Alexa Chung and Jared Leto at the Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
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As Paris Fashion Week draws to a triumphant close, we can't help but pull sad faces as we bid adieu to what has truly been a season of sophisticated shenanigans. Who can forget the recent emergence of a diamond gap-toothed Gaga or Kanye's Fashion Week debut? Sigh, we can't, and we don't want to. But if there's anything that can lift our spirits in these soon to be darkest of dark non-Fashion Week days, it's Alexa Chung and Jared Leto throwing down with insane, MATCHING front row style at not one but two Paris shows. Is it just us or is something going on here?
Tavi Gevinson on the October issue of "L'Officiel."
Photo: Courtesy of L'Officiel
BREAKING: Fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson is still 15 and still awesome. We have proof. Just...just look at the above photo. On the cover of French magazine L'Officiel, Tavi is propped on an oversized gold chair smothered in nothing but black and white Chanel. Uhhh-mazing. Luckily, we took enough French in high school (French 3 Honors, NBD *hair flip*) to decipher that Ms. Gevison was shot by renown (and super French) photographer Jean-Paul Goude for the mag's 90th anniversary. Gosh, could it GET any more Frenchy up in here? (Cue Francophiles miming in happiness.) Frenchiness aside, we're kind of in love with her two-tone tights (polka dots!), patent ankle boots, pearl belt, quilted chain bag, larger-than-life hair bow, ruff collared shirt, and clear pink glasses. But when we recently caught up with Tavi about her own mag (called Rookie), she wasn't sporting her signature gray bob like we see here. Guys, it's going to be a nanosecond before Ms. Gevinson becomes overlord of the entire world wide web! Cannot WAIT to see what she'll wear. Hopefully it'll involve some sort of gigantic scepter and cape.
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Kat Kao, Cosette Munch, and Annika M.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Kats Love Fashion, Crack Cosette Munch, and According to Annika.
If there's one absolute must-have accessory to buy before heading back to school, it's knee socks. Knitted thigh-highs instantly transform an outfit from just plain cute to over-the-top adorable. Not only will they make your classmates super jealous, but they're a practical way to transition from summer to fall without having to stow away those short skirts just yet. Check out how these bloggers sported their over-the-knee socks in three equally adorable ways!
Photo: Zana Bayne
No doubt you Little Monsters have already nailed the "watch it, learn the dance, load the video to YouTube, repeat" routine on Lady Gaga's music video for "'Yoü And I," which has shown up scattered like a trillion Easter eggs all over the interwebz over the past 48 hours. You've probably already gone and pored over all the envy-making FASHUN rampant in every frame.
You were all, "Where can I get a pair of those heels? Or that hat? Or ZOINKS, is that the custom leather HARNESS I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR?!??" Well, great news for you. Not only do we have aaaaall the fashion credits (thanks to Gaga fashion director Nicola Formichetti), but we've nabbed an EXTENSIVE, super exclusive interview and studio tour with Gaga's leather designer Zana Bayne, courtesy of our main man, Rory Rockmore.
Photo: Rory Rockmore
Soooooooooooooooo, last Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the baddest bitches in leather, Miss Zana Bayne, creator and HBIC of Zana Bayne Leather. Who is Zana Bayne?
At the Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's preview
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Hello, Chanel! Well, sort of. Karl Lagerfeld, the embodiment of what we here at Style like to term FASHUN (fashion said with a snap, a hair toss, a pursed-lip headshake), has stepped from his high throne, chez Chanel, and come down to party with us little people. And by party, we mean dress. And by dress, we mean dress well, with lots of separates and tweed suits and flippy colors as interpreted by Macy's. Basically, if you will, this is Coco Jr., and we mean that in such an excited, cannot wait to own something that the be-sunglassed, ponytailed impresario touched way.
The line debuts at Macy's at the end of August and will certainly be scooped up quickly (if its former Matthew Williamson collection is any indication). The prices range from a very un-Chanel—$49 (for a scarf)—to a slightly more costly (but arguably investment-worthy) tweed suit jacket at $149. Not bad for a graduate entering the business world. Ahem...Mom.
Pharrell Williams at a QREAM launch party.
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Pharrell Williams has been all over the headlines lately for launching his snicker-inducingly named alcoholic beverage for laydeeeez called Qream. While those 21 and older amongst us would rather partake in scotch or a crisp rosé, the one thing we can all agree on is that skateboard P hitting the party/red carpet circuit to peddle the "silky drink... [for] beautiful, independent, sophisticated women of today..." means a lot of fantastic photos and some seriously thorough ensembles.
The thing about Pharrell that makes his outfits such a joy to dissect is the shrewdness. While upon a cursory glance there's nothing too, too special about a gray cardigan, shorts, tee, and boots it's all in the fit and details. The cardigan in question fits him beautifully with the curveball of a long, button placket not on a traditional six-button delivery BUT ON A CREW NECK. And there's no discernible cuff on the bottom or sleeves, which creates a subtle roll—two bonus points. Plus, the way the arm's eye falls RIGHT at the shoulder with zero baggy/excess knit on his narrow armpits means this summer-weight throw on could easily buy and sell your entire sweater collection, no problem. This man knows his sizes, as does every retail salesperson working on commission worth their salt.
