Sure, you love summer for the barbecues, fireflies, sundresses, and s'mores, but let's be honest, one of the true pleasures of beach time is getting to watch surfers do their surf thing. And for a certain type of woman (ahem) there's nothing better than a well-cut man in low-slung board shorts, emerging from the rough ocean like a gladiator of the tides. We first saw Australian-born Owen Wright on hip surf brand Indoek's blog and were immediately smitten. At six-foot-three, with a back like a Davinci drawing on steroids, we can't lie: He might have inspired a few inappropriate "Riding Giants" jokes. No judgments if you never make it to the beach because you can't stop watching this video. Enjoy your long weekend, and see you next Tuesday.
On Wednesday at Chelsea Piers, 46 of Parsons' top graduating fashion design students convened to present their final collections at the annual Parsons Fashion Show — the same runway where designers like Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Cushnie et Ochs were first spotted. In addition to showing off their hard-earned collections, many of the young designers were also in the running for the "Designer of the Year" titles. At a benefit following the runway show, Harim Jung and Kaye Applewaite were named womenswear designers of the year; Yunxiang Sharon Zhou was named menswear designer of the year; and Diana Woodside was named childrenswear designer of the year. Parsons alumnus Patrick Robinson hosted the event. Click through the slideshow for a sneak peek at the next wave of creative talent entering the real world. Included: zany prints for children; translucent high collars for women; and a bounty of sheer tops, structured jackets, and tailored suits for men.
Resort season has begun, which means crop tops, sheer panels, and floral everything will soon be out in full force. Unlike ready-to-wear and couture, the resort collections trickle in at their leisure, giving us bursts of Antibes-ready daywear at a vacation-appropriate pace. So far Oscar de la Renta has produced a sweet collection filled with flowery, lace, and light tweedy separates; Christian Dior showed vibrant suits and dresses with stealthy cutouts; and Versus showed its first safety-pin-heavy collection with J.W. Anderson. See these collections and more in our runway galleries.
Break away from desk life this Memorial Day weekend for Big Sur, a tangle of mountain and forests on the Northern California coastline. With its brisk, clean air, lush neon green forests, and unbelievable ocean sunsets, it's guaranteed to bring out the laid-back survivalist in you. Equidistant to the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest and a stone's throw from San Francisco's psychedelic heritage, Big Sur offers the perfect West Coast blend, so we've collected a roundup of everything you'll need to head into the redwoods. All will come in handy when taking a dip in McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, hiking the Tanbark Trail, or even relaxing in a hot tub (and some Pacific views) at the Post Ranch Inn.
Italian designers showing their collections in cities other than Milan have recently felt the heat of the country's Chamber of Fashion members (and their very own designer brethren) breathing down their backs. The Chamber is currently in the midst of revamping Milan Fashion Week and Giorgio Armani also shared his thoughts on the issue, arguing the most effective way to put all wandering eyes back on Milan would be for all leading Italian houses to return and only show their collections in their homeland. But according to British Vogue, Miuccia Prada won't be heeding those words. While Prada shows in Milan, Miu Miu has been showing in Paris since 2006, and because of timing, won't change anytime soon. The designer explained, "It's the way we work, it's impossible. Nobody does it." Prada Group's CEO Patrizio Bertelli elaborated, "Miuccia is in the studio day in and day out and into the night. She creates the shows and follows every aspect, it is materially impossible to create two shows a couple of days apart ... If there were another show a week later — she'd go there!" Barcelona, perhaps?
Brandon Wen and Laura Zwanziger, a pair of sophomores studying apparel design at Cornell University, looked around at the fashion world and noticed a gaping need: better apparel for plus-size people. The duo decided to create their own plus-size clothing collection, but ran into difficulties when it came time to find realistic dress forms. Full-figured mannequins ran scarce in the real world, and the ones that did exist were far from proportional.
In the spirit of innovation, they teamed up with Professor Susan Ashdown, analyzed thousands of 3-D body scans of women, and finally created a prototype and pattern for a "pear-shaped, size-24 woman." Zwanziger told the Cornell Chronicle, "A lot of the clothes [for plus-size women] are really just sized up from smaller proportions, which fit really strangely ... Issues of health aside, we're all different body shapes and body proportions. Each person deserves to have clothing designed for them as they are, not as they relate to some abstract industry shape." Amen.
While the glitterati might be wearing their black-tie best in Cannes — from Balenciaga jumpsuits to sweeping Dior dresses — we musn't forget that this is basically a beach town with hot winds and humid weather. In fact, many of the hair and makeup looks from the red carpet went the fresh-faced, frizz-fighting route (even though their dresses were often floor-length and fully beaded).
While our weekends might not be filled with paparazzi, private yachts, and custom Givenchy Spanx, we can still take a cue from the easy looks of these well-heeled ladies for our own humid barbecue bonanzas. Marion Cotillard wore an easy top knot and pink-stained lips at The Immigrant photo call, Milla Jovovich opted for a headband braid and a muted, nude lip. Janet Jackson, who is looking the best we've seen her since her "Rhythm Nation" video, went with glowy skin and in-control curls (perfect for when hudmity levels reach near triple digit numbers).
The amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes is always a sight to behold. All the people who have been holed up in their yachts taking in the sun can finally throw on their sparkliest gowns and join the actresses who have been working hard all week to avoid wardrobe malfunctions.
While there was much to celebrate with the Carine Roitfeld–curated "Ultimate Gold Collection" fashion show and Janet Jackson's Armani M.C. Hammer pants, the biggest accomplishment of the night was that, on its twentieth anniversary, the gala managed to raise an estimated $26 million for AIDS research. Thank Leo DiCaprio for bringing in 1.5 of those millions from the auction of a seat next to him in Richard Branson's spaceship. Hurrah!
See everyone from Goldie Hawn in a sunny yellow number to Anna Dello Russo in leggy runway Balenciaga to Selita Ebanks looking very side-booby in our slideshow.
Yesterday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the actress chatted about the "big controversy" and "wardrobe malfunction" that made her pinky toes shine in the limelight after they got their own thong treatment on the Cannes red carpet. While calling the incident "toe-gate" and "toe-maggedon," she declared, "I didn't feel it, I didn't feel a thing!" while gesticulating wildly. "I did what any reasonable person would do. I needed to prevent this from happening again, so I cut my toes off." She then handed them to Jimmy Fallon in a tiny tin box — with pinky-toe pedicures still painted on them.
From Valentino's embellished coat and shorts, to Céline's strange (but oddly wearable) fur heels, and Alexander Wang's futuristic use of guipure-laced fish line, the spring runways were full of electric, unpredictable evening looks that invoked a flair for seasonally uncharacteristic drama. The Cut gathered eight of our favorite evening getups and photographed them in an abandoned movie theater (because it somehow made sense). Click through our slideshow ahead to see how we styled looks by Haider Ackerman, Miu Miu, Dior, Lanvin, and more, and get inspired to up your game next date night.
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