STYLE SCOOP: Kim & Kanye Cover Vogue, Colette Gets Robbed, Raf Simons & Adidas Pair Up Again

The End Is Near / April Fools?

In case you dropped off the internet last week, you may haven’t noticed that Kim and Kanye cover the April issue of Vogue. Yes, American Vogue, edited by the one and only Anna Wintour. Also, there’s a hashtag on the cover of Vogue. Also, the word “selfie”. What is happening?!

Fashion Hold Up

Armed robbers hit up Colette in Paris, making away with a stash of watches.

Shoe Shopping

Steve Madden is gearing up to buy Brian Atwood.

Fit Like Christy

Into the Gloss has the skinny on Christy Turlington’s workout.

Get Your Kicks

Nike might have Riccardo Tisci for the first time, but Adidas is back with Raf Simons for another sneaker collection. (And we love.)

Tripping On Louis

Watch Louis Vuitton’s “infinite mirror” jewelry film below.

Visual Xanax: Collecting Smiles

May your Monday be cheery.

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Images: Drew Barrymore photographed for Arena UK, July 1994; Police eyewear campaign image; Karen Elson photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue Italia, March 1997; Christy Turlington and Kate Moss backstage in the ’90s; Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia, June 1990; Claudia Schiffer for Chanel, 1992; Kate Moss for Calvin Klein, 1992

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Visual Xanax: Supermodel Down Time

The holidays are here – are you on holiday?

Wherever you are, take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Feel the sun warming your shared perch with Christy by the window. Relax.

We could all use a little supermodel down time.

Photo: Christy Turlington photographed by Brigitte Lacombe

From Kate Moss Covering Playboy to Cara Delevingne’s Eyebrows: Fashion’s Best of 2013

2013 was quite a year – from the Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst scarves to Marc Jacobs’ swan song finale at Louis Vuitton after 16 years. 2013 taught us how to twerk and how not to touch our brows (thanks Cara Delevingne.) It was the year of the ’90s from the revival of punk to the return of super model Christy Turlington. We saw a lot of crop tops, Furkinstalks and side butt. And a lot more cross-pollination between fashion, art and film. Here are the highlights:

Alexander Wang Held a Free-For-All Sample Sale

Alexander Wang unleashed 100 of his fans into a room full of free T by Alexander Wang goods and told them they could take as many items as they could physically carry, the frenzied chaos that followed was caught on film.

Christy Turlington’s Makes Modeling Comeback at 44

Christy Turlington returned to her rightful place in front of the camera replacing Lara Stone as the face and body of Calvin Klein some 25 years after she first modeled for the brand at 19. She is also set to appear in Prada and Jason Wu’s Fall/Winter campaigns. 

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Marc Jacobs Left Louis Vuitton… and Nicolas Ghesquière Takes His Place

Marc Jacobs left Louis Vuitton after sixteen years; his swansong final show was dazzling to say the least. Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, was announced to fill the very large shoes Jacobs at the helm of Louis Vuitton.

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Jil Sander Left her Namesake House, Again

Jil Sander departed her label for the third time in October quoting “personal reasons” as the explanation.

Kate Moss Covers Playboy

Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue featured Kate Moss on the cover. The eighteen-page spread saw a soon-to-be 40 Kate Moss with bunny ears, in a bunny suit and of course stark naked. 

Abby Lee Stripped Down for Gun Control

Model Abbey Le Kershaw waited until the party after the Met Gala at the Standard to lift her silver rag and bone dress and reveal her black panties and a message written across her stomach: “GUN CONTROL.”

Karl Lagerfeld Sent Two Brides Down Chanel’s Runway

To support the recently passed and highly contested marriage equality law in France Karl Lagerfeld sent two brides down the aisle runway for the finale of his spring 2013 Chanel Haute Couture show. The brides held hands and wore identical feathered wedding dresses and headpieces. 

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Fashionable Films

Fashion and film had a moment (or 365 of them). 2013 not only saw a lot of fashion houses employing the talents of great directors to make their own films but even commercial films were extremely fashion-centric, The Great Gatsby anyone? 

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Viktor and Rolf Returned to Couture After Thirteen Years

After a thirteen-year respite, Viktor & Rolf returned to couture. The collection was set in a Zen garden and featured 20 models, one for each year they’ve been in business, clothed in voluminous black garments and flat sandals.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! At the Somerset House in London

Somerset House presented a major exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow.  Highlights from the exhibit included pieces designed specifically for her by Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy.

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Alexander McQueen and Hirst Unveiled a Thirty-Piece Collaboration.

Alexander McQueen and Hirst celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their initial partnership with a collaboration that blends McQueen’s signature skull with Hirst’s entomology series. A short film accompanied the launched featuring models draped in the silk scarves. 

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Marc Jacobs Launched a Beauty Line

Marc Jacobs launched a 120-piece beauty collection that hopes to redefine beauty as “imperfectly perfect.” In ultra shiny black curved packaging, highlights include Genius Gel foundation, Lash Lifter mascara and Lust for Lacquer lip gloss. The line also offers Boy Tested, Girl approved unisex products.

