April 19 2014

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Baby-Doll Dresses Rise to the Occasion


Ssaint Laurent's baby doll dressHedi Slimane sent out dresses that called to mind the “kinderwhore” fashion pioneered by Courtney Love and company during grunge’s nascent years. But the Saint Laurent designer wasn’t the only one who embraced baby dolls for Fall. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli updated the youthful silhouette with couture-level craftsmanship, while Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi showed wispy lingerie-inspired takes on the trend. For proof that the abbreviated shape has legs off the catwalk, look no further than Alexa Chung, who can rock a mini like no other—those pins! Sky Ferreira, meanwhile, could’ve passed for Love’s sophisticated little sis in the sparkly Saint Laurent number she wore to the Met Gala.


Here, a collection of our favorite baby dolls.

Hedi Rocks On


Only for Hedi Slimane is it par for the course to dress a Rolling Stone. The designer—who opened the doors to Saint Laurent’s swanky new Avenue Montaigne flagship today—has created Keith Richards’ onstage duds for the Stones’ 50 Years and Counting tour. Considering the designer’s musical ties (most recently, he created Daft Punk’s helmeted Coachella costumes, his pals include Sky Ferreira and Alison Mosshart, and, of course, his latest ad campaigns feature the likes of Beck, Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson), and the fact that he dressed the Stones while at Dior Homme, Slimane was, perhaps, the obvious choice for Richards (front man Mick Jagger, however, turned to girlfriend L’Wren Scott for his looks). The rocker’s ensemble will consist of silk scarves, T-shirts, a vest, and a café racer jacket. The latter—aptly named the Keith jacket—will be available for a mere $4,850 as part of the forthcoming Saint Laurent Stage Wear by Hedi Slimane collection, which will hit stores in June. Not surprisingly, Saint Laurent reports that Slimane has more sartorial stage projects in the pipeline.

Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Back to the Dark Side: Panos Yiapanis on Love and His Creative Evolution


You can’t miss a Panos Yiapanis photograph. Since beginning his career in the late nineties—working alongside photographer Corinne Day—the 38-year-old stylist has honed a dark, gritty, raw-to-the-bone aesthetic that is distinctly his own. His particular vision has led to a longstanding creative relationship with Rick Owens, as well as countless spreads in such magazines as i-D, W, and Vogue Italia shot by the likes of Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh, and Mert & Marcus. To add to his accomplishments, last week, Katie Grand tapped him to become Love‘s fashion director-at-large. Here, Yiapanis talks to about the new gig, the state of fashion, and staying true to his look.

Why did now feel like the right time to join a magazine?
I feel like I’ve come full circle in terms of what I do. I’ve kind of been nomadic, which is putting it nicely. I’ve been a gypsy, going from one magazine to another. I feel like I’m back to where I was aesthetically when I first started out in terms of what I want to say, so having this position now gives me a new way of conveying that message. When I first started out, a lot of what I did was very personal and I had evolved away from doing that. People would say, “Well, maybe that’s a little too creative for us,” so I started to clean up what I did, which didn ‘t work for me. I’m happier doing what I enjoy, so it felt right to go back to my messier aesthetic.

How do you balance art and commerciality?
I don’t think you have to. I always argue that the best results are when both of them are at their height. I always yap about the nineties, when brands were willing to put out campaigns that captured the spirit of the brand as opposed to the product. That seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the way. So I don’t think creativity and commercialism are mutually exclusive. I honestly think they’re best when they both collide. But that doesn’t seem to be a thought that’s shared widely right now.

Your aesthetic is usually described as dark and moody. Do you feel that’s accurate?
It’s funny because when the Love announcement was made, I saw this tweet that said, “Love just got darker.” And I don’t know if that’s necessarily true; maybe I just got a bit brighter. There is a darkness to what I do, but it’s never macabre or unpleasant and I always try to adapt to the situation. The clients I’ve worked with vary from pure brands like Calvin to flashy brands like Cavalli. And I enjoy that diversity. I enjoy sitting in a room full of embroidery and fur and gold trimmings one day, and then going into a different setting the following day where it’s all about stripping things away. Love is a very positive publication. So on the one hand, it kind of works to go against that and give it another voice, but at the same time, I’m not going in there to paint the walls black. Continue Reading “Back to the Dark Side: Panos Yiapanis on Love and His Creative Evolution” »

Not Your Average Joe


Fresh off hitting the press circuit for his stripper flick Magic Mike, Matthew McConaughey was back at it again last night, promoting his new NC-17-rated film Killer Joe at New York’s Tribeca Grand Hotel. “Someone said to me today: ‘McConaissance’ and I said, ‘I like that—it has a good ring to it,’” he said as he made his way down the red carpet before the Cinema Society and Bally-hosted screening, referring to his string of movies rolling out (he’s got Mud and The Paperboy on the way, too). “I held out for certain roles and now, the films are even turning out to be good,” McConaughey, who was looking gaunt for his upcoming role in The Dallas Buyers Club, added.

In the dark comedy-thriller Killer Joe (Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin’s adaption of Tracy Letts’ play Bug), McConaughey plays Texas detective and hired hitman Joe Cooper, alongside Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, and Gina Gershon. Of the film’s controversial rating, Gershon said, “Well, I have to say I think in general the whole rating system is quite ridiculous and so arbitrary, but in saying that, I think this one maybe deserves it.” We’d say so. For her part, the actress flashes her lady parts in the opening scene of the movie. “I didn’t feel that naked,” she said. “You just get into it and don’t think about what you are wearing (or in this case, not wearing).”

After 103 minutes of graphic shots and blood-spattered scenes, the cast and guests (including John Stamos, Alan Cumming, Mélanie Laurent, Lauren Hutton, and John Varvatos) headed to the after-party at Amy Sacco’s newest spot, No.8, in Chelsea. “Where is the vodka? I could seriously use a drink after that,” said one female partygoer as she made her way to upstairs. “You have come to the right place, then!” said Tony Danza, who, as if on cue, appeared at the top of the stairs. Around midnight, Courtney Love made a whirlwind stop at the party. After holing up in a corner to chat with Graham Nash, she made her exit. “My dress? It’s Marc Jacobs 2007—it’s my last-minute, emergency party dress,” she told of the red number she had on. And who doesn’t need one of those?

Photo: Nicholas Hunt /

Rosie On The Runway, James Franco To Play Mapplethorpe, Harper Beckham’s “Ridiculous” Wardrobe, And More…


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ended her year-long catwalk hiatus to strut down the runway in the Animale fashion show in São Paulo. The model donned two looks from designer Priscilla Darolt’s Fall ’12 collection. [Telegraph]

James Franco has reportedly signed on to play Robert Mapplethorpe in an upcoming biopic about the photographer directed by Ondi Timoner. No word yet on who will play his pal Patti Smith. [Hint]

Watch out, Suri, there’s a new baby style star in town. David and Victoria Beckham’s 6-month-old daughter Harper has already been seen wearing Chloé tights and Bonpoint looks. “Her wardrobe is ridiculous,” her dad jokes. “I’m glad I got a two-year contract.” [Vogue U.K.]

Courtney Love, who faced eviction from her West Village town house after she reportedly set it on fire, has won her court battle. Despite her triumph in the case, Love is moving out when the lease expires in February to a new spot downtown. [Page Six]