I’ve mentioned the fact that I live in Boston before, but with the recent events that took place, it seems more relevant. Marathon Monday is one of the biggest days of the year in Boston; the streets are teeming with people to watch the Boston Marathon joined by some of the city’s many college students partying from the crack of dawn. It’s hard to imagine a day crowded with so much positive energy being corrupted, and it’s even more surreal to be walking down the street towards the next celebration destination only to find out that an act of terror has been committed just blocks away.
I’m still not entirely sure how or why this took place, but to sum it up, the finish line at the Boston Marathon was subject to a series of large explosions. Two people have been reported dead, and over 100 have been injured. Luckily, my friends and I are safe, but I’m still left with quite a few questions.
What if my friends decided to take the train to the affected area just moments later than they did? What if my roommate had been called into work at her restaurant that is now severely damaged? Most importantly, why would someone want to disturb and destroy a day that is meant to symbolize unity and positivity? And with all of these attacks that have recently been breaking out on the face of America, what is happening to this country?
I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend what causes people to act with such spite. But I can’t even begin to express how glad I am about the safety of my friends and fellow Bostonians, as well as the love and support I’ve been seeing in response to this situation. That’s what’s really moved me the most. There has been so much help. From blood donations to people offering housing to people simply consoling others during the blinding chaos that suddenly swarmed Boston, these acts of kindness restore my faith in our often selfish society.
A fellow member of the Boston University community, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
The essence of this piece is to explain the importance of continuing to share this type of love and generosity. There always have been and will continue to be extremely tragic scenarios fueled by hate imposed on peaceful people, but if we continue the love and support that has been shown after this event, the world can have a bright future.
Honestly, I’m not usually this idealistic or deep; this is mainly a fashion blog after all. Maybe having my first experience in such a situation changed my outlook a little. Regardless, the most important thing we can do is hope for the best for the people who were affected and look forward to the day that there will be an end to people’s senseless hate.
I’m honestly starting to lose track of how many campaigns are being released for Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent and which season he’s even promoting at this point. It’s even more confusing when Slimane releases one great project (like his spring 2013 menswear collection) and then another that is so awful people question whether or not he’s joking (i.e: his fall 2013 collections for men and women). I’m not sure if I’ll ever understand what’s been going on at Saint Laurent.
Regardless, the latest from Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Music Project campaign is definitely putting him back on my good side. Featuring the masked musical duo, Daft Punk, the ads show sequined smoking jackets paired with guitars and bass guitars. This is definitely an improvement from the recent images of Marilyn Manson. Let’s hope Hedi Slimane sticks to things like this if he wants to continue at Saint Laurent.
Hermès definitely knows how to produce some pricey luxury items. If you ever get through the wait list, the famous Birkin bag will cost you at least $20,000. Meanwhile, a plain cotton t-shirt for men comes in at over $300. The latter price seems like nothing compared to the fashion house’s latest release: a men’s t-shirt for $91,500. Now I’m not one to mock the high cost of high fashion, as I respect the craftsmanship and prestige that goes into these pieces. However, I can’t deny I’m a little shocked by that price tag.
The t-shirt is made of crocodile leather, and to be honest, I’m kind of into this. Actually I love it. If I could get my hands on this top without selling my soul or sacrificing a child, I gladly would.
I wasn’t sure that Vogue Italia could produce anything more exceptional than their literally perfect March 2013 spread, but Steven Meisel is always outdoing himself. The photographer shot a potentially iconic cover featuring new face Edie Campbell for the magazine’s April 2013 issue. I’m not Campbell’s biggest fan, but she looks immaculate in this photo, which is giving me some great 90’s vibes. While the cover spread has yet to be released, I have no doubts that it will be another great piece from one of the best fashion magazines in the world. Until then, enjoy the cover and let me know your thoughts!
