In the world of fashion education, Parsons The New School for Design is the Harvard of burgeoning fashion designers. With competitive entry and a rigorous curriculum, it is held in high esteem for producing world renowned fashion designers like Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Every year, the Parsons graduating class puts on a runway show to showcase the next generation of design talent, and three lucky students are crowned Designers of the Year in the respective fields of Womenswear, Menswear, and Children's Wear. I was completely BLOWN AWAY by the work of these talented students. There was children's wear made of the most insanely—yet beautifully—structured knits. Layered menswear with way oversized messenger bags drew gasps while look after look of mega tailored noir womenswear kept everyone bobbing their heads like at an intense tennis match. All in all, it was something truly special to behold and begs the question: Which one of these up-and-comers will be the next Alexander Wang or Prabal Gurung?
Runway looks from student Jin Kay at the 2012 Parsons Benefit Runway Show.
Photo: Dan Lecca/Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design
The title of 2012 Womenswear Designer of the Year was awarded to Jin Kay from Seoul, South Korea. Kay's cohesive collection of all-black structured looks were both dramatic and wispily feminine. The entire collection was wearable, covetable, and just what you might imagine a downtown gal wearing to her boyfriend's gallery opening. Every look accentuated the body in a chic yet subtle way, and though you can't tell from these photos alone, the craftsmanship was bonkers. These looks need to be on racks, red carpets, and upon my person immediately. I have a good feeling we'll be hearing more about Mr. Jin Kay in the future.
Whew, prom is almost HERE. We're sure you've got your checklist in order and have dutifully crossed dress, hairstyle, and tricked-out DIY nail art off your exhaustive list. What's left? ACCESSORIES. This is arguably the hardest part of the prom equation. (Clutch or crossbody purse? Headband or bow clip? Statement necklace or simple pendant? And what about rings, bracelets, and the corsage????) *deep breaths* Whether you're going for an edgy, glammed-up, or total fairy tale look, we've got your accessory game covered.
PUNK PROM PRINCESS
Clockwise from left: ASOS Skull & Spike Necklace, Tarina Tarantino Skull earrings, Topshop Spike Headband and Metallic Clutch, The Misfits lapel pin, ASOS Triple Spike Ring and Rubber Bracelet.
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Not only is pink-punk edgy and feminine, it has no rules. It's all about throwing together a motley crew of spikes, skull, grommets, studs, and whatever your rock and roll heart desires. Just make sure to turn the music UP when you're getting ready and don't be afraid to share these accessories with a frothy retro dress and beat up Converse. We'd start with an ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace which goes with just about anything bare-necked or strapless. Pair it with some Tarina Tarantino Ivorette Lucite Skull Drop Earrings which are just sparkly enough without going overboard. To lighten the mood, we'd add a Suede Effect Spike Headband and throw jars of eye glitter, dark crimson lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and our best punk tunes (for hijacking the DJ booth) in this Topshop Metallic Asymmetric Clutch which can also be worn cross-body style. Instead of a corsage, pay tribute to The Misfits with this mini Misfits Ghost Lapel Pin affixed to the bodice of your dress. Stack some bracelets such as this ASOS Rubber Spike Bracelet (which won't hurt people when you hurl yourself around the dance floor), and don't forget to tip your sparkly black mani out in an ASOS Triple Spike Ring. #RAWK! Need more ideas? Right this way!
Shailene Woodley for ASOS Magazine.
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Chilling out in a denim shirt, lace hot pants, and a pair of retro roller-skates, Shailene Woodley looks super SoCal cool on the June cover of ASOS magazine. The TV-turned-film actress, who can still be seen regularly on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has been having quite the year. Remember that elegant white Valentino gown she wore to the Oscars or those mega controversial Vibram Five Finger shoes she wore with a glam black gown? Yeah, Shai-Wood has made some SERIOUS fashion news this year, which is refreshing in the seen-it-all-before world of awards season. Miss Woodley continues to stand out on the red carpet as she does for ASOS mag, where she opens up about her low-key beauty regime, passion for film, and dreams of playing rock legend and enduring style slayer Patti Smith.
Lady Gaga sported hairy ensembles on April 28 2012, Aug. 6 2010, and Oct. 6 2011, Aug. 6 2010.
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Let's just get this off our denim-vested chests shall we? LADY GAGA is BACK, y'all! While we triumphantly hand clap and do our best monster-paw-raised rawwwwrs in our heads so as not to disrupt anyone working quietly next to us, we are beyond thrilled at both the return of our Lady and the arrival of the Born This Way Ball, which opened in Seoul, South Korea, on April 27 and is currently in Hong Kong for a series of shows ending on May 7. Mama M and crew are hard at work to bring us an epic show (hopefully touching down stateside this fall) complete with an honest-to-goodness MONSTER PIT and series of costumes courtesy of Giorgio Armani. Also? Our Lady is seemingly bringing the hair outfits back, too.
This week's climactic episode of Gossip Girl both solved some problems and created a whole slew of new ones. Serena (Blake Lively) is still acting as the de facto Gossip Girl but Nate (Chace Crawford) and Serena's new half-sister Lola (Ella Rae Peck) have her number. No, wait, Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) has the real Gossip Girl's phone number and uses that to get Serena to steal back the day planner that Nate stole from Diana's hotel room. In it are coded phone numbers possibly revealing the whereabouts of one Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) who may or may not be Chuck's (Ed Westwick) real father.
