Kanye West’s most outrageous fashion claims

Noomi Rapace, Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld at the Givenchy Menswear show in 2014.
Noomi Rapace, Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld at the Givenchy Menswear show in 2014. Photograph: Michel Dufour/WireImage

This month’s extraordinary US GQ interview with Kanye West is quite a treat, outlining the rapper’s fight for celebrities’ civil rights, explaining why he customised the bar at his wedding (“I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals,” he fumes) and issuing the ultimate compliment to former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld: “She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today.”

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State Governments Misappropriating Public Funds With Dubious Laws

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*Study shows direct link with states’ misuse of N8.22 Trillion in 4 Years

A mapping and scoping survey of anti-corruption and governance measures in public finance management within Nigerian states has shown that state governments misuse public revenues accrued to their states through dubious and faulty public finance laws.
The study was conducted by the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms

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Jonathan Meets Chibok Schoolgirls’ Parents, Escapees

 
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President Goodluck Jonathan

* Assures on safe rescue of abductees

…To rebuild Chibok

….Says everything will be done to protect their education

President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday met with parents of abducted schoolgirls, as well as those who escaped Boko Haram captivity, reassuring them of the federal government’s determination and his own personal determination to ensure that the girls that are still in captivity are brought out alive.

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A history of defacing the Hermes Birkin bag

Some call it sacrilege, others call it customisation – but as another celebrity showcases their ‘personalised’ Hermès Birkin bag we take a look at the history of defacing the storied sac

Jane Birkin in 1996, with the Hermes bag named in her honour, decorated with stickers

Jane Birkin in 1996, with the Hermes bag named in her honour, decorated with stickers Photo: Rex

Forget private jets and magnums of Cristal, the Hermès Birkin is the international symbol of wealth. Victoria Beckham apparently has a collection worth in the region of £1.5 million. Tamara Ecclestone has 30, each housed in custom-made glass cases in her wardobe. Why, then, does this hand-held status symbol so oft find itself the target of questionable ‘customisation’? Continue reading

What To Eat Now: ice-cream, because it’s not as bad as you think

Our weekly columnist, expert nutritionist and author Ian Marber gives us the refreshingly healthy scoop on ice-cream

What To Eat Now: ice-cream, because it's not as bad as you think

What To Eat Now: ice-cream, because it’s not as bad as you think Photo: REX

When I was growing up ice cream was the biggest treat we could imagine. My elder sister and I would eat ours as slowly as possible to make it last longer, but there was always that fine line between being able to boast that ‘I’ve still got some’ and a bowl of slightly warm sludge. I was amazed on Friday, the proverbial ‘hottest day of the year’, when I heard the chimes of an ice cream van, not because I thought all that was extinct but because it’s unexpected on the streets of central London – at least the chimes were. Continue reading

At home with Paris Hilton: we visit the socialite turned DJ

She has a whole room of Jimmy Choos, and a miniature villa for her dogs. But the socialite-turned-DJ Paris Hilton insists she’s ‘down-to-earth normal’. Can it be true?

Paris Hilton photographed at home in Los Angeles

Paris Hilton photographed at home in Los Angeles Photo: AMANDA FRIEDMAN

“Life is not about finding yourself,” reads a sign on the sideboard in Paris Hilton’s house. “Life is about creating yourself.” So whom or what exactly has Paris Hilton created? To some the celebutante-actress-singer-model-perfumer-brand known as Paris is an astute businesswoman peddling her naivety with acumen, to others a deluded Barbie-like child-woman completely divorced from reality. Continue reading

Preserve, Blake Lively’s lifestyle website, launches

American actress Blake Lively has launched Preserve, a website dedicated to the most stylish produce and inspiring stories hailing from the USA

Blake Lively in Chanel

Blake Lively in Chanel Photo: Getty

The interface is somewhat moodier and darker than we’d have expected from Blake Lively and the mega-watt smile we’re used to seeing her pull on the red carpet, but Preserve, her lifestyle website, has finally launched.

The 26-year-old Gossip Girl star is tiptoeing in the footsteps of fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP with her venture, which aims to champion US craftsmanship. In her editor’s letter, Lively describes Preserve and the personalities and products it highlights as, “a sort of greatest hits of ‘Main Street, USA’”. Continue reading

Edie Campbell’s family affair for Lanvin

Lanvin hasn’t just called on model Edie Campbell for its latest campaign, it has also cast her entire family

When it comes to campaigns, getting family members to star alongside each other is nothing new; Carine and Julia Roitfeld have done it, so have Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger. But getting the entire family? That is new.

That’s exactly what Lanvin has done for its autumn/winter 2014 campaign. The brand’s creative director called upon British model-of-the-moment Edie Campbell and no less than eight members of her family to showcase the collection in a suitably fun and carefree way. Continue reading

Beyoncé and Jay Z are planning to split.

