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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KHLOE KARDASHIAN HATES THE TERM 'PLUS SIZE'

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Damn. Khloe Kardashian. Photo: Courtesy

Damn. Khloe Kardashian. 

On Tuesday evening, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede launched their new curve-conscious denim line Good American with a decidedly body-positive event at the Grove in Los Angeles.

The line, available exclusively on the brand's website and at Nordstrom, is available in sizes 0-24 in three styles that aim “to flatter and enhance various body types.” In this egalitarian vein — and, well, true to the Kardashian model — the brand took to social media in June to put out a call for girls to appear in its #Goodsquad campaign alongside Khloe. Twenty-three girls were selected, and in addition to representing a variety of sizes, shapes and ethnicities, they all have different backgrounds and stories that are shared on Good American's website.

When Kardashian and Grede (with some help from one Kris Kardashian Jenner — yes that's what she's going by now, apparently) debuted the line on a selection of the #Goodsquad girls at the show, it felt very “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” While it is clearly more “stretch” than it is magic, the denim really does work on a variety of heights and body shapes, from curvy to curvier (there wasn't a traditional model shape in sight).

Kardashian and Grede talked to Fashionista about why we need to get rid of the term "plus-size," how they are hoping to spark a denim revolution, and why we should trust Kylie Jenner.

The #Goodsquad. Photo: Courtesy
The #Goodsquad. Photo: Courtesy

As a shorter girl with a decent-sized backside, I feel like finding jeans that fit is a personal issue for me. Did you launch Good American because denim was a personal issue for you?

Kardashian: Swimwear and denim are the two most frustrating things to shop for. I feel like that's why people stick to the brands they know—once they've tried something on, it's too frustrating to try on new stuff. Emma and I were both huge fans of buying stuff online. You would order it, it comes to your house, and you can try it on in the comfort of your own home in regular mirrors with real lighting—no skinny mirrors or fake employees telling you that you look great.

Grede: [With the website] we've souped the [online shopping] experience up quite a bit. We've made a fab site, and styled things on three different models, a shorter girl who's a little curvy, or a really curvy girl.

Emma, you brought up a "really curvy girl." I know that you guys don't like the "plus-size" label.

Kardashian: I hate the term 'plus-size.' I just think it's so unfair. When did standard sizing become 0-12 or 0-10? We just want to break down those barriers and have standard sizing be 0-24. Period.

Grede: It's kind of crazy because in a traditional department store, you really can't find premium denim above a size 10. But all the research says that the average size of a woman in this country is a size 16. So something is not quite adding up. We were saying to each other, who decides the sizing? And then we said, oh it’s us! We get to decide the sizing. We’re just going to make [denim] for as many people as we can.

From the #AerieREAL campaigns to Ashley Graham's Sports Illustrated cover to the rise of curve models generally, this has been such a hot area in media lately. Were you responding to this cultural zeitgeist, the need to dress the average woman, or both?

Kardashian: We've been working on this for over a year now. We didn't just want to do a designer denim line in a vaster size range, but we wanted it to be cool. A lot of people who do offer the broader size range may not do cool, trendy looks. Timing is everything, so I think it's just really good timing on our end that all these great things are happening and we're launching now. Hopefully that's the way of the future. I don't want this to be a trend. I want this to be the way [designers] start acting and hopefully they'll start implementing what we're doing into their design elements.

Grede: It should really be a behavioral change. Our line is a response to popular culture. Things have really shifted—certainly in the media. You would hope fashion would be a bit quicker to respond to those trends. The girls I admire, be they Beyoncé or Serena Williams, have a curvier figure. In the fashion industry, they've always admired this sort of straight up and down figure. But popular culture has shifted, so of course our idea of a brand for today's girl would follow that. Khloe's right, timing is everything and I definitely think we have killed it on timing.

Kris Kardashian Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede. Photo: Courtesy
Kris Kardashian Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede.

Obviously, Khloe, you have a few famous sisters. Have they responded to the line at all?

Kardashian: Kourtney has tried them on. Kim and Kendall haven't gotten theirs yet, but they're coming today. And I have told them, don't BS me. We are brand new, I want notes.

Kylie and I had a little photo shoot at her house yesterday. The denim came in earlier that day and she Snapchatted them and when she tried them on, she said, 'I actually love these!' I was like, 'actually?' But then she even changed into a different pair of our denim and wore them out with her boyfriend later. That made me happier because she was wearing them when I wasn't around. And you can't force a 19-year-old to do anything. Especially not Kylie Jenner. 

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