Motorola's feminine-friendly phone advertising.
Photo: Courtesy of Motorola
Motorola came out with a new phone and it's called the Moto X. It's a big deal. It's the Google Phone we've all been waiting for since they bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011. Anyway, the cool functional aspects are that the Moto X is super fast and you tell it what to do not so much by smearing your finger sebum all over its face and then mashing that face onto your face but by talking to it or, like, flicking your hand a certain way if you want to use the camera. My near-death, very-old iPhone in comparison requires about 26 seconds, a blue streak of curses and a solid ruining of the moment in order to get the camera to work. Basically, it's this huge move away from manual controls. Anyway, I haven't met this phone in person or hung out with it so if you want more details you can read this or this or if you want the Cliffs Notes/TL;DR, read this. Or you can just go to Twitter and watch all the poindexters get huffy at each other about different vibes of the coverage so far.
But since we're a style blog, let's talk about how this doodad looks. It looks cool. And that's nice since it's an Android. You can even Nike iD it up on the Moto Maker customization web site (it's not live yet or I'd link it) or in AT&T stores later this year. There's a BOATLOAD of permutations since you can meddle with the color and materials and people are going bonkers for the woodgrain one that's coming out in Q4 because some people are obsessed with wood like that.
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce take a bow at Milan Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images
Oh man, this Dolce & Gabbana situation is getting dire and shows no sign of letting up. Remember last month when we reported that the Italian designers—Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana—were potentially facing a year and eight months jail time due to reported tax evasion charges? Well, they're now expected to pay $460 million in fines to the Italian government and the duo attests that they'd be forced to shutter in the event that the verdict stands. "If we deserved the sentence, there would be nothing to say," Gabbana told The Telegraph on Wednesday. "But we do not deserve it, and so unfortunately we would have to close." Domenico Dolce maintains the same. "We will close. What do you want us to do? We will close. We will not be able to deal with it. (It's) Impossible."
On Saturday night, mustachioed television host and noisy Republican, Geraldo Rivera, took to Twitter to announce that "70 is the new 50." To emphasize his point, he posted a selfie of himself clad in a towel slung so low on his hips that you can see his "D'Angelo muscles," which is to say you can see his obliques. Witnessing this particular #OOTD (outfit of the day) is eighteen-million types of alarming and one of those things you can't unsee.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about because I'm just "mashing together some names you've heard your mom say" it's because prior to this moment you gave not one F about this Geraldo dude (if it's the same case for D'Angelo, you should study up he's VERY good). The cheat-sheet is that he's been married 5 times, has been to Iraq 11 times as a war correspondent and once famously humiliated himself on live television in the late-80s when he claimed to have discovered the vault containing Al Capone's treasures and then cracked it open to find some dirty old bottles. If you follow any Old People, you will see variations of this joke in your timeline.
America Chavez from "Young Avengers #6" Panel.
Photo: Courtesy of Marvel Comics
San Diego Comic Con starts in a week which means now’s about the time the internet gets stoked on cosplay, superheroes and crucial plot/casting reveals in whatever franchises will dominate megaplexes in the months to come. Now, comics might not be your bag and that’s cool but I love 'em and follow some artists and writers on Twitter. Earlier this week, my pal Jamie McKelvie, a brilliant artist who lives in London (no seriously, [cronyism notwithstanding please check THIS out]), noticed that the fine folks who run the blog over at Urban Outfitters did a lazy-girl cosplay market post on his version of America Chavez, a.k.a. Miss America, from the Young Avengers.
Bill Cosby and his array of famous sweaters throughout years of filming 'The Cosby Show.'
Photo: Courtesy of Bill Cosby's Facebook
Oh man, so there's this new and wonderful time-suck on the internet that's a bracket of all the Cosby Sweaters where readers can vote on which kaleidoscopic woven fever-dream they like best. The first round features all the crew necks, from baller-ass intarsia hearts, black-and-blue chiaroscuro, swiss darning to some very admirable appliqué and cord work.
