By now, you’ve surely heard that Beyoncé broke the Internet on Friday when, without warning, she released her new self-titled album. Naturally, mania ensued following the unprecedented arrival of Queen Bey’s fourteen tracks and seventeen videos on iTunes. But she’s not the only pop star who’s carried out a musical sneak attack of late. Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite new talent, Lorde, dropped a surprise track, “No Better,” via iTunes on Friday (though Mrs. Carter kind of stole her thunder), and this morning rapper Angel Haze shocked her label when she unexpectedly leaked her entire debut album, Dirty Gold, on SoundCloud. The record was set for a March release. No doubt, this “Beyoncé Method” has gotten fans’ (and the music industry’s) attention. But perhaps we can’t give Bey all the credit—remember when David Bowie shocked us all by debuting his first single in a decade, “Where Are We Now?” via iTunes way back in January? After over forty years on the scene, Ziggy Stardust is still the “Queen Bitch.”
Our crack team of intern-statisticians has been at work all morning, and they can now report: The most popular Halloween costume of 2013 by a mile(y): Miley. For better or worse, partygoers on both coasts made Cyrus’ VMA stoned-teddy onesie and foam finger their outfit of choice last night. In doing so, they follow a proud tradition set forward earlier this week by Joan Rivers, Paris Hilton, and Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Congratulations, everyone!
Clockwise, from above left: “Mileys” at West Hollywood’s Halloween Parade; at Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte’s party at The Westway, NYC; as embodied by Perez Hilton at Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party; and at Where the Wild Things Are at the Rose Bar, NYC. By anecdotal tally, it seems male Mileys outnumbered female Mileys by three to one.
While the red-carpet circuit began with a slow start over the weekend, the premieres and parties kicked into overdrive as the week continued. Thor: The Dark World‘s leading lady, Natalie Portman, was a vision in white at the film’s Berlin premiere on Sunday, walking the red carpet in a strapless Christian Dior haute couture gown with a full skirt accented with a black ribbon around the waist. On Tuesday evening, Diane Kruger also opted for a haute couture number, choosing a black sequined cocktail dress embroidered with florals from Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring ’13 runway at the brand’s Little Black Jacket event in Brazil.
As the premiere circuit continued into the week, Hailee Steinfeld donned a Saint Laurent ensemble straight from the Spring ’14 runway, pairing a white one-shoulder top covered in sequined red lips with tailored black pants at the Hollywood premiere of her film, Ender’s Game. The same evening, Kate Bosworth chose a black Christopher Kane gown accented with crystal flowers at the neckline and waist from the Spring ’14 collection for the New York premiere of her flick Big Sur. And Naomi Watts took to the red carpet at the New York premiere of Diana, in which she plays the title role, in a blue-and-white floor-grazing dress that was ruched at the waist below a keyhole cutout from Michael Kors’ Spring ’14 runway.
The rumor mill is churning again today, with a choice bit of unconfirmed gossip: Wags are wondering if London designer Marios Schwab isn’t lending a hand to the famously anonymous Maison Martin Margiela. Margiela himself exited the company in 2009, and ever since there have been rumors and reports of other designers—most recently former Céline hand Ivana Omazic—guiding the design team. The Margiela team’s only comment was that it does not communicate on who its designers are, and, in the words of WWD, “characterizing its studio as a creative collective with members of long standing that it feeds regularly with new contributors.”
While the impetus to unmask single design geniuses is an understandable one, it may be a model that’s falling out of date. It begs the question: Should we always have one designer to point to, or is a more team-spirited approach the better way? Certainly Margiela has been on an upswing these last few seasons.
The Maison is not alone in adopting, happily, a revolving door mentality. When Christopher Kane left Versus, Donatella Versace opted not to hire a single designer in his place, but to invite a series of guests to try their hands. (First up, J.W. Anderson; second, M.I.A.) And in a recent editorial on the fate of Jil Sander after the departure (again) of Jil Sander, Cathy Horyn wondered aloud if the best practice wouldn’t be to build a strong design team. It’s not hard to imagine that being refreshed with new talent as talent arrives.
Something to think about, as several large houses—from Louis Vuitton to Sander—go, for the moment, without single stewards.
Happy National Cat Day! When it comes to domestic pets, kittens are clearly the fashion set’s best friends. For proof, look no further than Choupette Lagerfeld (who starred on her first German Vogue cover this summer and currently has over 34,000 Twitter followers) and the annual United Bamboo cat calendar. To boot, brands including Markus Lupfer, Miu Miu, and Vivienne Westwood expressed their feline appreciation for Spring ’14 by featuring novelty puss prints on shifts, coats, and sweatshirts, respectively. Warning: These pieces may cause a cute attack.