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Ji Oh, Budding Cfda Darling, Is A Label To Watch

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A universally* accepted truth about summer is that it is impossible to get dressed and still look cute. There’s something mind-blowingly tricky about shorts; layering isn’t an option, and that’s not even tackling what to do with your hair or your makeup.

Obviously this is not a problem for superhuman Diane Kruger. Have you ever seen Diane Kruger look bad? The answer is no, you have not. She was running around New York City on Friday looking better than anyone has the right to look in high combinations of heat and humidity. The outfit seems so simple at first glance — a striped tee and ripped mom jeans — but her accessories take the whole thing to the next level. A skinny belt and pointed-toe, leopard-print flats polish up the denim, while sleek cat-eye sunnies and a structured bag keep things sophisticated up top. It’s like every outfit I have ever tried to pull off during the summer, except it’s actually cute. That’s why Kruger is a style icon, folks.

*In a universe where I am the only occupant.

 

Lily Aldridge Is A Celebrity Who Actually Dressed For The Heat Wave

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Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images
Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images

Hey, did you hear about this new movie called “Suicide Squad“? Apparentlyeverybody’s in it, and even though the reviews are abysmal, the cast’s big names aren’t letting you forget that the hopeful summer blockbuster is in theaters now. To that end, stars including Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie have turned their fashion volume way, way up — perhaps inspired by the movie’s fantastical theme — delivering a whole lot of lewk for every premiere and press appearance. Throw Jared Leto into the mix and we get enough Gucci to make our heads spin. “Suicide Squad” didn’t have the monopoly on solid press tour fashion, though: People turned up in style for a quiet affair to premiere “Sausage Party.” Yes, that’s an R-rated animated movie for adults.

Meanwhile beyond the cineplex, other stylish people gathered to celebrate Amy Astley’s new EIC gig at Architectural Digest, to wish Tony Bennett a very happy 90th birthday and, of course, to welcome the Prime Minister of Singapore to the White House. The looks ranged from pattern-happy shirt dresses to dramatic, monochromatic gowns and everything in between.

See our favorite red carpet and event looks from the week in the gallery below.

Why I'm Ditching My High Heels For Good

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Between landing the June cover of Vogue, starring alongside a very hot Alexander Skarsgård in “The Legend of Tarzan” and as the pigtailed super-villain Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” Margot Robbie isn’t just having a great summer — she’s having a breakout summer. And the mastermind behind the Australian actress’s style? None other than Kate Young, who is proving yet again that she’s at the top of her game. (Some of you may have met her during a recent “Fashionista” meetup.)

Now that  the “Suicide Squad” tour has winded down, we chatted with the stylist about Robbie’s premiere and photo call looks from the last month. Read on for her break down of the actress’s statement-making style.

 

Shaolin Fantastic (right) learns to scratch from the master, Grandmaster Flash. Photo: Netflix
Shaolin Fantastic (right) learns to scratch from the master, Grandmaster Flash. Photo: Netflix

PROENZA SCHOULER AT “THE LEGEND OF TARZAN” LONDON PHOTO CALL

San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering 'Jet' magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix
San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering ‘Jet’ magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix

“It’s a pre-collection dress. I love Proenza, and I find that Proenza pre-collection pieces are a little more commercial, easier to wear. It’s super flattering and it’s serious enough for a photo call, where you should look dressed up. But it also felt cool and young. I really like that neckline on her, the sleeveless mock neck.”

PRABAL GURUNG AT “THE LEGEND OF TARZAN” BEIJING PREMIERE

Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix
Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix

“She just tried [the Prabal Gurung] dress on and we were all like, ‘That’s the greatest dress.’ It’s so simple and has all those little buttons and peekaboo bits. It’s sort of an edgy classic, a simple thing with a twist, which I like a lot. I think the thing with Margot is that she looks good with either a lot of “fashion” or kind of naked. And that’s one of the kind-of naked dresses.”

