Now in our second week of Cannes, we're starting to get red carpet fatigue. How many more plunging, glittery gowns can we stare at on our computers before we grab our desk scissors and compulsively snip our necklines into deep Vs? A lot, hopefully: Cavalli disciples like Sharon Stone, Kylie Minogue, and Rosario Dawson gathered on the designer's yacht last night for a party, supplying photographers with many awkward photo-ops as they clambered on and off the boat ramp. Even Princess Charlene of Monaco got in the Cavalli spirit with a very low-cut black halter top, proving that Cannes really does cast a skin-baring spell on all celebrities.Audrey Marnay! »
Out of Order, a college fashion magazine helmed by a 20-year-old juggernaut named Dorian Grinspan (who also happens to be a part-time model and full-time Yale student in addition to being editor-in-chief of the magazine), just released its second issue today. The theme — following the first issue's theme of "innocence" — is "adolescence."
Though Grinspan founded his biannual publication on campus, the college publication has managed to break free of the institution and infiltrate the global fashion scene. In addition to being distributed at other Ivy League institutions, Out of Order is also in Europe, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan. Shops like Colette, Opening Ceremony, and Fivestory NY also stock it.
The sophomore issue also includes fashion-industry giants, including interviews with Olivier Theyskens, Angel Haze, and Ryan McGinley; a fashion shoot by Michael Avedon; and special looks at up-and-coming artists — one of whom is German photographer Amira Fritz. Fritz shot a fashion editorial for the publication in Berlin, focusing her lens on capturing the magical nature of women. "We wanted to make something a little bit magical about the energy women can have," Fritz explained. "We were talking about witches — not witches in a bad way — we wanted to play with esoteric things, and we wanted to play with stereotypes, the magic in the power that women posses." Click through for an exclusive look at the shoot.
The U.N. has called on Japan to outlaw sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, siding with the plight of former Prada employee Rina Bovrisse, who sued the label four years ago upon discovering that its Japan executive, David Sesia, had ordered the demotion or transfer of female employees he deemed "old, fat, ugly, disgusting, or did not have the Prada look." Although a Tokyo court ruled that Prada's behavior was indeed discriminatory, they decided that such treatment was "acceptable" in the fashion industry, and Bovrisse walked away empty-handed. She was then countersued by Prada for $780,000 for damaging its image, which led her appeal to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for help. BuzzFeed Fashion describes her testimony:
Calling herself a “victim of harassment by the Prada Group,” Bovrisse described how, after she complained about the harassment to Prada COO Sebastian Suhl and the human resources office in Milan, she was let go for “bringing negative energy to the company” and accused of being mentally ill. She said the brand provided a resignation letter for her to sign and noted that Prada Japan CEO David Sesia is quoted in court documents as saying, “One must watch pornographic films in order to understand how women think.”
Hopefully the U.N.'s ruling will pressure Japan into passing more stringent anti-discrimination laws, or at least help Bovrisse fight Prada's countersuit. To learn more and/or participate in Bovrisse's case, check out her Change.org petition.
Like every luxury label and its mother, Stella McCartney is expanding in Asia, where she spent the past week boosting her profile with a multicity tour through Japan and China. She celebrated a new flagship store in Beijing (in an ecofriendly building, no less!), hosted a black-tie dinner in Shanghai, presented her collection in Tokyo, and threw a party with Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, which Kate Moss was kind enough to attend.
Although McCartney told WWD that the trip was more about "gaining a greater understanding of this part of the world" than it was about publicity, she certainly got a great deal of local attention (the British Embassy in Tokyo doesn't make a giant name-bush for just anybody). Meanwhile, folks in Shanghai welcomed the designer with acrobats, dancers, Chinese plate-spinning, an opera singer, and contortionists spelling our her name with their bodies. Click ahead to see photos from her trip.
There's much to love about Scandal, from its fiery romances to its nasty political maneuverings. And at the center of this wonderful craziness is Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope — gutsy, brilliant, and incredibly powerful. Also, she wears suits! Lots of suits, lots of separates, and all within a very limited color palette of white, gray, beige, greige, black, and the very rare glimpses of ultra-pale pastels. We see Olivia in white suits pretty often, but she's more likely to be found in a gray suit or jacket this season, perhaps reflecting that she's in a position of moral ambiguity. (Or maybe it just looks great.) Journey with us through every single thing we've seen Olivia Pope wear in the second season of Scandal, won't you?
Update: Now with the rest of the outfits from the end of season two!
In their attempts to divine the relationship statuses of celebrities from paparazzi photos, onlookers are scrutinizing two PDA moments this week: Arnold Schwarzenegger touching Maria Shriver's butt at their daughter's graduation, and Justin Bieber kissing Selena Gomez (and disgusting Taylor Swift) at the Billboard Music Awards, as depicted above.
After a breakup, every action is meaningful. Eye contact, Facebook "likes," dramatically timed exits — all speak volumes, but none more than physical interaction. (Well, except actual words, maybe.) Whereas the Schwarze-touch probably signals commitment, the Jelena kiss is ambiguous. To explain why, here is an illustrated guide to ten physical interactions between exes, and what each one means.Holding hands: back together. Shaking hands: never ever getting back together. »
This week, with the release of the DSM-V, the latest edition of the psychiatric bible that defines and diagnoses mental-health disorders, experts thought we’d finally get some answers about who’s just on the extreme end of the horny spectrum and who’s got an actual clinical problem. The term “sexual addiction” first showed up in the DSM-III in 1980, but was removed in the 1994 edition owing to lack of research. Now it’s back, but only mentioned in passing. The DSM-V doesn’t contain diagnostic criteria or treatment suggestions for sex addiction. In a professional manual that’s already controversial, the sex sections are subject to extra debate. In an overview of the DSM-V changes, the American Psychiatric Association offers a caveat to the section on sexual disorders: “Research suggests that sexual response is not always a linear, uniform process and that the distinction between certain phases (e.g., desire and arousal) may be artificial.” In other words: Even though you’re reading a book that’s designed to categorize and establish criteria for sexual disorders, aspects of sexuality don’t lend themselves to categorization. Okay, then.
Although the DSM-V will not include a full entry on hypersexuality — the clinical term for sex addiction — it will be listed among the conditions that require more research. “Many of us were hoping that there was going to be a category that recognizes the problem of impulsive and compulsive sexual behavior,” Dr. Eli Coleman, a psychologist, professor, and director of the program in human sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School, told me yesterday, the day the book was released. “But that was not included in this version. And I don’t know all of the reasons it wasn’t, but getting new categories included is difficult and needs to be supported by quite a bit of research.”
An official DSM classification would have clarified that sex addiction is a real disorder and not just a Hollywood punch line — or, perhaps more accurately, an escape hatch — as it’s become known. When a celebrity (usually male) is caught with his pants around his ankles, he typically announces he’ll be seeing a therapist and sometimes even does a stint in rehab to ceremoniously deal with his addiction to sex. Tiger Woods. David Duchovny. Charlie Sheen. Anthony Weiner. Many of the biggest male meltdowns in recent years have ended with a stint in the sex clink. Professional sex advisor Dr. Drew Pinsky even had a short-lived 2009 show on VH1 called Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew, a sort of cross between his recent Celebrity Rehab and nostalgic Loveline. Apparently sex addiction is so rampant that it deserved its own spinoff."We infer that having fewer than 10 regular sex partners is the norm." »
With a soft shape, a bright blue calfskin color, and an S curve cut-closure, Balenciaga's Tube S bag is both eye-catching and functional. It's perfect for walking the city's streets — equally right slung on the shoulder at a gallery opening as it would be worn cross-body on your way to a weekend picnic, with something to bring stashed inside.
Balenciaga Tube S Bag in Azur, $1,495 at Balenciaga, 138 Wooster St.; 212-206-0872.
Issa designer Daniella Helayel, who catapulted to international fame when Kate Middleton wore one of her trademark jersey dresses to the royal engagement announcement in 2010, has left the label she founded. According to WWD, her parting was not entirely amicable: She reportedly wasn't getting along with majority shareholder Camilla Al Fayed (daughter of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed), who acquired 51 percent of the company two years ago with the intention of expanding the label worldwide. Helayel released the following statement:
Her replacement: designer Blue Farrier. »
The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel and other interests. Creating Issa has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I may be leaving, but the Issa girl will live forever in my heart.
Remember Pussy Riot? Two out of three of Russia's America-beloved feminist punks are still imprisoned, separated from their young children and each other, the Independent reports, despite Sir Paul McCartney’s stabs at diplomacy. (One member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on appeal in October.) Today, Maria Alyokhina, 24, was denied parole because she “disobeyed prison authorities and failed to repent for her crime.” Alyokhina declared a hunger strike yesterday after being barred from attending her own parole hearing. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's parole was denied last month, as well. In both cases, McCartney asked Russian officials to release the women, appealing to Russia’s “compassion,” “kindness,” and “great tradition of fair-mindedness.” It’s been more than a year since the women were arrested on charges of hooliganism after performing their “Punk Prayer” in a Moscow Orthodox cathedral.
In a new series, hairstylist Wesley O'Meara helps us understand the art of hairstyling through step-by-step moving-image tutorials.
