A Show About Marc Jacobs, McQueen and Kate Moss in the ’90s is Coming Soon

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In a nod to all that was fabulous about the 90s, Oasis’ Britpop classic “Champagne Supernova” is getting a second life in the form of a fashionable new television show about Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Kate Moss.

Based on a Maureen Callaghan book of the same name, Champagne Supernovas will follow the designers and their controversial model muse as they navigate the fashion world during the infamous decade. As you may recall, during that era, McQueen was a tortured genius on Savile Row; Jacobs was a NYC wonder kid who was famously fired from Perry Ellis after his iconic-but-hated “grunge” collection; and Moss was, of course, the skinny girl from Croyden who had crooked teeth, and became the ultimate inspiration for the two.

The book itself is full of hot goss that will make for delicious TV, since the author is a New York Post writer and didn’t personally interview any of her subjects. It also may be the beginning of a new wave of projects for the producer duo Johnny Lin and Ben Shields Catlin, who’re developing the series. ​

“Johnny and I are excited to bring this story to television,” says Catlin. “Our goal is to ultimately bring the true narrative of the fashion era that reinvented the industry to the audience, and we will do a great job of telling it. As we are aggressively developing, producing and financing film and TV projects, Champagne Supernovas will be the first of many to come.”

Marc Jacobs, Princess Nokia Make Bucket Hats Fashionable Again in Fall 17 Campaign Video

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Hold on to your (bucket) hats, girls. Marc Jacobs just released the campaign video for his hip-hop-inspired Fall 2017 collection, and it’s as heavy on the tracksuits, gold chains and aforementioned bucket hats as you remember.

Set in an empty warehouse, the video features an achingly cool cast of models moving in fashionably-slow motion to Princess Nokia’s gritty girl anthem “Tomboy.” Gone are the white models in dreadlocks that rightfully caused a firestorm when they walked the Spring 17 runway. In their place, Alek Wek, Slick Woods, Kiki Williams, Cara Taylor, Casil McArthur and Nathalie Westing model the collection, which is titled “Respect.”

Watch the film below and then wonder why the right models can make bucket hats look like the season’s hottest accessory yet, rather than looking like an unsettling men’s rights activist on a bass fishing trip.


Marc Jacobs Offers Response to Last Year’s Appropriation Accusations

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In a new interview with InStyle magazine, Marc Jacobs has responded to critique of his Spring 17 show from last year, where he featured white models in dreadlocks. At the time, Jacobs had responded over Instagram, saying:

“All who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner — funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race — I see people.”

His first retort only fueled critics’ accusations, and was followed up with something slightly more delicate, apologizing for his “lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity,” adding “Of course I do ‘see’ color, but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT!”

Now, a year later, it appears the issue is still on the celebrity designer’s mind. Speaking to InStylehe’s said,

“What I learned from that whole thing, what caused me to pause after it died down a little bit, was that maybe I just don’t have the language for this, or maybe I’ve been insensitive because I operate so inside my little bubble of fashion.”

Jacobs poses for InStyle’s September issue alongside hip-hop legends like Biz Markie, Kurtis Blow, and Salt-N-Pepa, as well as LL Cool J, who supports Jacobs’ use of spring ’17 dreadlocks.

“There seems to be this strange feeling that you can be whoever you want as long as it’s ‘yours,’ which seems very counter to the idea of cross-pollination, acceptance, and equality, he says. “Now you can’t go to a music festival with feathers in your hair because it’s cultural appropriation.”

Why Ban This Saint Laurent Ad? + 7 More Banned Fashion Ads

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The banned Saint Laurent ad featuring the model Kiki Willems, shot by the house’s creative director, Hedi Slimane.

Fashion is constantly courting controversy, whether dancing the line on a healthy BMI, playing with drugs, or pushing the art of seduction a little too far. See the banned Saint Laurent ad + 7 other banned ads here.

When you look at the most recent Saint Laurent ad, seen above, shot by Hedi Slimane and featuring the model Kiki Willems, what catches your eye? For me it was the near-unconsciousness of the model. But for the ASA in the U.K., it was the Willems’s body, how thin she is — too thin, according to the agency. I take issue with this — she’s not skeletal, she’s not imminently in danger of hospitalization, or passing out and yes, you could say that’s exactly what she did right before this photo was taken. Is this another form of body shaming? Who can say from the photo whether Willems is healthy or not? I see no flies circling.

