Jumpin’ Ship and Fake Tics @ The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

VS 2017The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has become a culture ‘light’ fashion institution. From the yearly reveal of the highest-priced bra in the world, pop music performances, and the Instagram-able moments of V.S. angel’s preparations, even those of us with no interest in lingerie hear of the show. Here is the latest news about the upcoming 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, to be held in Shanghai this year.

And none of this news is particularly positive.

It seems that now two infamous model/personalities will not be walking the V.S. runway this year. If you haven’t been keeping up, at the end of the summer Kendall Jenner announced she’d not be in the show this year. Jenner signed a multi-million dollar deal with V.S. rival upscale lingerie company La Perla. And in that signing she had to agree to a non-compete clause. But one of Kendall’s besties, Gigi Hadid, just announced that she wouldn’t be going to China either. Hadid wrote: I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year! :) x.

Has this year’s Shanghai location halted Hadid, or did she suddenly realize she really couldn’t be an angel without Jenner?

In more bad news-and certainly caused by the location change-models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun, (Russia and Ukraine ladies)-were just denied Chinese visas and won’t be attending the V.S. show either.

Lastly in the V.S.F.S troubles (at least for right now) it seems a bunch of ticket buyers have gotten scammed on thousands of tickets for the show. Actual tickets for the event are free and given out by invite only. But a Chinese eBay-like company was offering tickets-for a minimum of $7000.00 (plus an after-party for 35k)-for the November 28 show.

Will there be more bad news coming The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

The 2017 MTV EMAs: More Fashion Questions Than Statements?

Rita Ora 2017 MTV EMAsRita Ora wore a white bathrobe and towel (plus 7.8 mill of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds), on the red carpet to host the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards. The lady was making a joke, like she was asked at the last minute to head the 24th year of the UK celebration. As if she just ran out of the bath, Rita managed a robe and towel around herself and ran over. Ora would come to change into a shorter robe, flick off her heels for sneakers as the show progressed. But the singer/actress wasn’t the only celeb sporting a wild wardrobe for the 2017 MTV EMAs.

There was Demi Lovato shirtless under her Styland suit. Kesha wearing a sequined multicolored jacket, pants and cape with pink hair. Jared Leto also in pink; top, lavender jacket, red Gucci sweat pants and big flower in his lapel. French pop star Petite Meller managed a head-to-toe metallic rainbow dress and top hat. Her dress was also open in the front pretty much all the way up her.

Leading with a wonderfully embroidered jacket and the same color pink high-waisted pants, Sofia Reyes took a page from Lovato (though she was wearing a bra at least) to bare her torso under jacket. And James Bay as much revealed his new shorter haircut, as an oversized polka-dot blouse.

UK Rapper Stefflon Don might get the best or worst of the night, depending on your tastes. She wore a red bikini top overflowing with her wonderful self, black pants, knee high red boots, and a black-and-red furry coat.

Wearing an outfit not so wild, but certainly something we can celebrate. “Game of Thrones” Nathalie Emmanuel, wore a black blouse, ankle-length boots and body-hugging latex pants. At least one celeb wore our favorite material.

The 24th Annual MTV EMAs were held at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley last Sunday.

Sia And The Picture Heard Round The World

sia-nakedToo many celebs have found private pictures they have attempted to store on ‘the cloud,’ in their phones, intimate photo and video they have taken for and with a lover, stolen. Then there are the countless websites that are ready, willing and able to leak this ill-gotten booty of booty. The cycle keeps a’circling and hackers and phishers are not really stopped or caught. Sia, the famous wigged-singer, had someone attempting to sell a naked shot of her (a rear nude in fact) this week, but she stopped the outing with a brilliant, unprecedented move. Sia simply released the picture of her naked bottom and back on her Twitter feed.

Sia posted the pic with: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!” (Everyday is Christmas is actually the title of Sia’s new album.) Since the photo was taken of the lady from a distance, and what’s more, was a shot of a woman from behind, nobody can tell for certain if this is Sia anyway. The photo sports a watermark from an photo agency that no one has been able to track down yet and the implication is that there are more snaps of Sia in this set.

