If there's one person that loves switching up their hair, it's Lauren Conrad. In 2012, the ex-Hillsie dyed her strands everything from hot pink to blue to peach, but this year it's ALL about the cut. Last night, she posted an Instagram pic that debuted—GASP—bangs! Her soft, '60s-inspired fringe looked gorge with her blonde ombre strands and giant tulle bow, and—to be totally honest—this feels like a pretty bold move for LC. I mean, she's perfected the center-parted, beachy waves for, well, as long as we can remember! (See: all of Laguna Beach.)
Daft Punk stan swag.
Bless whoever invented headphones for making it possible for us to listen to Daft Punk's "Instant Crush" enough times to drive a sane person crazy over the past week or so. The robots released Random Access Memories, their guest-filled, jam-packed mega album, to flurries of critical praise this week, and we have to say, we've become totally caught up in the Daft Punk fever. Here's the thing, though: those helmets really don't do anything for our hair. Like, we get it, you want to be mysterious, but a girl's gotta keep her 'do under control, know what we're saying? How are we supposed to keep our tonsorial game on point while also fanning out to the fullest while dancing around to the Daft Punk/Pharrell collab "Get Lucky" in our living rooms (see also: everywhere)? Behold, the glory of the internet! From the subtle to the totally over the top, there are myriad ways to show the world you're a Daft Punk fan, whether it be with a poster, a bracelet, or a key chain.
Of course our first stop was Etsy, where we found what is perhaps our favorite piece of Daft Punk swag. This Italian charm link bracelet ($15.00) is a subtle way to add a little disco to your arm party without having to make TOO much of a commitment. On the jewelry tip, you can also wear the signature helmets proximate to your head, with a pair of silver helmet inspired earrings ($15.99). If jewelry isn't your thing, you can keep the robots close to home with a helmet key chain ($15.46), or have them hanging IN your home with a letterpress poster ($13.00). If you love the RAM album art as much as we do, you can carry the polygon tote ($22.00) around wherever you go, or, perhaps even better yet, you can REALLY prove your obsession with the Daft Deco iPhone case ($35.00).
How do you like to show the world that you're a Daft Punk stan?
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Looks from Kaye Applewaite, Yunxiang (Sharon) Zhou, Yoonsung Choi and Isabel Simpson-Kirsch's collections at the Parsons' 2013 Fashion Show.
Photo: Courtesy of Parsons
Yesterday afternoon, I zoomed over to Pier 60 all the way over on Manhattan’s westernmost edge in the swampy summer heat to catch Parsons’ 2013 Senior Fashion Show. It was well worth it, not only for the Lobster Roll that I scarfed afterwards at Chelsea Market or the champagne that I managed to cadge after the event but because it’s always super exciting to see what the fash-youngs have up their sleeves.
The excitement was palpable. It feels like graduation but without the stupendous relief. Sure, your parents are there and you’re stoked to see your friends but there’s still this high-pressure live performance to get through. Plus, the finalists have been announced from your class but not the winners so you can sense the competitive energy throughout the room (for the winners, here's the official release). And, well, it’s fashion kids so you know that everyone was stunting in admirable outfits despite the truly prohibitive heat. Ensembles that you know they’ve been planning for several weeks at least.
The thing about a show like this is that it’s the distillation of two years of effort (fast track notwithstanding). The students spend hundreds of hours learning about technique, construction, and how best to narrate their vision and voice in a precise and appealing way. Without getting into the whole commerce vs. poetry thing, the most interesting aspect of watching a young designer at this point is that despite how early it is in their career, when a designer’s great, you can tell. The confidence is unmistakable and their message is complete. It really is that whole, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action” Michelangelo thing. The seeming facility with with they retrieve the message from their brains and cajole fabric to behave in that manner can be breathtaking.
A still from HBO Films' trailer for "Behind The Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
While it doesn't fit neatly into the "typical" Memorial Day activities, you better BUH-LIEVE I'm wedging HBO Films' Behind The Candelabra into my weekend of burgers, barbecues, and being outside. Just in case you didn't already know, Candelabra is an HBO Original biopic, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on the memoir of the same name penned by Scott Thorson about his life with pianist/vocalist Liberace. Scott and the notoriously extravagant Liberace are played by Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, and if that alone isn't enough to get you to tune in Sunday night 9 p.m. EST, just watch the trailer and prepare to be floored by the record 30+ outfits crammed into the just-under-2-minutes-long preview.
