It’s been a busy past couple of days for Prince Harry. Just last week he was playing volleyball with injured troops, but now anyone can talk about is whether he and now-public girlfriend Cressida Bonas are going to get married. First she came with him to a Free the Children charity luncheon, then they went to a rugby match together, and now all the media can do is remind us that Harry is 29, which is almost 30 — prime time for a royal engagement. Vanity Fair reports that Harry has even given his girlfriend of two years a key card to Kensington Palace, which does seem quite romantic. True, it was less than a month ago that the tabloids were sure Harry and Cressida were on the outs, but, in fairness, it’s always been difficult to know what to expect from the younger prince. According to an impressively timed new biography of the prince by Mirror royal correspondent Marcia Moody (hat tip Daily Beast), at age 6, Harry told William, “You’ll be king and I won’t, so I can do what I like.” On that note, stay tuned.
There's a new person to ensure that Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal hands aren't unnecessarily sullied by their infant son, Prince George, and Hello Magazine and Us Weekly have alleged "inside knowledge" on the new royal nanny. Ready?
• She is a woman.
• She is Spanish.
• She's in her mid-30s.
• She's "mostly cared for children of the aristocracy in the past."
• She "lives for her job."
Another month, another questionable, racially charged moment in fashion. This time, repeat offender Vogue Italia has featured a model in blackface and tribal paint in its March 2014 issue (yes, in 2014). While not the standard offensive minstrel blackface that the magazine has employed before, the images — which were photographed by Steven Meisel — feature a Dutch model, Saskia De Brauw, in traditional African tribal body paint, posing with taxidermied safari animals and making grotesque faces. The level of appropriation here zooms right past fashion into the realm of the truly unsettling. Dodai Stewart at Jezebel sums it up eloquently:Read More »
One color head-to-toe is one way to dress for impact. Try a look filled with midnight blue, the perfect shade to transition you out of your black winter wardrobe and toward the pastels of spring. Try Trademark's cicada earrings in a glossy dark blue resin, which go perfectly with Opening Ceremony's embroidered sweater and 3.1 Phillip Lim's runway organza skirt. Throw Topshop's marled mohair coat over the look and, for the full effect, let a white handbag (like this saffiano shoulder bag from H&M) stand out against it all.
Trademark Fly Earrings, $65 at Trademark; Zara Strappy Block Heel, $80 at Zara; H&M Shoulder Bag, $30 at H&M; 3.1 Phillip Lim Embroidered Organza Skirt, $895 at La Garconne; Topshop Slouchy Mohair Top Coat, $178 at Topshop; Opening Ceremony Strike Sweater with Embroidery Detail, $110 at Moda Operandi.
For almost as long as women’s liberation has existed, the men’s rights countermovement has been one step behind, arguing that rape allegations, bottle service, and family courts, among other things, are actually sexist against men. There is some truth to a few these claims, according men’s rights scholar and feminist sociologist Michael Kimmel, but it is largely undermined by the movement’s tenor of “aggrieved entitlement.” In recent years, for example, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified some of its fringe sites as hate groups for their violent harassment of feminist bloggers, and “MRA” has become the derogatory shorthand for an oblivious, dateless, and bitter type who hangs out on Reddit.Until now! »
Fashion month is finally over — and, while a few collections stood out above the rest — many of the highlights were in the details: incredible bags and shoes that we know will be coveted items next season. From Kuchi bell-anklets at Prabal Gurung to jewel-box clutches at Lanvin and Louis Vuitton to glittering bags and boots at Saint Laurent, the many bags and shoes that stood out on the fall runways can be seen by clicking through our slideshow.
