Lady Gaga Cancels Remainder Of Joanne Tour Due To Pain Issues

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Powerhouse pop star Lady Gaga is cancelling the final ten dates of her Joanne world tour. The singer made the announcement on Instagram, posting a message from Live Nation alongside a personal message to her European fans, promising to return to their cities when she is able. “I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it. All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home. We’re cancelling the last 10 shows of my Joanne World Tour,” she wrote. “I love you, but this is beyond my control.”

The message from Live Nation cited “severe pain” as the reason for scrapping the last leg of the tour. The Instagram post was flooded with supportive messages from fans wishing her well and hoping that she feels better soon.

But if you’re a diehard Gaga fan, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to see her perform. She hasn’t yet announced whether or not the latest round of health issues will affect her Las Vegas residency, which is set to begin at the end of the year, but hopefully this time off will help her recover. And don’t forget that she’s starring in the (latest) remake of A Star Is Born, co-starring and directed by Bradley Cooper. The film was originally set to premiere this May but has been pushed back to the Fall…does this mean it’s in bad shape and needs a lot of work, or that it’s a masterpiece worthy of award season consideration? Time will tell, and we’ll be waiting. In the meantime, wishing Gaga all the best as she takes a much-deserved break.

 

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Harvey Weinstein threatens legal action against Uma Thurman

Harvey Weinstein threatens legal action against Uma Thurman. Harvey Weinstein is considering taking legal action against Uma Thurman following an interview she gave in which she claimed he had tried to force himself on her. The disgraced movie mogul has slammed the 47-year-old actress’ claims he made sexual advance towards her in a Parisian hotel room, before attacking her in London, insisting she has made “false accusations” against him. His lawyers issued a statement following Uma’s interview in the New York Times newspaper, in which she laid bare her alleged ordeal, which read: “Ben Brafman, Mr Weinstein’s attorney said that Harvey is stunned and saddened by what he claims to be false accusations by Uma Thurman, someone he has worked closely with for more than two decades.  Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets and immediately apologized for. Why Ms. Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys. Ms Thurman’s statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate.” The 65-year-old producer – who is believed to still be receiving treatment in an Arizona clinic – insisted he always had a strong friendship with the ‘Kill Bill’ star and feels “saddened and puzzled” that she’s spoken out about the alleged past altercation. His legal team also claimed that the fact there are a “number of images” of Weinstein and Uma together over the years should prove the fact there wasn’t a problem between them. Another statement read: “We have pulled a number of images that demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years and we wish the New York Times would have published them. Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details. There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to ‘why’ Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that he and Ms. Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together. This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.” In her interview, the ‘Pulp Fiction’ star recalled how Weinstein did “all kinds of unpleasant things” as he allegedly tried to force himself on her. She said: “It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.” Uma told the publication that she later confronted Harvey in a hotel about the encounter, leading to an incident which she cannot fully remember.

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7 Wedding Dresses Perfect for Dancing

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Sometimes, one dress just isn’t enough. This season, we love the idea of a second wedding dress to shimmy out on the dance floor. We know, we know—you’re probably seeing fat dollar signs right now. But hear us out—do you really want a cathedral train or thick, satin sheath dress holding you back from busting a move to Bey’s latest? We think not. Luckily, thanks to the rise of the untraditional wedding dress, there are a number of dress options that were made for dancing! From free-flowing minis and twirl-worthy fringe to shimmering sequins, these dresses will have you spinning around with your spouse all night long.

This little Rime Arodaky number has room to move out on the dance floor! A minimalist silhouette gets a playful touch with lace detailing flaring out at the sleeves and peeking behind an asymmetrical hemline.

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This little Rime Arodaky number has room to move out on the dance floor! A minimalist silhouette gets a playful touch with lace detailing flaring out at the sleeves and peeking behind an asymmetrical hemline.

Does this floral appliqué db Studio by David’s Bridal dress come with the ballerina pup beside it? We hope so! With a V-neckline and A-line silhouette flaring out to a knee-length skirt, this sweet look has a serious twirl factor.

Courtesy of db Studio by David’s Bridal

Does this floral appliqué db Studio by David’s Bridal dress come with the ballerina pup beside it? We hope so! With a V-neckline and A-line silhouette flaring out to a knee-length skirt, this sweet look has a serious twirl factor.

