Christian Dior have brought sparkly makeup back once again, for Spring 2014 they have left the rhinestones at home and gone all out on the town with gold guilding.
Everything from eyebrows, top and bottom of the lids broken up with a dash of pastel eyeliner.
I wouldn’t recommend recreating these for every day wear, but you have to admit it is pretty captivating.
Fashion loves anything that straddles the very fine line between what is provocative and what is tasteless, and of course that happens to include the romanticising the blackened underbelly of society.
If you do not believe me, please consider the “heroin chic” phenomenon of the mid-nineties or consider the unsettling existence of a wikiHow article called “How to be Heroin Chic”. So, I guess that fashion had no other option than to think “What’s gritty and ‘underground’ that we can glamourize with models and fancy clothes? Hmmm…. prostitution would be puuuuuurfect!”
Louis Vuitton’s latest short film, in collaboration with Katie Grand of Love magazine features some of the most recent TOP catwalkers Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Saskia de Braw, Isabeli Fontana, Lily McMenamy, Georgia Jagger and Magdelena Frackowiak as Parisian reines de la nuit drifting about the city streets in the brand’s romantic lingerie inspired Fall ’13 collection. Their path eventually elads to the actual show, where they take the runway in the same clothing.
I don’t know what they are trying to say with this vague storyline – clearly they are trying to say something – but the video is pretty, and the music is nice, and hey, prostitutes!
It’s not too explicit, but there are a few boobs, a few arses, so be wary should you work at a church, or something.
Louis Vuitton AW13 by James Lima from LOVE on Vimeo.
Transgender women are becoming more and more talked about and really, they are most certainly becoming more accepted and less taboo in todays society, and they are becoming an ever-growing demographic world wide… So it would make sense that new businesses would crop up to attend to their specific needs. Chrysalis Lingerie is a special lingerie that is marketed to transwomen, and it comes completel witha power-mesh panel that’s designed to create a seamless effect, so that those who wish to “pass” as a women can adequately tuck in their male genitalia.
Similarly, the bra comes with hidden pockets that “hold full-cup” insers to create the appearance of breasts (seems like this might be a useful invention for breast cancer survivors and women who have had mastectomies for a variety of reasons, too.) All of the Chrysalis lingerie models are transgender.
“I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical. We’re done hiding. We’re done keeping quiet. We are a very diverse community, we do exist and we have explicit needs.” – Cy Lauz, Chrysalis designer.
I think it’s great and another step in the right direction towards transgender equality.
I hope RuPaul approves! 🙂
For its February issue, US Vogue employed Annie Leibovitz to shoot an editorial drawing attention to the relief efforts of the first response emergency services during and in the aftermath of the superstorm Sandy in November 2012.
There is an understandable air of “WTF” around these images that seem tot want to do good, but are clearly rewarding Anna Wintour’s high-fashion advertisers. In promoting goodwill and bravery and dedication of these men and women who have worked tirelessly to get New York back on its feet, is Vogue just lining the pockets of Oscar De La Renta et al?
Though Vogue supported “Fashion for Sandy Relief Auction” and is said to have raised $1.7 million (roughly R13,600,000) and global awareness for the cause, this spread can’t help but leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Couldn’t we have just seen pictures of the actual stars – and omitted Karlie Kloss and co. from the proceedings? A non-fashion shoot would have made a bigger statement and celebrated the efforts appropriately – Vogue donating pages to the cause.
I have a strong stance that fashion editorials pegged on natural disasters or any disaster fro that matter are in bad taste and whilst I applaud the the $1.7 million that Vogue’s auction has raised, I believe the Annie Liebowitz images would have been stronger without the fluffy watering down element that sticking models into the pictures brings.
However, does the spread with the $1.7million raised from the charity auction justify it? It may, just. Oscar de La Renta was a participant in the auction and while so many people have lost everything, is the awareness better than nothing?
Bad taste or a heartfelt artistic homage?