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Sandiso Ngubane On Breaking Gender Norms In Fashion

I was a fashion blogger for a couple of years when I was younger, so I have kind of seen what extremely talented people can emerge out of this community, the amount of hard work that is invested and the excellent results produced, sharing insight and inspiration, starting trends through one’s lens, pen and original ideas.

Fashion blogging can be considered a bottom-top form of journalism, coming from skilled amateurs that often wish to recreate the sartorial word as it has been built around them.

People who start off as fashion bloggers with a timer on their camera, eventually build their names in the world of editing, designing and advertisement. Big fashion houses have started taking into consideration the opinions of – and collaborating with – fashion bloggers.

When I got into college I stopped blogging about fashion, mostly because my schedule didn’t allow it, so I simultaneously cut most strings with the fashion blogging world in general, in order to not see something and be tempted again to stuff what I’d felt I’d done enough into the already impossible timetable of my everyday life.

Still, whenever I stumble upon good blogs ever since, a spark lights inside me. Many of them inspire me greatly or encourage me to keep doing what I am, letting me know that I am in the right path, not only in the way I dress – for which little time I have to bother nowadays – but generally concerning my choices in life.

I recently discovered Sandiso Ngubane who runs Skattie together with ELLE South Africa Contributing Editor and Visi Editor-at-Large, Malibongwe Tyilo. Skattie is an amazing fashion website which focuses both on local and African fashion coverage and features articles on news from the fashion world, lookbooks and interviews.

I read on the About Us page that the website was founded in 2010 and was originally a blog called Skattie, What Are You Wearing? Ever since, it gained followers who were both fashion enthusiasts and professionals of the industry.

Sandiso Ngubane “writes stuff and raps to beats”, as they say on their Instagram bio. They are also a Trends Analyst and Fashion Writer who never feared to challenge gender norms in clothing.

On this article titled as “Gender Free”, Skattie talks about feeling comfortable in the skin you live in and how this was a sentiment that had not always been taken for granted in their life. Conforming to gender norms when it came to clothing was hard, since both Sandiso and the world around them, felt like they were different to other boys. Their wardrobe consists of chic garments from the womenswear section, and such a choice is not always that easy for the people who surround you to understand.

Being a person whom people perceive as a woman, I’ve had several weird comments about the floral necktie that hangs on the cardboard Hogwarts sign in my room, and it baffles me to great extents how people will be all 404: Error Conformation to non-Essential, Socially Constructed Gender Norms Not Found because of a harmless tiny piece of fabric with freaking flowers on it, that cost 2 euro on Ebay.

“Is that your boyfriend’s?” they ask. “Do you actually wear that out of the house?” It makes me want to laugh at the thought that, if a necktie shocks society as much, what is going to happen with a lot more than a necktie?

But then again, it’s not laugh material. Many people live their lives by gender norms as if it’s some kind of religion. My mother feared that my tomboy period during middle school will result with me being a lesbian.

Well, she wasn’t entirely too wrong as I did turn out to be queer – pansexual, more specifically – but what people need to understand is that clothing, manners of walking and talking – or all these habits and behaviors that go under the umbrella of gender expression – don’t have anything to do either with sexuality or even with gender identity. Many times people do choose a certain way to dress that drifts away from social norms in order to emphatically express their sexuality or gender and feel empowered in them.

For me, sartorial choices have been, during specific periods of my life, a way to communicate the feelings connected both to my gender and my sexuality, but that doesn’t mean it’s the rule. People don’t have to dress a certain way to be something and vice versa. We should all be free to dress however we please, without other people assuming things about us, shaming or marginalizing us.

Many people have attributed Sandiso’s fashion choices to them being gay, but as they reply, this assumption is wrong: “Not only would that statement be a sweeping generalisation about homosexuality and its manifestations, but it’s one that is steeped in the assumption that I probably want to be, or I like to act like, a woman. Far from it!”

Sandiso continues with saying that they feel more successful expressing themselves through clothes from the womenswear section, and points out that many people do not wish to conform to a binary based fashion system at all. Furthermore, we should not confuse that with drag – which has an element of flamboyance directed to the entertainment and provocation of others – but understand that some people simply want to dress as themselves.

At this point, Lee Hagen, a Marie Claire fashion stylist is quoted: “Being an effeminate, androgynous kid brought me a lot of unwanted attention growing up. Strangers would ask me if I was a girl or a boy and I could never answer them with full conviction that I was the latter. Gender pronouns have perpetually made me feel uncomfortable, especially when referring to myself, because my assigned gender has never been intrinsic to my identity.

I still experience animosity from strangers as an adult, but it’s far less verbal. The eyes say a lot.” According to Lee, fashion is a form of self-expression that can work in miraculously liberating and strengthening ways, and womenswear clothing seems to be breaking these limits more effectively.

Jared Blake, another friend of Sandiso’s, has also experienced many cases of public bullying for the way he dresses, even though there are also people who show appreciation for his unique and seductive fashion sense, and identify the empowering character such a choice may bear in a society that is way too hostile towards forms of self-expression that deviate from the norms.

According to Sandiso, the world is gradually become more and more welcoming for gender-non-conforming and genderqueer people to express themselves and live in their true gender identity. I wish I was just as optimistic – truth is, I’m not. I keep seeing the obstacles that people close to me who do not wish to conform to gender norms encounter. However, I am hopeful for the future, and I do agree that shaping our own lives, identities and expressions in ways that let us live true to ourselves is, in itself, revolutionary.

Sandiso closes their article with these words: “As a dear friend of mine would say, the fact that we understand the fear of being ourselves, yet we refuse to give in to what would essentially be cowardice, is a political statement.”

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[1] I use “they” and I do apologize in advance for the case that it is not be the best choice, because I have not yet seen somewhere what pronouns Sandiso feels more comfortable using. The use of this pronoun has not been confirmed, but in order to avoid using a gendered pronoun that might be problematic, I went with the gender neutral “they”.

My Favourite Picks From Kitsch Kandy’s Summer Sale

I don’t usually get too excited about big sales (especially lately while I’m saving for my next big holiday, and making an effort to be especially frugal).

But when Kitsch Kandy has their summer sale, you just don’t ignore it. clothes

Kitsch Kandy is a web store that aims to cater for those whose style and personality does not conform to the traditional thoughts of society – women and femininity, males and masculinity.

