Kate Upton, Megan Fox and Jennifer Lawrence Make Big Modeling Splashes For Summer 2018

Kate Upton LipsyMovie actresses, sports stars, models all make their way, sooner or later, across the fashion stage. In magazines, in video ads or with print we see our brightest and beautiful display those figures and faces they are most well-known for pushing a new designer’s collection, their very own haute couture line or just furthering their career by showing themselves. All of the above is the case with Kate Upton, Megan Fox and Jennifer Lawrence and what they got into this summer of 2018.

Kate Upton shot video and pics for a Lipsy Summer 2018 Campaign. Though now pregnant, Upton’s Lipsy pictures capture her in full sans baby curvy glory. In the video and pictures she models white jeans and a purple and white top, a little black bikini, tight black and white dresses, and a white lingerie set.

Jennifer Lawrence posted pictures just this week of a summer-time shoot she managed for Dior’s new “Joy,” perfume.  As the face of this company for over a half decade, it’s no surprise that the star of the movie Joy (and many other blockbusters) is starring in a short film to push this fashion house’s first new fragrance release in two decades. With dyed platinum tresses, ruby red lipstick and wearing white (and sometimes nothing at all as she shows off in a pool for some moments) the campaign will no doubt be a winner for Lawrence and the brand.

Lastly.

Once again Megan Fox is showing off herself for the greater good…of lingerie. Frederick’s of Hollywood just posted new pictures of the Transformers’ star in some of their lingerie, continuing their relationship with Megan and her Megan Fox Collection.

As we get into the cooler fall air, sweaters and jeans to keep us all warm, let’s not forget bikinis, lingerie and pool-side photo shoots, nor what Megan Fox, Jennifer Lawrence or Kate Upton gave us for summer 2018.

Tennis Couture Controversies

US OPENMaybe all bets are off now where professional tennis haute couture is concerned. With Serena Williams’ catsuit banned by the French Open and just this week, Alize Cornet being penalized for taking off her shirt when she realized after a heat break at the U.S. Open that it was on backwards, who knows what might be next for the sport and its sartorial challenges?  These tennis style controversies are nothing new to the game though…

In 2016, a group of women playing in Wimbledon wore a white Nike babydoll dress. The dress was deemed too short and Nike managed a recall to alter the length to conform to the prestigious UK tournament’s rules. (Wimbledon also demands white outfits on their players). Also at Wimbledon, Anne White (while wearing white as per the rules) managed to trump Serena decades prior, in 1985, wearing a white catsuit. Her opponent in the match, Pam Shiver claimed White’s whites were too distracting to her play and The All England Club ruled that the all-white catsuit was indeed unfit for the tournament.

And back in the day (the late 50’s and 40’s to be exact) underwear seemed to be a distraction. Karol Fageros gold lame undies were thought too distracting and she agreed to cover the gold with white lace. And before her, playing almost a full decade before in 1949, American tennis player Gertrude Moran’s display of her own frilly, lace ‘knickers’ while playing at Wimbledon, her outfit was said to be a “vulgarity and sin into tennis.”

FYI: Serena Williams said the reason she wore her now infamous and tight catsuit was because she was combating blood clots she had been suffering since the recent delivery of her child. And we all know, Serena showing off her incredibly fit body, post baby or not, says a lot about how fit the game of tennis can make one.

But the styles will certainly be continued to be challenged.

The Continuing Saga Of Kendall Jenner Biting The Hand That Feeds

Kendall JennerKendall Jenner is claiming that her recent statements in a Love Magazine interview were “twisted & taken out of context.” Remarking on how she has cut down appearing at fashion shows in recent seasons, the 22-year old said: “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season…” Which seems easy for the world’s highest-paid model to say. K.J. also added: “But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else…”

Jenner came back to explain/defend (back-peddle?) over Twitter, against a healthy dose of criticism leveled at her from the model community. Jac Jagaciak, a Victoria’s Secret model wrote about Jenner’s remarks: “This makes me so angry… so disrespectful to literally 99% of people in the industry ― yes they had to work their way up. Please get in touch with the real world!” And Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Vita Sidorkina-Morabito said:  “Maybe ‘those girls’ need to pay their bills that’s why they’re doing 30 shows? No words.”

