Stella McCartney: Its not like Im here for an easy life

The fashion designer talks about her latest collection, the creative frustrations of eco sequins and why shes not a fan of washing her bra I am standing in the Paul McCartney music playing on repeat, as Stella explains when I meet her in a private room on the top floor. Limited-edition versions of her clothes hang all around us, saved for favoured customers who make it into this locked zone. Inspired by the Beatles: highlights from Stella McCartneys new All Together Now collection. Photograph: Daniel Benson/The Observer Indeed, it turns out that the rocks have been shipped down from Pauls farm on the Mull of Kintyre, where mist rolls in from the sea the mist now rolls into his daughters …

The curated ear: why delicate, decorative piercings are the new tattoos

Multiple piercings make a strong fashion statement, and are less of a commitment than getting inked. But do you know your antitragus from your conch? Conch, rook, helix, daith: these words wont mean anything to most people, but to an army of voguish women, they are immediately recognisable as the 2008 study found that nearly half of women in England aged 16-24 had piercings at sites other than the earlobe (this included sites elsewhere on the body). By comparison, a global piercing empire. In addition to two London outposts, Tash has studios in Rome, Dublin and Dubai, and her celebrity fans including Rihanna and Zo Kravitz (Rihanna has worn a diamond stud in her helix, and a ring in her …

#KimOhNo: Kim Kardashian West renames Kimono brand amid outcry

Reality TV star had drawn widespread criticism from critics accusing her of disrespecting Japanese culture Kim Kardashian West has confirmed she is renaming her new Kimono line of shapewear after widespread criticism over the brands name. Kardashian West, 38, drew accusations of cultural appropriation after she detailed plans for the brand last week. Critics said the name kimono disrespected Japanese culture and disregarded the significance behind the traditional outfit. On Monday Kardashian West announced on Twitter she was changing the name. She she would be in touch soon with a new brand name but did not say what that would be. She wrote: My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought …

Trying to keep up with the Kardashians is returning women to the Victorian era | Marie Le Conte

Todays socialites promote an ideal of beauty that belongs to another time, says French journalist Marie Le Conte Kim Kardashian West is perched on a chair. Shes not quite sitting; instead, shes pushing her hands into the armrests then leaning against the cushion. Her figure is grotesque: above her generous hips rests an already small waist, tightened beyond belief thanks to a The video the quote is from was posted on 7 May, and has been watched more than 21m times since then. Perhaps she was right not to sit; a few weeks later, actor Elle Fanning attended a dinner at Cannes posted a picture of her nails on Instagram. They were tie-dye, presumably acrylics, and absurdly long. How long …

The new feminist armpit hair revolution: half-statement, half-ornament

Female body hair is becoming more visible in popular culture and, while the issue has been around for decades, the new enthusiasm for hirsuteness has a 21st-century twist I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. While watching the HBO show High Maintenance, I noticed that Lee, the protagonists hip and beautiful love interest, was sporting hairy armpits. Look! I cried to my husband, as though Id unexpectedly spotted a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of my favorite obscure band. For the past couple of decades, I have seldom shaved my armpits. Now, all of a sudden, I was on-trend. Among both celebrities and the masses, female body …

Rihanna’s Fenty label aims to rip up fashion industry rules

Singers new clothing line, on sale this week, has ditched traditions such as catwalk shows A corseted Japanese denim minidress ($810), a cotton canvas blazer belted with a coordinating bumbag ($1,100), oversized sunglasses ($460) and a brass-and-crystal earcuff ($420) will go on sale at a pop-up boutique in the Marais district of Paris on Wednesday evening, when Rihanna launches her luxury fashion house, Fenty. Rihannas arrival in the luxury fashion space is a defining moment. Until now, celebrities who have tried their hand at design have faced the judgment of an industry that has held the power to endorse success or condemn a label to failure. Fenty clothes will go on sale at a pop-up in Paris. Photograph: Youtube the …