MAC Cosmetics and Lorde are collaborating on a limited-edition makeup collection due out this summer. The singer is famously unafraid of vampy lip colors, dip-dyed nails, and acne-cream selfies. She works frequently with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon, who helps her pick out the lip colors for her occasionally zombie-inspired wardrobe, and creates beauty looks for her tour.Read More »
This weekend, tattoo artists and enthusiasts from around the world convened at the Roseland Ballroom for the 17th annual New York City Tattoo Convention. Body-art aficionados showed off colorful sleeves and inked-up torsos to compete for Best Tattoo in a variety of categories, including Best Tattoo of the day (awarded to a tattoo done at the convention), Best American Old School, and Best Portrait, as well as the title of Miss Inked Up 2014. Click through our slideshow to see portraits of this year’s contenders, shot by Dina Litovsky.
Robbing the world of a sassy Justice Scalia decision built around the word boobies, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a case about breast-cancer awareness bracelets. Free speech, however, prevails, as the decision allows a previous Court of Appeals ruling in favor of two teenage girls to stand. Last year, a Pennsylvania school district was blocked from banning the bracelets because they are "not plainly lewd and because they comment on a social issue." Students Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, middle-schoolers at the time, were originally suspended and barred from a school dance for rocking the Keep A Breast Foundation merchandise. Turns out they were the mature ones all along.
Tonight, on ABC’s The Bachelor, either Clare Crawley (a 32-year-old hairstylist) or Nikki Ferrell (her 26-year-old pediatric nurse adversary) will accept a final rose from Juan Pablo Galavis. Both women are blonde, petite, eager to please, and “ready for real love”; both have spent ten weeks enduring tears, group dates, and countless bikini-clad make-outs on international beaches in order to reach this moment.
But — regardless of whom Juan Pablo selects as rose recipient and future bride — neither will actually win, and that’s because Juan Pablo is the worst. The only winners here are viewers: It turns out having a terrible bachelor makes The Bachelor much more interesting.Read More »
Starting today, the A.P.C. West store on West 4th Street will launch a two-week limited-run of exclusive quilts and patchwork accessories crafted from the surplus fabric the brand has collected over the last 27 years. The process began four years ago, when A.P.C. founder and creative director Jean Touitou teamed up with designer Jessica Ogden to reappropriate some of the brand's original fabrics, like washed chambray and tiny florals. The quilts were a success, and now they've added accessories, ranging from iPhone covers to totes and cosmetics cases. "We have such small amounts of some of the fabrics that it made sense to make smaller items," Ogden told the Cut. "It is a natural evolution to have accessories in the collection, and, fortunately, my mathematical skills have improved a lot, considering all the numbers involved."
The 1970s-American craft movement may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the ever-cool French brand, but Touitou has a deep affinity for quilt-making. In his early days at Kenzo, Touitou would bring scraps of the house's fabrics and his mother would sew them into a number of quilts. Ogden, a quilting enthusiast herself, had always used patchwork technique for her own eponymous line (A.P.C. diehards will likely remember her from their Madras label), and here she incorporates her own spin on the craft.
And, aside from the more traditional accessory items, Ogden — a self-proclaimed cat obsessive — has designed an adorable cat-shaped cushion. "I couldn't resist," she said. Click ahead to see some of our favorite quilted items from the collection.
A.P.C. Quilts, available at 267 West 4th Street, 212-755-2523.
If “lather, rinse, repeat” are already too many steps for you, this new development in hair care might pose a problem: A slew of new products have been popping up in the “pre-wash treatment” category. Hair brands have been following in the steps of skin care for a while now, adding more specialized products (like hair BB creams) and multi-step systems to address individual needs. The pre-wash treatment seems to be a continuation of that trend.
As the name suggests, you’re supposed to use these products before you wash your hair, but you can’t lump them all into one category. Some are anti-aging, some are moisturizing, and one is a primer. The Cut tried five of them. Click through the slideshow below for our thoughts.
Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes joined forces to poll the general population about their fashion feelings. It seems that when it comes to Vogue superstars, Americans are kind of apathetic: 72 percent of Americans don't know who André Leon Talley is, while 6 percent thought his capes suggested he was a famous lion-tamer. (A quick unofficial Cut poll suggests that 100 percent of America wishes that were true.)
