15 June 2010
Trend Report: Island-Inspired Style Play like you’re on vacation in spring’s palm-tree gems and postcard prints
Maison Martin Margiela, spring 2010
Sequined dress, Ashish, $1,400, visit net-a-porter.com
Printed satin dress, Prada, $2,250, visit prada.com
White and yellow diamond earrings set in white gold, Van Cleef & Arpels, price upon request, visit vancleef-arpels.com
Open-toe leather boot, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, price upon request, visit giuseppe-zanotti-design.com
Nylon shoulder bag, Kipling, $88, visit kipling-usa.com
Trend Report: Western Wear Designers stamped their brands with sexy fringe, studs, suede, and Navajo accessories
Suede shirt with leather and denim details, D&G, $1,595, visit yoox.com
Handmade beaded deerskin bag, Cactus Mountain, $349, visit cactusmountain.com
Fringe-trim nylon and spandex bikini top, Tyler Rose Swimwear, $86, visit shopbop.com
Beaded suede bag, Trussardi 1911, $1,785, visit trussardi1911.com
White and yellow diamond pin set in white and yellow gold with cultured pearls and onyx, Van Cleef & Arpels, price upon request, call 877-VAN-CLEEF
Beaded flat sandal, Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain, $2,300, visit balmain.com
12 June 2010
ELLE’s July cover girl on her new look and her new man
On her new beau: “I have a boyfriend. I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family.”
On turning her dream of popstardom into reality: “If I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this. I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying ‘I’m so tired—this is so much.’ Then I thought, What the fuck? You asked for this—you prayed to God to tour like Madonna.”
On designers she admires: “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci—that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.”
On the past year: “A year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend. All of a sudden, one night changed our whole lives—not only our friendship, but our lives. I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over him—it was either-or. I just didn’t want to feel the pain, the confusion.”
Summer Fashion Trends
Bold blocks of color were a recurring theme in many collections including Gucci, Marni and Celine. In both day and evening wear, it’s an easy way to make a strong statement.
Tribal or ethnic prints and embellishments are a great look for summer. Whether they’re worn head to toe, or mixed with a pair of jeans, items like these from DVF are a must-have.
Jade green was a very popular color seen in many collections this year including Gucci. This might be the color of summer.
Fringe is in, ladies! High-impact evening wear from Alberta Ferretti and Jil Sander illustrates the idea in dramatic fashion, but it can also be incorporated in smaller ways through scarves and other accessories.
Dots are back! But the twist this summer is that they are being used more as embellishment than focal point. Mix them in with a scarf, belt or shoes or in more creative ways like these looks from the House of Holland Show.
The very idea of sheer clothing can conjure up some graphic images for most women. But sheer doesn’t have to mean a peep show anymore. Experiment with layers and even outerwear like this piece from Marni.
07 June 2010
Trend Report: Rastafarian Clothing
Stir it up with Irie wear in the colors of the Jamaican flag
Viscose-blend T-shirt, Volcom, $36, visit volcom.com
Nylon and spandex bikini, Roxy, $82, visit roxy.com
Cotton sweater, Blumarine, $435, visit blumarine.com
Nylon and spandex bikini bottom, Roxy, $46, visit roxy.com
Wool and cotton shorts, Bernhard Willhelm, $715, visit yoox.com
Diamond watch on rubber strap, Lucien Pellat-Finet designed by Jacob & Co., price upon request, visit lucienpellat-finet.com
Knit bag, Blumarine, $810, visit blumarine.com
ELLE’s June cover girl on relationships, privacy, and her critics.
