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.

Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez Shares His Late-Summer Playlist

The dog days of July were turning into the rabid heat waves of August when Lazaro Hernandez (left), one half of New York–based womenswear and accessories brand Proenza Schouler, began compiling his summer getaway playlist. A week after its completion, the 32-year-old designer flew to a remote cabin on Frank Island, off the coast of Vancouver, which he describes romantically as an oasis of “eagles, whales, and waves.”

His eagerness to escape his studio in the city, where he and his business partner Jack McCollough create their CFDA Award–winning line, was woven into the fabric of his song choices, all of which are worlds apart from the stiletto-stomping anthems that will provide the soundtrack to Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2012 collection this month at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

While Hernandez appreciates the style of, say, punk prophet Patti Smith, he insists there’s no connection between the rock icons he admires and the clothes he makes. “They’re very different mediums,” he says of fashion and music. “It’s not like we’ve been inspired by someone’s specific look or a particular album cover, but we do love dressing the people we admire. Even that, though, is less about the young, ‘cool’ artists, and more about the older, iconic ones like Yoko Ono and Stevie Nicks.” Hernandez does, however, have his finger on the pulse of young, “cool” artists despite not getting to see many concerts. “I’m definitely not hardcore about catching shows,” he says, before a brief pause. “That’s a lie, actually. I see lots of shows—fashion shows.”

The Beach Boys’ “Lonely Sea.” I can’t even think of a summer playlist without including the Beach Boys, one of the all-time greatest bands. Brian Wilson is my hero. I listened to this song as a little kid and I’ve recently fallen back in love with it. I like the melancholic, lonely feel to this one, which is unlike the hyper-happy songs that they’re sometimes associated with.

The Mayfair Set’s “Dark House.” This has been playing around the studio pretty much nonstop. I guess you could say I’m not all that into party music like the stuff Lady Gaga records. I don’t really listen to the radio, and I’m not so up to speed on popular songs. I’ll be like, What’s that song you’re playing, Jack? And he’ll be like, “Really? You don’t know?” Like that new Beyoncé song everyone’s listening to, the one she took from some Jamaican band. [Ed note: “Run the World (Girls)” samples “Pon de Floor” by Major Lazer, whose members Diplo and Switch both have writing credits on Beyoncé’s song.]

Smith Westerns’ “All Die Young.” This is a great new band whose album I play in its entirety around the clock. I do a lot of internet music searches and one thing leads me to another and another, and then to another. I spend a couple nights a week buying music, which I suppose is a bit too much time spent buying music.

Banjo or Freakout’s “Can’t be Mad for Nothing.” This is one of the newer albums we’ve been playing on a loop. My problem is that I get bored of things really quickly—that’s just my personality—so if I listen to the same album all week I’ll need another one the next.

John Maus’ “Believer.” He puts on a sick live show. You should YouTube him. He looks like a normal guy—he’s a professor at the University of Hawaii [at Manoa], or something really weird like that—but then he transforms into a crazy, spastic performer. He runs around on stage shaking, really feeling it. It’s pretty cool.

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “The Hardest Walk.” I listened to this one when I was, like, 16 years old. I was a pissed-off kid and a bit of a delinquent because back then I didn’t have many responsibilities. This entire JAMC album, Psychocandy, reminds me of a time when I was free. I was a bad kid, but I’ve cleaned myself up a bit.

The Smiths’ “I Won’t Share You.” Morrissey is like a religion among many of my friends. I had a lot of “firsts” while listening to the Smiths, although some things shall remain private. I’ve never actually met Morrissey but I once met Madonna, which was pretty amazing. I ran into her at the Met Ball back in the day. We were both at the bar, and so I turned around and said something really stupid like, Hi, I wanted to say hi to you. She smiled—she was sweet—and then she walked away. I just stood there, like, Amazing.

Atlas Sound’s “Bite Marks.” This is [Deerhunter’s] Bradford Cox’s other band. He’s kind of a musical prodigy and we have mad respect for everything he does. He’s got a pretty cool music blog, too.

Neil Young’s “Out on the Weekend.” This is another escapist track, which is pretty much my vibe these days. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and I want to be anywhere but the city. We have a farm out in Massachusetts where we’ve gone almost every single weekend for a couple of years now. I bring people there all the time to chill and do nothing. This song reminds me of getting away from it all.

Tapper Zukie’s “M.P.L.A.” I’ve been pretty heavy into reggae since I was a kid and Tappa is top dog in my eyes. He informed a lot of newer reggae artists, but he’s this amazing, underground—no, don’t write underground, that’s such a cheesy word—under-the-radar guy who not many people know about. He made real reggae in the ’70s—not like those shitty ’90s pop songs by Shaggy.

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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