They offer both home furnishings and fashion items that are aimed perfectly at lesbians and others in “marginalized” groups. While these gift items don’t scream “super gay”, they are designed to make you feel more comfortable in your own skin – whatever that means for you.

From jackets to underwear and T-Shirts to jeans and home goods, there are plenty of new items available at hugely discounted prices.

clothesWhen the sale event comes to an end, all items return to their regular prices. So these aren’t end-of-season or overstock items they’re trying to get rid of. They are brand new items on sale for a very limited time.

Plus they’re also offering a HUGE 20% extra off this week, which includes sale items too. Just use the promo code EXTRA20

It is, by far and away, the best time to snag new goodies at majorly discounted prices. And because I adore this sale oh so much, I decided to share it with all of you.

The items you see above are the ones I am specifically eyeing. Some are way out of my price range, but hey, I can still look at them, right?

I’m going to treat myself to a couple of the more realistically price items, although I’m still not able to completely narrow it down. I need to get on it though – I don’t want to miss out.

Who else is taking advantage of the best sale of the year? Any other Kitsch Kandy fans in the house?

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Cara Delevingne STUNS In New Campaign Yves Saint Laurent

Cara Delevingne – who last year revealed she was quitting the industry – is the face of a stunning new campaign for Yves Saint Laurent.

In the black and white pictures taken in New York earlier this month, Cara works her magic in front of the camera like only she can.

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The pictures are a real reminder of what the blonde is capable of – and it’s clear that she’s been able to pick up right where she left off.


Levi’s Partners With Harvey Milk Foundation For Gender-Neutral Collection


Levi’s have launched a new collection of items dedicated to LGBT history ahead of 2016 Pride, in memory of gay rights hero Harvey Milk – who was assassinated in 1978.

The ‘Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation Pride 2016 Collection’ includes gender tank tops and shirts which will include a timeline of important LGBT dates, stonewashed shorts with rainbow embroidered watch, and a jacket bearing Milk’s legendary words ‘Hope will never be silent’.

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This year’s Levi’s Pride collection will be the first time it will be distributed worldwide.

Our company is not afraid to take a stand on the important issues of our time.  From supporting policies ensuring equality for the LGBTQ community, to the Levi Strauss Foundation’s support of LGBTQ advocacy organisations around the world, to employee participation in the annual SF Pride Parade – celebrating LGBTQ rights is a part of our DNA,” according the Levi Strauss website.

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Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk, the president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, said:

It is a simple message, marked by dignity and respect, that we embrace all without exception, and keep alive Uncle Harvey’s promise of equality for all people, everywhere.”

A portion of the proceeds from the collection will go towards the Harvey Milk Foundation, the not-for-profit global organisation set up in memory of the activist-turned-politician.

The new line is expected to launch later this year just in time for Pride month.

14 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For You And Your Girl

Valentine’s Day is a special time of year. Whether you think it’s the day when you’re supposed to celebrate the fullest extent of your love or you think it’s a day for companies to mark up the price on “romantic crap” they sell all year anyway, it’s generally accepted that you’re supposed to buy your partner something for the occasion.

Most people go with flowers, chocolate, and jewelry, but we know your girlfriend is more special than that. No – she deserves something spectacularly different, right? Well, lucky you – this is one of the reasons Kitsch Kandy was created!

But the “perfect gift” for your girlfriend is going to depend on what message you want to send her. (And obviously you do have a message, since you didn’t want to get her the same thing every ex of hers has, right?)

So… What are you trying to say?

“You light up my life.”


I strongly believe in the power of good lighting. Whether you’re trying to set the mood or just trying to see your books better, light is super important and we usually take advantage of it.

In the same way, we often take for granted the women who make our lives better. She does so much for you, and you just sort of figure she’s always going to. But if you don’t show her that you appreciate the things she does, she might not stick around that long!

‘Crazy In Love’ Heart Shaped Light Box

Sometimes, the best way to show her how you feel is quite literally. If you want to bring brightness to her world and also tell her how much she means to you, the Crazy In Love light box is a great choice. Available in pink and grey to suit any taste, this light is small and can be powered with the included cord or with AA batteries (not included).

‘Love’ Vegas Lights

There’s something cozy and charming about these Vegas lights – and if your girlfriend is also cozy and charming, you’ll be able to show her exactly how you feel, in a way that complements her décor! Our Love Vegas Lights come in multiple color variations to match whatever style she has in her home. Just like our other light boxes, these can be powered with the included cord or AA batteries (not included). Consider getting the matching Love Heart Vegas Light to make sure the message is heard loud and clear.

“You’ve helped me grow.”


If your partner has influenced you to be a better person, whether directly or indirectly, it can be an empowering feeling. Sometimes we don’t know how much better our lives could be until someone comes along and inspires us to make it happen.

Then, one day, someone will show us how much we are capable of. Chances are, she wasn’t doing it for the recognition, and maybe she didn’t even do it on purpose. But isn’t that all the more reason to let her know how much it means to you?

‘Happiness Is A Form Of Courage’ Flowerpot

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the woman who lifts others the most might not be able to lift herself up. Remind her that she has the right to be happy, too – and that beautiful things happen when she smiles. The Happiness is a Form of Courage flower pot offers a reason for her to be happy. Pro tip: it’s actually scientifically proven that keeping living plants inside the home or office is better for your health, focus, and overall sense of peace.

“You bring me peace.”


Everyone wants to be with someone who makes them feel safe, calm, and relaxed. Maybe we don’t want peace and tranquility all the time (hey, angry sex is pretty nice sometimes), but there are going to be times when you just want to relax and smile. If your girlfriend brings you that sense of peace, you should try to give it to her, too.

One of the simplest ways to do this is to give her a good massage. I know I’m especially guilty of taking every massage thrown my way and forgetting to return the favor. (Although, I’ll never say no if she asks for one.) Just in case massages aren’t really your thing, or you’re looking for something to go along with the massage, we’ve got a few items that might help.

Bath Bombs and Fizzes

If your girlfriend likes taking baths, even occasionally, bath bombs are a luxurious way to help her relax and release the stress within. Whether you choose the sensual rose & petals, the soothing lavender heart, the simple chamomile & honey heart, or the warm rose, lavender, and patchouli cake, melting one of these fizzes in her bath is sure to melt her heart, too. Try giving her a combination – we have many more varieties available, as well!