There have definitely been some issues with race when it comes to fashion. Luckily, a few girls have been making moves to change this ridiculous problem. Enter Yityish Aynaw, the first black woman to be crowned Miss Israel. Though I don’t exactly think pageantry qualifies as legitimate high fashion (call me a snob, but it is what it is), Aynaw is still doing wonders to fight the whitewashed “ideal” look.
Yityish is of Ethiopian descent. Several Ethiopians were airlifted to Israel in 1984 and 1991 to avoid civil war, and Israel now holds a substantial Ethiopian community. Aynaw’s victory coincides with several protests of discrimination against Israel’s Ethiopian population; many people blame the recent 50% decline in the nation’s Ethiopian population on allegations that Ethiopian women were given birth control shots against their will.
Though the Ethiopian population of Israel was well-established years ago, Yityish Aynaw moved from Ethiopia to her grandparents’ home in Israel after she was orphaned at age 12. Though she didn’t speak Israel’s official language when she arrived, she developed her Hebrew skills at her Jewish boarding school and quickly began her ascent into success.
La’Isha magazine, Israel’s equivalent of Vogue sponsors the Miss Israel pageant, and Yityish Aynaw fronts the cover after her victory. Hoping to eventually be an Israeli diplomat, she was also invited to the White House to meet President Obama. She’s already accomplished a lot, but let’s hope to see more of Yityish Aynaw in the near future.
As I’m sure you know, I’m essentially obsessed with Givenchy this season. I’ve already seen most of the images from the Mert & Marcus-shot campaign, but after coming across a couple more today, my interest was reignited. The full cast comprises of Mariacarla Boscono, Marina Abramovic, Jose Maria Manzanares, Jared Buckhiester, and the iconic Kate Moss. Surprisingly, this is Moss’ first campaign for the Parisian fashion powerhouse, though she owns her looks as if she’s been doing this for ages…Oh, wait, she has.
Okay I’m a few days late, but in case you haven’t heard, Beyoncé is the face of H&M’s summer ad campaign. The absolute ruler of anything related to pop culture, Mrs. Carter is shot in typical goddess form by Inez & Vinoodh. The campaign also comes with a commercial directed by Jonas Åkerlund, which features Queen Bey’s new song, “Standing on the Sun.” Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until May for the collection and for Beyoncé’s new single.
I’m not exactly sure where these Brazilian twins came from or where they’ve been all of my life, but these are a couple of new faces I could definitely be interested in. Thanks to the wonderful miss Naomi Campbell, this intriguing Instagram post (above) gives us a look at the stunning sisters. Apparently, they’ve also starred in an editorial styled by Anna Dello Russo with Dutch model Mirte Maas (below); in my opinion, they completely stole the spotlight. Let’s hope that we get to see a lot more of the Massena twins in the near future.
Angolan native, Maria Borges has been killing it this season. It usually takes a lot for me to even pay attention to a new girl, but Maria is my favorite model of the moment. She’s walked for top designers such as Givenchy, Tom Ford, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, and many more this season, and she looked perfect every time. I’m hoping she has a very long and successful career. Take a look at this goddess and you’ll see where I’m coming from.
It’s not every day you see fashion icon Kate Moss walking down the runway…actually, I think I remember reading somewhere that she hates runway. So, I was pleasantly surprised when she closed the Louis Vuitton fall 2011 show a couple years back, and it was just as exciting to see Kate pop up at the fall 2013 Louis Vuitton show this morning. After a stampede of mostly bland preteens (besides a few established models like Isabeli Fontana & Mariacarla Boscono), Kate Moss’ appearance was extremely refreshing. This almost makes up for another season of hoping Gemma Ward would make a comeback only to be disappointed, but that’s another story…
As far as the Louis Vuitton collection itself, I don’t really want to comment on it. Personally, I don’t really think there is much to comment on; it’s basically a repeat of Marc Jacobs’ fall 2013 collection that was shown in New York a few weeks ago. It wasn’t bad, but I’m not moved. Regardless, you can check out the collection at Style.com and see Kate Moss and company in action.