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NYFW Creator: Kim K. ‘Put the Kibosh’ on Stars Wearing Historic Clothes

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Kim Kardashian may have ended an era, according to Fern Mallis. The New York Fashion Week creator opened up about the reality star’s decision to wear Marilyn Monroe’s Bob Mackie gown to the 2022 Met Gala, and how she believes the debacle will impact red carpet events in the future.

“I really feel strongly that that dress should be in a museum,” Mallis, 74, said in a new interview on “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast, which aired on Tuesday, July 19. Mallis added that she believes the historic piece should be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and not Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The New York native, who served as the executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1991 to 2001, shared that “it was odd” to see the one-of-a-kind dress on Kardashian, 41, adding: “It didn’t look as sheer [as before]. It was wrong.”

While Mallis admitted that she doesn’t “know [if the dress] was destroyed or whether sequins fell off,” she said it “was funny” that the Skims founder “had that fur piece, holding it around her fanny.” Mallis felt the accessory “meant she was covering up something.”

The fashion guru also questioned why the Kardashians star didn’t wear the replica she changed into after walking the red carpet “the whole time.”

“We all know Kim has a large booty, and there’s no way that she was the same size as Marilyn,” Mallis added.

Due to all the backlash and allegations of damage, Mallis said celebrities wearing archival clothing may come to an end. “Ripley’s has it back … but I think it’s put the Kibosh on celebrities wearing historic, relevant clothes that really need to be preserved,” Mallis said.

Mallis’ interview comes after Kardashian herself addressed claims she ripped Monroe’s gown.

In an interview with Today, which aired on June 21, the California native told anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie: “I respect [Marilyn]. I understand how much this dress means to American history and with the [Met] theme being American, I thought what is more American than Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the President of the United States.”

The beauty mogul continued, “It was such a process. I showed up to the red carpet in a robe and slippers and I put the dress on at the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs … I probably had it on for three minutes, four minutes, and then I changed at the top of the stairs.”

When Kotb, 57, asked Kardashian to address claims the dress was “ruined,” the Skims founder shook her head and said, “No … Ripley’s [and I] worked together so well. There were handlers and gloves that put it on me.”

Earlier in June, collector Scott Fornter alleged that the dress, which the late icon wore to serenade then-President John F. Kennedy in 1962, was badly damaged after being loaned to the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum for fashion’s biggest night on May 2.

In photos Fortner claimed were taken on June 12, the dress appeared to have rips in the sleeve, sustained tears at the zipper and was missing several crystals. The fashion historian also shared alleged images taken of the dress ahead of Kardashian’s Met Gala appearance that showed the look with no blemishes.

Fortner further addressed concerns surrounding the dress by uploading a video of the design taken before it was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 2016 for $4.8 million. “To anyone who may be questioning the actual condition of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress prior to being purchased by @RipleysBelieveItOrNot or implying that low quality photos of the dress were shared to somehow make the newly discovered damage to the dress seem worse than it actually is, this is [a] 4L video that I took of the gown while it was on display at @Juliens_Auctions in November 2016,” he said. “Without question, the damage is significant.”

In a statement released on June 16, Ripley’s addressed the controversy, saying: “Kim Kardashian wearing the ‘Happy Birthday’ dress has been hotly contested, but the fact remains that she did not, in any way, damage the garment in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala.”

Ripley’s Vice President of Publishing and Licensing, Amanda Joiner, added in the memo: “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in.” The archival center went on to assert that Joiner was with the dress throughout the day of the Met Gala on May 2 and remained with the garment when it was transported from Orlando to New York for the big event.

Before Kardashian borrowed the number, it was housed in a dark, temperature controlled room at Ripley’s. On the day of the Met Gala, the archival center stressed that the beauty mogul was not allowed to make alterations to the look and had changed into a replica after wearing the frock on the Met steps.

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Kate Middleton Out-Suited Prince William as They Touched Down in Boston

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“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and the first lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston,” said the heir to the throne. “On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late queen,” he added. “She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness.”

Bicentennial of what, exactly? Oh yeah, that time we ditched the monarchy! AMERICA!!!! The prince added, “To the people of Boston, thank you. I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot Prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead.”