Herbal Soaps

Some women shy away from giving soaps and perfumes as a gift, because it might send the message that you think your partner smells. However, most women I know would love to know that they smell irresistible to their partner. Go with an herbal soap, as they often have added aromatherapy benefits, aside from the marvelous scents and skin-softening qualities. If you want one with a particularly romantic touch, this handmade soap also has flower petals in it – lovely!

“You keep me on track.”

Every now and then, things come up that might make us fall out of sync with what we need to be doing. If your girlfriend helps keep you motivated, so that you keep reaching for your goals, she’s extra special – and she deserves to be treated as such.

One of the simplest ways to thank a woman for keeping you moving forward is to help her take a little time off. If you can help her out with household errands, or even just make a simple grocery run, chances are, it’ll be greatly appreciated. If all you can offer is moral support, then don’t skimp on that!

A Clock

Okay, maybe clocks aren’t the most common gift – but that’s part of what makes them charming and romantic. Chances are, she’s got a place to put a beautiful clock. Maybe she’d like the George Nelson ‘Sunburst’ Clock in her dining room, the Newgate Bubble Desk Clock in her study, and the Pastel Rainbow Retro Ball Clock in her bathroom. I think our society is largely relying too much on our cell phones for everything – and the gift of a clock gives her freedom from one of the tethers of the technological age. (All of our clocks are battery powered, and there are more options available in our Home Living section.)

“I’m comfortable with you.”


Sometimes, we take comfort for granted. This can be particularly true if you and your partner are especially comfortable together – after a while, we let our mind tell us we’re bored. But we don’t think comfort needs to be a bad thing. In fact, I’m betting there have been a few times when your relationship thrived on the comfort you shared – so show her that you’re absolutely comfortable with her, and that’s a good thing.

Of course, one of my favorite non-material ways to show my partner I’m comfortable with her is by cuddling in the nude. The skin-to-skin contact stimulates the brain’s production of oxytocin, which allows the two of you to bond and develop a greater intimacy. (Plus, who doesn’t enjoy seeing their partner in the nude?)

A Sweatshirt

If you want a more material way to show her you’re comfortable with her, a sweatshirt can be a great way to keep her cozy. It might seem like it goes against the idea of being naked around each other, but the fact of the matter is – you can’t always run around in the nude. Sometimes, you actually have to go outside. Consider The Kiss sweatshirt to let her wear your kisses all over town (even when you’re apart). This Beautiful Sweatshirt may be a good choice if you want to let her know she’s gorgeous, too. If she needs a gentle reminder to comfort herself, too, the Good Vibes Sweatshirt is cozy and warm, which is sure to promote good vibes from within.

‘Make Magic Happen’ Tee

Sweatshirts are great, but sometimes your girlfriend can’t wear them all year long, right? Well, to cover the rest of the year, we recommend this cozy tee that lets her know she’s magical to you.

A Cushion

I’m not sure about you, but my girlfriend likes to nap. (She’s actually napping right now, as it happens.) While she’d probably rather use me as a pillow, many women enjoy cushions and pillows for a variety of reasons. We think it’s best to choose one that complements her style and offers a comfortable place to lay your head. Whether she’s interested in our Trichord Cushion, Camellia’s Cushion here, or maybe one with cute animals, we offer a wide variety to suit any taste. (My personal favorite right now is this mint bird pillow… Absolutely adorable!)

So, which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Introducing Kitsch Kandy; Home Décor And Tomboy Fashion

Kitsch Mix has been a part of your family for 18 months now, and in that time we’ve noticed a lot.

2 years ago, we formed to fill a big gaping hole in the LGBT community – that lack of real lesbian visibility in media. So often we compete in a very male dominated LGBT market. We share that space, but we seldom own it.

We looked to change this, and for the last year our ever-growing team has worked hard to re-shape this landscape and offer you something new.

As an independent brand, owned and run by women, we are looking to build a community that other women can benefit from, and feel part of. We’ve done this through this website, and our TV channel, but now we’re moving into a new arena: Fashion.

Enter Kitsch Kandy, a web store that aims to cater for those whose style and personality does not conform to the traditional thoughts of society – women and femininity, males and masculinity.


We offer both home furnishings and fashion items that are aimed perfectly at lesbians and others in “marginalized” groups. While these gift items don’t scream “super gay”, they are designed to make you feel more comfortable in your own skin – whatever that means for you.

We believe that style and fashion are not always the same – and if we had to choose, we’d pick style every time. We believe that your personal style should be a reflection of your inner self, as opposed to covering it up. And we believe that a designer doesn’t have to be well-known to be wonderful.


That’s why, each month, we’ll hand-select a designer that caters to our community – offering you options that don’t feel like settling. We strive to turn your shopping trip into an all-out experience – something you’ll look forward to and tell all your friends about.

We want to help you write your own story – one that doesn’t conform to society’s rules of what you should or shouldn’t dress like.

You already know that Kitsch Mix is all about you. We opened our store with our readers in mind, and we look to improve it based on what you think – so share your opinions!

After all, this is for all of us.

Even though this store is still very new, there is a great selection of fun, classy gift ideas for the people who mean the most in your life (even if that’s yourself – as it should be!), and support from the community will help it to grow even further.

So spread the word to all the lesbians you know – Kitsch Kandy is here to stay!

Ruby Rose Silences Twitter Hater

As Ruby Rose fame continues to grow, her critics are starting follow.

But the model-now-actress was able to quash one who questioned why she was famous.


Rose responding sarcastically, joking that a ‘sex tape’ and ‘her parents’ were behind her ascent to stardom, adding for good measure that she had ‘invented the post-it’ too.


Not too impressed, the Twitter user who posed the question replied to her comment: ‘Shut up.’

Ruby began her career as a model and DJ in Australia, but bust out big-time with her role as Stella Carlin in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black.

She has since cemented her place in the Hollywood, and can count supermodels, pop stars and a-listers as her pals.

Ruby Rose Responds To The Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Slutty Power Lesbian’ Debate

This week, Jennifer Lawrence’s Glamour cover shoot and accompanying interview revealed intriguing insight into the actress’ thoughts about her nude photo leak and her history with Planned Parenthood, among other things.