When asked, "Who would you least want to critique your outfit?" poll-takers revealed they are more afraid of what their mothers would say about their crop tops than what Anna Wintour would. (Significant others and Joan Rivers are also scarier than Anna.) This, however, does not surprise me — nobody can deliver a "you're wearing that?" with a more soul-crushing result than mommy dearest.
Though fashion month seems like a marathon, now that it’s over, it’s hard not to feel a little nostalgic while remembering it: the decadent chocolate walls at Opening Ceremony, the dreamlike set at Marc Jacobs, Harper Beckham sitting in the front row at her mother’s show. The Cut’s team of talented photographers was on the scene to capture the spectacles of fashion month — from New York to Paris — as well as the quiet, peaceful moments backstage. Here are our 50 favorites from the past month, including everything from furry-eyebrowed models at Alexander McQueen to the thong-clad streaker at Prabal Gurung. Click through the slideshow to see all these images and more.
Peter Philips, the man responsible for the Chanel Jade nail polish phenomenon (it sold out before it was even in stores), is the newly appointed creative and image director for Dior Beauty. Formerly the global creative director of makeup for Chanel, Philips stepped down from his post last year, citing vague reasons. He has created some of their most iconic runway-beauty imagery, such as the infamous crystal-bedecked "Tweed Eyebrow" from winter 2012 and the "Couture Cat Burglar" masks of haute couture fall/winter 2011.
But does the new appointment mean that Pat McGrath, Dior's lead runway makeup artist for almost ten years, will no longer be bedazzling everything backstage? Surely there's room for two beauty bedazzlers at Dior.
In an interview with The Guardian, Stella McCartney described the complexities of her design process, which sound painstaking, thanks to her belief that psychology and clothes are totally intertwined — one misplaced button and who knows how she’ll feel that day. “Fashion is psychology, so there’s a whole holistic sense of self that I’m thinking about when I’m designing," she said. She continued: “If I wear a slouchy jean, that will affect my posture and my whole manner. What I’m projecting will be a reflection of that waistband, a detail you might not even notice.”
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That explains why McCartney only wears her own designs. She explicated:
With shimmery, gold linen and soft dark-brown leather, this zip pouch works as a makeup bag or carry-all for all those loose items rolling around in your purse. A water-resistant lining with two deep pockets is perfect for organizing — and the gold makes it especially easy to spot at the bottom of a big bag.
The Essential Make Up Clutch, $128 at Etsy.
Referring to the Duke porn star by her various pseudonyms — as the Cut and other publications have — isn’t about protecting her “real” identity. Belle Knox’s name is easily Googleable and the college freshman is not ashamed of her work. Instead, the courtesy is an acknowledgment that she is more than just a porn star, and her porn work might not be relevant to the rest of her life. Or so porn superstar Stoya explained in the Sunday New York Times. She wrote:Read More »
The Cut crunched the numbers to find the model who walked in the most shows during New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks — and, surprisingly — it's a tie. Models Nastya Sten and Manuela Frey, both from the agency Society, each walked in 63 shows this season. While they walked many of the same runways, including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, Peter Pilotto, Dolce & Gabbana, and Acne, each woman had standout moments of her own: Frey opened four shows and closed two; Sten also opened four shows but closed only Chanel.Read More »
Taylor Swift and Lorde were photographed gal-paling around New York this weekend, enjoying the spring weather by posing for photos and probably going to Serendipity 3 for oversize sundaes and giggles.
This is their third highly publicized friendship outing, which means we can no longer ignore the age difference: Lorde is 17. Taylor is 23. That's the equivalent of a high-school junior hanging out with a recent college graduate. But even if Lorde has the soul of an 80-year-old woman (or might actually be 80, according to Lorde Truthers) she and Taylor didn’t watch the same classic Nickelodeon shows. If Lorde doesn’t get a Donkey Lips reference, how is this thing supposed to last?