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy at the 2013 Met Gala and afterparty.
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Amanda Seyfried's Fall 2013 Givenchy campaign has officially landed, and in her second turn as the face of the luxe brand, she's going moody, dark....and Disney?! We may have recently spotted the actress sporting a fedora in the fashion house's "Very Irresistible" perfume commercial just a few months ago, but this time the spokesmodel's taking cues from cartoon animals and gypsies alike in the new ads, which debuted today on WWD. Shot by photography duo Mert and Marcus Piggott, these brooding achromatic images show Amanda giving some MAJOR face in Givenchy's abstract graphic Bambi (yes, that Bambi!) t-shirt, matching clutch, and dark lipstick. It's a great look and a seriously dramatic departure for the star, who paired her double Givenchy ensembles with a nude lip and slick ponytail at the Met Gala earlier this month.
Beyonce and some of her Rent The Runway picks.
Photo: Getty Images/Rent The Runway
A-ha! We knew there was something in the works between Beyonce and RentTheRunway.com. Ever since we got wind that her Mrs. Carter World Tour VIP tickets included $600 worth of designer dress and accessory rentals from the site (AND a personal styling hotline), we couldn't wait to find out more about Bey's partnership with the brand. As it turns out, you not only have the chance to sport couture outfits at insanely low prices, but you also have the opportunity to wear a dress that King Bey picked out herself. Rent the Runway launched The Beyonce Boutique (seriously, that's what it's called) where you can shop all of her favorite dresses, jumpsuits and accessories from the site, which basically means you can pick out a dress hand-picked by Beyonce to wear to Beyonce's show and be the biggest Bey stan of all time (without anyone having to know).
Prepare your closets...Lazy Oaf x Nasty Gal is coming!
Photo: via Lazy Oaf
You guys. Summer is SO SOON we can practically taste it. But along with melty ice cream cones, longer days, and nonstop sunshine, here's one extra thing to get you pumped up for the season: Nasty Gal and Lazy Oaf's brand new, just-announced, sure-to-be-epic collab! Now, we realize we may toss around the word "favorite" a lot and make several high-flying proclamations around these parts of the internet, but please trust us when we say there are few labels that have quite as strong a hold on our closets (and wallets) as these guys. A Full Nelson, if you will. So when we get word that these two companies are teaming up on a '90s-inspired collection hitting stores this summer, you know it's gonna be awesome.
Just some bangs beanies. Hanging out.
I don't hate hats. But I wouldn't say I love them either. I like how they look on other people. And I appreciate their functional qualities like keeping your head warm or shielding you from the sun and UVA/UVB rays, etc.etc. ZZzzzzz. But I guess you could say I have a general aversion to them. Does that mean I will NEVER let one touch my head? No. But I always find them difficult when they do. I'm a fussy, fidgety person and I have a lot of hair, and that combination makes the process of affixing a hat to my dome (not to mention keeping it on) its own special, waking nightmare. If you are my polar opposite (meaning: if you love hats and have no hair), boyoyoy, do I have a product for YOU! Enter the bangs beanie.
Kim Kardashian's Riccardo Tisci floral Met Gala dress reimagined for Kanye.
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ATTN: EVERYONE! Mark your calendars for June 2, because some seriously important Kimye bizness is going down. Well, important if you've following this whole Kim Kardashian and Kanye West baby situation (which, let's be honest, it's kind of tough to hide from...). The official invite for Kim's baby shower has leaked, and according to TMZ, she's requesting that attendees wear "Garden Chic" attire. Hm...we never took Kim to be the gardening type, but perhaps she's still feeling the floral vibes after her Riccardo Tisci Met Gala gown? Or maybe she's just cashing in on one of the most consistent trends of the season ("Florals for spring? Groundbreaking."). Either way, we can't wait to see how all the guests interpret the theme, because you know it's going to be good. And pleasepleaseplease fingers crossed that Kanye shows! Sure, dudes making cameos at baby showers isn't always a thing— but hey, Wiz did it for Amber, so there's definitely hope that Yeezy comes decked out in his flowery best. In our wildest dreams, Riccardo Tisci would craft 'Ye a custom jacket splashed with Kim's Met Gala motif...but just in case that DOESN'T happen, we've rounded up some other garden party duds perfect for the occasion.