André Leon Talley, described as a “fashion industry force,” has died at 73. The trailblazing creative genius was the rare Black editor at the top of an industry that was primarily white and infamous for being elitist. Continue reading “Legendary Fashion Editor André Leon Talley Dies At 73”
Popstar and LGBTQ ally Harry Styles threw expert shade Candace Owens’ way after she criticized his recent Vogue cover shoot.
Last month, the 26-year-old One Direction singer posed for the venerable fashion magazine in a Gucci jacket layered over a dress.
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The oh-so-conservative Ms. Owens was not impressed by the dress.
“There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Owens tweeted. “The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack.”
“Bring back manly men,” she hissed in closing.
Today, Styles posted a photo of himself wearing a light blue suit complete with fluffy shirt sleeves while eating a banana.
His caption was brilliant in its simplicity: “Bring back manly men.”
The post has received over 6.5 million ‘Likes’ in less than a day.
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Owens reportedly commented on Styles’ post but it, to be honest, was too hard for me to scroll through all the love sent his way in the comments. Pretending to be oblivious to his sarcasm, she wrote, “Thank God you agree.”
Unable to resist her ugly nature, though, she threw in another catty remark writing, “He looks great! He just doesn’t look masculine.”
In his Vogue cover interview, Styles shared his view of exploring the possibilities of fashion and referenced pop music royalty as his inspirations.
“The people that I looked up to in music—Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John—they’re such showmen,” he told Vogue. “As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”
Regarding the nasty tilt Owens clearly assigned to her conservative bent, it’s notable that Styles has been vocal about his support for all of his fans.
At several concerts in the past, he’s carried rainbow flags and declared his love for every fan: “If you are black, if you are white, if you are gay, if you are straight, if you are transgender – whoever you are, whoever you want to be, I support you and I love every single one of you.”
— leah saw n&h (@onlyhstyles_) November 6, 2017
— HSD (@hsdaily) June 16, 2018
— Jen Bailey Bergen • BLM • she/her (@tryjen) June 12, 2018
Some news items you might have missed:
• Summer Fashion: So, I don’t know if it’s a ‘thing’ but someone is apparently trying to make lace shorts for guys (above) a ‘thing’ this summer? #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm
• Washington Blade: In yet another attack by the Trump administration to enable legal discrimination against LGBTQ people, the Justice Department is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow religious-affiliated adoption agencies that receive tax-payer dollars to refuse child placement into LGBTQ homes.
• Out Music: 80s pop icon Limahl (“Neverending Story”, “Only For Love”, “Too Shy” with Kajagoogoo) returns with “Still in Love,” his first foray into the mainstream in over eight years. American Songwriter calls the new track “a soulful and sultry pop ode to the darker side of love, that recurrent backfire of amore, and finding oneself after being crushed by it.”
• Buzzfeed News: A police officer in Salem, Oregon, was caught on video warning a group of white supremacists to seek shelter before the police were planning to tear gas the area and avoid being arrested for violating a curfew so officers “don’t look like [they’re] playing favorites.”
• Newsweek: Donald Trump finally got his wall/fence. But instead of being a barrier on the U.S. southern border, it’s a barricade around the White House. I’m sure you can parse the irony on your own.
• The Advocate: Police fired bang shots at a queer bar owner in North Carolina after he’d set up a first aid station in his parking lot to treat peaceful protestors who had gotten injured.
RALEIGH POLICE JUST FIRED FLASH BANGS AND LESS LETHAL ROUNDS AT MEDICS, INCLUDING THE OWNER OF RUBY’S DELUXE, A QUEER BAR WHERE THE MEDICS WERE STATIONED. pic.twitter.com/sGckVjRC1e
— inside agitator ☭ (@bennykoval) June 1, 2020
Some news items you might have missed:
• The Courier: It’s rare for people in the UK to die of AIDS-related illnesses, with the National Health Service immediately placing those diagnosed with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. Ross Scott, of Kirkcaldy, found out he had HIV in early 2017 after he began to develop health problems. A week ago he was placed in hospice care and warned he didn’t have long to live. Just hours after sharing his story yesterday, Scott passed away at the age of 25.
• Bloomberg News: Vimeo Inc. defeated a lawsuit by a self-described “former homosexual” who accused the video hosting website of discrimination after it removed his videos promoting sexual orientation conversion efforts, according to a Wednesday ruling by the Southern District of New York.
