1. Huge crowds line the streets of Yogyakarta as bride Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu and groom KPH Notonegoro are driven to Kraton Palace for their wedding.
Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu is the fourth daughter of currently-reigning Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
2. Royal waving is a must.
3. Twelve ornate horse-drawn carriages made up the royal procession.
4. Which, were it not for all the cell phones and the big bank in the background, would have looked like something straight out of the ancien régime.
5. The requisite guys on horseback showed up to look fancy/keep order.
6. While regular soldiers stood guard while a contingent of guys with fabulous elf hats did their thing.
7. Volunteers stand outside Kraton Palace.
Their sarongs are lovely.
8. And some palace guards, also standing to attention.
9. Groom KPH Notonegoro arrives at Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Notonegoro arrived, with members of his family, in an ornate horse-drawn carriage.
10. Meanwhile, here’s the bride getting her hair did.
11. Bride Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu asks for blessing from her father, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
12. And from her mother, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas.
13. KPH Notonegoro sits with members of his family before taking part in the “Siraman” bathing ritual.
14. Notonegoro, with his family, during the “Siraman” ritual.
The ritual involves the bride/bridegroom being bathed by their parents as well as a few distinguished, elderly women who are ” selected [for] their good moral behavior.” After the bathing is complete, a ceramic pot called a “kendi” is dropped on the floor and broke (pictured here seconds pre-smash). This symbolizes that the bride/bridegroom is ready for their wedding.
15. The bride also gets a ceremonial wash.
And she gets to wear a lovely, floral-woven poncho for the occasion.
16. The royal bride and groom enter the “Tompo Koyo” wedding ceremony in the Bangsal Kesatriyan hall at Kraton Palace.
Look how excited the lady on the left is. Also look at the great face paint in the background.
18. A close-up of the face paint.
19. The royal bride and groom during their wedding ceremony.
20. Notonegoro lifts his bride up, as part of the “Pondhongan” ceremony.
This ceremony emphasizes the “elevated status” of women in traditional Javanese culture. Many view its prominent inclusion in the wedding as further evidence that the gender roles of women within the royal court are shifting.
21. Obligatory nervous/pissy “do NOT drop me” face.
22. The “Wijikan” ceremony, which sees the bride washing her future husband’s feet.
(This is a traditional symbol of a wife’s devotion.)
23. A quick tea break.
This is the ritual of “Dahar Klimah,” in which a bride and groom feed each other yellow rice and a selection of side dishes usually including fried eggs and meat. (The bride gets to eat first.) Following the meal, the couple drink sweet tea. “Dahar Klimah” illustrates that the newlyweds are happy to enjoy each others possessions.
25. Posing with family members, because it’s ok to be shirtless in these wedding photos.
26. More family members.
27. And posing with four adorable little bridesmaids, each carrying a peacock feather fan.
Hopefully they’re trying to tickle each other during the ceremony and cause all sorts of other adorable bridesmaid mischief.
And so all the cream ensembles at that other big royal event this week looked even more boring by comparison.
Sure, the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing McQueen. But it’s snoozy McQueen.
NBC’s fashion design competition show “Fashion Star” is like a cross between “American Idol,” “Project Runway,” the “Simple Life” (Nicole Richie’s on it), and “Newlyweds” (ditto Jessica Simpson). In other words, it’s the best new show on television. Competing designers receive mentorship from either Richie, Simpson, or designer John Varvatos, and compete against each other to sell their clothing to H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue, or Macy’s. The elaborate runway shows bear pretty much zero relation to actual fashion shows that usually just involve music, a runway, and sometimes a decorative backdrop. But the result is masterful: Cirque du Soleil meets Broadway show meets fashion show — three of the best things to witness live.
Might Varvatos incorporate “Fashion Star”-style theatrics into his runway shows? “No!” he said, laughing, at a “Fashion Star” event in New York’s Fifth Avenue H&M last night. “It’s not my thing you know? I always say, I think we do beautiful runway shows” — (it’s true, he does) — “but I’m never going to do a Broadway production. It’s about the clothes and I’d even say if the show continues to go on, you’ll probably see less of that and more of the clothes.”
Varvatos stands out from Simpson and Richie because, while all three have very successful clothing brands, he’s the only seasoned true designer among them, counting three CFDA awards (the Oscar of fashion design, basically) among his accolades. (Varvatos also worked at Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, where he launched the label’s men’s division.)
“There will always be some [theatrics]” on “Fashion Star,” he continued. “I’m not into the explosions and all that because the consumer still wants to see what those clothes look like.”
Varvatos with Nicole Richie in New York last night.
5. Jorts for the 4th of July. Or summer music festivals. Or year-round, if you truly love America.
Forever 21 $30
(This is not an item you’ll want to spend more than $30 on.)
