The Best Belfies: Bieber + 7 Other Celebrities Pushing Instagram’s Nudity Limits

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Butts continue to break the internet. In the latest battle of the bums, Chrissy Teigen pits John Legend cheek-to-cheek with Justin Bieber in arguably the most popular Instagram posts of the week (John Legend’s butt is at 172K likes, which pales in comparison to Justin’s [very pale] butt at 2 million). All of this, of course, is coming off the heels of Marc Jacobs’ accidental belfie (which he reacted to in the best possible way).

We’re happy to see the boys getting a little cheeky on Instagram, since typically female celebrities are the queens of the belfie. Here’s a look back at some of the best celebrity butts on Instagram including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and (of course) most of the Kardashians.

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Tony Awards Red Carpet Brings Out Fashion’s Top Models

Francisco Costa with Kendal Jenner, Joan Smalls and Constance Jablonski, Dao-Yi Chow, Grace Mahary, and Maxwell Osborne. Images courtesy of @costafrancisco, @joansmalls @publicschoolnyc

Fashion world suddenly embraces the Tony Awards red carpet — here’s why that’s a good thing.

With so many Vogue cover girls on the Tony Awards red carpet, is it any surprise that the models featured in the fashion mag hit the awards show photo line too?

Fashion is New York’s industry — so is Broadway. Just because it’s unusual to see the two worlds merge doesn’t mean we couldn’t get used to witnessing some incredible runway fashion — courtesy of the industry’s top models — on a theatrically inclined red carpet. It’s the intertwining of some of New York’s best — so of course it makes sense. Seeing our city’s reasons for boasting in this joint party is cause for an extra jolt of New York pride.

Last night saw a bevy of favorite faces — Gigi Hadid showed up with Prabal Gurung wearing the designer and a handful of Chopard jewels, the Public School boys brought Grace Mahary on their arms, Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa‘s date was the lovely Kendall JennerJoan Smalls was there, Constance Jablonski wore Wes Gordon… Anna Wintour and daughter Bee Shaffer were in attendance as well.

Here’s to much more merry intermingling.

Bella Hadid wearing Prabal Gurung and Chopard. Image courtesy of @bellahadid

Grace Mahary, Dao-Yi Chow, Prabal Gurung, Bella Hadid, Hillary Rhoda, Joan Smalls and Maxwell Osborne. Image courtesy of @prabalgurung

Bella Hadid and Prabal Gurung. Image courtesy of @prabalgurung

Constance Jablonski. Image courtesy of Constance Jablonski



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If Fashion with a capital F seems to exist for a chosen few lucky enough to occupy the narrow intersection of wealth and malnutrition, then TV is fashion’s antithesis, designed for the everyman, fundamentally populist, and all-embracing. Long happy to burnish its art credentials — think of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — high fashion has been less comfortable with settling in on, say, NBC prime time. Yet here we are in 2015, and the priests and priestesses of high fashion are hardly off our screens.

What began as a trickle with Michael Kors, a designer who supersized his empire thanks in part to his role as a judge on Bravo’s Project Runway, has become a raging torrent. Kors left Project Runway in 2012, after ten seasons, only to be replaced by Zac Posen, a design prodigy who is so highly lauded that his first gown secured a place in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Now wrap dress queen and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg has followed suit with a show of her own. Simultaneously, high fashion is plundering reality TV in the opposite direction — viz the example of Keeping Up with the Kardashians’s Kendall Jenner, whose whirlwind rise from reality TV star to bona fide supermodel has turned her into one of the most visible faces in fashion.

Pop culture junkies have always had a facility for tapping into the zeitgeist, but what’s driving this new bond between fashion and reality TV is old-fashioned salesmanship. It’s no coincidence that Jenner has 20 million followers on Instagram — she merely has to post a selfie, dressed in Marc Jacobs, for the photo to get 600,000 likes. (By comparison, old-school model Kate Moss eschews social media. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than people knowing what I’m doing all the time,” she told The Times in 2012.)

Co-opting reality stars is one way to magnify a brand; becoming a reality star is another. In the case of Kors, it was his magnetic personality that became the breakout of Project Runway. As a result he became famous — not just name-on-a-clothing-tag famous, but household name famous. His luxe, jet-setter aesthetic suddenly found its best spokesperson in the designer, and everything from creamy, four-figure, gray cashmere sweater sets seen on his runways to the more affordable, logo-emblazoned bags that became ubiquitous parts of his empire, a chance to get closer to the man on the screen. His wildly popular initial public offering in 2011 turned him into a billionaire.

With her royal pedigree, exotic demeanor, and voluptuous purr, Diane von Furstenberg is a readymade star. She launched her own reality competition show late last year for E! called House of DVF. Von Furstenberg, who is rumored to be taking her company public in the near future, is the central figure of her show, in which she inculcates a group of girls with her business ethos before choosing one as “brand ambassador.”

Although these may be the most high-profile examples, they’re far from the only ones. Fledgling network Ovation has The Fashion Fund, which follows Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she presides over the long-running competition hosted by her magazine to help up-and-coming designers. There’s Isaac Mizrahi, hawking his wares on QVC with upbeat banter into the wee hours. Hollywood stylist Brad Goreski rates celebrity ensembles on E!’s Fashion Police. Tyra Banks’s modeling competition is entering its 22nd season (or “cycle”).

All of which is to say that as fashion’s cultural cachet continues to rise, reality TV is merely another outlet to maximize visibility. Brands need to find new ways to engage with their customers. Designers recognize that there’s no room for snobbery in a culture where success and visibility have become one and the same. In an increasingly crowded market, everyone is forced to raise his or her voice. You don’t wait for customers to find you; you go to them, wherever they are. Increasingly, that’s on screens, like phones and tablets, and yes, the television set glowing warmly in the living room.