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FOR THE “SUICIDE SQUAD” NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE

Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images
Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images

“We tried that dress on a while ago, during a fitting for ‘Tarzan’ and it was transparent and I was like, ‘Okay! Yes, so if we lined it and we do this and that, I think it could work for ‘Suicide Squad.” When she went to London for the ‘Tarzan’ premiere, the McQueen people came and fit it on her and fixed it all up. We’ve known since she tried it on that it would be the ‘Suicide Squad’ premiere dress, but it needed a little bit of work. So it is the sample dress, but it has been fixed up and made less risqué.”

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Super producer and director Baz Luhrmann does it again — bringing enthralling drama, soaring music, spectacular dance scenes and gorgeous, gorgeous visuals, this time to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Get Down.” The first half of the 12-episode series will be ready to binge on Friday, August 12, with the second half coming in 2017.

The ambitious (and expensive) show is set in the bankrupt, decaying, swelteringly hot and literally burning South Bronx during the early rise of hip-hop, as the days of disco start to fade. A group of teens, including Ezekiel (Justice Smith from “Paper Towns“), aspiring singer Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Dizzee (Jaden Smith), take on love, family dynamics, the broke-down boogie down, operatic musical numbers we’ve learned to expect from Luhrmann while navigating that burgeoning hip-hop scene.

“‘The Get Down’ really felt like the completely different side of culture represented in the sudden move to jeans, sneakers, tank tops, tube socks and barrettes in the hair, as opposed to big sparkly flowers,” says costume designer Jeriana San Juan, who spoke to Fashionista from the show’s set in another borough: Queens. “So everything down to the accessories. The vocabulary had to change.”

San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering 'Jet' magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix
San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering ‘Jet’ magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix

Luckily, she’s no stranger to music-meets-fashion when it comes to wardrobe. She handled the costumes for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” Dennis Leary’s late-’80s, New York-set series on FX and was as an assistant costume designer on the CW classic, “Gossip Girl.” (Shameless plug: San Juan is also speaking at our NYC meetup on August 29, so get your tickets now!) A sartorial moment also helped her immediately connect with Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, Luhrmann’s longtime producing partner (and wife).

“We were literally dressed identically when I first met her, which was hilarious,” San Juan laughed about their twinning Pierre Hardy shoes, leather pants and Rag & Bone sweatshirts. Martin, who co-designed the first episode with her, also helped San Juan “speak Baz,” in regards to his “very specific visual language.”

 

Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix
Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix

Designing for the scene was an “immense” undertaking for San Juan and not just because she had to dress 350 actors for the action-packed sequence. “[Luhrman] almost shoots for the clothes in a way,” she said. “It’s so visually inspiring that you want to saturate it with as many different things as possible: paillettes and sequins and fringe and diamonds and lace. I tried to use so many different elements and make it feel very rich and textured.”

She sourced genuine disco dresses from the Halston archives and custom made ’70s-inspired pieces like dresses with extra-high, leg-baring slits, swishy fabrics and reflective elements to catch the flashy club lighting.

Ms. Green (Yolanda Ross, also in the trailer above), Ezekiel’s teacher, who — with her printed blouses, emerald green eye shadow and oversize glasses — really does look like she’d be at home on a Gucci runway. “She’s got some major fashion moments through the show,” San Juan hints.

The first half of “The Get Down” premieres on Friday, August 12. Follow Jeriana San Juan on Instagram @jeriana. Come see Jeriana speak at our next Meet Up on August 31. Buy your tickets right here.

When Does A T-shirt Become So Much More Than A T-shirt?

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Welcome to Fashion History Lesson, in which we dive deep into the origin and evolution of the fashion industry’s most influential and omnipresent businesses, icons, trends and more. 

At the first modern Olympic games in 1896, athletes wore their own clothes or private athletic club uniforms. For this year’s games in Rio, as has become the norm, athletes have been outfitted in brand-sponsored duds by the likes of Stella McCartney (Great Britain), Lacoste (France), H&M (Sweden), Giorgio Armani (Italy), DSquared2 (Canada), Christian Louboutin (Cuba), and Mr. Americana himself, Ralph Lauren.

