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July 30 2014

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Style Lessons From the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C.

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thehill-sized copyWhat does it take to be one of the 50 “Most Beautiful People” in D.C. these days? Not style, apparently. The Hill just released its annual list of winners, and while we enjoyed reading about their penchant for running half-marathons, their favorite foodie indulgences, and their intern-to-White House correspondent success stories, we were especially enthralled by their sartorial suggestions. Here, a few of our favorite enlightening tips from D.C.’s finest.

When in doubt, do nothing.
“I often just roll out of the bed and come to the office.” —Hailey Sadler, 21, Republican

Heels can be hazardous.
“I love heels, but the Capitol’s marble floors are treacherous. I have wiped out more than once. So I tend to stick with a mid-height heel.” —Nancy Cordes, 39, nonpartisan

Patterns are a no-no, but bold colors are a win.
“You can keep it simple and still have that ‘wow’ factor.” —Danielle Sikes, 23, Republican

Ironing your jeans is not cool.
“I finally learned it’s not cool to iron your jeans. My dad would iron my jeans, so all the way up to college, I would iron my jeans.” —Eric Swalwell, 33, Democrat

Black and gray are just so traditional.
“Adding pops of color into an outfit is important because it can be very easy to slide into the black, gray, and white spectrum that’s so typical of traditional Washington wardrobe.” —Gianelle Rivera, 29, Democrat

Pearls are totally awesome.
“I’m not embarrassed to like pearls. I don’t think that’s weird; I think it’s classic and timeless.” —S.E. Cupp, 35, Republican

Do: Wear cowboy boots and suits.
The Hill: “His smooth, confident style—which always includes pairing a ‘fun’ tie and cowboy boots with his suits—are a far cry from years ago.” Ross: “I was kind of awkward in high school. I was a late bloomer: long hair, acne, braces. I was kind of gangly.” —Ross Gage, 27, Republican

BREAKING: Beyoncé Is Not a Fashion Icon

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Beyonce

A stellar story by The New York Times‘ fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, popped up on my news feed this afternoon, and it led me to a startling revelation: Beyoncé is not a fashion icon. Friedman’s article was spurred by a fashion exhibition dedicated to Queen Bey in the Legends of Rock section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which, having opened last week, features the gold Thierry Mugler bodysuit from 2009′s “Sweet Dreams,” the superstar’s black leather and lace 2013 Super Bowl look, and the metal glove from 2008′s “Single Ladies” video, as well as the violet feather-embellished Givenchy Haute Couture gown Mrs. Carter donned to the 2012 Met Gala. To be sure, most of these wares are showstoppers. But are they iconic? Not so much.

What’s more, Friedman notes, is that despite her mega following, Beyoncé hasn’t spurred a bevy of trends or launched the careers of young designers, like Rihanna or Lady Gaga have. Furthermore, aside from booty-baring bodysuits, I can’t even think of how one might describe Beyoncé’s signature offstage style because she doesn’t really have one. She hasn’t truly demonstrated any evolution in her wardrobe or her taste since her Destiny’s Child days. And even scrolling through the exhibition images online, the majority of the included pieces have an overly chintzy-meets-not-quite-street aesthetic, as if Bey were stuck in the days of “Bills Bills Bills.”

But that’s not to say Beyoncé isn’t a cultural icon (and I’m not just saying that for fear of Beygency retaliation). She has a body like a rocket, she’s broken every record in the book (like that time she released 17 videos overnight on iTunes), and she’s got moves and a voice most performers would kill for. However, as a voice for feminine empowerment in the public eye, it would be exciting if she stepped up her day-to-day sartorial game just a smidge. And for that matter, it would have been nice to have seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fete a real fashion tastemaker (ahem, Rihanna) instead.

Beverly Johnson, the Original African-American Supermodel, Talks Diversity in Fashion Today

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Beverly Johnson PosedBefore Iman or Naomi, there was Beverly Johnson. This August marks the 40th anniversary of Johnson’s landmark Vogue debut as the first-ever African-American to grace the mag’s cover. A year later, she landed the cover of French Elle, and later went on to score shoots with some of fashion’s most iconic photographers (like Irving Penn), Revlon campaigns, movie gigs, and more.
bj-vogueWWD recently checked in with the supermodel to discuss the state of the industry today, and she didn’t hesitate to point out the lack of women of color on the runways during fashion week, as well as the decrease in African-American hairstylists and makeup artists in the field right now. “Sometimes we live in this very elitist bubble called the fashion industry,” she said. “We have become really oblivious to what’s going on in the world.”

She said she will be turning a sharp eye to the runways in September, along with other top models who have been leading the charge for change, like Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell. They have been joined by designers like Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who has been making his own push for diversity in the industry. Most recently, the designer revealed his Fall ad campaign, which features models of varied color and backgrounds. “I think fashion is all about a vision that you can give to people; it’s [about] expressing that passion. We need to show how diversity is important,” he told Style.com in an exclusive interview.

Photos: Gems / Getty Images; Condé Nast Archive

Style.com’s Dirk Standen Talks Food and Fashion With The New Potato

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dirk-standenDanielle and Laura Kosann’s website, The New Potato, seeks out the leaders in fashion, food, and lifestyle for their addictive daily profiles. Today’s intriguing subject? Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen. In the interview, Standen shares everything from his ideal food day—you can catch him at the farmers’ market and Barbuto during the summer—to his opinions on print versus digital. He also clues you in on what makes good content, where to eat in Milan and Marrakech, and why food and fashion really aren’t that different. Click here to read the full story.

Photo: Courtesy of The New Potato

Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain Biopic Is in the Works

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CobainSpeaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Courtney Love revealed that the long-rumored Kurt Cobain biopic will be entering production in the next year. While the actor to portray Cobain has yet to be cast, Love says she, daughter Frances Bean Cobain, and Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will all be involved in the project. Of demo reels she’s received thus far, Love offered, “That was really tough because these boys are so pretty, so cute. I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone, but these are 25-year-olds who are blond, gorgeous, and the new Brad Pitts. There are a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces. I don’t want to be the person who makes that decision. Let’s leave that to the agents; I have great agents now. But I will have a say in it.” Will the flick spur yet another grunge revival? We’ll keep our ripped jeans and Dries Van Noten plaids in our closets just in case.

Photo: Getty Images