No one dresses for date night quite like Beyoncé, and for a night out at West Hollywood foodie destination Sushi Park with husband Jay-Z, the new mother of twins brought a bit of runway chic to a strip-mall setting. Beyoncé arrived dressed in a striped wrap dress by contemporary label Alexis with a plunging neckline, puffed sleeves, and seersucker print―and made it her own thanks to the use of several statement accessories. Layering on gold necklaces, a pair of white cat-eye sunglasses, and a logo-covered Louis Vuitton x Supreme clutch, Beyoncé added swagger to a summer style that could have seemed standard.
Knowing how to spice up a look is a skill, but sharing an ensemble creatively on social media takes talent. And in addition to posting a pair of sultry snaps taken from across the table that night, Beyoncé gave fans an all-angles video of her outfit set to Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up,” taking her selfie game to the next level. Her biggest accomplishment with the look, though, might have been wearing the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration in a way that feels fresh. By avoiding the monogram jackets and hoodies that have been embraced by seemingly every influencer the last few weeks in favor of the stark, graphic bag, she proved that the most important accessory isn’t a must-have designer piece―it’s a fresh point of view.
This is what it's really like to be a Victoria's Secret wing-maker
If you haven’t witnessed a Victoria’s Secret show before, the clue is in the name of the honed, toned and beautified brand ambassadors: the Angels, who walk the runway in wings. Not elasticated, glitter-strewn pairs shrugged on for childhood parties, but works of art that take some 500 hours to make. Ahead of the 2017 Shanghai spectacular, Vogue UK spoke to wing-maker Marian Hose, also known as "Killer", about finding inspiration in tattoos, making each pair as light as an empty backpack and why fit models are the the most important part of the creative process.
How do you make a pair of Victoria’s Secret wings?
"I flat pattern my wings off of a blown-up sketch that has been projected over a fit model. We make a sturdy backpack base and then I attach wires, foam, fabric or whatever the design requires. As the brand don’t assign the wings to a model until the last two weeks of production, we try to make the wings adjustable through removable straps and padding. Outfits can change at the last minute, and so can the wings. The whole process takes between 30-500 hours."
How many fittings are required?
"Once a model gets assigned her wings, which happens one-to-two weeks before the show, they may be fit up to three times. Before this, we have fit models who may try a pair of wings on as many as eight times. Fit models are a very important part of the process because they help us solve balance and construction problems before the final model gets assigned her wings. A fit model can eventually get her own wings, I have been privileged to make wings for two of our fit models, who work very hard to help make all the models look their best."
How do you work out scale and weight of the wings in relation to each individual model?
"We don’t know who will wear the wings, so we try to scale each pair to a model that is 5’10 to 5’11 plus heels, but some wings are just meant to be bigger and some are meant to be smaller. The design team usually sets the scale with us, so that we can talk about weight or material considerations during the creative process. My wings can weigh between one and 10 kilograms. There are heavier wings in the show, but I take pride in keeping mine light, so they fit like a tight backpack and only take one person to help put them on."
At the Whitney Art Party, Art and Fashion Pair as Easily as Peanut Butter and Chocolate
ince its move from the leafy stretch of Fifth Avenue known as “Museum Mile” to a new space in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum has been busy proving there’s a chicer, younger queen in town. The annual Whitney Art Party, held Tuesday night in the museum’s galleries, was once again the unmissable Instagram-worthy moment for New York’s bright young things.
Among the roster of co-hosts, including Ashley Graham, Natasha Poly, and Raul de Nieves,was Zosia Mamet who, in her post-Girls life, has emerged as a millennial answer to Peggy Guggenheim, hosting and attending art parties from New York to Venice and back.
“That’s like a very chic way of putting it,” she told me over cocktails in a downstairs gallery before dinner. “I’m someone who likes art and who said yes when they asked me to co-host this.” Earlier this year, Mamet attended the Whitney Biennial with Tiffany & Co., and her modesty belies a deeper appreciation for the art world, especially at the Whitney, where Monse is as much a part of the conversation as Basquiat.
“Art and fashion—it’s like peanut butter and chocolate,” she says. “I mean, events like this are few and far between. This is singular, and when it comes to fashion events . . . this is a very interesting evening.”