Madonna and Amy Schumer. Those two were surely having as much fun as anyone last night as the Rebel Heart tour landed in New York. Madonna's been breaking the rules for years, and as Katey Rich writes for Vanity Fair, Amy Schumer makes for a perfect partner in crime.
Which might be why Schumer and Madonna seemed like such a surprisingly perfect match up there onstage: each of them frustrated with and refusing to follow the rules that say women must become shy and retiring after the age of 30. If Schumer’s still flashing her underwear onstage and giving a winning smile when she’s 57, we’ll have Madonna’s inspiration to thank.
After seeing the video of Madonna presenting Schumer with the night's two Unapologetic Bitch awards, I wish the two were teaming up for more of the Rebel Heart Dates!
& Other Stories cast Valentjin de Hingh and Hari Nef for its AW2015 campaign
Hari Nef has given an interview to Dazed about about his recent work in the all-trans campaign for & Other Stories. Created by an entirely trans team, the campaign explores the possibility of changing the nature of gaze in fashion imagery. Specifically, the & Other Stories campaign addresses 'cis gaze."
Can you explain the concept of the cis gaze?
Hari Nef: The cis gaze looks at trans people. It just looks. It looks at our bodies. It doesn’t hear, it only sees. It makes its own conclusions and associations based on its own experiences – which are, of course, cisgender. The cis gaze takes a trans person and scoops out everything that makes them unique. Within the cis gaze, the trans body becomes a paper doll to be posed, superimposed, dressed up, dressed down. The cis gaze asks what the trans body can do for it.
Fashion is no stranger to using sex to sell. At at time when fashion insiders can get sexuality shockingly wrong (Domenico Dolce, Patrick Couderc), a conscious effort to expand awareness is cause for applause.
Sara Hildén Bengtson, creative director of the H&M owned brand, explains more: "The fashion world is embracing transgender models and we think that’s great. But we couldn’t help to ask ourselves how the traditional fashion gaze can change if we keep the same normative crew behind the camera. So we invited five amazing creatives, all transgender, to make our latest story."
Hari Nef believes a desire for the new and contemporary will change the fashion industry
Madonna's collaboration with Jeremy Scott and Moschino continues.
Madonna recently announced her fashion collaborators for the Rebel Heart Tour. As stated by WWD, these include Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, as well as Gucci creative director Allesandro Michele.
Given her recent video for "Bitch I'm Madonna" and her latest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Madonna's choice to work with Jeremy Scott for Moschino should come as no surprise. Alexander Wang also makes an an appearance in the video. Scott's collaborated with Madonna for several of her tours, including her recent MDNA and Sticky and Sweet tours.
Jeremy Scott also collaborated on Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour.
Madonna's also chosen Prada and Miu Miu boots and shoes to be part of the Rebel Heart wardrobe, as they have in past tours. Notables missing from the Rebel Heart fashion roster are Versace, Gaultier and Givenchy. Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci dressed Madonna for the Sticky and Sweet tour and her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI performance.
The pop singer’s predilection for some of these names has been evident for a while: she wore Scott for Moschino to the Costume Institute gala in May, on the red carpet as well as to various after parties, for instance. And she was also in full Moschino regalia in her last video, “B**ch I’m Madonna,” where Wang made an exuberant cameo. Before that, she was spotted around town wearing the platform moon boots from Wang’s fall show, practically straight off the runway.
Curiously, Versace, in whose 2015 advertising campaign Madonna appeared, is not involved in this tour. Phillips, who has been nominated for two Oscars, including her work on Madonna’s own “W.E.,” is marking her sixth tour with Madonna and will also contribute costumes.
Some of the other designers, though, like Michele, are more surprising, underscoring the singer’s knack for spotting new talent.
Alexander Wang says, "I have always loved London." His first flagship store in the city has opened in Mayfair.
Goodbye Balenciaga, hello London. Fashion favorite Alexander Wang has opened his first London flagship store in Mayfair. We can't wait to pop into the retail space. The flagship store is set to offer an extensive selection of Wang's collections and accessories.
The new 6,700-square-foot retail space is located at 43-44 Albermarle Street in Mayfair. The store, which is in a former post office building, was designed by Belgium architect, Vincent van Duysen, and will carry the brand’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections as well as accessories, T by Alexander Wang, and the OBJECTS collection.
Coming as no surprise, word has it that Wang has many more European stores on the horizon.
