5 Fashion Celeb Duos That Should Remake ‘The Simple Life’

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In 2007 the world lost a gem so rare that we are worried that nothing like it will see the light of day again. It was a television show that encompassed nearly everything that is nurturing and important, ‘The Simple Life’. Starring then best friends Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, the reality show brought laughs, tears, and WTFs. It may have never won an Emmy, but it did win a place in the history of pop-culture (and our hearts).

Seeing Paris fall off a horse and watching Nicole stuff a five year-old’s bra is something that can never be replicated… But if it was, we put together a list of fashion friends that could easily take the lead.

1. Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com 

As the story goes, both are extremely sought after models; Georgia’s dad is the front man of one of the worlds biggest rock bands, and both are blonde. Throw in cute accents and this show is hotter than a pop-tart fresh out of the toaster.

2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Matteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Fashion’s favorite set of drape-wearing twins should seriously consider a career transition. For a duo that started out on the silver screen, it is only natural they get back to their roots and have another television hit. I can only imagine the faces they would give the piglets when dishing out the morning feed.

3. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

The team behind everyone’s favorite label Proenza Schouler are not only talented, but have looks that were basically made for TV. They’ve already starred in an episode of “The Day Before” that followed the pair’s work ethic and antics counting down the days before there fashion show. Once you dip your toes in the reality show pond, it’s hard to leave. So, Jack and Lazaro, use your PS1s to collect eggs from the coop.

4. Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne Joe-Schildhorn-2Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

You didn’t think we’d mention one Delevingne and leave the other out, did you? Alexa Chung wrote a book simply titled “It.” I believe it is time for “It” to be something a little more along the lines of primetime television. She and fashion BFF Poppy Delevingne basically have been Paris and Nicole just not with cameras following them around. It’s time for these British babes to ditch the gifted gowns and rock overalls on the cornfield.

5. Gigi Hadid and Kendall JennerJoe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

These California girls have taken over the fashion world like the black plague. Both donning bob-cuts at the Marc Jacobs show and enjoying everything that Paris had to offer this season. They also are no strangers to reality TV. Gigi’s mom Yolanda Foster stars in Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Kendall, well, you know. Throw these beauties on a farm and it would look like a spread for CR Fashion Book, except funny.

Kings of Leon Fans & Fashionistos Agree: Plaid Is Rad

Apparently plaid is big with Kings of Leon fans … specifically those residing in or near Las Vegas. At a recent show in Sin City, a writer for the Las Vegas Sun observed that KOL fans not only “love to drink.” They “love to dress in plaid,” as well. And they’re not the only ones.

Purple Fashion’s Olivier Zahm snapped a photo of Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez along with provocateur Terry Richardson on their way to the particularly star-studded premiere of The September Issue. The one thing they all had in common (in addition to respective non-alcoholic beverages): plaid.

What’s interesting is that the beloved print hasn’t lost its favor despite the currently sweltering NYC heat. Not to mention, the premiere wasn’t exactly casual (Ms. Wintour wore Prada, while Sean Lennon donned a tux). Perhaps more importantly, something tells me plaid is not a style of which Anna’s not likely to approve …

Proenza Schouler Inflames Florence

Last night in Florence, something spectacular happened. At 9pm I boarded a bus that drove through the snaking streets in the hills above the city to the magnificent Villa Grand Petraia, where the boys from Proenza Schouler — Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez — staged a fashion-meets-art-world spectacular. The event was held to debut their 2010 pre-spring collection and to launch the new issue of A Magazine the designers guest-edited. And while their traditional fashion shows held in New York every season may be the hottest tickets in town, the duo opted to present their collection with a multimedia extravaganza as they took to the international stage for the first time. Working in conjunction with Pitti Immagine (the organization responsible for Florence’s fashionable trade fair that takes place twice a year) and with Art Production Fund, the designers invited three of their favorite artists to present their collection using various mediums.

