Style.com: Watch Sky Ferreira’s New Shoppable Video for “I Blame Myself”
In case there was any doubt that the worlds of music and fashion are becoming increasingly intertwined, Sky Ferreira’s latest video offers more proof. Created by the online retailer SSENSE and System magazine, the visual clip for “I Blame Myself”—a slow-burning, diaristic pop standout from Ferreira’s debut album, My Night, My Time—is a new breed of music video that allows viewers to shop the clothing worn by the artist. The first entry in this series was Iggy Azalea’s 2012 video for “I Think She Ready.” But while Azalea’s video featured somewhat distracting pop-up tags with links to items of clothing, SSENSE’s newest effort with Ferreira’s “I Blame Myself” is a smoother experience, directing viewers to a landing page where the clothing can be purchased.
Who better to be the champion of this new genre than Sky Ferreira? She’s a natural fit, considering she’s worked between the worlds of music and fashion as a singer and as a model for Saint Laurent, Forever 21, and Redken, among others. Fittingly, in the video she wears clothing from designers who often cite musicians as muses. Among them: Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, and, of course, Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane, who provided the bulk of her wardrobe, from the fashion house’s iconic metallic-dotted tights to a lips-emblazoned chiffon blouse which appeared on the runway for Spring 2014.
“It’s luxe, but it looks like anyone can wear it,” says Ferreira’s stylist Ian Bradley in a behind-the-scenes video, referencing a metallic Saint Laurent crop top.”[Sky's] willing to experiment and have fun with it,” Bradley adds. “No matter what she does, it always looks really cool. You want to be that girl.”
—Marissa G. Muller
Style.com: Marina’s Must-Haves: Leather Overall Shorts From Veda
I‘m in an overalls phase lately. I have one navy pair in heavy cotton from Joseph that I purchased many years ago, and they have a very “grown-up,” polished look to them. Lots of girls have been wearing them in denim lately—a look I also want to try. Browsing through Veda’s collection, I came across this leather version. I wondered for a moment if I’m too old to pull them off, but my Style.com colleagues tell me I’m not. I think I can trust them, but either way, I’m a risk taker, so I’m definitely giving them a shot.
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Style.com: Kate Middleton: Fashion Maven or Bright Banana?
Continuing her ongoing royal tour, Kate Middleton donned a vivid yellow Spring ’14 Roksanda Ilincic dress during an appearance at Sydney’s Royal Opera House today. While addressing a crowd, Middleton revealed that Prince William told her the dress makes her look like “a banana.” Poor form, Wills. A few days ago, he also reportedly criticized the Duchess’s emerald Erdem coat for being “too bright.” Considering that Prince William has basically worn a variation of the same tired navy-suit-and-red-tie ensemble every day throughout the tour, he should probably lay off. And seeing as Kate was recently dubbed “normcore,” I also think that, if only for the purpose of being cheeky (or even better, stylistically exciting), Kate should test the waters with a few wild getups. How about some Fall ’14 Moschino? Or, if she wanted to embrace the Brits, Meadham Kirchhoff’s latest looks would be a bold choice. Do it to it, Kate, and show the Prince who’s boss—sartorially speaking.
—Katharine K. Zarrella
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Style.com: Paper Mag’s Kim Hastreiter Records a Rap Song to Celebrate Spring Cheer
Every spring for the past ten years, Paper cofounder, editor, and publisher Kim Hastreiter devotes a page in the magazine to “reasons to be cheerful,” a roundup of zeitgeist moments from fashion and pop culture meant to provide a spring awakening after a long winter. The annual column is inspired by Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ 1979 song of the same name, and although Hastreiter thought herself witty for the throwback reference, it turns out that for the past decade the joke has been on her: “I asked everyone in the office if they got the reference, and all I got were blank stares. Everybody at Paper was born after 1979! Nobody knew what I was talking about!”
So for this year’s addition, Hastreiter went for something a younger generation might understand more easily: a rap. “Fashion can be so, so serious,” she told us. “I hate the fashion mentality ‘one day you’re in, one day you’re out.’ Fashion isn’t one thing. How can someone be a genius one season and not the next? I just wanted to squeeze in as many things as possible to make people smile.” And squeeze them in she did: Despite the unforeseen recording challenge of “just having to speak so quickly,” Hastreiter’s rap contains references to Jeremy Scott’s Moschino debut, Erykah Badu’s Givenchy campaign, and Chanel’s supermarket runway spectacular—all things that have certainly been making us smile lately.
Today, Style.com debuts the song and video from Paper‘s spring issue. Sadly, Hastreiter refused to comment if there would be more raps in her future. But who knows? “I love the power of the Internet. Anyone can do anything. Even I can make a rap song and put it out. The Internet gives power to the people.”
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