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Posts for May 26th 2011

May 26, 2011

Rosie :)

Rosie Huntington Whitely on the cover of Elle UK July 11, photographed by Terry Tsiolis.

May 26, 2011

Textile Elizabeth & James Fall/Winter 2011

May 26, 2011

Old Navy Proudly Sells Gay Pride Shirts

How awesome is this? The Gap Co's lower brand, Old Navy, will be launching Gay Pride t-shirts to help benefit the "It Gets Better Project". There are may different styles available for all members of your family, including your kiddos. 10% of sales will be dontated to the IGBP.

May 26, 2011

Urban Outfitters Steals A Single Mom's Jewelry Design

Jewerlry designer and single mom, Stevie Koerner sells silver pendants on Etsy, a line she calls "A World of Love." The pendants come in the shapes of states with little heart-shaped cutouts, and in her sales pitch, she tells her customers "Wear your love." Her New York pendant is named "I heart New York." Adorable, crafty, and creative. Maybe a little too creative? Well, apparently her popular design caught the eye of shady Urban Outfitters, which now sells pendants in the shapes of states with little heart-shaped cutouts too. Their line is called "I Heart Destination Necklaces," and their sales copy reads, "Wear your locale love." The single mom says she was able to quit her full-time job, partly because of sales of her jewelry, and is vowing not to shop at any stores in the Urban Outfitters chain. Can you blame her? How horrible. I smell a Gap catastrophe brewing.

About a year ago, a similar story came out about Urban ripping off designers who sold their jewelry at the Brooklyn Flea. A source in the jewelry business told The Brooklyn Paper at the time that Urban is well aware of their reputation for knocking off indie designers: "They know they have this reputation, and are trying to hide it".

If Urban knocked off the Etsy mom, it certainly wouldn't be the first time a big chain ripped off an independent designer. The truly sad thing about getting ripped off by Urban right now may be that they've admitted analysts were right about how out of sync with fashion their stock has been lately.

May 26, 2011

Lady Gaga Says She Feels Dead Off Stage (Rolling Stone June 2011)

I love Lady Gaga. Her fearless attitude and over-the-top persona is the intriging wonder that keeps us wanting to know more. She is funny and witty, talented and picturesque. Her interviews are often shocking but they are never boring. In the one for Rolling Stone June 2011 edition she says she feels dead off stage and it is time when she is performing that she feels alive. She has also shared on her relation to fans, ‘Little Monsters’ as she calls them.

Lady Gaga on being dead and alive on and off stage: ‘When I am not onstage I feel dead. Whether that is healthy or not to you, or healthy or not to anyone, or a doctor, is really of no concern to me. I don’t feel alive unless I’m performing, and that’s just the way I was born.”

Lady Gaga on attitude to fans: ‘We have this umbilical cord that I don’t want to cut, ever. I don’t feel that they suck me dry. It would be so mean, wouldn’t it, to say, “For the next month, I’m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person. What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. They’re at least 50 percent, if not more.”

Lady Gaga on how difficult it was to prove the public her behavior was genuine: ‘Being myself in public was very difficult. I was being poked and probed and people would actually touch me and touch my clothes and be like, “What the f**k is that,” just so awful. It was like I was being bullied by music lovers, because they couldn’t possibly believe that I was genuine.”

Lady Gaga on rumors she is just an attention-seeker: ‘Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock’s sake, or is it just that it’s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics. I’m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you don’t want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume it’s narcissistic?”

By the way, what do you think about Lady Gaga’s Rolling Stone cover? Doesn’t it look unusual with Gaga looking more or less normal?

May 26, 2011

Style Icon: Audrey Heburn

“Some people dream of having a big swimming pool – with me, its closets.” Audrey Hepburn. Hubert de Givenchy thought of her as “a gift from on high”, Mary Quant described her as the “most stylish woman who ever lived” and Steven Spielberg considered her to be an angel. With elegance so timeless that it still holds sway over us all; there is no denying that Audrey Hepburn is the quintessential style icon.