• Boxers NYC: Celebrating the sports gay bar’s first ten years in business, Boxers NYC shares this behind-the-scenes look at the hunky bartenders posing for its free (while supplies last) 2020 calendar.
• NBC News: Just hours before the deadline to file new bills for the coming legislative session, seven Republican lawmakers in Florida filed anti-LGBTQ bills late Monday. If passed, the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.
• AP: Ken Jennings won the “Jeopardy!” greatest-of-all-time title (and $1 million) by going all in with his 32,800 points for the Final Jeopardy round. The clue: “This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Vergil’s shepherd poems the ‘Ecologues.'” And Jennings wrote the correct answer: “What is Arcadia?”
• Netflix: A new fashion competition series from the streaming giant that features designers teaming up to create visionary looks that work for everyone. The winner will receive a $250,000 prize and the opportunity to debut their collection with fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and designer Alexa Chung, all 10 episodes of Next In Fashion launch on Netflix January 29.
|Billy Porter (L) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert|
Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week to chat on his renowned red carpet looks, the power and politics of fashion, and his acclaimed FX series Pose.
Porter also took the time to give Colbert a little fashion ‘shug’ via designer accessories.
It’s a fun segment, but Porter does get to make some important points about how people view men’s and women’s fashion as political statements.
Remembering Hollywood legend Katherine Hepburn’s penchant for wearing pants back when women simply didn’t do that, it was viewed as “powerful.”
But as Billy says, a man flips the script, puts on a dress, and it’s called “disgusting.”
And why is that? Because men’s clothing is perceived as ‘strong’ while women’s fashion is seen as ‘weak?’
Good questions to think on.
Billy also noted that Jesus wore a dress. So there.
Long before folks were getting their fashion fix discovering new design talent on Project Runway, Americans were gaga over the disco-chic glamour of Halston.
The new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Dior & I), titled Halston, chronicles the rise of America’s first superstar fashion designer.
From a Midwest childhood in conservative Des Moines, Iowa, to landing a job as a hatmaker at the famed Bergdorf Goodman department store, to putting that famous pill box hat on former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s head, the film follows the life and times of Roy Halston Frowick as he became famous as simply ‘Halston.’
Using rare archival footage along with interviews with family, friends and famous clients like Liza Minnelli (“His clothes danced with you”), supermodel Iman, and Andy Warhol, Tcheng takes the audience behind-the-scenes as Halston struggles to find his artistic legacy amid the pressures of big business.
Halston’s meteoric rise during the celebrity disco culture of the 1970s was sadly followed by a just-as-quick fall from grace after the designer sold his brand to JC Penney for a rumored $1 billion. Apparently, the glam was gone when you could buy it at the local mall.
He would eventually pass away at the age of 57 in 1990 due to lung cancer related to HIV.
It is a fascinating story and the critics have raved about the film:
“A rollercoaster of fabulousness and folly” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Gripping…Thrilling stuff. A riveting ride.” – Variety
Halston gets the red carpet treatment at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on May 24 prior to a wider release.
Fashion brand Diesel is facing some backlash over a new limited edition clothing line that includes a pricey silk jacket with a homophobic slur printed all over it.
The jacket, which is part of the company’s ‘Diesel Hate Couture’ line, features the word ‘faggot’ printed multiple times in a random pattern.
The line includes several types of items like t-shirts, hoodies, bomber jackets, hats and more.
“The truth is this: the more you expose the hate you get, treating it with irony and irreverence, the less power it has to cause harm,” Diesel told Hypebeast last month. “This is why we are launching HAɄTE COUTURE. A unique collection designed to do just that: disempower hate.”
The concept behind the provocative clothing is to reclaim online hate using the slogan, ‘The more hate you wear, the less you care.’
Other terms used in the line include ‘slut,’ ‘fat,’ ‘weirdo,’ ‘not cool’ and ‘f*ck you imposter.’
While outrageous, none seem quite as inflammatory or hateful as the f-word.
“Online hate is inevitable, but caring about it is optional,” writes Diesel on the YouTube page for the ad spot below.
The video begins by explaining all of the terms used were picked by the cast members from actual hate comments they’ve received via social media.
You can see openly gay actor Tommy Dorfman (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why) wearing the controversial jacket, which sells for a whopping £350. The jacket appears to be available only on the brand’s UK website.
