Philip-Lorca diCorcia Depicts L.A.’s Gritty Glamour with Trans Artist Zackary Drucker and Model Daisy Clementine

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Photographed by Philip-Lorca diCorcia for BlackBook Magazine, Spring 2015. Styled by Anne Christensen.

Beautiful As The Day Is Long

From night at the Palace to afternoon in a mysterious Venice alley, the gritty glamour of L.A. serves as a backdrop to this enigmatic game of hide-and-seek. At the story’s end, model Daisy and transgender performance artist Zackary reunite in a single morphed portrait.

Left: Burberry coat. Right: Calvin Klein dress and shoes

Narcisco Rodriguez top and skirt

Miu Miu coat, top, skirt, belt, and shoes

Proenza Schouler dress; vintage shoes

Marc Jacobs dress and shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo dress; Dolce & Gabbana shoes

Rodarte dress and shoes

Dior coats and top

Models: Daisy @ Next Management L.A.; Zackary Drucker
Hair: Jamal Hammadi
Makeup: Ozzy Salvatierra
Production: Jill Roy
Special thanks to the Ace Hotel, Downtown L.A.


Who Are the New Designers for DKNY? 8 Things You Need to Know

BARNEYS NEW YORK and DELEON TEQUILA host a private dinner in honor of Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne and the launch of  the PUBLIC SCHOOL Women’s Spring 2015 Collection
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What you need to know about Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, DKNY’s new design duo with a Public School education.

Since the announcement that New York-proud DKNY would be heading up the search for a new designer, the gossip mill has been churning. Who would step in? In the excited whispers you could hear the names Dao-YI Chow and Maxwell Osborne repeated again and again — if there was to be new designers for DKNY, this is who we’d be excited about. Today (at about midnight) DKNY made an announcement to make it official: the duo behind Public School are the new designers for DKNY.

In a statement the duo spoke of their appointment:

“We both grew up in NY and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and as New Yorkers. It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. It evokes everything our city was always about — energy, disruption, new thinking and transcending all boundaries. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic American brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

So what do you need to know?

Diddy’s a fan

Max and Dao designed for Sean Puffy Combs‘s Sean Jean for five years.

The CFDA is a fan

The guys (as Public School) were a part of the inaugural CFDA Incubator class in 2010, won the Swarovski CFDA Award for Menswear, a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and so on. So if you don’t know, now you know. Check out some of the sickest looks from the Public School fall 2015 collection shown at NYFW.

They get down with Jenna Lyons

J.Crew stocked a Public School collaboration shortly after the CFDA wins (I <3 Public School Boys tees? Yup, you’ve seen ‘em.)
PRABAL GURUNG & PUBLIC SCHOOL A/W 2015 Fashion Show After Party
Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Donna Karan is a fan


They balance each other out. Chow is a family man…

Here he is with wife Canis and son Azlan at the Public School FW15 runway show.
Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

…Whereas Maxwell is the party animal of the two

Here’s Maxwell at Save Venice this year.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

They’re jugglers

Between jobs as creative directors for Public School (both men’s and now women’s, which it introduced in February 2014,) Black Apple (the guys’ moderately priced line,) and DKNY, they’re going to have their hands full.

The long and short of it

Chow and Osborne are the epitome of New York new cool. DKNY’s spring 2015 collection (which is hitting stores now) was a celebration of just the same thing — real New Yorkers in honest to goodness cool clothes. It’s a perfect union, and we can’t wait to see what the guys do with the world of DKNY.

Watch a Face to Face conversation between Maxwell and Dao-Yi and Nick Wooster below.

BlackBook Presents: Public School & Nick Wooster from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Exclusive Screening of Daniel Arsham's Future Relic 01-04 at Tribeca Film Festival
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Blake Lively’s 5 Most Timeless Looks

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. If you count the Look of Love, here are six timeless looks from Blake Lively. Photo: Julian Mackler/

This Friday marks the release of Age of Adaline, in which Blake Lively stays forever 29. Her character’s timelessness inspired us to dig into Lively’s sartorial archives. She’s nearly guaranteed to appear on every best dressed list. In honor of her movie, here are her most timeless looks.

