Saturday, 23 August 2014

STYLIST: MEAGHAN MULLANEY HAS A THING FOR THE JAMAICAN FLAG


Name: Meaghan Mullaney What do you do? I'm a freelance stylist. What would you never be caught wearing? I'd never wear a fedora. What was the last thing you bought? A top from Reformation. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Morocco. What are you currently obsessed with? The Jamaican flag. What was the last song you listened to? "I'm Different" by 2 Chainz. What are you wearing? MinkPink dress, Acne shoes, Wendy Nichol bag.
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BALMAIN :: Fashion Runway Shows, Balmain Videos on MODTV

BALMAIN :: Fashion Runway Shows, Balmain Videos on MODTV



BALMAIN's Olivier Rousteing could be seething every season when his catwalk pieces are interpreted - some would say copied - by the high street but, on the contrary, he is delighted.





"I think it was Coco Chanel who said if you're original, be ready to be copied," he said. "I love seeing a Zara window with my clothes mixed with Céline and Proenza! I think that's genius. It's even better than what I do! I love the styling, I love the story... I watch the windows always, and it's genius what they do today. They go fast, they have a great sense of styling and how to pick up what they have to pick up from designers. I'm really happy that Balmain is copied - when I did my Miami collection and we did the black and white checks, I knew they would be in Zara and H&M. But they did it in a clever way - they mixed a Céline shape with my Balmain print! Well done! I love that."



A proponent of referencing other labels - from his spring/summer 2013 Versace-inspired offering, to spring/summer 2014's Eighties Chanel-esque gold buttons - Rousteing is also happy to take notes from the past, while also forging forwards with the historical house. The only mixed-race designer at the helm of a major label, his latest campaign reflects "the diversity of beauty" - while his previous images enlisted his "friend" and "muse" Rihanna.



"I love seeing a woman, the feeling of a model, a top model," Rousteing told The Independent of the allure of the singer. "When you look at an old Versace show, you loved the dress, but you loved Claudia Schiffer, you loved Cindy Crawford. Supermodels! With Rihanna you get that, too. Today people are looking at Rihanna like they were looking at Naomi Campbell or Claudia... nobody wants to be a model, everybody wants to be a singer. That's the new dream. I think having Rihanna in the campaign is like having Cindy Crawford of Christy Turlington, but for my generation."
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KANYE WEST: New Ye (ar) He married his girl. GQ gives us the sunny skies on this story: Kanye's dream of being a fashion designer? That's coming true now, too. Oh, and there's also a new album on the way. So what comes after being the most confrontational man in America? We're about to find out Kanye West is married, the ring is gold, and understated in a way that not much else about Kanye West is. He sits in the lobby of New York's Mercer Hotel—the same hotel where he and Jay Z recorded most of Watch the Throne—reflecting on the distance he's come. "I am a black American male from Chicago," West says, "who had my rehearsal dinner at Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city." He is one year removed from Yeezus, the record that took all of West's prodigious pop gifts and made a show of immolating them one by one. He is one year removed from telling anyone who'd listen that he was going to burn the entire fashion industry down, or at least he would once they let him through the door. Now they kind of have: He's got a capsule collection with A.P.C. out now; a line with Adidas that debuts with footwear this fall; and somewhere off in the distance, a new menswear line. He's also got a new record—maybe even a full-on pop record, though he hasn't decided yet. He knows he is no longer the most popular man in rap. "Currently that spot is taken," West says. "Let's be honest—he got last summer."
Who? "You know. There's only one person." Drake? "Yeah. He got last summer. And I'd never given it up till last summer." Now he's thinking about taking it back. "It's a real question for me. Do I want to?" Meanwhile, he's reckoning with what it is to be a father and a husband and a decent human. He's happier now—"You see I haven't name-dropped and said a bunch of negative stuff about people," he says at one point—but no less homicidally competitive or less convinced that he's the next Steve Jobs. He'd like to spend more time with his family. He'd also still like to build amusement parks. It's a contradiction, one he's only begun to resolve. And all the while, he can't go outside with his wife, Kim Kardashian, without having his photo taken. His entire waking life has become a performance, a manifesto, a fashion shoot. Most of the time, he's cool with that fact. But not always. "I hope we don't see no paparazzi today," West says. "Because I'm still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, 'That's not my statement!' " You got married a week ago. You're the lead subject in practically every tabloid on the planet right now. Are you comfortable in that position, having that many eyes on you? That wasn't my goal. My goal is just to be respected as a man when I walk down the street with my family. I don't care what your job is, you're not gonna talk down to me, you're not gonna try to get a rise out of me. I'm a man first. And in establishing that, some interesting things have happened. [laughs] Like that TMZ video from last year, where you're walking with your pregnant fiancée with your head down to avoid the paparazzi, to the point where you walked into a sign and hit your head. Then TMZ made fun of you for walking into the sign. How do you live like that? It's difficult. And then put on top of that the idea of going and taking meetings with people, and people say, "We don't want to work with you, because we saw you get mad about running into the sign." Does that kind of mockery feel like an effort to de-fang you? But also, there's no fangs. I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a—what's the fish that blows up? A blowfish? Yeah. I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it's like a blowfish. I wasn't coming out of my house going to a paparazzi's house to attack them. I'm defending my family in front of my own house. I'm defending my name as someone's screaming something negative at me. That's a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people. Can I read you something? The New York Post's Page Six has an account of your wedding that reads, in part: "Kanye returned one hour before the wedding and didn't like the all-white bar that was in front of the Gold Toilet Tower. He took a saw and started sawing it in half himself. Two men held the bar stable as he sawed, and sawed, into the bar, defacing the entire front, screaming at everyone around him. He said it looked like a bar from Texas. Then he ordered two pieces of raw wood to be nailed onto the front of the bar. Once the wood was in place, 'Now,' he said, 'it's art.' The Italian construction teams looked at this guy and couldn't believe what they were seeing." For the person that wrote that, were they involved with anything last year that was as culturally significant as the Yeezus tour or that album? They didn't even talk there about the photographs, or the dress, or Andrea Bocelli singing, or the marble tables. They're like: "It's a gold toilet." No. The bathrooms—that usually would be a porta-potty—were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort. The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn't approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there. So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, "Let's just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better." Which it did, in the end. And anyone knows that you cannot pick up tools yourself, because of—what are those rules about the workers? Unions? Yeah, unions. You can't do that. It's illegal. That's false. Then they say you gave a forty-five-minute toast to yourself. And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life. How does it feel when you read something like that account of your wedding or you see a photo of you looking glum at a zipline go viral? My feelings don't matter anymore. Of course they do. No. One of the things that I said at the speech was, anyone that's at this table has had to defend me or Kim or both of us at some point in their life. Ask a boxer: "In the third round, when he hit you from the side on your ear, how did that specifically feel?" You wouldn't ask a boxer that. Because you know they're there to fight. Meaning now you know I'm here to fight. I'm here to fight for the re-education of what celebrity is. To say, "Yes, we are celebrities, but yes, we're also innovators, we're also inventors, we're also thoughtful."
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Taylor Swift on Her Perfect Post-Gym Look