With sparkling silver [metallic](https://www.brides.com/story/metallic-nail-polish-for-winter-wedding-manicures) details and swinging fringe, it’s easy to imagine Galia Lahav’s “Valerian” dress out to play during the reception. Vintage loving brides, this one has your name written all over it thanks to its 1920s edge.

Courtesy of Galia Lahav

With sparkling silver metallic details and swinging fringe, it’s easy to imagine Galia Lahav’s “Valerian” dress out to play during the reception. Vintage loving brides, this one has your name written all over it thanks to its 1920s edge.

Sequins are ultra glam, especially when they’re in the form of a midi slip dress with double tier trumpet hemline. Sachin & Babi knows how to make a bride dazzle on her [big day](https://www.brides.com/story/glossy-lids-wedding-day-makeup).

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Sequins are ultra glam, especially when they’re in the form of a midi slip dress with double tier trumpet hemline. Sachin & Babi knows how to make a bride dazzle on her big day.

This babydoll dress by Danielle Frankel merges modern and [vintage](https://www.brides.com/story/happy-isles-vintage-wedding-dress-styles) for a unique look, pairing a trailing cape with a flirty hemline and a Victorian inspired high neckline.

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

This babydoll dress by Danielle Frankel merges modern and vintage for a unique look, pairing a trailing cape with a flirty hemline and a Victorian inspired high neckline.

Glittering beading and tiers of feathered fringe are made for the dance floor. This Alexandra Grecco beauty promises to sashay all night. Coupled with a plunging neckline, this one is a showstopper.

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Glittering beading and tiers of feathered fringe are made for the dance floor. This Alexandra Grecco beauty promises to sashay all night. Coupled with a plunging neckline, this one is a showstopper.

 Hayley Paige does it again — the “Presley” mini dress is rich in the designer’s trademark flair and penchant for florals. Dimensional embroidery in [eye-catching blue](https://www.brides.com/story/something-borrowed-something-blue-do-i-really-need-it-at-my-wedding) and fringe sleeves bring all sorts of fun.

Courtesy of JLM Couture

Hayley Paige does it again — the “Presley” mini dress is rich in the designer’s trademark flair and penchant for florals. Dimensional embroidery in eye-catching blueand fringe sleeves bring all sorts of fun.

Luxe Event Aims to Change Haiti’s Image Through Fashion

Dozens of designers from Haiti and around the world showcased their spring-summer collections against a lush tropical background during the recent Haiti Fashion Week.

The January 28-31 event in Petionville focused on the theme “Innovation” and “haute couture” this year. Event founder Maguy Durce said her main goal was to show Haiti in a positive light, as opposed to negative images usually portrayed by the international media.

“Haiti Fashion Week is a cultural event. But we want to use it to respond to President [Donald] Trump — to his negative comments [about Haiti] — because we think if he saw what was happening this week at El Rancho [hotel], he would say, ‘Hey, I lied,’ or, ‘Hey, I was wrong,’ or, ‘I was misinformed,’ ” Durce said.

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term to describe Haiti and African nations angered the Haitian-American community and sparked rallies in Port-au-Prince, New York, Palm Beach and Boston to denounce racism. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said the comments about Haiti “hurt the country.”

The fifth edition of Haiti Fashion Week had been scheduled for November 2017, but was rescheduled after some of the designers said their collections would not be ready in time.

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young fashion designer Maille Timothee, whose fashion line is called MAE, presented her designs for the first time this year. She won applause for her colorful dresses made with unconventional textiles.

“I wanted to do something unconventional. Something unexpected. So I mixed different fabrics that people would not expect, and even what I’m wearing is an example of that,” she explained.

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Timothee is the daughter of seasoned Haitian designer Immacula Pericles, who runs a highly acclaimed fashion school called Academie Verona. She also participated in Haiti Fashion Week, showcasing a collection of dresses made in the colors of the national flag and representing the natural beauty of the Caribbean country. Her collection wowed the audience.

“Well, I’ve been doing these designs for a long time now, so it’s new to some people, but we’ve been around a while,” Pericles noted. “The theme of our fashion school is Haiti will survive – so my goal is first to incorporate sustainable materials and second to make the clothing using the same international standards the big fashion houses use so that we can sell our line anywhere in the world.”

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Pericles said Haiti has huge potential to excel in the fashion world.

French designer Marie-Caroline Behue flew from Paris to Port-au-Prince and went straight to work on her collection. A first-time participant in the event, she admitted to being awed by the quality and intricacy of the designs.

