Brooklyn Decker is everywhere we turn these days. Besides being Andy Roddick's wife, she's also in Jennifer Aniston's new movie, as well as an in-demand model. But she wasn't always so successful. In Page Six Magazine's Sept. 14 issue — where she poses sexily on the Brooklyn Bridge — she opens up about high fashion and not fitting in:
"When I started out, I wanted to be that tiny runway girl, but I'm not super skinny. I have boobs. I'm very all-American. Quirky was definitely in, which I find quite beautiful, but that's not what I am. In fashion, there needs to be something unique, and I wasn't edgy. Plus, I'd walk in and be like, 'Hey guys!' with a big smile on my face. And they'd be like, 'You are not cool. You are too nice.' I got a lot of, 'If you want to walk a runway, there is a standard that you have to fit. They're not gonna change the standard for you.' But funnily enough, the second I started accepting that this is who I am, I started working a ton." Go, Brooklyn — like Diane von Furstenberg recently told us, just be yourself!
When Lubov Azria — creative director of BCBG and wife of founder Max Azria — dishes fashion advice, we're all ears. That's because not only does the Ukranian beauty have a fashion degree from FIDM, but she's been working at the BCBG Max Azria Group since 1991 (she married Max in 1992). And her job is no joke — she's in charge of the company's design team and oversees marketing and merchandising for BCBG's over 20 labels, like Herve Leger and Max Azria. In the latest BCBG Max Azria newsletter, Lubov dishes Fall dressing advice, more specifically about textures and layering. You don't want to miss this.
Whether you're a lover or hater of Olivia Palermo, you have to admit the girl has mad styling skills. That's why ASOS snatched up the PYT to pose for its August issue. During the photo shoot — which she also helped style — Olivia talked about her evil portrayal in The City, her drama with Whitney Port, beau Johannes Huebl, and what we love most of all: her incredible sense of fashion.
Olivia on the bad reputation The City has given her.
It's unfortunate. But I think that people understand that what they see on TV is not who I am. It's not accurate. I'm funny, I'm enthusiastic, and I'm not a negative person. I always try and look for the good in things.
Taylor on being a fan of Madonna's music and fashion.
All her songs are so great. They’re so well crafted and really perfect, pure, pop genius. I'm a big fan of "Papa Don't Preach." I love that song. But really all of it is fantastic. She was the one who did it all first. She gave people like me an avenue to do what I'm doing. She was the one who started all the controversy to begin with. I'm a big fan of all kinds of vintage looks and altering them and making them modern. I don't know if I copy anything directly, but I like to mix and match and play around a lot.
Our girl crush on Eva Mendes is stronger than ever. Just look at her — it's hard to resist her gorgeous curves and sassy retro style. It seems we're not the only ones on Team Eva. She not only played cover girl for W July, but she's now featured in Allure's August issue as well. The actress, photographed by Michael Thompson, opened up about her public image, self image, and what she finds sexy.
Last night, Prabal Gurung spoke to a sold-out audience at the Fashion Institute of Technology about his newfound success, dreams of designing for a major fashion house, and how Oprah Winfrey motivated him to move to NYC. The Nepalese designer, who admitted to not having much knowledge in American pop culture, was inspired by one of Oprah's shows — one that focused on following one's dreams — to move to NYC to pursue his designing dreams. The rest, you can say, is fashion history.
Fresh off showing his arctic-inspired Fall '10 Chanel collection at Paris Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld took time out to chat with WWD about the ever-evolving fashion system, Twitter, and online shopping. When asked about his thoughts on the current fashion industry, the Kaiser responded, "We are in the middle of change, like the movies changed. There will be a change from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, just as films went from silent to talking. This is a very interesting period. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. These are our times, and if you start to fight against them, you are lost. You are a loser or a has-been." Harsh, but true.
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I've never seen such a thing in San Francisco: When we left the book signing of The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman at the Paul Smith store last night, the line to get in was down the block and around the corner. It's safe to say the street-style photog is a star. Book in hand, we approached the dapper Scott, who's completely handsome and respectable in person. He signed away, we chic chatted.So why did he pick Julie, the New Yorker, for the cover? He explained how every time he posts Julie's picture on The Sartorialist, people comment about how perfect she is, so chic, so modern. But what they don't know is that she's less perfect than most because one leg is slightly shorter than the other. She's not traditionally perfect, but she knows how to work her imperfections and has a great pose. Selecting her for the cover had a deeper meaning than just someone who looked great.
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"I grew up in the Bay Area and went to college on the East Coast. Things were quite segregated, and I wasn't into that. I'm only 35 — so it's not like we're talking many years ago — but I wasn't used to it because I grew up around Samoans, African-Americans, and Filipinos. You go to a club based on the music you like, not based on the kind of people you want to be around. I kind of went into a culture shock when I moved to the East Coast.
I try to bring back that laid-back, hippie-chic attitude that the Bay Area has to my business because I've interned at so many places in fashion where it can be quite anal. But I also love New York. I love that it's the closest city we have to Europe, so that's a part of me, but thank God I'm from an area that keeps me out of it."