Although Team USA has worn Olympic garb supplied by a variety of designers and brands over the years, Roy Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren are perhaps the three “official outfitters” that best exemplify why these Olympic partnerships take place. Each of them imbued elements of national identity into their uniforms, projecting idealized American aesthetics intended to make an impact on the world stage at crucial moments in the nation’s history.

Okay, fine. We’ll admit it: we typically don’t think too seriously about politics and economics when judging the aesthetic qualities of Olympic uniforms, but they actually start to make a whole lot more sense when you do. Read on to find out the true meaning behind Team USA’s preppy blazers, cowboy hats, and all of the Olympic attire in between.

HALSTON (1976 OLYMPIC GAMES)

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Roy Halston, best known for his disco-era sleek jersey dresses, designed Team USA’s uniforms for both the summer and winter Olympics in 1976 (both games were held in the same year until 1992). In 1974, it was reported that he would be providing “free” designing services to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) while the organization tried to recover from a financial slump. [1] The nation itself was experiencing a financial crisis, as well as recovering from the embarrassment of the Watergate scandal and the demoralizing effects of the Vietnam War. However, there was a huge amount of cultural capital coming out of New York during this time. People around the world had become aware of the glamorous crowds that frequented Studio 54, and perhaps no one better embodied this chic lifestyle than Halston himself. According to Emma McClendon, co-curator of the Museum at FIT’s “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s” exhibition, “Halston was the first celebrity American designer,” as well as “one of the most visible designers on the global stage.”

 

Lady Gaga Wore A Sultrier Version Of Michelle Obama’s Brandon Maxwell Dress

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Kelly McKeown has been in the business of Olympic gymnastic leotards for over 20 years: she cut her teeth leading up to the 1996 Atlanta Games when USA Gymnastics won gold for the very first time; and right now, she’s in Rio de Janeiro cheering on Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and the rest of the impressive 2016 team as they go for gold in the colorful, Swarovski-covered leotards she designed just for them. With USA Gymnastics coach Márta Károlyi’s approval, of course.

In 2006, McKeown joined GK Elite, the world’s largest gymnastics apparel company, where she is now the executive vice president of design and corporate relations. It’s a multi-part business: GK Elite sells all kinds of competitive all-star cheerleading and gymnastics apparel, designs sideline cheerleading team uniforms in a licensing partnership with Under Armour, owns swimwear company Dolfin, has a licensing agreement with Cirque du Soleil and is about to launch a leotard collection with Disney. But perhaps most excitingly, the company designs and manufactures leotards and uniforms for the women’s and men’s Olympic gymnastics team in a triangulated partnership with Under Armour and USA Gymnastics. It is an eight-year agreement that is halfway through, and involves the design of leotards not just for the Olympic Games, but also for all major USA Gymnastics elite events including the World Championships.

I spoke with McKeown last week before she took off for Rio about the design process, how the technology of leotard design has changed throughout her career and how she and her team approach designing USA’s leotards differently from those for other countries. (That’s right: Dutch and Russian gymnastics are also officially outfitted by GK Elite.) Read on for our conversation.

Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images
Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images

How does the design process work for Olympic leotards? How long have you all been working on this?

That process really takes about two years— making sure we’re on the same page with USA Gymnastics and with Under Armour and looking at some different options and then drilling it down into more of a direction with what resonates well with the athletes and with their leaders. Márta Károlyi, being in charge of the women’s team, she’s definitely the final decision maker when it comes to what the leotards should look like.

[Each gymnast will get] eight competitive leotards and 12 training leotards. There’s sometimes a lot more of a playful vibe when it comes to the training leotards, and a very regal chic…. We laugh because we call it a prom gown for competition. Because these girls, at that level, do not go to prom. They live in the gym and they forgo so many things that are normal to a teenager in school. They want to walk out onto that competition floor and feel beautiful and feel confident and so Márta Károlyi does an amazing job of making sure they have that elevated look, very chic and beautiful and very sparkly. We always have tons of crystals on the leotards.