However, one of the most talked-about opinions she shared, was about her personal style, specifically her comment that she prefers to dress like a “slutty power lesbian.”


That is literally what I say to a stylist. I don’t know if that’s offensive…”

Her comments have drawn mixed responses, with some members of the LGBT community expression that they find the comparison is offensive.

However, fellow actress Ruby Rose claims that Lawrence did not mean to upset anybody, and praised her for being a positive role model for all women, regardless of their sexuality.

Talking to The Cut, she said

Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and an amazing advocate for women and women’s empowerment and the wage gap in Hollywood and so many amazing things. I think that is an easy quote to misinterpret or to pick apart.”

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The OITNB star also added

But I know that she has an amazing sense of humour, and for her to say that, I know that would never come from a bad place. She’s always spending so much of her time supporting other women and the LGBT community. There’s no way that she meant that with any kind of malice. If it was someone else, maybe I would think into it, but because it’s her, I just know what she meant.”

Along with voicing her support for Lawrence, Rose also discussed being the face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren’s spring campaign, along with model (and possible fling of Rose’s lookalikeJustin Bieber) Hailey Baldwin.

The campaign will be unveiled in a four-part mini video series on the brand’s Instagram, and, judging by the first looks, Rose’s androgynous style is on full display.

Do you share Rose’s thoughts? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Jennifer Lawrence Takes Timeout To Explain Her “Slutty Power Lesbian” Style

Known for her refreshing honesty, A-Lister Jennifer Lawrence has once again managed to shock and impress in equal measure during a recent interview about her personal style.

When she was asked to describe how she likes to dress during a recent cover shoot for Glamour magazine, she did not disappoint.

‘Slutty power lesbian.’ That is literally what I say to a stylist.”


She continued

I don’t know if that’s offensive…. You don’t see me as a slutty power lesbian on the red carpet a lot, because I’m embodying the Dior woman, which is an honor.… But [also] I’ve got tits and an ass. And there are things that are made for skinny people—like a lot of embroidery, or it covers a lot—and those make me look fat. I have to show the lumps. If you have boobs, you have to show, like, ‘These are boobs. This isn’t cellulite.’ [Laughs.] Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”


She went on to explain that although she often dons luxury Dior dresses when on the red carpet, her own style is a little different.

Well, first of all, Dior is its own house that’s very feminine and beautiful; this past press tour every dress was just phenomenal. So you don’t see me as a slutty power lesbian on the red carpet a lot, because I’m embodying the Dior woman, which is an honour.”


However, the ‘X-Men’ star said that certain designer labels do not flatter her “fuller” figure.

I’ve got tits and an ass. And there are things that are made for skinny people – like a lot of embroidery, or it covers a lot – and those make me look fat. I have to show the lumps. If you have boobs, you have to show, like, ‘These are boobs. This isn’t cellulite.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Well we’re not quite sure what the size of your boobs and butt have to do with all this, J. Law, but we’re definitely on board with the “slutty power lesbian” concept!

Jaden Smith Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear Campaign

Will and Jada’s 17-year-old heir has just been announced as the newest face of the fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2016 campaign.


In an Instagram post by the brand’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, a shoot (snapped by photographer Bruce Weber) features Jaden Smith in pieces from Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection, debuted at Paris Fashion Week.

Smith’s barrier-breaking clothing styles have been buzzed about since he was first seen rocking a dress back in April.

He has since worn a dress to prom, as well as a Batman costume to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding. In an interview with GQ, Smith discussed the motivations behind his fashion choices, marking them as a form of expression.

“I’m just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself, but I like wearing super drapey things so I can feel as though I’m a super hero, but don’t have to necessarily wear super hero costumes everyday,”

Peep the photos from Jaden’s upcoming Louis Vuitton campaign below:




New ‘& Other Stories’ Lingerie Campaign Rejects Idealized Beauty Norms

Hurrah for & Other Stories for once again representing real-world diversity.

Early this year the Swedish retailer gave us their same-sex couple V-day 2015 ad campaign.

They then produced an all-trans AW15 campaign featuring Hari Nef and Valentiin de Hingh.

And now they’ve just launched For Women, By Women, portraying natural beauty and models’ one-of-a-kind features. Which means the models aren’t all hairless and scar-free.

Shot by female photographer Hedvig Jenning in the brand’s historic Stockholm Atelier, the images showcase the new seasonal lingerie collection worn by three “real” women.

The brand has abandoned any retouching, focusing on the unique beauty of the ordinary body’s individual features such as birthmarks, scars, tattoos and body hair, aiming to “portray a more diverse view on the traditional notion of beauty.”

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But there’s nothing ordinary about these models. & Other Stories chose to cast cellist and model Kelsey Lu McJunkins, blogger and yoga enthusiast Helin Honung and copywriter Ida Jagerfelt for the new campaign, and all three radiate confidence in the beautifully empowering images.


The result? All the more beautiful showcasing of designs that empowers rather than objectifies, and veers the women’s lingerie market towards its actual customer: FYI not the male gaze.

The new lingerie collection is available on stories.com

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Kristen Stewart Is Set To Play Coco Chanel In Upcoming Short Film From Karl Lagerfeld

Kristen Stewart is set to play Coco Chanel in an upcoming short film.

The film will be premiering on at the 12th annual Métiers d’Arts show in Rome on the 1st December and will be the third mini-film directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

In the film, Stewart will actually be playing an actress, playing Coco Chanel, whilst Geraldine Chaplin (daughter of Charlie) will be playing a middle-aged Coco directing K-Stew in a fictional biopic.

According to Karl Lagerfeld, Stewart’s take on the character of the young actress is apparently “very, very mean”, so we can’t wait to see just how K-Stew plays one of the most iconic women in fashion.


Stewart is certainly no stranger to the fashion house, frequently acting as a muse for the Chanel brand, appearing in a variety of campaigns, and regularly sitting in the front-row of their shows.


Most recently, she was seen gracing the catwalk alongside Julianne Moore in the label’s iconic Grand Palais casino Autumn 2015 couture show.

Lagerfeld’s films in the past have always been exceptionally beautiful.

Last year’s “Reincarnation” short film for the Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Arts show featured Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams in a fairytale dream sequence, where Pharrell wrote an original song specifically for the film entitled ‘CC the World.’


