August 22 2014

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Been There, Dunn That


“Everybody, including myself, thought it was a bit random,” said Jourdan Dunn of her new cooking show, Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn, which debuted on Jay-Z’s Life + Times YouTube channel last week. “But that’s what I liked about the project to begin with. Nobody saw it coming.”

After the first episode, 60,000 viewers (and counting) immediately understood that the show was less about Dunn’s culinary skills and more about showcasing the 22-year-old model’s feisty, laugh-a-minute personality. While preparing a jerk pork belly dish inspired by her Jamaican roots, Dunn had garlic cloves flying around the kitchen. Her hair was in her face, and she even sliced one of her nails. “Before signing on to do [the show], my mom was like, ‘Are you ready for the whole world to know that you’re basically an idiot?’ And I thought, ‘Well yeah, I am ready,” she laughed. “The show was a way to share myself with my fans while doing something that I love: cooking.”

Dunn explained that the series will feature meals she regularly serves at home. Sweet and sour spare ribs, buffalo wings, a spicy Thai beef salad, and baked fish with Indian spices and tomatoes will all make appearances. The model, however, is hesitant to reveal the recipe for her 3-year-old son Riley’s favorite dish: macaroni and cheese. “My mac and cheese is kind of special and I wasn’t sure that I wanted everybody to know how to make it. We’re talking about a second season of Well Dunn [which would potentially include model friends like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne], and maybe I’ll let the secret out then.” She did give us one hint: “Most people only use one kind of cheese but I make it with about five different ones, so it’s really cheesy.”

All in all, it’s been an even busier year than usual for Dunn, who recently made her Victoria’s Secret debut and shot the ad campaign for Rihanna’s forthcoming River Island clothing line. “Rihanna was really cool. During the shoot, she said, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you have a son.’ I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you know that I have a son or even know who I am!’ ” Between cooking on Jay-Z’s channel and modeling for Rihanna, we’d say Dunn is officially part of the Def Jam family. So what’s next? “I was thinking about rapping,” Dunn mused. While you’re waiting for her potential lyrical debut, you can catch the second episode of Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn on Life + Times on Monday.

Photo:Tommy Ton

Well Dunn


Brit catwalker Jourdan Dunn is getting her own television show, courtesy of Jay-Z. It won’t be of the sartorial sort, however. The model, who appeared on the runway this season at Burberry, Emilio Pucci, Gareth Pugh, and more, is going to be showing off her kitchen know-how with her series, a part of the rapper’s newly relaunched YouTube channel Life + Times. got in touch with the supe (in between her photo shoot today) to talk about her latest project, called Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn. “I wanted to show people what I am really like, and to feel like they were sitting in my kitchen with me, getting to know me and the food I love to cook,” she says, admitting she’s also a little nervous about the whole thing. “For me, family is everything. My memories of cooking Jamaican food with my mother and grandmother are some of my happiest. Living in New York and London, there are great restaurants, but there is still nothing like my family cooking.” The air date is not yet known, but we sure hope to see some of her model pals join her on the show.

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Paradise Now


Rappers have long bragged about repping that Gucci, Fendi, and Prada, but this year, Givenchy is the label with all the street cred. Its graphic birds-of-paradise pattern, in particular, has become a cult status symbol for artists including Jay-Z and Kanye West (the duo also commissioned Riccardo Tisci to do the album art for their Watch the Throne album), Theophilus London, and A$AP Rocky (pictured). Pusha T (member of the Kanye-led G.O.O.D. Music tribe) wears the printed T-shirt under a denim button-down in his latest video for “Exodus 23:1 ,” while in the recent “Street Knock” track, Swizz Beatz cops to “Sitting back in my shirt, Givenchy on my back.” Beatz is perhaps the biggest ambassador of the birds-of-paradise trend. He wore a pair of the pants to the BET Awards and even picked up a limited-edition surfboard to match. Safe to say that when it comes to hip-hop fashion, birds of a feather flock together.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of rappers wearing Givenchy’s birds-of-paradise print.

Photo: Julot Bandit / WAD Magazine

Kanye “Cannes” Do Film, Too, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories


Kanye’s at Cannes (Kim Kardashian in tow, naturally), and he’s not going to let the film set steal the limelight. Therapper-slash-designer is debuting his own movie (which he wrote, produced, and directed), entitled Cruel Summer, tonight at Le Palm Beach Casino. The film, described as “unlike anything West has ever attempted before,” stars comedian Aziz Ansari and Lebanese actress Razane Jammal. [Page Six]

Is there another baby Bündchen on the way? Rumors are circulating that the Brazilian beauty and her husband, Tom Brady, are expecting their second child, after various news outlets have reported that the supermodel told Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, who dressed Bündchen for the Met gala, that she was two months along so he could adjust the dress accordingly. If you ask us, there doesn’t seem to be any bump in sight, but then again, she’s Gisele. Stranger things have happened. [Telegraph]

The partnership between Marc Jacobs and Yayoi Kusama first started when the Japanese artist painted her defining dot motif on the Louis Vuitton Ellipse bag in 2006, and now, six years later, Kusama’s dots are going to be on LV goods worldwide. The duo is set to launch a line of clothes and accessories on July 10, just two days before a Kusama retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum in New York. [WWD]

At last, a first look at the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby,starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio. Look out for flapper dresses and vintage clothing (many of the dresses are from Ashley Olsen’s personal collection) as well as music by Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Jack White. Oh yeah, and the chemistry between Mulligan and DiCaprio. [Grazia Daily]

Georgia May Jagger, a material girl? Madonna and her daughter Lourdes say yes. Taking over for Kelly Osbourne, the 20-year-old gapped-tooth model has been tapped as the new face of Madonna’s Material Girl fashion line, making her debut in the upcoming back-to-school campaign. [WWD]




Photo: Alfonso Catalano


Babyoncé Arrives (Maybe), Remembering Herb Ritts, A Roundup Of The New Spring Campaigns, And More…


Has the new Beyoncé/Jay-Z collaboration finally dropped? The rumor mill (and, naturally, the British tabloid press) is buzzing that Beyoncé may have gone into labor, and may have given birth to a daughter whose name may be Tiana-May Carter. No official word yet from mom and pop. [Observer]

Nowness takes a look back through the career of legendary fashion photog Herb Ritts, unearthing a few choice unseen photos and reminiscences from his famous collaborators, including Cindy Crawford (left), Naomi Campbell, and Richard Gere. “All of us experienced pain with Herb, but the pain was worth it,” Campbell said. “You want one of those photographs in your lifetime of modeling.” [Nowness]

Speaking of fashion photographers, the world may have just gotten a new one: Critically lauded contemporary lensman Jack Pierson, who has just shot the new Bottega Veneta Spring campaign with Karmen Pedaru. [WWD]

And speaking of campaigns, here are all the latest from Spring. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Herb Ritts /