What is particularly salient in this Sia storm is that this lady, famously known for hiding her face, has no qualms about showing off her backside (again, if indeed the pic is of Sia.) Beating the sleazy paparazzi at their own game, and using social media to do it, Sia simply revealed herself in very much the same way she does-personal and with a point-when writing songs for Katy Perry, Adele and Beyonce, and for her own new album, pre-orders starting this week.

Sia beats them at their own game with her backside.


Models and Magazines Celebrate Icons Marilyn Monroe and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ashely New York Magazine Fall Fashion Issue CoverA good icon never goes out of style. Be it a movie, a movie star, an iconic fashion like Jackie O’s “Pillbox Hat,” that ending refrain of “Hey Jude,” if its good, its good. The great stuff sticks around, is copied, referred to, influences us all in ways that we often do even realize. And in fashion, we see the iconic trotted out again and again, referenced on runways, in haute couture shoots, in a model’s look, in even a whole theme of a magazine.

Two magazines are featuring some iconography in their latest issues.

First there is the November 2017 issue of “Harper’s Bazaar,” The famous fashion magazine has put together a Star Wars photo feature with Kendall Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid. Yes, we will be seeing lots of Star Wars stuff in the ramp up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, coming December 15th (just a little more than a month away! get on line!). But this shoot, which enlisted the talents of Star Wars’ illustrator Brian Rood, saw the infamous Millennium Falcon make an appearance, as well as the Jedi weapon of choice, a lightsaber, in the shot with the ladies. Â

Paying tribute to arguably the biggest female actress icon/sex symbol of all time, Ashley Graham dressed and posed as Marilyn Monroe for “New York Magazine” Fall fashion issue. Across various pictures the most famous plus-sized model channeled many a Miss Monroe look. Ashely wears wore blonde wig, white gloves and sparkles in one shot. In other pictures-the cover most notable-she poses with red hair while wearing a leopard print. In yet another shot she dons black shorts, white blouse and rocks back dangling a sailor’s cap on her toes.

Star Wars to Marilyn Monroe. Culture surely brings us the tropes we all come to consider and fashion certainly steps back to pay homage to, time and again. “Harper’s Bazaar” and “New York Magazine” picks their influences well, it seems.

Princess Mary of Denmark & Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg; Fashion Faux Pas Passed

YPrincess Mary & Nina Wedell-Wedellsborgou have seen it happen too many times. Attending some high couture evening, or a wedding reception a terrible fashion happenstance occurs when two women are wearing the very same outfit, dress, or gown. The planet stops spinning, tsunamis rise, the very bedrock of civilization crumbles. Well, maybe not. But for those of us in the offending outfit or observers of this fashion faux pass, it does seem there comes a silence so deafening it is usually a surprise if and when the evening starts up again. But leave it to a Princess to surf this kind of a moda moment and come out on top, as Princess Mary of Denmark did just this week.

At the Magasin du Nord Fashion Prize event, Princess Mary arrived in Copenhagen, wearing the same Britt Sisseck dress as the event’s host, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg. The two ladies are friends and by all accounts (and all the pictures they took during the event) they had a great laugh over the complete happenstance of picking out the same dress for this prestigious evening. Whether whispered words of mocking were exchanged or one or both of the ladies had to steal a moment to themselves in the bathroom, who knows. But the women seemed to go out of their way to stand together as much as possible and show off their smallest differences: Princess Mary wore a wide, blue leather belt with a blue clutch, Nina didn’t.

The dress that could have caused an international incident is from Sisseck’s Autumn/Winter collection. It sells for about $700 and features a swirly pattern and a blend of multiple hues. Whether this highly publicized moment will increase sales, who knows. It certainly showed the grace and good humor of Princess Mary and Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg.


