On the Heels of #FreethePeen, the 10 Most Controversial Runway Moments in Fashion History

Rick Owens FW15. Courtesy of Rick Owens

I’d never describe runway shows as “boring,” but busy showgoers can get a little, er, distracted every now and then. With the confident assurance that countless images will be on style.com almost immediately after a show closes, texts are sent, and shows viewed more through phone camera lenses than actual eyes.

Now and again a designer does something shocking enough to make everyone calm the f down and concentrate. 

1. Rick Owens Frees the Flaccid Peen

Rick Owens Menswear Fall Winter 2015 Collection Fashion Show in Paris

Rick Owens FW15. Courtesy of Rick Owens

You saw this, right? The Rick Owens show last week was very NSFW–but only in a blink, or you miss it kinda way. Of course, the cameras immortalized the nekked peens that went down the runway.

2. Kate Moss Struts With a Cig 

Kate was just living life on the Louis Vuitton runway. But her lungs were just losing it. :/

3. The Streaker at Prabal Gurung 

Honestly, this dude’s attempt to shock was met with a blasé world-weariness by fashion-folk. He was removed from the stage and Prabal’s show continued.

4. Indian headdresses at Victoria’s Secret 

Whoever thought it was okay for Karlie Kloss to strut it out in a massive Native American headdress was wrong. Ultimately, the look was pulled from all broadcasting and promotional material.

5. Iris Van Herpen and the time she vacuum sealed models on the runway in Paris

Of course, the idea was a comment on models being like products, and the inherent voyeurism that occurs at fashion shows. In practice, however, the models, shrink-wrapped, vacuum packed, and hooked up to oxygen tanks looked supremely uncomfortable.

6. In 2009, a seven months pregnant Jourdan Dunn walked Jean Paul Gaultier

Her 7 months of pregnancy did not dissuade Gaultier from casting Jourdan Dunn. He simply padded her tummy to match the iconic/conical boobs and sent her down the runway.

7. Alexander McQueen’s Highland Rape collection

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The Highland Rape collection was McQueen’s 4th, and the clothes were making statements more than preparing to be sold on department store racks. It was in fact a reference to the turbulent historical relations between Scotland and England. Many took the tattered clothes and bruised women to represent an extremely offensive view of women, but to hear the late Lee McQueen discuss it, his intent was in fact, quite the opposite–meant to challenge the problems of perception women still face in society and place them in positions of empowerment.

8. Dolce & Gabbana’s Racist Earrings

These earrings referenced “Blackamoor” imagery which harkens back to slavery.

9. Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Hasidic Collection

Maneschewitz wine was sipped and the runway was lined with menorahs. While there was plenty opportunity for offense to be taken, most editors reported feeling it had been tastefully done, and that inspiration can come from anywhere.

10. Galliano for Dior’s “Homeless” collection

To position homelessness as chic is inherently controversial. Of course, 14 years later, Galliano still courts controversy. He explained that he’d been inspired by the homeless people he saw along the Seine on his jogs. This was also the collection that brought the incessantly talked about Dior newspaper silk print. #derelict, Catinka.

Research contributed by, and special thanks to Jen Schnepf


Introducing Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn, Together at Last

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn photographed by Mario Testino for Burberry

It took how long for these two supers to be photographed together?! If you can fathom, this is the first time Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn have been shot together, and we have Burberry to thank for thinking it up.

The full campaign is set to be released in January, but until the new year, use this campaign clip to tide you over:

9 Reasons Jourdan Dunn Is Your Spirit Animal

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Spirit animals have come a long way from just being animals. Meant to be a representation of traits or skills that you’re meant to learn or have, your spirit animal could easily be a slice of pizza. But ditch the carbs and your spirit animal inhabits traits a little less dairy and a little more Victoria’s Secret.

Jourdan Dunn’s hotter than the sun. (Get it?) The British export is always sizzling, whether she’s partying in Miami during Basel or giving you a dosage of fabulous attitude with one her many smizes. Not quite convinced? See below to be fully converted.

1. That time her legs were two giraffe necks and she carried a whip. 2013 VICTORIA'S SECRET Fashion ShowPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

2. When she was a tower. Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. *Sips Tea*JOURDAN DUNN 'CELL FOR GRATITUDE' CHARITY EVENT - (Exclusive Content)Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

4. That time your spirit animal was with an actual animal. STELLA MCCARTNEY Spring 2015 PresentationPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

5. Even supermodels get sugar cravings.Angela-PhamPhoto: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

6. Jourdan has mastered the kiss face. Those lips rival Kylie Jenner’s. BFAnycPhoto: BFAnyc.com

7. Studious can be sexy too.2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards - ARRIVALS Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

8. The “I’m talking shit about you” face.Sir Philip & Lady Green Host the TOPSHOP TOPMAN Dinner in Celebration of the 5th Avenue New York City Flagship OpeningPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

9. Then you realize J’s secretly a robot. Which makes a lot of sense because a body like that is out of this world! Joe-Schildhorn-3Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com


The Most Stylish Attendees of Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Photo: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

The Miami sun wasn’t the only thing sizzling this weekend. A Boeing 787 full of fabulous art and party lovers flocked to Florida for a little fun by the sea. Kim Kardashian celebrated her attempt to break the Internet and Scout Willis channeled her party-loving mom. In true South Beach fashion, the fashions were all over the place. Who’s your best dressed?

