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August 27 2014

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Tom Ford Challenges Nicolas Ghesquière and Hedi Slimane, Drake Delivers His Belated VMA Acceptance Speech, and More of the News You Missed Today

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The best Ice Bucket Challenge yet…
We’ve mostly been refraining from covering the Ice Bucket Challenge, but this is too good to resist: Tom Ford has nominated Nicolas Ghesquière and Hedi Slimane to be next to dump cold water over their heads. We await their response. [@TomFord]

Burning Man won’t dance in the rain…
Burning Man, the annual festival for “community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance,” has been postponed due to bad weather. Originally intended to begin yesterday, event organizers have asked “burners” to reschedule their travel plans and remain in bordering towns until told otherwise. [Rolling Stone]

Swatch watches get smart…
Swatch, the brand that initially pegged smart watches as “novelties,” has announced it’ll be adding fitness features to its 2015 line of Touch digital watches. The fitness-enabled smartwatch is Swatch’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Nike Fuelband. [The Wall Street Journal]

America’s Next Top (Role) Model…
Handpicked by Tyra Banks herself, America’s Next Top Model contestant Chantelle Brown-Young is determined to prove she’s got what it takes to become the first supermodel with vitiligo. Diagnosed at age 4, the Canadian-born beauty has overcome schoolyard bullies and teenage insecurities and now counts herself as a role model for people with the skin disease. [Cosmopolitan]

Drake tricked us all…
Since he missed this year’s MTV Video Music Awards due to tour commitments, Drake decided his Mansfield, Massachusetts, show would be the appropriate location to deliver his award acceptance speech. After thanking God and his mother, the artist addressed the technicalities of the hip-hop genre: “I know this is a hip-hop award, and I know a lot of you out there are frustrated, like, ‘This is not a hip-hop song.’ And you know what? You’re right—I tricked you all.” Well, at least he’s honest. [MTV]

Revisit A Decade of House of Style Memories, And More of Today’s Top Stories

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House of Style is coming back to MTV—naturally, this time around online and on social media. But for those of us old enough to remember the dearly departed original, nothing compares. Luckily, MTV thought of that, too: The channel has put a collection of the best moments from the original 1989-1999 series on a dedicated section of its site, so you can see Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1989 dance single, Winona Ryder discuss French style, and a young Graydon Carter sound off about Spy. Above, a photo from the show’s archives of Cindy Crawford interviewing Linda Evangelista in 1990. [MTV]

Supermodel TV stars of days gone by (that’s Cindy, Rebecca, and Molly of House of Style), meet the supermodel TV stars of today. Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha will be the judges of Oxygen Network’s forthcoming model-search reality show The Face. [Oh So Coco]

Stella McCartney’s “Little Miss Stella” character, who made her first appearance on the designer’s invitations for her Spring 2007 show, is back again, and this time she’s the star. McCartney has turned to the children’s character as inspiration for her new seven-piece kids capsule collection of T-shirts, jumpers, and more, available in Stella stores and online at the end of August. [Telegraph]

EBay is making moves in the fashion industry. The online marketplace has just been named the new multi-season sponsor of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward initiative. The project was designed to aid emerging British designers in developing their businesses in London. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy of MTV

DJ Chelsea Leyland Spins For Fashion, But It’s The Artists Who Really Dance

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“I don’t really feel like I am a nightlife person, actually,” Chelsea Leyland says. Could’ve fooled us—the English transplant is one of the most-requested DJs on the fashion scene, spinning at everything from Valentino’s Fashion Night Out Charity Poker Tournament to Paper magazine’s annual Beautiful People bash in March. “I had hardly been deejaying for very long and then all of a sudden I was opening for Duran Duran,” she says of the Paper party. “Yeah, that was pretty cool.” Not bad for a girl who counts last year’s FNO as her DJ debut.

It can feel like Leyland is everywhere at the moment, and the DJ herself has a pretty good idea why. “Everyone loves girl DJs right now,” she says. (She’s candid enough to acknowledge that spinning skills alone aren’t enough. “With Valentino, they are hiring me not just to be the DJ but wear the clothes and be a face,” she says. “In fashion, they want to see someone looking the part.”)

You can expect to see even more of Leyland soon; she revealed to Style.com that she’s in the midst of filming a documentary with MTV, out this fall, about the lives and careers of three girl DJs. Here, Leyland tells Style.com more about the project, why she’s not in the Gaga fan camp, and the fashion endeavors she has yet to live out.

So, you’re about to be an MTV star?
They were making a documentary and they wanted to do it on three female DJs, each representing something different. The other two are DJ Diamond Kuts, who is a really cute DJ from Philly who is very technically skilled, and DJ Jessica Who?—she does these big clubs in Miami, and I am the fashion DJ. We are all so totally different.

How do you feel about being branded the “fashion” DJ?
Well, I don’t like the whole club scene, it’s not my thing…Musically, with fashion, you can be a little more adventurous. They always want to be educated and they want to hear obscure things, like old English things that are wacky. I don’t like Top 40, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj things. There is something civilized about fashion and art. I actually prefer art events. They are so kooky and really know how to have fun. Everyone is less concerned with what they are wearing and they will let loose. Artists aren’t too cool to dance.

People have been saying recently that a certain fun factor is missing from the New York party scene—even The New York Times recently piled on. Do you agree?
Yes, I feel like New York is lacking a certain coolness in nightlife. Everyone is so worried about being cool that it has lost its authentic coolness—it’s not organic anymore. It’s not about the place, it’s got to be about the vibe. I would have loved to be here back in the day—the Andy Warhol times. I think I’m in the wrong generation. London nightlife is so cool and refreshing because it’s based around music. You go out with friends to see a singer, or a band, and it’s a very cool scene. Continue Reading “DJ Chelsea Leyland Spins For Fashion, But It’s The Artists Who Really Dance” »

Couture For The Cable Set?

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The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the kickiest and most slaphappy shows of the red-carpet calendar. This is the event, after all, where Kanye famously stormed the stage, where Eminem got a faceful (a scripted faceful, but a faceful all the same) of Brüno’s behind. The dress code, accordingly, tends to be on the slightly less sophisticated end.

Not last night. Maybe it was the presence of Lady Gaga—who, by the way, took home multiple awards, accepted in multiple over-the-top outfits—but starlets stepped up their game. Before the night was through, Gaga had tried a cascading Alexander McQueen gown (complete with Spring 2010 armadillo-esque heels) and a custom, lavishly tiered Giorgio Armani collaboration. But she was matched by a few strong, stylish types who raised the VMA stakes. There were not one but two Fall ’10 Givenchy Haute Couture gowns to grace the carpet last night: British singer Florence Welch (lately a fan of Willow for such events) wore Riccardo Tisci’s gorgeous, golden lace-encrusted gown to great effect. And Tisci’s pal Ciara chose the ombré feathered stunner worn by house favorite Malgosia Bela at the couture presentation. The two are all we want to talk about from the show—and since the ceremony was one that featured a comedy sketch starring LiLo and a détente (of sorts) between Kanye and Taylor Swift, that’s saying something.

What do you think? Who was the evening’s best-dressed star?

Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks Photo

CPP On The MTV Video Music Awards

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