Ever since Taylor Swift moved to New York, we've been inundated with paparazzi's shots of her while she goes about her day: hanging out with model, K. Kloss, exploring her Tribeca neighborhood and going to (and from) the gym. Swift, who suspiciously looks picture perfect after each of her workouts, has drawn attention from the public for her dramatic exits.
The singer-turned-actress stopped by "Late Night" with Seth Meyers to talk about her new film "The Giver," and not one to shy away from the tough questions, Meyers asked how Swift could possibly look so polished after exercising. "I like to bring a change of clothes! I bring a hairbrush with me," Swift deadpans, with a very "I don't want to talk about this" expression on her face.
After sort of explaining that her short hair is easy to brush out and insisting that she doesn't take up the entire locker room, Swift comes up with a non-answer to the host's question: "New York is one of those cities that feels worth dressing up for," she says. "I don’t know, I feel like when I walk onto the sidewalk in New York, I have to try a little harder but it’s not like an extra hour at the gym."
The weirdest part about this whole thing? Swift mentions Prada shoes when she talks about dressing up for her new life in the Big Apple -- but then why, pray tell, does she still insist on wearing those awful heeled Oxfords so frequently? Much like the mystery of her post-gym flawlessness, the world may never know. Or do we? She wants to be a fashion maven, one that we bow down to. Mmm, will her dreams come true? xoxo
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Tavi Tavi..tsk hasn't life taught you anything?!