This is the 25th store opening for Alexander Wang and the first European flagship. Alexander Wang is available worldwide in over 700 retailers and operates its own e-commerce shipping to over 50 countries. "I have always loved London," said Wang. "I am so proud and excited to open my first European flagship store here." Expect more stores to open here and abroad should Wang’s talks with General Atlantic lead to an investment in his eponymous label.
Coming soon to London: Louis Vuitton's Series 3 Exhibit
Don't get us started on the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at the V&A. How many times have we been? For good measure, we're getting another dose of the McQueen exhibit tonight at midnight. High fashion and drinks always make for the best Friday nights. Too bad Savage Beauty ends soon.
Luckily for us, London has a number of fashion exhibits on the horizon. Yohji Yamamoto has an exhibit at Live Archives. The Saatchi Gallery will be showing Chanel in October. Also, just announced is Louis Vuitton. The Vuitton exhibit will be located near Somerset House, once home to London Fashion Week.
Set in a former office block neighbouring Somerset House, this ‘Instagram-friendly’ installation will span three floors and 13 rooms, giving a glimpse into the work behind Vuitton’s AW15 collection. Video footage from the show will be projected onto life-sized screens, emulating the view from the front row. The exhibition will conclude with a gallery of the house’s AW15 campaign which was shot by Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber. There’ll even be free posters and stickers for attendees.
According to Oscar Wilde, "Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper."
What fun is a week in the city without a stop into Liberty of London? The beloved store is one of our favorite London spots. Now it's going increasingly international. According to WWD, Liberty is expanding beyond its Nordstrom popup. Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales will soon carry the Liberty London accessories collection. Also in the works? A series of designer collaborations.
Liberty London is grooming itself for an initial public offering planned for 2018, and relying on its particular brand of British flower power to attract investors. The London specialty store, best-known for its Tudor Revival flagship off Regent Street — built from the timbers of two British ships — and an archive packed with floral patterns, is rapidly building its own label business and brand collaborations to pump up business in the run-up to a planned IPO. Playing a critical role will be the Liberty London accessories collection, which launched internationally this year, and will be carried at stores including Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s; the Flowers of Liberty collection of homeware, which has a pop-up running at Nordstrom until August 2; a print gallery planned for the store’s third floor, and a series of designer collaborations.
Calvin Klein's racy new #mycalvins campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti
Sexting. Online hookups. Threesomes. Forget emoji's. Calvin Klein is presenting the edgier side of our digital lives. The intention behind the new #mycalvins campaign? "Conversation through provocation." Shot by Mario Sorrenti, the images mean to make a statement.
"We saw a behavior happening out there—and not just [with] the younger generation. It's really dating via digital. It's authentic and true to how this consumer communicates," she says. "We're highlighting the truth about dating—the meetup, the hookup and the freedom that you have through the digital dating landscape and how instantaneous it is."
"Mother New York hung out with kids living in today's world and heard stories from best hookups to steamiest sexts. Nothing was off limits," says Michael Ian Kaye, Mother New York executive creative director. "The result is a campaign that broaches online dating, open relationships and complex sexuality, bringing to life the truths about modern love."
The #mycalvins campaign is coming soon to cities like New York, Bangkok, São Paulo, as well as the Tinder app.
Chuck Taylor's have long been a staple fashion item for me. As versatile as the shoe is, I've never found it to be the most comfortable shoe. So after reading news of Nike's bringing its technology to a more comfortable redesign of the Converse classic, I got happy. No radical new look for the Chuck Taylor All Star II, thankfully, but an improvement I can appreciate:
Before you feel outraged about Nike’s shoe technology invading your classic Chucks, it’s important to remember that Nike actually bought Converse back in 2003 after it went bankrupt. So without the swoosh, Chucks wouldn’t actually still exist. Thankfully, Nike hasn’t really messed with Converse offerings since the takeover. And the new Chuck II actually sounds like the best of both worlds. Classic Converse styling, with advanced Nike technology.
Published on Oct 6, 2014The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME in 2016. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, and Lynch will direct every episode. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ passionate fan base.
For viewers hoping to reminisce or for those discovering the series for the first time, SHOWTIME will re-air the first two seasons of TWIN PEAKS, in advance of the new episodes going on air in 2016.
Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, TWIN PEAKS followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town's sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura's killer, the town's secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues...