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FASHION NEWS: BEY PLAYS DRESS-UP, GHESQUIÈRE SAILS AWAY!

All the season’s on-trend news! 

Beyonce did an awesomely avant-garde cover for CR Fashion Book. In Comme des Garçons, Margiela, and Prada, with creative direction by Ricardo Tisci, a Chanel #surfbort, and a wacky Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan-esque poem by Bey (“I saw a TV preacher when I was scared / at four or five, about bad dreams”). Will this put those nasty rumors about CR Fashion Book’s demise to bed? (CR Fashion Book)

Teens to clothes: “I’m just not that in2 u.” But also because they met someone else: phones. Teens love phones and clothes are just a snooze in comparison, says the Times. “You get [teens] talking about crop tops, you get a nice little debate about high-waist going, but the conversation keeps shifting back” to tech, says a retail analyst, who sounds like he is probably the only adult to have a productive conversation with teenagers in over a decade. Traditional teen retailers like Abercrombie are flagging, and Lucky EIC Eva Chen says it’s because teens, like goats, sheep, and cows before them, are “grazing,” buying a few things here and there throughout the year instead of dropping mad dollars in one fell back-to-skewl splurgella. It probably also has something to do with teenagers relationships with clothing, I think: the kind of self-identity you used to establish through an Abercrombie sweater is now done through an Instagram selfie. (NYT)

La vie en Ghesquière! It’s a little bit [law] suit, a little bit summer sail! Ghesquière and Balenciaga, it was announced yesterday, will attempt mediation in lieu of a court ruling, in a suit the fashion house brought against its former designer alleging that the controversial interview he gave to System left him in violation of his separation agreement. And they want in the region of $9 million from Ghesquière. Can these two crazy kids just talk it out? We’ll have to wait and see! If not, a judge will put on this sick red fur-trimmed robe and hand down a decision. In other, cheerier news for Ghesquière, Frank Gehry has designed these beautiful Enya-themed windows for Louis Vuitton. No, wait—they are inspired by the Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, on which he’s putting the finishes touches before Ghesquière presents his second collection for LV there. Ghesquière has always designed clothes fit for space’s first luxury co-op; will his fall collection echo those signature Gehry soars? Regardless: these moods are pure. (WWD, WWD)

FASHION NEWZ: BRO FASHION & BIG MAC SLAGS

WOW THE NEWS!

Chloe x Opening Ceremony = Bro fashion! Chloe Sevigny did a dope interview with the Daily Beast, in which she revealed that her next Opening Ceremony collection will take inspiration from the bros who chased her out of the East Village and into Park Slope: “It’s a play on those annoying, white caps that say Syracuse Lacrosse…. I think it’s hilarious. We always called all the preppy kids in high school white caps.” She also discusses Whit Stillman, the fall of the East Village, and the lack of fashion originality in New York: “I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times, but where are the real weirdos? The real outcasts? They’re a vanishing breed here.” (Daily Beast)

McDonald’s fashion is slutty. Susie Lau takes fall’s biggest trends—Americana, sportswear, romance, and normcore—for a spin IRL with amusing results. She wears the fiery Tom Ford sequin jersey with Moschino’s McDonald’s cup-purse to McDonald’s, where a woman hisses, “Slut! What is she wearing?” Perhaps she was disparaging Lau’s, uh, commercial promiscuity? (The Independent)

Will Proenza Schouler be Delphine Arnault’s next big get? She’s hipped-up LVMH’s portfolio with Nicholas Kirkwood and J.W. Anderson. After she fawned over Proenza to WWD last year, there’s now word LVMH is in advanced talks to acquire a 40% stake in the brand. (WWD, W)

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THE FASHION NEWZ: CRITICS, BREASTS AND MODEL MEET N GREETS!

I’ve returned from shooting the first season of America’s Next Top Tweet, and am like, how do u sum ^ a whole week of fashion newz in 1 fashion newz post? I will give it my best!!!!!!

Critic Cathy’s gentle return. First with a rumination in Harper’s Bazaar on whether you can have friends in the fashion world (which includes the following on André Leon Talley: “He counts among his tried-and-true friends Lagerfeld, Ralph Rucci, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, and the Valentinos”). And then with her feature on commercialization in fashion in the latest T, which was so great that it knocked my socks off—and I wasn’t even wearing socks.

Here’s the puzzle in Horyn’s piece: “It’s as though [Hedi Slimane] refuses to strive for the standard goals of a luxury designer—to make modern, conceptual or intellectually resonating clothes. Instead, he makes straightforward commercial fashion that a woman can instantly relate to.” Later, she states (more pointedly, I think), that beginning in the 80s, “you truly needed to be an expert to appreciate why a jacket was worn inside out or why a dress that made you look like a bag lady was cool…. Today, as high fashion moves closer to mass media—with brand-hosted YouTube channels, films, huge spectacles—there is pressure to simplify.”

If we’re in a moment at which fashion’s purpose is simplicity, to give a woman clothes that she immediately understands without assistance or interpretation, then Horyn acknowledges that designers are cutting out or rendering irrelevant a particular middle-man: the critic.

What Horyn has written is, on its face, the best survey of the fashion landscape you’ll read this year, but what kind of sly nod is she making at her former post and its present role? 

As you may recall, upon Horyn’s resignation, both she and The Times added that she would be working on a book on the history of fashion coverage in the Grey Lady (personally, I’m atwitter for her take on the hobble skirt). Here’s hoping she’ll continue to enlighten us now and again between penning chapters.

Kate Moss’ loving cups. A London restaurant has designed a champagne coupe moulded from Kate Moss’s left breast. Why her left breast? According to legend, the first champagne glass was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s left breast. But why her left breast? Because it was her more liberal breast? Because the other breast wouldn’t sign the non-disclosure agreement? (Vogue UK)

Meet my model, Gov McDonnell! The latest in the McDonnell trial is the fantastical scene—straight modern noir—when the Virginia’s former first couple met their Daddy Warbucks vitamin salesman: “In December 2009, a month before Mr. McDonnell’s inauguration, he met Mr. Williams for the first time, a 10-minute chat at a New York event. But later Mr. Williams invited the McDonnells to his dinner table, introduced them to a male model, identified as Brad, and offered Mr. McDonnell a sip from his bottle of $5,000 cognac.” [The model, FYI.] (NYT)

People just want to look like they’re working out. (WSJ)