Photographer: Paley Fairman
Stylist: Sadie Sapphire
Art Director: Kaitlyn Darby
Model: Ariel Beesley @ Wilhelmina
Makeup: Christina Natale
Hair: Diana Lucia
Art Assistant: Barbara Lago
When festival goers arrive at the Bass Coast electronic music festival beginning this Friday in British Columbia, they’ll find the usual banned items you’ll see at most such gatherings: no drugs (lol), no weapons, no toaster ovens and so on. But added to that list this year is a rule against attendees donning the type of Native American headdresses that have become such a staple of post-Coachella-core fashion.
They explained in a Facebook post over the weekend:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
Simon Moya-Smith, a journalist, and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation was among those explaining why wearing headdresses like these is offensive in an illuminating post on MTV.com around the time that Pharrell was taking heat for wearing one on the cover of Elle.
“The headdress is reserved for our revered elders who, through their selflessness and leadership, have earned the right to wear one. It’s a spiritual garb, not just cultural; it’s not merely an addition to one’s attire. Wearing one, even an imitation headdress, belittles what our elders have spent a lifetime to earn.”
Naturally, all of the worst people you know are now complaining about how this violates their rights to self expression or whatever stupid argument you normally hear around such debates (like the Washington Redskins naming issue). But it’s interesting to see a big event like this take such a stand. Now if only we could get someone to make feathered crowns illegal we’d have most of the fashion faux pas of the past couple years covered.
Andrej Pejić, the stunning Australian model, who we last heard would be appearing in Sofia Coppala’s The Little Mermaid, has come out as transgender, according to a post on her Facebook page, which you can read below. “I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual,” Pejić explained. “Same person, no difference at all just a different sex.”
We’re excited to reveal the results of our special summer collaboration with a new Italian jewelry-range-cum-art-project called Malibu 1992. Shot poolside by the talented Sam Hiscox on a rare day of British sunshine in Brighton UK, the flagrant Versace 2.0 vibes prompted by the bold geometric chains, neoclassical columns, and lush golden palm trees are very much intentional. Malibu 1992 as a brand is steeped in Italian heritage, founded on the idea of translating a Gianni Versace-inspired audiovisual piece into a tangible set of objects, i.e. a collection of dope jewelry manifesting a stylistic hybrid of early ’90s hyper-Italianized opulence, L.A. streetwear, and experimental video art à la 18+ and Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.
Photography : Sam Hiscox
Video: Sam Hiscox & Jack Wells|
Styling: Naz & Kusi ( Tzarkusi)
Make-up: Theresa Davies
Hair: Roku Roppongi at Saint Luke using Bumble & bumble.
Models: Jay at Select and Alex at FM
It’s the eternal question: What is cool? To us cool is a grainy video of Justin Bieber roller dancing to a Lady Gaga song, but the New York-based fashion and lifestyle platform The Cools decided to take the investigation deeper by asking six New Yorkers for their interpretations of what cool is. Their findings are in the video below, and if we’re being totally honest, it’s making us rethink our earlier position.
What do Paris, Milan, and London have in common that New York City doesn’t? Affordable health care and Men’s Fashion Week, of course. Now Toronto is joining that exclusive club by hosting its very first MFW, known as TOM, this August. Here’s why we’re psyched about it, and why New York should hop on the menswear train.
1. Models: Generally, male models party more than female models. They can afford to, since they aren’t afraid of ruining their complexion or reputation. Not only because Everything is Easier For Boys but because they know their days are numbered and their chances of reaching supermodel status are none. (They’re also often DTF, but you didn’t hear that here.)
2. Parties: Men’s Fashion Week events are radically more fun than those at “regular” fashion weeks. Nobody knows why for sure, though we think it has something to do with the points mentioned above. Either way, it’s during MFW you’ll see designers, journalists, bloggers and buyers loosen their laces, leave their iPads at the hotel and mingle in a tipsy orgy of possibility and crushed velvet.
3. New Threads: See the full list of TOM* designers here.
4. Millennium Material: The only reason anyone goes down to the bottom Bloomingdale’s menswear section is to use the bathroom. TopMan is downstairs as well, collecting dust. Why are men’s clothes so neglected? The Millennial Man is the top priority for Rustia, the founder of TOM*. He knows that boys today care about their looks and deserve to have their own week of fabulous frocks!
5. Competition: Five designing finalists will compete for the 10,000 TOM* Emerging Menswear Award. We aren’t sure if the prize money is for fabric or eyelash extensions but we do know their collections will all be shown for the closing ceremony on August 14th.
6. BULLETT: We’ll be there covering the shows and hosting the opening runway show by TOTHEM. Stay tuned for updates here!
For inquiries about TOM* contact Flerida at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-416-6027266 .
Styling: Tinashe Musara
Hair and Make up: Leslie-Ann Thomson @ Folio
Model: Maria @ Folio
Hello fans of online consignment shops! Boy do we have good news in the world of online consignment shops! Bib + Tuck, that online consignment shop, whose creative director we interviewed here. When we profiled the site’s founders Sari Bibliowicz and Sari Azout last year, called their site “a modern take on the traditional clothing swap.” But while before there was no actual money being exchanged between the site’s users, you can now spend and make actual dollars on the site. To mark the occasion, Bib + Tuck recruited NYC personality Jilly Hendrix to host an interview series called Cash Money Clothes, that focuses on NYC fashionistas living out their dreams. Below, an episode the features fashion writer Arabelle Sicardi. Check it out!