Famed fashion and portrait photographer Terry O’Neill’s work has been documented in his new book, Terry O’Neill: An A to Z of Fame. It’s a collection of the most celebrated images of his career, images that he says wouldn’t be possible to create today, thanks to the rise of the paparazzi. “If I were starting out now the same photographs wouldn’t see the light of day,” he tells the Big Issue. “People like Sinatra trusted me to take good photographs and why shouldn’t they? Who does it help to take a bad photograph?” Buy the book here.
Rihanna is bringing her UK-based reality TV show Styled to Rock to American shores. The show will see wannabe fashion designers competing to dress the popstar at a yet-unnamed event, so viewers have an endless array of crop tops, booty shorts and thigh high boots to look forward to. Adding to Rihanna’s discerning eye will be model Erin Wasson, champion of the homeless chic aesthetic and musician / producer Pharell who, if I know him at all (and I don’t), will walk out if he so much as glimpses a denim thong.
Are you in London next week? Would you like to see Madonna and Beyonce on stage together, along with Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and the sisterly supergroup HAIM? If your answer is a resounding yes, head to this site here and buy your tickets for Gucci’s Sound of Change concert, from which all proceeds go towards Gucci’s Chime for Change charity, founded by Beyonce, Salma Hayek and creative director Frida Gianini, calling for better health, education and justice for women around the globe. To sweeten the deal, Blake Lively, Freida Pinto, James Franco (!) and Aishwarya Rai are also said to be making an appearance.
The first episode of the second season of Model Files, the web series by fashion social network VFiles is now out. If you haven’t heard of either yet, you’re not alone - Gawker calls the VFiles’ video content “the best Internet videos you’ve never seen”. Part social network, part fashion-centric Pinterest-Wikipedia-Nasty Gal fusion, it’s never quite possible to tell exactly where the parody ends and the serious stuff begins with VFiles - take this description of supermodel Amber Valetta on the site, for example. “What made Amber exciting was that she was ultimately not exciting. Despite waif-controversy, she wasn’t frightening (Kate Moss took on that burden).” The are-they-aren’t-they that translates incredibly well to their videos; Model Files follows real-life casting director Preston Chaunsumlit on a series of (assumedly made up) romps through the fashion world - finding the Gisele Bunchen of baby models, getting cast to star in a campaign for North Korean jeans - with predictably hilarious, over the top results. If you haven’t watched the series yet, start with the first episode, which sees Preston casting male models to open doors at a Hollister outlet. Highlights include Preston meditating on the intrinsic differences between Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch while gazing out of a window, asking models to demonstrate their workout routines and oh, the models themselves. It’s pure gold.