New York is too large and all-encompassing to fit into one box. It can be dark and gritty, posh and glamorous, or cool and laidback. Collecting all those many shades of the city that never sleeps and packaging it in a concise way is DKNY, the fashion label founded in 1989 by designer Donna Karan as a younger-leaning offshoot of her larger, eponymous brand. 30 years later, it is all that is left standing of the LVMH-owned company.
To celebrate DKNY’s longevity, the brand has enlisted three native New Yorkers to front its anniversary campaign, each conveying a passion that the Big Apple fostered. Singer Halsey (née Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) is the face for the women’s line, while music producers Steven and Chris Martinez of the Martinez Brothers take charge of the men’s. The two associated videos showcase the sensory overload that is this city through fast-paced camera movements, flashing red lights, and stacked television screens in a studio space. The two clips mirror one another in terms of look, but clearly differ in the attire and gestures.
In Halsey’s video, she is seen in a number of outfits: a sleek black suit with pumps, a blazer dress, denim separates, and a leopard-print sports bra, bike shorts, and sneakers. She dances along the thumping background music, and, towards the end, picks up brushes and paint to create a Pollock-style work. This is in reference to her arts upbringing (she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design before dropping out due to financial hardships). Although she makes her living as a musician, she still readily presents her paintings on her Instagram.
The Martinez Brothers, on the other hand, display their mastery of the turntables, something they developed as local DJs before touring the globe. “We were born and raised in the Bronx,” they jointly express in a statement. “We are blessed to have found our passion through music. It’s taken us to the far corners of the world, and along the way, we have met so many people and have had the craziest adventures.” Both don a selection of coats, suits, and daywear that, according to them, typify their home city. “[New York] made us who we are, and is with us always wherever we may be. You can hear it in the music we play, and how we talk, and see it in the way we dress. That’s why this partnership with DKNY is and so natural, and makes perfect sense for us.”
By enlisting a fresh-faced crop of celebrities with strong ties to New York, DKNY is making the case that it is still the ultimate purveyor of the city’s style. It’s all in line with the brand’s heritage of incorporating iconic elements of New York life—from the taxi cabs to the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building—that are cast atop an assortment of sleek and sporty silhouettes. Three decades on, DKNY still hews to a visual language that, by and large, appeals to all cultures, one that collects all that the city represents and places it into a box ready for purchase.
Rihanna on biography being all photos, says her fans would ‘rather look at pictures than read’
Rihanna is definitely a woman of the times.
And she knows her audience, too.
The pop superstar has released a new book, a larger-than-life, coffee table book of photos being billed as a “visual biography.”
Over 5 years in the making… happy to finally share this collection of incredible memories. Thanks to all of the photographers & artists that contributed & to @phaidon for working with me to publish my first piece of art in a new industry! pre-order on https://t.co/XIX4c7zPdI 📚 pic.twitter.com/9aXtjzFDIJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 7, 2019
Published by the London-based Phaidon, “Rihanna” features over a thousand pictures that the pop star herself chose, from images of her childhood, to tour snaps and behind-the-scenes moments.
The nine-time Grammy Award winner believes the book, although priced upwards of $175 a pop, is more accessible to her legion of fans as opposed to other celebrity biographies.
“I don’t got time for a memoir, girl,” Rihanna told Women’s Wear Daily about the collectible memoir. “And my fans are young and they’ve got Attention Deficit Disorder; they’d rather look at pictures than read, let’s be real.”
“But it’s something that we both can enjoy,” the Def Jam Records diva added. “I get to share these moments in a visual way. These are moments that my fans either have been a part of, can relate to, or haven’t had access to. So it’s a combination of me and them and sharing my memories and my life, some of which they’ve been there for, a lot of which they’ve seen evolve before their eyes.”
Madonna Says She Feels ‘Raped’ After ‘New York Times’ Profile
Madonna is slamming her recent New York Times profile.
The lengthy article — titled “Madonna at Sixty” — was published on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, the singer took to Instagram to criticize it. Madonna shared an outtake from the accompanying photoshoot for the piece as well as behind-the-scenes photos, and said she was upset that the writer continuously focused on her age.
“To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement,” she wrote. “It seems. You cant fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially strong independent women. The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people dont get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN! Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists.”
