Style Scoop: Beyoncé’s Fashion Star Power, Dior for a Princess, Snoopy’s New Clothes

By  July 30, 2014

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Question: Tell me what you think about Bey. She buys her own diamonds and she buys her own rings. The shoes on her feet, the clothes she’s wearing—she bought those too. But according to Vanessa Friedman, she’s no fashion icon–emphasis on ‘fashion’. “Let’s call it the Beyoncé Paradox,” the fashion director and chief fashion critic of the New York Times wrote. “And here’s the thing: I think it is a actually a construct. One that has been strategically made.” She continues, “After all, by opting to build her celebrity on a carefully chosen set of proprietary symbols—in this case, smile and hair and body (and voice, of course) as opposed to a carefully constructed, apparel-related look, Beyoncé & Company ensure that only one brand that really has any real staying power is brand Beyoncé; that everything she is selling comes back to her.” [The New York Times]

Christian Dior is fit for a princess. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, as a matter of fact. The foundation entered a three-year partnership with Christian Dior, naming the fashion house the sole sponsor for their upcoming awards gala in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York. The partnership is the latest development in a relationship that dates back to 1956 when Princess Grace wore a Dior wedding gown. Dior presented its Resort 2014 collection in Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. “Our partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is deeply rooted in history and mutual admiration between the princely family of Monaco and the house of Dior,” said Sidney Toledano, Dior’s CEO. “We both share the same pursuit of artistic excellence and are honored to be a part of recognizing the artistic of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance and film.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Back in 1984, Snoopy and his baby sister, Belle, were dressed courtesy of heavy-hitting designers like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld, all who, according to Women’s Wear Daily, “created custom outfits for the duo based on the fashions of all time,” to go on display at the Louvre in Paris, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and throughout Europe and Asia.” And now, the exhibit is back in celebration of the Peanuts comic strips’ 65th anniversary and a new movie due out in year to be released in 100 countries and 40 languages! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Fashion girls, soon you may be adding Good Housekeeping to your magazine repertoire. The magazine has just added three fashion heavyweights to their masthead: Lori Bergamotto as style director, who most recently was a contributing editor for Lucky magazine and Kristen Mascia as features editor, who joins the glossy from Parade, where she was an articles editor. Kristen Franzino joins as fashion director, leaving her post at Self as senior fashion editor. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Who knew once upon a time that Karl Lagerfeld refused to be photographed without a fan? When the Chanel designer would see photographer Ross Whitaker coming, he would whip out the fan in a hurry. “Karl knew I had a camera, and he would catch me out of his peripheral vision,” Whitaker said. “I would stalk him at parties, and he would whip his fan out in front of his face. I do not have a picture of Karl without his fan—I can’t even begin to explain how fast he was. I have a bunch of these—Karl with different fans. I don’t know whether he saw me in the room and was always prepared. He would go, ‘Ross, you’re not fast enough.” [The Cut]