Levi Strauss & Co., that most American of denim companies, got caught doing something most American companies are good at hiding: not paying its workers as much as they should be getting paid.
Last night we attended the Christie’s Green Auction and Vogue Runway to Green fashion show, and it was fancy. So fancy! The well-heeled crowd swilled champagne, bid upwards of $100,000 on items like the “Chanel couture experience“, watched Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha stomp down the runway, and got their groove on to Nicki Minaj. Fancy!
Early Wednesday morning (or late Tuesday night, depending on how you want to look at it) Lady Gaga took to Twitter to announce her newest endeavor as a monthly columnist for the uber-fashiony V magazine. And while it’s already safe to say that pretty much anything the Fame Monster touches turns to gold, this is one project we really can’t wait to see.
So Carla Bruni is only in the trailer for her new movie, Midnight in Paris, for about three seconds. But we love every one of those three seconds more than we’ve loved anything else this morning. Except maybe the muffin we had for breakfast. There was zucchini in it.
Nashville Fashion Week is a thing that exists, and Christian Siriano is its headliner. (Betsey Johnson is showing, too.) While hundreds of cities around the world hold fashion weeks — seriously, from Atlanta to Zagreb and beyond — it seems strange that designers who show in one of the Big Four (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) would choose to put on an additional show in a seemingly random location.
It wouldn’t be a Tuesday if there wasn’t a body image-fueled controversy happening somewhere on the web. Today’s comes courtesy of a normally idolized fashion figure: Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman, who posted two images of fellow style blogger Angelica Ardasheva on his site yesterday along with the caption, “I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre.”
We’re doing a little metaphysical travelling in today’s StyleDish, back to a time when pig’s lard was moisturizer and beetles’ wings were dress material and Indian models were discriminated against due to their darker skin color. Oh, wait, that last one is from the present day. Sigh. All that, plus Carven’s new Paris flagship store and a handy guide on dressing for internship interviews, coming right up!
Bridezilla she may not have been, but the late Princess Diana did have some pretty clever tricks up her lace sleeves when she got married to Prince Charles in 1981. It was revealed today that the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry had a backup dress — just in case something happened to the one she planned on wearing.
Have you ever shopped at a store when the designer’s there? Because this is a thing I have done! A few times! And while it’s kind of cool, it’s also so awkward.
So what we’re going to ask you to do is take a look at this picture. Really, really look at this picture. Look at the clothes, look at the guy wearing the clothes, look at the way they’re styled. We’ll wait. OK. Did you look? Great. Now answer us this: Can you imagine a guy you actually know wearing any of these garments? Because the guy who designed them, Alexander Wang, thinks they’re gonna sell like hotcakes.
Have you seen Bill Cunningham New York yet? If your answer is no and you live in New York, get thee to the Film Forum immediately — the documentary’s run has been extended until April 7. For those of you who have seen it, you know that before Bill was a prolific street style photographer, he was a prolific milliner. The folks over at the Times decided to comb through Bill’s archives to create a hat-filled slideshow featuring one of his classic narrations.
A select group of New Yorkers are up in arms over this ck One billboard erected on lower Manhattan’s Houston Street. And while Lara Stone‘s, erm, assets would certainly qualify as worthy of distraction, it’s not the model’s figure that’s causing the commotion but rather the suggestion of an inappropriate message written out subliminally across the advertisement.
Fashion wunderkind Joseph Altuzarra can more or less have what he wants — he’s just that talented. But last night when we saw him walking the red carpet (well, more like concrete floor on an aircraft carrier) at Jeffrey Fashion Cares, we couldn’t help but wonder if there was anything his career is missing. Altuzarra told us all he wants is a little Kate Moss.
Last night, both Katie Holmes and Michelle Monaghan stepped out in Hollywood to celebrate the premiere of their respective projects. And just as The Kennedys couldn’t be more different from Source Code, Holmes’ mint-colored, knit dress by Ralph Lauren couldn’t have been more different from Monaghan’s snug-as-a-glove white Versace. Which, of course, begs the question: who looked better?
Here’s the problem with getting really good at what you love to do when you’re really young: You tend to get tired of it earlier than people who have to wait for their acclaim. So the other day, when superstar 14-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson wrote about what it was like to sit next to Anna Wintour during Fashion Week, she admitted that the industry, and all of its facades and high production values, had started to wear on her, just a touch.
Darren Aronofsky did the math, and it’s official: Natalie Portman was responsible for 80% of the dancing in Black Swan. This number is close to Benjamin Millepied‘s estimated 85%, and a far cry from body double Sarah Lane‘s 5% claim.
We could forgive you if, with all of that royal wedding coverage happening, you’d forgotten about His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, better known to the world as Prince Harry. Luckily, British GQ has not forgotten, and the May issue of the magazine will feature a world exclusive interview, in which the man third in line to the British throne will reveal his plan to walk to the North Pole, because that’s the kind of thing you can do when you don’t have to be king of an empire.