 Beyonce and Jay Z perform on the opening night of the On The Run Tour. (AP)
 

The couple – who are currently on their joint On The Run world tour – are said to be working out a way to break-up without divorcing following the final dates of tour in Paris this December and have already removed their wedding rings.

A source told The New York Post’s Page Six: “There are no rings, if you haven’t noticed.

“They are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing … This is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front.”

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Is Beyonce Partnering With ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ a Good Idea?

Is Beyonce Partnering With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' a Good Idea?

Beyonce performs during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

Will Beyoncé be getting drunk in love with Christian Grey? 

Fans of the singer had their hopes raised over the weekend when Queen Bey gave the Internet a proclamation from her castle, errr, rather, an Instagram post from her official account of the teaser to the teaser trailer for the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Over a couple of quick shots from the movie was a slowed-down, particularly sultry version of Beyoncé’s famous “Uh Oh, Uh Oh, Uh Oh, Oh No Nos” from what sounded like a new version of “Crazy in Love.”

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5 New Haircuts to Try for Summer

Warm weather is finally here, and in preparation for the long beach days and hot summer nights ahead, we’re switching up our hairstyles. From asymmetrical blunt cuts to choppy layers, this season’s looks have an edge but are still totally easy to pull off. Here, we give you the chicest cuts for summer with styling tips from Ricardo Rojas, founder of Ricardo Rojas Hair http://ricardorojashair.com/ in New York City, and stylist to Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Chastain.

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Marc Jacobs

About the Designer

To say Marc Jacobs is influential is an understatement. He is a driving force whose designs set a distinct mood and define the top trends each season. Never a dull moment seems to be the designer’s credo, as he turns out collection after collection replete with creative variety and sartorial wonder. One season he mines the ’40s, the next he’s taking us on a journey through a neon-painted ’80s retrospective—keeping everyone from hip starlets to fashion editors in his grasp. Jacobs, who spends much of his time in Paris, launched his signature collection in 1986 and his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, in 2001. He also serves as creative director of Louis Vuitton.

 

Looking Back: Coco Chanel

About the Designer

What would fashion be without Chanel? The legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is perhaps the most important designer of the 20th century. Her influence is consistently seen in modern day, with Chanel signatures—the chain-link quilted handbags, tweed jackets, chunky costume jewelry, and even the little black dress—being among fashion’s most replicated designs. Über-designer Karl Continue reading

Angels and Demons: Alexander McQueen

Remembering one of fashion’s geniuses

McQueen: Gilles Bensimon (2001); runway: Imaxtree

About one month before Alexander McQueen took his life, on February 11 at age 40, I received a call from one of his close friends asking me if I had DVDs of seasons one and two of True Blood. “Lee’s obsessed!” the friend said. “Desperate!” McQueen (known as Lee to friends and family) took his obsessions to such extremes that few people could possibly appreciate this urgency. I vowed to have the show in his hands within 48 hours.

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Alexander McQueen

About the Designer

Soon after British designer Alexander McQueen burst onto the scene in 1992, he became known as an enfant terrible who courted controversy (Legend has it he scrawled obscenities inside a suit destined for Prince Charles while working on London’s famous Savile Row.). His couture-level designs were as theatrical as the spectacles that showcased them, whether it was a life-size chess game or re-enactment of an insane asylum. After the designer’s tragic death in 2010, his right-hand woman, Sarah Burton, who had been with the company since 1996, took over as creative director. She continues McQueen’s legacy, producing gorgeously constructed pieces that combine elements of British tailoring with French couture, and is known for her frequent collaborations with Prince Charles’s daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton—most famously, on Middleton’s wedding dress.

 

 

Three’s a Trend | At the Spring/Summer 2015 Men’s Wear Shows, Printed Shirts and Ties Get Matchy-Matchy

From left: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs and Z Zegna.From left: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs and Z Zegna.

There are so many competing guides, tutorials and rules out there for creating the right shirt-and-tie combination that it all seems a bit arbitrary and overcomplicated. Judging from what we’ve seen at the spring/summer 2015 Milan and Pitti Uomo shows, there might a be a less confusing (and more cheeky) approach to try: shirts and ties that implement the same humorous print. Massimiliano Giornetti, the creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, paired a tie with a matching shirt emblazoned with grazing giraffes. Marc Jacobs, whose collection featured cool interpretations of pastels and flamingo imagery, showed a shirt and tie, both in a pink fern print, under a dusty rose checked suit that somehow still maintained an edge. The Z Zegna show, which was at Pitti Uomo in Florence this season, displayed a smart balance of athletic wear and fine Italian tailoring. One example was a pentagonal polka dot shirt with an elasticated hem, worn with a matching tie and trainers.

“But I think th…

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
— Tina Fey (Bossypants)

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
Tina Fey (Bossypants)