Rihanna for Balmain Spring/Summer 2014.
Photo: @badgalriri Instagram
Well well well, looks like Rihanna has landed herself a new gig. Earlier this morning on Instagram (duh, where else would Rih break news?), Bad Gal announced that she's the face of Balmain's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, delivering the deets and giving us the first look in one fell swoop.
The ads, which were shot by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Rihanna's go-to guy, Mel Ottenberg, feature colorfully dressed Rih set against a monochromatic, tiled background. A steam room minus the steam, it would appear—more high fashion than I've ever found in a steam room, but Rihanna hangs out in more luxurious places than I do, so maybe wearing a j'outfit with gold-chain stripes is the norm in saunas of the rich and famous? IDK.
Erykah Badu is the face of Givenchy's spring 2014 campaign.
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Givenchy is continuing its streak of casting famous faces in its campaigns, and for spring 2014, the label has tapped legendary singer-songwriter Erykah Badu! Style.com got an exclusive look at the images and chatted with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci about his decision to cast the singer, who, he says, "is one of the most stylish women [he's] met in [his] life."
Tisci said that he had Erykah on his mind when designing the 2014 spring collection, which will feature a combination of African and Japanese influences. The black-and-white campaign image, shot by Mert & Marcus, features a short-haired Badu in what is essentially a poncho with the shoulders cut out. The beguiling top has no sleeves and no obvious collar, but instead hangs from two thick straps around her neck. On the runway, the bright graphic on the front looks like it's made of sequins, but in the ad, it's completely muted, giving the piece an entirely different feel.
Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld, hanging out in fingerless gloves.
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Last night, at a rodeo-inspired Chanel runway show, Kristen Stewart was named the new face of Chanel, with a campaign landing in the spring of 2014. If none of the words in the preceding sentence made sense (Chanel, rodeo, Kristen Stewart), lemme explain.
Every year, Karl Lagerfeld hosts a Chanel Métiers d'Art presentation, which is a collection of pieces between the fall and spring seasons. This has taken place all over the globe. In the past, the show has occurred in Scotland, Toyko, and Bombay. This year, however, Karl opted for the slightly less-exotic city of Dallas, Texas, to show his Americana-inspired collection, proof that people will go wherever Karl Lagerfeld tells them to go. The rodeo-ready collection is heavy on fringe, tiered skirts, and denim—three design elements that don't appear often in Chanel offerings (though sometimes things happen). Kristen Stewart, fan of sheer jumpsuits, will be the face of this collection.
Lady Gaga in Peter Movrin at LAX.
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Remember when Lady Gaga showed up at LAX late this November in head-to-toe leather and silk? She was a vision of future-goth, dripping with inky fabric that pooled at her feet as she prepared to board an 11-hour flight to Tokyo. You were likely either bewildered or amazed. At first glance, the eye-bugging outfit, created by Slovenian designer Peter Movrin, seems better-suited for hanging out in a museum than being worn on an airplane (can you imagine trying to use the teeny tiny in-flight bathroom in this thing?), but that's exactly why it works for the ARTPOP singer, whose recent album is, among many things, an ode to where avant meets accessible.
As it turns out, Movrin's sensibilities match Gaga's in more ways than one. The designer, a self-proclaimed Iris Van Herpen obsessive, creates wearable art that embraces “the ugly”—an idea that Mother Monster has sartorially toyed with many times, especially as of late. (See also: the artwork for singles "Dope" and "Applause.") The creation Gaga wore, which hails from Movrin’s Gothic architecture-inspired Franz Madonna collection, and we caught up with the designer over the phone to figure out exactly how much Gaga’s travel threads weigh, what went into its making, and Movrin's own forays with wearable meat.
Lady Gaga performing on SMAPxSMAP.
In between bedazzling seashell sessions, Lady Gaga has been hitting up many a TV show while in Japan. Over the weekend, she was on Music Station Japan in a vintage Gianni Versace jacket, Kansai Yamamoto pants, and Spring '14 Versace belt, and for her performance on SMAPxSMAP, Gaga continued mixing Versace with Yamamoto for, as she aptly dubbed it, "serious glam history." (Yamamoto is perhaps best known for designing David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour wardrobe.)