“I knew nothing about Haiti Fashion Week and I was amazed by the level of detail in the designs,” she admitted. “I’ve worked in the French haute couture design houses and I can tell you the designs I saw here meet the bar – and to be honest, what really piqued my interest was the men’s haute couture, because when one thinks of haute couture, they naturally think of women’s fashion, but here in Haiti, I was like, ‘Wow! They’re got couture men’s clothing.’”

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian-American designer Marcia Roseme, whose collection features bright colored separates matched with muted tones, traveled from New York to show her first collection at Haiti Fashion Week.

“It was a great event; there were a lot of different styles that represented many markets. There was a lot of innovation, a lot of creativity and unique styles – I really like that,” she told VOA.

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Organizer Durce, who put in many long hours to pull off a culturally rich and diverse showcase of Haitian and international artistry, was pleased with the turnout and the positive reviews from the national and international press.

“Africa Fashion TV has been here all four days, broadcasting our fashion shows live, so what we’re doing here in Haiti is being seen in 29 African countries and all over the world. Each time a person tweets or posts something about Fashion Week to Facebook, it raises Haiti’s image to a higher level.”

Durce said she’s looking forward to the sixth edition of Haiti Fashion Week – to be held in 2019.

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Find Your Inner Supermodel With a Little Help From Cindy Crawford

Some things never go out of style: great jeans, a little black dress, and supermodel Cindy Crawford. Since her arrival on the scene, Crawford has embodied the glamazon beauty of modeling’s golden age in covers, campaigns, and televised ads, many of which have become iconic. This weekend, she returns to the small screen in Pepsi’s 2018 Super Bowl spot, recreating the feel of her famous 1992 commercial with a little help from her son, Presley.

Revisiting a commercial concept 26 years later is a novel idea, but a glance back at Crawford’s ’90s looks is even more rewarding. From the cutoffs-and-tank-top combo she wore for her Pepsi gig to the airy minidress she lip-synched “Freedom! ’90” in as she traipsed down the Versace runway flanked by her fellow supers, Crawford’s greatest fashion hits still feel fresh. Never one to go for the outlandish when it came to her personal style, her love of the classics often carried over into her work with designers and photographers, who captured her in one effortless piece after the other. Whether on the cover of Vogue in petal-pink separates or hosting House of Style in a motorcycle jacket, there’s little in Crawford’s vintage wardrobe that she—or daughter Kaia—couldn’t pull out and wear today.

Photo: Courtesy of Pepsi

 

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Khaite fitted tank top, $547, farfetch.com; Re/Done high-rise shorts, $194, shopredone.com; Bloomingdale’s 14k white gold endless hoop earrings, $420, bloomingdales.com; Acne Studios Mustang sunglasses, $320, lagarconne.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of shopredone.com; Courtesy of bloomingdales.com; Courtesy of lagarconne.com

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 cindy

Swarovski fit necklace, $199, swarovski.com; Carolee Grand Entrance faux pearl chandelier earrings, $75, lordandtaylor.com; Vintage Ciner Art Deco bracelet, $509, 1stdibs.com; Christian Louboutin Crossfliketa 100 red patent leather pumps, $845, savannahs.com; Zimmermann ruche slip mini dress, $395, zimmermann.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of swarovski.com; Courtesy of lordandtaylor.com; Courtesy of 1stdibs.com; Courtesy of savannahs.com; Courtesy of zimmermann.com

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cindy

Miguelina Noel Chantilly lace halter top, $200, intermixonline.com; Cartier Tank Anglaise watch, $13,900, cartier.com; The Row Fenix stitch-detail cashmere sweater, $1,134, matchesfashion.com; Polo Ralph Lauren straight relaxed trousers, $148, farfetch.com; Manning Cartell Natural Selection heeled sandals, $342, farfetch.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of intermixonline.com; Courtesy of cartier.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com

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cindy

Versace contrast-trim crepe dress, $1,825, matchesfashion.com; Versus Gianni Versace vintage yellow dress, $1,454, 1stdibs.com; Versace appliquéd tulle-trimmed wool-blend minidress, $838, net-a-porter.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of 1stdibs.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

cindy

 

cindy

Victor Glemaud cropped open-back cotton and cashmere-blend cardigan, $105, net-a-porter.com; Theory Telson silk-satin dress, $188, net-a-porter.com; Hunting Season Tula velvet pouch, $475, orchardmile.com; Salvatore Ferragamo woven bracelet with prong closure, $250, bloomingdales.com; Gianvito Rossi suede over-the-knee boots, $1,795, barneys.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of orchardmile.com; Courtesy of bloomingdales.com; Courtesy of barneys.com

