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ICYMI: B is for Balmain, B is for Beyoncé, the Thierry-fication of Cardi B, and Meghan Markle vs. the press

ICYMI: B is for Balmain, B is for Beyoncé, the Thierry-fication of Cardi B, and Meghan Markle vs. the press

Fashion by the 'gram

Text: Ryan Sng


Image: Instagram

1. Cardi B introduced a whole new generation of people — yes, we are getting on in age — to the work of Thierry Mugler.
That's no exaggeration; it's been a full decade since the retired couturier designed the wardrobe for Beyoncé's I Am... World Tour. At the 2019 Grammys, Cardi wore three vintage Mugler looks including a jaw-dropping Birth of Venus-esque number

 

 

2. Speaking of, Beyoncé became the first celeb to don Balmain Haute Couture.
She was quickly joined by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry.

 

 

3. Aaand speaking of (how about these segues, huh?), Perry's shoe line landed in hot water for a pair that drew comparisons to... You guessed it, blackface.
We're running out of exasperated noises and gestures to use.

 

 

4. On the subject of race, the press was called out, once again, for their Meghan Markle double standards.
News outlets like the Daily Mail persistently focus on Markle's 'rule-breaking' dress sense, while her sister-in-law Kate Middleton receives praise for almost identical fashion choices. This week's adulatory coverage of Middleton's one-shouldered gown, in particular, confirmed the media's seemingly racist motivations in the minds of many.

 

5. In happier news, Prada appointed director Ava Duvernay and artist-activist Theaster Gates as leaders of its in-house diversity and inclusion council.
The move follows the brand's own brush with racially-charged controversy. Duvernay also guest-edited Time Magazine's recent Optimists issue; what a queen. We are unworthy of her excellence.

 

 

6. Gucci's massive, 1.4 billion euro tax-evasion bill approached reality.
By our rough calculations, that's equivalent to the retail cost of 1.5 million GG Marmont mini bags. Yowza.

 

 

7. Ripoff culture leveled up.
Remember those "Jacobs my Marc Jacobs for..." tote bags from the early 2000s? Well, ripoff/meme-inspired brand Chinatown Market gifted Marc Jacobs a hoodie spin thereof, and he loved it. Cute!

 

 

 

8. Vintage supers ruled NYFW.
Christy Turlington — who famously dislikes runway work and last walked in 1994 — made an exception for old friend Marc Jacobs; her miraculous appearance, coupled with Jacobs' visibly emotional finale bow, fueled hopefully-untrue rumours of the label's closure. Meanwhile, rock muse Patti Hansen popped up on the Michael Kors catwalk; Halstonettes Pat Cleveland, Karen Bjornson and Alva Chinn brought some magic to Naeem Khan's show; and OG Uptown Girl Christie Brinkley strutted her stuff for Elie Tahari.

 

 

 

9. Tomo Koizumi and David Tourniaire-Beauciel became fashion's latest names-to-know.
The Japanese costume designer's frill-tastic New York debut was acclaimed as a highlight of Fashion Week, while the designer of Balenciaga's hit Triple S sneakers announced the launch of his new footwear label, Shoes 53045.

 

 

 

10. Diet Prada prompted Christian Siriano to fire an assistant designer, who was a little too fond of Pierpaolo Piccioli's Valentino work.
Maybe callout culture works, after all.

 

 

11. 2017 CFDA winner Telfar has landed on local shores.
You can now shop the brand at Dover Street Market Singapore.

 

In case you missed it, catch up on last week.

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