Recently, Tavi Gevinson – editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, budding Broadway star and possibly the most influential 18-year-old in America – went to her first and last high school rager. Earlier that day, she'd graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High in suburban Chicago, tromping around the football field in the blazing heat. In terms of doing the classic high school party thing, she thought, it was now or never. "It was at this guy's house," she says, "and I was like, 'Oh, you know what makes social anxiety better is if you just keep drinking.'" Which she did until things got messy ("There was vomit"), though not too messy ("I didn't try to seduce anyone"), after which Gevinson made her way home, where her mom helped her into bed: "In the morning she gave me a flower and explained why drinking is extremely dangerous and why not to mix stuff and to eat first and to not do it until I'm 21. Then my dad came in, and they both laughed at me." If Gevinson has failed to indulge in such iconic teenage pastimes to date, that's thanks to her many pressing duties as our culture's Teenager Par Excellence. Gevinson's role as universal expert on all things teenage has, somewhat ironically, left her little time for iconic teenage experiences like this one. At 11, she started Style Rookie, a blog that garnered the attention of fashionistas the world over with its pictures of a tiny, unsmiling Gevinson, standing in a suburban backyard and wearing the most fantastical of garments. Soon she was flying to Paris for Fashion Week, meeting Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. Sporting a dyed silver-blue bob, thick glasses and Iris Apfel-inspired outré-granny chic ("People talked about how when you're a woman of a certain age you stop caring about certain things, and I was like, 'If I can try that now I will be ahead of the curve'"), she became a sort of high-fashion mascot, half prodigy, half pet. And then, just like that, Gevinson decided to leave these childish things behind. WHY/ WHEN FASHION MADE HER. "I was like, 'This is so goofy: We're watching people wear clothes.'" Inspired by now-defunct alt-teen magazine Sassy, and with the guidance of Sassy's founding editor, Jane Pratt – who was listed on the masthead as "fairy godmother" – and This American Life's Ira Glass, Gevinson launched Rookie. It since has become the Web's most famous one-stop compendium of what it is to be a teenage girl, ruminating on everything from Carl Sagan to how to wear a leotard "without giving a damn," and casting all of its topics through a smart, feminist lens (instead of dating advice, it has a column called "Ask a Grown Man," to which Jon Hamm and Thom Yorke have contributed). Rookie's popularity is such that it has created a sort of clubhouse effect, spawning an annual yearbook and a nationwide tour – in which girls crammed into ice cream parlors and record stores from Brooklyn to L.A. in the hopes of meeting Gevinson – and turning its petite founder into both a media juggernaut and a generational spokeswoman with friends like Lena Dunham (who once stopped by for takeout when Gevinson was grounded) and Lorde, who tells me, "Had I not been fortunate enough to grow up with the never-ending wisdom and confusion of Tavi, I wouldn't be the same. She is fearsome. Her writing, her aesthetic leanings, her need to have more, to know more, sparked that in me and infected everyone young today. I'm lucky to have her as my friend." Gevinson, the daughter of a Jewish high school English teacher and a Norwegian weaver, grew up the youngest of three sisters, watching Friends and That '70s Show, hiding out in the bathroom at school when she felt overwhelmed ("A girl would come and be like, 'Mrs. Carter sent me to see if you're OK,' and I'd be like, 'I'm pooping'") and, until recently, getting an allowance of $8 a week. Then there was the toggling between her middle-class Midwestern upbringing and her international fame; the endless recording of her youth for the masses, which, she says, "made it hard for me to live in a moment because I was always narrating it," and the juxtaposition of standard adolescent milestones with very nonstandard ones. "I went on The Colbert Report. I came home. The next day I went to school, then I lost my virginity," she declares matter-of-factly before cracking a wry smile. "Now someone's going to be like, 'Oh, I'm gonna go watch that video and see if I can sense that she's about to be deflowered.'" As Gevinson is saying all this, she's sitting cross-legged on the sofa of a high-rise Chicago apartment that represents a decidedly more adult moment for her. After a memorable turn in the 2013 movie Enough Said, she's starring opposite Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin in a Steppenwolf Theatre remounting of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which moves to Broadway in September. The play skewers the rudderless angst of suspended adolescence. Gevinson's performance has drawn raves. Last night, the cast had gathered in Culkin's apartment to play Mario Kart and guitar until 4:30 a.m., at which point Gevinson retired to her place to take a bubble bath and eat chocolate before falling asleep to The Last Days of Disco. When she'd answered the door just past noon, her hair was still wet from the shower, and she was cheerfully dunking a bag of green tea into a cup of hot water. "This morning," she'd said, "I was really pleased at my desire to meet the day." The apartment is the only place she's lived besides her childhood home, where her room was "the size of a van" and the hundreds of items sent to her over the years by Rookie readers are packed in the basement – an anthropological trove that she "prays doesn't just deteriorate." Only the most meaningful artifacts of her girlhood have accompanied her, among them a box made for her by a Rookie reader labeled FOR WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SHIT and a book of haunting illustrations by German artist Sulamith Wülfing given to her by Stevie Nicks. "Tavi, study this," reads the inscription. "It will change your life. She is one of us. The eldest angel. I love you, Stevie." Living alone is still so novel that Gevinson is excited by the mundane chores of housekeeping. "I really like grocery shopping, probably because I'm not a real adult, so it's like a novelty to me," she says. "Kieran and Michael were teasing me yesterday because I was like, 'I can't wait to go home and eat my groceries.' And they were like, 'That's not a type of food. No one's like, "I'm really in the mood for groceries."'" Though Gevinson grew up acting in school plays and community theater, it's a pursuit she's only recently decided to revisit. And yet, she says, it taps into something that's been an impulse for her all along: a way to try on different identities. "When you're onstage, you can't think, like, 'Oh, how is the audience responding to me as a person?' I mean, it just helped to kind of feel like more of a clean slate." Which, preparing for her life ahead, is what she feels she needs. This Is Our Youth runs on Broadway through January 4th, and next fall she'll be attending NYU. While her role as top editor and curator of Rookie will remain unchanged, the magazine will not age with her – it will maintain its focus on teen girls. And, at least for the minute, Gevinson's own focus has returned to fashion: She has begun creating a wardrobe for New York, costuming the version of herself she thinks she'll be then ("I bought a lot of sequined tops"). In the meantime, she's still feeling out what it means to be who she is now. "I know I'm not the person I was in high school," she muses. "But I'm not a new person yet either. It's just that kind of in between." COURTESY | RollingStone
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