Eighty-year-old Dr. Jane Goodall is the subject of a Newsweek cover story this week. The primatologist and activist has spent a lifetime inspiring women and girls to scientific achievement, and as writer Abigail Jones notes (after witnessing 1,200 young girls stampede the auditorium during a Goodall lecture), she still has a fervent fan club of girls who aspire to be veterinarians and scientists instead of Katy Perry:Read More »
It was a little hard to know what to expect when Simone Rocha linked up with J Brand for her first-ever collaboration. The 28-year-old British designer is avowedly not a jeans wearer, and her collections entail Perspex and lace, not denim. The collection doesn't launch until November 14, but the images are out today and promise that this collab one even denim avoiders will be into. Rocha's love of pink and ruffles comes across loud and clear in the 14-piece capsule, which includes jackets, pants, and dresses imbued with her trademark frills. Get thee to Dover Street Market to pick up the wares in mid-November — on December 1, they'll also be at Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Browns, Bergdorf Goodman, Bon Marche, Montaigne Market, 10 Corso Como, and Isetan, as well as on J Brand's site.
Few of us follow through on the pie-in-the-sky plans we make with our girlfriends after a few drinks. But one night, actresses Clémence Poésy and Nora Zehetner and designer Melissa Coker, devised an idea for a short fashion film — which actually panned out. This week, the group of friends debuts a three-and-a-half-minute short made for Coker's line, Wren, directed by Poésy and starring Zehetner. Titled Where Is That Script?, the film is narrated by a young girl imagining herself as an adult who's played by Zehetner. It was filmed all over downtown Manhattan and at the Museum of Natural History. Considering that Wren is also responsible for the viral "First Kiss" video, the label assembled a dream team: Masters of Sex writer Noelle Valdivia helped with the script and Mathias Malzieu from the French band Dionysos composed and performed the score.
Poésy spoke to the Cut about finding the kids to star in the film, what it was like making it all on her iPhone, and, of course, her hair.
You, Nora, and Melissa are all friends and came up with the idea over dinner. How did you become friends with them initially and how did the idea evolve into a fully formed concept?
Nora, I've known for a long time — we met through mutual friends in London first and then spent a whole summer together both being relatively new to New York — spending every moment that we weren't working together. I met Melissa a little bit later through Nora — was it through Nora? We have a lot of mutual friends ... I asked her if we could make a little Wren film some day and she very kindly said yes. At first, I wanted to do something that involved dance somehow, but very quickly the idea of making something funny that wouldn't feel like a " fashion film" took over — I thought the contrast of what a 6-year-old thinks her life when she grows up will be and the images of an actual grown-up doing exactly what that 6-year-old is coming up with would allow us to be as playful as I wanted us to be. So we talked about that over drinks, and then asked Nora if she'd be in it. I never imagined making this without her, so luckily she agreed. I was in L.A. at the time and didn't know many kids there, so Nora and our friend Noelle helped me find the wonderful Anabelle (6) and Clover (8). Noelle and I interviewed them and I then filmed Nora in half a day at her house on my phone.
College binge-drinking is a perennial public-health concern, and most recently the concern has been allocated for college women. “Binge drinking is an under recognized problem among women and girls,” the CDC reported last year, amid a spate of nonfiction books about women catching up to men's drinking habits, which some have argued contributes to campus sexual assault. The effects of binge-drinking on men and women are well-known; less-discussed is what causes binge drinking in the first place.
