Glee‘s long-awaited Lady Gaga episode is finally upon us, and while we’re looking forward to singing along with New Directions’ versions of “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” tomorrow night, we’re even more psyched to see how they interpret Gaga’s inimitable style. Luckily, we were able to convince costumer Lou Eyrich to give us the inside scoop. “I have great respect for Lady Gaga,” she told us. “This episode is a tribute to her genius. The costumes are not replicas; we wanted it look like the kids made them.‘” So that’s exactly what they did: “Rachel (Lea Michele) wears two outfits. The first inspired by Gaga’s Kermit the Frog dress: She goes through her stuffed animals at home and staples all of them to her dress. The second is like the dress Gaga wore with the big silver mirrored triangle.” Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) was hand-picked by creator Ryan Murphy to wear the famous bubble dress. “It was really heavy,” Eyrich reported, “and it made a lot of noise. We turned it into a vest so that it would be easier to take on and off, because there was no sitting down in it.” While Eyrich wanted to each re-interpretation to have its own homemade spin, she strove for authenticity when it came time to copy Alexander McQueen’s 10-inch ‘Armadillo’ platforms. “I’m a huge McQueen fan so I wanted to do them justice,” she said. “We tried to buy them” for Kurt (Chris Colfer), “but we would have needed a woman’s size 13. They don’t make them that big.” More
We’re pretty much obsessed with anything that’s both chic and technical for summer (think: boat shoes that can be worn while sailing and shopping, cargos that work for hiking and hitting the town). Now, thanks to J.Crew, we can buy a beach bag that’s fit for a double life, too. The retailer has teamed up with Angela Adams—an artist and designer known for her ruggedly beautiful housewares and handbags, shaped by her upbringing on the coast of Maine—to create three brightly-colored totes “inspired by our combined love of summer and the ocean.” The bags are constructed from recycled boat sails, some of which have been around the world, and they’re completely water-resistant—durable enough to withstand sun and sand, but stylish enough for lunch on the dock. The bag retails for $198 and is available at jcrew.com.
1. Get the scoop on the new Bachelorette’s, Ali Fedotowsky, tomboy meets glam style. [Stylelist.com]
2. Britney Spears dethrones Ashton Kutcher as King of Twitter. [JustJared.com]
3. Glee will officially have a Season 3! [Jezebel.com]
4. Tracy Reese is expanding her Plenty line to include footwear. [WWD.com]
5. Lady Gaga’s fashionable coffee table book hits shelves this September. [DailyFrontRow.com]
6. Drew Barrymore might be up for director of Surrender Dorothy, a loose sequel to The Wizard of Oz. [JustJared.com]
Naomi Campbell celebrated the start of her fifth decade in style on Friday, at a million-dollar birthday bash in Cannes. The party—which was paid for by the supermodel’s Russian oligarch boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin—was held at the exclusive Hotel du Cap, and the fashionable guest list included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabanna and Topshop owner Philip Green; entertainment was provided by the Black Eyed Peas, Grace Jones, and DJ Cassidy. P. Diddy, who co-hosted Campbell’s 38th birthday party, sent a video message, and Doronin gave the guest of honor a bouquet composed of forty white roses, one for every year she’s been alive—apparently, the five-foot-ten Campbell doesn’t need one to grow on.
In the latest issue of InStyle, Lauren Conrad reveals the secret behind her perfect golden glow. “I have tried at least 20 [self-tanners]! Dior makes a great one that isn’t too orange,” she told us. “I always test a small area that I can cover up if need be. It is all trial and error.” While the former Hills star will shell out for indulgent oxygen facials and laser hair removal (“I get everything done.”) at-home tanning isn’t the only thing she can does herself: “Manicures. I do my own in about 10 minutes.” Learn more of Lauren’s beauty tricks in the June issue of InStyle, on newsstands now. Plus, click on the gallery of the six beauty products she can’t live without.
She dedicated the latest cycle of her show, America’s Next Top Model, to Alexander McQueen, but that wasn’t the only homage Tyra Banks planned to honor the late, great British designer: She also arranged a fittingly over-the-top fashion shoot for her eponymous online magazine, for which she posed in both “H2T” (that’s Tyra-speak for head-to-toe) McQueen, including this stunning blue dress, and a number of “royal” costumes. “McQueen was considered royalty in the fashion community,” she explains on the site. “I like to think that he would have loved these photos.”