8. Distressed boyfriend jorts Katie Holmes would approve of.
16. Jorts for when you can’t decide between sandblasted and ultra sandblasted denim.
19. Jorts for casually bringing up the word “pistachio” in conversation.
River Island $30
20. For when you want eyes in the back of your… jorts.
Nasty Gal $98
22. For when you want an old school sailor tattoo but can’t commit.
Chic Nova $27
This needlepoint loafer also comes in flamingo, bunny rabbit, and bird designs, for $195.
3-colour satchel, in a variety of sizes and colors, goes for £48.00-£68.00 on Etsy.
Cut-out oxfords, available in summery pastel colors, $110 from Marais.
This Christian Dior turban is way out of anyone’s price range, but I bet you could DIY this pretty easily with tassels bought from any fabric store.
1. FAB: These ladies from Texas
Love how they totally own the “Texas look.” I know denim skirts get a bad rap, these ladies are totally owning it. Fab!
2. Drab: This guy who carried a giant metal sign around the arena in circles
A giant metal sign is not a proper accessory!!!
3. FAB: THESE. SHOES.
I mean… how could I not fab these.
4. DRAB: Beanie Baby hat lady
You can’t just attach a Beanie Baby to your hat!! That is not a thing!! (I do like the bird, though.)
5. FAB: THIS lady who wore a Beanie Baby on her head
Now THIS is how you wear a Beanie Baby on a hat!
6. FAB: Bear hat Evangelical lady
She has a bear… on her hat. ‘Nough said. Mega fab.
7. Drab: Raging Granny with a giant metal spoon
I don’t get it.
8. FAB: This couple wearing matching yellow suits
Yellow suits! Love how he totally doesn’t give a care about wearing sneakers with it. Bold look for a bold dude. Also, they’re a totally fab couple. I LOVE COUPLE COSTUMES!
9. DRAB: This blue blazer
BLUE? Really???? It’s the RNC. At the RNC you wear red. End of story. Bye.
10. FAB: Fringe lady
Love fringe. It’s really in in Spain right now.
11. DRAB: The delegates from Colorado
Colorado, I wanted to love you. I really did. I just wanted some more originality. You’re not Texas!
12. FAB: Abe Lincoln
He’s Abe Lincoln. Totally legendary, he’s like the inventor of fab.
13. FAB: Montana
Montana delegates had these awesome denim vests. Prints are in this season, so this is, too. Also, I think denim vests are an underutilized fashion medium.
14. FAB: Feather hats
Simple fab elegance.
15. DRAB: This sweater/shirt
Too confusing for me. Ain’t nobody got time for (reading) that!
16. FAB: These blinged-out sunglasses with matching earring bling
Bling is SUPER, BEYOND in at the RNC this year. I absolutely adore the detail on these glasses. Mega fab.
17. DRAB: Mitt Romney trucker hats
A lot of people were wearing these trucker hats on the floor. Derrr-ab.
18. FAB: Kansas basketball guy
19. FAB: The Wicked Witch
20. FAB: Gold elephant belt lady
I love elephant belts. I also love American prints. Werk, Elephant Belt Lady!
21. FAB: Fighter planes and American flag shirt guy
Very fun. Fab and fresh (F&F). But seriously, this is awesome.
22. FAB: American flag cowboy boots
Another unconventional choice that totally blew my mind. FAB FAB FAB.
23. FAB: Vagina lady
Realistic-ish. Also daring.
24. DRAB: California
A pin. That’s it. That’s all that distinguished California from the other delegates. More effort, please!
25. FAB: This lady from Hawaii whose lei lit up
Hawaii wore Hawaiian shirts. Typical, but fab. Hawaiian print is in in Europe or something.
AND her lei lit up. I love a little pizzazz
26. FAB: The ladies of North Dakota
Love the simple black shirt with the fab rhinestones. Not too flashy, yet not too boring. Faaaab.
27. DRAB: New Mexico
New Mexico had teal polos. Points for having a matching theme, but I just can’t fab a polo! I do like that color, though.
28. FAB: This elephant stuffed animal
Great use of accessories.
29. FRAB: (Hidden) tiny hat lady
Frab = fab + drab combined.
Okay, so if you know my fashion sense, then you know how much I love tiny hats. Always fab. So, I wanted to mega fab this, but I can’t. Get the feathers out of the way, lady. I want to see your little hat!
30. FAB: West Virginia American flag suspenders guy
All the delegate from West Virginia wore hard hats. This guy totally stood out and demanded attention with his American flag suspenders. FAB.
31. DRAB: Liberal occupy couple
Too forward for my liking. I would also like a sparkle or two.
