Kendall Jenner, Model to Actress?

Kendall Jenner Hawaii Five-OWhere many have tried, and failed, there are those rare occasions when a model like a Cara Delevinge slips seemingly seamless from modeling to acting. It seems now that Kendall Jenner is going to be making the big move from heading campaigns for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld to attempting her own acting career.

The 22-year-old lady of the Kardashian clan debuted her acting chops six years ago on the remake of Hawaii Five-0. She is also set to appear in the Sandra Bullock-led, female-cast heavy “Ocean’s 8” coming this year. Interestingly enough, that movie, a spin-off of the rebooted “Ocean’s 11” franchise, is set in the moda world. Kendall will fit right in. Whether these cameos, certainly one as high-profile as in “Ocean’s 8,” will jump start Kendall’s movie acting career, no one knows. Her sisters have yet to make any real steps into major motion pictures or T.V. (beyond reality T.V.).

Kendall has supposedly slowed down her modeling recently, and this is when the real acting rumors began. She shut down her official website and deleted her app, sure signs that change could be coming. Being last year’s highest-paid model to a budding actress is a switch of careers of the highest order and sure to send shock waves across the cultural bloggers’ sphere, champions and haters both.

Either way, Kendall is sure to still be ‘trending.’

As the lady herself said in an official statement about her app close down (although she might be intimating about all of her life here): “I’ve had an incredible 2+ years connecting with all of you, but I’ve made the difficult decision to no longer update my app in 2018. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as I have, and am looking forward to sharing the next chapter with you. Love, Kendall.”

 

Yura Min saves the Olympics

Yura Min wardrobe failWhether accidental or intentional, we have seen the obligatory ‘wardrobe malfunction’ happen from concert stages, to Super Bowl Half Time shows, to dress fastener fails during local newscasts. Certainly female celebrities, athletes and models have more to fear in this arena, given they are usually sporting more fashionable (=complicated) couture. But a good wardrobe malfunction can happen to anyone at anytime and lead to any number of potentially embarrassing moments. Ice skater Yura Min experienced her wardrobe fail during the 2018 Winter Olympics this week.

Out on the ice with her partner Alexander Gamelin, mid ‘twizzle,’ Min’s top began to slip down. The clasp on her the back of her neck was giving way and this was causing the slippage.

These kind of mishaps have indeed happened during high-end sporting events like this before. It’s no wonder when one considers the way costuming for these events has evolved to quite sexy and skimpy over the years and the involved physical movements skaters are enduring. For instance, in 1987 Katarina Witt exposed one of her breasts in a bustier-like outfit she was wearing. And Russian Ekaterina Rubleva, lost a strap during her 2009 routine with her partner.

Surely in the skating world our attention should be on American Mirai Nagasu becoming only the third woman in all of the Olympics to manage a triple axle. But one can’t help notice the skaters outfits, arguably the most sparkly and interesting of the lot. And its hard to ignore a good wardrobe fail, even if it happens all the way across the world for most of us in Pyeongchang.

Alexander Gamelin and Yura Min placed second-to-last in the team competition Sunday night. But Min went on Twitter to thank everyone for their support saying: “I promise to sew myself in for the individual event. I would like to thank the audience for keeping us going until the end. Couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

 

Queer Eye Redux

Queer-Eye-netflixTan France offers in the opening of the new Netflix reboot of, Queer Eye, “The original show was fighting for tolerance, our fight is for acceptance.” Whether the ‘Fab 5’ of the reboot (Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van and the aforementioned France) will be accepted in our now bingefull world, as much or more thatn the original show that premiered on Bravo years ago, who knows? But the five men are taking to Atlanta, and its surrounding areas, to help men everywhere approach life, yet again, in a more stylish way.

Berk is handing décor this time around. Ex-MTV Real World cast member and activist Brown will lend his expertise on culture. Food expert Porowski will tackle what best wine to serve and how to cook for dates. Jonathan Van heads the grooming part of the show, probably the part of Queer Eye that people were most taken with the last time the show had its run, and France is on fashion. This time also, Netflix is promising more attention to therapy, life coaching and discussions on political and social issues within the framework of the show. In fact, the critics have weighed in over the QE’s premier show, airing (just this week) to say that this Queer Eye is less a reboot and more a retooling. Great respect is paid to the LGBT community, as a reflection of our times. And the famed ‘meterosexual’ concept, made so big last time around with this show, is played down.