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Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, February 1990

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Appleseed’s sleeveless silk sweater, $50, appleseeds.blair.com; Koché satin wide-leg pants, $515, net-a-porter.com; Anna E Alex Lanterna earrings, $270, modaoperandi.com; Gucci bow-embellished printed silk crepe de Chine tunic, $2,300, net-a-porter.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of appleseeds.blair.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

cindy

 

cindy

The Row Hali off-the-shoulder ruched stretch-crepe dress, $625, theoutnet.com; Schott NYC vintaged cowhide black motorcycle jacket, $760, schottnyc.com; Gucci leather gloves with grosgrain bow, $630, gucci.com

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, will be tying the knot on May 19 after announcing their engagement on November 27 last year.

Preparations are well underway, with a date set, a wedding venue booked and reports of wedding dress fittings

The day is expected to be one of the biggest events of the year, but one of the American actress’s co-stars on US legal drama Suits has just dropped a big wedding hint.

When Meghan walks down the aisle in May it could be her second wedding of the year.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?

When Meghan walks down the aisle in May it could be her second wedding of the year

The reason being is the first nuptials could be as Rachel Zane, her character on Suits.

Patrick J. Adams, who plays Rachel’s love interest, Mike Ross, on the show, recently announced he was departing Suits in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

As part of the reveal, Patrick discussed Mike and Rachel’s impending marriage and whether or not fans will get a wedding at the end of season seven.

Although he didn’t directly say there would be a wedding on the season finale, he did hint that fans tune in to see how Mike and Rachel’s story ends.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?GETTY

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be getting married in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

He said: “I think Mike and Rachel are two characters that there has never been any question that they’re in love and that they’r meant for each other and that they’re willing to go to great lengths and sacrifice a ton in order to keep their relationship going.

“It just so happens that the timing of how I was feeling [about leaving Suits] and what was going on in Meghan’s life created an opportunity where there was no need to force some conflict or tear Mike and Rachel apart.

“It allowed us to go onto whatever happens next for Mike and Rachel together.”

It was confirmed that Meghan would be leaving Suits, which she has starred in since 2011, a day after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: Rachel Zane could also marry Mike Ross this year

But the show will continue on for an eighth season, without Patrick and Meghan.

Meghan and Harry’s wedding ceremony is taking place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

And a florist has predicted Meghan’s wedding bouquet will most likely contain peonies.

Peonies are known to be Meghan’s favourite bloom, have they featured heavily on her deleted Instagram account.

Florist Anna-Liisa Evans added: “May is the prime season for peonies, and I would not be at all surprised if they feature heavily in the floral content.”

Why Are We – and the Fashion Industry – Obsessed with Paparazzi Photos?

image: Balenciaga 
image: Balenciaga

Paparazzi photos have permeated the fashion industry. Whether it be imagery on celebrity news sites of supermodels Kate Moss and Karlie Kloss or editorials and ad campaigns staged in a street peeping manner, society – and the fashion industry – cannot get enough of paparazzi pics. Not unlike how crazed photographers clamored to capture imagery of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1970’s (right around the time the so-called “Most Famous Paparazzi Photo Ever” was taken), there is nary an US Weekly in 2018 that is not jam-packed with snaps of the various Kardashian/Jenner family members.

While much has changed quite a bit since Jackie O. adopted her large sunglasses as a means of obscuring the view of paparazzi photographers and imagery of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Peter O’Toole, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn graced the pages of magazines, such as LIFE, the allure of off-duty celebrities remains in full force.

The same desire to “see behind the glitz and glamor of a celebrity’s image” in the days of Princess Diana and before that, Marilyn Monroe, is what “drives audiences with equal fervor to [modern] outlets like TMZ,” according to Andrew L. Mendelson, the chair of Temple University’s Department of Journalism.

Taking on the topic of paparazzi photos several years ago, Mendelson wrote that such imagery is particularly noteworthy as it tends to stand in “stark contrast to the glamorous and controlled photographs distributed by the movie studios or the staged images in popular magazines.” These oft-unplanned photos are, as a whole, more realistic that the heavily-manufactured images and personas that these famed figures (with the help of their teams of management, agents, publicists, studio heads, etc.) tend to portray to the world in editorialized imagery, interview sound-bites, and on the red carpet. In 2018, “authenticity,” a full-blown buzz word, is in demand.

