Kanye West's creative director wants to bring espadrilles to the hood.
Virgil Abloh, the creative muscle behind Kanye West's Donda, shares his collaborators' penchant for lofty goals. For his first solo clothing collection, called Off-White, the designer tells Style.com that he hopes to infuse his streetwear line with a Martha Stewart twist — sadly, not the DIY-glitter-and-macramé Stewart, but the shabby, nautical version.
"I have this deep infatuation with Montauk and Martha Stewart and Nantucket. My parents are from Ghana, and I grew up in Chicago, but for some reason, this lifestyle, shabby chic — it’s grown [on me] since I got older," he said.
Friday! This weekend is really your last chance to get all of your white elephant parties, Yankee swaps, and all those other gift-giving sprees out of the way in. Since these things are always a gamble, we wish you the best of luck in the present-receiving department, and hope your gifts, like Anne Jeffreys's, come with a kiss.
"They feel kinda like you're being hugged," says Jonze.
Spike Jonze's new film Her, about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his Siri-like OS (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), takes place in a future devoid of hovercars and shiny jumpsuits; instead, the minimalist look of the film feels like a carefully curated throwback, best exemplified by the old-fashioned, high-waisted pants worn by Phoenix and other male characters. "Have you ever worn high-waisted pants?" asks Jonze with a grin. "When we were doing wardrobe fittings, I tried them on, and I was like, 'Oh, these feel good! They feel kinda like you're being hugged."
Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald created a photo essay about the female starlets of the New York poetry world. These are writers who, as the New York Daily News puts it, “dare to pen lines about subjects like menstruation, orgasms and lady parts that their bros in prose are afraid to touch.” But, you know, they also write useful things about being a person in the world, and they do it well.
2013 might be the year of the snake, the year of the cronut, and the year of Cara Delevingne, but it is also the year of the butt. Whether it was the side-butt trend that swept the red carpet and had celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ke$ha competing to prove they were most underwear-free, or the onslaught of Instagram butt selfies (belfies) that appealed to the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian, Hollywood was all about the behind. Take a look back at some of the biggest booty moments of the year.
Someone should come up with a word to describe the inability to appreciate the sort of contrived romantic exhibitionism that appears in public marriage proposals. It could be a short phrase or a portmanteau. Get clever, go crazy. I'll use it at least twice a week.
Anyway, here we are with the latest public marriage proposal video, which is actually just a straight-up advertisement for a game company. DOTS — whose tagline is "a game about connecting" — has gotten in on the viral proposal game. Reportedly, the company received this e-mail from a seemingly kind and thoughtful fellow named Shawn.
If you thought the intimate horror of using the toilet while your significant other showers was the plight of poor and cramped city-dwellers, think again. The hot new home renovation for the one percent is the his-and-hers master bath, the Wall Street Journal reports. Featuring two vanities and double-wide showers, these marble sanctuaries of (totally voluntary!) mutual grooming and elimination have trickled down from Cribs-worthy mansions to regular old McMansions.
For a festive countdown to Christmas, the Cut brings back its Secret Santa game — but instead of showering ourselves with gifts, we enlisted fourteen fashion-world influencers and randomly assigned them each a Secret Santa as stylish as they are. We asked a mix of fashion editors, creative directors, and power bloggers to select two presents for their Secret Santa recipients: an "affordable" gift (something roughly $30 or less) and an "aspirational" one (what they'd purchase if money were no limit). The gifts have all arrived safely under our (virtual) Christmas tree, and the time for unwrapping has begun.
In addition to running around for last-minute presents, it's already time to think about what you're going to wear for that climactic moment known as New Year's Eve. Once you've selected an outfit as scintillating as last year's, you'll need good shoes — no, great shoes — for the big night. So we've selected ten of the best shoes to ring in the New Year: They're beautiful, not so impossible to wear, and will look equally stunning with that dress or tuxedo look next week as they will polishing up your day look in 2014. From $70 to $695 (some of which are on sale), click through our slideshow of satin bows, dalmatian-spotted satin, and stacked heels to ring in the New Year.
