Ladies night 🖤
On the star’s birthday, CR looks back on @madonna’s “Take a Bow” video, which served a sepia-toned platter of eroticism, religious iconography, and high fashion. Set in 1940s Spain and featuring Madonna dressed in @donatella_versace, @jgalliano, and @louboutinworld, the period piece creates a vision of heartbreak that reads more as art than anything else. Link in bio.
CR chats with the mastermind behind the viral Instagram account documenting the enduring popularity of the skirt of the season. Link in bio.
Julia Child became known as the American chef who made French cuisine accessible to all. She wrote a number of cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows, and brought fine dining into the everyday household. But did you know that Child didn't learn how to cook until she was 36 years old? CR explores this and other little-known facts on what would have been the chef's 107th birthday. Link in bio.
What's for lunch?
The year 1969 saw one of the most influential art and music festivals in the world: Woodstock. On the 50th anniversary of the legendary music event, which drew nearly half a million people and helped fuel the counterculture movement, CR looks back on its significance in fashion. Link in bio.
While the punk subculture was beginning to embrace the hardened look of leather jackets and heavy eyeliner in the 1970s, costume designer Sue Blane’s creations for "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" asserted an image of punk rock fashion that subverted gender norms and embraced extremity. On the anniversary of the cult film's debut, CR highlights how Blane was the originator of punk style, before @viviennewestwood and the @pistolsofficial made it mainstream. Link in bio.
Right up there with @michelleobama’s inauguration gown by @jasonwu and @jlo’s technologically revolutionary @versace number is @halleberry’s burgundy @eliesaabworld moment at the 2001 Oscars. On the award-winning actress’ 53rd birthday, CR reflects on how the monumental red carpet moment helped put the Lebanese couturier on the map. Link in bio.
Hiding in plain sight in every Alfred Hitchcock film is the presence of an ultra-chic female character with an icy demeanor: the Hitchcock Heroine. From Grace Kelly as the stylish Lisa Fremont in “Rear Window” to Kim Novak’s famous gray skirt suit in “Vertigo,” CR explores how Hitchcock’s meticulous attention to detail led to some of the greatest—and most fashionably significant—moments in cinematic history. Link in bio.
@comedycentral’s @southpark has been central to numerous cultural moments for more than two decades. On the 22nd anniversary of the animated comedy series, CR looks back on the show’s hilarious crossover into fashion, and how it led to @marcjacobs’ brief foray into the doll-making business. Link in bio.
Beauty brands have been capitalizing on celebrity influence for centuries, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that the trend shifted in an entrepreneurial direction. CR traces the long history of stars in cosmetics, fragrance, and skincare, and how A-listers like @kyliejenner, @badgalriri, and @ladygaga are leaving their proverbial beauty marks. Link in bio.
Originating in Southeast Asia and first worn by men for religious and ceremonial purposes, the sarong is now worn in dozens of countries, possessing different cultural meanings depending on the location. With the centuries-old style making recent cameos on the runways and perpetually appearing in popular culture, CR explores the history behind the vacation-worthy trend. Link in bio.
Did you know Georgia O’Keeffe has fossils named after her? More fascinating facts about the acclaimed painter and Mother of American Modernism in link in bio.
The fashion and entertainment industries in the early aughts would not have been the same without @devonaoki, who was discovered by Kate Moss and walked for nearly every designer at the turn of the millennium. On the model and actress’ 37th birthday today, CR remembers her best catwalk moments through the years. Link in bio.
In the early morning hours of August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” vanished from @museelouvre without a trace. On the 226th anniversary of the renowned museum’s opening, CR looks back at one of the greatest art heists of all time—and how the incident redefined the work’s social, cultural, and artistic value while shaping fashion history. Link in bio.
@whitneyhouston’s fearless approach to style throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s echoed the late star’s exceptional vocal talent. Though she dabbled in trends, Houston always returned to a statement blazer. On what would have been the late icon’s 56th birthday, CR remembers her boldest moments—in fashion and in life. Link in bio.
The theme is downsizing, and the target is bags. Tap link in bio to see CR’s favorite celebrities, designers, and models indulging in fashion’s latest and tiniest obsession.