First up was an installation by acclaimed artist Haim Steinback in the main hall of the villa. Steinback arranged their latest accessories amongst a neatly organized collection of his found objects — a bed frame here, a pair of strappy flat sandals there. It was a terrific, sparse, modern piece of work smack dab in the center of the most Baroque of rooms with walls covered inch-by-inch by the preexisting frescos. “I was playing with the idea of a layout of a classical garden,” says Steinback, who describes the work as an indoor version of land art, a medium McCullough and Hernandez have always draw inspiration and interest from and that they explore throughout their issue of A Magazine for which they commissioned photographers and artists to create special projects at sights like Spiral Jetty and at the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Past the adorned walls, in the sprawling gardens overlooking the Renaissance city, came the camp factor. Performance artist Kalup Linzy created a music video featuring Chloë Sevigny and model Liya Kebede, who were also among the evenings revelers. “I feel good about the art that is happening here,” said Sevigny, whose face shot by Richard Burbridge graces the cover of the magazine project. “We are showing Italy how it’s done. We’re killing it.” The real star of the video was Linzy himself, all dolled up in drag (Proenza-style, of course) and singing the chorus to his own song that mainly consisted of two words, “Fuck You.” Linzy’s film was accompanied by a series of portraits he photographed of Kebede wearing the Preonza Schouler prespring collection and reinterpreting poses from classic Renaissance works of art.

And as if this all wasn’t enough entertainment, the climax came with a performance by Kembra Pfahler, aka the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Face painted, teeth black, hair dreaded, and tightly corseted, Black entered the gardens with a clone army of backup dancers from the Ballet Academy of Florence. Of course, they had forgone their little pink tutus for a more sinister-but-sweet makeover. Songs included “Tarantula” and a heavy metal cover to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” The concert left audience members mainly pumped but a few were sprinting for the gilded doors (this is a city with a church on every corner, after all). Whatever the reaction, it didn’t stop Kembra from feeling optimistic after the show, “I feel the most beautiful I’ve ever felt in this outfit,” she said with a sly grin. “The world is about to change for the better tonight.” Well put.

Event photos: Egonipse for Pitti.
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Kiefer Sutherland vs. Jack McCollough: Fashion as Dangerous Business

We’ve heard of crimes of fashion (suit jackets worn with shorts or Bjork’s infamous run-in with a swan), but this is ridiculous. The latest tiff between actor Kiefer Sutherland of 24 fame and fashion designer Jack McCollough, one half of design duo Proenza Schouler, has shown that potentially deadly weapons, such as knives, guns, and even fists, are so not in vogue anymore. Now we’re into headbutting. I mean, it is spring, people, and we can’t have burdensome accessories weighing down our scantily appropriate outfits, and really, fistfights went out with Brody Jenner. It’s nice to see the economy’s cutbacks are affecting how celebrities settle their differences. We might even see his choice to use the thick, frontal cranial bones as Kiefer being considerate to McCollough, since the designer’s hands are his money maker, and we all know the man behind the brand’s trademark lacy bustiers wouldn’t take standard fisticuffs sitting down.

It is kind of sad, though, when A-game actors playing heroes on TV start to target fashion designers as their social prey — and over Brooke Shields? I mean, over what, really, could they have been fighting? Kief, has Sex and the City taught you nothing? A woman’s stylist, whether fashion designer or simple, flamboyant wedding planner, won’t ever actually come between her and her man. The only moves McCollough will ever put on Shields will be the tightening of aforementioned lace bustier, so let’s put our heads together and think about that.

When did fashion become the victim? I can see messy collections garnering some negative criticism, but one of the most affected arts in the field has suffered some pretty harsh treatment in the past. The tragic murder of Gianni Versace. Isabella Blow’s socially-motivated suicide. Gianpaolo Tarabini’s run-in with an angry elephant. The brutal slaying of Filipino designer Ernesto Santiago. And now poor Jack McCollough’s nose.

We do, however, applaud Sutherland for turning himself in, leaving Jackie the hapless victim — maybe sympathy felt among the fashion elite who can still afford Proenza’s hefty price tags will imbue them to make some much-needed empathetic purchases.

Kiefer Sutherland or Manny Ramirez: Who’s in More Trouble?