32. FAB: Tea bag fuzzy pink cowboy hat lady
Yes, I know what you’re thinking right now: “Tea bags are so 2010.” And yes they are, BUT, I’ve never seen them attached to a fuzzy pink cowboy hat.
33. FAB: This lady’s sweater/earrings combo
Simple homemaker chic. Really fab.
34. Drab: Guy who thinks it’s the 1920s
It’s not the 1920s.
35. FAB: Shirley Wiseman’s bag
LOVE the simple elephant detail. If you’re not going the FUCK YEAH AMERICA route, this is a perfect look.
36. FRAB: Oklahoma
This is what most of the delegates from Oklahoma wore.
And I know it totally violates my blue rule… but I just can’t fall in love with that patch. Patches are in. FRAB.
37. FAB: This dude from American Samoa
Love the “traditional” aspect of his outfit. Also daring.
38. FAB: Marijuana beanie man
An excellent example of how to “wear your cause.” We know exactly what’s up. F-A-B.
39. FAB: Ron Paul dog
Definitely the best dressed canine at the RNC. Love the subtly of his Ron Paul support. A+.
40. FAB: Elephant belt lady #2
Another elephant belt! Yes! LOVE this design. It’s like a classy version of human centipede with elephants. Dare I say daring?!
41. DRAB: The gogo boys at the GOProud party
I understand it’s a party for gay Republicans so it was conservative, but GIVE ME A BREAK. There is entirely not enough skin showing. Also, those jeans. Drab drab drab.
42. FAB: This lady’s big toe.
43. DRAB: Jester hats
I might have liked this more in the Medieval Times. Drab.
44. FAB: Beer hat dude
To be totally honest I don’t get it, but I do love fashion risks. This was most daring/original hat choice at the convention.
45. FAB: Sequined vest lady
Yes! Finally! This is what fab is all about. Sequins, baby!
46. DRAB: The RNC 2012 visors
I know we’re in Florida, buuuut it’s a visor. You’re not supposed to wear these! BEYOND drab.
All photos by Matt Stopera. By the way, I know absolutely nothing about fashion. Sorry!
1. Anna Wintour
These “couture” pizzas are by Glasgow-based restaurateur and chef Domenico Crolla.
Anna must be so honored.
All pizzas by artist and restaurateur Domenico Crolla.
2. If your hair is pointy enough, you will look much larger than your surroundings.
The ultimate goal of fashion.
3. Chicks dig sticks.
Also: witch hats, muttonchops, disaffected stares.
6. Cram a bunch of flowers in your hair for a quick and easy style update.
12. The buddy system is useful for field trips and also for hats.
13. (Although really, is a hat a hat unless it looks like a menacing raven perched on the top of your head, muttering ill fortunes into your ear until you go mad with torment?)
14. A good way to get a man is if he is very tiny and lives among the folds of your skirt.
1. These two-toned frames are perfect for indecisive astigmatics.
FE NY at Nordstrom, $22
2. And colored frames coordinate with more outfits than you would think.
Warby Parker, $95
3. The blue highlights in these frames are unique and (four) eye-catching.
Warby Parker, $95
4. Gray is another color option that often goes overlooked.
Classic Specs, $89
5. These gold frames are like Don Draper’s sunglasses without the tint.
In other words: KILLER. Warby Parker, $145
6. And this transparent cat eye is equal parts retro and futuristic.
Like The Jetsons. Kamali Kulture at Les Nouvelles, $98
7. The purple shade keeps these tortoiseshell frames feeling modern.
And no tortoises were harmed in the making. Von Zipper at Zappos, $180
8. Same goes for these, only in neutrals.
9. And these are a stunning but subtle way to wear tortoiseshell.
Elizabeth & James at Shopbop, $180
10. But if you want something more classic, these have you covered.
Super Sunglasses at Shopbop, $189
11. And you can pretend you’re a 1960s movie star in these.
You’ll fail, but you’ll look great doing it. Elizabeth & James at Zappos, $215
12. And this pair is perfect if you like a slightly smaller frame.
Vince Camuto at Nordstrom, $170
14. Black cat-eyes are essential for any sexy librarian costume or your everyday sexy human costume.
Ray-Ban at FramesDirect, $144
15. These frames offer a nerdy dad approach without heading into Terry Richardson territory.
Or Terrytory. Spitfire at Nordstrom, $38
16. And these are essentially novelty “nerd glasses” but well-made and fabulous.
Super at J.Crew, $169
17. This pair offers the look of half-rimmed glasses but the security of an all-encompassing frame.
Warby Parker, $95
18. And this pair is the minimalist answer to thick-rimmed black frames.
19. And these are so pretty and feminine you’ll only want to wear them with flouncy ruffles and bows.