Feminism and fashion have always been uneasy bedmates, linked by a common constituency but separated by very different objectives. The impasse came to a head not once but twice during Paris Fashion Week, where the usually infallible Stella McCartney ruffled feathers after her show when she said, “Strength on its own in a woman is quite abrasive and not terribly attractive all the time. This collection is really celebrating the gentle side.” … Read More
If The Onion had a fashion vertical, “Karl Lagerfeld Stages Feminist Protest” would almost certainly be one of its headlines. And yet here we are: Chanel’s head designer closed today’s Paris show with a parade of models holding signs so baldly hypocritical that they’re an exercise in doublethink. “FREE FREEDOM,” one nonsensically declares. “FEMINISM NOT MASOCHISM,” says another. Finally, hilariously, and worst of all: “BE DIFFERENT!” I laughed; I cried; I read headlines like “Chanel’s Empowering Feminist Protest the Best Thing About Fashion Week” and kept crying until I had a rage blackout. … Read More
English occultist Aleister Crowley’s reputation as the snarling cue ball-headed “Great Beast” has been shattered. A book of Crowley’s aching, lovelorn poems, inspired by his affair with female impersonator Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt, will be exhibited at the Olympia antiquarian book fair in London this month. “The verse is rather broken-backed, and vulgar where he is trying to be honest. But it was written at a time when he was feeling heartbroken and vulnerable and it does somehow humanize him,” rare book dealer Neil Pearson said of the poems. The dark libertine’s muse didn’t share his appreciation for esotericism, and the relationship ended abruptly — but Pollitt did inspire verses that included lines like, “My passion splashes out at last.” We also felt inspired — taking it upon ourselves to dig up the torrid and fascinating tales of ten male muses. The men whose lives helped shape the works of great painters, writers, and filmmakers often take a backseat to their female counterparts, but they are no less intriguing. Meet the inspiring friends and lovers of ten cultural luminaries. … Read More
You could look at the deluxe edition of Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel as the proper culmination of the writer’s work, since this was his final book and the subject was fellow French Nazi collaborator Coco Chanel. Or, you could look past that and appreciate one of the best French authors of his time writing intimately about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. If you can do that, then you’ll surely appreciate this latest edition, which features gorgeous illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld — some of which you can take a look at below. … Read More
They may be fabulous, but fashion designers are also weird as hell. Sometimes their quirks lend themselves to exceptional talent, unfaltering creativity, and a diligent work ethic. Other times, all they do is make us giggle and shake our heads in disbelief. In honor of tonight’s Season 11 premiere of Project Runway — a show packed with contestants who are always entertaining, if not necessarily talented — we decided to take a look at ten of fashion’s most eccentric designers, and their respective peculiarities; we’re betting that judging panel newbie Zac Posen will be thrilled to see that he didn’t make our list! … Read More
[Editor's note: In celebration of the holidays, we're counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #5, was originally published February 29.] As much as we love virtual globetrotting, we live for real world travel adventures. If you’re like us and spend weeks obsessively planning every last detail of your trip to ensure that your not-often-enough vacation is maximized to the hilt, consider this our gift to you. We’ve scoured every inch of the great world wide web to create a guide to designed sleeping experiences that are anything but ordinary.
The English writer G.K. Chesterton, notably George Bernard Shaw’s frenemy, said “there are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” From the surrealist creation of our favorite discreet Belgian fashion designer to pillows made of chocolate and ice to a toon shaded room by a German comic book artist that will make you feel like you stepped into the world of Jessica Rabbit, click through to see what strange and wonderful places await the next time you’re trying to maximize your unconscious dreamstate. We want to try them all, but let us know in the comments which one you’re dying to stay in! … Read More
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
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!
Both outrageously funny, pioneering, and strikingly stylish, Phyllis Diller and Helen Gurley Brown are two “glam-mas” that are very much missed. While the Cosmo editor-in-chief opted for shrewd sophistication over Diller’s exaggerated, gaudy glamour, the groundbreaking duo made bold style statements that exceeded mere fashion, up until their final days. They owned their look through and through, and we’ve selected a group of golden girls that match Diller and Brown’s trendsetting sensibility. Click through for a look at a few of our favorite age-defying style icons. … Read More