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'Mean Girls' Makes a Comeback
Mean Girls, the 2004 cult classic film written by comedian Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, is getting a reboot. After its enormous success of the film, a theatrical adaptation of Mean Girls later went on to capture audiences on Broadway. Now, a new Mean Girls film is in the works, but it’s not a sequel to the original. Instead, it’s an adaptation of the musical. Therefore, the new Mean Girls movie is a movie based on a musical based on a movie. We have a feeling Karen would have a lot of trouble following along.
Rihanna Adds "Editor" to Her Resume
As a multi-hyphenate talent, Rihanna has gone from being one of the world’s foremost popstars to one of its most pioneering beauty and fashion moguls – but she’s not stopping there. Instead, the inexhaustible star has added “editor” to her lengthy resume with the release of i-D magazine’s Rihannazine. With content fully curated by Rihanna, the focus of this incredible issue is people who are changing culture in the realm of fashion, music, activism, art, and cinema. Imagine being handpicked by Rihanna to appear in that issue.
Balenciaga Returns to the Haute Couture Line-Up
Balenciaga is a house long rooted in the haute couture tradition, but it hasn’t produced a couture collection in 52 years. House founder Cristóbal Balenciaga was renowned for his astonishing couture creations and, in 2020, it is Balenciaga Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia who will interpret archival codes for the modern era.
“For me, Couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation,” Gvasalia said in a statement. “It not only offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking, it also brings the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin. Couture is above trends. It’s an expression of beauty on the highest aesthetic and qualitative levels.” Balenciaga will officially return to the haute couture calendar in July 2020.
Kaia Gerber Collaborates with Jimmy Choo
Kaia Gerber’s love of comfort and 90s style is coming to a Jimmy Choo collection near you. The young supermodel has collaborated with the British label on a four-piece capsule collection inspired by her personal love of the iconic ‘Cruz’ boot, launching on February 2. You’ll find the style in brown snakeskin alongside black mules, slingback kitten heels, and tan ankle boots in suede. Furthermore, 15 percent of all sales will go to benefit Gerber’s charity of choice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s ‘Gancini’ Collection Returns
We’ll forever remember last year’s hilarious ‘Gancini’ campaign by Bryanboy, which starred a cadre of influencers, while also making fun of influencer culture. This year, the fashion blogger returns as Creative Director of the project and, once again, he tapped influencers for the new campaign. This time around, the new ‘Gancini’ launch features yellow, orange, and light blue colorways as the focus of the campaign with style icons like Tamu McPherson answering the question, “What is iconic today?”
As one of the house’s most enduring icons, the ‘Gancini’ has been refreshed for modern tastes. Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Paul Andrew praised the design, saying, “The Gancini is a beautiful symbol with an authentic connection to Ferragamo – it is based on a piece of metalwork on the gates of the company’s Palazzo in Florence. The ‘Gancini’ is iconic to us, a symbol that articulates and connects the values of Salvatore Ferragamo.”
Azzedine Alaïa and Cristóbal Balenciaga Share a Special Exhibit
When Cristóbal Balenciaga shuttered the doors of his famous couture atelier in 1968, the remaining surplus of his skillfully crafted creations were left without a home. Mademoiselle Renée, who worked as Vice General Director of Balenciaga for years, decided to call up an extremely promising young designer to see if he could rework the leftover pieces. His name? Azzedine Alaïa.
When Alaïa saw the incredible way the pieces were constructed, he refused to rework them. Instead, he preserved them and, afterwards, his own work paid homage to the masters of cut who came before him. It is this astonishing story that forms the basis for the new exhibit Alaïa x Balenciaga: Sculptors of Shape, which is open daily in Paris at Hôtel de Ville until June 28. The exhibit showcases 80 extraordinary couture silhouettes, including those by Balenciaga, thereby providing a dialogue between the two masters.
Dior Releases a Rosy New Fragrance
Once again, Natalie Portman returns as the face of Dior fragrances, celebrating the launch of ‘Rose N’Roses’. The elegant new fragrance captures the mood of love with one of the most enduring symbols of romance, the rose. Co-starring in the campaign is a beautiful ‘Miss Dior’ gown designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, which features ethereal layers embroidered with hand-painted and stitched floral appliqués. The exquisite fragrance, which blends the freshness of Grasse roses with zesty bergamot and intense white musk notes, is now available everywhere that Dior perfumes are sold.
Kate Spade New York Announces Naomi Watanabe as Its Global Ambassador
Naomi Watanabe, one of Japan’s funniest exports, was just announced as Kate Spade’s new global ambassador for 2020. As a body positive role model and style icon to millions of young women, Watanabe’s infectious sense of humor and colorful personality make her an ideal ambassador for the whimsical brand.