Anna Wintour

The Quiet Radicalism of Kanye West’s Fashion Collection

Say what you like about Kanye West — everyone does — but there’s one thing for certain, and that’s that America’s most consistently fascinating musician is a mass of contradictions. They’ve always manifested to various extents in his music: braggadocio and self-awareness (contrast his verse on the remix of Beyoncé’s “Ego” with “Runaway,” for instance), arrogance and vulnerability, the desire to control his public image and the propensity for doing spontaneous, often ill-advised things that undermine it. They all seem to come back to a desire to which a lot of us can relate: wanting to be accepted by the establishment while at the same time wanting to tear it down. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that it’s his ongoing obsession with fashion, and specifically the new line he’s created for Adidas, that have thrown these contradictions into the sharpest relief. … Read More

  • 0

The Shocking True Story of My Life With a Flip Phone

When Anna Wintour debuted her flip phone in September at the US Open, it was time for a certain swath of New York media to freak out. In a Matter piece titled “The Coolest Girl You Know Probably Uses a Flip Phone,” Chiara Atik writes, “For a long time, having the most expensive new phone with the most impressive technological capabilities was a status symbol: now, it seems kind of desperate.” TIME went deep on a subset of “millennials who don’t have smartphones,” musing on whether or not it’s normcore and dropping some Forrester Research stats: “29% of internet-using American adults don’t use smartphones as their main phones. That figure includes 15% of 18-24 year olds and 13% of 25-34 year olds.” … Read More

  • 0

Rihanna’s Sheer CFDA Dress Is a Brilliant Instagram Prank — and an Empowering Statement

If you have a pulse and an internet connection, you’ve surely seen it by now: last night at the 2014 CFDA Awards, Rihanna wore a sheer Adam Selman gown, exposing her breasts (and behind) beneath a translucent sheen of glittering Swarovski crystals. Yes, the dress was was daring and risky, and people still seem to be struggling to get their heartbeats back down to a normal level. But the bigger shock is just that — the fact that people are still shocked by Rihanna, still aghast at an exposed bosom, still adhering to these strange Puritan standards of censorship that we should have shucked off four centuries ago. … Read More

  • 7

30 Best Celebrity Instagrams From the 2014 Met Gala

Last night was the glitziest, most glamorous evening in the fashion universe: the Met Costume Institute Gala. Also known as the Met Ball or “Fashion Prom,” the Gala brings Hollywood and the fashion industry together to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibit. This year’s exhibit is a retrospective on Charles James, known for his structured aesthetic and glamorously elegant gowns. Most of last night’s ball gowns didn’t stray far from a classic style, but as the Met Gala is known for experimental fashion (remember Kim Kardashian’s wearable Givenchy garden from last year?) there were a few outliers. Namely, Rihanna (who stunned in Stella McCartney), Cara Delevingne (also in Stella), and everyone who wore Prada — including the normally flawless Lupita Nyong’o, who was some kind of mermaid trapped in a fishing net? I guess? … Read More

  • 2

10 Essential Fashion Documentaries

New York Fashion Week opened earlier this week, and we’re celebrating with a list of essential fashion documentaries that go behind the scenes of the industry. Legendary designers, the business of modeling, and Fashion Week itself are all explored in these insider docs covering the catwalks of Italy and Paris, art galleries during the 1980s, and the streets of New York City on an old Schwinn with camera in hand. Feel free to add to add your own picks, below. … Read More

  • 0

Watch Kids Hilariously Impersonate Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, and Other Fashion Icons

What’s more entertaining than getting an inside glimpse at a star-studded fashion party? Well, lots of things, as far as we’re concerned. But what’s far more entertaining is the video style site The Coveteur made in honor of its relaunch. The clip takes us into just such a shindig — except the roles of famous fashionistas are all played by little kids. Mini Kanye West and Kim Kardashian make dreamy eyes at each other. Mini Rachel Zoe, lost inside an enormous leopard coat, chats up the Courtin-Clarins girls. Mini Karl Lagerfeld cuddles a fluffy stuffed cat and speaks in a hilarious faux accent. Mini Man Repeller has already Tumbled the party, obviously. And mini Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington are just simply the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Click through to watch the clip. … Read More

  • 0

Wonderful Photos of Dogs in Crazy Costumes

Christmas may be right around the corner, but there is never a bad time for a collection of pet portraits shot at New York’s annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade — especially when they’re as striking as Winnie Au’s. The NYC-based photographer writes that she took pictures of 80 dogs in four hours on the day of the parade. The shots below, which we found via Behance, are clearly the cream of the adorable crop. Page through to find Karl Lagerfeld (with his owner, Anna Wintour), an MTA bus, and Lady Gaga as pooches, and see more of Au’s work at her website. … Read More

  • 1

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Last night HBO debuted yet another enigmatic teaser trailer for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Watch the very dramatic, yet totally spoiler-free clip here.

2. The trailer for the third installment of the Men in Black franchise — which features Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles, as well… Read More

  • 0

Roxanne Lowit’s Black and White Photos of New York’s Heyday

The work of photographer Roxanne Lowit depicts a vision of New York City that is now the stuff of legend. A fan-wielding Karl Lagerfeld (pictured with an almost baby-faced Anna Wintour) is nowhere near his current whittled down weight. Fixtures of the downtown scene like Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and Divine are all still alive and thriving. The original supermodels are not only in their prime; they’re all sitting at the same table, clowning around. Salvador Dalí kisses the hand of a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. If you’re in the mood for a little envy-inducing time travel, click through for a slideshow of our favorite shots. … Read More

  • 6
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 13,031 other followers