Erykah Badu for Givenchy.
We've been waiting for over a month to see the full range of official ads from Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 collection. We knew the campaign was to feature Erykah Badu and some stunning up-and-coming models, and even caught a teaser last month, but the images are here folks, and let's just say they were WELL worth the wait.
The portfolio boasts four fierce black-and-white photos, including Erykah's first epic solo shot. The egdy, patterned poncho could easily be overwhelming, but Miss Badu completely commands the look with a regal stance and unwavering eye contact. The other three B&W photos are equally strong. Asia Chow and Dominik's ads feature muted jackets and structured bags, while Maria Borges and Eboni Riley showcase sequins and bangles galore in their joint frame.
Nadia Aboulhosn, Gabi Gregg and Maxey Greene.
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Edwards
Welp, if that picture above wasn't enough to stop you dead in your tracks, I don't know what will. You're staring at three lovely style bloggers, one of which may look a wee bit familiar to y'all. In the center is Gabi Gregg, the former MTV TJ and MTV Style contributor, who happens to run an incredibly successful fashion blog, GabiFresh. When she's not showing off her 'dorbs daily ensembles, she's working as a columnist for InStyle or discussing body image and bikinis on the Today show (NBD). Somehow between all that, she still found time to create her first-ever plus size swimsuit collection (that she announced in late April), which is officially available to purchase starting today. Eeee! Her five-piece swimsuitsforall line features everything from neon bikinis to galaxy print coverups, and I'm OB-SESSED. Obviously I needed to get the low-down on Gabi's entire collection, so I hit her up to give me ALL the deets behind her pieces including, yes, that amazing Spring Breakers-inspired lookbook shoot. Check out the full interview below!
Tommy Ton and others shooting Anna Dello Russo in "Take My Picture".
Photo: Garage Magazine
In their new documentary, Garage Magazine explores one of the most vehemently debated, scorned, and defended elements of the current fashion industry: street style. From photographers to bloggers, those involved in street style have come under scrutiny from fashion's old guard as of late, and "Take My Picture" aims to explore and explain some of the reasons why. Whether you're a blogger, an editor, a photographer or a fashion fan, you've probably caught some of the vibes coming from both sides. There was much chatter amongst both bloggers and editors alike when Suzy Menkes published a piece called "The Circus of Fashion" in The New York Times' T Magazine, right smack in the middle of Fashion Month, and "Take My Picture" has set tempers flaring again. Going through the history of street style and, really, fashion in general, the team at Garage starts from the beginning, in the 80's, when nobody cared what was going on backstage. Legendary fashion journalist and Style.com editor-at-large Tim Blanks cites the birth of the supermodel as the beginning of the age of the peacock, citing the fact that Hollywood glamour was waning and fashion glamour was taking its place. Unlike much of the debate thus far, particularly Suzy Menkes piece, the documentary shows many sides of the debate, from Susie Bubble's thought that editors turning up their noses at people who want to be photographed as "elitist," to Tommy Ton's mourning the days when he was one of few photographers in Paris' Tuileries Gardens during fashion week.
As New York City begins to pick itself up and dust itself off in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, its residents are slowly trickling back into their offices and onto the streets. The destruction of the storm was unprecedented, and the city (including the staff here at MTV Style) are still feeling the effects. New Yorkers are a dedicated bunch, though, so it should be no surprise that some of the city's most legendary residents are out pounding the pavement and doing what they do best: working. Among them, legendary New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham, who was himself snapped, and by another well known photographer no less, while biking around the city in the aftermath of the hurricane. Food photog Penny De Los Santos took a photo of Cunningham after he had taken one of her, according to the caption on Instagram. "And as luck would have it, I had my photo taken by NYT photographer Bill Cunningham yesterday. #sandy" De Los Santos said, including the popular hashtag people have been associating with storm-related posts on social media. We can see why she was unwilling to let Bill stay behind the lens--his own storm style was something totally worth taking note of.
Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller.
Photo: Courtesy of Man Repeller.
It's one thing to singlehandedly convince the internet masses that we need to add pom pom shoes, a feather vest, and a flamingo named Pete to our lives immediately (no small feat!). Then again, it's another thing entirely to DESIGN these man repelling pieces yourself. But if anyone can do it, it's Leandra Medine, aka the New York blogger Man Repeller who's gaining as much notoriety for her daring mishmashed street style as she is for her sharply-penned website. The 23-year-old has already dipped her hands into various aspects of the fashion industry outside of blogging, such as modeling for Uniqlo, curating collections for ASOS, and scheming collabs with Dannijo. Now fresh from New York Fashion Week Leandra has just announced a new clothing line (!!). She's teamed up with PJK on dresses, skirts, tops, and knits in cotton and silk. The collection is called "MR x PJK....Just Sayin'" and we hear it'll be "wearable insanity — in the coolest sense of the word.” OK, who's excited?!