Then again, extreme also describes the maelstrom into which Stewart and her costars, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, have been thrust. Not since the heyday of the Brat Pack in the 1980s has a constellation of teens incited such hysteria. “It’s a crazy anomaly, this teen-idol phenomenon. I can’t think of any like it since the Beatles,” says David Slade, director of Eclipse, the third installment in The Twilight Saga, which arrives in theaters at the end of this month. “We’d be [shooting] in a remote location, in the middle of a forest,” he continues, “and fans would be at the side of the road with flowers at five in the morning.” Twilight mania is such that even those who haven’t seen the films, in which Stewart plays Bella Swan, the all-too-human love interest to Edward Cullen’s blood-starved teenage vampire (Pattinson), know that “KStew” may or may not be dating “RPattz,” her consumptive-looking, bushy-browed costar.
Stewart arrives in the ornate lobby of California’s Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, a venue chosen for its proximity to a middle-class section of the San Fernando Valley where Stewart was raised, the only girl among a bevy of brothers. There’s Cameron, her biological brother, who is 24; Taylor, who is Stewart’s age and was adopted at age 13; and Miles and Obie, friends of Cameron’s “that we’ve like helped along the way,” she says. “I’ve always said I’ve had a bunch of brothers because we have a bunch of boys who are like family.” Cameron is a film grip; her parents, John and Jules, also work in the industry (Mom is a script supervisor, Dad a stage manager).
“It’s insane! Once somebody finds out, you have to get the hell out of wherever you are,” she says emphatically, attempting to convey the madness that has become her life. “People freak out. And the photographers, they’re vicious. They’re mean. They’re like thugs. I don’t even want to drive around by myself anymore. It’s fucking dangerous.” It’s a sweltering late-summer afternoon, and Stewart is dressed entirely in black, from her Joy Division T-shirt to the polish on her short nails—the usual teenage suit of armor. Her hair is also black, dyed and chopped into a retro-modern mullet to play Joan Jett in The Runaways, a film she has just finished shooting. As she talks, her words tumble out in knots; she edits herself, starts over, restates her (often wryly funny) point, so that many times it’s made through the accumulation of half-uttered phrases. She fiddles with the multiple silver rings (including one made from a spoon handle) on her skinny fingers. Throughout the interview, she bounces one knee.
Stewart, who turned 20 in April, has worked consistently for the past decade, often in independent films, but she admits the Twilight frenzy has taken her by surprise. “Somebody knocked on my hotel room door and asked for a light, then said that they were a big fan. I was like, ‘Do you really need me to light your cigarette? How do you know what room I’m in?’ ” She mourns the loss of her privacy. (“I can’t be by myself, and I like being by myself,” she says.) “Who wouldn’t who has a soul?” says Jodie Foster, who starred with an 11-year-old Stewart in Panic Room. “It’s a very different time from when I was growing up. We didn’t have those lenses that were 150 feet long, or maybe we had them, but there was still a real delineation between the public and the private.”
What’s mystifying to Stewart—and likely to anyone with either a shred of empathy or a tendency to clam up in public—is the looking- glass reality in which her manner, rather than eliciting sympathy or mere shrugs, has made her a figure of derision. “I think it’s funny that when I go onstage to accept an award, they think I’m nervous, uncomfortable, and awkward—and I am—but those are bad words for them,” Stewart says. She still frets about her MTV Movie Awards appearance last year, during which she fumbled her award, a carton of golden popcorn (then blurted, “I was just about as awkward as you thought I was going to be. Bye!”). “I fucking flung my award on the stage…and I was like, Everything I just said? Gone. Gone. I might as well have just erased it. And they were like, ‘I love how she goes up there and tries to be so serious. She is so pretentious. Why does she always try to sound so smart when she’s not smart?’ ”
The “they” and “them” to which Stewart refers, and to which she returns frequently in conversation, as though to linguistic worry stones, are tabloid journalists, bloggers, and online commentators. Later, I ask her to define this “they.” She gives me an isn’t-it-obvious look. “The people that write shit on the Internet…the professionals that talk bullshit on TV. Bullshit people.” It’s as if she’s internalized the critical voices of our tabloid culture, those whose primary aim is to tear down the idols they themselves have created. But she’s so young and full of promise, that as you watch her ape her detractors, you find yourself hoping she’ll survive the celebrity spin cycle.
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