Has your computer stopped working? Did your brand-new shoes fall apart? Mercury Retrograde might be to blame for all that. Luckily, it all ends today. To celebrate, we asked Chrissie Miller (pictured, left), the daughter of fashion’s favorite astrologer Susan Miller (pictured, right) and a rising star expert herself, to shed some light on what’s been going on with the cosmos. Here’s what she had to say.
When I was young, my mom (Susan Miller) would tell me not to tell anyone that she knew astrology, so it’s still crazy to me that now Mercury Retrograde is part of normal conversation these days. First of all, I would like to set the record straight about it: Mercury in Retrograde—let’s call it “MR”—is not a bad thing. It can definitely be annoying, which is why it has a bad rap, but there are also great things that can happen during MR, too. Let me explain. Mercury is the planet of communication, language, writing, editing, research, and speaking—basically, it’s the planet that makes us get things done, and done right. When it is in Retrograde (going backward), it can make that more difficult. Also, I hear people say that Mercury is always in Retrograde. Well, it’s not. It happens three times a year, three and a half weeks a year.
The worst of it: Computers or anything electrical may not work and need repair. You may have a miscommunication with a friend or lover. I would avoid having big talks during this time. I wouldn’t get married or sign any contracts, at all. Nothing bad will happen, but again, it could be annoying. For example, if you sign a lease, you may have to move out sooner than you thought, or if you get married it might rain…stuff like that. I also try not to buy anything new, like clothes. I usually wind up not liking it, or it breaks.
The best of it: I got my first job out of college during MR. The job, which ended up lasting many years, was with a friend from high school who was starting his own business. When I run into someone from my past during MR, there is usually a good reason. Also, it’s a good time to clean your house—think of it as astrological spring cleaning. I bet you will find things you have been looking for. (I just found a pair of earrings that I thought were gone forever.)
I also want to point out that astrology is very complicated. It takes years and years of studying—it’s really a science. I have been studying it since birth, and I have just scratched the surface. I trust my mom because I know how long she has been studying and learning it. So, beware of your friends who tell you that Scorpio rising is messing with your love life. Stick with the professionals.
Spin masters, get ready—VFiles is now accepting applications for its first-ever DJ Championships. The digital fashion community with a cooler-than-thou shop downtown is known for championing up-and-coming fashion labels, (perhaps most notably, Hood by Air), and now it’s applying the same concepts to the music scene with the launch of this project. To participate in the contest, a partnership with Def Jam Recordings, DJs will need to submit an original ten-to-twenty-minute mix, plus related media (images, GIFs, or videos) to the VFiles platform. Entries will be judged by general social media popularity (the more likes it gets, the higher they rank in the standings), as well as top-tier professional opinions. The three finalists will be reviewed by Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, EVP and co-head of A&R at Def Jam (best known for his work with the likes of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Jeezy, and other multi-platinum-selling artists), at a live battle at the VFiles Made Fashion party. “For years, Def Jam’s motto has been ‘Respecting the DJs,” says Joshua. “Def Jam’s brand, right down to our logo, is built around the special role the DJ plays in shaping the taste and tone of the culture. VFiles—with their forward-thinking eye for young talent and their unique, central role in street style—is a natural partner for us.”
Click here to apply. Finalists will be announced August 15, and the winner will be named in September during NYFW.
Beyoncé really does run the world—at least according to Forbes. Queen Bey took the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s annual Celebrity 100 list, earning a reported $115 million in 2014. Who else made the top 10? LeBron James (#2), Oprah (who topped the list last year, but dropped to #4), Rihanna (#8), and Katy Perry (#9). Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, came in at No. 6, earning less than half of Beyoncé’s salary—though his $60 million doesn’t exactly seem paltry. The news arrives just in time for Bey and Jay’s Diesel-fueled On the Run tour.
Of the top twenty-five earners, Forbes notes that thirteen are musicians. The likes of Dr. Dre, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift have greatly increased their earning potential in recent years due to strong social media presences. #$$$.
On October 21, the Met’s Costume Institute will unveil its latest fashion exhibition—and it’s a doozy. Dubbed Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, the show will focus on widow wares from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Sure, it’s no Punk: Chaos to Couture, but I am personally looking forward to this show, and not just because my almost entirely ebony wardrobe very closely mimics that of a grieving Victorian dame. For instance, who knew about the vintage societal stereotypes that surrounded old-timey widows? “The veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances. As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order,” said Harold Koda, the curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute. Furthermore, Koda said, this garb apparently helps to provide a deeper understanding of the general aesthetic of the time. “The predominantly black palette of mourning dramatizes the evolution of period silhouettes and the increasing absorption of fashion ideals into this most codified of etiquettes.”
Considering the popularity of death-riddled period dramas like Downton Abbey and the fascination with all things witchy thanks to American Horror Story, this show might just be a blockbuster. And what better way to attract New Yorkers than with an all-black fashion exhibition? Needless to say, I’ll be there with bells on.
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire will be on view at the Costume Institute from October 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015.
Two years ago, London-based designer Duro Olowu brought a collection of globally sourced inspirations to Salon 94′s Freeman Alley space. The wares were combed from all over the world—from his birthplace in Lagos, Nigeria, to the quieter corners of his adopted hometown—and included such cherished ephemera as vintage Parisian Deco wallpaper and feather-lined lamps from Uganda.
Now Olowu is expanding upon his 2012 show with More Material, an exhibition that opened last night at Salon 94 on the Bowery and brings together works from the likes of Carrie Mae Weems, Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, and more, alongside colorfully curated home items from vintage dealers near and far.
“The show is really an extension of my last show,” related Olowu. “[This time] I really wanted to show the rebellious side of women, the way they’re represented, and the way they represent themselves with elegance—elegant rebellion.”
Swooping fashion illustrations by Antonio Lopez (“They’re very, very alluring without being vulgar—a new rebellion,” noted Olowu) rest alongside documentary street photography from Sandy Kim (“I just see a cool tomboy who wants to have fun”) and more overtly political/feminist-leaning works from Weems, Sherman, and others. As in the case of the original rendition, there’s also a shop selling new Duro Olowu pieces, as well as artworks—a Lopez, a Lorna Simpson—and hand-selected vintage house and jewelry objects.
“It’s going to be up for a month and a half, and I’d love for people to experience the beauty and integrity of the incredible mix of artists and ceramics and great jewelry and just feel empowered,” said the designer. “I’d like young girls, older women, and middle-aged ladies to feel empowered by wanting to be individual.”