The Annual V.G. Celebrity Halloween Costume Round-Up: Halloween 2017

wendy-williamsAs you well know, here we are constantly trying to follow who is wearing what when it comes to celebrity couture. But at no other time does is our fashion-reporting ethos more important than November 1st of every year, when we manage a round-up of what celebrity was wearing what/who for Halloween. Beyond what we all expected of Trump costumes, Games of Thrones outfits and the many Wonder Women we expected, here is a quick overview of what made the blog o’ sphere overnight.

First, a little controversy.

Political commentator Tomi Lahren wore a costume pretty much made from/influenced by and sporting the color and design of the American flag. Sporting a star-spangled cape, red tutu, even an accessory of a bag bearing that “Make America Great Again” slogan, she is receiving heavy criticism the day after. It seems these days wearing a U.S. flag-themed costume is a no no.

In her usual outrageous challenge to meet the ghoul’s night head on, super model Heidi Klum made the scene at her 18th annual Halloween Party dressed in an iconic video horror costume. At the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge and Moxy Times Square Heidi danced and appeared as Michel Jackson’s werewolf character from his infamous “Thriller” video.

Skylar Astin and Anna Camp stepped out as “Wayne” and “Garth” from Wayne’s World respectively. Floyd Mayweather went as “The Riddler.” And model Karlie Kloss challenged the late great Miss Monroe in all white (wig as well as dress).

Covering day time T.V. celebs, Ellen Degeneres managed to appear on her show as an over-the-top pregnant, made-up lesser-known ‘Karla Kardashian.’ While Wendy Williams went as Miss Liberty herself. She quickly fainted live on her show overcome as she was in her Statue of Liberty costume. And Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, of the Today Show, went out as Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton.

And Kim Kardashian went out as Cher.

And this is just a smidgen of what our best and brightest got into for Halloween 2017.

Rubber and Latex and London Fetish Weekend, Oh My

london fetish weekend 2017Like two great tastes that taste great together, you certainly can mix rubber couture and latex clothing to make a wonderful event. This year’s London Fetish Weekend (that just passed) saw the inclusion of a strictly latex wear party into LFW, and by all accounts, things went swimmingly.

The Rubber Cult LFW Ball went off without a hitch, though it was added late into the program (this year’s LFW was late anyway, with dates being pushed up further than usual). With acts like Charlie Bouquet and Betty Machete in attendance as well, and the usual presence of Torture Garden at the LFW all was well in London town for this full kink weekend. This really marks the first time such a defined latex wardrobe party was held at LFW, but whether one viewed the Rubber Cult LFW Ball as a pre-party to the Erotic Ball or a compliment to it, didn’t much matter. Certainly there were those who chose one over the other, but by most accounts, with so many of the fetish fashionista faithful flocking, lots of attendees hit both, it seems.

ExxEss Latex was the main designer in attendance, showing off as they have been for the past few years in grand runway performance style and Charlie Bouquet even appeared later in the evening wearing some Torture Garden hats; who says one can’t accessorize with alternative wear? All the designers who showed at the various parties over the weekend featured featured at least twenty models each, so there was a lot to be seen across a lot of perfect bodies.

Add into the mix the London Alternative Market and Mistress Manouche winning the Best-Dressed award, it seems LFW 2017 was the place to be.  Rubber, latex, PVC, lace, military uniforms, cosplay; you name it, we certainly love it all, don’t we?

Vogue Says No To Terry Richardson

Terry TwitterAnd the hits keep a’comin’, it seems, for fashion, abuse of women and the whole wacky world of who did what to whom and where. Last week it came out that Harvey Weinstein put pressure on certain actress to wear and support his wife Georgina Chapman’s fashion brand Marchesa; as if Weinstein wasn’t in enough trouble. This week Conde Nast International issued a statement that they would no longer work with famous fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

The slew of magazines under the Conde Nast International umbrella include the various Vogue European editions. Any work Richardson has pending with them, via commissions or photographs currently submitted are “killed”.