These were only two critics of Jenner’s words.

Kendall Jenner is one of the new breed of fashion influencer and high-profile model who came from the reality-TV side of fame. Her celebrity, family name and wealth arguably allows a certain selectivity in the jobs she chooses. And the digital age has allowed her brand attractiveness from just how many millions of people follower her across social media. Her overall ‘experience’ has not been fueled and fed by catwalks and runways or even print/online visual media, but one can’t damn her worldview when Kendall’s experience is so different than the once-typical way of modeling.

Still, she probably could have been a little more cautious with her words.

Kendall’s response to the criticism was:

“I’m inspired by so many of these people i have had the good fortune to work alongside!” “There’s no way i could EVER hate on that.”

 

WILD STYLE AT THE 2018 VMA’S

VMA's 2018As much as them being staged back in New York City, the styles this year at the 2018 VMA’s made the show certainly blog/twitter/Instagram worthy. And although what stars wore during performances ran the gamut in costuming, it was mainly what they were wearing when walking the outside red carpet that has fashionistas talking and twittering today.

And overall, the outfits were some very sexy couture to be sure.

For us particularly, Amber Rose showed up as a red latex devil. In pretty much head-to-toe latex, wearing a corset, cat mask and boots, the model also brandished a red cat o’ nine tails as she sauntered into Radio City Music Hall.

Beyond the latex, plenty of stars were on maximum reveal this night. Sky sported a sparkling suit, forgoing a shirt for matching sparkling nipple pasties. Rita Ora was in a sheer gown, accenting her eyebrows with jewels. Nico Tortorella wore a fishnet tank top, beret hat, graphic duster and multi-patterned pant. And Teyana Taylor wins for best abs of the night, as hers were obviously visible in her low-riding baggy cutout pants and white crop top. Dascha too went for a sheer look, wearing a gunmetal naked halter dress.

And as everyone expected she would, Nicki Minaj brought up the ‘rear’ in a cream-colored bodysuit, matching choker and belt, under a sheer Virgil Abloh streetwear, Off-White dress. That dress was completely see-thru so everyone could get a very good look at the crisscross high booty cut of Nicki’s body suit.

Was this year’s VMA fashions any sexier than year’s past? Is it now a question of seen-it-so-many-times we are all growing immune to the outrageousness of style that stars have to give us less style, less of any real clothes at all? Every year we seem to ask this question of the VMA’s and still every year we seem to have something to report on when it comes to the moda shown there.

The VMA’s march on.

Summer 2018 Celeb Fashion Trends: More Fashion Question Than Statement?

Jennifer Lopez wearing Versace jeans bOotsCertainly the summer is a grand old time for our most famous, shockingly beautiful and all-around-popular to flaunt and frolic in the sun and surf. And generally what a celebrity wears, and tweets and Instagrams, will be followed, coveted and bought by the thousands (something designers pretty much count on). But not every trend, selfie pic or style is worth the everyday public catching onto. Here are too summer fashion trends that came to us this summer via our well-known faces. What should we make of them…if anything at all?

This fashion accessory rise in popularity seemingly began before the summer when designer Jacquemus dressed his models in a Le Grand Chapeau Bomba for their walk down a Paris run way. Not much more than an oversized sun hat with a rather wide brim, the hat soon was seen on Emily Ratajkowski and the Danish girl-of-the-moment Emma Rosenzweig. Model Bella Hamid got up a pic under her own massive straw hat (her was made by Oleos & Flores) and Jennifer Lopez (who sets a trend coming up) wore a big hat sitting on a beach. Then popular ladies got out and about in the sun of their normal day, shopping or clubbing, and a trend was born for summer 2018.

An item that is set to be available next year (although you can go to the designer’s website now and buy it), this accessory got a kick (so to speak) in popularity this week with who was wearing it. Jennifer Lopez was spotted wearing Versace’s jean boots, a unique fashion statement that is neither boot nor jeans (actually, as you can see from the pic here, it looks as if JLo’s jeans are falling down. The boots even sport a belt, but as the style is for them to appear sagging, that belt is merely decorative. There have been plenty attempts at appropriating denim for haute couture, here is yet another.

Does a wide brim hat and some jean boots make the top of what any of us might want to buy? They certainly were what some of our celebrities were wearing this summer.

