Sasha Pivovarova at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011
Painted makeup at Chanel Spring/Summer 2014
Emma Stone (wearing Dior Couture) by Craig McDean for Vogue May 2014
"[Emma] Stone’s not being falsely modest. She is the rare person in public life who will straight up tell you that yes, she has Googled herself. ‘I don’t usually like what I find,’ she says. ‘But some of it is really funny.’ Stone mentions Internet comments that referred to her as a ‘Bland Basic Bitch,’ which was probably meant as a dig, but she found it hilarious, to the point that at dinner she now begins to refer to herself as ‘That Bland Basic Bitch.’"
Ola, Codie, Esmeralda, Nastya and Sasha (wearing paper dresses created by Rhea Thierstein) in “The One and Only” by Tim Walker for Vogue May 2014
In the May issue of Vogue, the magazine pays homage to legendary couturier Charles James. Photographer Tim Walker captures models swathed in voluminous gowns, much like those created by James, while the photographs themselves recall images originally taken by photographer Cecil Beaton, which were published in Vogue in the 1940s. This timely tribute is only fitting seeing as James will be the honoree at this year’s Costume Institute Gala. The exhibit, called Charles James: Beyond Fashion will showcase more than 100 of James’s gowns and will be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning May 8 and will run through August 10.
Happy Easter everyone!
Sid the bunny photographed by Toby McFarlan Pond for LOVE Fall/Winter 2009
Gaultier Goes Graceful with Latest Design Endeavor
Ballet Preljocaj and designer Jean Paul Gaultier have given a fashionable twist to a classic fairytale. In this production of Snow White, characters jeté and fouetté in lavish, couture ensembles – some of which appear to take inspiration from the French designer’s classic bustiers and patent leathers.
Gaultier was contacted by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj to help create costumes for a version of Snow White that was dark and sensual. And in true Gaultier fashion, the results are dramatic and daring.
The designer gave the “arrogant, sadistic, cruel” stepmother a costume that would have Madonna drooling: Spike-heeled, thigh-high boots and a high-cut black bustier. “She has a train and a corset, with the effect of blood on the hemline. This is because in her memory, she has some blood. She is primitive, menacing,” he told the Washington Post.
Gaulter’s biggest challenge was designing a costume for Snow White. The titular character represents the opposite of Gaultier’s bondage aesthetic, however, the design gave him the most satisfaction. “There was something very tender and beautiful between her and the prince,” he said. “Sensual but beautiful and pure. I try to make an outfit that is white, innocent, in jersey, but that drapes. It’s attached with a kind of elastic you don’t see. It clings to the skin like a . . . a . . . like a miracle! Like she’s wearing nothing.”
While admittedly ballet is not his “cup of tea,” Gaultier did find value in designing outside of his usual métier. “At the core I am a fashion designer and I design clothes. I am happiest when I see someone in the street wearing my creations,” Gaultier told Harper’s Bazaar. “But I am sure that I will continue to work on different projects outside fashion. It is always a happy coincidence, a fortuitous encounter that has led to collaborations that I have had with dance or cinema.”
Snow White is showing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center April 23-27, 2014.
Style Profile: Jane Birkin
English singer and actress Jane Birkin first appeared on the scene during the Swinging Sixties in London and found stardom after appearing in the 1966 film, Blow-up. Birkin then landed a role in Slogan (1968) opposite Serge Gainsbourg, with whom she fell in love with and recorded the duet “Je T’aime Moi Non Plus.” The song — originally written for and recorded with Gainsbourg’s former lover, Brigitte Bardot — ignited international scandal due to its sexual nature and was banned in several countries.
From there, Birkin’s star only continued to rise and she became a style icon for her bohemian wardrobe. But humble Birkin never considered herself to be influential. “I’ve never been eccentric. It’s just wearing things that are very comfortable, and I like things when they’re particularly old,” Birkin told RUSSH. “Like wearing tennis shoes and taking the laces out. I did that because I gave the shoes to an old tramp lady I looked after. I took the shoelaces out because she had swollen feet and she said that would make her look like a tramp, so I took mine out too. The next thing I knew everyone was wearing tennis shoes with no laces!”
However, Birkin’s impact is undeniable, and her fashion legacy will live on thanks to a chance encounter in 1981 where she met Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas on a plane. Birkin had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the floor, leaving her to scramble to replace them. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. So in 1984, Dumas designed a black supple leather bag for her: the Birkin bag, based on an 1892 design. Since then, the Birkin has become one of the world’s most recognizable and in-demand handbags. At one point demand for a Birkin was so high that a waiting list of up to six years existed, making it the most coveted bag in history.
Despite all this, Birkin remains unaffected by her impact. “I’ve never considered myself as an icon in any way,” she said. “Not as a fashion icon, not as a cinema icon, not as an anything icon – they’re terms that I don’t really understand. They might have been quite nice once, but they’ve been very flaunted.”
Eye makeup by Pat McGrath at Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2014
I found one of my old notebooks circa middle school and on one of the pages there’s a list of people I considered friends, “sort of” friends and “definitely not" friends.
Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2014
I can’t believe my dad just spoiled the Purple Wedding for my brother right before he started watching the episode.
Ali Michael in “Bungalow No. 4” by So Me for Jalouse April 2014
I didn’t have any cable in my apartment for three months when I moved to New York; I just read a lot … I think people, including myself, have become complacent and lazy because of the instant gratification of the Internet. It's okay to make yourself do the dirty work from time to time.
Inspired by Emma Stone’s peachy makeup and beachy waves at the Spider Man 2 photo call in Rome, April 14, 2014