There is also said to be less attention in this show on high-end couture. Breakout star of Queer Eye the first time, Carson Kressley, was a fashionista of the highest order to be sure. But the new version of the show is said to eschew big clothing brands and go with dressing men more simply…yet still as stylish.

Can You Spot The ‘Real’ Kim Kardashian?

Paris as KimAs if one Kim Kardashian wasn’t enough. Just before the New Year, Kanye’s miss took to the worldwide web’s social sphere of influence seen across various faux paparazzi photos. What made these Instragram-able pics of K.K. so interesting was that Kim and Kayne were managing press for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 6. Kim was ‘caught’ running to and fro during her fabulously busy day in clothing from her husband’s fashion line’s season 6. As the rabid public just eats up daily posts from the likes of a Kim Kardashian, this advertising-not-advertising was a genius marketing move, trickling out pics of the new wardrobe line via daily posts.

But in our modern world, something done right, need be done again…and again, it seems. Especially if one is selling clothing.

Now, just slightly into 2018, we are getting a flood of #YeezySeason6 posts. These new pictures presently feature Kim K look-a-likes. Paris Hilton, Jordyn Woods, Amina Blue and Sarah Snyder are just some of the people who have ‘gone blonde,’ showing off for Yeezy. Appearing in a blonde wig, looking as much like Kim as possible, these models and reality stars are stepping out doing their bit for the big brand.

This ‘new’ trend of celebrities dressing and acting like other celebrities, and to sell something over a long expanse of time, across social media, might just be something we start to see more of. If “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” then Kim and Kanye should be thrilled indeed, while the Yeezy line gets a huge push.

To be sure one need not be a celebrity to contribute here. The blonde wig Kim and her realitycelebgangers are wearing in the shots can be bought by anyone for $950. Have you a desire to take a few shots and add them to your own Instagram account, we are sure Kanye would welcome you.

Red Carpet vs. The Stage: The Two World’s Of Fashion At The 2018 Grammy’s

elton-john-miley-cyrus-Given the high visibility of music stars, their penchant to just about wear any alternate couture possible (and lots of it during a night that saw Rihanna change three times) and stage costuming concerns, it is no wonder the fashionista stories keep a’coming after last Sunday night’s 2018 Grammy’s. There were throwbacks and brand new shout-outs and break-out stars making as much of an impression on the red carpet as on the stage. In fact, one can pretty much imagine now a delineated universe between red carpet couture and inside-the-building wardrobe choices…when it comes to the Grammy’s especially.

Cardi B, the current biggest thing, garnered lots of attention on her way in wearing a white wedding gown made by Mohammed Ashi. She wore colorful shorts, top and hat when she performed with Bruna Mars later. This is when Cardi B quipped a quote many are repeating this week, concerning how nervous she was prior to her pefromance: “I have butterflies in my stomach and my vagina.”

Lady Gaga did her swan bit during her performance (to be fair her piano wore the wings) but coming down the red carpet she was in a corseted pony tail, black lace top, leggings and a full skirt with a train. She later flipped off the skirt to reveal her full tight body-hugging lace outfit.

Kesha went in nude, or more specifically in a Nudie suit, as we mentioned last blog, but performed the show-stopper “Praying” all in white. Cyndi Lauper as well donned a suit, her’s of gray that matched her locks, festooned with colorful designs across it. When she performed the ending tune with Kesha the “She Bop” princess was in all white too, as were the rest of the female singers aligning themselves with the ceremonial white roses and the movement.

Miley Cyrus walked in wearing a black skinny suit, but later opted for a long red gown singing off of Elton John’s piano.

Inside or outside, the Grammy’s are still be touted a boom for the fashion industry. Maybe even more so than for the music industry?