The pair looked simply spiffy, both in dark suits, William wearing his over his usual shirt and tie, with Kate Middleton opting for a dark turtleneck beneath her eggplant ensemble.

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Dare I say Kate does suits even better than her husband? I also like the sparkly but not too flashy earrings, because they’re business-appropriate but also, if you met a princess, wouldn’t you want her to be wearing some jewels? I know I would. (This pair also happen to have belonged to Princess Diana, which is cool.)

Kate Middleton, please have some baked beans and tell us what you think!


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The Princess of Wales Greets Boston in a Tartan Dress

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, have touched down in Boston for their first visit stateside in eight years. And though they’ve been on U.S. soil for less than a day, Middleton has already turned out two noteworthy looks. 

The first was the smart suit she wore to deplane, which coordinated with her husband’s similarly dapper attire. The second, for a meeting with Boston’s mayor Michelle Wu and an address to the city, is a green tartan dress from Burberry, an Alexander McQueen coat, a Mulberry handbag, and Shyla London earrings. 

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The dress is not only appropriate for the festive season, but also serves as a subtle nod to St. Andrew’s Day, which honors the patron saint of Scotland. (Not coincidentally, the royal couple first met while studying at the University of St Andrews in Fife, and the princess has often worn plaid during visits to the country over the years.) The color felt especially fitting after the couple’s first official event in Boston ended with the mayor lighting the city’s landmarks green. 

The couple is in the U.S. for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony on Friday, which will honor five environmentalists selected by a council that includes Prince William and Sir David Attenborough. Addressing a gathered crowd braving the rain, William said, “Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have it in ourselves to achieve great things, and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.”

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6 Winter Nail Colors to Try Now, According to the Pros

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Whether a little bit glam or a little bit goth, dark winter nail colors are always a striking signal of the season. Some match their dusk-by-five surroundings with a navy blue or a vampy Bordeaux, while others reflect a certain attitude or emotional expression. For example, a vinyl midnight manicure is a timeless classic in the fashion and music worlds. 

“I started doing my own nails and wearing black and dark blue nails when I was 12 years old,” says Desire frontwoman Megan Louise, who we caught stepping off a flight from Paris after DJing Chanel’s store reopening on Saint Honoré this week. At the time, her mother disapproved, and now, “I still think it makes me feel a bit rebellious going on 37,” says Louise. “The dark nail is your little black dress, after all.” She’s worn Chanel Le Vernis in Rhythm, a celestial blue, for as long as she can remember, and an Hermès polish in Brun Bistre that hasn’t left her mind since she stumbled on it during her European tour. “My Berlin friend Ava Vegas had it on her coffee table, and I just had to try it—the brown metallic color looks really lush and rich, the perfect combo for a moody winter look.” For nail artist Holly Falcone, who keyed NYFW shows for Sandy Liang, Batsheva, and Susan Alexandra this season, the look is a fashion staple. “A dark nail is like a great leather accessory,” says Falcone. “It’s especially chic in the winter and translates through all the different holidays and events winter can bring.” 

Then, there are the optical tricks that dark nails perform. According to New York City editorial pro Jin Soon Choi, cold weather has the potential to “render skin tones toward the cool side of the light spectrum, but some unexpected hues can enhance and bring out your skin’s natural warmth,” she says, frequenting Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit, a deep red, and her own Absolute Black polish for the season. “Darker colors are also always flattering to every nail shape, short or long,” says nail artist Sonya Belakhlef, who works with clients like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, and Natasha Lyonne. They point to the darkwave, Matrix-centric, and emo revival moments happening on runways and red carpets as a proof that it’s more than a seasonal shift. “Fashion is getting ‘edgier’ so dark nails have been in,” says Belakhlef. “But it’s easy to justify it in the winter!” 

Here, the pros share the winter nail colors they’re wearing and using on clients– including the onyx OPI hue that turned up at practically every award show of 2022. 