Alexa Chung at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show in Paris, France, on July 5, 2011, Eliza Doolittle at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" after party in London, England, on July 7, 2011, and Evanna Lynch at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in London, England, on July 7, 2011.
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A couple shoe things of note happened this week. A lot of which took place in Europe. OK, so there were more than a couple things—the world is a vast and giant place full of millions of people living out their simultaneous existences, blahblahblah something something, Disney theme park. But, listen. We don't have access to photographs of those amazing shoes and killer outfit you wore to dinner last night (unless you sent it to us for our Top Style Blogger feature *wink wink, nudge nudge*), so for the purposes of storytelling, bear with me and just, y'know, nod along.
So this week, a few of our favorite ladies across the pond did something really interesting: pairing girly, frilly frocks with kick-arse (That's how they say it over there, right?? Oh wait, no, that's PIRATES... *head retracts into body like a turtle*), edgy-femme footwear. Our girls Alexa Chung, Eliza Doolittle, and Evanna Lynch show us how to execute this refreshing take on outfit assemblage.
Snooki in Italy on May 25.
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• The Jersey Shore cast is baaaaaaaaaaaaccckk! Well, from Italy at least. In their short return, Snooki has already been compared to the lovely (and fashion forward!) Smurfette and Pauly D flashed an insane amount of bejeweled accessories.
• What were those hot dudes up to this week? X-Men: First Class's Nicholas Hoult showed off his cuter side in Esquire UK, Joe Jonas released his latest music video See No More, Justin Bieber parodied... Justin Bieber, Joe Zee made a cute cameo in a Cobra Starship video, Shia LaBeouf looked DELECTABLE in Details, Godfrey Gao is officially Asia's first (and hottest) male supermodel, and Kanye West and Michael Stipe together make one EXTREMELY hot dude.
• MEOOWWWW. We love cats. We ESPECIALLY love cats and fashion. Katy Perry rocked some crazy expensive cat ears and Chanel launched its feline-friendly ad campaign.
• In celeb designer news, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched a $30 T-shirt collection, Lourdes Leon's Material Girl fall 2011 ad campaign featuring Kelly Osbourne hit the blogosphere, Whitney Port dished out some fashion tips, and Lauren Conrad started a fashion column in Forbes.
• The BET Awards were filled with tons of fun AND fashion, but we mostly cared about the fashion. Check out our fave shoes from the red, er, green carpet and our top trends!
• Those pop stars divas are ALWAYS up to something! Lady Gaga eerily resembled Jack Sparrow in Tokyo, Jessie J still looked FIERCE even while wearing a cast onstage in England, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj both sported skeleton-inspired ensembles, Christina Aguilera was ousted as the face of Stephen Webster jewelry, Beyoncé and Rihanna let their huge hair hang out, and Willow Smith rocked her Fresh Prince dad on her T-shirt. Twice.
• Our cover girls ROCKED it this week! Mia Wasikowska channeled Jane Eyre on Harper's Bazaar Australia and Taylor Swift went retro for Teen Vogue.
Have a great Independence Day, fashion friends! Don't forget to rock out to our favorite Fourth of July fashion music videos. (P.S.—Still have nothing to wear? Try THIS!)
Freja Beha Erichsen in Chanel's Fall 2011 campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
No other animal is as fashion-friendly as the feline, and this is a fact that cannot be refuted (heck, I wear my cat ALL the time.) Kitties are affected little weirdos with slender legs and flirty tails, and they are just so thrilled about Chanel. To be certain, I as well am literally trembling with excitement to see this campaign. It is leaves a sweet warm little Chanel-flavored taste in my mouth, and it isn't just because of the incredible and inspired choice to turn the Chanel roses into cat ears, but it is because of this: Imagine Carine Roitfeld, the ex-editor in chief of French Vogue who deftly birthed this cat-filled campaign from her mind space, saying to her assistants, "Oui oui. But, zee, I vant le chat!" and the entire room scurrying around trying to figure out how to get the perfect whiskers for a Chanel campaign (not too short, and not any of those CHEEKY whiskers because, HULLO THIS IS CHANEL). And then see them calling up some off-season costume store and explaining, hurriedly, that you need THE BEST whiskers and non-smudge nose makeup because you are making Freja Beha Erichsen into a snuggly little feline.
Taylor Swift on the cover of the August 2011 'Teen Vogue.'
All Photos Courtesy of Teen Vogue
There is something going on with this Teen Vogue spread of Taylor Swift that is just so flawless, so completely ideal, that if we never saw Taylor on the cover of a magazine again, we'd be OK. It's not that we don't want Taylor to never be a cover girl again, but this moment that Teen Vogue captured is so idyllic, such unbridled adolescence, soooooo nostalgic that we want this to be ingrained in our brainses forever.
What we've got here is a real-deal magazine cover from 1992. This is the stuff we used to steal from our older sisters. Look at Tay's hair: gently frizzy, atop a porcelain complexion and dark, nonlined lips. Then, below, we are treated to a cashmere-blend shirt with a boatneck, showing off just a hint of bling. Taylor Swift: On this cover, you are the most beautiful babysitter we have ever had.