 

Fashion Explodes Across “Crazy Rich Asians”

Crazy Rich AsiansEvery so often a movie comes a long that is so deeply tied into the moda universe. Either it is about fashion—a documentary, satire or fiction—or it features an amazing array of costuming or haute couture. Sometimes it is the fact that real world designers are so deeply involved in the film’s look, that even though it might not be about runways, models and haute couture, audiences come to marvel at what characters are wearing. It seems the recently released “Crazy Rich Asians” features many of these fashion forward elements.

The first firm in 25 years to feature an Asian-American cast (can you guess what that last film was….look below for the answer) in CRA’s high society we see a plethora of designers vying for space and attention. Surely summer 2018 movies like “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Ocean’s 8” (which has within it a heist at the Met Gala) have lots of fashion played out in them. But by all accounts “Crazy Rich Asians” has them all beat.

There are definite wardrobe choices here from specific designers that illustrate the money and class divide seen in the film. The young star of the piece, “Rachel,” played by Constance Wu, is seen in a beaded mini, a cherry red Miu Miu frock, and a Missoni dress, among other pieces. While the matriarch powerhouse (and quite scary) “Eleanor Young,” played by Michelle Yeoh, wears pieces by Versace, Valentino, a sheer Elie Saab dress and a long-sleeve Diane von Furstenberg blouse….to name but a few of her choices.

Costume designer on the film, Mary Vogt seems to have plucked all the right elements from and inspired by Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel that the movie’s based on. She even accessorizes with jewels from across the globe and from the brand Mouawad.

One could argue that the bright colors and prints the “Peik Lin Goh” character wears (played by Awkwafina) makes for the most interesting couture in “Crazy Rich Asians.” But no matter your tastes, you will find some fashion here to your liking or interest.

“Crazy Rich Asian” is a haute couture dream.

1993’s “Joy Luck Club” was the movie made 25 years ago to feature an Asia-American cast

PrettyLittleThing…Is It?

PrettyLittleThingAn online Fox News headline this week declared that the PrettyLittleThing dress is ‘confusing Instagram.’ Is this even possible? And if so, should we care?

This “hybrid” bikini-bodycon dress started a firestorm of opinion when PTL posted pictures of its Green Metallic Asymmetric Ring Detail Bodycon Dress on their Instagram page. People lined up on either side declaring the PLT a moda masterpiece as well as a monstrosity; there was very little in-between opinion.

The dress is metallic green, with a top that more or less looks like a bikini on the left and a long-sleeve short on its right. From the waist down the dress falls to about mid thigh in a curve-hugging design. It retails for the low haute couture price of $35.

In an age where every opinion can be instantly posted, disseminated and then considered (or dismissed) it seems all one has to do is post a provocative pic across Twitter or Instagram. Or one can pose a question begging opinion and one could be on their way to infamy. The PrettyLittleThing Internet fashion brouhaha is being compared to the famous ‘blue and gold’ quandary that happened last year. This is when Caitlin McNeill from the Scottish Hebredian island of Colonsay forwarded a picture of a dress across her Tumblr page that was originally posted on the Facebook page of her friend’s mom (following so far?). Her friend’s mom, wearing this dress as mother-of-the-bride at her daughter’s wedding (the daughter being McNeill’s friend…following so far?) wanted to know what color her dress was. McNeill reposted and asked the net (or the globe): “Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black?”

In this instance even celebrities fired back with opinions and the ‘blue and gold,’ moment, like this PrettyLittleThing situation, was the fashion news of the week.

One wonders what’s coming for next week.

Taking a Peak At Emily Ratajkowki and #UnderneathMyDKNY

Ratajkowski #UnderneathMyDKNYAs we all know when it comes to wearing latex panties, bra, (men or women), even some basic lingerie, sometimes what one wears under ones clothes is just as important as what one wears as clothes. And when it comes to lingerie advertising for big brands, just who is wearing a famous brand’s intimates can be just as important as the intimate itself. Such is the case with Emily Ratajkowski modeling the new DKNY Fall 2018 lingerie line.

