Who wears the pants in the Underwood marriage? Why, Frank does. But not because his wife is a wallflower. From the debut of the Netflix hit "House of Cards," Claire Underwood has eschewed the power pantssuit in favor of something infinitely more potent: razor-sharp pencil skirts and sheath dresses that celebrate rather than camouflage the female form.
"It was a very conscious decision not to have Claire in pants," explains Tom Broecker, costume designer on Season 1 of the drama, which returned for a third season Feb. 27. "I wanted her to be the equivalent of her husband — but the female version; to dispel the misperception that women have to look, act and dress like a man to compete in a man's world."
For decades, women have been downplaying their sexuality at work, in fear of not being taken seriously. Claire, on the other hand, doesn't skirt the issue. "Dressing more masculine to show power is a dated concept," says Johanna Argan, costume designer on seasons two and three. "I wanted...Read more
Minnie Mouse a fashion icon? Who knew! The famous rodent is to be featured during London Fashion Week in September in "Minnie Style," a photo exhibition celebrating her role as a fashion influencer in the decades since she first appeared in the Disney silent short "Plane Crazy" in 1928. [WWD]
After two black women filed complaints that Transportation Security Administration agents searched their hair as part of pre-flight screening, the TSA says it has reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to train its agents to avoid racial profiling -- such as unprovoked, unwarranted afro pat-downs. [BuzzFeed]
Actress Marion Cotillard is designing some "green" jewelry for Chopard. In 2013, she wore jewelry from the jeweler's first Green Carpet Collection -- which is made from sustainable, ethically-sourced gold and precious stones -- to Cannes. She says this is her first time designing jewelry. [WWD]
Artist Kesh posted a photo on Instagram showing a $30 T-shirt she designed...Read more
Taylor Swift adopted Madonna's style when they performed together at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. Both wore corsets, thigh-high stockings and boots, a look more typically associated with Madge than with Swift. Later Madonna presented Swift with the award for song of the year for "Shake It Off." [InStyle]
And Rihanna grabbed plenty of attention when she arrived via helicopter wearing an emerald green Versace fur coat over an Adam Selman black mini dress with matching green boots, choker and sunglasses. [The Cut]
For more about the show, see critic Mikael Woods' review. [Los Angeles Times]
The latest hipster accessory -- the selfie stick -- has been banned by the Coachella and Lollapalooza music festivals. [Los Angeles Times]
Michael Cohen, founder with his wife, Suzanne Lerner, of the Michael Stars contemporary clothing and lifestyle brand, died Friday at his home in Manhattan Beach, the company announced on Saturday. He was 79 and had prostate cancer.
Hayley Williams of the...Read more
Even in California where blossoms are prevalent year-round, nothing says springtime quite like flowers. And when it comes to fashion, we’re not talking dainty, delicate buds.
This spring’s florals are bold, exuberant bouquets. Looks can have a 1970s vibe (Rawhyde Manufacturing Co.’s free-spirited tie, handcrafted in Los Angeles) or be minimalist and graphic (Marni’s peony-embellished handbag) or hint of dark romance (Givenchy’s T-shirt, grounded in black). Style the latter with some fierce gladiator footwear, as seen on Givenchy’s runway.
Even frill-seekers should be advised that the look is far from precious. Mix a blossoming accent with unfussy, tailored pieces or the season’s new denim.
Michael Kors got the balance just right at his spring presentation by tucking a crisp, poplin button-down into a floaty tulle skirt embroidered with daffodils and marigolds. The perfect finishing touch? Slightly disheveled, devil-may-care hair.Read more
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her last scheduled public appearance before retiring to await the birth of her next child, due in April. She wore a pink coat by Mulberry as she and her husband visited first a community center in southeast London and then the XLP Arts Project and mobile recording studio. [People]
Kendall Jenner has landed a Calvin Klein campaign. She'll star along with model Simon Nessman in ads for the new #mycalvins Denim Series. [WWD]
The Lily Pulitzer for Target look book is out. The resort-inspired collection is slated to go on sale April 19 and includes apparel and accessories for women and girls, housewares and some beauty products. [Los Angeles Times]
Kanye West and entrepreneur Damon Dash reportedly have bought Boston streetwear company Karmaloop. [Racked]
Benedict Cumberbatch's bride, Sophie Hunter, is pictured in Vogue trying on her wedding gown in a fitting at Valentino. The fitting was photographed for the April issue by Annie Leibowitz. [The Cut]
Target released the look book for its forthcoming Lilly Pulitzer capsule collection on Thursday morning, and all I can say is wow! Once again wow!
Maybe it's just me, a Southern Californian who grew up in Florida, where Lilly Pulitzer began designing colorful shift dresses in the 1950s in Palm Beach. But I think anyone in the rest of the nation who survived the winter of 2014-2015 -- special shoutout to my Boston friends -- will find the light, tropical vibe of the Target collection a refreshing spirit-booster.
(Back in the day, Pulitzer's elite clients certainly did. They included Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Whitneys.)
The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection is made up of 250 items, including resort-inspired clothing, jewelry and accessories for women and girls; beauty must-haves such as lipsticks, nail polishes, hair ties and pins; beach towels, bar sets, chairs, candle holders and other housewares. Prices range from $2 to $150, including more than 200...Read more