Hovering over the thumbnail enlarges each sweater and inevitably Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable is doing something emo or hilarious because he is the best TV dad in the universe. While the poll (which starts tomorrow) is clearly a traffic driver to shill Bill Cosby's new book and features mislabeled categories (I'm pretty sure those aren't cashmere), it's still pretty fun. The best bit, however, is then taking it upon yourself to fall into the internet K-hole that is the following constellation of Cosby Sweater related searches.
Kristen Bell on the set of the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' movie.
Photo: Splash News/WENN
I had to write like seven intros to this piece because I was so overcome with emotion that this thing is finally happening. Like, I knew that the Veronica Mars movie had been successfully kickstarted, surpassing their $2 million goal by $3.7 million, and that filming began for an early 2014 release, but now that I have to organize my thoughts to write a post about K. Bell's outfit I'm just...
I basically feel like Kristen Bell when she found out that sloth was coming to her birthday party.
So during the show's run first on UPN and then on the CW, we watched V Mars evolve from outcast high schooler to super sleuth in college and now we have the extraordinary privilege of watching her work as an adult. While the plot details of the feature-length are still under wraps, what we can gauge from these shots on-set is that Veronica is all about her business.
Julia Zangrilli of NOVA perfume.
Living in New York has its special perks and my favorite has to be that you're surrounded by wonderful people doing fascinating things. Last year, my friend Julia Zangrilli up and decided she would become a perfumer which at the time felt spectacularly random. Her company, NOVA, is based in Brooklyn, New York, and the bulk of her business is comprised of custom fragrances. Here's the deal: you make an appointment to visit her studio in Williamsburg and she walks you through an evaluation of what scents you find yourself responding to and she makes you a one-of-a-kind eau de parfum. Its exact formulation is yours and yours only and the composition (basically the recipe card) is tucked away in a secret location until you need to re-up.
Now I know it sounds rather straightforward but unless you're born as a bajillionth generation perfumer to a family of known noses, gaining a foothold into the industry poses an enormous challenge. Julia first enlisted in an introductory class and then matriculated in an intensive course at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in Grasse, France, a.k.a. the perfume capital of the world. After months of gaining confidence from friends and mentors, she finally launched her own line. NOVA's first retail scent, Chakra, is available for preorder and in a highly scientific poll conducted among three other friends over a bottle of rosé, it smells "bonkers," "expensive as hell," and "WANT."
BlingSting is a thing.
Photo: Courtesy of BlingSting
We get press releases of varying utility all day at MTV Style. Some are helpful and exciting and others are ill-conceived to the point of seeming like dispatches from lunatic space aliens attempting to lay a trap. The following is an imagined conversation during a fictitious meeting that took place between the revolutionary thinkers behind BlingSting, a bedazzled pepper spray.
Dude 1: Gentlemen, my team and I called this ideation meeting to discuss the future of safety for all women who we know and love every day. Picture this: I'm a chick, I'm pre-gaming with my girlfriends. I look good. I smell GREAT. I had a couple dranks. I'm totally gonna smang it. I'm wearing one of those tight dresses but with sequins and, like, only one sleeve, and as I'm leaving my house, I want to be responsible and pack my pepper spray, but I don't because it's such a *air quotes* fugly buzzkill.
Daphne Guinness in her 'Fatal Flaw' music video.
Photo: Via SHOWstudio's Youtube Channel
So, fashion icon Daphne Guinness, heiress to the Guinness beer fortune and best friend to the late Alexander McQueen came out with a music video. Entitled “Fatal Flaw,” the 5-minute video was directed by Nick Knight (who also directed Bjork’s “Pagan Poetry” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”), and the song will be available for download via the director’s SHOWStudio web site in ten days. As an aside, Knight’s also the dude who takes a TON of pictures of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Tasteful-nudes style.
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.