14 posts tagged "Jourdan Dunn"
Before you read any further, it’s important to note that you will never look like Rihanna. It’s just not going to happen. But thanks to British high street retailer River Island, you can now dress like Rihanna. Last night in London, the superstar presented her Spring ’13 Rihanna for River Island collection, which she co-designed with Adam Selman; some of the looks that are about to fly straight off shelves included doubled-up baggy jeans, overall-shaped maxi dresses, narrow skirts slit to the thigh, and a wide array of crop tops, gossamer blouses, and T-shirt dresses. It was all a bit nineties grunge with a hip-hop twist, which is to say, the collection did a pretty nice job of capturing Riri’s house style. The clothes will be sold by Opening Ceremony in the United States.
Naturally, this wasn’t your typical London fashion week presentation: There was no catwalk, the models appeared on a giant scaffolding-like structure, and about a million people were there, including Cara Delevingne and her pal Jourdan Dunn, who will be starring in the Rihanna for River Island campaign. You could see both of them jamming to the A$AP Rocky tune that soundtracked much of the show. As the last look appeared, so did Rihanna, who graciously shared the designers’ bow with her collaborator, Selman. She looked positively breathtaking in person. And no matter what you do, you will never, never look like her.
“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.
This summer’s athletic champions may have left London in August, but the city’s Olympic hangover lives on. Case in point, last night’s 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which, held in association with Burberry, bestowed the Beyond Theatre honor upon Danny Boyle for his eccentric opening ceremony extravaganza. Naturally, anyone who can convince the queen to parachute with James Bond and seamlessly assemble a show with Paul McCartney, somersaulting NHS patients, and an inflatable Lord Voldemort is deserving of recognition. Team Great Britain gold medalist Victoria Pendleton handed the director his award at the Savoy Theatre. But she wasn’t the only one keeping with the theme. Burberry favorite Jourdan Dunn, on hand to celebrate along with BFF Cara Delevingne, Mario Testino, and more, was a vision in (Olympic) gold. And though she’s second place to no one, Dame Judi Dench picked up her Golden Seagull award—for contributions to global theater—in silver.
Devoted model obsessives pore over the casting for shows like Balenciaga, Prada, and Calvin Klein. But while most models are indeed thrilled to book high-fashion shows, many say the one they most dream of is the annual Victoria’s Secret lingerie spectacular. At last night’s epic show, there were plenty of Angels we’ve already come to know and love including Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, and Candice Swanepoel. But there were also 11 new girls, most very recognizable as European catwalk veterans. This year’s rookies included: Style.com/Print cover star Cara Delevingne and her fellow Brit Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Frida Gustavsson (left), Shu Pei Qin, Barbara Palvin, Jasmine Tookes, and Jessica Hart. We’ve got our favorite newcomer. How about you?
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. Style.com 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.