Lindsay Lohan has been expressing a new appetite for life since she left rehab: She's been dipping her toe into the fountain of eternal youth, reportedly hanging out with a group of wildly rich teens and hanging out with an 18-year-old "dreadlocked" male model, Morgan O'Connor. (Also, by getting frisky with Liam Neeson's teenage son in a club, and beating up a young Hilton at Basel.) Despite her childlike wonder and exuberance, sources tell "Page Six" that her recent antics have failed to impress her new young friends — they all probably think Mean Girls is something their moms watch on Turner Classic Movies.
It's only been a week since we got her surprise Christmas gift, but Beyoncé will soon give us more. She's releasing a third fragrance, called Rise, WWDreports. The best part, of course, is that it was apparently inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem (presumably, "Still I Rise").
As a humble person of great talent and beauty and wealth, Julia Roberts knows she must count her blessings during this important season. She must pay homage to the good people that do good work for her and keep her star shining bright. And some of those people? The Kardashians. She told In Touch:
Vogue has had a few hiccups since it announced its Health Initiative in June 2012, which stipulated that the magazine would no longer use models under the age of 16 in any of its editions. Then came the casting of 15-year-old Ondria Hardin in Vogue China — and then Italian Vogue used a 15-year-old model, Sarah Kees, in its September issue. Despite comments from the CEO of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, who said that the company would do "everything possible to prevent future errors," it's happened again.
Second to maybe Alvin, the IT guy, I hold the "honor" of having the most cluttered desk at NYMag. The rest of the Cut has beautiful desk tableaux with meaningful coffee table books, novels, and pictures of respected photographers. Charlotte even used to have a Mulberry garden gnome at her desk. But my desk resembles an episode of Hoarders: Beauty Clutter Edition. I'm like the Dirty Girl from that episode of Friends, except surrounded by bronzer and lipstick (and not disgusting). This also makes me naturally popular in the office, particularly during the winter season, when I've been doling out doses of one particular hand cream like flu shots.
Yesterday in London, the 25-year-old songstress, who's already been showered in awards from the Grammys, Golden Globes, and Oscars, received yet another honor. Adele visited Buckingham Palace, looking regal in a long-sleeved, jacquard-print Stella McCartney tea dress and the royals' preferred headgear of choice (a Philip Treacy fascinator), to officially get inducted as a "Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" ("MBE" for short). She was honored for her services to music and even shook Prince Charles's hand. Adele stole the show in her rich blue-turquoise dress, netted fascinator, and matching blue talons, which even featured tiny bejeweled crowns. But the most fabulous part of all: From this point on, considering that her proper title is now "Adele Adkins MBE," she gets to subtly remind everyone that she is the "most excellent" on the regular.
In Spike Jonze’s Her, a man named Theodore tumbles into deep, romantic love with his computer operating system. This love arises not from longing looks at a glowing screen but from listening to the program speak: Samantha, as she’s called, has an astoundingly seductive voice (credit to an unseen Scarlett Johansson).
While Her's world is a mildly fantastical future, Jonze is working with familiar raw material. The computer voices that narrate our world — Apple’s Siri, GPS audio, automated phone prompts, and recorded transit announcements, for example — are most commonly female. Their helpful voices often have a slight digital edge — a hint of mechanized strangeness, like the matronly maid from The Jetsons. And like Rosie, they’re often relegated to traditionally female roles, whether functioning as a caretaker, a secretary, or a surrogate mother. Her speaks to a powerful desire for connection but it also addresses the fantasy of a perfect attendant. Robo voices are endlessly solicitious, completely subservient, and ready to adapt to their keepers. Though the robo-voice has the trappings of the future, it can deliver tones of old-fashioned gender politics.
Geometric knits, bright turtlenecks, and so much more.
Tomorrow marks the first official day of winter — and, judging by the looks of style bloggers this week, it's time to (stylishly) bundle up. All the cowl necks, cardigans, and bright knits will put you right at ease: Amy B. in Scotland paired a fisherman's sweater with cropped pants; Ola S. in Poland chose a bright sweater with a muscular silhouette; and Laura Dittrich in Germany made a casual look pop with a geometric pullover. Click through our slideshow to see the brightest, coziest, warmest sweaters on style blogs around the world this week.
With splayed feathers carved in ebony and a curved gold tusk set with tiny diamonds, Noor Fares' earrings are the most luxurious (and dramatic) example of the tribal jewelry trend. They're as elegant as their price would suggest; wild and unapologetic all at once — so wild, in fact, that you'll never need another piercing ever again.