Speaking of which, Sir Chuckles enlists his former love Blair (Leighton Meester) to help him scheme a way around Diana's codes. She agrees and Serena decides to help, too, once she discovers that Chuck needs to take down Diana in order to find out who his father is but not without trying to steal the day planner first. They all wind up at a mansion that is actually a brothel (told you this episode was bazonkers) with Lonely Boy Dan (Penn Badgley) in hot pursuit thinking that Blair is canoodling with Chuck again. But wait, there's more! Serena gets super close to finding out who the real Gossip Girl is then totally fails. Diana reveals her true colors and sooooo much more behind the closed doors of the mansion. And let's just say there are secrets in this place of the ghostly variety. If you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!
Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
Photo: The CW
BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Dress: Herve Leger
+ Handbag: Louis Vuitton
+ Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Dakota Fanning, Zooey Deschanel, and Ginnifer Goodwin attend the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Every year, the White House Correspondents Dinner brings the worlds of politics and Hollywood together under one fashionable Washington D.C. roof to dine with (and enjoy a speech delivered by) the President of the United States of America. Witty barbs are tossed around the room from the evening's designated host—who was Jimmy Kimmel this year—and everyone dresses up in their fanciest finery, aka black ties and gowns galore, usually of the more subdued variety. (Neon minidresses and/or jumpsuits made of wig hair should be saved for after-parties only.) This year, a bevy of beauties classed-up the evening in various shades of grey. Dakota Fanning and Zooey Deschanel both chose classic lady-gowns adorned in flowers, and Ginnifer Goodwin went for eco-friendly ruffles in the lightest, creamiest of grey.
Betsey Johnson readies herself for a cartwheel at the end of her Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.
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In unexpected and totally #sadface fashion news, Betsey Johnson has filed for bankruptcy. WWD reports that the 34-year-old company will close most of its stores but will keep a few flagships open in New York City as well as a few other cities. This is DEVASTATING news, especially since the company planned to have 100 stores open in 22 states this year. Also, it's prom season. Betsey is the QUEEN of prom dresses! *deep breaths* I feel a slew of exclamation points coming on and am feeling faint at the prospect of never witnessing a triumphant Betsey cartwheel-to-splits display down the New York Fashion Week runway ever again. Thankfully, all is not lost...
Cinderella and her infamous glass slipper.
Photo: Amazon.com via Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Did you know that it was National Princess Week? Neither did we, and it's already Friday! What does this mean? Well, we have some celebrating to do in the name of princesses everywhere. (We're gazing your way, Kate Middleton.) Looks like we aren't the only ones getting into the spirit, either. Christian Louboutin just announced via WWD that he will design a pair of glass slippers in honor of the Blu-Ray and DVD rerelease of Walt Disney's Cinderella this summer. Whatever will these "magic touch" creations look like?
This year's Met Gala will be livestreamed.
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STOP THE FASHION PRESSES! Big news. HUGE. Are you holding onto the lapels of your leather jacket and/or clutching the sides of your computer machine as you focus your gaze upon these words? Do so, because hyperventilation or hallucinative vapors may result in reaction to this oh-so glorious news. Vogue Daily just announced that the most exclusive fashion party of the year, namely the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met Gala) will be streaming all of the glitz and glamour that is their red carpet LIVE. Taking place on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30, hosts Elettra Wiedeman and Vogue's William Norwich will interview this year's gala chairs—like newlywed Carey Mulligan and honored designer Miuccia Prada—along with what's sure to be an exhaustive bevy of celeb beauties from Rihanna to Kanye. (Remember when we crowned him Prom King last year? Will he show up with Prom Queen Kim K this year? Zut alors!) We have a few questions, though; most specifically, WHY ISN'T ANDRE LEON TALLEY DOING THE RED CARPET COVERAGE?!
Out of all of the spring/summer 2012 trends, Tex Mex and Southwest looks are my favorite. I'm from the land of cacti and tacos, so dressing the part has always been a cinch. BUT, I must forewarn you, going head-to-toe with draped Pendleton scarves layered over multiple turquoise necklaces atop mix n' match Aztec-printed separates may not be for everyone. I like juxtaposing a few borderland and Day-of-the-Dead-inspired accessories with everyday basics to give my overall look a hint o' festive flavor. Throw in some Frida Kahlo and a smattering of saddle blanket adornment for total caliente chica cool. Check it!
FANTASTICAL FRIDA FINERY
Clockwise from left: ASOS Tex Mex Backpack, Topshop Stitched Stetson, Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks, ASOS Tassel Chandelier Earrings, ASOS MIAMI Aztec shoes.
Photo: ASOS; Topshop; Footwear Etc.
If you've seen a Frida Kahlo painting, you know it's all about COLOR. I'm talking electric blue, hibiscus pink, baked yellow, and bright orange; sometimes all mixed together in a serape palette that is as vibrant as it is energetic. This is the type of spirit I want you to imagine when infusing a South of the Border feel into your wardrobe. A perfect start—other than ceasing all brow-taming—would be an ASOS Oversized Tex Mex Skull Backpack which nods at Mexico's most famous holiday, Dia de los Muertos, while also tossing pink and yellow pom poms and multicolored skulls (who are smiling, I might add) all over your person. Topshop's Stitched Stetson Hat with delicate turquoise-y beads would work with a maxi dress and sandals or with a white t-shirt, faded jeans, and Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks (#AWESOME). If you're truly going for it, though, I'd throw in a pair of ASOS Skull and Fabric Tassel Chandelier Earrings with everything I've mentioned thus far, and tip your toesies out in some ASOS MIAMI Lace Up Shoes With Aztec Print. These shoes alone work magic. Need more inspiration, preferable of the dusty desert variety? Right this way!