Manny Ramirez and Kiefer Sutherland are American heroes. The Dominican-born Ramirez is one of twenty-five major leaguers ever to hit over 500 home runs, and he has the most grand slams of any active player. And although he’s Canadian, Sutherland has become the definitive action hero of the terrorist era, taking names and torturing with glee every week on 24. But my how quickly plates can shift when you’re at the top of your game. Yesterday, Ramirez got slapped with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and Sutherland was charged with assault for a headbutt incident at SoHo hotspot subMercer early Tuesday morning. So between these two glory boys, who falls hardest?

I have to admit, when reports first surfaced that Kiefer Sutherland head-butted Proenza Schouler better-half Jack McCollough at an after party for the Costume Institute Gala, I was thrilled. Not only was it a hilarious and fairly innocent instance of celebrity-on-celebrity violence, but as a die-hard 24 fan, it was nice to see Sutherland living up the impossible standards he’s set for himself as Jack Bauer. I know McCollough is hardly a supervillain of say, the Marwan variety (in fact he’s probably the opposite), and despite all the Kiefer-was-defending-Brooke-Shields’-honor hullabaloo, I doubt the designer even came close to deserving the kind of Bauer power inflicted upon his nose. But again, it’s hard to hate Kiefer for his actions. When tales emerge of him dancing around the Rose Bar wearing a giant feather boa, how could you help but smile on the inside? He does have a history of thuggy frat boy antics, but you don’t hate him the way you would say, a thuggy frat boy. Case in point.

If I were Kiefer, I wouldn’t worry too much about public perception — and he probably doesn’t. “Loveable Badboy” is a role he wears well, and Jack McCollough had the lamentable luck of standing on the tracks just as the Sutherland Express was barreling through. Oh well. What should concern him is the law, and the five-year probation from a prior DUI that he for sure violated. Season 8 of 24 is set to begin shooting on May 27, but if the law runs its course, then Sutherland could find himself behind bars, jeopardizing the entire season. A spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said that if they can establish that Sutherland violated probation, then it will be up to a judge to determine the necessary punishment. Worst Case Scenario: Kiefer goes away for ten months, some 24 staffers lose their gigs, and Anil Kapoor goes back to India.

Unfortunately for Manny Ramirez, the same cannot be said — in baseball, public perception is everything. Unlike Kiefer Sutherland, Ramirez doesn’t have an alter ego to hide behind. Jack Bauer is immortal, no matter how many times Sutherland takes his buzz behind the wheel. But in one day, with one revelation, the memories of Manny’s two world championships in Boston evaporate. Die hard Red Sox fan and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons wrote a heartbreaking requiem for the man who helped save his life. But not only has Manny poisoned the memories of Red Sox nation, but what about the L.A. Dodgers and their faithful? Manny will now lose $7.7 million of the two-year, $45 million contract he signed with them in March. L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke’s incensed radio tirade against the superstar shows just how detrimental Ramirez’s actions will be to the city of Los Angeles. They went as far as creating a section of seats at Dodger Stadium called Mannywood, which will now presumably be renamed. Manny merch is being pulled from concession stands. And perhaps most importantly, the first-place Dodgers, despite their insistence that they can win without Manny, suddenly have an ozone-sized hole to fill in their lineup.

Manny Ramirez has always been a polarizing figure in baseball, a player whose swing is so sweet it often overpowers his sourness as a person. What some people call laid-back and unusual, others call spoiled and unprofessional. For instance, Ramirez has been known to take phone calls in the middle of games. But his winning personality often shone through–a likeable guy that’s hard to like. The excuse statement he released addressing the situation–that he was prescribed the banned substance from a doctor that has no affiliation with professional baseball–is pretty unbelievable. And until he gets in front of a camera and issues a public apology to his fans, his image will stay mired in disrepair. Worst Case Scenario: The Dodgers let their season slip away amidst the madness, Manny Ramirez gets the dreaded asterix next to his name, and little Bobby Jimenez from Huntington Beach has to throw his brand new Manny jersey in the garbage, because even the Salvation Army doesn’t like cheaters.

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