Other previous short films “The Return” and “Once Upon a Time” featured Geraldine Chaplin and Keira Knightley respectively, in the role of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Unfortunately the film will be debuting behind closed doors at the prestigious, ticketed event, but luckily for us it will be shared online soon after.

Maternity Wear Company Caters to LGBTQ Bodies

If you do a quick Google search of ‘maternity wear’, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of similar images. Almost all of the suggestions of clothes to fit a pregnant body will be some sort of dress, be it professional and sleek or maxi and ready for the summer. Many of the maternity clothes are also typically ‘feminine’ colours or have floral prints on them too. And while this may suit some, for many pregnant people, this is exclusionary.

This is an issue that very often leaves pregnant LGBTQ people in a dilemma. For example, pregnant trans men may struggle to find clothes that suit their bodies due to the fact that it’s uncommon that maternity lines will make clothes for pregnant men. Non-binary or genderqueer bodies also aren’t catered to and neither are lesbians who prefer more masculine clothes.

This is a problem that Butchbaby & Co. would like to solve, and later this year the company will release a line of “alternity wear for pregnant masculine, transgender, and queer individuals” that includes sweaters, jeans, hoodies and boxer briefs.

The company’s vision statement explains that:

The vision of Butchbaby & Co. is to create a world where pregnant individuals’ identities don’t have to change just because one’s body does. Alternity wear is the alternative to the hyperfeminine, heteronormative, eurocentric maternity wear that only exists today.”

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What is also positive is that Butchbaby is part of a growing, inclusive trend. As profiled by ABC News, there are also companies like Bluestockings Boutique which offers a range of queer-owned and designer underwear brands and there is also the Los Angeles-based company Sharpe Suiting which makes bespoke suits without making assumptions about the wearer’s gender or identity.

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We may still be a long way away from clothing retailers doing away with ‘male’ and ‘female’ sections in their stores, but hopefully this trend continues.


Matalan New Ad Campaign Featurs Lesbian And Gay Families

Marking its 30th anniversary, the Uk retailer Matalan has launched a major new advertising campaign, aimed at showing the range of different households in Britain today.

The campaign – called ‘Made for Modern Families’ – features real life families (86 people and a dog in total) from across the UK and plays out to a poem recited by Roger McGough CBE.

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Its theme, summarised by one heterosexual single father in this behind the scenes video, is that

It doesn’t matter what age or gender combinations you’ve got. if there’s love and cohesion it’s a family and that’s it.”

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Marketing director Lee Pinnington said:

We really wanted to create something that was made by and for modern families and resonates with everyone at home as much as it did for the team when we were casting and shooting the advert.

Out Fashion Designer Phoebe Dahl is Educating Women the Help of New Clothing Line

Some of you may recognise Phoebe Dahl because of her high-profile relationship with model and soon to be megastar of Orange Is The New Black, Ruby Rose.

However, you are set to see her in a very different light – for her fashion and clothing line which is helping young girls receive an education.

She uses durable and simple organic fabrics to create elegant, comfortable and functional linen dresses, tops and bottoms for women.

However, for Dahl clothes are much more than a reflection of individual style.

The Los Angeles based designer’s fashion label, Faircloth & Supply, is an ethical women’s linen line working towards increasing the economic empowerment of women worldwide.

Dahl – the daughter of screenwriter Lucy Dahl and granddaughter of celebrated author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal – has spent most of her adult years in the world of fashion.

She attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, studied at the London College of Fashion, and worked with Amsterdam designer Jupe By Jackie.

However, on a recent business trip to Japan, she was exposed to textile mills producing stunning linen, and on the streets there she saw girls wearing the fabric in beautiful, oversize silhouettes.

A subsequent trip to India, where she was struck by its grave poverty, left her with the resolve to meld her interest in design with a philanthropic cause.

After setting up a small studio in Silver Lake, she researched women’s rights charities and designed the first pieces for Faircloth & Supply.

One of the reasons why I started my company is because I love fashion, but I didn’t want to be a part of the cutthroat industry [in New York]. I needed to create a company where I can do what I love, which is sewing, designing, and also being able to travel and do charity work. So I just kind of dreamed it up… and this is it.”

Every purchase from the collection provides a girl in Nepal with a school uniform through the GO Campaign, which works directly with the Nepalese non-profit organization General Welfare Pratisthan.

In addition to granting her enrolment in school, a uniform makes a Nepalese girl less likely to be the target of sex traffickers and other exploitation.

We’ve put 1,000 girls through school who wouldn’t have otherwise gone. We’re hoping to triple [that number] this year, fingers crossed. I get caught up when I’m over here in my busy life, and then I go back over there and I realize why I’m doing this and why I have to work so hard.”

Last spring, after only three months of dating, Dahl became engaged to Ruby Rose. Their schedules mean that the pair is on the road a lot, but they plan to wed in late 2016, once things calm down.

For now, they live in Silver Lake with a flock of rescued animals and try to use the attention they receive for good.

“We try to be good role models. Especially for the gay community and young gay women. People message us with stories, and we always make a point to respond and be there.”

A clothing collaboration with Rose is in the making, but no details have been given yet.

How Coming Out Allowed Ellen Page to Reconnect With Fashion

If you’ve been feeling a stronger-than-usual desire to purchase a Saint Laurent suit lately, then Ellen Page is probably the cause.

Page is stepping up a gear when it comes to fashion visibility, and it would seem her coming out has helped pave the way for this.

In the new issue Vogue (April 2015), Page confirms that coming out as gay has reignited the spark when it comes to getting dressed.

Also: More on Ellen Page and Julianne Moore’s New Lesbian Drama ‘Freeheld’

The out actress and activist said:

“I used to feel this constant pressure to be more feminine; a quiet or sometimes not-so-quiet demand — You need to wear a dress or people will think you’re gay.’ Now I feel a sense of freedom in dressing, and I’m enjoying it so much. I love wearing a Saint Laurent suit to an event… I mean, what a gift.”


Page will be playing Julianne Moore’s lesbian love interest in the upcoming film Freeheld, a role which has gained further significance since she publicly came out last year.

Lets take a moment to really appreciate Page’s post coming out wardrobe.

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Kim Kardashian & Cara Delevingne Join Forces For LOVE Magazine

Standard Cara Delevingne with her tongue out. Check. Pouting Kim Kardashian. Check. Take a look at the new cover for LOVE magazine.