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Adaptive Clothing Line Iz Collection Shows How Inclusive Fashion Can Be

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A universally* accepted truth about summer is that it is impossible to get dressed and still look cute. There’s something mind-blowingly tricky about shorts; layering isn’t an option, and that’s not even tackling what to do with your hair or your makeup.

Obviously this is not a problem for superhuman Diane Kruger. Have you ever seen Diane Kruger look bad? The answer is no, you have not. She was running around New York City on Friday looking better than anyone has the right to look in high combinations of heat and humidity. The outfit seems so simple at first glance — a striped tee and ripped mom jeans — but her accessories take the whole thing to the next level. A skinny belt and pointed-toe, leopard-print flats polish up the denim, while sleek cat-eye sunnies and a structured bag keep things sophisticated up top. It’s like every outfit I have ever tried to pull off during the summer, except it’s actually cute. That’s why Kruger is a style icon, folks.

*In a universe where I am the only occupant.

 

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Summer Movie Premieres Brought Us The Week’s Best Dressed 3

Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images
Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images

Hey, did you hear about this new movie called “Suicide Squad“? Apparentlyeverybody’s in it, and even though the reviews are abysmal, the cast’s big names aren’t letting you forget that the hopeful summer blockbuster is in theaters now. To that end, stars including Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie have turned their fashion volume way, way up — perhaps inspired by the movie’s fantastical theme — delivering a whole lot of lewk for every premiere and press appearance. Throw Jared Leto into the mix and we get enough Gucci to make our heads spin. “Suicide Squad” didn’t have the monopoly on solid press tour fashion, though: People turned up in style for a quiet affair to premiere “Sausage Party.” Yes, that’s an R-rated animated movie for adults.

Meanwhile beyond the cineplex, other stylish people gathered to celebrate Amy Astley’s new EIC gig at Architectural Digest, to wish Tony Bennett a very happy 90th birthday and, of course, to welcome the Prime Minister of Singapore to the White House. The looks ranged from pattern-happy shirt dresses to dramatic, monochromatic gowns and everything in between.

See our favorite red carpet and event looks from the week in the gallery below.

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Kate Young Breaks Down Margot Robbie’s Best ‘tarzan’ And ‘suicide Squad’ Press Tour Looks 3

Between landing the June cover of Vogue, starring alongside a very hot Alexander Skarsgård in “The Legend of Tarzan” and as the pigtailed super-villain Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” Margot Robbie isn’t just having a great summer — she’s having a breakout summer. And the mastermind behind the Australian actress’s style? None other than Kate Young, who is proving yet again that she’s at the top of her game. (Some of you may have met her during a recent “Fashionista” meetup.)

Now that  the “Suicide Squad” tour has winded down, we chatted with the stylist about Robbie’s premiere and photo call looks from the last month. Read on for her break down of the actress’s statement-making style.

 

Shaolin Fantastic (right) learns to scratch from the master, Grandmaster Flash. Photo: Netflix
Shaolin Fantastic (right) learns to scratch from the master, Grandmaster Flash. Photo: Netflix

PROENZA SCHOULER AT “THE LEGEND OF TARZAN” LONDON PHOTO CALL

San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering 'Jet' magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix
San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering ‘Jet’ magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix

“It’s a pre-collection dress. I love Proenza, and I find that Proenza pre-collection pieces are a little more commercial, easier to wear. It’s super flattering and it’s serious enough for a photo call, where you should look dressed up. But it also felt cool and young. I really like that neckline on her, the sleeveless mock neck.”

PRABAL GURUNG AT “THE LEGEND OF TARZAN” BEIJING PREMIERE

Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix
Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix

“She just tried [the Prabal Gurung] dress on and we were all like, ‘That’s the greatest dress.’ It’s so simple and has all those little buttons and peekaboo bits. It’s sort of an edgy classic, a simple thing with a twist, which I like a lot. I think the thing with Margot is that she looks good with either a lot of “fashion” or kind of naked. And that’s one of the kind-of naked dresses.”

