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Your Favorite Kate Bush Runway Music Moments, All in One Playlist


Kate Bush European Tour 1979 London PalladiumAlthough Kate Bush hasn’t performed live since 1979, her music has serenaded many a runway show in recent years. In honor of Bush making her return to the stage after a 35-year hiatus,’s Nicole Phelps delved into fashion’s obsession with the songstress’s enduring songs (like the ever-popular “Hounds of Love” and “Running Up That Hill”) in today’s feature story. Here, we’ve rounded up some of Bush’s best tracks and created a runway-worthy playlist for your listening pleasure.

Photo: Peter Still / Redferns via Getty Images

A First Glimpse at Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run HBO Special


Clearly, we’re big fans of Beyoncé here at She may not be a fashion icon, but we’ve traced her epic style transformation back to the ’90s, got the scoop on her Diesel On the Run tour ensembles, and have her trademark glow down to a science. (You can even watch a video tutorial here.) Today, the first trailer for Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run HBO special was released, and it’s making the highly anticipated debut feel like a lifetime away. (Mark your calendars—it’s September 20.) Above, see Beyoncé sing “Bang Bang” to Jay Z in a glittering dress, highlights from the tour, and—of course—some fierce dance moves.

Summer Fridays: A Mid-Century Modern Afternoon With Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant


janie-bryant-dogsLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

If you’ve ever tried to read into Mad Men teasers for clues, you know how important the clothes are. In the vague previews that run in between each episode—which have become a kind of inside joke among fans—you can tell more about a character’s future based on what they’re wearing than what they actually say. That’s testament to how great Janie Bryant’s work is. The Emmy-winning costume designer has made the clothes one of the show’s main attractions throughout her five-year tenure, receiving plenty of recognition along the way, including collaborative deals with Banana Republic, QVC, and Maidenform. When she’s not iconically outfitting the cast, Bryant fittingly frequents Palm Springs, a vacation spot outside of Los Angeles renown for its mid-century architecture. Here’s how Bryant is spending her Summer Fridays:

“If I could take off for Summer Friday, I would‬ head out to a place that I love: Palm Springs, California. It is just a two-hour drive to sunny paradise and a great escape for a weekend of fun and relaxation. ‪I would begin my Summer Friday with my husband and our two standard poodles, Lucie and Vali, by having‬ a delicious breakfast and a Bloody Mary in a glass boot at Cheeky’s. On a satisfied belly, we’d stroll down Palm Canyon Drive to do some shopping at Flow Modern and Bon Vivant. Both shops always have gorgeous and unique mid-century home furnishings and accessories. Then it’s a wonderful day of lounging by the pool at the Colony Palms Hotel. My new favorite discovery is a trip out to Joshua Tree for a relaxing and rejuvenating sound bath at the Integratron. To end the perfect Summer Friday, it’s time to take in, breathe in, and appreciate the beautiful backdrop of the desert mountains with sunsets of pinks and corals like no other.”


Photos: Courtesy of Janie Bryant

Three’s a Trend: Tavi Gevinson, Anna Wintour, and Opening Ceremony All Make a Play for the Theater


10356422_453478591456179_8704378194508384963_n.jpg  ANNA WINTOUR MUSICALTavi Gevinson swapped blogging for Broadway. Anna Wintour is in a new musical. (Well, to be exact, a Wintour impersonator is onstage singing about Kim K. and flats. The Vogue editor in chief, on the other hand, is sticking to her day job.) And now Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are staging a play of their own.

If three’s a trend, then the theater is having a very stylish moment. We can only wonder who will be next to turn to thespian pursuits. Until then, we have the breakdown on the three fashionable fall shows, where to get tickets, and what you need to know about each of them.