Whether shooting provocative pictures or directing Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, Richardson’s work has more than tickled the edge of sexuality for quite along time. And accusations against him of sexual assault-whether real or to scapegoat the man-have been floating in the professional moda community for years. So much so that Richardson wrote Huffington Post three years ago saying:  “… I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.”

A year early Aldo and Target, among others, stopped their association with Richardson due to the assault claims. He was still shooing for CR Fashion Book and many others though and just this year worked for Kylie Jenner for her personal calendar.

The latest response from Richardson came from his representative, responding to Vogue’s banning, via The Daily Beast. “He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.”

A fertile time to plumb such soil or is Richardson guilty of some crimes?

Current Modes of Retail Moda

Gigi xAt a time when all business, not just fashion, is undergoing constant reinvention, from the advent of digital selling to new modes of social media advertising, what counts as ‘retail’ in the fashion space is pretty much up for anyone’s definition. Sometimes this is in conjunction with digital, sometimes pure brick-and-mortar ingenuity, sometimes amidst run away branding fashion retail is growing by leaps and bounds in ways that continue to surprise even industry insiders.

London’s luxury store Browns (presently fueled by digital, “e-tailer” Farfetch) just added an actual out-in-the-real world store in East London. This will be Brown’s first new physical location in two decades. With their Farfetch partnership, Brown’s simply hopes to seamlessly integrate the digital retail experience with their retail space model. Browns opened their first store in 1970.

Haut couture designers have certainly snuck their wares into hotels through these past few years. Now designers seem to be getting into the hotel business like never before. Designers like Diane von Furstenberg has created rooms at Claridge’s,Tommy Hilfiger is planning a members-only hotel and the Parachute brand’s The Parachute Hotel has been a reality since last year.

And not that we ever felt she would disappoint us, supermodel Gigi Hadid just announced her Gigi x Maybelline East Coast Glam Collection on Instagram. Exploiting the intersection of the digital and the real as she always has done, this make-up collection is selling currently online and will later in stores.

With FTI Consulting Inc. predicting U.S. online retail purchases to surpass 1 trillion dollars in ten years, who knows where we all will be very soon when it comes how we buy, what we buy and most importantly, where we buy. For now though, it seems in the business of moda, brands and designers are moti-vating in as many ways as they can.

Harvey Weinstein Abuses…Fashion?

Georgina ChapmanNot that anyone would think the Harvey Weinstein controversy would take a fashion twist. But this week, as the tsunami of allegations came out against the movie mogul (and Weinstein entered a rehab for his ‘addiction’) actress Felicity Huffman confirmed some of her own trouble with Weinstein. Huffman is not claiming any inappropriate physical advances on Weinstein’s part though. Instead the ex-Desperate Housewives star is claiming Weinstein threatened to ruin her career if Huffman “didn’t support” Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman’s fashion brand Marchesa. (Chapman is pictured here.)

In 2005 Huffman’s Transamerica movie was released. That same year the actress wore a Marchesa dress on the red carpet while attending the Eva Longoria Foundation Gala in Los Angeles. Huffman claims she was forced to wear that dress for Weinstein’s wife’s brand at the gala because she knew if she didn’t, Weinstein would have pulled his support for Transamerica.

Actress Sienna Miller also makes a similar claim of moda-influenced blackmail. Although other gowns were presented her for the Golden Globes during a particular year, Miller knew if she did not wear something from Marchesa, Weinstein would be “upset.” Miller was going to be sitting next to Weinstein and his wife at the awards ceremony and feared retribution from a man as powerful as Weinstein if he did not see her in his wife’s duds.

As we have all read by now, The New York Times and The New Yorker both exposed detailed accounts of Harvey Weinstein harassing and assaulting various actresses through the years. But these non-sexual accounts, of Weinstein wielding his influence through the Marchesa label, has fashionistas and fans wondering not only what will happen to Weinstein in the future but what will become of the fashion label he backed and seemed to use as leverage.

Weinstein’s wife and Keren Craig founded Marchesa at the very beginning of the century.