Insta-Critic: Isabel Marant’s Belted Bohemian

Isabel Marant knows what works. Her legions of adoring fans really never tire of her ruched minis that somehow make ruffles feel relevant, her fashion forward takes on Baja hoodies and other Berkeley-appropriate gear, the printed pants, and boxy coats. They’re mainstays of the aesthetic that has made Marant a star. The twist–or rather one of the truest trends of the moment, was that tightly cinched, nipped-in, leather waist. Seriously, by the looks of this season, we’re all going to have to do “waist training” like Kimmy K just to stay chic. (Just kidding, I would never do that, I like donuts too much).

Now that is a belt.

Marant mini skirt, oui s.v.p! @isabelmarant #PFW

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Marant’s mini and boots combination stays chic.

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

 

9 Reasons Jourdan Dunn Is Your Spirit Animal

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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

 

Is Taylor Swift Just Karlie Kloss with a Blonde Wig?

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Maybe we’ve just been watching too much American Horror Story, but recently we’ve been convinced that Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss are the same person. The two superstars are best friends and extremely successful in their own fields — but could it be that they are just one extremely talented person with an extremely big secret?

Exhibit A: The Hair. Yes, short haircuts are in, but wouldn’t you be a little upset that your BFF went and stole your look? Taylor could simply be Karlie, but with a little bleaching magic done at Fekkai. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Charles James: Beyond Fashion and the Anna Wintour Costume Center - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com

Exhibit B: The Body. Taylor already has vocals that sell millions upon millions of albums, and now her body is literally that of a model. Tall, long legs, slender in all the right places — the girl can sing and looks good while doing it. Or is that the girl is just an undercover Victoria’s Secret model? Joe-Schildhorn-2Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Joe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Exhibit C: The Poses. Now that she has a body like a supermodel I guess it is only natural for her to pose like a supermodel. Maybe Karlie taught her chart-topping bestie how to do an over-the-shoulder, or maybe it’s just Karlie doing an over the shoulder. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Charles James: Beyond Fashion and the Anna Wintour Costume Center - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: Julia Mackler/BFAnyc.com

VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2014 - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Top 10 Most Glamorous Fashion Instagrams from This Weekend

Besides that ultra-glamorous wedding of Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson, it seems it was a relatively quiet weekend for the fashion set. But that’s no reason to not document an outfit. Check out some of the greatest looks below.

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Another day another enviable outfit from Olivia Palermo.

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Valentino, forever slaying me with the accessories.

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Moody.

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Trade legs with me for the day plz. 

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Friends who wear complementary outfits together stay together.  

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Congratulations to Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson!


Naomi Campbell, enough said.

I spy palm trees. Take me to there.

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50 Shades of Grey, with some blue.

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Another all-white group shot, this time from FKA Twigs.

Karlie Kloss is a Human Chameleon: 7 Pieces of Proof

Karlie Kloss for Victoria’s Secret. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Supermodel extraordinaire Karlie Kloss has proven herself to the fashion industry and the world; she’s a structure that’s here to stay. Gracing the cover of nearly every major fashion magazine and starring as the lead lady in nearly every major fashion campaign, Karlie truly is a force to be reckoned with. One key feature to the beauty’s success is her ability to defy nature and morph into anything and everything for fashion. We’ve put together 7 of Karlie’s looks to prove that Karlie is not only a stunning human, but human chameleon as well.

 

1. Wearing Louis Vuitton to the Met Ball, looking like an extinct creature of fashion. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating PUNK: Chaos to Couture - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: John Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

2. It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No ,it’s just Karlie looking unrecognizable while walking for Alexander Wang’s fall 2014 show.ALEXANDER WANG FW14 Show - RUNWAYPhoto: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

3. Karlie’s Kookies is a trademark that Kris Jenner can appreciate. Is it just us or is Karlie turning total Kardashian while posing next to model-pal Kendall Jenner? Joe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

4. It’s crazy what a fresh face of makeup can do. Here’s Karlie looking refreshed and renewed backstage at Carolina Herrera. leandro-justenPhoto: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

5. It’s crazy what a little extension action can do.Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

6. Sorry, who’s that? Oh just Karlie donning a black mop for Marc Jacobs. Matteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

7. Metamorphoses into an Alexander Wang X H&M David-x-pruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/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

Honoring Oscar De La Renta: A Collection of Fashion’s Commemorations

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Oscar De La Renta, a designer whose name is synonymous with elegance and beauty, has passed away at age 82. The industry took to Instagram to share memories of the designer and his collections. Here are the commemorations made by models who walked for him, photographers who shot for him, celebrities who wore him, and everyone in between, honoring the life and work of Oscar de la Renta.

#Remembering #OscardelaRenta #photo #MichaelThompson #VogueItalia June 2006

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Today we are remembering and celebrating the life and talent of Oscar de la Renta, who died last night. A photo posted by British Vogue (@britishvogue) on

The “King of Evening” will be forever remembered. #RIP #OscardelaRenta

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The It List and Legend Missy Elliot Come Out for Alexander Wang X H&M

Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, and Kate Mara strike a pose. Photo: Neil Rusman/BFAnyc.com

It’s the collection that everyone has been talking about and its literally (almost) here. The Alexander Wang X H&M Collection has been one of the most hyped about collaborations in history, so it’s no question why a team of A Wang’s A-List besties came out to support.

The crowd shopped a pop-up shop, and hip hop legend Missy Elliot performed. The perfect sound for his nostalgic meets futuristic collaboration. Not siblings with Beyoncé or engaged to Jennifer Aniston? No worries, we’ve got you covered with the night’s best looks. The collection will be up for grabs to the public November 6th. Better start camping out at your local H&M now!

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Karlie KlossALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Nate Lowman and Justin TherouxALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Jessica Chastain Billy-Farrell-4Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Emily WeissNeil-Rasmus-5Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Kate Mara and Mary J. Blige Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com

Dakota Fanning Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Solange Knowles Neil-Rasmus-3Photo: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com 

Alexander Wang X H&M Army ALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Neil Rasmun/BFAnyc.com