Anna Wintour

Title: Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion

The CliffsNotes rundown: The musical about Anna Wintour, by Ryan Raftery, is centered around Vogue‘s Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover. For the first time in her career, Wintour’s decision-making skills are questioned after the issue’s release. Of course, Raftery (who plays Wintour) took a lot of creative license with this one, basing most of the character around YouTube videos and The September Issue. This show is not sanctioned by Wintour.

Noteworthy: There is a rewrite of “Let It Go,” and Kim Kardashian is the main subject. “Let It Be” is now reportedly “Let Her Die,” reports. There’s also a rewrite of the Chicago song “Class,” which is now called “Flats,” where Wintour and André Leon Talley are in fits about the world’s turn toward more casual dressing.

Where: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York City.

When: It already showed once in July (Wintour did not attend, but her daughter, Bee Shaffer, did), and there will be another showing on Friday, September 5 at 11:30 p.m. (right after the Suno NYFW runway show) and Friday, September 12 at midnight.

Tickets: $20; click here

Tavi Gevinson

Title: This Is Our Youth

The CliffsNotes rundown: Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the Kenneth Lonergan comedy, starring blogger extraordinaire-turned-actress Tavi Gevinson, Kieran Culkin, and Michael Cera, “follows three wayward young people as they navigate 1982 New York, re-creating their broken homes in both their dysfunctional friendships and their bungled attempts at love.” In case you missed the memo, the Rookie online mag founder started acting and singing long before she started talking Comme and Kawakubo.

Noteworthy: Before coming to Broadway this fall, the play had a successful run in Chicago. Also, for those unfamiliar with Lonergan’s 1996 classic, it’s not the first time big-name actors like Cera have stepped into these roles. Back in the early 2000s, the play had a run at London’s Garrick Theatre, featuring Anna Paquin, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hayden Christensen.

Where: Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, New York City.

When: The show officially opens September 11, and tickets are on sale through January 4, 2015.

Tickets: $35 to $135; tickets are available online or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

Opening Ceremony

Title: (The project has not been officially titled yet)

The CliffsNotes rundown: Director Spike Jonze and actor Jonah Hill are cowriting the one-act play, starring actresses and models, for Opening Ceremony’s September New York fashion week show. According to WWD, the story line is “still being finalized,” but Hill will not be acting in it.

Noteworthy: As we reported earlier today, the play will be in lieu of the fashion brand’s normal runway show format. Jonze has previously done capsule collections coinciding with his movies for OC, including one for Where the Wild Things Are and another for Her.

Where: New York City, exact location TBD.

When: The one-time event will take place September 7.

Tickets: Not open to the public. Editors and maybe a few theater critics will be the only people lucky enough to catch this show live. Stay tuned for the YouTube replay.

Lauren Bacall, R.I.P.


Lauren Bacall

Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced, wavy-haired beauty known for such films as How to Marry a Millionaire and The Big Sleep passed away in New York yesterday. She was 89.

Bacall, who met her first husband and frequent co-star Humphrey Bogart on the set of To Have and Have Not, was not only a star on the silver screen, but in the style sector, too. In fact, Diana Vreeland is credited with discovering the actress during her tenure at Harper’s Bazaar. Bacall, or Betty, as she was called at the time, was introduced to Vreeland at the age of sixteen, and the editor instantly tapped her for a sitting with photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. “I don’t want to change your look,” Vreeland told Bacall according to Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s book The Empress of Fashion. The actress first appeared in Harper’s in January of 1943, and Vreeland put her on the cover in March of that year (below). Hollywood—or more specifically, To Have and Have Not director Howard Hawks—came knocking. And the rest is history.

harpers“Betty’s always been what used to be called a ‘good kid,’” Vreeland once said. “It’s rather a period phrase, but it’s the way I always think of her. I didn’t think about her—I loved her. She was my special friend. She’s always kept her own thoughts and her own dreams…she literally had nothing to offer but her existence.” In addition to her sultry presence, full red lips, and flawless figure, it is that genuine, true-to-herself attitude that makes Bacall an enduring icon.

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