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Frank Gehry Unveils The Louis Vuitton Foundation In Paris

By  October 20, 2014

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After seven years since its conception, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is open for business—of the art variety, that is. For architect Frank Gehry, though, the project seems far from complete: “I’m looking at it, and I see everything that I would like to change,” he said. “We designed it seven years ago, so now I have other ideas.” Spoken like a true artist—though from the outside looking in, the new foundation is quite the spectacle.

Inspired by the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 154-year-old garden and amusement park where the building is located, the building is divided into 11 galleries, a 350-seat auditorium, a bookstore and Le Frank, a restaurant. That might sound like a lot of space, but don’t expect it to be “static,” as Suzanne Pagé (artistic director of the Louis Vuitton Foundation) puts it. “It’s going to be changing, and that’s kind of nice, and artists can take it over. We have a proposal from Daniel Buren that completely takes the building over and makes it a Daniel Buren. That’s great for me, I love that, and I think they’ll do it.”

The building cost $128 million to build and required two years of research and over 100 top-level engineers to complete. Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and French President François Hollande attended the inauguration on Monday. The foundation officially opens on October 27.

Now At The Met: "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire"

By  October 20, 2014

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute‘s first fall exhibition in seven years focuses on, of all things, death—but it’s far less morbid than one might think. The show, “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915 with about 30 looks (two of which are men’s-specific and one is for a little girl) that demonstrate how the mourner’s wardrobe evolved. The ritual of mourner’s dress was expressed via fabrics: “Very shiny fabrics were not considered appropriate for mourning in the early stages,” said assistant curator Jessica Regan. “In later stages of mourning, one could reintroduce more lustrous textiles like taffetas and moiré.”

Indeed, the exhibition breaks down the ritual and social convention by showing how clothes were designed specifically for mourners. The “mourning industry” developed in the 1840s as stores opened solely for the purpose of selling mourning textiles and accessories (bonnets, shawls, veils, gloves, etc.). The exhibition also showcases more “high-fashion” dresses from the 1870s as well as jewelry like lockets featuring images of the deceased and even some of their hair. For curator-in-charge Harold Koda, the purpose of the exhibition is “an opportunity to show how 19th-century high-fashion evolution overlaid with an important social condition, a protocol for ritualizing social interactions. It’s both a cultural phenomenon as well as purely a fashion phenomenon.” To see the phenomenon for yourself, head to the Costume Institute at the Met starting tomorrow, through February 1 or click through our slideshow above.

DknyPRGirl, The Book

By  October 20, 2014

DknyPRGirlDknyPRGirl, aka Donna Karan International senior vice president of global communications Aliza Licht, is making her latest mark offline.

The publicist, perhaps best known for her social media prowess, is taking what she’s learned over the course of her career to write a book. Leave Your Mark is a 288-page “mentorship” that is divided into four sections: “Land Your Dream Job,” “Kill It in Your Career,” “Rock Social Media,” and “Creating the Brand of You,” plus a foreword by boss lady Donna Karan.

The book doesn’t come out until May (it’s available for preorder now on barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.co.uk) but Licht revealed the cover to WWD. It features a coffee cup adorned with her signature red lipstick. “The coffee cup exemplifies work—the working person,” she says. “Every day of my life, I look down at my cup and there [are] red lips on it. If there is an icon that represents me, that would be it.”

Glam #HauteHalloween Idea: Rihanna’s Take on #GhettoGoth

By  October 17, 2014

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Let me preface this by saying Rihanna is in no way, shape, or form the founder of #GhettoGoth. Sure, she introduced the trend to the masses, with dark lips, grunge-meets-urban wears, and sartorial nods to punk culture on her now-defunct Instagram page (we miss you, Ri)–but the subculture was first championed by underground party thrower and Hood by Air cohort DJ Venus X, who officially branded it at her first GHE20G0TH1K party in 2009. But enough with the history lesson–we still give credit to Ri for making the mainstream aware of the distinct aesthetic, even if it didn’t catch on.

While it may not work year round, it’s certainly worthy of an ode come Halloween, especially for those who curb their dark side for convention. Here’s our spin on Ri and DJ Venus X’s ghetto goth garb, and how you can piece it together for October 31. 

