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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


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]

EXCLUSIVE: Diesel’s Nicola Formichetti Dresses Bey, Jay, and Blue Ivy



“Finally, we can tell the world!” laughed Nicola Formichetti over the phone this morning. What’s the big news? That he and Diesel dressed Beyoncé, Jay Z, and a bevy of backup dancers for the just-launched On the Run tour, of course. “I haven’t done a tour since Gaga, and that was a couple of years ago, so this is really exciting. Beyoncé just brings it out there. She brings it to another level.”

It all began after Formichetti’s blowout debut runway show for Diesel, which marched down the catwalk in Venice last April. Queen Bey liked what she saw, and asked Formichetti to make her five custom Fall ’14-inspired ensembles for the Bonnie & Clyde-themed tour. But dressing Beyoncé, Formichetti admits, isn’t quite the same as costuming more sartorially eccentric stars like Mme. Gaga or his latest project, Brooke Candy. “With Beyoncé, we wanted to do something real,” explained the designer. “She’s a real woman, a real bombshell, and it was all about showcasing this strong, fierce woman. So we focused on her body, and used super-stretchy denim for [last night's] jumpsuit, which just makes her tits and her ass look even more amazing than they already do.” Indeed, the abovementioned jumpsuit, featuring frayed edges and chain and stud embellishments, does just that. A sketch of the look debuts exclusively here. According to Formichetti, the singer will rotate various Diesel ensembles throughout the four-month tour.

bey sketchFormichetti, who first worked with Bey when she costarred in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video back in 2010, said that she and her team were very hands-on. Before the intense week of final fittings, the pop star browsed through the collection with Formichetti and was particularly drawn to a denim, flame-embroidered jacket. “It was basically a direct copy of a piece from the archive, and she was like, ‘OMG! I wore something like this in the nineties for Destiny’s Child!’” he said. As for the musician’s epic style evolution, he offered, “I think she’s just refined her whole look. And I love that she can do both: She can be a cool street girl or a goddess and she’s still Beyoncé.”

Formichetti told us that working with Mrs. Carter was not only a personal coup, but a big moment for Diesel, too. “We’re up onstage next to Tom Ford, Givenchy, and Versace—they’re the other brands that worked on the show—and as a non-high-fashion brand, that’s very exciting. It shows that our work is at that level. Even Beyoncé, when she was picking out pieces she wanted from the Fall collection, was saying, ‘Diesel’s back!’ It was great,” recalled the designer, later hinting that more collaborations might be in his and Beyoncé’s future.

But it’s not just Bey, Jay, and their onstage crew that Formichetti is dressing—Blue Ivy is getting in on the action, too. “We’re making her a little bomber jacket with ‘Blue Ivy’ written on the back.” Apparently, it will match Mom’s Diesel Fall ’14 leather topper, which she had embroidered with the word Texas—her home state.

Photos: Courtesy Photo; Stevens Anazco

The Week in Look of the Day Winners Chosen by You: Americana Fashion, Fall’s Best New Sunglasses, Models-Off-Duty, and More


Look of the dayWhat was on editors’ minds this week? After celebrating Memorial Day (along with the rest of our U.S. readers), we paid tribute to the national holiday with our Look of the Day poll on Tuesday, rounding up our favorite girls rocking American flag motifs. In the end, you voted for Kate Bosworth wearing a stars-and-stripes tank top with cutoffs at Coachella, but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s bikini cover-up (those stems!) was a close runner-up. Now that sunny summer days have finally arrived, we mined the recent runways for some new sunglasses inspiration. Your top pick? Tom Ford’s visor-like shades, as seen on Kati Nescher backstage at the designer’s Fall ’14 show. Keeping our eyes on the streets, Thursday’s LOTD highlighted out models-off-duty (including Joan Smalls and winner Chanel Iman) wrapping shirts and jackets around their waists. And with Resort season ramping up next week, we used the opportunity to call out some of the coolest bomber jackets spotted in the new collections.

Click here for a slideshow of the looks that won your Look of the Day votes this week—and a few runners-up for good measure.

Narciso Rodriguez to Receive a Cooper-Hewitt Fashion Design Award


Narciso RodriguezFashion awards season is upon us. The CFDAs are fast approaching (on June 2, to be precise), and today it was announced that Narciso Rodriguez will receive the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt Fashion Design award, part of the National Design Awards, later this fall. (The ceremony will honor leaders in other areas of design as well, like architecture, interiors, product, and communications.) Behnaz Sarafpour won last year, and other previous honorees include Thom Browne, Rick Owens, and Tom Ford. “At this stage in my career, to be recognized with this award is really moving to me,” Rodriguez told WWD. “My work is my life and so much of my life has been my work.”

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Tom Ford Marries Richard Buckley


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The Telegraph reports that in an interview with Lady Kinvara Balfour last night, Tom Ford confirmed he has married longtime partner Richard Buckley. “We are married now, which is nice,” Ford said, flashing his wedding ring to a crowd gathered at the Regent Street Apple store in London. Details of the nuptials were scarce, but he did say the two were married in the States. Ford and Buckley have been together for twenty-seven years and live in London, where Ford designs his eponymous label. They welcomed their first child together in 2012, a boy named Alexander “Jack” John Buckley Ford.

—Emily Farra

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