Gaga's performance kicked off with a colorful jacket from the Japanese designer. She traded in the Botticelli wig which she has been giving a lot of head time while in Tokyo for the frizzy white wig she favored at the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards and in Berlin. How many wigs do you think Lady Gaga brings when she travels? How many suitcases are filled only with wigs? 5 or more? I guess she's used to facing a lot of baggage fees. She's been in Tokyo for less than a week and worn at least 5 vastly different wigs. She even broke her "Personal record for wig changes in one day." Congrats, Gagaloo!
Lady Gaga in Versace at the AMAs.
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What's one perk of being the new face of Versace? As Lady Gaga knows, it's wearing the designer to the AMAs, the night after your first ads were released. *hair flip* After teasing her red carpet wares on Twitter with lyrics from her "Donatella" track, Gaga trotted into the AMAs wearing lilac Versace while riding on the back of a white horse, which was not a real animal but an elaborate costume on top of two very strong men in white spandex.
Once she dismounted, the full-length view of the two-tone purple, cut-out Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear gown was visible, as was the lion head necklace/body chain steez that is also featured in her ad. You get an outfit and accessories when you're the face of Versace? Where do I sign up?
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Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace go way back. Like, all the way back to 2011, when Gaga borrowed a vintage Versace dress for her "Edge of Glory" music video. Flash forward two years later, and they're basically besties (and sometimes twinsies, depending on Gaga's wig du jour): they do lots of air kissing, they send each other extravagant flower arrangements and now, after Gaga penned an ode to Versace with her song "Donatella," rumor has it that Mother Monster is slated to be the face of the brand's spring 2014 ad campaign. Suddenly, there's a whole new meaning to the phrase "friends with benefits."
Obviously, the set of this potential shoot provides the perfect place for us to drop in for another installment of Fashion Fanfic. Because LBR: aren't you DYING to know what the two of them talk about?
“And zen I told her, ‘Jes! Of caars, of caars! It looks fabulous, it is amazing,’” Donatella explained to Gaga as the pair entered a cavernous London studio, arms linked. She exhaled a long drag of her cigarette and brushed a bleached blonde strand away from her face to survey the set. “Jes, this is fabulous.”
Gaga set down her meatball-inspired handbag (made to scale with real marinara) and beelined for the nearest garment rack (there were seven). “You know,” she started, “I just really want people to feel included in this ad, Donatella. I want this to be an all-inclusive ad. I want people to look at this ad and know that they’re not just looking at fashion or art—I want them to know that they’re looking at … a movement.”
Trish Summerville gets it. As the edgy, ambitious costume designer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Summerville's been tasked with combining high fashion (see: The Capitol), high function (see: the games) and stuff that straight up looks pretty on screen (see: well, all of it). And even though the film has yet to hit theaters (15 DAYS AND COUNTING), the few glimpses we've gotten of Panem's ornate new garments have already earned her a Style Award for Film Costumer of the Year. *brushes shoulders off*
With the second Hunger Games installment only weeks away, Summerville sat down with Refinery 29 to spill some deets on the method to her madness for dressing all 12 districts. Her artistic visions (and how they materialized) were insightful, creative and totally on point. Oh, and also, it sounds like her job is SO MUCH FUN. Here's what we learned:
When it comes to making miserable look good, Sky Ferreira is a pro. In a series of new ads shot by Henrik Purienne for Maison Kitsuné, Ferreira serves up some "OMG I HATE YOU, CLOSE THE CURTAINS," realness in some less-realistic lounge-wear. I mean, I'm sure there ~are~ people out there who lay around pouting and posing and reading The New York Times in a sheening, cobalt pullover, stark-white business socks and a floral, silk headscarf—but, yeah, I don't know any of those people. (Sorry for shattering your dreams, fellas. Most girls definitely don't wake up looking quite so easy-like-Sunday-morning.)
Rita Ora for 'Liberation.'
Photo: @ritaora's Instagram
Rita Ora is the kind of woman who wears many, many hats (and we mean that both figuratively and literally). Figuratively, we've seen the British pop star moonlight as a model, a makeup designer and an all-around fashion fixture in the last few months alone. Literally, she also has an extensive, ever-growing collection of lux headgear. Like this rabbit-ear headband, for example. And this House of Holland metallic snap-back. And this ~very~ memorable, diamond-encrusted, antler-horned hat-mask hybrid, which we first spotted several weeks back—and now, has finally re-materialized on the cover of Libération.