Also taking part in the video are Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Miles Heizer, Barbie Ferreira, Bella Thorne, Yoo Ah-In, Bria Vinaite, Yovanna Ventura and Jonathan Bellini.
“Our aim has always been to disempower those that create the hate and manifest negativity,” said Diesel in a statement to Mic last month. “Every individual cast within the campaign relates personally to the issue itself.”
“To bring awareness to the wider issue, each chose a phrase that they wanted to wear proudly with the goal of empowering others to take a stance,” the statement continued. “Together, Diesel and Tommy Dorfman use this as a platform to disempower the haters and show the more hate you wear, the less you care.”
Dorfman also tweeted: “All proceeds from this jacket are benefitting the Ali Forney Center in NY which provides shelter, food and programs to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.”
The items came online last month, but responses on social media has been coming in waves.
Some folks like the idea, but others call the idea “offensive” and “disgusting.”
No, @DIESEL. Wearing a derogatory word scrawled all over your back is not the way to combat hate £350 though. I mean, a bargain really. pic.twitter.com/EndIJNo2nA
— Andrew Hayden-Smith (@AndrewHaydSmith) October 12, 2018
What the flying fricken hell is this????? I have the strongest hate for this word and the way it’s thrown around like it’s nothing, and they’ve just gone and put it all over a jacket. It isn’t a positive word that should be plastered all over a jacket. Bold move diesel bold move.
— Char (@charbirtlesx) November 7, 2018
— NickHorbowyj (@NickHorbowyj) November 7, 2018
— Matt James East (@mattjeast_) November 7, 2018
This is disgusting from @DIESEL. Are offensive words fashion now? #homophobia this can’t be allowed pic.twitter.com/29Z6TnNJaU
— Danny (@r2danny2) November 7, 2018
To be honest, I’m with Diesel on this one. Ny taking ownership of a word you take away its power. I’m gay and faggot is my favourite word. It’s also used frequently within my circle of friends both gay and straight. I’d wear that jacket. https://t.co/Km8Qv9Tk4J
— Friends Call me Dom (@Duke_Silverback) November 8, 2018
We STAND with @Diesel and their FAGGOT jacket. And if you dont, you are a huge hypocrite. Also:
“All proceeds from this jacket are benefitting the @AliForneyCenter
In NY which provides shelter, food and programs to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. The majority are ppl of COLOUR &/or #HIV+ pic.twitter.com/p1eyBGdfg1
— Gay Male Journal (@Gaymalejournal) November 8, 2018
What do you think, readers? Is this like the LGBTQ community reclaiming the word ‘queer?’ Or is this just a bad idea?
Ok, I really like this. Who doesn’t love the original version of “I Want Your Love” by Chic?
But Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers collaborated on this updated take on the 1978 hit for Tom Ford’s new Spring/Summer 2016 collection with a video directed by Nick Knight. And I think the whole thing shows high style with great music production.
From Rolling Stone:
“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online,” Ford said in a statement.
“I have always loved Soul Train which used to be on TV in the Seventies; as it was as much about the clothes as the music, I asked Nile Rodgers to collaborate on a new version of one of his great hits from that time, ‘I Want Your Love,’ and worked with Gaga to record the vocals.
“I then staged a full show in Los Angeles and filmed it with Gaga on the runway.”
This past weekend, 80 year-old fashion designer Giorgio Armani got all stupid on his fellow gays for not fitting into heteronormative standards and dressing “homosexual:”
“A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual. When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme – to say, ‘Ah, you know I’m homosexual,’ – that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man…
“I don’t like muscle boy. Not too much gym. I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.”
Apparently, the world was rocked by the fact that President Obama appeared at a press conference in a tan suit. In fact, the tan suit gained it’s own hashtag (#tansuit) and Twitter handle.
Summer sartorial decisions are now dominating the news cycle?
Just a sample of tweets below:
Peter King said Obama "looked like he was on his way to a party in the Hamptons." Not without getting that tan suit tailored first, he's not— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 29, 2014
Would Twitter have simply imploded if Obama came out in a seersucker suit?
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) August 28, 2014
If you go to Jos. A. Bank and buy one of Obama’s tan suits, you can get three more for free
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 28, 2014
OMG, Twitter completely losing it’s mind over a suit. So I guess now Barack knows how Hillary feels.
— Sarah Milstein (@SarahM) August 28, 2014