2018 Grammy’s Couture

Kesha-Grammys-2018Very few awards shows are quite held in the same regard for red carpet couture and on-stage costuming as the Grammy’s. One also can’t forgot how our latest rap stars and most delicious divas even present themselves just sitting in the audience. The 2018 Grammy’s, the 60th anniversary of the music award show, didn’t disappoint.

We had Lady Gaga festooned with sharp eye shadow and wings draped across the top of her piano. Rihanna sporting not one, but three Grammy show outfits, and one before the show across her Instagram account that got as much, or more attention to what she wore during the Grammy’s. RiRi’s plum-colored leather coat, boots and gloves from Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture, were a particular hit for those of us of an alt. fashionista mind.

Elton John, in sparkling rendered suit jacket and pants was sporting bigger dark glasses than we have seen him wear in many a year. His look harkened back to the days when Elton was the king of eye glass accessory couture. Singing with Miley Cyrus, this could mark one of the few times we will see Sir Elton, seeing as he just announced his retirement.

Walking into the Grammy’s Kesha also wore an outfit that spoke to infamous fashions of rock past, and especially Elvis. She came into the show wearing a sparkling “Nuddie” Cohn suit.

Heidi Klum showed the most, with a sheer neck-to-toe dress, showcasing her perfect neck to toe. She sported a black bustier underneath. And Jaden Smith sported a MSFTSREp top and patchy G-star pants

Although white roses were in abundance, supporting Time’s Up (for the Golden Globes, as we mentioned, women wore black to support this cause) singer Lorde had a full essay sewn into the back of her red dress. But it was Kesha’s moment, in this regard. Wearing white with a bunch of other diva’s like Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day and Camila Cabello, Kesha offered up the song “Praying,” as the show ender couture call–to-arms.

 

Calvin Klein Scores The Royal Family

calvin KleinThe list reads like an amazing who’s who of celebrities. Justin Bieber, Kate Moss, Mark Wahlberg and of course way back when, Brooke Shields, to name just a few. But just this week, Calvin Klein revealed a great big bursting beautiful add with America’s royal family, the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

This new global campaign for both Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear features all the ‘younger’ ladies. Kim Kardashian West, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner all appear lounging in the add shot by Willy Vanderperre. Posing in what looks like a barn-but is really a set somewhere in L.A.-the women wear couture that hints at styles of decades ago. The Kardashian-Jenner’s are in tank tops, bras, ‘boy-shorts’ and even denim. That denim especially is from C.K.’s label 205W39NYC.

This Kardashian-Jenner campaign follows in Calvin Klein’s latest round of celebrity ads, which the company started rolling out in November 2017. In those first adds-all in this same barn setting-Kelela and Dev Hynes, the A$AP Mob, and Kaia and Presley Gerber, appear in their own shoots. This month by month reveal is a new approach by Calvin Klein, but in a culture where we get a new Instagram pic daily by these celebrities, why not give buyers as much as they can stand, as frequently as they can stand it?

On a side note, Khloé Kardashian was pregnant while shooting the add. She let Vogue in on how her and her siblings work and live together and why they are perfect for this particular Calvin Klein campaign: “The bond we share is infectious. Even though we pick on each other like normal siblings, we are each other’s biggest supporters . . . I want people to see unity, loyalty and strength. We’re a mix of everything, and I think family is the ultimate American dream.”

 

 

Lots of Color and Bad Spelling: The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Allison Janey 2018 Screen Actors Guild AwardBlack ruled the 2018 Golden Globes Awards couture this year, but color was back for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards that just past. It’s not that anyone is giving up on fighting for and making statements about sexual misconduct, but by all accounts the big Hollywood award event that happened just this Sunday saw celebs bringing out the brightest and most dazzling reds, pinks and even metallic.

Connie Britton sported a pink sequined Elisabetta Franchi dress that hugged her tight. Both Nicole Kidman and Allison Janey also went slinky skinny dresses seemingly pasted on to their equally slinky skinny frames, with sequins too.

Kate Hudson was dressed in a pink Valentino sporting black hearts-pretty much giving a polka-dot effect. She accessorized with a big bow around her middle.

Host Kristen Bell sported bright color-magenta-in her strapless J. Mendel. The dress sported beaded red flowers as well.