1. Kim Kardashian at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release Madison-McGaw-2
Photo: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

2. Rosario Dawson at the “Time to Rise” film cocktail party Billy-Farrell
Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. Brenden Fallis and Hannah Bronfman at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet DinnerMadison-McGaw-3
Photo: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

4. Stacey Bendet at Dom Perignon’s Metamorphosis Party DOM PERIGNON with ALEX DELLAL, STAVROS NIARCHOS, and VITO SCHNABEL celebrate ~ Metamorphosis ~ Art Basel Miami Beach
Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

5. Elisa Sednaoui at LHD X ERES Capsule Collection Launch at The Webster Billy-Farre;;
Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Scout Willis at the Out of Order Magazine Party Paul-Porter
Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

7. Jourdan Dunn at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release PAPER MAGAZINE, SPROUT by HP & DKNY Break The Internet Issue Release
Photo: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

8. Megan Williams at Hunter and Gatti’s “I Will Make You A Star” opening HUNTER and GATTI 'I Will Make You a Star' opening hosted by TONI GARRN
Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com 

9. Jenny Bastet at the V Magazine PartyTOMMY HILFIGER, JEFFREY DEITCH, and V MAGAZINE host private Art Basel Miami Beach opening night with special performance by MILEY CYRUS at The Raleigh Hotel
Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Get Your Rihanna Fix Right Here Right Now

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Oh, look. It’s Queen One and Queen Two. Dr. Seuss couldn’t have written something with a happier ending and more meaningful message. 

david-xPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

She’s unapologetic, blazes on cruises with Cara Delevingne, and is basically pop music’s coolest bad-ass. Rihanna has the power to start trends by merely stepping out of an airport in overpriced sweats and a pair of Alexander Wang heels. Unfortunately the diva has not been filling our ears with new music as of late, and it has been truly traumatic. We’ve been so desperate and stuck listening to her asking what her name is while belting oh na na. To say it’s been a long time since RiRi has made a new album is an understatement — her latest albumdropped in 2012 — it’s been a lifetime!

RiRi is phresh out the runway. She may not be a Victoria’s Secret model but the girl can hold her own among model gal pals Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Cara Delevingne. JOURDAN DUNN 'CELL FOR GRATITUDE' CHARITY EVENT - (Exclusive Content)Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

To twist the knife even more, the bad gal is M.I.A. on Instagram, which basically means there’s no reason to even have an Instagram at all.

A moment in history one can never forget, for all the right reasons. Tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals poured like liquid over RiRi’s insane body, giving a whole new meaning to “dripping in diamonds”. 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award PresentationPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Supermodel’s Best Friend

Canine companions are always in style. Some might even call them the chicest of accessories (kidding…kind of). In Garage magazine’s 7th issue, on newsstands this Thursday (9/4), fashion photog Platon snapped an array of top models styled to perfection to match the natural styles of some fabulous pups.

We got an exclusive sneak peek at the spread, called Deep Breeding, which includes fashion royalty such as Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Lindsey Wixson, Jessica Stam, and Liu Wen. Jessica Stam’s piercing blue eyes are juxtaposed next to those of a gorgeous Siberian Husky. Lindsey Wixson and a Toy Pomeranian are practically one. And so it goes–as we imitate Cara, she imitates Komondors, which goes to show, that fashion inspiration is always in the most unlikely of places.

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Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Grills Featured in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” Music Video

In case you weren’t still glued to your computer at 12:01 this morning, you probably haven’t yet feasted on Beyoncé’s newest release: a full 14-song eponymous visual album. On Bey’s site, you can watch and listen to 30-second previews of each.

For “Yoncé” Queen B brought in models Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, and Chanel Iman. Talk about the best modeling gig ever. Also featured? Matte and uber-lacquered red lips, grills, and bondage-inspired clothes hosiery and accessories.


Luella and Jourdan Take Top Honors at Brit Fashion Awards

imageTuesday night in London, some of the UK’s leading fashion industry alum gathered for the annual British Fashion Awards. Everyone from Claudia Schiffer and Twiggy to Erin O’Connor and Anouk Lepere were on hand to fete their country’s fashion finest at the Swarovski-sponsored event (as was a still unnamed “a-lister” who late in the evening “collapsed on the floor of the loos”). In addition to Luella Bartley (who took home best fashion designer), model Jourdan Dunn, recently announced H&M collaborator Matthew Williamson, and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey all took home awards. For the full list of winners, hit the jump.

Designer of the Year: Luella Bartley Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: Stephen Jones Accessory Designer: Rupert Sanderson Menswear Designer: Christopher Bailey for Burberry Model of the Year: Jourdan Dunn Red Carpet Designer: Matthew Williamson Special Award for Bespoke: Richard James Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Tim Walker Designer Brand: Jimmy Choo Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Accessories: Nicholas Kirkwood Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Ready to Wear: Louise Goldin