Tavi Gevinson and Ira Glass for 'The Wall Street Journal' magazine.
Photo:The Wall Street Journal/Kyoko Hamada
Between palling around with the Rodarte girls, holding MET talks with Iris Apfel, and setting her sights on Hollywood, Tavi Gevinson has certifiably wedged her way into more different creative circles than adults twice (or even three!) times her age would even dream of. Needless to say, she's got a lot on her plate. But for the new issue of The Wall Street Journal Magazine, the teenager is talking about a different kind of collab she's been cooking up- this time with This American Life host Ira Glass. The radio legend has served as an unlikely mentor for the Rookie editor for a while now, and here's proof: Tavi thanks him in the the magazine's debut issue, even referring to him as the "cool Dad." Um, awesome.
Is there anything Tavi Gevinson can't do? Just this morning it was announced that the teenage blogger-turned-publishing-mogul will be adding another hyphen to her ever-growing list of pursuits: actress. In her recent Bust magazine cover story Tavi hinted that she might want to head to Los Angeles after high school to pursue cinema, but it sounded like directing was more what she had in mind. Turns out that her first turn around the big screen will be in front of the camera though, with a starring role in Nicole Holofcener's new film, alongside Toni Colette, Catherine Keener and other Hollywood heavyweights. Tavi has also signed with talent agency UTA, which makes us think this isn't going to be her only movie gig. The silver screen may be calling, but Tavi has also been a star of the small (online) screen for a little while now. Most recently, Tavi starred in Wren's FW 2012 lookbook video, not just modeling the classic duds but also singing and playing guitar!
It was hard to get a good look at Tavi Gevinson and Iris Apfel through the hoard of admirers that swarmed them after their talk at The Met.
Photo: Maud Deitch
"Personal style is curiosity about yourself," was the motto at Sunday's "Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic" discussion at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fashion icon Iris Apfel was the first to use the quote, but once it had been said it was like the other participants, Rookie Mag's Tavi Gevinson and The New Yorker's Judith Thurman, couldn't help but keep coming back to it. It was fascinating to watch these two women- the 16 year old website editor and the 90 year old style star- going back and forth about what it means to be stylish, what it means to put together an outfit, and what the roll of clothing can and should play in a woman's life. While Tavi likens good fashion to good performance art, Iris insists that clothing should fit well, be practical, and not create too many barriers between a person and the world. Apfel was insistent that "clothing shouldn't be the most important part of your life," and both women admitted that when they're at home working, they change into more comfy garb. "The second I get home from school at 3 PM I put on Pajamas," Tavi said, and laughed, maybe a little bashful. Apfel agreed, saying that she can only work when she's in blue jeans.
Photo: Tavi Gevinson and Iris Apfel will host "Good Taste/Bad Taste" this weekend.
Good style doesn't have an age requirement- or an age limit, for that matter- and here's proof: two of the coolest minds in the biz, Rookie Mag's Tavi Gevinson and fashion icon Iris Apfel, will hold a discussion this weekend at New York's Metropolitan Museum titled “Good
Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic." Could there BE a more perfect topic for these two to hash out? We definitely don't think so. Even though she's only 15, Tavi's been in the fashion industry for what seems like forever, ever since starting her blog The Style Rookie at age 11. And although she's focusing more of her attention on her new online magazine (and high school, NBD), the Illinois teenager has still been busy making her voice heard online and in person, whether it's appearing in fashion films, starring in Uniqlo ads, or popping up at Fashion Week. Despite her 70-plus year age difference with Iris, this odd couple has more in common than you'd think.
Leandra Medine rolls around on the floor in seductive melancholy in new video.
Photo: The Man Repeller
You might think you know Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. You're an expert in arm parties and neon detachable collars--we know, we know. You might also think you know Lana Del Rey. She likes to pout her lips and surround herself with tigers, yes. But, do you know Lean del Ra, Medine's milk-drinking, stuffed polar bear clutching alter ego? In a new video set to Del Rey's "Video Games," Medine introduces her new incarnation, who stares longingly at basketball games and eats matzah with cream cheese (also perfect timing, and gusto). Medine, or we should say, Lean del Ra, also lets us see her favorite stuffed animal, a rotund polar bear named Puffy [Sidebar: we totally had that same stuffed polar bear as babies. It's like we're kindred spirits or something]. In the post accompanying the video, Medine describes it as "a newer age new age Who Wore it Best treatment paying tribute while simultaneously battling none other than internet favorite: Lana Del Rey," and we have to say, as far as who wore the pouty melancholy babe singing a sad song best? We just can't decide. Lana or Leandra? It's too hard!