Apparently, in the new issue (out 9 February), Cara Delevingne interviews Kim Kardashian. As well as being interviewer, Cara Delevingne also guest edits the issue.

White logo issue 13, @prada @stevenkleinstudio @kimkardashian @kegrand thank you for the ad Sunday Times

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Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø, and styled by Katie Grand, the pair look incredible in Sonia Rykiel’s Spring Summer 2015 collection.

LOVE Issue 13 Spring Summer 2015 goes on newsstands 9 February.

Cara Delevingne Butches It Up For New DKNY Menswear Campaign

Cara Delevingne is once again shining for DKNY, but this time she is butching things up for the new menswear campaign.

Wearing a dapper three-piece suit and tie, wedged trainers and no make-up for the shoot, she stars alongside male models Binx Walton, Xiao Wen Ju and Sam Rollinson in the brand’s SS15 campaign, shot in New York City.

The model-come-actress-come-singer is no stranger to the androyonous look having confessed to being a “total tomboy” on many occasions.


Proving her versatility, Delevingne also poses for the womenswear campaign too, channeling urban ’90s with Sam Rollinson and Binx Walton. The women’s outfits showcase the label’s sporty and striped collection.


So which Delevingne look do you prefer?

Cara Delevingne Turns Up The Heat For DKNY’s Latest Lingerie Campaign 

Right now, we all know Cara Delevingne is one of the world’s biggest supermodels. Always out with different female celebs in tow, photoed 24/7 and in every magazine. However, we very rarely get to see a sexy side of her… well that is until now, where she is turning up the heat for DKNY, proving she’s capable of juggling a successful career and a booming social life.

Off the catwalk she’s famed for wearing jeans, hipster T-Shirts and baseball caps, but the 22-year-old Brit model has totally transformed for her latest campaign with DKNY.

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Wearing nothing with the garments except for an unzipped black hoodie and a pair of grey socks, Cara smolders to the camera while she makes a call on a payphone.


Austro-Hungarian Empire Sets the Scene for Karl Lagerfeld New Short Film ft Pharrell and Cara Delevingne

For his latest short film ‘Reincarnation’ for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has recruited ‘ageless’ music master, Pharrell Williams, and ‘it-girl’ Cara Delevingne to star in the fashion house’s pre-fall extravaganza, which will take place on December 2nd in Salzburg, Austria. Geraldine Chaplin also co-stars.

Lagerfeld seems confident in his choices, saying,

“None of this would have been possible without Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin. It’s the perfect cast. Pharrell is a genius and Geraldine at her best in the role of Gabrielle Chanel in the year of her comeback.”

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The dreamy-Disney style fairytale, transports the viewer back to the 1950s Austro-Hungarian Empire, and to go with the fairy tale vibe, the film features a song written by Pharrell, with singing from both him and Delevingne. The two will also be the faces of the upcoming campaign.

The film will be played in Salzburg on the 1st December, the night before the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’art collection will be shown.

The below clip is how Lagerfeld imagines a part of Gabrielle Chanel’s life to have been, he says,

“It was time to show the origins of the CHANEL jacket, inspired by the one worn by the lift attendant in a hotel near Salzburg in the 1950s (…) Reincarnation is the story of a lift attendant’s jacket being reincarnated as a timeless piece of women’s wear.”

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In the film we will see Gabrielle holidaying in Salzburg where she meets a young lift-boy – Pharrell – whose uniform inspires her to create a classic and iconic Chanel design.

New York Fashion Week | It’s Who You Know Behind the Scenes That Counts – #NYFW

Aside from the best-known NYFW power players: Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Glenda Bailey among them, there is a group of less obvious influential movers and shakers who make NYFW what it is.

Jenna LyonsThe Creative Director

Out Jenna Lyons is the queen of juxtaposition: pairing chunky jewellery with plain white shirts, pencil skirt with embellished cardigan. She is the tall, beautiful and incredibly stylish leader of J. Crew, and a women who turned the brand image and appeal around in just a few years. She will be presenting the new spring ’15 J. Crew collection at NYFW. Making the mass retailer one of the only to present atNYFW. Why because J. Crew is now creating trends instead of adopting them and has the power to influence and inspire even luxury brands.

The Fashion Hub

The trio Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi, and Keith Baptista are the faces behind MADE. In the past six years they have helped launching the careers of Alexander Wang, Hood by Air and Altuzarra, just to name a few. With an impressive lineup that goes from Gareth Pugh to Cushnie et Ochs and Maison Kitsune this coming week, MADE is guaranteed to deliver some major fashion moments.

The Retail Fashion Directors

6 powerhouses -Tomoko Ogura (Barneys), Linda Fargo (Bergdorf Goodman), Ken Downing (Neiman Marcus), Colleen Sherin (Saks), Jeffrey Kalinsky (Nordstrom), Holli Rogers (Net-a-porter), who will be sitting in the first rows of most NYFW shows. They are typically unknown to the general public, however they ‘the’ most important people there. Editors can make or break a designer reputation, but this small group of discerning fashion gurus have the final word on “who’s in and who’s out”. They have the power to make a young designer and the money. Every designer is eager to impress them, and for a very good reason: The retail fashion directors decide who and what will be displayed in their beautiful stores next season.

The PR Agent

Libby Haan boutique agency Haan Projects represents designers like Adam Lippes, Creatures of the Wind and, Schiaparelli, and is one of the New York PR powerhouses. She has been running Haan Projects since 2010 after spending 15 years working in fashion PR for the most exclusive brands. Her role like with other PR gurus, is to be the ring master at every NYFW event. Not only is in charge of her clients’ image and press, but organizing the shows from A to Z including deciding which VIPs should occupy the front rows.

Mickey BoardmanThe Bloggers

The Coveteur is widely-recognised as the go-to source for behind-the-scenes, unparalleled access to the world’s most influential celebrities, tastemakers, events and prestigious brands. Started by Toronto-based Stephanie Mark and Jake Rosenberg started in 2011, The Coveteur gives its readers a voyeuristic look inside untapped territory (think: closets, homes, backstage, ateliers and archives), The Coveteur works closely with the world’s most notable brands to tell their story in a unique, compelling way.

