Fun Facts About Peter Dundas, the Man Who Designed Beyonce’s Grammy ‘Fits

The big question that came from the 2017 Grammys is why Beyonce’s Lemonade lost Album of the Year to Adele’s (great, just not as great) 25. And while there are several, extremely obvious probable answers to that, what’s for certain is that Beyonce was one of the night’s biggest winners when it comes to fashion.

5 Things to Know About Beyonce’s Grammy Designer Peter Dundas

In total, she worked three looks and officially launched former Roberto Cavalli creative director Peter Dundas’ eponymous line. To those who frequent sites like Vogue and Business of Fashion, Dundas’ is a super familiar name. But for everyone else, he just had his big break days ago.

Those that identify with the latter are in luck. For Billboard, I wrote a short piece listing a few things one should know about Peter. He designed Ciara’s wedding dress last year, dressed old muse Kim Kardashian and more. Give it a look here.

Tommy Hilfiger, Models Joan Smalls, Hailey Baldwin & More Talk Music Backstage at L.A. Fashion Show

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Gigi Hadid with Tommy Hilfiger | c/o of Tommy Hilfiger

 

It’s kind of crazy that I had to move from New York City to Los Angeles to attend my first proper fashion show. Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyxGigi Spring ’17 outdoor showcase at Venice Beach here in Cali’ last week was top notch—from the production to the models to the man himself.

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Joan Smalls & Yasmin Wijnaldum backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show

 

For Billboard, I went to the show to cover the vibe behind and in front of the curtains. Backstage, I stopped models like Hailey Baldwin, Joan Smalls and Sara Sampaio to talk about music and why they’re such bigs fans of Hilfiger’s (Fun fact: Joan Smalls loves 6lack’s “Free,” Baldwin’s a Rihanna stan). Apart from them, I also spoke to with Tommy and his friends Scooter Braun and Kris Jenner, who sat across from me in their front row seats.

Behind the Scenes with Hailey Baldwin, Joan Smalls & Kris Jenner at Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy x Gigi ‘Music Fashion Festival’

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Hailey Baldwin backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show | c/o of Tommy Hilfiger

 

The feel backstage was pretty chill and relaxed. If anyone was at all nervous, it was well hidden behind dances to Migos and laughter. Hilfiger handled several quickie pre-show interviews like someone confident in the product he was about to put on sale. And the show was flawless. Not one flub. Not one model trip-up. Bohemian dresses. Crop tops. Dope swimwear. All wins.

To kick off fashion week @tommyhilfiger show in LA #tommynow #tommyXgigi

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Bringing tastes of New York Fashion Week to L.A. is a trend I hope only becomes more popular among the elite couture and ready-to-wear houses. I know Vetements, Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Minkoff bounced to the West Side for their shows this year, too. Los Angeles is slowly becoming a place to be for the fashion world and as someone who won’t be leaving LaLa Land soon, I’m welcoming all fly and chic comers.

Check out my Billboard piece here.

A$AP Ferg: A Cozy Boy Hits Paris

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A$AP Ferg | photo by Rayniel Polanco | c/o RCA Records

 

The guys in the A$AP Mob have a unique kind of charm. It’s a mix of uptown NYC street smarts and downtown cool. From their raps to their clothes, it’s easy to tell that they’re not one-dimensional artists. Regarding style, I spoke to A$AP Ferg about attending his first international fashion week. He went to Paris to support his buddy and label mate A$AP Rocky, who recently became the first African American face of Dior. They both attended Dior’s masquerade party, which he greatly enjoyed.

A$AP Ferg Explains ‘Cozy’ Culture & Kicking It with Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid

Ferg, too, has had his hands in many fashion endeavors, designing pieces for several reputable brands, cosigning labels on the come-up and, of course, wearing some other the flyest stuff out that many simply just can’t afford.

“Oh, I was very cozy at the masquerade party! I felt like Master Bruce. I transformed with that coziness.” – A$AP Ferg

For Billboard, Ferg broke down the term “Cozy,” which I was already familiar with, but had to explain for those that slept on the Mob’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends  2016 album and haven’t heard Rocky or Ferg’s slick talk in interviews over the last year or so.

It was really a fun conversation. I got a great understanding of who he is as a creative and a businessman who’s enjoying the ride while getting shit done. Check it out.

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Outfits: Experts Ty Hunter, Cameron Silver And I Were Fans

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Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace at the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show at NRG Stadium | c/o Versace

 

Now that we’re a few days removed from Super Bowl Sunday (that game was nuts!) and Lady Gaga’s halftime performance, the results are in: Not only did she kill it on the fashion tip, but musically her set made fans both new and old run to their wallets and streaming services to buy some of her tunes. Billboard announced that Gaga’s sales rose 1,000%, an expected bump considering the millions of people that tune into the big game annually. But back to that fashion part.

Lady Gaga’s Versace Super Bowl Style Scored Big, Says Fashion Pundit Cameron Silver and Beyonce’s Stylist Ty Hunter

While most were locked in on whether or not Tom Brady could lead his Pats to a comeback victory, I was chatting with stylists and fashion experts about Lady Gaga’s halftime Versace one-piece and whether she scored big with it.

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Gaga in a custom gold cropped Versace jacket embroidered in Swarovski crystals

I spoke with Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter and pundit Cameron Silver about the fits Mother Monster got off. Cameron referred to the jumper as “ath-leisure on steroids” (that was a compliment, by the way). Ty, who helped style Beyonce for her 2013 SB halftime concert talked about his experience there, while also complimenting Versace for capturing “the Gaga style we grew to love.” Her costumes gave just enough adventure without scaring off simple middle America viewers who might be frightened by a jacket made of Kermit heads.

Read my full Lady Gaga Super Bowl fashion recap here at Billboard.

Lenny Kravitz Does A Lot On The Side

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Lenny Kravitz, wearing his LK 01 Rolex Daytona | shot by Mathieu Bitton

 

Lenny Kravitz has a line of door knobs. Did you know that? What about a tote bag? He’s got that, too. And don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s only his name behind them. The musician/actor also designed them. I mention all this because I was quite surprised to find it all out when I spoke to him earlier this week for Billboard about his endeavors outside of his Rock ‘n’ Roll smashes.

Lenny Kravitz on Design, Repurposing Rich People’s Toss-Outs & Not Being The Jerk He Plays on Fox’s Star

After telling him that my mother said hello and talking about the time she rooted for a then broken-legged Kravitz as he co-headlined a Washington D.C. gig with Aerosmith years ago (“I didn’t sit!” he recalled proudly. “I stood the whole time and finished the tour!), we spoke about Kravitz Design. That’s where he and his team work on projects like Kravitz’s collaboration with Fred Segal. Or Leica cameras. Or the cool-ass Rolex Daytona he designed with the acclaimed watch brand and released towards the end of 2016.

It was a fun convo. We talked about how he really doesn’t operate on regular people time, that day he basically wore a blanket as a scarf in NYC winters ago, and being a real designer. Give it a read.