This flawless queen.
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Conchita Wurst, who came to international attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, made news at Paris Fashion Week by walking in the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture show. Wurst closed out the show, a position usually given to the designer's favorite or the most famous model. Previous closers have included Dita Von Teese and Beth Ditto. Jean Paul has long been an advocate for so-called "unconventional" models. Early on in his career, he put out a listing in French paper Libération that read: “Nonconformist designer seeks unusual models–the conventionally pretty need not apply.”
Conchita is also the latest in a line of pioneers who are challenging mainstream conceptions of gender. This might be a reflection of fashion's fickle nature or it could mean that our perception of beauty has broadened; the fashion world is notoriously exclusive, and does not often veer from its rigid strictures of what is stylish, which is why we should not only applaud the casting decision, but also celebrate those who have come before. Below are a few other drag superstars who have made names for themselves.
You better werk.
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The '90s ushered in the rise of the supermodel, and in 1992, it got its soundtrack, thanks to RuPaul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)." Soon after, in 1994, MAC Cosmetics tapped Ru to be the first face of Viva Glam, the line's campaign to raise awareness and outreach for those in the HIV/AIDS community, making Ru the world's first drag queen supermodel.
Beyonce's On The Run bodysuit designed by Alexander Wang.
There was simply no way Beyonce's costumes for the On the Run tour would be anything less than flawless, but somehow they're shaping up to be even more impressive than we were expecting.
To whip up performance looks fit for a queen, she enlisted a bunch of her favorite designers. Last week, we learned that Michael Costello made a black lace bodysuit for the tour. Now, Bey is spilling the deets on that leather Alexander Wang bodysuit.
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Alexander Wang and H&M have been teasin' the heck out of us lately, and we like it. Well, kind of. It all started three months ago when A. Wang announced via Instagram that he would be collaborating with H&M on a clothing and accessories collection come fall (November 6, to be exact!). While simultaneous screams were heard 'round the world, things have been pretty hush-hush since the initial announcement. Until, well, right now.
Just two pals chillin'.
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Earlier today, two of my best friends hung out without me. Um, hi, Emma and Jen, did you really think there'd be no pics of you two sitting front row at the Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 show? I see that my potential seat was taken by Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior's CEO, but that doesn't lessen the sting. Imagine how cute this pic would look on our fridge. I would've Instagrammed it and it would've gotten a lot of likes because you're two of the biggest movie stars in the world with impeccable style, but now that opportunity has passed. R.I.P. what could've been.
You even matched in monochrome like we talked about. Don't mind me, I'll just be over here nowhere near Paris drying my tears.
Crazy in love, y'all.
Photo: @riccardotisci17 Instagram
When we first saw the spectacular lineup for Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run wardrobe, we just had one question: Where's the Givenchy? Thankfully, it only took 12 hours for fashion house head Riccardo Tisci to answer that question with a few Instagrams. The couple's BFF and frequent collaborator—see also: Watch the Throne artwork, and Beyonce's tour wardrobe and Met Gala dresses from the past couple of years—is responsible for at least two creations on this tour.
Crazy in love, y'all.
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The black and white American flag dress Beyonce wears is one of Tisci's designs. TBH, I never considered the possibility that our country's flag could make for such a stunning bustle but leave it to Bey and T. to pull off the seemingly impossible. But also, Beyonce can literally make wallpaper look good.
Miley Cyrus in an Ashish x Topshop bathing suit.
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Yesterday, Miley Cyrus posted photos of herself in a bright orange swimsuit next to her sister who was, for some unknown reason, wearing a leopard print onesie, ears, and a painted-on nose and whiskers. While her sister's outfit warrants its own discussion, we're here to talk about Miley's swimsuit—it's from the brand new Ashish x Topshop collection. Miley isn't the only female pop star to be as into this collection as we are—Rita Ora, Lily Allen, and Katy Perry have also shown off their pieces. The collection is all over Instagram and I'd like to get in on it, OK?
Miley, actually, is the only celeb to show off a piece from the collection that we plebes can buy online. I thank you for that, Miley.
Rita Ora in Ashish x Topshop shoes.
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Rita Ora, on the other hand, showed off the light-up sneakers that have been making the rounds on Instagram. The shoes sold out within the hour, so there go my dreams of getting my feet in a pair of these.
By now, you've all seen what Rihanna wore to the CFDA Awards earlier this week. Y'know, that sparkly dress that would DEF get censored by Instagram? The rhinestone-studded gown was nothing short of a work of art. And like all works of art, it takes a lot of time and dedication to reach the final product. In the case of Rih's dress, that dedication looks something like an entire team of people gluing microscopic crystals onto fabric with tweezers.
Adam Selman, Rihanna's costume designer and collaborator, posted a video to Instagram of that process, writing: "Detail of my incredible team at work with @official_swarovski and @rupaulsdragrace led by the true queen @meetingsmagazine #glamazon." Glamazon, indeed! We kind of can't stop watching this mesmerizing video on repeat, even though the tediousness threatens to make our brains explode. Ah, what we do in the name of #FASHUN.
Pull up a chair and break out a fan, you guys. New Balance and Karl Lagerfeld are going to court! The footwear company has filed a lawsuit against the Chanel and Fendi mastermind for "intellectual property rights related to [their] iconic Lifestyle footwear designs." And they're not the only one who feel that Uncle Karl might've stepped on some toes in this sneaker war. Fashion blogger SHEFinds noted the similarities a few months ago.