The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Ladygunn Magazine Publishes “Haute Mess” Rebuttal Spread, Will.I.Am Sued By I.Am Clothing Company, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Prom Photo

• As a response to Vogue Italia’s controversial “Haute Mess” spread, Ladygunn magazine published “Chola!” which they describe as a more “tasteful” and “beautiful” version of what “Haute Mess” may have been trying to achieve. Editor-in-chief Koko Ntuen explained the reasoning behind the spread, saying; “what I saw in ‘Haute Mess’ was [that] it looked like the models were kind of making fun of those type of people, you know, the way they presented it, [we wanted to] make the model look glamorous, and we’re not having her, like, eating tacos with all gold teeth and smiling mockingly at the camera. We’re just trying to show a beautiful side of every culture.” Sounds good enough, right? Expert contortionist Ntuen promptly thereafter put her foot in her mouth, telling The Cut why she chose the title “Chola!”: “I think it’s something like that can be embraced by everyone, just like how the term “nigga,” [has] been embraced, especially by younger generations. That’s just, like, a word. I feel like everyone is just trying to make these words desensitized, so it just expresses their culture…I don’t know if I would be comfortable running a fashion story called, “Nigga!” because people would be like, “What?” [Laughs.] But I think if we did, and we did it tastefully, who knows, maybe it could sit well.” Hey, Koko, why don’t you do a fashion story called “Nigga!”? Publish it, and distribute it around a black neighborhood to see how it will “sit” with the “niggas.”  I guarantee your career will go the direction of Jackie magazine’s former Editor-in-Chief, Eva Hoeke. (The Cut)


• Since it’s prom season, here’s a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama at her senior prom. Of course, Mrs. O looks flawless. Some things don’t change, do they? (Jezebel)

Will.I.Am is being sued for $2 million by I.Am clothing company for allegedly failing to carry out his design (term used loosely) and marketing duties for the brand. The  I.Am clothing company says the “Boom Boom Pow” rapper was supposed to lend his talents to the brand until 2016, but Mr. I.Am (the person) says he has no obligation to the company. (TMZ)


Kim Kardashian‘s new face covers Scott Barnes‘s new beauty book, Face to Face. (Us)


Rihanna in Marchesa

WWD is reporting that Marchesa is looking to add a contemporary line to the already-popular brand. Marchesa is a red carpet favorite, with stars like Viola Davis and Ciara having worn their pieces. The brand is in talks with LF USA, and as of now, that is all the information available. We’ll let you know what develops. (WWD)


• Because good money shouldn’t go to waste, the folks over at Louis Vuitton plan to use the showstopping locomotive they debuted in Paris for a reprise of the fall/winter 2012 show in Shanghai in late July. The show will feature ten new looks, all of which are hopefully more aesthetically pleasing than what’s been shown so far. (WWD)


~ Jihan

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