Preston Chaunsumlit of Model Files.
Photo: Jonathan Walter
I have a fashion-y feeling that Preston Chaunsumlit is one of a handful of human beings who could make Anna Wintour crack a genuine smile. FYI: Preston is the hottie host of V Files' faint-inducing hiiiigh-larious series, Model Files. Highlights include Preston's high fashion version of Toddlers in Tiaras via baby street-casting ("Do you think she could lose maybe like a few ounces by Friday?") and, my new favorite sport, model yoga ("it's like, model fight club"), in which the instructor's advice includes "lift like your tallest high-heel you've ever worn", "find your couture!" and, duh, smizeing. I really just CANNOT with Preston's uber dry sense of humor (AKA subtle sass). And I kind of really wanna get my fingers lost in his sea of raven-black/sometimes-lavender silky locks. *Swoon* As expected, Preston's fave fashion-y things are chic, unique and very funny. (see: an affinity for Biore strips/Chinese immigrants and vintage Scott Baio as style icons). Warning: somes responses might be not so safe for tweens. (#NSFT) Someone get this guy a Fashion’s Night Out stand-up gig, ASAP. (Can you even imagine?) Anyway, big fashion ups for lightening up our pre-Fashion Week caffeinated jitters, Preston. Now back to my Monday morning Model Files marathon K-hole…*J’DEAD*
Rihanna in Tokyo.
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Maybe it's the lingering shopping high from stalking Beyonce's amazing road trip outfits earlier this week, but not lying- we've got travel on the brain. So blame it on this newfound wanderlust, but once we spotted Rihanna looking absolutely killer walking through the Tokyo airport yesterday, we HAD to find out where to cop her streetwear-heavy travel look. Luckily, thanks to our internet sleuthing skills and speedy fingers, we've tracked down Riri's amazing t-shirt, jacket, sneakers and even sunglasses faster than you can say "boarding pass." Now the hard part? Deciding where to go on our next vacation. In the meantime, find out how to get Rihanna's outfit below!
Olivia L., Bethany S., and Luna N.
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We totally don't blame you if you're still in denial that school is starting really soon. In fact, we're here to help you squeeze out that last little bit of summertime freedom with our latest roundup of super stylish bloggers. These three girls have taken the ultimate warm weather staple- the breezy crop top- and made it work in very different (but equally adorable) ways with color blocking, breezy skirts, and some key accessories. So whether you want to go all out and show off your tummy like Rihanna, Nicki, and Rita, or play it safe with high-waisted bottoms, Olivia L., Bethany S., and Luna N. have got you covered with plenty of outfit inspiration. And although these, uh, abbreviated shirts might not pass your school dress code in just a few weeks, hey- there's always the weekend?
Adam Scott for Maxim.
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We don't know what it is, but the dudes are getting ALL up in our fashion world these days.... and we're definitely not complaining. Already this week, Jason Schwartzman sharpened his design chops, Zac Efron flexed his muscles for denim, and now it's Adam Scott who's channeling his inner Derek Zoolander in the new issue of Maxim. The Parks & Recreation star is sporting some of Fall's newest menswear looks alongside a variety of woodland creatures- because, why not? This is Adam Scott we're talking about, you guys, so he can do WHATEVER he wants. In this case, it means wearing academic-meets-outdoor swag from Ted Baker, Gant, and Tommy Hilfiger. Oh, and he's dishing out fashion tips like there's no tomorrow- so guys everywhere, take note.
Analisa Nguyen, Sablà Stays, and Aileen Belmonte.
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We don't mean to freak you out, but school is kiiinddd of right around the corner. *ducks* But don't be TOO sad—the fun part is creating all those killer back-to-school outfits! We immediately imagine tons of blazers, oxfords, and knee-high sock ensembles to get us through the transitional weather in style, although, we have one particular piece we're REALLY looking forward to sporting this year—pleated shorts. I know, I knowwww, you're totally imagining your mom's gross, huge culotte shorts from the '90s, but that's definitely not the case. There are tons of super cool and chic ways to wear pleated shorts that we love, and we've even found some bloggers to prove it! We promise they're cute. Scouts honor.
Jason Schwartzman and three of his Lookmatic "Uncleanord" styles.