Chris Sullivan, representing some male haute couture for the show, came in a loud tiny-checkered jacket, with mismatched lens to his eye glasses.

Jackie Cruz flocked forward in purple ombre feathers making up the poofy skirt of her Rami Kadi, while Alison Brie went in the other direction. She not only sported bright red, but her skin-tight Dundas dress revealed bare shoulder, lots of leg, and cut-outs up her side.

All this colorful Hollywood haute couture aside, the biggest news of the night still igniting the Twitter sphere actually was a misspelling. It seems there was a major mistake when Dame Judi Dench was announced in the outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role category for her turn at playing Queen Victoria in the movie “Victoria & Abdul.” The SAG award card flashed to the audience for the nomination read: Dame Judi Dench was nominated for Leading Roll.

There are somethings that even the best and most colorful fashion cannot beat.

 

Playing With Facts-American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

acs-versace-mainAs one has to expect, the fictionalization of a true event is often quite more lurid, sexy and downright sensationalized than what happened. Even if that event is the shooting of Gianni Versace as revealed across the new FX mini-series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Silent long camera shots, and pans  across an ornate Italian villa located in Miami, unique wan-colored properties of southern Florida, and lots of skin of both men and women, are what were shown on the premier episode of the show. But also Wednesday night’s retelling made it seem that tourists got close enough to the crime scene of Versace’s house to take away some grisly souvenirs and that basically Ocean Blvd was a chaotic scene seen by many. And a flame licked coffin is sure to have been included for a certain visual flair.

Lest we forget, some of the team here is responsible for American Horror Story. Capturing chilling images are their stock and trade. But facts are facts, and lots of what we see across this premier episode were embellishments, to be sure..

What does work spot-on though are the performances. Penélope Cruz began what might turn out to be quite the star turn, portraying Donatella Versace at the end of the first episode. We see the reemergence of Ricky Martin to public viewing, as he plays Gianni Versace’s long-time partner Antonio D’Amico. And there are the absolute star turns of Darren Criss recreating the chilling serial killer Andrew Cunanan and on the other side of the equation, Édgar Ramírez, nailing Gianni Versace.

Will American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, ‘have legs’ as they say? Will it rate up there, or garner as many Emmy nominations as this production houses’ The People v. O.J. Simpson (or those American Horror Stories)? Who knows? The Versace killing was certainly a news-making event and the talent is here to bring the story off beautifully.

Even if the facts, are at times, pushed a little far.

Men’s Trends At Milan Fashion Week

milanSize shaming, nude dresses and who is wearing what; these are just some of the many present concerns in the female fashion world. With Milan Fashion Week just over, maybe we can concentrate on what seems to be happening in men’s moda currently.

As with London and Florence, concern in men’s fashion still seems to be on outdoor couture. The main accessory here was footwear. Be it MSGM hiking sneakers, DSquared2’s cowboy boots, to Emporio Armani’s walking boots, lots of designer’s emphasis was getting the guys out and about.

Prada Miuccia was just as concerned, sending their models out in stain/fluid free nylon bags and belts, while Tod’s and Versace outfitted their models with backpacks.

Keeping the men warm in their outerwear, it seems it wasn’t latex (as we always hope) but corduroy this year that lead the coat and pant charge. Miuccia Prada, MSGM, Pal Zileri, and Gucci all contributed duds in corduroy down the runway this year.

Lastly it seems men have no problem wearing it, and wearing it loud and proud. Prada showed off its triangle pretty much across all its pieces. Fendi clothes showed the brand’s “zucca” F logo, while we all know which clothes were Dolce & Gabbana, by their noticeable embroidery.

Gorgio Armianis “MEN” show brought back full high classic elegence in men’s couture, a sure centerpiece of the week as well as show sensibility. Adding to this, by all accounts Milan saw, what fashionistas are calling, ‘the return of the tie,’ in couture presented there this year.

There was also a color trend popping up in Milan, as well as it had already begun at New York Fashion Week. But this was relegated to off-runway styles, street fashion actually, which seems to be a new trend photographers and fashion insiders are as much blogging about as the runway shows. Orange might be the new black, but it is also the seeming bright color of choice for those attending fashion week…men and women both.