Deep Reds

“These iconic deep reds never go out of style,” says Soon. “They are the most recognized color in fashion among models and fashionistas.” As proof, at Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2023 show, nail artist Mo Qin used Essie polish in wine-red Wicked on models’s fingers and toes for the runway. “A deep, vampy red is always in for a sultry winter,” says Falcone, who notes that it’s great alone or “used for a moody French manicure.” To play off of changing temperatures, Belakhlef likes Cirque Colors polish in Rothko Red, which “changes to dark oxblood red when cold and bright crimson red when warm.”

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Désir

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit 1947

Essie Nail Polish in Wicked

Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Rothko Red

Absolute Blacks

Pushing red carpet ensembles to the very edge, OPI’s GelColor in Black Onyx was 2022’s award season winner. The shade was seen on Olivia Rodrigo and Addison Rae at the Grammys, Laverne Cox at the Academy Awards, Lil Nas X at the VMAs, and Lizzo at the Emmys. Falcone describes the short onyx nail as “a clean look with a slightly rebellious edge” and likes an ultra-glossy finish with a top coat like Orly’s Shining Armor quick-dry formula “so the black looks creamy and shiny, rather than dull.” Soon notes that black nails work for everyone—like a tailored suit. “They are so rich that they starkly contrast with many skin tones much like a black wardrobe does,” she says.

OPI GelColor in Black Onyx

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Crystal Black

JINsoon Nail Polish in Absolute Black

Ciaté Plant Pots Natural Strengthening Nail Polish in Unrestricted Glam

Midnight Blues

Navy and night-sky blues are the choice of new romantics—like Louise’s favorite Chanel polish in Rhythm, a shade the musician is unabashedly obsessed with. Belakhlef describes Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre as “the dark and intense blue of the receding night at the break of dawn.” And for the season, Falcone points out that “midnight blues always reflect the cold weather and are somewhat expected for winter,” she says. But in the spirit of adding a touch of heat, she pays close attention to the undertones. “I like a royal blue with a slight warm undertone to it, so the look isn’t so chilly,” adds Falcone.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in Rhythm

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre

Tenoverten Nail Color in Commerce

Glassy Evergreens

Mossy evergreen nails are what Falcone describes as “midnight greens” that look best in intensely pigmented shades with a glassy finish. (Interestingly, Mignights queen Taylor Swift has been wearing the hue on and off stage for years). “Midnight greens are perfect for the cold weather,” she says. “It’s actually really earthy, like the forest outside a winter cabin.” For wet-look shine, Orly’s Glosser topcoat creates a protective barrier with a salon finish at home. 

Static Nails Liquid Glass Nail Polish in Billiard Room

Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wild

Manicurist Paris Green Nail Polish in Green Poison

Miniluxe Pure Polish in Evergreen

Chocolate Browns

The cocoa shade of Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre that drew in Louise and fellow musician Ava Vegas is setting the tone. “Richly pigmented chocolate metallic shimmer is the perfect nail color to evoke the coziness of the season,” says Belakhlef. They describe Orly’s metallic Stop the Clock lacquer as “a perfect luxurious neutral for those looking to add some interest without straying too far from the classics.” And for those that prefer a sparkle-free finish, there’s power in its depth. “I love a grayish brown as a dark neutral shade for the winter,” says Falcone. “It’s like a dark taupe that reads neutral and is flattering when we lose our summer tans.”

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Color in Farida

Orly Nail Lacquer in Stop The Clock

Le Chat Dare To Wear Nail Lacquer in Fabulous Boot Camp

Metallic Charcoals

There’s something a bit Sci-Fi about the metallic charcoal nail that feels particularly relevant this season. New York-based label KAIMIN (known for collaborations with artists like Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and BlackPink) tapped nail artist Junko Uyama for holographic slate nails. They tipped off its Meta Couture collection of augmented reality and IRL fashion that debuted last month. Then, for something a bit glam, there’s the glittery gunmetal Twilight Tones shade of OPI that artist Eri Ishizu painted on Lizzo for this year’s BET awards. Belakhlef calls a “near-black holo a must” and calls KBShimmer’s Stark Raven Mad a favorite. “In the light, the linear holo comes through, adding a pop of rainbow goodness,” they promise. 

OPI Gel Nail Polish in Twilight Tones

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in I’m Coming Out

Côte Nail Polish in No.95 Shimmery Slate Grey

KBShimmer Holographic Polish in Stark Raven Mad



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