Each season during fashion week, I take part in a shameless yet addictive practice I like to call shoe porn. And I’m here on the blog today to share my fun with you. Step 1) Get a fabulous pedicure so you can properly imagine how you will look in your new shoes. Step 2) Apply an under eye mask because dark circles do not go with Prada slingbacks. Step 3) Pour yourself a glass of pino noir and raise it high to all the designers crafting shoes you’ll never be able to afford.
Disclaimer: Using your rent money to buy expensive shoes is a very bad idea. Let the record show that I encouraged you to give your wallet to a good friend while having this experience.
All my life I’ve waited for the American fashion elite to make tiaras publicly acceptable. Now, not only do I consider tiaras acceptable in every day life, I also apply this logic to halos and papal headdresses. The 2018 theme for the first Monday in May, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” (or as I like to call it, “name that religious figure or artifact”) is far more straightforward than the themes of Met Balls passed. Some left little to the imagination, and some missed the mark by a mile: The Gucci crew (which includes Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey) came as the father, son and Mother Mary, Lena Waithe came as a flag, Katy Perry wore angel wings, Evan Rachel Wood came dressed as wings, Ariana Grande wore the Sistine Chapel, Selena Gomez wore essentially the same look she wore last year (while I did appreciate and admire the added bible verses), the Kardashians might as well have been wearing paper bags, Blake Lively ordered a party bus for her Versace mega masterpiece, and Rihanna unseated the pope. Read More
The Oscar went to all the people and films we knew it would, Rita Moreno arrived wearing the same dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962, a theater full of legally stoned fans got the surprise of their lives, Francis McDormand invited all of Hollywood to finance more female-led projects, #whywewearblack became #whywewearwhateverwewant, celebs donned sequins, patternless fabrics, bows, and bold hues, “The Shape of Water” won big, bringing amphibian love to an entirely new level, and there were just enough jokes made at the expense of last year’s best picture flop to satisfy us all into finally letting it go.
Coco Chanel’s legacy is more than her brand. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel lived an amazing life. After her mother passed away, she was abandoned by her father and went to live in an orphanage with her younger sister. It was here that she eventually learned how to sew. She faced countless hardships both personally and in business. Yet, she went on to become the most revolutionary designer of her time; her couture is still making millions today. This costume is original, fun and even better in black and white. I already owned everything I needed for this look. Chances are that you do too. Start by grabbing every pearl you own, and the personality will follow. Read More
The young men of “Stranger Things” brought life and color back to red carpet mens fashion; “Big Little Lies” took home a well-deserved assemblage of Emmys; CBS’s money shot of Anna Chlumsky reacting to Sean Spicer’s cameo will go down in GIF history; and in an evening of firsts, Hulu made history as the first streaming service to take home an Emmy for best drama series; Donald Glover became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best director in a comedy series; Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for best writing in a comedy series; and Julia Louise Dreyfus became the record-holder for most Emmys awarded to an actor for a single role.
With 60 meters of red carpet to cover over two weeks, the Cannes Film Festival is a glamorous showcase unlike any other. It’s a favorite annual event of mine, right up there next to the Met Gala and the Academy Awards. The Festival de Cannes was founded in 1946 and is currently in its 70th season. As is tradition, it was held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
Festivals like this one, that are steep in tradition and prestige create a vacuum for business within the film industry. It’s the perfect trade agreement: Designers sell their work on A-list stars who are on the carpet to promote their films with their film executives who are there to sell distribution agreements for said films and hopefully secure credit for future projects, while their sponsors gain world-wide exposure. Everyone gets a piece of the pie. Read More
Whether the fashion industry had a sudden burst of adrenaline or the “avant-garde” theme opened up the floodgates of innovation, fashion’s favorite designers have made a stunning comeback from the 2016 Met Gala; the chrome robot army of yesteryear has blossomed into a chic flock of risk-takers. The challenge? Out-innovate Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons—the first living designer to be honored by the The Costume Institute in a monographic show since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, according to an Institute press release. Read More
“La La Land” broke a record for the most Golden Globe wins by a film, canary yellow and plunging necklines dominated the red carpet, Jimmy Fallon was barely on camera at all, not-so-subtle Trump jokes were incalculable (though I’m pretty sure not one person actually spoke his name), NBC aired a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher that made everyone want to sob, and Meryl Streep—as only she could do—gave a speech to end all speeches with an almost nonexistent voice. Without further ado, here are my nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards best dressed list. Read More