The Fashion Editor

Look out for Mickey Boardman of PAPER Magazine powerful words. With his quick wit, big personality and sharp tongue, not to mention an incredible eye for fashion and talent, Boardman has risen from intern to editorial director. He’s famous for discovering new designers and NYFW wouldn’t be complete without him. This week “Mr. Mickey” (as he’s also known) is planning to attend the “Marc Jacobs, Public School, Michael Kors, Suno, Calvin Klein, Azede Jean-Pierre, and Proenza Schouler shows, plus anything at Milk Studios”.

Tom Ford Celebrates the Diversity of Female Beauty with Yaya DaCosta and Trans Model Valentijn de Hingh

Tom Ford  is planning to celebrate female beauty in his latest advertising campaign. The designer revealed his new fall/winter womenswear campaign, will showcase ‘the diversity of female beauty’ with rising stars such as Gigi Hadid, Ashleigh Good, Yaya DaCosta, and trans model Valentijn de Hingh.

As a fierce advocate of equal representation of LGBT models in the fashion industry, Ford selected the stunning Valentijn de Hingh, a transgender Dutch model who recently participated in Bruce Weber’s spring campaign for Barneys with a cast of 17 transgender people.

“The concept is individual style, which was the idea behind my first women’s show in New York. The campaign is focused on the personal, individual style of different types of women.”

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Yaya DaCosta is best known for her stint on America’s Next Top Model as Season 3’s runner-up, and was recently cast as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, I Will Always Love You. She shines in Tom Ford’s new campaign, alongside others notable beauties.

The star-studded shot also features Ashleigh Good, who closed the Spring 2013 Chanel Haute Couture show as a lesbian bride in response to gay-marriage inequality in France.

Lesbian Fashion Icons – Yes We Have Them, and WOW They’re Hot

Our list of Lesbian Fashion Icons. From the way they wear a shirt, to the cut of their blazers, lesbian celebrities are certainly making their mark and the age of dyke chic is here…

Beth Ditto

We just adore Beth Ditto’s style. Why, because there is no one in this world quite like her or in her league when it comes to fashion. Known for her band, Gossip, Beth Ditto radical feminist ora could not give a crap if she is a size 26, as she has never heard of the term “self conscious”. In fact, give her an item of clothing three sizes too small and she’d be all over it. Her brightly coloured Lycra playsuits seem to be her favourite. She’s loud and proud and we look up to this.

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose certainly knows what she’s going to wear in the morning before she steps out the front door. She is the definition of style – tattoo’d sleeve, vests and skinny jeans is her signature outfit, along with quirky piece of jewellery, which she nails it every time. Ms Rose came out as a big lesbian young, and since then she has always had this edgy cool look about her – she is a women who know’s what she wants in life and that is always a positive thing.

Kate Moennig

In The L Word, Kate Moennig played the tomboy / butch, against the ultra femme backdrop. In playing Shane, she has started a trend, which queer girls all over the world began to copy. The look is simple – white vests with blazers, converse on feet, and straight black hair with a floppy fringe. Most want to be her, and in the L word every lesbian wanted her. Her just-out-of-bed hair, is now the definition of ‘alternative lifestyle haircut’ – its bends gender.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen’s classic suits, crisp trousers, body-conscious sweaters and vests are tailored to be youthful, trendy and flattering. Matched with bright, playful colours and worn with sporty white trainers, Ellen have carved a fashion look that American go crazy for. She is the lesbian staple when it comes to fashion – she proves that menswear is not just for stone butches, but soft and fuzzy day-time-TV super stylist divas too.

AzMarie Livingston

Far from being a classic metropolitan girl, AzMarie Livingston hails from the conservative mid-west town of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Standing almost 5’10″, AzMarie gay essence certainly informs her fashion style. Blazing her own trail, she is unafraid to show her tattoos and sports a crew cut. Her look is unique and she is stunning. We completely understand why Raven-Symoné is smiling so sweetly now.



Gotta Love a Well-dressed Stud | Butch Fashion Styles From Tumblr This Week

Butch Fashion styles grasp the masculinity of fashion with a sturdy leather shoes mixed with a well placed belt and a variety hair styles.

Although butch styles vary from person to person it is the overall masculinity that we love. From Techie chic, to Summer Whites, Jeans & Blazer, to the Dandy – this week Tumblr has presented the best of the best of STUD style.

Queer Fashion | Heels to Die For

Queer Fashion | Is there any sexier feeling than making a show-stopping entrance in a fabulously fierce and always height-boosting pair of heels? Okay, we admit, that’s debatable. But here at KitschMix, we do love the sense of conviction that comes with putting on a pair of heels.

Here are three of our favourite heels for the season, so sharp they could be used as weapons (of self-confidence, of course).


Letting a bit of skin peek through clothing, whether through cutouts or sheer material, has been a fashion mainstay for the past few years. It’s only fitting that this trend finds its way to sheer shoes. These black lace stilettos from Dolce and Gabbana are too elegant for the fact that we’re drooling over them. If you’re not willing to break the bank, try this pair from Pink Pepper Dinka lack the lace, but the mesh-like details give it sporty vibes, right on trend.

Strappy Pumps

The basic pump is the sort of accessory that you can throw on any outfit, whether for work or going out. It’s a versatile piece, but we love how the runways have switched up this classic shoe with straps that wrap around the ankle. The trend is a call back to the ‘90s, but with its sleek and metallic design, it finds its unique place in 2014. Take inspiration from these heels from Roland Mouret, which embrace white, one of this season’s chic colours.


Last, but certainly not least, might be 2014’s most controversial shoe trend—the mule. Mules are open-backed and close-toed shoes, and women over the age of 60 generally love them. This year, though, they’ve been given a youthful makeover. You can find them with block heels or stilettos, and they come both in boot-style or pump-style. Plus, they’re super easy to wear—throw them on with a pair of jeans and you’ve got a polished look for the rest of your day. Here’s a great pair from Stella McCartney, which don summer 2014’s other dominant colour: pink, pink, pink.

So, add a sizzling pair of heels to complete your summer outfit—you’ll look so hot that you’ll give new meaning to the phrased “dressed to kill.”

5 Tomboy Fashion Bloggers to Follow

Tomboy fashionistas and fashion brands have taken internet by storm with their well crafted fashions blogs. Here is our run-down of the 5 top profiles online.

