We’ve been meaning to tell you about Rag & Bone’s DIY Project for some time now. As the New York brand’s website states, it’s “Where our favorite girls get into our jeans. No stylist, no hair and make-up, no lighting. Just a girl and her camera. And Rag & Bone.” One news outlet described it as an excuse for gorgeous models to take glorified selfies. And what’s wrong with that? Not a damn thing, in our book.
The newest set of photos features model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who rose to sudden fame recently after appearing in the music video for ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke. And although the video—even the “edited” version—is too racy for your discerning eyes, good readers (this seems to be a theme lately), we can sleep well tonight knowing that we’ve shared Ratajkowski’s tastefully alluring Rag & Bone photos with you. Happy Friday.
Last night marked a special occasion for the Nordstrom Men’s Shop, in collaboration with GQ magazine, and a charitable partner we’re honored to work alongside: The Detlef Schrempf Foundation.
Since 2006, Nordstrom has had the distinct pleasure of working with this inspirational organization (founded by former Seattle Supersonics basketball player Detlef Schrempf and his wife Mari) to put on yearly fashion shows—with 100% of ticket proceeds benefiting important children’s charities here in our hometown of Seattle. This year, we’re thrilled to say the event raised over $200,000 for local charities including Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation and Inspire Youth Project.
Of course, beyond helping some amazing causes—the evening was a great chance to see some dapper fall clothes, enjoy a refreshment, and even see some local celebrities walk the runway. Read on for our exclusive photos from backstage to under the bright lights.
The rogues’ gallery of street-style photographers above—snapped on the streets of Milan by our fashion-week guest editor, Australian blogger Zanita Morgan—goes to show that all-black everything is a look that’s not just for mimes and punk rockers. The lensmen above pull it off with aplomb in a variety of styles, from a classic black T-shirt to more avant-garde drop-crotch pants. The muted palette makes it all about fit and accessories, calling attention to their individualized selections in shoes, hats, glasses, beards, and of course high-tech hardware. [SHOP BLACK.]
And then there’s the shot below—evidence that the fairer sex doesn’t look half bad in all black, either. For more photos by Zanita, from Fashion Weeks around the world, visit our sister blog, The Thread.
When we say there’s more to Fashion Week than fancy clothes—this is exactly what we’re talking about.
With the Fashion Week rotation having turned from New York to London, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than a Burberry show. While it was the photo above, of English nymph Sienna Miller rubbing elbows with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, that initially drew us to the 150-year-old British brand’s Instagram feed this morning—the shot of American model Arizona Muse, below, is even better. There’s something about a woman in winter clothes that makes it totally bearable that summer is winding down:
…Also not hating this photo of British model Suki Waterhouse (not to be confused with Sookie Stackhouse). Female fashion trends we’re currently (actually, always) into: shearling, aviators, eyebrows:
Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.
If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.
A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:
L: Prepping the red carpet. R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder, nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.
Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.
L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year. R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.
L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear. R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.
Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
L: Mood lighting at the after-party. R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler… who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.
Actress, award presenter, and BridesmaidRose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.
L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain. (How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?) R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere, Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.
End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.
Celebrating 10 years raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS- and LGBTQ-related causes, Jeffrey Fashion Cares held its annual runway show and silent auction in NYC Tuesday night.
The evening brought out supportive celebs, the industry’s most in-demand models, and killer clothes from some of our favorite menswear designers—and most importantly, raised over $800,000 for an amazing cause. Jeffrey Kalinsky (the event’s founder as well as Nordstrom’s EVP of women’s designer—he’s pictured above in a pale-blue button-down and tie) had this to say: “I live for the day when there will be a cure for AIDS and equality for every man and woman in this country. Tonight is about gay rights, and in a greater context, human rights.”
Congrats to Jeffrey and everyone involved, and here’s to breaking a million at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014. Scroll down for a look backstage and on the runway—and pop over to our women’s blog, The Thread, for more.
Emmy Rossum, star of Showtime’s Shameless (as well as an enthusiast of opera and hotdogs), hosted the event.
Model Tip #1: Barring the opera and the Oscars, a leather jacket and T-shirt are usually all you need for a night out.
Model Tip #2: Lounge around in Lanvin and Valentino like it ain’t no thing (left). Model Tip #3: Grow hair like this guy (right—easier said than done).
Model Tip #4: Rad eyebrows are a sign of virility. Thou shalt not tweeze.
The Clash. Kate Moss. The 6-year-old near the bottom of this post. Brits have always had a way with style, as history and the photos here prove. Precisely who does it better is hard to say; review last week’s post on NYC street style, compare to the batch below (shot by our own Crystal Nicodemus on her recent trip to London Fashion Week), and judge for yourself.
For more models, on- and off-duty, check out The Thread.
What you’ve just watched is models (from left) Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Tapner doing their best to entertain themselves (and the rest of us) while they wait around to walk the Topshop runway at London Fashion Week a few days ago.
They happen to be doing their own version of a slightly obnoxious internet fad—the details and origin of which are not really of concern. You can watch more examples here, but trust us: The British bombshells’ rendition above is the only one worth your 30 seconds on a busy Thursday like today.
If you do have more than half a minute to spare, try Topshop’s YouTube channel, where you can delight in said models’ fetching English accents—or check out the photo-shoot bloopers we posted last week, for further depictions of beautiful women acting irresistibly absurd.
When we saw these behind-the-scenes outtakes of one of our favorite photo assistants, Niko, helping to calibrate the camera (and entertain the talent) between shots, we knew: The guy is a pro-caliber small-talker, ice-breaker, and joke-cracker. All of which are skills that will come in handy on your own romantic outings this evening—whether you’re still in the make-or-break wooing phase, or heeding the call to remind your old lady why the heck she picked you in the first place.
Scroll down, get inspired by Niko’s on-set shenanigans, read a few tips from the man himself, and above all else—keep the lights dim and the mood lively tonight.
MEN’S SHOP DAILY: What’s your job title on-set? NIKO: “I’m a photographer, but being in your mid-20s doesn’t offer as many clients as one might like—so I photo-assist to make ends meet as well. I enjoy it though, it’s taught me a lot that I’m thankful for.”
What’s your favorite thing about your job? “Meeting new people on a regular basis and traveling.”
What’s something you’ve learned about models or the modeling profession, that a layperson might be surprised to hear? “We are all humans.”
What’s your favorite way to break the ice on set? “Introducing myself. We live in a world of needed introductions…Get past that, and you won’t be the awkward guy standing by himself.”
A lot of men might be hesitant to talk to tall women with statuesque cheek bones (models or otherwise). Any advice? “Get in there. If you want to talk to someone, you really should. Unless they’re wielding an axe, you really have nothing to lose.”
Let’s not call it a pick-up line—but do you have a preferred method or topic to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a bar or party? “Every person and situation is different, so unless you’re insanely smooth, which I’m not, I think the chances of a pick-up line working are slim to none. Meeting someone you’re genuinely attracted to is all by chance, and it’s better not to force it.”
Today being Valentine’s Day—do you have a go-to gift or favorite date destination? “I think the holiday is a good reminder to do something nice for the love in your life—but honestly, you should be doing something special for your significant other every day. That said, there’s nothing wrong with a spa day and cooking dinner at home—two things women seem to love.”