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August 2 2014

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13 posts tagged "Tavi Gevinson"

Chic In The Twenty-First Century

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Around the Style.com offices and among most fashion circles, being described as “chic” might be the ultimate compliment. But what does the term really mean these days? As part of the Met’s ongoing “Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic” discussion series, 16-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson (pictured, left) and 90-year-old style icon Iris Apfel (pictured, right) took a stab at defining it in their own terms yesterday afternoon. The word itself was used sparsely during the hour-long conversation, which was moderated by New York writer Judith Thurman. Instead the teen wunderkind blogger and the self-described “geriatric starlet” approached the concept by offering their thoughts on personal style, fashion as performance art, and fashion’s evolving concept of beauty.

Step number one to becoming fashion’s latest pop star: “It’s important not to give a damn about what anyone else thinks,” offered Apfel. “Personal style is something you have to evolve for yourself, and trying to find out who you are is like putting yourself on a psychiatric couch.” And sometimes, as Gevinson pointed out, fashion is about creating a persona because you don’t always want to be yourself. “It’s true, good fashion is good performance art,” said Apfel. And oftentimes, those characters they assume aren’t about being aesthetically pleasing. “Sometimes, I don’t care about being attractive,” said Gevinson, referring to the Rei Kawakubo or the Alexander McQueen school of fashion, where the unconventional silhouettes aren’t often intended to make their wearers look beautiful in the standard sense of the word. To that point, Apfel disagreed: “The first object is that it’s practical. I see no sense to pay a fortune and end up looming like a freak,” she said. “Having bumps all over is not the loveliest look. I can look ugly on my own and it won’t cost me a penny.”

Both of them, with perhaps equally quirky styles of dressing, were eager to discuss alternative beauty and defining it for oneself. “I was probably the oldest living broad that was allowed to be the face of a cosmetic company [with MAC]. I think things are changing and there is an undercover revolution that will break out pretty soon,” said Apfel. “Why be stopped because of number?” At that, the audience showed its approval with a big round of applause. Although the two speakers have decades separating them, it was certainly a cry that Gevinson could understand from the opposite end of the age spectrum. At 16, she hasn’t let her young age stop her from catching the attention of some fashion’s highest powers. “Iris has been the subject of many exhibition and you are a little young for a retrospective just yet, but it appears you are certainly on your way,” said Thurman. “If you were asked to do a Costume Institute exhibit, what would it be?” Gevinson’s response: “I am a big fan of the blog Advanced Style and I would like to do something celebrating getting older—women are so upset about that these days.” For her part, Apfel was ready to sign on the dotted line. Is 90 the new 20?

Photo: Rookie Mag

Tavi Time

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“I was a choir kid for a long time; it’s a nice thing to know how to do,” Tavi Gevinson revealed to Style.com of her vocal talents, while on the Los Angeles set of Wren’s Fall ’12 video shoot. Directed by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Maximilla Lukacs, the film (featuring Wren’s footwear collaboration with Minnetonka) quickly became a reflection of Tavi’s own style evolution. “We went into the project with this new wave sixties vibe,” explained Wren designer Melissa Coker of the film’s retro aesthetic, styled and creative-directed by Lula editor Leith Clark. “And since Tavi has been going that way naturally with her own style, she immediately came to mind.” Enter Tavi singing Dory Previn’s 1970 classic “Beware of Young Girls,” a pitch-perfect homage to an era that equally informs Coker’s Fall collection in print and silhouette. “The song’s about a young girl and it’s being performed by a young girl, but it has the weight and sophistication of an older soul,” says Coker.

The transformation came naturally. “My style used to be a lot about colors and prints on their own, outside of any cultural context, just looking at the colors and images and composing it all like a painting,” she said. And now, nearing her sweet 16, her choices convey more purpose. “Now, I’m more interested in the context of it, and for some reason the sixties style really appeals to me—the hairstyles and the makeup and the prints. I get excited to wear these clothes and have this hair and embody that world a little bit more.” And while Coker channels that winsome element that so keenly characterizes the Wren girl, Tavi is plum for the part. “I like trying to create some sort of character with every outfit that I put on.” Before the film screens at a private party in New York tonight, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the full film, below.

Photos: Todd Weaver

Tavi’s Tunes

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Fashion blogger and Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson has already proven that her talents extend beyond the fashion realm with her self-shot video, in which she sings Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You.” Last night, Gevinson once again showed off her vocal chops at the Standard East Village, where she and film director Jonah D. Ansell were screening their new film Cadaver (Gevinson stars in it, along with Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates). In the short, Gevinson sings Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold,” so it was only fitting that she sing it last night. Here, catch her live performance.

Photo: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

Pratt’s Back, An Hermès Wake-Up Call,
Sir Paul’s Paper, And More…

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The rumors are true: Sassy‘s on the way back. Or, at least, the modern version is, and it goes by the name JanePratt.com. WWD discovers that the editor (who helmed the late Jane as well as Sassy) is hard at work on a comeback effort with the help of Style Rookie blogger Tavi Gevinson. Details are still scant, but if the Sassy-loving masses queried are any indication, the project is a reboot the world has been waiting for. [WWD]

The rain and snow came down this morning in New York, but a little inclement weather was no deterrent to the masses queuing up for Hermès’ sample sale: According to Racked’s minute-by-minute live blog, the line started forming at the reasonable hour of 4:30 a.m. [Racked]

Want to travel the world with Sir Paul Smith? Here’s your chance: The designer has added to his long list of brand extensions with wallpaper, in a map motif created from letters and postcards from his global journeyings. [T]

And the oracle speaketh (again): Anna Dello Russo took to her blog to dispense commandments of closet-cleaning. “In front of a dress to KILL or to KEEP, ask yourself: future generations’ll want to see it?” If you’ve worn it, Anna, they will. [Huffington Post]

Thirty-Five Years Of Gaultier, Tavi Gets Sassy, Spurring On Tommy, And More…

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Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest designer to get the retrospective treatment: A career-long show of his work (a Spring ’09 couture look is at left) will debut in Montreal in June, before traveling to Dallas and San Francisco. It’ll be broken out by themes—including the tantalizing “Eurotrash/X-Rated”—and be accompanied by a catalog with contributions from Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Cardin, and even Martin Margiela, who began his career under Gaultier. [WWD]

Blogger sensation and avowed Sassy fanatic—despite the fact that she wasn’t actually around for it—Tavi Gevinson announced on her blog this weekend that she and Sassy founder Jane Pratt will be launching a magazine (not “Sassy (or the rebirth of Sassy, or Sassy 2.0)”, she cautions) and are calling for submissions. [Style Rookie]

Poor Brooklyn Law School students: Here they were, studying quietly in the library, and then they had to look at some undressed Diesel underwear models. [Racked]

After a successful few seasons having Peter Som consult on his womenswear line, Tommy Hilfiger is bringing in help for the men’s, too: Swarovski Award-nominee Simon Spurr will work on the Hilfiger label’s upcoming men’s collection. [WWD]

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / ImaxTree