Just days after turning fourteen, blogging sensation Tavi Gevinson had her infamous blog, Style Rookie taken down by Blogger, after seemingly violating their terms of service. Apologising further on into the blogosphere drama, Google - who owns Blogger - released a statement saying that the site had been shut down on accident as the result of an automated system, and that they had "reached out to the user and apologised for any inconvenience".
It appears that the commotion started after young Tavi posted a Yohji Yamamoto campaign of Maggie Rizer in 1998 posing naked surrounded only by ribbons, nipple exposed as she thought it seemed "appropriate for a birthday". After learning that her birthday post was the violation, Tavi tweeted "Looks like it was the Yohji photo. Oh come ON", followed jokingly by "Need my own domain, dammit! Then I'll post as many naked ads as I want! Not really! That's kinda wierd! Now who's the punk that turned me in!" Thankfully, fashion's darling of the blog world has her site back now, and Gevinson's response to it all? "Whoops! My blog was shut down for a day (maybe less) because of the Yohji Yamamoto/Inez & Vinoodh/Maggie Rizer photo. Which is odd! But whatevs, something VERY IMPORTANT happened today, and we move on..."
We've seen many different sides to People's Revolution founder Kelly Cutrone, but mostly from our experiences on The Hills, The City and Kell on Earth we've witnessed a straight-talking boss with a sharp tongue who shows no remorse for making a quivering intern cry. Although the softer side became apparent when we interviewed Cutrone at LFW last season, we've never seen her as relaxed as she is in the latest edition of Bluefly's Closet Confessions.
"Margeila, Dries, Paco, Yohji, Westwood, Dries..." Cutrone lists off as she piles clothes from one of her three closets onto one arm. "Missoni, Rykiel... Isn't it amazing I know all these? Yohji, Yohji, Yohji... Urban Outfitters?" she continues. Ironically, Kelly claims to not shop all that often, as she takes us through a series of her favourite outfits, and admits to having a rail of "skinny girl clothes - clothes I wear when I'm skinny". Amongst tales of her mother untacking her Margeila ("it was WAR!"), we also get to see Cutrone almost melt in front of the camera as her daughter Ava goes through her favourite pieces. "Who's your favourite designer?", Kelly asks, "Sonia Rykiel" replies Ava, "cool". Like mother, like daughter anyone?
It's been a bumpy road for Yohji Yamamoto. He went bankrupt, then had to get bailed out by a private-equity fund. Now he's back. He came home to Japan for a fashion show on Thursday night - and let a crowd of 3,200 watch his show in the stadium used for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. His runway lineup included plenty of Japanese celebrities, plus Yamamoto's design team and models.
"This is a kind of compensation for my absence from Japan," Yamamoto told WWD. "I'm sorry I was absent for 20 years." He also had a message about fast fashion, which has long held his disapproval: "I don't think it's a threat. I would say, 'Let it go. Go to hell.'"
Last week customers were surprised to find the windows of Yohji Yamamoto's Grand Street and Gansevoort boutiques in New York had unexpectedly been papered up. Shoppers were not offered a lengthly explanation for the borded windows but instead a simple note, which read "CLOSED". The closures come as somewhat of a surprise - despite shutting its US press office last year, shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy protection, it managed to secure some private-equity funding.
No information has been offered about what brought about the closures, though a spokesperson did confirm that Yamamoto would still show at Paris Fashion Week next month and the Y-3 diffusion line in collaboration with Adidas remains unaffected by the fashion house's current financial woes (as that arm of the Yamamoto empire is owned by Adidas).
Not only a photographer but also director of SHOWstudio, Nick Knight is responsible for bringing fashion media to the masses. Having won numerous awards for his work with magazines such as Vogue, Dazed and Confused, i-D and W, as well as fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent, Knight's images still dominate magazine covers. Having built on his success since the early '80s photographing skinheads and gang culture, Knight has always pushed the boundaries of fashion photography exploring what is beautiful and often possible. He says about his love of photography: "It's a ticket to photograph the President of the US, or a heroin addict in Camden, or a prostitute in Paris, or the biggest recording star in the world. Becoming a photographer is a way of finding out about people – finding out about life – and experiencing what they experience."
Back in 1986 when I was photographing a very young Naomi and she was dancing to Prince in a bright red Yohji Yamamoto coat inspired by the collections of Christian Dior, I thought it was just so thrilling. It was a piece of contemporary theatre and it was seen by no more than around seven people. Fashion is such a fascinating world and if one could show the research that goes into a John Galliano collection, for example ... It's missed. Fashion is presented as something for the ladies or as trade. It's both scandalised and trivialised and it's a lot more interesting than that