 

Sale Scoop: Derek Lam, James Perse, Vivienne Westwood & More

By  October 17, 2014

SaleScoopOct18You see all the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos of a sample sale commences, but we’re giving you a preview of which sales are on tap for next week. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before it all begins so that you can prepare accordingly, get there on time, and leave with bags of designer scores.

DESIGNER: Derek Lam & Derek Lam 10 Crosby

WHEN: October 18 through October 22, 10a.m.-7p.m. daily

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street (between Houston and Prince St.)

What You Need to Know: Cash and credit cards accepted.

 

DESIGNER: James Perse

WHEN: October 21 through October 25; Tues.-Thurs. 10a.m.-8p.m., Fri. 10a.m.-7p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m.

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue (between 28th and 29th Streets)

What You Need to Know: Get 50-75% off men and women’s clothing.

 

DESIGNER: Vivienne Westwood

WHEN: October 22 through October 26, 10a.m.-6p.m. daily

WHERE: 20 West 36th Street, (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

What You Need to Know: You’ll find steep markdowns on men and women’s apparel, handbags, shoes and accessories.

 

DESIGNER: Assorted designers @ What Goes Around Comes Around

WHEN: October 21 through October 25, 10a.m.-7p.m.; October 16, 10a.m.-3p.m.

WHERE: 225 5th Avenue (between 26th and 27th Streets)

What You Need to Know: Score heavily discounted luxury goods from brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Celine, Fendi, Balenciaga and more.

 

DESIGNER: Elie Tahari

WHEN: October 21 through October 25, Tues.-Fri. 8:30a.m.-7:30p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-6p.m.

WHERE: 501 Fifth Avenue (between 41st and 42nd Streets)

What You Need to Know: Up to 70% off men and women’s apparel including leather jackets, dresses and knits.

Style Snaps: October 17, 2014

By  October 17, 2014

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Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

Blake Lively made quite a splash when she made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy at God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards. The actress cozied up next to designer Michael Kors, who co-chaired the event with Halle Berry, John Idol and Blaine Trump, and also presented The Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service to Anna Wintour. For an evening that was all about community service and philanthropy, Lively kind of repositioned that focus by baring her little baby bump, wouldn’t you say?

 

Style Scoop: The CFDA Adds Board Members, Michael Kors’ #WatchHungerStop Efforts, Mulberry Creative Director Rumors

By  October 17, 2014

StyleScoopOct17The Council of Fashion Designers of America added two new designers to its board: Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman. This brings the number of board members to 26, as Narciso Rodriguez, David Yurman and Selima Salaun rotate to the CFDA emeritus board. [Women’s Wear Daily]

In honor of World Food Day, Michael Kors will personally donate 100 meals to children in need for each person who posts a photograph wearing his Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt on any social media platform. To join the conversation and help raise public awareness about ending global hunger, use the hashtag #WatchHungerStop. Halle Berry has already gotten involved by joining the designer to debut a National Geographic-directed film that documents her visit to rural Nicaragua on behalf of the campaign. [Glam Inbox]

Mulberry has been searching for a creative director since 2013, when Emma Hill departed. Rumors are now swirling that Johnny Coca, head design for leather goods, accessories, shoes and jewelry at Céline, is the front-runner for that role. Other candidates are said to be Blue Farrier (who just left her job as creative director of Issa) and Hannah MacGibbon (former creative director of Chloé). [Women’s Wear Daily]

On behalf of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lily Pulitzer is hosting a companywide shop and share on Saturday, October 18. The fashion brand will donate 10% of sales from all retail and participating signature stores to the American Cancer Society to support their work in breast cancer research, education, early detection and patient services. [Glam Inbox]

To celebrate Old Navy’s 20th birthday, the brand’s #Selfiebration Campaign kicks off today. The celebration features a one-of-a-kind wish-granting balloon billboard that works in real time to form personalized, physical “balloon selfies.” Users can upload their selfie along with an ultimate birthday wish (using Twitter) to @OldNavy with #selfiebration (watch the video that explains how it works!). Three lucky winners will be granted their wishes, so get selfie-ing! [Glam Inbox]

Party Report: Celebrating “House of DVF” at the House of DVF

By  October 17, 2014

DVF-Party-ReportTHE PARTY: Cocktail party celebrating E!’s upcoming show, House of DVF

THE PLACE: Diane von Furstenberg’s 5th floor impeccably decorated office, atop her Washington Avenue flagship store and headquarters

THE DEETS: “Iconic” just might be the only word that can accurately describe von Furstenberg and her empire—an empire that occupies physical space in New York’s Meatpacking District, but spans so much wider than that. Simply being in that space—her space—is at once overwhelming, thrilling and inspiring…which gives you an idea of how the contestants on House of DVF felt when filming for the new series began.

