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’s mini and boots combination stays chic.
Karlie Kloss gives a first look backstage.
Making a micro-mini look angelic
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 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
As seen here on Sarah Jessica Parker
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
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.
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. Photo: 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? Photo: 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. Photo: Julia Mackler/BFAnyc.com
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.
Another day another enviable outfit from Olivia Palermo.
Valentino, forever slaying me with the accessories.
Trade legs with me for the day plz.
Friends who wear complementary outfits together stay together.
Congratulations to Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson!
Naomi Campbell, enough said.
I spy palm trees. Take me to there.
50 Shades of Grey, with some blue.
Another all-white group shot, this time from FKA Twigs.
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.
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.
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. 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”. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Image courtesy of Billy Farrell (BFAnyc.com)
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.
My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory. A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on
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
A photo posted by MARIO TESTINO (@mariotestino) on
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!
Missy Elliott Performing
Photo: @alyssashapiro on Instagram