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FOR THE “SUICIDE SQUAD” NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE

Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images
Crazy that I have this exact same outfit but it looks nothing like this. Photo: Getty Images

“We tried that dress on a while ago, during a fitting for ‘Tarzan’ and it was transparent and I was like, ‘Okay! Yes, so if we lined it and we do this and that, I think it could work for ‘Suicide Squad.” When she went to London for the ‘Tarzan’ premiere, the McQueen people came and fit it on her and fixed it all up. We’ve known since she tried it on that it would be the ‘Suicide Squad’ premiere dress, but it needed a little bit of work. So it is the sample dress, but it has been fixed up and made less risqué.”

Shaolin Fantastic (right) learns to scratch from the master, Grandmaster Flash. Photo: Netflix

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘the Get Down’ Mixes ’70s Puma And Current Gucci 3

Super producer and director Baz Luhrmann does it again — bringing enthralling drama, soaring music, spectacular dance scenes and gorgeous, gorgeous visuals, this time to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Get Down.” The first half of the 12-episode series will be ready to binge on Friday, August 12, with the second half coming in 2017.

The ambitious (and expensive) show is set in the bankrupt, decaying, swelteringly hot and literally burning South Bronx during the early rise of hip-hop, as the days of disco start to fade. A group of teens, including Ezekiel (Justice Smith from “Paper Towns“), aspiring singer Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Dizzee (Jaden Smith), take on love, family dynamics, the broke-down boogie down, operatic musical numbers we’ve learned to expect from Luhrmann while navigating that burgeoning hip-hop scene.

“‘The Get Down’ really felt like the completely different side of culture represented in the sudden move to jeans, sneakers, tank tops, tube socks and barrettes in the hair, as opposed to big sparkly flowers,” says costume designer Jeriana San Juan, who spoke to Fashionista from the show’s set in another borough: Queens. “So everything down to the accessories. The vocabulary had to change.”

San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering 'Jet' magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix
San Juan looked to disco culture icons, including Studio 54, Pam Grier covering ‘Jet’ magazine and Bianca Jagger to dress Regina (Shyrley Rodriguez), Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) and Yolanda (Stefanée Martin). Photo: Netflix

Luckily, she’s no stranger to music-meets-fashion when it comes to wardrobe. She handled the costumes for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” Dennis Leary’s late-’80s, New York-set series on FX and was as an assistant costume designer on the CW classic, “Gossip Girl.” (Shameless plug: San Juan is also speaking at our NYC meetup on August 29, so get your tickets now!) A sartorial moment also helped her immediately connect with Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, Luhrmann’s longtime producing partner (and wife).

“We were literally dressed identically when I first met her, which was hilarious,” San Juan laughed about their twinning Pierre Hardy shoes, leather pants and Rag & Bone sweatshirts. Martin, who co-designed the first episode with her, also helped San Juan “speak Baz,” in regards to his “very specific visual language.”

 

Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix
Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in his signature #aesthetic. Photo: Netflix

Designing for the scene was an “immense” undertaking for San Juan and not just because she had to dress 350 actors for the action-packed sequence. “[Luhrman] almost shoots for the clothes in a way,” she said. “It’s so visually inspiring that you want to saturate it with as many different things as possible: paillettes and sequins and fringe and diamonds and lace. I tried to use so many different elements and make it feel very rich and textured.”

She sourced genuine disco dresses from the Halston archives and custom made ’70s-inspired pieces like dresses with extra-high, leg-baring slits, swishy fabrics and reflective elements to catch the flashy club lighting.

Ms. Green (Yolanda Ross, also in the trailer above), Ezekiel’s teacher, who — with her printed blouses, emerald green eye shadow and oversize glasses — really does look like she’d be at home on a Gucci runway. “She’s got some major fashion moments through the show,” San Juan hints.

The first half of “The Get Down” premieres on Friday, August 12. Follow Jeriana San Juan on Instagram @jeriana. Come see Jeriana speak at our next Meet Up on August 31. Buy your tickets right here.