But I’m a Tomboy

Menswear, androgynous wear and tomboy chic – these are the passions of Sunny, an art student from New York whose site also deals with non-fashion issues.

Website: www.but-im-a-tomboy.com

Wild Fang

Self-described Robin Hoods, Wild Fang are busy reinventing menswear for tomboys all over the world. Check out their amazing designs, some of which are modelled by Kate Moenning and Casey Legler.

Website: www.wearewildfang.tumblr.com and www.wildfang.com

Switch Teams

Never has someone looked so good with dyed blue hair. A beautiful blend of very personal work and more referential stuff.

Website: www.switchteams.tumblr.com


Boston’s best LGBT style blog, Qwear began life in 2011. Founder Sonny Oram continues to wow the crowds with not only lovely images but enlightening op-eds and news reports.

Website: www.qwearfashion.com

Queering Style

Personal advice for LGBTS meets sartorial elegance. Alexa, who describes herself as “a queer with big hair”has used her Tumblr profile to promote her own sense of dapper style.

Website: www.queeringstyle.tumblr.com



The Seasons of Anna Wintour

While fashion trends can characterize a people as a collective; by economic class, era, nation, subculture, for day-to-day life or for special occasions; fashion is one of the most evident celebrations of individual expression.

Anna Wintour is exceptional in that she is not characterized by fashion. She is like a patron goddess of fashion who deigns to walk among the rest of us mere mortals. Wintour first began working in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen. She had attended fashion school and then declined to continue, saying that, “You either know fashion, or you don’t.”

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Wintour followed her pure instincts into influential and immensely respected positions in a number of fashion magazines, most notably as chief editor of Vogue magazine. The high standards she demanded earned her the moniker “Nuclear Wintour”, and eventual worldwide recognition and acclaim. At the same time, she continually broke industry conventions and took risks promoting young upstart designers. Did she single-handedly create a culture of fashion to suit her convictions? Or was she simply attuned on a deeper level to the pulse of today? Perhaps it doesn’t matter anymore. She is an icon: her bob-cut hair, her fine bone structure, her personal preference for furs, and the commanding elegance with which she carries herself—all remain unmistakable and timeless. Fashions change, but for almost three decades in the industry Anna Wintour has continued to stand strong.

This strong standing has also applied to Wintour’s vocal support of LGBT equality. “As far as I’m concerned, having the right to say ‘I do’ is as fundamental as the right to vote,” she said in a video for the Human Rights Campaign website, on the occasion of the “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” initiative. She has continued to be a vocal supporter of marriage equality progress over her Twitter account, and on talk shows.

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Also see – http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/01/10/anna-wintour-lgbt-award—honoured-for-gay-rights

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I *heart* Grace Jones – May Disco Live On

Some iconic celebrities remain set in their era, or reinvent themselves as they grow into the next. The compelling, iconic draw of Grace Jones is by no means subject to time or to passing fads. She was a striking presence as a model, with her angular face and her lithe body, she radiated self-possession. Jones embraced her androgynous beauty, wearing both women’s and men’s fashion alike so well and so distinctively that the influence of her image continues from the 1980’s and lasts until today. While widespread and much imitated, the style of Grace Jones remains unmistakable.

Jones’ celebrity status was not only a matter of looks. The multi-talented Grace Jones also had a memorable singing voice. Her silken belt could breathe life into disco and lounge jazz tunes alike. The diversity and versatility of her talents, in addition to her adventurous style, made her the right fit as a performance regular in New York’s famous Studio 54 multimedia night club. Well into her fourth decade of performance art, Jones continues to perform and tour the world.

When it came to action films with challenging stunts, Jones proved that she could hold her own amongst Hollywood werewolves, vampires, barbarians of sword-and-sorcery fantasy, and even James Bond himself. For the Saturn Awards, Jones had been nominated numerous times for her supporting roles in Conan the Destroyer and View to a Kill.

An autobiography of Grace Jones is currently in the works, slated for release in the autumn of 2014. Fans of the iconic Grace Jones can look forward to her fond memories of collaborating with famous artist Andy Warhol and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. New fans can come to a deeper appreciation of the influential and irrepressible Grace Jones, and be taken back to a time where aesthetics and expression blossomed into a kaleidoscope of life. We can thank icons such as Grace Jones for both preserving this zeitgeist and keeping it alive—perhaps, even, creating it.

An autobiography of Grace Jones is currently in the works, slated for release in the autumn of 2014. Fans of the iconic Grace Jones can look forward to her fond memories of collaborating with famous artist Andy Warhol and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. New fans can come to a deeper appreciation of the influential and irrepressible Grace Jones, and be taken back to a time where aesthetics and expression blossomed into a kaleidoscope of life. We can thank icons such as Grace Jones for both preserving this zeitgeist and keeping it alive—perhaps, even, creating it.

Out of the archive – STUDS by Nick Knight

While surfing the internet this weekend I came across these beautiful STUDS and just had to share.

This series of shots featured in V Magazine and were taken by Nick Knight. Nodding to fashion’s ongoing preoccupation with pushing gender boundaries, ‘Studs’ was a series of nine unique photo studies.

Each explored the idea of a third gender, Simon Foxton and Bea Sweet recruit a range of subjects who refuse to comply with traditional notions of the sexes.

The portraits – each a study of unconventional beauty – are captured by Nick Knight in stills and fashion film.

This project is a celebration of femininity, even though it’s not what we understand to be female.


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Photography – Nick Knight
Styling – Simon Foxton
Makeup – Bea Sweet
Hair – Lok Lau @ CLM
Nails – Mike Pocock @ Streeters
Makeup Assistance – Stephanie McLean
Models – Beau, Keedz, Rae, Chulo, Sirena, Teanna, Naechane, Jah, Chified

Grayson Perry talks fashion

How would you relate the concept of ‘fashion’ to the one of ‘style’?

Fashion is a way to orchestrate the spectacle of ideas. You can get someone who is fashionable but not terribly stylish, and the other way round. I can poo-poo fashion, but it actually plays out in the same way as art: we need the freshness, we need the novelty. As human beings, we are addicted to novelty. Part of being stylish is surprisingness. Part of being an artist is surprisingness. If there are ingredients of beauty, it certainly is one of them. Surprise is like a spice on the meal, it makes you say: “woo”.

From – http://www.anothermag.com – The Best of Intellectual Fashion