WOULD YOU BOOK A FASHION EXPERIENCE WITH AIRBNB?

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Airbnb trip to Tokyo. Photo: Airbnb

Airbnb trip to Tokyo. 

Welcome to our column, "Hey, Quick Question," where we investigate seemingly random happenings in the fashion industry. Enjoy!

Fashion people *love* to travel. The more Instagram-worthy the landmarks and interiors, the better. One of the most FOMO-inducing spots last summer involved a highly branded house in the Hamptons rented by a buzzy online retailer. So when Airbnb launched its newest "people-powered platform," called Trips, last week, naturally the fashion-focused experiences that you can book involve shopping (so much shopping) and designer studio visits with local experts.

A few have already sparked our inner wanderlust: You can live like a kawaiiqueen (!) in Tokyo for three days with Ai, the president of a lolita fashion community, who will take you shopping in Harajuki for the perfect kawaii-friendly outfit, which you'll then show off at a tea party. 

Airbnb Trip to Paris. Photo: Airbnb

Airbnb Trip to Paris. 

There's also experiencing "high glamour" in London through the eyes of a burlesque dancer pro with lessons (obvs), corset shopping and DIY nipple tassels that will put mom's collection of souvenir refrigerator magnets to shame. In Miami, an emerging fashion city, you can link up with an influencer for drinks and retail therapy in the Design District and Wynwood. Plus, you'll likely come up with plenty of hashtag-adorned content (#ShopLikeRia, specifically) along the way.

Though we've moved on from fashion's obsession with French girls, it doesn't hurt to get a few shopping and style tips on a "Beautiful Stylings" in Paris, and if you would prefer to go the Parisian Dandy route in the French capital, there's that option, too.

Airbnb trip in Seoul. Photo: Airbnb

Airbnb trip in Seoul. 

In South Africa, you can book "Local Threads" for two days and meet, shop and celebrate the region's local designers and makers. Or if you find yourself in Korea's Seoul, you can visit the office of StyleShare, a social network app for fashion, and meet the co-founder and marketing director Chaeyeon, who will tell you all about the sharing app and her career. Okay, that kind of sounds like torture (It's vacation!). But the end of this "StyleSharer" trip involves shopping and stopping at Seoul's trendiest photo-friendly spots, which sounds way more appealing because Instagram pics or it NEVER HAPPENED.

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CHLOE CELEBRATES EFFORTLESS STYLE FOR SPRING 2017

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Chloe Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in pleated maxi dress with rope straps
Chloe Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in pleated maxi dress with rope straps

For Chloe’s spring-summer 2017 collection, creative director Clare Waight Kellerfocused on a breezy outing full of languid silhouettes. The runway show had a nautical twist with rope style straps, sailor-esque pants and stripes. A color palette of white, black, red and variations on blue also brought effortless vibes. For separates, the Chloe woman can wear relaxed blazers, wide-legged trousers or oversized tops. Dresses come in feminine variations ranging from maxi dresses with micro pleating or vintage florals with patchwork details. Finishing the look are low-heeled sandals with winding straps and miniature bag styles.

Chloe Spring 2017: Binx Walton walks the runway in striped culotte jumpsuit
Chloe Spring 2017: Binx Walton walks the runway in striped culotte jumpsuit
Chloe Spring 2017: Edie Campbell walks the runway in patchwork floral print overalls
Chloe Spring 2017: Edie Campbell walks the runway in patchwork
Chloe Spring 2017: Julia Hafstrom walks the runway in ruffled minidress with micropleating
Chloe Spring 2017: Julia Hafstrom walks the runway in ruffled minidress with micropleating

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KENDALL JENNER AND GIGI HADID ARE REALLY, ACTUALLY UNRECOGNIZABLE ON 'W''S 10TH ANNIVERSARY ART ISSUE

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So often (too often?), publications promise that you've never, ever seen [insert famous person here] like this before, or that [tk famous person] is "unrecognizable." Usually that means someone got a make-under, or got a less-than-dramatic haircut. (Or bangs! Oooooh.)

But for W Magazine's 10th anniversary art issue, we feel confident telling you that you've never seen Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid like this before — mostly because they've been transformed by artists Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch. For the editorial, titled "Placebo Pets," the supermodel duo have their faces warped in various ways, as "Snapchat animal filters come to life," according toW. 

Jenner and Hadid look more like their usual selves in the accompanying video, where Jenner serves up her own interpretation of four iconic performance artists' work. It's actually pretty funny and tongue-in-cheek, with Jenner saying she's come up with an idea for her own art project called "the selfie" — a nice wink to "Selfie," the book/long-term art project by sister Kim Kardashian (who herself starred naked on W Magazine's Art Issue in 2017).

Bonus: These outtakes, which are actually pretty adorable. It's almost enough to make us forget that we've seen Jenner and Hadid on approximately one million magazine covers in 2017 alone — almost.

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PHOTOGRAPHER MARIANO VIVANCO ON HIS NEW BOOK ‘PORTRAITS NUDES FLOWERS’

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Sara Sampaio in 'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco

Sara Sampaio in ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

Photographer Mariano Vivanco is launching his first retrospective book with the 224-paged ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’. With over fifteen years of shooting under his belt, Vivanco features some of fashion’s most famous faces in it–from celebrities like Rihannaand Lady Gaga to supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Irina Shayk. Vivanco even showcases his passion for capturing flowers with vivid images of colorful blooms. We recently got a chance to catch up with the photographer for an interview where he discusses the new book, how social media influenced the title and more.