Models with athletic, curvy figures are de rigueur now, in vogue — look at models of the moment Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid, both gorgeous, both curvy with insane bodies. See also: the uber-athletic Karlie Kloss, who posts workout videos to Instagram nearly daily. Some women are bigger, and still gorgeous, like Candice Huffine. What about the skinny girls who just can’t put on a pound no matter how hard they try, but are still healthy? Let everyone live! I say.

Does she appear unhealthily thin to you? While you mull it over, take a gander at seven more ads banned over the years, from a Marc Jacobs ad featuring Dakota Fanning to a series of Terry Richardson-lensed ads that were made against everyone’s better judgement.


A sexualized and 17-year-old Dakota Fanning depicted with a bottle of the Marc Jacobs Lola perfume between her legs.



In 2001, this Saint Laurent ad for Opium perfume featuring Sophie Dahl was banned.



Tom Ford‘s 2004 Gucci campaign featuring Carmen Kass getting some controversial grooming done, shot by Mario Testino.



Sisley ads shot by Terry Richardson. Take your pick!

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Mia Goth for Miu Miu was banned for portraying a child in a sexualized manner.



And then there’s the spectacularity of this Tom Ford ad, shot by, who else? Terry Richardson.



Plus check out Kylie Minogue’s banned TV commercial for Agent Provacateur here.


CFDA Awards – Who Will Win Tonight?

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Looks from Womenswear Design Award nominees Marc Jacobs and Altuzarra, photographed by Barnaby Roper at ROOT Studios, styled by Brian Molloy with creative direction by Laird + Partners for the 2015 CFDA Journal.

Who’s your favorite to win the CFDA Awards at tonight’s ceremony? With stars like Taraji P. Henson and Joshua Jackson presenting, you can bet nominees like Marc Jacobs and Ryan Roche are extra excited to find out.

After months of nail biting, tonight the winners of the 2015 CFDA Awards will be revealed — by star presenters Taraji P. Henson and Amanda Seyfried announcing womenswear, and stylish couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson presenting menswear . Click here for a full refresher on everyone who was nominated for a CFDA Award.

We can expect to see Betsey Johnson and her famous cartwheel on the stage as she receives the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Instagram‘s Kevin Systrom will accept the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award on his app’s behalf; and Pharrell Williams will take to the stage to receive the Fashion Icon Award.

For Womenswear, we have some all-American greats:












The nominees for menswear are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, Tom Ford, and David Neville and Marcus Wainright for Rag & Bone.

But enough about the tried and true — for the up and comers, the ones to watch, we’re looking at Rosie Assoulin, Public School, and Ryan Roche as the nominees for Swarosvki Award for Design for Womenswear. For the Swarovski Award for Design for Menswear, it’s Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air, Samantha, Matthew and Alex Orley for Orley, and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons. For the Swarovski Award for Design for Accessories, Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel are nominated.

Need a refresher on the nominees? Watch a Skype interview with Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne here, and read a profile of Ryan Roche from the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook here.

Watch the CFDA Awards live here tonight — and check back at bbook.com for a full red carpet report in the morning.

All photographs by Barnaby Roper at ROOT Studios, styled by Brian Molloy with creative direction by Laird + Partners for the 2015 CFDA Journal.

10 Spring Wines and the Perfect Lipsticks to Wear While Sipping

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Lipstick: We’ve discussed it before (namely, the best shades to last through a makeout sesh, and the colors you need to get through winter holiday drinks)…But with a new season, comes a new conversation. With the spring comes a new color palette…and as the temperatures rise, we’re celebrating with lighter, brighter lipstick shades. We’re not just looking for pretty pinks here — oh no — we made sure to pair wine with a host of the season’s best shades that also just happen to last through a glass or two. We consulted wine experts, and husband-and-wife team, Josh and Becca Shapiro, of Flatiron Wines, for their expert opinion on the wine side of things.

1. Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Sparkling Sugar pairs nicely with prosecco. Keep things balanced: with sugar on your lips, stick with crisp, dry bubbles in your glass. Drink With: Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano Brut, NV

sonia kashuk2. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Nude Pink pairs well with rosé. All day drinking requires all day lip wear! We recommend this classic french rosé, the perfect choice for sipping straight into sunset. Drink With: Commanderie de Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence Rose, 2014

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3. Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Crème, Boy Gorgeous pairs well with rosé. A full-bodied, one-of-a-kind rosé is the perfect match for Marc Jacobs’s luxurious, ultra-hydrating and indulgent longlasting lip wear. Both are vibrant, dramatic, and opulent. Drink With: Chateau Simone, Palette Rose, 2013

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4. 100% Pure, Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick, Magnolia pairs with champagne. The purest form of sparkling wine–Champagne of course! This elegant and defined Grand Reserve will help any lady feel young. Drink With: NV Clouet Grand Reserve

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5. Nars Sheer Lipstick in Liguria pairs with prosecco. A bone-dry, Italian sparkling from a Ligurian producer pairs perfectly with this translucent and sophisticated lip color. Sheer, lightweight, and ultra-fresh. Drink With: Bisson, Vino Frizzante Trevigiana “Glera”, 2011

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6. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color, Lilac Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc. Bright, fresh, and ready for spring! This pop of color on the lip is perfect with this zippy white. Drink With: Shinn Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, “First Fruit”, 2014

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7. Gucci Lip Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick, Exposure pairs with champagne. If you’re wearing Gucci on your lips, you better pair it with vintage Champagne. Expose your palate to an elegant wine with richness and elegance. Drink With: 2008 Andre Clouet

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8. TopShop Lips in Infrared pairs with a cool red. Chill those hot, infrared lips down with a cool red wine. Best served with a slight chill, this earthy wine with a hint of tobacco will keep you cool even when you’re looking smokin’ hot. Drink With: DeForville, Dolcetto d’Alba, 2013

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9. By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick – Flush Contour pairs with red. Even on a warm day you can stay chic in this deeply tinted, moisturizing balm while sipping on this complex cru Beaujolais. This red wine is best served at cellar temp–or 55 degrees. Drink with: Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”, 2013

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10. Butter London, Teddy Boy Lippy Tinted Balm pairs with white. This bright color is perfect to throw on as you head out to meet friends for springtime brunch. Try it with this lightly effervescent white that has just enough sparkle to get your day started. Drink With: Ameztoi, Txakolina, 2013

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Closes: Marc BYE Marc Jacobs!

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Say it with us: “Marc BYE Marc Jacobs.” Photo: Lucas Flores Piran for Redken, backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs FW15

Marc by Marc Jacobs closes? Yep. Oh, MBMJ… hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave… especially since it means a better, all-encompassing Marc Jacobs main line. Just because the contemporary line is shuttering doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to contemporary prices, too. Since big Marc Jacobs is taking little into the main line fold, that means a wider range of pricing — starting in the low triple digits.

Big question: what will happen to Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, creative directors behind Marc by Marc Jacobs? According to Style.com, word is that Hillier is safe, with a role being planned for her at Marc Jacobs. Bartley, on the other hand… we just don’t know yet.

LVMH is upping their daily involvement as Robert Duffy backs his own involvement down. LVMH now owns 80% of the Marc Jacobs brand, while Marc himself and Duffy retain the remaining 20%

LVMH is doing what’s best for the company’s growth — the whole reason why Jacobs stepped away from Louis Vuitton was to focus on the growth of his own house — and for it to be good for LVMH, it’s going to have to be good for the customer. Let’s watch and see what they offer…

Shop 14 Crazy, Colorful (Mostly) Faux Fur, Streetstyle Ready Pieces to Bundle Up In

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Photo: Leandro Justen/BFANYC.com

Nary a day of NYFW went by that we didn’t see countless iterations of fashion’s burgeoning obsession with fur–vrai ou faux. This time, we mean off the runway and on the streets.

The bigger, the brighter, the bait-ier–>the better for the hordes of photographers snapping pix of those dressed most outrageously. (see: bare legs in -10 degrees–normal at FW). But, with awesome brands like Shrimps spearheading the trend, it’s something we’re all about (done right, of course).

Being firm believers that with the right fit + confidence, we can all pull off anything we want to, let’s explore playing with faux fur–because that’s what this trend is really all about–being playful with style.



Marc by Marc Jacobs Faux Fur Coat


 Shrimps Navy Faux Fur Coat

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Ainea Spotted Faux Fur Coat


 Ainea Striped Faux Fur Coat

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Albertus Swanepoel Faux Fur Fez


Shrimps Faux Fur Clutch


Helen Moore Two-Tone Stole 



Shrimps Cropped Faux-Fur Jacket 

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Nina Ricci Patchwork Fur Coat



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Wolf & Badger Scarf

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Lucky Chouette leopard faux fur

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Adrienne Landau Fur Mittens 

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Ravn Shearling Vest

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

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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.