Vanity Fair Teen Cover

I have no idea where I found this picture, but I saved it in my ‘Junk‘ files a couple of weeks ago because, well, it’s worth sharing. Almost nine years ago, in my first hints of teendom, I was obsessing over this magazine cover. Hang-on-your-wall obsessing. These were my (terribly Photoshopped) idols.

From left to right, you are seeing Amanda Bynes, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone (formerly known as Raven), and Lindsay Lohan. (DO WERK, MKO and ERW – fashion goddesses through and through).

Does this not feel like a million years ago to anyone else? An era before TMZ, before Facebook fuhcrissakes, before “The Amanda Show” faded into oblivion, before The Row or Elizabeth & James, before anyone could co-star with John Krasinski and evoke mass female jealously, before anyone could co-star with Chad Michael Murray and evoke mass female jealously, before The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, before a second sexyfierceboomshakalaka female fell victim to Marilyn Manson’s charms (?!), before Mean Girls, and – yes – before the Kardashians.

Memory lane, over and out.

Vogue Olsen Twins Cover
A well-deserved “FINALLY” goes to the Olsen Twins for their Craig McDean-lensed cover of Vogue’s Best Dressed issue 2011. They’ve been in fashion’s public eye for almost their entire life, guys!

“They (the Olsens) get it right a lot of the time and then sometimes they don’t get it right. That’s actually great because it shows that it’s their hands reaching into their wardrobes. They don’t have someone telling them, ‘This is cool, this is hot, this is what you should be wearing.’ It comes from within them. It’s instinctual. […] Look at what they’ve done with (their fashion labels) The Row and Elizabeth and James. They are legitimate fashion forces.”
Vogue‘s Fashion News Director, Mark Holgate

Including them in the issue – as it is dedicated to international superstar siblings – is Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Kate and Pippa Middleton, Claire and Virginie Courtins-Clarins girls, Kate and Rooney Mara (no bad blood, she got last month’s cover!), Dakota and Elle Fanning, Poppy and Cara Delevigne, and Jane Birkin’s gorgeous daughters – Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

FASHION PHEW! The issue will be released in five short days.

To see more photos of Mary-Kate and Ashley from the spread, as well as their latest and greatest promo video for StyleMint (imagine planking, storking, ‘plowling’ and owling in It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown and The Wizard of Oz!), see below!
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Nicki Minaj Fashion Week

  • Nicki Minaj is Harajuku Barbie – this we all know – but no-one expected Harajuku Barbie to show up at New York Fashion Week. Nonetheless, Miss Minaj turned up to the Prabal Gurung show in a couture-ish cocktail, shouting crazy from Shojono Tomo-printed leggings to an enormous pink bow atop her head. Oh, the times I wish I could read Anna Wintour‘s mind.

  • Victoria Beckham is awesome. She sat in the front row at her own show and was chatting with her guests/attendees.

  • Forever 21 is selling a T-shirt for girls that says “Allergic to Algebra” on it. Make of that what you will.

  • The prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, is going into production as a TV series on the CW! (It only took three years to confirm the rumour?) Former “Sex and The City” writer Amy Harris has been confirmed to be taking part by Deadline, and Candace Bushnell (the brains behind Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries etc) will be executive producer. Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are also on board.

  • While no-one has yet had the cajones to confirm any of the goings on at Dior, John Galliano‘s replacement has recently been widely reported to be Marc Jacobs. Neither Marc Jacobs nor LVMH are talking, but because of the increased responsibility that comes with the creative director position at Dior (that would be two couture shows, plus regular and pre-season collections), Marc Jacobs and partner Robert Duffy are asking for a package that will put their salary in the “low eight digits” (over $10 million LARGE).

  • Steve Madden has tapped the world’s favourite style twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to be the new creative directors for Superga North America! This isn’t just a ‘slap a celebrity name on it’ deal; this means the savvy sisters will oversee all creative and marketing initiatives, as well as have oversight for distribution.

    “We hope to introduce a fresh perspective to this iconic collection, while honoring Superga’s legacy of timeless design.”
    Ashley Olsen

  • Tyra Banks is crazy. The All-Stars cycle of America’s Next Top Model, starting Wednesday 9/8c on The CW, is going to own my life.

  • Proenza Schouler CFDA

    Proenza Schouler

    Though all of the talent nominated were more than deserving to leave the 2011 CFDA Awards with tropy in hand, I could not be happier with last night’s results. What a perfect group. (Each category’s winner is in bold.)

    Womenswear Designer of the Year Award: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs.

    Menswear Designer of the Year Award: Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, and Simon Spurr.

    Accessory Designer of the Year Award: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Reed Krakoff.

    Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, and Prabal Gurung.

    Swarovski Award for Menswear: Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Robert Geller.

    Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, and Pamela Love

    The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Marc Jacobs

    The Fashion Icon Award: Lady Gaga

    The Eugenia Sheppard Media Award: Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph

    The Eleanor Lambert Founders Award: Hal Rubenstein of InStyle

    The International Award: Phoebe Philo for Celine

    Mary Kate Ashley Olsen
    Fashion butterflies ahead! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are branching out from their uber-successful clothing lines with an e-commerce venture named “StyleMint“. When it launches this July, members will be able to take style quizzes which will tailor purchase suggestions, with the recommendations becoming more specific based on items bought. Facebook and Twitter will also be integrated to help collect opinions from your ‘friends’ or ‘fans’. Best part? Price! The first collection – eight designer tees – will sell for $29.99 each.

    “Online commerce is the perfect medium for us to create a new brand that is as much about the clothing as it is about the customer experience.”
    Ashley Olsen

    On the subject of customer experience, Swedish telecom company 3 have gone all Minority Report on us with the creation of the most interactive online shopping experience I’ve seen. Using their new tappable, slideable, webcam-connected interfaces, salespeople for the brand are completely immersed in your online shopping. Hooray technology! Check out the video below to see more: