First Lady Michelle Obama's sartorial choices don't usually stir up controversy the way they did on Tuesday when she appeared with uncovered hair as she and President Obama visited Riyahd to pay respects to late Saudi King Abudllah and meet his successor, King Salman. She wore no head scarf or veil in a country where women are usually covered in public. Social media went wild, with condemnations from some Saudi bloggers and praise from those in the West, congratulating the first lady for taking a stand for women's freedom. Except she didn't. She was just following protocol in which Western women aren't required to be covered. [Los Angeles Times]
Vogue UK took a peek inside model Kate Moss' closet. We learn one can never have too many Louboutins and how to organize an extensive collection of handbags -- group by color, finish, designer and style. [Vogue UK]
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Karl Lagerfeld set his Chanel couture show in Paris in a garden full of mechanical flowers on Tuesday. [WWD]
Getting attention before the show: Kris Jenner, wearing see-through pants. She pulled off the look, at age 59, as well as one could, though one wonders if it's an appropriate costume for the time, place and weather? [E!]
The Apple Watch will be released in April, company Chief Executive Tim Cook says. [The Verge]
There's a big fashion calendar conflict pending. The annual Met Gala in New York City and Chanel's cruise show in Seoul are both scheduled for May 4. It simply can't happen! [WWD]
In preparation for her Super Bowl half-time show, Katy Perry's toes have been pedicured to look like little footballs. [People]
London department store Selfridges plans to open a unisex in-store shop for six weeks this summer. Store reps called the "Agender" project "a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay…found in between” that is designed to “take … customers...Read more
Donate those gowns, shoes, purses, accessories, tuxes, cumberbunds and other formal attire at their annual prom clothing drive.
Items may be dropped off at the mall food court on level 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Donated clothing should be clean and on hangers. The mall is at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. in Redondo Beach.
The formalwear is to be distributed to high school students at Working Wardrobes' prom event on April 11.
Junk Food Clothing has scheduled a sample sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 5770 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. Men's, women's and kid's tees will be on sale for $15, or two for $20.
Kelly Wearstler plans a one-day sale of vintage furniture and home items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1428 Channing St., Los Angeles.Read more
Kate Hudson wore a daring -- or maybe strange is a better word? -- Versace original to the Versace Haute Couture show in Paris on Sunday. The dress was made of red fabric with a hip-high slit up one side and lots of asymmetrical cutouts baring odd slices of skin -- abdomen, hip, butt -- elsewhere. Mom Goldie Hawn wore a more sedate pencil skirt and belted fur jacket. [The Cut]
Designer Rick Owens explained why he had his models show their penises at his menswear show in Paris last week. “I pass classical marble statues of nude and draped figures in the park every day, and they are a vision of sensuality — yes, but also of grace and freedom. As a participant in one of our most progressive aesthetic arenas, am I not allowed to use this imagery? Is it only appropriate for a Michael Fassbender movie? I thought this might be an interesting question,” he told WWD in an e-mail.
When "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" showed at the Met in New York in 2011, it broke attendance records. Now a...Read more
We saw dull (Felicity Jones in a blush-pink, off-the-shoulder Balenciaga column), dowdy (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a subdued black Monique Lhuillier gown with long black lace sleeves) and disappointing (Julianne Moore in an emerald-green beaded Givenchy that lacked that extra oomph).
And we saw more plunge fronts than a water park in high summer.
We also saw a lot of just plain dark outfits, a veritable blackout on an 80-degree day. Lorelei Linklater looked as if she were auditioning for the role of Morticia Addams in a black velvet Honor gown with bell sleeves. Why so serious? It's January in L.A., not New York.
And poor Rosamund Pike, pilloried for her side-scooped white Vera Wang gown at the Golden Globes, didn't even stop to talk to the TV cameras about her ruffled blue high-low Dior gown.
But the SAG Awards red carpet wasn't a total dud.
Reese Witherspoon looked modern and confident in a one-shoulder white Giorgio Armani gown with matte sequin detailing and a deep scoop back. The...Read more
The Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet started off kind of dull on Sunday, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times]
But Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Lupita Nyong'o and a few others provided fresh moments. [Los Angeles Times]
Meanwhile, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz and Alysia Reiner of "Orange Is the New Black" all wore custom gowns by Christian Siriano to pick up their awards. [People]
And the men on the red carpet stuck to tone-on-tone dressing, The Times' Adam Tschorn reports. [Los Angeles Times]
In other fashion news:
Gap-owned online retailer Piper Lime is closing down. [Fast Company]
Michael Kors plans to open a 7,800-square-foot store in the Ginza district of Tokyo that will be the first in the world to carry all of his product lines. [WWD]
Teresa Giudice of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey" is still wearing makeup in prison, where she's serving a 15-month sentence for fraud. [Page6]Read more