Here’s one hypothesis: A lot of young people — and maybe especially young women, who are more competitive college applicants and students — have no idea how to relax. If a teenager wants to succeed in the ever more competitive college admissions game (in the hopes of succeeding in the ever more competitive job market), she won’t get much practice filling unstructured leisure time until she arrives on campus.Read More »
Sure, sure, Chris Martin is dating Jennifer Lawrence and she's a really good girlfriend who convincingly pretends to enjoy Coldplay. So nice for the coupled-up! But it seems like Gwyneth Paltrow is out there having the time of her single life. First, "Page Six" reports that she's been out and about in "private circles" with her a new paramour, American Horror Story producer Brad Falchuk. Sources describe them as "openly dating, but behind closed doors,” which is code for "she has an attractive sex-friend at her beck and call."Read More »
"All perfumes are about sex!" a European perfumer once told me. I was, and still am, doubtful. Sure, Axe body spray might be about sex — but Narciso Rodriguez's second fragrance offering, Narciso, offers proof that a scent can be sensual without being about sex.Read More »
Ah, it's a magical time of year: when candy corn flows like water, photos at pumpkin patches litter our social-media feeds, and tasteless, blindly offensive costumes begin surfacing and going viral. This week, a strong contender for most offensive Halloween Costume emerged when some guy dressed up like former Ravens running back Ray Rice, complete with his very own Janay Rice — a black female blow-up doll to drag around.Read More »
We're only a few weeks into fall, but already turtlenecks are popping up on style blogs with the same frequency as last summer's crop tops. This week, bloggers around the world layered them under jackets and shirts — and demonstrated that they can look not at all nerdy. In Paris, Stephanie C. layered hers under a pink sweater and leather jacket, while Kate in Poland contrasted her turtleneck with a leather tank.Read More »
Marina Abramovic is impressed with Emma Sulkowicz, the art student who has been carrying around a mattress to protest Columbia University's tepid response to her rape allegations.
“I really want to meet her,” Abramovic said at last night's after-party for her new show, "Generator," at Sean Kelly Gallery. “Many people don’t have the willpower to stick to something no matter what, and that’s what she’s doing.”Read More »
Beginning with the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards and closing out with the Fashion Group International’s 30th Annual Night of Stars gala, this week’s social calendar was particularly jammed — featuring notable appearances by everyone from Renée Zellweger to Debbie Harry. Earlier in the week, January Jones, Paris Hilton, and Jaime King all turned out to celebrate the openings of West Hollywood’s new Restoration Hardware megastore, while back in New York, Olivia Munn attended the American Ballet Theatre’s Scarlett, White, and Blue fall gala wearing a tutu that could very well double as a Black Swan Halloween costume. Meanwhile, Natalie Joos clowned around with a succulent on her head at the J Brand on Spring launch party, and last night, Emily Weiss threw a party for her new beauty line, Glossier, with Emily Ratajkowski.Read More »
Throughout this week, the Cut explores college life, from politics and identity to parties, sex, and style.
I used to look at dresses in women’s magazines and think to myself: I want to be the person to make those. When I was in middle school, someone told me about Parsons — and all through high school I talked to my parents about it. I had heard it was the best school for fashion in the country. When I was in high school, I obviously watched Project Runway, and that show glamorizes everything. I imagined this wonderful, creative environment where everyone is so passionate about their work and everyone is exchanging ideas. In the show they make it seem fun, like this all takes place at the wonderful Parsons, and I get there and the faculty is bitter, people hate the show, and you have to fend for yourself."Most of the sensitive kids get weeded out, but there are a few left." »
Today, Italy's Corte Suprema di Cassazione found Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana not guilty on tax evasion charges, according to WWD. Their case, spurred by a 2009 fraud investigation, had previously been tried in two lower courts. The jury took three hours of deliberation before handing down the "not guilty" verdict. Several other defendants, all of whom work for the company, were cleared of all charges as well. The designers had strenuously maintained their innocence in the press, so this must be a moment of vindication for them. The wine (and pasta) will no doubt be flowing tonight in Milan.
Throughout this week, the Cut explores college life, from politics and identity to parties, sex, and style.
For the final installment of college street style, the Cut sent UC, Santa Barbara, senior Claire Bredenoord to capture her classmates’ beach-bound skater style — which included fluorescent cotton sundresses, handmade anklets, and pro-weed socks. Some kept it casual in lattice bras paired with loose tank tops, while others wore distressed denim with flip-flops and clear jellies with socks. Some students dressed with a slight Western twinge, pairing tie-dye chambray and a fringe skirt with cowboy boots, or accessorizing with white feather earrings. Click through the slideshow for a look at UCSB’s dressed-down cool.