Photo: Getty Images/ Lookmatic
Full disclosure: we've harbored a not-so-secret crush on Jason Schwartzman ever since his Rushmore days more than a decade ago. We know, we know...in movie star time, which is kind of like dog years, that's practically forever. But thanks to flicks like Bored to Death, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom AND a side gig modeling for Band of Outsiders, our obsession is still in full-throttle mode, and now it's taken up a notch with his new design project. The actor has created a style of glasses for the online eyewear boutique Lookmatic, putting his adorably eccentric spin on classic vintage frames. Dubbed the "Uncleanord" after a pair of specs he received from his Uncle Leonard (get it?) when he was a kid, the revamped '50s-inspired shape comes in black, olive, and clear prescription styles as well as a sunglasses version.
The sounds from SXSW, Coachella, and Pitchfork might still be ringing in our ears, but hold up! Festival season isn't over quite yet. There’s still Lollapalooza, the three-day music extravaganza happening this weekend in Chicago. With too many bands to keep track of (including headliners like M83, The Black Keys, Jack White, and Florence and the Machine), the event is MASSIVE--from the ridiculously awesome lineup to the mile-long trek from one end of the grounds to the other. Luckily, this means there's ample opportunity to check out festival street style, so we're spending the weekend pounding the pavement (er, grass) to find some of the coolest-dressed people in Grant Park.
On day one, our first stop was backstage, where we peeped performers like Metric's Emily Haines, who told us she she loves vintage sunglasses, Die Antwoord, and Neon Indian. We also snagged sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, of the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, to talk festival must-haves fresh off their Lolla performance. "We always take the same things on the road with us," Johanna told us. "One pair of comfortable shoes, one pair of really nice shoes that we only wear onstage, earplugs, and dry shampoo! Dry shampoo is so important."
Lady Gaga launched Haus Laboratories in Tokyo on August 1, 2012.
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Attention world! Just yesterday, Lady Gaga launched the Tokyo hotspot for her Fame perfume and opened the doors for hoards of Little Monsters (to be exact, there were 1,800, according to Mother Monster)to cop the debut bottles of the world's first ever black eau de parfum. LUCKY!! The Tokyo Haus Laboratories don't look quite like their Paris counterpart (listen, we know it was just a short film/advert, but we were really looking forward to legions of shirtless men in leather overalls...also, frothy beakers), but Gaga's Harajuku fans are equally fabulous, if not more so!
Cindy Crawford in Versace.
Could I be more excited about House Of Style? No. I couldn't. If I was, I would explode. Literally. And that would be gross. It's taken more than a little bit of willpower not to tell everyone I've ever met what we've been up to around these parts, but all the tight-lipped waiting was totally worth it for this moment. Our esteemed Senior Editor Mary H.K. Choi has already given you the low down on what it took to put this endeavor together, some of the amazing gems contained within the archive, and why HOS is really, really important. You should really read her posts on each of the episodes, you'll laugh your ass off and also learn A LOT about fashion. For me personally, House Of Style is an amazing opportunity for just that: through the archive I'm learning about one of the most important sartorial and cultural eras in recent history, and it almost feels like I'm there. I was alive when House Of Style was on the air, but, well, my interests at the time lay more in Rainbow Brite, riding my bike to the Sav-On for candy, and wearing leggings with giant t-shirts than to what was happening in the world of high fashion. I also cared A LOT about Madonna and buying CDs to put in my orange Discman. Now I have my priorities more in line, and though I still love Madonna and candy, I've moved on from the leggings, and I want to understand the time in which I grew up. For this, HOS is a veritable miracle.
Besides making me frantically dig through my closet for that Betsey Johnson velvet fit 'n' flare dress I wore to that bat mitzvah over a decade ago, watching these episodes is really making me feel some feelings. In episode 07, Cindy Crawford takes us to the Gianni Versace AIDS Fundraiser, and the clip perfectly illustrates everything that's both wonderful and also kind of poignant about the show. Maybe it was because it was before the dawn of reality TV, but there's something about the way that the models and celebrities interact with the camera, and with the fact that they're being interviewed, that's diametrically different from the way people approach being on television today. There seems to be a lack of facade, and a huge amount of sweetness inherent in every interview that Cindy does at the event. It could also be because AIDS was weighing heavily on everyone's minds in 1991. When the episode first aired, the virus was spreading like a wildfire that people were just beginning to see the utterly devastating repercussions of.