Social media is something I think about consciously and continuously. Social media has made photography, all genres of it, more immediate and accessible. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Irina Shayk in 'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco
Irina Shayk in ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

What is your goal for a shoot from the time you get on set?
To create good images that people like and remember.  Also on the day, to make sure everyone walks out feeling good.

How did you choose which pictures to go into the book?
It was a two year process of editing and re-editing all of my work to find what best represents me now.

Naomi Campbell in 'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco
Naomi Campbell in ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

You are known for your work in fashion, but with this book you show off your passion for shooting flowers. What is it about flowers that appeal to you?
Flowers are the purest form of beauty. They never seize to inspire me. I began shooting flowers when I was a student in Melbourne, Australia, and I have recently rekindled my passion for photographing them.

Mariano Vivanco and Sara Sampaio at Portraits Nudes Flowers exhibit in New York
Mariano Vivanco and Sara Sampaio at Portraits Nudes Flowers exhibit in New York

You have multiple books now. How is the the experience working on ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ different this time around from your first?
Portraits Nudes Flowers is my first retrospective book. It is a collection of fifteen years of work, and I wanted to document that.

You have shot a lot of famous faces through the years, is there anyone who you haven’t worked with who you would like to shoot?
I would have loved to photograph Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra. I’m very inspired by these women. I would love to photograph Cate Blanchett one day. She is one of my favorite actresses.

Monica Bellucci in 'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco
Monica Bellucci in ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

What do you hope people take away from the book?
A feeling of well-being, aspiration, and happiness.

You have been a globetrotter since a young age. Where are your favorite places to visit?
Anywhere I can go with my family and disconnect.  The trend has been that every year we go to Perú or New Zealand, where parts of my immediate family live.

'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco
‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

Your social media presence is strong and you are active on all the major networks. Do you think social media has changed fashion photography in any way? If so, how?
I think that everything is linked. The reason I called the book Portraits Nudes Flowers without “and” or commas is to facilitate the hashtag #portraitsnudesflowers. Social media is something I think about consciously and continuously. Social media has made photography, all genres of it, more immediate and accessible. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In the new book, you will find a conversation about social media between me and author Janet Mock.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Having my parents come to my latest show in NYC, where I exhibited works from Portraits Nudes Flowers.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in 'Portraits Nudes Flowers' by Mariano Vivanco
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in ‘Portraits Nudes Flowers’ by Mariano Vivanco

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VICTORIA BECKHAM IS THE LATEST DESIGNER TO COLLABORATE WITH TARGET

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Victoria Beckham. Photo: Courtesy of Target
Victoria Beckham.

Target's long-running legacy of designer collaborations consistently generate a good amount of anticipation and, in some instances, even chaotic frenzy. Though it's been a while since a Target collaboration has inspired that kind of fervor, we expect the next one will, since it's going to be with Victoria Beckham.

The forthcoming spring collaboration will source inspiration primarily from the designer's Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, which Beckham describes in an interview with Business of Fashion as "quite girlie, fun, happy," and offer selections in the categories of apparel and accessories for women, girls, toddler and baby, marking her first foray into childrenswear. "Working with Target has been a really exciting process, and this partnership allows us to share the essence of Victoria, Victoria Beckham with more people than ever before," said Beckham via press release. "I was inspired to create the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line when I was pregnant with Harper, and since its launch, the category has evolved into an established lifestyle collection. I felt it was the perfect time to extend into a more accessible price point."

The designer first expressed her desire to do a mass collaboration during a 2015 talk with Fern Mallis: "I really want to make women feel great and feel empowered, even if they can't pay — I still want to reach that customer," she said. The price point ranges from $6 to $70 (most items clock in at under $40) and will feature easy-to-wear dresses, rompers and separates for women in sizes XS to 3X.

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CATHERINE MCNEIL WEARS ENCHANTING EYE MAKEUP LOOKS FOR VOGUE JAPAN

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Catherine McNeil stars in Vogue Japan's November issue
Catherine McNeil stars in Vogue Japan’s November issue

Top model Catherine McNeil showcases unconventional makeup looks in the November 2016 issue of Vogue Japan. The Australian beauty poses for David Dunan; a fresh vision with multi-color eyeshadow, painted eyebrows and lacquered lip color courtesy of makeup artist Maki Ryoke. Hairstylist Peter Gray pairs the eye-catching looks with mussed waves. Catherine’s wardrobe includes understated tops and dresses from the likes of Miu Miu, Dior and Simone Rocha styled by Celestine Cooney.

The model poses in eye-catching makeup looks
The model poses in eye-catching makeup looks
Catherine McNeil wears her hair in finger waves with multi-color eyeshadow
Catherine McNeil wears her hair in finger waves with multi-color eyeshadow
Catherine McNeil wears purple eyeshadow with eyebrows painted red and Dior top
Catherine McNeil wears purple eyeshadow with eyebrows painted red and Dior top
Model Catherine McNeil wears glossy dark red lip color
Model Catherine McNeil wears glossy dark red lip color
Catherine McNeil models blue eye makeup with black shirt and argyle sweater vest from Miu Miu
Catherine McNeil models blue eye makeup with black shirt and argyle sweater vest from Miu Miu

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