“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her,” she added. “It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
ET reached out to The New York Times, which declined comment.
Interestingly enough, Madonna also says she felt “raped” in the article, when she talked about songs from her Rebel Heart album leaking early in 2015.
“There are no words to describe how devastated I was,” she says. “It took me a while to recover, and put such a bad taste in my mouth I wasn’t really interested in making music. I felt raped.”
The profile piece — which opens describing her rehearsal for her 2019 Billboard Music Awards performance and notes that the singer’s stand-in is “younger and looked Asian” — in part focuses on how the singer is currently adapting to the pop music world, whose audience is skewing younger and younger due to the popularity of streaming. The article does stress her legend status, and Madonna herself is asked about being “creative, provocative and sexual over 60.”
“It’s almost like a crime,” Madonna says.
“You can’t win,” she later says about the struggle middle-aged women face when it comes to social media. “An a** shot will get you more followers, but it will also get you more detractors and criticism. You’re in that funny place.”
The writer also notes of Madonna’s career, “It was depressing that the younger generation didn’t seem to have an understanding of the way Madonna had used her iron will to forge a particular type of highly autobiographical, uber-empowered, hypersexualized female pop star who became the dominant model of femininity across the nation. Without Madonna, we don’t have Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and maybe even Janelle Monae.”
Christian Siriano wins best-view award at NY Fashion Week
If there were a best-view award at New York Fashion Week, Christian Siriano would win it. The sights outside the designer’s runway show atop Rockefeller Center were hard to beat: The Empire State building, the Chrysler Building and other Manhattan landmarks, just as the sun began to set on a cold but clear Saturday.
As for the clothes, Siriano looked to the future — the far-off future — with a collection that had an outer-space feel, with shiny silver metallics and highly sculpted futuristic shapes.
Even the colors were galactic: “Pulsar purple,” ”comet blue,” ”eclipse black,” ”astral plane ivory,” ”asteroid gray,” and “supernova silver.”
Siriano himself was full of apologies as he came out for his post-show bow, telling the crowd “I’m so sorry!” for the late start — a result of congestion in elevators leading up to the venue, and lines snaking through the lobby at Rockefeller Center. He repeated the apologies throughout post-show interviews.
The celebrity guests didn’t seem to mind too much: Debra Messing, Billy Porter and Mariska Hargitay whooped with admiration as some of Siriano’s flamboyant designs came down the runway. Other celebs in attendance included actresses Christina Hendricks, Christina Ricci, Danielle Brooks, and Kelli Giddish.
“I’m thinking of futurism,” Siriano said backstage about his theme, “and what do people think about that, what does futuristic mean to everybody else? So mine was if you had to live in a different realm, a different world, how would you dress, and what would your social calendar be like. What would inspire you?”
The designer is known for the diversity of his runway — racial diversity, and also size — and said he remained committed, “because that’s who our customer is, that’s our world, that’s what’s out there. So it doesn’t make sense to not have that, all these different women. I think that was very important to highlight the range of beauty.”
Plus-sized model Tess HolIiday, who attended the show, said Siriano was “size inclusive and he’s one of the first designers to do it. He continuously not only shows up for our community, but puts on beautiful shows.”
Siriano said he’d just finished taping his first season as mentor on “Project Runway,” taking over from Tim Gunn, and working alongside supermodel Karlie Kloss.
“It was awesome,” he said of returning to the reality show, which he won as a contestant in its fourth season. “I love working with Karlie. I think it’s going to be really great.” He said he’d be bringing his perspective as a working designer to the show’s contestants.
“I treat them the same way I treat my staff, my team,” he said. “Like, ‘Do you like that fabric? Do you think that’s right? I’m giving them advice the same way I would give my team advice.”
Siriano was full of appreciation for the vocal support he gets from his celebrity guests.
“Sometimes fashion people can be a bit, you know, they’re tired,” he quipped, “so it’s so nice to have (his celebrity fans) there to support me, because listen, they’re wearing the clothes. So even if an editor hates the clothes, I’m like, ‘Well that’s fine, Debra Messing is nominated for a Golden Globe and I’m going to dress her! So for me, that’s important. And I don’t know why other people don’t think it is.”
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