From Her Dress to HER After-Party, Rihanna Won the Met Ball

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As though that yellow Guo Pei dress (a near unanimous, if equally-as-meme’d favorite) wasn’t enough to make it clear that Rihanna was the belle of last night’s ball, once the scene migrated from the Met, many headed to RiRi’s very own after party. A-List guests went downtown to Up & Down where RiRi further secured her title as winner of the night. (Not including Anna Wintour). 

The party was presented by D’USSE and Armand de Brignac. Guests included Chloë Sevigny, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Banks, Diddy, Miley, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, Keri Russell, Jessica Alba, Usher, Janelle Monae, Jeremy Scott, Hailee Steinfeld, Madonna, Kendall Jenner, and Justin Bieber.

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChloë Sevigny. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEGabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMiley & Diddy. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJessica Alba. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEVanessa Hudgens & Selena Gomez. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEUsher. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJeremy Scott and Janelle Monae. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSE#Posse. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSESolange Knowles & Alan Ferguson. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMadonna. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChrissy Teigen & John Legend. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEKeri Russell & Elizabeth Banks. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEHailee Steinfeld. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty


Estée Lauder, Courrèges, and Kendall Jenner Get #Poptimistic for an Ultra-Mod New Makeup Collaboration

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Kendall Jenner is back for Estée Lauder in a spacey, PVC-filled, and pop-colorful video to celebrate a new collaboration with 60s fashion sensation Courrèges. The designer’s aesthetic (he was known for minimal white dresses) translates seamlessly to makeup. The collection brings mod back, in makeup form. From the ultra-modern packaging to the bright whites and subtle pastels, the colors in the Estée Lauder capsule collection are on point. And since we’re still stuck in cold temps three days into spring, we’ll take go for it and try our bests to be #poptimistic.

Check out Kendall Jenner fist-pumping and showing off the collab dressed in appropriately bright, 60s inspired looks.

A top pick? The face-brightening, uber-mod ultra white eyeliner, because why not go all the way?

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Insta-Critic: Chanel, à la Brasserie

Coffee with Coco, or Karl would top many a fashion person’s bucket list, to be sure. And for some editors etcetera the chance presented itself this morning, No expense was spared in giving the Grand Palais a Chanel level makeover by which it became Brasserie Gabrielle, a place where impossibly leggy and chic models (you know the drill by now…Kendall, Cara, Joan…). As for the clothes, they served as a chic reminder that lunch is reason enough to look chic. Oh, and the shoes. Well, suddenly I desperately want a (very sensible and easily justifiable!) pair of two-toned sling-backs à la my grandmother.

Lady-like lunching @chanelofficial @kendalljenner #pfw #fall2015 #treschic

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Conservative skirts made very cool.

Maybe just never leave this booth.

Saucer clutch @chanelofficial #pfw #fall2015 #jadore

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The bag to snap was this assiette clutch.

Reaching very peak levels of cool over here.

Insta-Critic: Balmain’s 80s Supermodel Lineup

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What is Balmain but a guaranteed spotting of Kanye + Kim + Kris + Kendall (on the runway) etc. Not content to be outdone by Olivier Rousteing’s A-list supermodel casting, Kim brought a surprise to her #frow seat: a new hairstyle so controversial, it captured Instagram’s attention just as much as (and if we’re being real, more than) the new Balmain collection. Since your breath is baited, here it is:

Blonde at Balmain

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Kim steals the spotlight.

Now back to the clothes for a sec: Rousteing’s collection was filled with Beetlejuice infused looks and the show read like a who’s who of the models of the moment. We spotted Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Stam, Binx Walton, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, who must have to really train her eyes so as not to be distracted by her fam. The unapologetically maximalist collection was full of 80s brights, micro-pleats, flares, and ruffles. There was lots of lace, lots of boobs, and massive belt buckles. Shoulder volume, again, à la the 80s, no longer needs icky foam pads in 2015, Balmain delivered the look vis-à-vis massive fur sleeves.

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Alessandra opens the show.

Here’s your requisite Kendall pic.

Karlie gets punny.

Insta-Critic: Marc Jacobs Gives Us a Diana Vreeland-Inspired Dream

A year after his exit from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs brought a show true to his aesthetic, with exciting twists vis-à-vis bold makeup (those brooding, matte lips) and sharply knotted buns. Jacobs was inspired by Diana Vreeland, whose apartment inspired the scenery of the runway. The collection brought a Vreeland-esque drama: full of knife-pleating, and other such dramatic silhouettes. And that’s a wrap on NYFW! Off to London.

Petite Nicki Minaj amongst the models.

Sharp buns, python, and sequins in actions.

Kounting our Kendall spottings.

Behind the Scenes Photos of Anna Wintour, Nicki Minaj, Kendall Jenner + More Backstage at Marc Jacobs

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Sometimes life looks a little better in analog — not that the Marc Jacobs show needed any help. Check out eight polaroids of the shenanigans and love backstage at the Marc Jacobs show, exclusively from BFA, featuring Kendall Jenner, Anna Wintour, Sante D’Orazio, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Nicki Minaj, and Marc Jacobs himself.

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Kendall Jenner

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Nicki Minaj

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Anna Wintour

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Marc Jacobs

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Edward Enninful

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Hanne Gaby Odiele

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show
Sante D’Orazio

Polaroids BTS at MARC JACOBS FW15 Show