We always want what we don't got, but the thin-haired seem especially interested in hunting down the voluminous hair that commands attention on the Cannes red carpet and always looks salon fresh. To do this at home, you absolutely need Velcro rollers. They'll instantly add oomph to your roots, while you let them set and get dressed or test your new blue eye shadow skills. Here's how.Read More »
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival is inching closer to conclusion, and though the bevy of actresses, ex–Victoria's Secret models, and even a mystery guest wearing a gown made out of biscuit trays courted attention, there were other sparkly things that had us magpie-eyed. Jewels and gems gleamed on the red carpet, dripping on virtually every female celebrity in attendance, and onscreen in films like The Great Gatsby and The Bling Ring. A Chopard jewel heist even went down.
To pay proper homage to the gorgeous bling, we've culled together a selection of the 45 most fabulous — or, at the very least, memorable — gems from history and pop culture. These include emeralds, rubies, and sapphires that Napoleon Bonaparte once attached to his epaulette, rocks from royal crown jewel collections, and the most salacious celebrity engagement rings from the Gigli-Bennifer days. Click through the slideshow to ogle some sparkly jewels that have attracted thieves, started wars, and maybe expedited a marriage's plunge into divorce (we're looking at you, Kim Kardashian).
Time magazine has finally obtained the smoking gun we've been waiting for from Barack Obama's radical past: senior prom photos. It was 1979, and a 17-year-old Obama wore a white jacket and "sipped champagne" on a double date with his basketball bud Greg Orme ("They were like brothers") and their companions for the night, one of whom leaked the pictures. But the real highlight is the future president's yearbook note to Kelli, Greg's girl. "You are extremely sweet and foxy," he wrote in blue ink and respectable cursive. "You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes! I hope we can keep in touch this summer, even though Greg will be gone. Call me up and I'll buy you lunch sometimes." It's signed with his phone number and a little heart. So much for brotherhood. See it all here.
Movies and television have taught us well that prom must be perfect. It's the one high school night when you get to go to the dance in that perfect dress, with the perfect date, and become the perfect prom royalty. But perfection makes for pretty lousy entertainment, so when pop culture tackles prom, you can be sure something is going to go wrong and somebody will freak out. From frumpy dresses to divas without dates, check out the Cut's supercut of promzillas going nuts.
Bad news: Men’s underwear companies have figured out that many of their customers are not stirred by slow pans of Matthew Terry’s etched torso. Citing "abs fatigue," marketers and consultants for brands like 2(x)ist, MeUndies, and Mack Weldon tell the New York Times they are opting for “less steroid-y” models, if they use models at all — models with "an identity," who are "not just a piece of meat." The straight male consumer wants his models older, more relatable, tattooed, and hairy-chested, and they're giving it to them! "We are taking the focus off the crotch shots," digital consultant Vic Drabicky told the Times. But what will it take to make Victoria's Secret realize women hate strobe lights?
Carine Roitfeld is once again working with Riccardo Tisci to style Givenchy's ad campaign, which stars Amanda Seyfried in the same Bambi-print outfit Carine wore to the Met Gala a few weeks ago. (Seyfried recently became the new face of Givenchy's Very Irresistible fragrance.) And who better to join Seyfried in the ads than Carine herself, along with her daughter Julia? That's the great thing about hiring a Roitfeld — buy one, and you often get the rest of the family for free.Carine's done this before. »
The hand-distressed Levi's that Mark Hamill wore to play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sold for $36,100 in an auction this week. Wired reports that auction house Nate D. Sanders had hoped the pants would sell for as much as triple that. From the lot listing:Read More »
You're just a few deadlines away from Memorial Day weekend. But while the holiday marks the official start of summer share-house mania, it doesn't necessarily bring the warmest weather. You're going to need a lightweight sweater. Something cozy, but not stifling, like this patterned knit from Mango. It's the perfect weight for all those boat rides, bonfires, and beach trips that just couldn't wait for the temperature to rise.
Mango Tribal Pattern Sweater, $69.99
Yesterday at Bravo Media's 2013 For Your Consideration Emmy event held in North Hollywood, the Top Chef host let down her wavy locks and stepped onto the red carpet in a strapless, colorful, floor-grazing dress that looked like a summer-themed watercolor painting. While she opted to cover most of her body, she decided to give a dime-size portion on her stomach some breathing room. Will Padma's modest hole kick off a belly-button peephole trend? Only time will tell.
Jose Canseco has had a pretty entertaining run on Twitter this year, what with his looney Russian meteorite theories and tweeting his way to an invitation to the White House Correspondents Dinner. He should have left it there. On Wednesday, Canseco's always busy, sometimes ranty Twitter stream became a place for him to name a woman he says accused him of rape, and to share her phone number and work address. Not okay. Police haven't arrested Canseco, but they have identified him as a "person of interest." But the ball player appears to be pre-emptively shaming his accuser, and violating at least one of Twitter's terms of service in the process.Read More »