Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss work their mic game at the cinemgraphs shoot.
We can't believe the time has come, but Season One of House of Style is officially in the books! It seems like just yesterday we were on a Paris Fashion Week adventure with our newly-named hosts, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls. And boy did they keep things entertaining the past few months. When they weren't high-fiving at the Cinemagraphs shoot or rocking glamorous locks backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, they were shooting Holiday campaigns and strutting the runway as iconic musicians for Jean Paul Gaultier. You know, being fiercer than fierce supermodels along with their hilarious and stunning model BFFs.
Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls show that funny can be fierce.
Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace welcomed us into her home for our twelfth episode of House of Style. She gave us a tour of her closet (which she shares with her supremely rad wife, Heather), talked to us about her style evolution which covers everything from Mossimo for Target to Maison Martin Margiela. We showed you a little of her beauty closet where she revealed that she's been an ardent Clinique customer for years and her favorite fragrance of late: Stella McCartney. That's only a small portion, though, of everything she shared with us and because we refuse to sit on this footage, we're releasing it all in this very special bonus clip.
Laura Jane Grace is the founder and lead singer of the Florida punk rock band Against Me! Laura came out earlier this year as transgender, a decision that was many years in the making and a story that MTV News and Rolling Stone covered this past summer. We knew we wanted to talk to Laura further about the experience and we were thrilled when she invited us into her home for this episode of House of Style.
The way we see it, fashion can be trivialized. At times, it can be inconsequential, but it can also be overwhelmingly pressing when you consider it a way to express yourself. Especially if the way you want to present yourself is a secret. Not to get all, "In This Very Special Episode of House of Style...", but we thought it was important to talk about what it's like to accept how you want to look (especially when you're torn on how it'll be received) and what it feels like when you go out and do just that.
Nasty Gal is an LA-based, e-commerce juggernaut founded by Sophia Amoruso and the origin story is inspirational stuff. Sophia's always been a huge fan of vintage clothing and started selling some of her wares on eBay in 2006. About a year-and-a-half later, she made the crucial decision to branch off to start her own website and made a cool $72,000. She reinvested all of it back into her company and business quadrupled each subsequent year with 2011 seeing $28 million in revenue. This year culminated in Nasty Gal launching its own house line during fashion week duly called Nasty Gal Collection. Now, if that doesn't light a fire under your ass to pursue your dreams, I don't know what will.
As fashion shows go, Victoria’s Secret’s fashion show is a MONSTER. This year’s airs on CBS on Tuesday, December 4th but the show itself went down last week and the scene backstage was bananas. Just think about it, for the 2012 jam you’ve got performances from Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars not to mention hoards of gorgeous models, as well as thousands of feathers, gobs of jewels, miles of hair extensions, and a heaving throng of press.
No big deal.
Well, except that we had a House of Style segment to shoot. Our hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss were busybusybusy and in between hair, makeup, and being ferried to and fro, we were able to catch up with them to gossip about what goes into being a VS Angel.
Unsurprisingly, Joan and Karlie, as well as a number of other girls we interviewed, were working out like maniacs to prep for their scanty ensembles but it's not just about getting all skinnyminnie about that one unforgiving camera that shoots straight up into your chin and nose from the end of the runway. Heaps of the models focused on balance and core exercises because everything is so DAMNED heavy. Joan's wings were 15-20 pounds easy. And it's not just about looking poised in an enormous flower costume, it's about looking poised in an enormous flower costume atop 6" heels. Ambitious stuff.
One of my absolute, hands down favorite aspects of the original House of Style was getting to spend time with our DIY expert—Todd Oldham. His segments were called "Todd Time" and in them, the great American designer would teach you everything from how to cut your own hair to how to use a glue gun to reupholster a flea market chair. The coolest part wasn't necessarily the project or the final product, but how you could apply a lot of the tricks and principles to a host of other fun tasks.
We are THRILLED that Todd agreed to join us again and this very special Halloween episode, he and our host Joan Smalls re-creates one of her favorite movie characters of all time—The Corpse Bride (or Victoria Everglot if we're being pedantic). The results are STUNNING! I'm not going to give away too much but I will say that white duct tape is a magical ingredient that I will strive to find ever-exciting applications for and that Todd's dedication to replicating every detail—from the tattered hem to the exposed sliver of rib on the bodice of the dress—is what elevated this costume to AWESOME STATUS.
Who loves portmanteaus??!!! For those who don't know, Cinemagraphs are where cinema and photographs meet in the middle. They're beautiful images where a single element has been animated for several frames to move eerily but elegantly. It's sorta like a GIF within a still photo.
Pioneered by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck and created during NYFW in 2009 as a collaboration between the graphics artist and the photographer (respectively), cinemagraphs have enjoyed HUGE popularity on social media like Tumblr and Twitter. The fashion iterations you've likely seen have predominantly featured hair or hems of dresses blowing in the wind or else a roving eye like, this Coco Rocha version.
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Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls at the Carine Roitfeld MAC event in Paris.
By now you've probably watched the new House of Style episode a bajillion times (lord knows we have!), and if you're anything like us, you might've finished the 9 minutes and 43 seconds of awesomeness thinking, "Man, I want to see even MOARRR Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls being cute at Paris Fashion Week!" Well friends, you're in luck. We've got some extra clips to hold you over until our next episode straight from the Carine Roitfeld MAC event in Paris. Karlie and Joan got all dolled up in their Carine-inspired smoky eyes (which Karlie said was one of her top fall trends on the Today show this morning!) and chatted it up with guests including model Cara Delevingne, designer Alexander Wang, and Vogue Japan editor-at-large (and H&M collaborator!) Anna Dello Russo.