Dressing for the dock: the psychology of courtroom style

Anna Sorokins demure designer wardrobe, Felicity Huffmans sensible cardigan, Harvey Weinsteins loose button it is impossible to separate clothing from court optics Scammer, con artist, grifter. All words used to describe Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress sentenced to four to 12 years imprisonment for swindling more than $200,000, although style icon is the label that has endured, at least in fashion circles. Since attending trial at Manhattan state court wearing her oversized Celine spectacles, black choker, and a roll call of womenswear by Saint Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chloe, Sorokins demure wardrobe has been more talked about than her crimes. This was intentional. Sorokins lawyer raised concerns over the Rikers prison-issued uniform and enlisted the help of Anastasia …

Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Recently, in a group chat, I expressed excitement over an unlikely piece of work: a new short film from Adidas. The sportswear corporation, which now also counts Beyoncé as a "creative partner," had teamed up with Donald Glover to make a series of vignettes featuring him and the actress Mo'Nique trading comic tête-à-têtes. Directed by longtime collaborator Ibra Ake, the film embodies Glover's typical patchwork: It's wonky, narratively indeterminate, and crammed with wit and the occasional inside joke. Jason Parham Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV Jason Parham Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Already Encapsulates 2019 Jason Parham When Black Horror Consumes Us The film, of course, wasn't just creativity for creativity's sake; it is essentially one …

Twenty years of the Beckhams: how they ushered in our era of personal branding

David and Victoria Beckham were married in 1999, and since then have used their names to sell everything from pants to whisky. Now, in our Instagram age, their influence is everywhere Victoria Beckham never claimed to be the best singer in the Spice Girls, or the best dancer either. Nor was David Beckham necessarily the greatest footballer ever to wear a Manchester United shirt. The teams former manager Alex Ferguson once said he had only ever worked with four world-class players, and didnt include Beckham on his list. Yet, by dint of hard work, strategic decision-making and a remarkable ability to stay likable even while becoming preposterously rich, the Beckhams have achieved the goal Victoria identified his autobiography: My wife …

Its genuine, you know?: why the online influencer industry is going authentic

The long read: Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industrys top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real In a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath tall, with signature silver hair was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam Futures. She chatted easily, her high, delighted voice ringing out over the roar of the hairdryers and her manner so convincingly intimate that it was possible to think she knew her followers as well as they knew her. In a group …

Coyote fur is a booming fashion trend.But is it ethical?

The pelt trade is thriving thanks to a fad for Canada Goose parkas, but animal advocates are calling for a boycott Colton Morris, 28, knelt on the concrete floor of a warehouse in rural Ohio, carefully combing the fur on a pile of coyote pelts with a wire brush before putting them up for auction. A sunny but chilly morning greeted him and around 150 other buyers and sellers at the event in the small settlement of Kidron, about 60 miles south-west of Cleveland. There was mink, raccoon, fox and beaver fur on sale. But the biggest draw was coyotes. The coyote fur trade is booming, largely driven in the US by the fad for wore a white coat on …

Reality check: life behind Insta-glam image of social media influencers

Online they feature in glossy posts as the epitome of cool. But that is often worlds apart from how they live their lives Standing amid the reeds and staring pensively into the distance, Jordan Bunker looks every part the moody model, dressed head to toe in black in a direct contrast with the setting. Another image from his portfolio shows him in industrial environs, sporting a minimalist brown trench coat as he looks directly at the camera. However, the reality for the 24-year-old is far from the glamour associated with the fashion world. In his pyjamas in bed hes fighting a cold at the home he shares with his parents in Leicester, Bunker says his set-up is worlds apart from …

Stella McCartney leverages star power to save the rainforests

Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore among famous names supporting eco-friendly project at Paris fashion week The catwalk for Stella McCartneys latest collection ran through the Paris Opera on Monday morning, below a majestic canopy of chandeliers. But McCartneys focus this season is on a beautiful environment of a very different nature: the ancient and endangered at-risk Sumatran orangutan, as well as to vegetation, which is an important source of oxygen. McCartney is leveraging her star power to kickstart a campaign encouraging social media users to dedicate trees, and to donate to the nonprofit organisation Canopy. From left: Oprah Winfrey, Stella McCartney, Lewis Hamilton and Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty The actors Drew Barrymore and …