An intimate cocktail party celebrating the upcoming show (fueled by dainty passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, of course) quickly turned into DVF’s own personal live show as she grabbed the microphone and addressed the room. She sat, legs crossed, on her office table as she spoke to the process of filming a television series and just why she agreed to a project like this. Insisting that “nothing was scripted [and] absolutely everything was real,” von Furstenberg’s new show puts her company and her process on full display. Additionally, it gives young girls the opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from all points of view. She gushed about the contestants and spoke to the positive relationships she established with each one.

With a completely unintentional dramatic air, von Furstenberg also touched on what it was like to be on camera herself. Recalling Michael Eisner’s (her husband, Barry Diller’s, close colleague) suggestion years ago that she be an actress, von Furstenberg said, “Well, I never turned out to be an actress but at the end—at the autumn of my life—I have the best role, which is…I’m playing myself. And I have to tell you that to play yourself is very funny. And it’s great because you don’t need a writer, you don’t need a director, you don’t need anything. You just…are you.” It turns out that Eisner was definitely on to something—her casual hair flicks and luxurious accent made her speech something of an awe-inspiring performance. But, truly, that’s makes DVF such an icon: she has the attitude of a movie star, a bullish sense of determination, a lifetime of travel and experience and incredible smarts to match.

Tune in to House of DVF on November 2 on E! to see it all for yourself.

10 Full Figured Halloween Costumes Under $100

By  October 17, 2014

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Halloween is a chance for everyone to shed their everyday skin and try on a new persona – even if it’s only for a night. While there is a plethora of options for the straight-sized set to choose from, finding a plus-sized ensemble for the haunted holiday can become a daunting task. Whether you want to be scary, sexy, sweet, or super, we’ve got a cool costume you can still nab now without breaking the bank.

Party Report: Alexander Wang Goes Uptown to Launch His Collection for H&M

By  October 17, 2014

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THE PARTY: Alexander Wang x H&M Launch

THE PLACE: Armory on the Hudson, Washington Heights, NYC

THE FARE: Bite-sized burgers, stadium-worthy hotdogs, popcorn, vodka knockouts, tequila cocktails, and, as always, champagne.

THE DEETSNineties R&B, an A-list roster, top models, Missy Elliot, and Wang-emblazoned neoprene collided for H&M’s most-anticipated designer collaboration to date. Wang unveiled his athletic-inspired diffusion at one of New York City’s most-celebrated sporting facilities, and inserted his all-black everything aesthetic in the arena with leather punching bags, trampolines, and boxing glove foam inserts—perfect for attendees who would compete for his enviable wears later in the evening.

Aside from the usual suspects (fashion bloggers like Leandra Medine and the Beckerman twins), Wang’s mainstream appeal drew in front-row speculation from Jessica ChastainMary J. BligeDakota FanningSolangeJustin Theroux, Natasha Lyonne, and Kate Mara. The star power didn’t stop there; it was evident on the racetrack-style runway where Joan SmallsTyson Beckford, and Karlie Kloss were sprinkled throughout to showcase Wang’s monochromatic, unisex, sporty styles.

As electrifying as it was for Wang to kick off his runway show with a Fuerza Bruta-style acrobatic spectacle, it was equally-as-exciting for guests to scurry backstage and shop his H&M collection three weeks before it hits stores. The WANG neoprene sweatshirt was an easy favorite, and nearly sold out after the first few waves of shoppers (including Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter). This dress, $149, was also popular; most bought it in both color ways. There were no exclusive discounts, as expected, but that didn’t stop shoppers from spending hundreds on their finds—arctic-worthy outerwear was a top buy amongst men, one of the most expensive running a smooth $349.

For the grand finale, Missy Elliott set the party ablaze performing hits like “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “One Minute Man,” and “Lose Control,” which incited Wang to flex his moves on stage. In short, it was a knockout!