1. Blake in timeless, backless, sexy (and pregnant) black, sporting sparkle gems.
Photo: Ryan Kobane/

2. Doing ’70s glam in a way that still feels totally current at the CFDA Awards.
Photo: Billy Farrell/

2. Two words: Hollywood Goddess.
Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

4. Perhaps the glowiest human on the planet:
Photo: Ben Rosser/

5. A sparkly micro-mini might not be timeless on just anyone, but on Blake, it’s signature perfection. Legs like that deserve the spotlight.
Photo: Neil Rasmus/

Andreja Pejic’s 5 Most Beautiful Moments

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Andreja Pejic has been a hot topic of fashion since she was Andrej — the model’s gorgeous (and previously androgynous) looks have garnered her attention, campaigns, and runway since she was first scouted. The recent completion of Pejic’s gender confirmation surgery is happy news for the model. It’s happy news, too, for Make Up For Ever, who just confirmed Pejic as a new face of its brand. This makes Pejic one of the first transgender models to book a major beauty campaign.

In celebration of Andreja Pejic becoming a face of Make Up For Ever, we’re rounding up the model’s most beautiful moments.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Photo: Aria Isadora/

Photo: David X Prutting/

Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/


Celebrating Downtown’s Brand New Max Mara Whitney Bag

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View of the new Whitney Museum. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Downtown’s got a brand new bag. Along with a new museum (hello, Whitney, opening in May), a new skyline (what’s up 1WTC), and a plethora of restaurants and attractions that are bound to pop up around them, we’ve got a new accessory with which to carry our essentials below 14th Street. Renzo Piano, the starchitect for the Whitney Museum, also had a hand in the Max Mara Whitney bag, an homage to the building itself.

On Wednesday evening, the chic  (Pari Ehsan, DJ Harley Viera-NewtonLauren Remington Platt, Claire Distenfeld, Genevieve Jones, Natalie JoosJohn Buffalo Mailer, Nicolas Niarchos) gathered at the Boom Boom Room atop the Standard hotel to fete the new bag — the purse and the view of the new museum both on view for revelers to enjoy.

The limited edition bag (carried by Milly Piano) comes in a light blue to reflect the color of the new Whitney building, and only 250 are available. The bag, proceeds of which go to the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will also come in three sizes and three colors: black, tan, and bordeaux. The bag is a tribute to the Whitney building, also designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Rachelle Hruska and Pari Ehsan. Photo: Billy Farrell/


Maria Giulia Maramotti and Harley Viera-Newton (wearing Max Mara) next to the “Whitney” bag designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for Max Mara. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Renzo Piano, Milly Piano (with the “Whitney” bag), and Luigi Maramotti. Photo: Billy Farrell/

Happy Birthday, John Waters! Celebrate by Shopping His Kooky Style

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Photo: John Waters at the 2014 CFDA Awards. Photographed by Neil Rasmus/

A fondness for polyester suits, offbeat tailoring, and Comme des Garcons puts filmmaker John Waters in a sartorial category all his own. When asked to host the CFDA Awards, (the Oscars of fashion), Waters couldn’t help but rib a few designers — a $28,000 Marc Jacobs dress? “The man has expenses,” Waters joked — and he can crack jokes, if only because of his own affinity for multi-thousand dollar pieces that, if not appreciated properly, might look… off. But then, maybe that’s the whole point. So on the occasion of John Waters’s birthday we dive into his style, and celebrate with a little shopping centered on the John Waters aesthetic of merry, bargain bin-esque, Fashion with a capital F. JohnWaters_BFA_shopping_BlackBook John Waters (from left) photographed by Angela Pham/; photographed by Neil Rasmus/ Fashion (clockwise from left): printed leather continental wallet; pailette embellished boot; vintage double collar blazer; wide leg trouser; striped blazer; perforated Oxford shoes; deconstructed jacket, all Comme des Garcons.

420 Friendly Fashions: Dress Like Your Favorite Chic Stoners

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Happy holidays. to the 420 friendly! Whether or not you’re partaking, get in the holiday spirit by getting into the look of film’s chic stoners – think of it as a little sartorial inspiration on this green holiday. From Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider to the eternally perfect Penny Lane, we’re celebrating in style.

Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider

Freeman’s Sporting Club pique shirt; Calvin Klein Collection suit jacket; Calvin Klein Collection suit trousers; Burberry London woven silk tie; Garrett Leight California Optical detachable front sunglasses


Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane in Almost Famous
“It’s all happening,” just as soon as your put your shearling-collared coat and round frame sunnies.

Michael Kors shearling coat; The Row by Linda Farrow Gallery sunglasses

Milla Jovovich as Michelle Burroughs in Dazed and Confused

House of Holland boyfriend jeans; Christopher Kane boyfriend jeans; Saint Laurent fringed suede vest


Jane Fonda in Klute
Marc Jacobs mini skirt; Robert Cleregie over the knee boots; APC trench coat