Style Notes: Taylor Swift Upstages a Bride; Brandon Maxwell on LVMH Prize Short List
Style news for your Monday.
Taylor Swift took on a very important new job on Saturday: maid of honor. The 26-year-old played the part in childhood pal Brit Maack's wedding, looking lovely as ever in a blush-colored gown. Needless to say, Swift stole the show, nabbing headlines for her sweet Instagram dedication to Maack and her new husband, Ben LaManna. The wedding seemed to leave Swift in a giving spirit, seeing as she donated $250K to Kesha the very next day. All in a weekend's work for Swift. [Billboard]
The short list of winners for the coveted LVMH Prize — which awards emerging talent with a $330,663 (at current exchange) cash prize in addition to a year of mentoring from LVMH — was announced on Monday morning. Among the 23 finalists, who were chosen from over 1,000 applicants from 50 different countries, is Lady Gaga's stylist Brandon Maxwell. The short list will be narrowed down to eight finalists on March 2, and a winner will be revealed on June 16. [Fashionista]
Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio's Swedish doppelganger took the Internet by storm — and Barney's New York took notice. The department store cast the Leo look-alike (a musician by the name of Konrad Annerud) in its spring ad campaign for Ralph Lauren's Purple lookbook. The 21-year-old arranged the deal entirely through Instagram, as he's not signed with a modeling agency — yet. [Elle]
While several top fashion houses like Burberry and Tom Ford have been embracing a seasonless fashion week calendar and the "see now, buy now, wear now" model, Kering president Francois Pinault is not drinking the Kool-Aid. The businessman revealed that brands under his purview (Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, to name a few) will remain on the traditional schedule, adding that a six-month waiting period "creates desire." [Business of Fashion]