From the sci-fi genre and the more-is-more stylings of @carlynecerfdedudzeele to consumer culture and nostalgia in America, @itsjeremyscott’s sources of inspiration know no bounds. On the playful and irreverent designer’s birthday, CR looks at his many muses both at @moschino and his eponymous label. Link in bio.
Good morning, beautiful
A wave of nostalgia has many returning to phones of the past, with companies like @nokia releasing reboots of their greatest—and bulkiest—hits. Though the mobile device has evolved from simple communication tool to symbol of status and productivity (and, thanks to @parishilton, bedazzled fashion statement), the cell phone has remained essential in life and popular culture. CR explores the resurgence of ‘old phones’ as accessories in link in bio.
Before @charlizeafrica became a household name in Hollywood, the award-winning South African actress, who turns 44 today, studied ballet and modeled. CR looks back at rare photos of her earlier years in link in bio.
On Lucille Ball's birthday, CR reflects on the 1956 "I Love Lucy" episode in which Lucy yearns for a loose, abstract shift dress that contradicted the nipped-in silhouette of Christian @dior's "New Look" at the time and aired a year before Cristóbal @balenciaga's groundbreaking introduction of the "sack" dress, which continues to remain a staple on the runways. Link in bio.
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” An award-winning novelist, professor, essayist, and editor, Toni Morrison, who passed away last night at 88, wrote poignantly of the African-American experience and was the first black woman to win the @nobelprize_org in Literature. CR looks back on the literary icon's most unforgettable words on writing, freedom, and love in link in bio.
Coined by @theestallion, Hot Girl Summer isn’t just the mood of 2019, it’s a lifestyle. From Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” to Phoebe Cates in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” CR looks at the biggest babes in film exuding hot-girl-summer vibes. Link in bio.
Made it through the week ✔️
Rei Kawakubo once invited fellow avant garde pioneer @alexandermcqueen to walk in her Fall/Winter 1997 show for @commedesgarcons. The late British designer frequently wore her menswear pieces and viewed Kawakubo as one of his idols. See more people, places, and things that have influenced the elusive Japanese designer over the years in link in bio.
Rumor has it that champagne was created 351 years ago today by a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon, who, upon tasting his concoction, exclaimed, "Come quickly! I am drinking stars!" In honor of what may or may not be the birth of bubbly, CR traces the wine's roots. Link in bio.
Before leopard print was a passing trend, hides baring the exotic pattern were favored by early hunter-gatherers and Egyptian goddesses. The spotted look gained traction again in the 20th century among Old Hollywood stars and rock ’n roll icons, finally cementing itself as a present-day symbol of sex appeal and rebellion. CR explores the role of leopard print across fashion, history, and pop culture in link in bio.
When you realize it's Friday
From Edina and Patsy to Cher and Dion to Thelma and Louise, CR looks back on the best friendships in film in celebration of National Girlfriends Day. Link in bio.
On @ysl's birthday, CR remembers his infamous feud with @tomford, who took over the late French designer's ready-to-wear line for five years before launching his own eponymous label. Link in bio.
@mtv’s inaugural video jockeys paved the way for subsequent generations of VJs to act, write books, host their own shows, or simply extend their 15 minutes post-MTV. On the cable network’s 37th anniversary today, CR looks at how everyone from @imanandalewis to Martha Quinn were precursors to today’s influencers. Link in bio.
Good morning from paradise ☀️
Date night 🖤
“As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.” More of Caroline Kennedy’s wisest words on decision-making, values, and standing up for what’s right in link in bio.
Jacques Fath’s cross-continental reach and innovative designs cemented his brand as one of the most prominent post-WWII fashion houses in the world. CR explores the women who played muse to the French couturier—from his wife, Geneviève, to supermodel Bettina Graziani—in link in bio.
@jacnov’s new off-Broadway production, “Get on Your Knees,” mixes the comedian’s long tradition of bare-bottom confessional stand-up with the format of a one-woman act, touching on adolescence, womanhood, and fellatio. CR chats with Novak and director @bejohnce about the new show and the vulnerabilities of life in link in bio. Photographed by @jeiroh for CR Online.
Summer Friday mood
Good morning, beautiful