“The paparazzi are distinct from photographers who work in situations — posed photo shoots for magazines, red carpets and parties — that allow celebrities control over how they appear,” according to photography scholar Carol Squires. “The paparazzi’s quest for raw, candid photos places them ‘outside the bounds of polite photography.’” And this is exactly what draws us in: What Mendelson describes as the “anti-aesthetic to paparazzi photographs that rejects the ‘official,’ glamorous views of the rich and famous.”

“The best paparazzi photographs,” he says, “emphasize fleeting, stolen moments, ideally produced without the subject knowing he or she is being photographed.”

Modern-Day Paparazzi Complex

Princess Diana’s death in August 1997 is telling of the modern state of paparazzi fury. As TIME wrote last year, “The speeding car carrying Diana away from the paparazzi crashed into a pillar, killing her and her then fiancée Dodi al-Fayed. At her funeral in September 1997, her brother Charles Spencer left mourners in no doubt who he blamed, describing his sister as ‘the most hunted person of the modern age.’”

But despite such tragedy, the collective fascination with celebrity has not dimmed; if anything, it seems to have only increased significantly since our lives started being played out online, where paparazzi images are shared virally across social media and entire websites are dedicated to off-duty celebrity imagery, giving us unfettered access to our fav celebs.

Why are we so obsessed? Author Julie Klam put forth some suggestions in her book, The Stars In Our Eyes, one of which, is that it is a pretty harmless (and free) guilty pleasure and form of escape from the realities our daily lives (which for most people are a whole lot less glamorous than those of Hollywood A-listers. “Celebrity worship is one of the only guilty pleasures that doesn’t really hurt anyone. You don’t get fat from it, you don’t get cancer from it, it doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t send you into rehab,” per Klam.

images: Vogue Italia
images: Vogue Italia

Moreover, celebrities, especially the ones we choose to like, says Klam, represent “the us we want to be.” The practice of scouring the internet for imagery and articles about them, or our practice of following our favorite celebs – or fan accounts – on social media further bolsters this entertainment/escapism theory, as does our willingness, in some cases, to adapt our looks (clothing wise, makeup wise, etc.) to mirror aspects of our favorite famous figures.

With this in mind, it is only natural that fashion – and its penchant for reflecting upon and ideally, capitalizing on, the cultural climate – has taken to using the established appeal of paparazzi-style photos to sell stuff – from Yeezy bike shorts to very Chanel-Looking bags from Balenciaga.

We have seen this in a number of instances over the years. You may recall the 2005 Jimmy Choo ad starring Nicole Richie, who was at the height of her Hollywood “it” girl reign. Thereafter, Guess by Marciano featured a starlet swamped by photographers for its Fall/Winter 2010 ad. This was followed by the Mario Sorrenti-lensed Christian Dior “Miss Dior” bag campaign in 2012, which starred actress Mila Kunis, and Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall/Winter 2014 campaign. For Spring/Summer 2017 Michael Kors’ ad seemed to suggest that bodyguards were attempting to put off prying photographers’ lenses. That same season, Moschino surrounded Insta-models Gigi and Bella Hadid with a handful of eager photogs.

One of the more striking instances came in an editorial capacity, though, by way of Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia. In that spread, Meisel shot Frankie Rayder, Amber Valletta, Liya Kebede, and others in Los Angeles in what appeared to be completely unfixed paparazzi shots, a quintessential ode to all things LA celebrity, right down to a Mary-Kate Olsen-styled Rayder in one frame.

This brings us to the very recent releases of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 6 campaigns starring Kim Kardashian (easily one of the most paparazzi-photographed women in the world) and then a slew of Kim K clones in the campaign’s “Part II” roll out this week, and Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2018 ad campaign, both of which take cues from paparazzi-lensed imagery.

Given the completely digitally-connected world that we inhabit and the ever-present allure of celebrity imagery and our constant quest for “authenticity” which paparazzi photos – as distinct from traditional fashion photos – provide (which is obfuscated here, obviously given the at lest somewhat staged nature of such “paparazzi photos”), the campaigns make a lot of sense.

image: Yeezy
image: Yeezy