Continuing her work for the brand (Ratajkowski just appeared in DKNY’s Spring 2018 Campaign) pictures for #UnderneathMyDKNY hit the web this week. Styled by Clare Richardson with Trey Laird heading the creative input for the video and pictures, the famous busty model shows off her fantastic long limbed form in intimates that range from classic and “essential” to sexy and sporty.

Included here are black leggings and black bra, a white functional bra and panty set, black draw-string sweats, sports bra and robe, and a one piece ‘baby doll’ nightie.

In the video for the #UnderneathMyDKNY campaign Ratajkowski claims that “Underneath it all, I’m far from perfect.” She’d have lots of men (and women as well) disagreeing with that statement of course. Then she adds, “I’m a little crazy and like to make my own choices,” as we then see her in probably the sexiest piece in the collection, seamed see-thru leggings.

Boasting of her New York roots later on in the short clip, at the end of it all Ratajkowki claims she is “just me;” #MeToo alive and well in this new #UnderneathMyDKNY campaign.

It seems, yet again, we are getting a hefty dose of Emily Ratajkowski on the world stage. And it seems we are all rather happy about it, no matter if the woman is wearing sports wear or suits, lingerie or nothing at all even.

 

Dawnamatrix Designs Makes The Finals Of World of WearableArt: Once Again!

Dawnamatrix World of WearableArtWe have it on very good authority that the World of WearableArt show (WOW for short) celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year, presents the crème da crème of global alternate designers working across various mediums. We have it on very good authority, because one of the VG family, a latex designer we have known since the inception of our magazine and someone we have worked with often, Dawnamtarix Designs, has entered the WOW competition now for a 2nd year in a row and has once again made it to the finals.

The first round of judging from WOW Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Margarita Robertson, and Sam Gao brought the submitted couture down to 148 designers from 17 countries. Each year WOW receives hundreds of outfits to choose from, their only criteria: “Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. “

Australia has eight finalists in this year. China twelve, China, Hong Kong eleven and China, Macau one. France also managed one, as did Mexico, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, and South Korea. Spain, Germany, India and Thailand, got two finalists in. Taiwan thirteen, the UK eight and the United States fifteen. As mentioned, Dawnamatrix Designs, one of the U.S. finalists, made two final categories.

New Zealand, where the WOW show will take place (and always has) at the TSB Arena, Wellington 27 September – 14 October, sees sixty five finalists designers in this year.

This year’s 30th anniversary show will be presented as a series of six “worlds,” each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring “Avant-garde,” “Aotearoa” and “Open” sections are “Under the Microscope,” “Reflective Surfaces” and crowd-favorite, “Bizarre Bra”.

Find out more about WOW here.

And congratulations, for a 2nd year in a row, to Dawn Mostow and every one over at Dawnamatrix Designs.

 

Beyoncé Makes Ann Wintour’s Last Vogue?

Beyoncé

Is nothing secret or sacred in the moda universe? It seems Huff Post just broke the story that none other than Beyoncé will be on the cover of the September’s Vogue. This issue is also rumored to be Ann Wintour’s last.

Not only will this cover feature a woman of color, Miss Bey’s photos also mark the first time a black photographer has ever shot a cover for Vogue. The man in question here, Tyler Mitchell, is a photographer Beyoncé actually ‘influenced’ the mega fashion magazine to use.

Be it in the pop music space, in fashion and certainly when the two meet, there is no mistaking super star power. Actually, according Huff Po’s source for their exclusive reveal, the mega fashion mag is contracted to give JAY-Z’s wife anything she wants. She picks the pics (and obviously who takes them) and any editorial content.

Stars certainly have been picking their stylists for shoots for years. They also can become quite enamored with specific photographers, so prefer one picture taker’s artistry over another. And we have seen time and again how certain personalities are almost always exclusively dressed by a specific designer (think Oleg Cassini linked to Jackie O’ for instance). But currently, with social media’s reach mostly, a modern celebrity can demand attention and special considerations-some would say complete surrender-by just about anyone who wants that star.

The truth to Ann Wintour stepping down after 30 years as editor? Condé Nast has repeatedly denied such a rumor, their official comment being that there is “zero truth” to the rumor. Whether the story comes from Huffington Post or a British Page Six article a year ago, it seems we won’t know for sure about the inner doings over at Vogue until those doings are done.

Meanwhile, enjoy Beyoncé on and in Vogue this September.