and Philly export La Colombe (3900 Sunset Blvd) are just a stone’s throw away, as well. 

 

La Colombe

 

An SL Art Fix

Next stop, the Sunset Pacific Motel (4301 Sunset Blvd). It’s known to locals as the Bates Motel, because of its location on Bates Ave, and its menacing facade. In 2015, artist Vincent Lamouroux whited out the abandoned building with limewash, in an activation he called ProjectionLA – prompting other street artists and passersby to leave their marks. And though it’s inevitably going to be torn down and redeveloped, for now, it’s living public art.
Speaking of public art, remember the cover to Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album, when he stood in front of that black and white swirl mural? The photo was shot by Autumn de Wilde on Sunset Boulevard (4334 Sunset Blvd), and part of it still stands today. But only part of it. This past year a wine bar replaced half the mural with glass block windows. The neighborhood revolted by never going there, putting the bar out of business less than a year after it opened. When will they learn? Don’t mess with emo kids.

 

 

Upscaling Mexican

After paying your respects, pop in to Trois Familia (3501 Sunset Blvd). The imaginative, if not totally practical, fusion concept blends French and Mexican cuisines (though leans more French). Ludo Lefebvre joined forces with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo to bring this idea vividly to life with dishes like the beet tartare tostada and a double decker potato taco with lime and crème fraiche. The rainbow neon, ‘70s funk music, and strip mall location all feel exceptionally on-brand for the area.

Gorgeous Things (To Buy)

If your credit cards are like hot, burning coals in your wallet, there are plenty of places to use them. Find yourself an orange and blue vase from the ‘60s or a hand-woven rug made of alpaca fur; there are no shortage of stores filled with good-smelling, carefully considered wares. Le Labo (3531 Sunset Blvd), Clare V. (3339 Sunset Blvd) and the Dream Collective (1404 Micheltorena Ave) are all within spitting distance.
A winding, twenty-minute detour leads to Silver Lake Boulevard and 1619 (1619 Silver Lake Blvd), a gem of a vintage store with elegant silk slips, kimono robes, crocheted dresses, and so much more. They also have a sprawling outdoor patio, where they plan to host regular craft fairs over the summer (how very on-trend).

 

Clare V.

 

Trendy Sustenance 

A few steps away is L&E Oyster Bar (1637 Silver Lake Blvd). Grab a spot on the outdoor balcony for some dry white wine, fresh-shucked oysters and other seafood menu delights. It’s pretty easy to snag a bar seat or table here at any given time – there’s a lounge upstairs, and a full-service restaurant downstairs.
Just across the way is Botanica (1620 Silver Lake Blvd), which opened to much anticipation last year. The multi-platform establishment (part market, part all-day restaurant, part publication) is owned by editors and chefs Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling. Their expertise in California produce and natural wines shines through on the menu. The airy, wood-lined space (formerly a liquor store built in the 1940s) was reimagined by design firm Weekends.

 

Botanica

 

Hipster Bands + Hipper Comedy

If the sun has fully set, or who cares if it hasn’t, make your way to Silver Lake’s obligatory legendary music venue, The Satellite (1717 Silver Lake Blvd). Rilo Kiley, the White Stripes, and even the New York Dolls have graced the marquee and stage here. It doubles as a comedy club too, with regular sets from local faves John Early and Neil Hamburger.

 

The Satellite