The F-Word: Fashion

Roger Federer And Uniqlo

When Roger Federer steps onto the court at the U.S. Open, he’ll do it in a crimson-red Uniqlo polo and shorts. It might not sound revolutionary, but Federer’s partnership with the international retailer is the first of its kind in many ways. First off, the deal is cemented for 10 years; Federer will be 47 years old by the time it concludes, an age when he may no longer be playing tennis professionally. Then there’s the fact that, if you haven’t noticed, Uniqlo isn’t exactly an activewear company.

All of this is by design.


Aretha Style Through The Years

Aretha Franklin, in addition to being the Queen of Soul, knew how to dress herself for maximum impact. In the ’60s, it was tartan miniskirts and mod dresses. In the 2010s, she turned to caftans and glitter. Her hairstyle changed regularly, but fur was a constant through the decades. In honor of Franklin, who passed away today at the age of 76, here’s a look through some of her best looks, from the orange dress she wore to Bill Clinton’s inauguration to the fascinator she wore to Barack Obama’s (she’s lived a life). It’s a whirlwind tour of feathers, furs, and hats, with a few sleek looks — a ’60s floor-length dress, for example — thrown in. But regardless, one thing’s for sure: she was never afraid to make a statement.

See the photo gallery here.

RuPaul’s Favorite Designer

Vogue reports:

Don’t let the monochrome T-shirt and jeans and the plain white garment bags fool you. Zaldy Goco designs in color. As the man behind every single one of the gowns RuPaul has worn on Drag Race, including tonight’s Season 10 finale look—Vogue HQ is partial to Aquaria—it’s a prerequisite of the job.

Zaldy and RuPaul—they both shed their last names decades ago—met in the late ’80s at La Palace de Beauté, a nightclub in Union Square, a space now a lot less outrageous than it was in those days. It currently houses a Petco. Zaldy, as he remembers it, approached RuPaul to talk clothes. “Ru had worn the same outfit two nights in a row, and when I brought it up, Ru told me, ‘When it works, it works.’ ” In the years since that fateful encounter, Zaldy has been largely responsible for making it work for RuPaul, starting with the looks he created for the “Supermodel” video that launched the drag star’s post-club career in 1993. Twenty-five years later, RuPaul says, “I wouldn’t go anywhere without Zaldy . . . . Since [“Supermodel,”] our communication has gone from shorthand to telepathic. Bottom line, Zaldy gets it.” And Ru isn’t the only one to think so. Last September, Zaldy picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Programming from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. (He was nominated for the same award in 2016.)

New Men’s Vuitton: Really?

Virgil Abloh showed his spring 2019 men’s collection for Vuitton: lots of color and snap and as usual: is any man young or old going to wear this stuff? Details and images here.

The Dandy Is Dead

Guy Trebay has a terrific piece described thus: ‘The sartorial order of the day is anything but refined. In fact, as designers like Demna Gvasalia and Rick Owens are proving, it’s downright fugly.’

Tony Awards Red Carpet

Broadway’s biggest night has arrived; the 72nd Annual Tony Awards are underway at Radio City Music Hall. CBS will air the ceremony, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban beginning at 8PM. Until then, check out the stars arriving in the shots below.

Overalls For Men

Gorpcore—fashion inspired by functional outdoor apparel—has been trending in menswear for several seasons. It’s inspired Prada’s nylon anoraks, Louis Vuitton’s hiking boots, and Junya Watanabe’s reflective-tape jackets, among dozens of other pieces that evoke a man-of-the-woods spirit without asking the wearer to ever step into mud. The most surprising element of this outdoorsy revival to emerge so far? Men’s overalls.