Rick Owens Replaced Models With an American Step Team

For his spring 2014 presentation, Rick Owens rather than hiring models flew an American step team in to perform. Clad in his designs the show sent a loud message about the lack of racial diversity on the runway.

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Copy Pasting the ’90s and the Return of Punk 

The ’90s came back in a big way from ripped fishnet tights to flannels to lace slip dresses, designer and high-street fashion alike gleaned their inspiration from a time when Courtney love reigned as queen and dial up internet felt progressive.

Cara Delevingne and Those Brows

Cara Delevinge singlehandedly brought back the bold brow and also made us laugh along the way. Oh, and walked in almost every fall 2013 runway show! 

Alexander Wang Impressed with Collection for Balenciaga

Alexander Wang’s Fall 2013 collection for Balenciaga proved that he could design for a major house, even a French one (he had some doubter from across the sea.) His debut was smart, elegant, black and white, and alluded to the modernity of Balenciaga in the 1950s.

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Minimalism is Back

Fashion forwent its wear-it-all or nothing phase for a new, simpler, minimalist sensibility. From the runways to the streets, fashion saw a downsizing that made getting dressed easier and in many ways more meaningful.

DVF Gets Technical with Google Glass on the Runway

Diane von Furstenberg merged the worlds of fashion and technology when she sent models down the runway in dresses, death defying heels and Google Glasses. The glasses recorded the models view from the runway as a part of a documentary.

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Public School Wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize of $300,000

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the designers behind New York-based menswear brand Public School, were awarded the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize of $300,000. They also were awarded the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear.

Sophia Webster’s London Presentation…That Set Though

Sophia Webster’s Spring 2014 collection took place in a secret garden chock full of flower fairies in pigtails and negligees wearing laser-cut butterfly-embossed heels. The set was so Instagram-able and the shoes so gorgeous that we are sure her label will be a household name in no time.

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Naomi Campbell Led a Serious Conversation About Diversity on the Runway

Designers were finally singled out for the lack of diversity in their runway shows. Naomi, Campell, Inman and BethAnn Hardison penned a letter to the CFDA and appeared on Good Morning America where they discussed the issue and brought to light the names of a few designers such as Calvin Klein and Donna Karen.

 

What Would a World Without Alexa Ray Joel Look Like?

Frankly, I don’t know. Few of us noticed her before, so this sort of glib question really has no non-bitchy answers. Also, I can barely muster the journalistic integrity necessary to comb through the thickets of Alexa Ray Joel news items to shake the useful from the useless. Turns out Alexa Ray is a genetic experiment concocted from the loins of Billy Joel, with considerable help from supermodel Christie Brinkley. She had some sort of singing career as many daughters of singers tend to these days, what with nepotism ruling showbiz with an iron fist and all. And as common with the troubled spawn of the glitterati, ARJ self-medicated following a rough break-up and was rushed to the hospital post-haste. So what would a world without Alexa Ray Joel look like, then?

Turns out: mildly gloomy for a little bit with some sun to follow. Not exactly The Reckoning now, is it? Still, there’s a major problem when a precedent set most notably the holy trinity in 2007 keeps persisting, through starlets plagued by hubris. Reactions to the star’s crisis, by way of a totally unscientific cross-section of tweets, sloppily edited Google news headlines, and other miscellany reveal just how (in?)significant her place in the showbiz landscape is.

Some tweets try the same spillage of crocodile tears that came gushing out upon news of Anna Nicole Smith’s passing:

Is praying for Alexa Ray Joel to get better and he hopes she realizes how beautiful and talented she is.

…while others try to take Billy Joel to task for negligent parenting with dubious claims:

…BILLY JOEL DOES NOT VISIT SUICIDAL DAUGHTER ALEXA RAY JOEL IN HOSPITAL…

A catty, but anonymous Greek chorus reveals that many people have a rather unflattering take on ARJ’s physical appearances.

Finally, here’s ARJ performing “Invisible” on The Wendy Williams Show. The yen for a musical career means some crooked accusations from Perez Hilton about this being a publicity stunt shouldn’t be far behind.

Christy Turlington for YSL, Shalom Harlow Keeps Busy

YSL’s latest ads are out, and they follow suit with the brand’s supermodel-centric spreads from seasons past. For FW09, Stefano Pilati once again enlisted the help of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin as well as famous face Christy Turlington. Seeing as in the last few years YSL’s ads have featured the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer, it appears the French fashion house has officially been bitten by the supermodel comeback bug. However, rather than feeling dull as a result of the familiarity of the mannequins in question, the pared-down ads are charming as ever.

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Also still hard at work despite competition continually being staged by younger, fresher faces: Shalom Harlow. The mannequin looks better than ever in a new editorial entitled “This Side of Hollywood” in Vogue Nippon. To her credit, the supermodel even manages to make a sequined robe work while making out with a stone statue.