What Karan “gets wrong” in her remarks is her notion that what women wear and adorn themselves with speaks for them. "Only our words speak for us," says social psychologist Laura Niemi.
If you’re a fashion and pop culture junkie, or a cinematic daydreamer who often relates real life experiences to those witnessed on film, you’ll love this dreamy new tome by fashion industry icon Hal Rubenstein. The Looks of Love: 50 Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance, is like VH1′s Pop Up Video in book form, providing little known details and the author’s first hand insights behind everything from Courtney Love’s initial wardrobe choices (she handmade all of those baby doll dresses, btw) to Dior’s elaborate haute couture shows in Paris to how to replicate that iconic gray off-the-shoulder sweatshirt worn by Jennifer Beale in Flashdance. “I don’t think the idea was never not with me,” Rubenstein tells Yahoo Style upon explaining the impetus behind the book. “I have always been fascinated by how powerfully certain pop-cultural images insinuate themselves into our emotional behavior.” Enlisting pals such as Calvin Klein, Debra Messing, John Galliano, and Michael Kors to chime into the conversation, Rubenstein offers a enlightening and gossipy read, a touchstone for anyone who lived through these moments (or wishes that they had). As for his favorite moments? “I won’t ever forget the hysteria of John Galliano freaking everyone out at Versailles with his Amazonian warrior collection for Dior inspired by The Matrix,” he says. “I had the pleasure of introducing my friend Versace to South Beach.
First Style.com becomes an e-commerce site, and now Donna Karan is stepping aside and her iconic DKNY label will be designed by Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow. As we reported earlier this month, DKNY’s parent company, LVMH, had been shopping for a new creative director in an effort to re-energize the 26-year-old brand. Osborne and Chow—who were rumored to be in the running along with Prabal Gurung and A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman—secured the top spot. Having already won the Swarovski Award for Menswear in 2013, as well as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in November of that same year, they are now nominated for Menswear Designers of the Year at the CFDA Awards taking place in June. The creative directors are not the only ones getting aboard the new DKNY train (subway?).
With names like Cara Delevingne , Lexi Boling, Binx Walton, and Rita Ora attached to DKNY, one would expect the line to offer the most young and fresh items out there. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and it seems the brand’s parent company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is looking for a new creative director. According to Women’s Wear Daily , Prabal Gurung, Andrea Lieberman, the designer of A.L.C., and Public School partners Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow are all being considered for the position. The pair said they weren’t considering the role “at this moment,” while the others declined to comment.
The most surprising thing about Donna Karan’s iconic scent, Cashmere Mist, is that it was never supposed to be its own scent. “It was the fragrance of the ancillary bath products to our Signature fragrance,” Karan says. They wrote letters, they stopped me on the street, they all but demanded we turn it into a fragrance.” So she did, and now, on the 20th anniversary of its debut, she and filmmaker Paul Austin have filmed a documentary on the scent. “We spent months trawling through archives, tracking down various key characters and interviewing more than 20 people who had been involved in the project from its inception.” The result is a concise but detailed look at the evolution of Cashmere Mist, from when Karan told perfumer Nick Calderone she wanted something that smelled like cashmere, to her husband’s varied iterations of the scent’s sculptural bottle.