The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Kimye to Wed?, Parsons Cancels John Galliano Master Class, and Bethann Hardison Receives Frederick Douglass Award

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Riccardo Tisci had a great start to the week, outfitting a slew of A-Listers for Monday night’s Met Gala. He spoke to WWD about each outfit, including the now-infamous floral onesie gown he created for Kim Kardashian. The designer says he chose to dress the reality star because he “wanted to have a Kim Kardashian moment,” adding that “She is the future wife of a really good friend of mine.” *RECORD SCRATCH* Future wife? A simple turn of phrase? Or did he just let it slip that Kanye is planning on (or might already have) popping the question to a just-divorced Kardashian? (WWD)


• Mr. Tisci might have burgeoning relationship of his own. The internet went into a tizzy Monday night when the designer instagrammed a photo of a bow tie on a bed with the caption “please don’t go…” after the Met Gala. Commenters speculated that the bowtie might belong to a certain Mr. Frank Ocean, whom Tisci dressed for the event. Furthermore, the Givenchy creative director’s insta-feed is riddled with photos (nine to be exact!) of a bowtie-wearing Ocean from the night. Maybe he just thinks Frank is really cool? Maybe Mr. Tisci really likes that bow tie? Or maybe (more likely) he’s already designing an embellished leather kilt for their courthouse wedding, to be followed by a lavish reception at a barn in the Vermont countryside. (Fashionista)

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• And just like that, Parsons School of Design has canceled the John Galliano master class just announced at the end of April. According to the New York Post, the four-day workshop would have concluded with “a candid discussion about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large,” but when Parsons administration couldn’t reach an agreement with Galliano on the terms of this talk, they scrapped the thing altogether. Parsons made no mention of the online petition started in opposition to the class as a reason for its cancellation. (NYP)


• Founder of the Black Girls Coalition, Bethann Hardison, will be honored with a Frederick Douglass Award this Thursday for her commitment to promote diversity in fashion. The ex-model and current activist sat down for a Q&A with WWD to talk about her career, and crusade to increase visibility of black models. And she knows her work is far from over: “After seeing the numbers from the 2013 February shows — 9 percent Asian, 6 percent black, 2 percent Latin, 0.3 percent other and 82.7 percent white — that’s when I knew I had to get back out there. When the agencies told me how political it has become, I thought, “What have you all sucked into?” We are absolutely in some sort of trouble. That’s not people of color — that’s we the people as a nucleus are in trouble. They don’t understand the effect. They’re not conscious of that because they’re just doing fashion.” Let the church say amen. (WWD)


Benefit Cosmetics tapped Matthew Williamson to help them create a brand-new eyeshadow palette called ‘The Rich is Back.’ Set to hit Sephora stores later this month, the $35 kit consists of blush, mascara, cherry lip gloss, and three neutral eyeshadows and a bright teal option to shake things up. (WWD)


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