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.
Rihanna, often known as @badgalriri, is always one to make a spectacle. Meanwhile, she’s also become something of a style icon within the past few years. So, it’s not surprising that the seven costumes for her Diamonds World Tour are custom pieces by some of fashion’s most coveted designers. Riri’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg explains that the varied styles are meant to match the multifaceted musical genres the singer incorporates; from dancehall to EDM to rock ‘n’ roll, Rihanna is seen in a mélange of graphic tee’s, holographic neon, and leather accents to fit each sound.
Riccardo Tisci contributes to the costume collection with a custom Givenchy Haute Couture cape for one look and an embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture coat worn with a bra, a sheer skirt, shorts, and boots for another. Rihanna’s go-to costume designer, Adam Selman created an outfit of a leather bra and pants, which she wore with custom white Manolo Blahnik boots. Selman also put together a red jersey top and skirt for Rihanna, as well as a holographic dollar-bill-print dress, which was paired with custom Pierre Hardy sneakers. Raf Simons got in on the action, too, and @badgalriri rocked a sheer jersey t-shirt dress by the Christian Dior designer with Christian Louboutin boots and a Michael Schmidt nameplate necklace (the boots and necklace were also custom-made, of course). Finally, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz designed a jumpsuit, a belt, and several necklaces just for Riri.
With all of the immense details in each piece, Rihanna basically has her own haute couture collection exclusively for her Diamonds World Tour. I think it’s safe to say that a Rihanna concert is also a fashion show.
custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
Adam Selman and custom Manolo Blahnik boots
custom Raf Simons, custom Christian Louboutin boots, and custom Michael Schmidt necklace
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.
I’m flying to Miami in a few hours, and I’m so excited for my spring break to finally start! I’m not excited for how exhausted I’ll be from the inevitable sleep deprivation, nor am I excited to have to finish the homework I have due right after the break. But I cannot wait to be on the beach and going clubbing in Miami, and I can barely contain my enthusiasm for Ultra Music Festival this Friday-Sunday!!!! I’ll try to update as much as possible, but I’ll have to work around my busy schedule of enjoying Miami.
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.
I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to live, study, and work in Paris from September-December or January of this year. I’m a total francophile and everything about the city gives me life. Another important aspect of my trip will definitely be getting in some great nights of partying; I am a club promoter after all.
Though unlikely, it would be so sick to be able to go to some glamorous fashion week party during my time in Paris. Last night, there was a slew of fashion fêtes involving Valentino Garavani looking like a total boss in a scarf that appeared to have an image of a $100 bill on it. Meanwhile, Karlie Kloss looked pristine in a Mary Katrantzou dress, Cora Emmanuel rocked a very Haider Ackermann-esque ensemble, and Carine Roitfeld and Adrien Brody got to hang out with Kanye West, who is basically my role model (haters are delusional). It was a night that combined my two favorite subjects: fashion & nightlife. I would literally cut off a body part to have an evening like this, just as long as it wouldn’t prevent me from being attractive enough to be invited. Check out the gallery to get a better understanding of why going to a Paris Fashion Week party is at the upper portion of my bucket list.
Valentino Garavani exuding excellence
Riccardo Tisci and Joan Smalls, both in Givenchy
Kanye West, Carine Roitfeld, in Givenchy, and Adrien Brody
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.