Born the daughter of a Dutch baroness and an English banker in 1929, Audrey Hepburn arrived in London at the age of sixteen with hopes of pursuing a career in ballet. Sadly her dream of dancing at Covent Garden was never realised, but the move had opened up a world of possibility. Hepburn began to audition for a number of small acting parts and it was whilst working on a Broadway version of ‘Gigi’ in 1951 that she was offered a part alongside Gregory Peck in ‘Roman Holiday’. Hepburn’s portrayal of the young Princess Ann lit up the screen, and despite the fact that her slender figure and flat chest were in stark contrast to the then prevailing standards of female beauty, her evanescent image bewitched audiences. Female cinema-goers the world over began to imitate her short hair style, tied white shirt and long, full skirt. Over the coming years, Hepburn would establish herself as one of the most admired and emulated women of the century.

It would be impossible to discuss Hepburn’s style without paying homage to the French designer with whom she collaborated for almost all of her films. Hubert de Givenchy opened his first Parisian couture house in 1952; a year later Audrey Hepburn appeared on his doorstep. Givenchy was busy preparing his autumn/winter collection when Hepburn called upon him, and she was left to search through the previous seasons collections alone. Hepburn borrowed just three pieces from Givenchy’s spring/summer collection of 1953 to wear in ‘Sabrina’, her second big screen production. Givenchy’s simple geometric designs perfectly complimented Hepburn’s boyish physique and these three items were enough to dazzle audiences around the world. Of this first meeting, Givenchy would later recall that “She knew exactly what she wanted. She knew perfectly her visage and her body, their fine points and their faults”. Over the decades that followed Givenchy’s creations became part of her Hepburn’s signature look, both on and off the screen, and their friendship remained constant until the end of her life. Together they created the very essence of elegance.

With an innate knowledge of her flaws and attributes, Hepburn developed a unique style which perfectly complimented her personality and remained loyal to it throughout the seasons. Over the years she would be responsible for bringing the little black dress, ballet flats, toreador pants and the black turtleneck to the forefront of fashion; all items of such simplicity that they still seem modern today. Standing at 5ft7′ and weighing a mere 110lbs for most of her adult life, one of the great secrets of Hepburn’s elegance was her extraordinary ability to exploit her strong points to maximum advantage. During the four decades of his association with Hepburn, Givenchy never once had to modify the mannequin which he had made for her at their first meeting in 1954; her shape and size remained consistent throughout her life. Whilst most of us can only dream of possessing Hepburn’s naturally slender frame, there are number of key looks which can be adapted to suit all figures – the clinched waist, the three quarter sleeve, the trench coat and the tied neck scarf.

Audrey Hepburn died of cancer in 1993, aged 64, having devoted much of her adult life to helping underprivileged children in the Third World. She is perhaps most fondly remembered for her role in the film which provided the little black dress with all manner of sophisticated connotations – Capote’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. The captivating image of Hepburn lingering in her Givenchy dress, complete with white gloves and beehive hairdo, is one which has sealed her reputation as a fashion goddess. In fact, it is with some thanks to Hepburn that the little back dress remains an enduring classic to this day. The epitome of style, Audrey Hepburn has inspired generations of women across the globe. With her charm, grace and understated glamour, she is universally regarded as one of the 20th century’s best-loved fashion and film icons.

May 26, 2011

Sweet As Honey: Louis Vuitton Strikes Gold

Louis Vuitton strikes gold with their stunning store windows, dripping gold & bee’s ~ featuring golden starbursts and dripping liquid gold, forming a pool of precious honey on the floor. This spring, Louis Vuitton is celebrating the first batch of honey produced from the three beehives installed on the roof of its Parisian head quarters back in 2009.

In April 2009, Louis Vuitton installed three beehives on the roof of its Parisian HQ on the rue de Pont Neuf.

Its first batch of honey is now ready for spring, celebrated through creative displays at many of its store windows worldwide till May. It is a nod to biodiversity. As Louis Vuitton stated (WWD) "35 per cent of food resources in the world are insured by nectar- and pollen-gathering insects."

Through 2010, 200,000 bees gathered 75 kg of nectar for Louis Vuitton.

The honey won’t be sold: it will be given to friends and family of the company.

Called “As Sweet as Honey”, Louis Vuitton shop windows worldwide feature bags and shoes dripping with the sweet stuff and surrounded by bees, inspired by the global need for sustainable development, of which nectar and pollen gathering insects play an important role.


May 26, 2011

Simply Charming: Oscar De La Renta Spring 2011 Ready To Wear


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