Nothing lasts forever. Beauty fades. Summer turns to fall. Even Everlasting Gobstoppers end at some point. Unless, that is, you’re Amal and George Clooney, in which case somehow your nuptials will continue nearly a month after a weeklong celebration in Venice.Read More »
Private funeral arrangements have been made for Oscar de la Renta, who passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Women's Wear Daily reports that the service will take place November 3. It will be held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side. A larger, public memorial service has not yet been announced.
When J.Crew first partnered with London accessories designer Sophia Webster for a shoe collection last spring, the collaboration felt like it was meant to be. Playing off of J.Crew's love for mixing patterns, Webster's collection featured sky-high silhouettes in bright colors and playful prints. Now the brand is rolling out a seven-piece holiday collection with Webster (available online now), which it calls "the stuff shoe fairy tales are made of."Read More »
Yesterday, Kate Middleton continued her streak of minor sartorial rebellions and wore a dress with cutouts to the Action on Addiction gala in London. After displaying her knees at a celebration of wildlife photography on Tuesday, the duchess kept things exciting last night in a Temperley London pre-fall dress featuring sheer-ish parallelograms on the bodice, sleeves, and skirt. Though the resulting look is not quite edgy, Middleton’s openness to experimenting with almost-trendy dressing is endearing. We look forward to seeing where this will lead — perhaps pool slides and a kooky clutch?
Newly minted New Yorker Peter Copping got quite the reception last night at the Fashion Group International's annual Night of Stars. Copping, who is taking over the mantle of the house of de la Renta, was there to accept an award from FGI. After being introduced by his former boss, Marc Jacobs, Copping said,
Well, talk about into the deep end. Thanks very much, Marc, and thank you to the Fashion Group International. I’m very touched and honored to receive this award. I’m very happy to be here in New York. This award really comes as a culmination of 20 years of working in Paris. Five years, very special years, at Nina Ricci; 12 years with Marc [at Louis Vuitton], which were really an unforgettable experience; and three years at Sonia Rykiel.
As you all probably know, that I’m crossing the pond and coming to New York is something that I’m incredibly excited about, to have this new challenge, to be creative director of Oscar de la Renta. It’s a bittersweet moment with this week’s developments. Oscar has left me with his fantastic legacy, and it’s something that I’m very much looking forward to taking forward. And being here amongst so many friends, I know that I’ll see a lot of support, and I’m sure that Oscar will be my guardian angel. Thank you.
After the speech, Copping told the Cut, "I had contact with Oscar, by telephone, just before he passed away. And I really have to get into the company. I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I’ve got a lot of ideas together, but I think I really need to be there, and with the team, before I can really get started." Copping disavowed any nervousness, saying that he was excited. "I think I’m a good fit for the house, and I think that’s why Oscar chose me as his successor. I think it’s in good hands. Oscar and I were very much into the same aesthetic on a lot of levels, whether it’s homes, or gardens, or fashion ... I think there are a lot of parallels. I like a very sophisticated woman, I like elegance. I think it’s still about taking the house forward. I think that’s what Oscar would have thought as well."
Last night's Fashion Group International Night of Stars event at Cipriani had been on the books for weeks — but, after the sad events of this week, the evening turned into an unofficial tribute to Oscar de la Renta. The brand's new creative director, Peter Copping, received one of the night's four Fashion Star awards, and Diane von Furstenberg was awarded the final Superstar award. When she took the podium to receive it, she remembered her friend (tearing up audibly during the speech) and welcomed Copping to New York.
Read her full remarks below."He loved life, he really, really did." »
Most desks are a sad wasteland of paper piles, random paper clips, and errant plastic bottles half-filled with water. But considering how much time you spend at the office, you might as well have some fun with your space. Not only does a clean desk convey authority and make it easier to get your daily tasks done, it also improves your quality of life.Read More »