On a fashion shoot, a ton of clothes need to be photographed as quickly as possible—time is money, after all. So having the super-power of quick changes is an essential skill for a model. How fast can Cara Delevigne change clothes? Light speed. (Maybe a little faster.) Shall we name her the Quick-Change Queen?
After getting her Ph.D. in political science, Miuccia Prada got involved in her family’s business (making luxury leather bags) and convinced them to make a nylon backpack that became a must-have among the fashion set back in 1989. Fast-forward 25 years: She’s personally worth $12.4 billion (according to Forbes) and was ranked as the #67 most powerful woman in the world in 2012.
I want to make clothes that are beautiful, of course, but also clothes that are interesting and considered and intelligent and not out of place.
Portrait by Mikael Jansson for Interview magazine.
2. She’s a revolutionary.
She constantly pushes our idea of what’s possible, but instead of languishing in a rarefied, avant-garde ghetto, her boundary-pushing designs actually sell. A lot.
Fashion fosters cliches of beauty, but I want to tear them apart.
Promotional image from Prada’s 2008 collaboration with James Jean.
3. She’s a feminist who believes “strong” and “beautiful” are not mutually exclusive concepts.
I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.
I have four or five blogs that I visit twice a day, every day. They’re my biggest sources of inspiration—when I get stuck putting an outfit together, I’ll browse them for ideas. Sometimes the looks are a bit too avant-garde, but often there are looks that I fall in love with immediately. For example, I am obsessed with these pictures of stylist Elisa Nalin in Paris.
I love how chic the outfit is while still remaining casual. The pleated skirt is so feminine, but the floral shirt is more masculine. It’s a great juxtaposition that results in a chic, playful look for spring. Plus, it’s easily translatable into my life.
The great thing about any of these pieces is that they can be worn so many different ways with items already in my closet. That’s the most important thing to remember when adding new things to your closet: make sure you can wear them more than one way!
We’re unashamedly crushed out on Sky Ferreira. This up-and-comer started making music at age 14, got noticed by a couple of Swedish producers (the duo behind Britney Spears’s hit single “Toxic”) and was quickly signed to a record label—all from her bedroom after school. She told Vogue, “My intention was to get signed. I’d had the worst time at school, so I figured if I worked, my mom would let me be homeschooled.”
Fast-forward a few years and Miss Ferreira has gone from MySpace phenomenon to bona fide celebrity. Terry Richardson shot one of her videos, Hedi Slimane (head designer at YSL) picked her to be the face of his pre-fall 2013 collection and her music is finding its way into the hearts of starstruck fans everywhere.
Listen to her talk about everything from her favorite designers to her personal style:
The hero of today’s Woman-Crush Wednesday is photographer Cindy Sherman, who’s made a career of taking selfies since the 1970s. She was even awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a. “the Genius Award) in 1995, which paid her $500,000 doled out over the course of five years. Not bad for playing dress-up with your camera, right?
She started out dressing up like characters in fictitious movies, then staging scenes and photographing herself in them.
She then went on to re-create historical portraits based on European oil paintings from the 15th century through the 19th century. DOZENS of them. Then she dressed herself up as the scariest clowns ever and did a series of clown portraits. Some of her most provocative photos came most recently, when she dressed up as the aging, super-rich society women who often buy her photographs for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In addition to making thought-provoking works of art, Sherman’s a darling of the fashion world, as well. In 2011, she was the face(s) of cosmetics giant M.A.C., and she’s done campaigns for Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Rei Kawakubo (among others).
This is one of her three faces for M.A.C. One of the things that’s most remarkable about Cindy Sherman is the way she challenges her viewers by portraying uncomfortable characters. (Have you learned about the concept of the “male gaze” in your media classes yet?)
So if you love playing dress-up and taking selfies—stick with it! If you play your cards right, you could end up with exhibits in every major museum in the world, plus a no-strings-attached, half-million-dollar fellowship.
Wanna know more about Cindy Sherman, like why she won a genius award for taking pictures of nothing but herself for 40 years? Check out this interview.
Is anyone else obsessed with America’s Next Top Model? If you are, you definitely remember Leila Goldkuhl from last season. She was super unique, fashionable and she worked her gap teeth. (Mine have a slight gap, too.) Although she didn’t win, she’s doing great things, anyway. She recently signed with NEXT Model Management and I’ve started seeing her on the front pages of a lot of websites. Go, Leila!
As I am sure most of you know, director Baz Luhrmann recently released his film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire (to name a few). However, I was most excited for the visual effects. Luhrmann’s movies are famous for being visual extravaganzas, and Gatsby is no exception.
I had high expectations for this film because I really love the book—and for the most part, I was not disappointed. Carey Mulligan made a great Daisy, and DiCaprio played the nostalgic, idealistic Gatsby well. Their chemistry was really evident. My only critique of the movie is that parts of it are so melodramatic that they feel a little like a farce of the book.
However, the movie definitely had its high points. Along with the fantastic music in the film, the costumes are spectacular. Miuccia Prada designed all of Daisy’s opulent flapper dresses. The movie and costumes might be set in the Roaring Twenties, but many of the creations could be worn today. Drop-waists are coming back into style, as are fringe and crystal embellishments.
I love flapper fashion. (I was even a flapper for Halloween this year!) I think the clothing is just so fun and feminine. I love the silhouettes and colors, and the Art Deco details that make each outfit so unique. While flappers might be a thing of the past, flapper fashion is still relevant in your modern wardrobe. You could take small Gatsby-inspired items and merge them into your closet. Look for drop-waists, Art Deco designs, beading and lace or netting.
The first time we encountered Miranda July was at SXSW in Austin, Texas, back in 1997 or 1998. A friend talked us into going to see this performance artist (which phrase made us roll our eyes and lower our expectations significantly) who was supposed to “so amazing.” We were skeptical. But we went because the weather was nice and the friend was good company and we didn’t have anything else to do.
Two extremely weird hours later, we were total, passionate fans of Miranda July. And she hadn’t even made a movie yet.
There are so many cool things about Miranda July. She’s a writer. And a performance artist (the good kind). And an actress. And a movie director. And she’s really pretty and has sparkly fashion sense. How can one person do so many things so well? (Maybe she’s a robot? Or an alien. Or both…)
And she’s friends with Carrie Brownstein. (She is DEFINITELY an alien robot.)
With her deadpan delivery and shamelessly awkward antics, she brings the best kind of weird to every situation. And while we love her as evil genius April on Parks and Recreation, we’re stoked that she’s finally graduating to leading lady status. She transformed the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed from a painful, low-budget near-miss to an awesome, low-budget success in a blink of her uncomfortably intense eyes.
So it makes us extra-excited to hear that she’s starring in a boundary-pushing romantic comedy, The To-Do List, due out this August. (Perhaps you caught her Kanye moment with Will Ferrell at last week’s MTV movie awards.)