lysa cooper dishes the tea on working with rihanna & beyonce

Celebrity Stylist Lysa Cooper is one of the fashion industry’s most noted talents– just ask Elizabeth Hurley, Common, Ashton Kutcher, and so many more. She, along with hairstylist Ursula Stephen are responsible for conceiving Rihanna‘s bad girl makeover– appropriate, as Cooper herself has that still-charming don’t-give-an-f attitude. The stylist was full of spunk, tea, and quips when she sat down to chat with Vogue Italia’s Robyn Carolyn Price. In the supremely entertaining interview, she talks about the evolution of the fashion industry, styling Beyoncé, and why she cut her time styling Rihanna short.


On the changing fashion industry:

“I think we’re all in this weird moment right now and the World Wide Web, as I like to call it because I’m an old lady, has really f*cked some sh*t up. It’s true that there are many pluses to everybody having access to information, but, what happens, when people have access to information, is that they think they are the authority of that information. Or quite frankly, that they made it up themselves. Or even better, that they know better than you do.

So what you’re dealing with is a lot of marketing people, a lot of executives, a lot of people sitting in a room, wearing f*cked up shoes, trying to tell me about fashion. And you don’t even know how to get down to the cobbler and fix your heel, and you’re going to tell me what I should be doing? And the fact that marketing is even involved in the hiring is, to me, insane. It’s almost backwards. Shouldn’t we make a beautiful product, and then decide how to sell it, rather than already know what you’re selling and then try to make the product match? It never works and that’s why music has sunk to the level that it has. And that’s why everybody looks like a hooker.”


On Celebrity clothing lines:

“The only one that’s any good, and I hate to say it, are our girls, the twins. The Row. But the reason that works, is because they hired designers. They [the twins] “yay” or “nay” [the concepts]. And they are the best line at ripping off other lines that I’ve ever seen. I mean they’ve taken Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester. But it’s good. You know, they’re good at it. I don’t buy it, but [they’re] good at it.”


On working with Rihanna for the first time:

“I worked with her without knowing who she was. She was just some cute girl, and Ellen von Unwerth and I were shooting her. The one good thing she had was Ursula Stephen, who I knew. And so when I walked in, to tell you the truth, the only person out of her crew that I knew was Ursula. And I thought, Ursula is here, so at least I know the level I’m on…So that was how I kind of connected with her. It was on a job with Ellen. They’re all looking at me like “you don’t even know who you’re working with?” And I was like “no, I don’t really care.” She’s cute. She’s nice. She’s an island girl. I had a good time. We did some really sexy pictures. I kept it moving. I’m not a big practitioner of staying too long. Her and Shakira were probably the two girls that I worked with for a long period of time. I’m more of a hit and run kind of a person. I like to hit it and run.”

On why she stopped styling Rihanna:

“…you don’t become somebody’s slave. That way there are boundaries. And those boundaries got blurred with Rihanna. And with her previous management, we had some major falling out. Also, I’m a lot older than her. I don’t entourage it up. I don’t like to hang out like that.”


On what it’s like working with Beyoncé:

“I love, love, love, love [her]. I’m not joking. She has to be one of the nicest people on the planet. She is a joy to be around. She is kind…..And it’s weird that people can’t tell [how nice she is]. And for me, that’s a problem. If people only they knew exactly how sweet she was.”

On styling Beyoncé’s GQ cover:

“Magazines now are so nervous. Everyone is afraid to lose their job. They’ve already planned every shot. Nothing is very organic anymore. They had an idea of what they wanted to do. And then Beyoncé told me that she didn’t want to do any of that; so we didn’t. And, what I loved, is that Beyoncé knows what she’s going to do, and what she’s not going to do. And what’s she’s comfortable with and what she’s not. And I thought that was a very racy shoot for her. And I kept teasing her and saying that this is going to become the cover. It was amazing. And of course that’s not what they wanted. They wanted some white t-shirt GQ bullsh*t. And I kept saying to her “Watch, this is the cover.” And it was. And it was so cute. Little vintage shirt. And you know, they wanted to put their designers on it. And really at the end of the day, I think a lot of the way things are run now is about selling sh*t and they forget that they’re dealing with personalities. She looked great.”

CFDA/Vogue fashion fund awards 2013

The 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards were this week and of course we want to know who wore what..


Kerry Washington in yellow Jason Wu dress and Jessica Stam in Rebecca Minkoff. I love Kerry’s clutch and I wish she had worn a bright red or orange lippie coz her make up is too plain. Jessica is struggling with over accessorizing, the bracelet, the necklace, the earrings plus her feet in those Louboutins don’t look went wrong.


Alessandra Ambrosio in Kauf Manfranco and Joan Smalls in Givenchy. Alessandra is perfection and Joan looks like she’s going to the beach.


Olivia Palermo in Dennis Basso and Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs. Olivia is my favourite look, so Great Gatsby, I am just not sure about those shoes with this outfit.


Ashley Madekwe in Cushnie et Ochs and Sofia Vergara in Herve L Leroux.


Sisters Elizabeth Olsen in The Row and Mary Kate Olsen in Issey Miyake. Linda Evangelist in Oscar de la Renta. I don’t know if it’s her pose but Linda looks uncomfortable and for a model she should have mastered posing by now.


Adriana Lima in Givenchy and Miranda Kerr in Proenza Schoulder and Stuart Weitzman accessories.


Michael Kors with models dressed in his designs and Vera Wang.

nicki minaj on teen vogue

Nicki is on the cover of Teen Vogue and she has some advice to share based on her own personal experiences for her young fans.

The music business is like high school:

“People treat this business like its high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”

She doesn’t read negative comments about her:

“I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power.

Deleting social media:

“I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”

Moving around helped her develop a tough attitude:

“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”

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in vogue: the editor’s eye


I watched a fashion documentary on the Drama & Romance Movie channel on DStv, it’s called In Vogue: Editor’s Eye. It was released in December 2012, so it’s fairly recent. I did a Person Brand assignment about Anna Wintour and blogged about her career in fashion and magazines last year, and she is currently the editor in chief of Vogue Magazine, the most influential magazine in the fashion industry. She is featured in the documentary and it also profiles the fashion editors at Vogue Magazine and their defining and interesting moments in their careers. The magazine fashion industry at that level belongs to the senior citizens; you will notice that most of these editors are over 60 years of age. These women will not pass the baton and retire; they love the industry and their work that much. My favourite of these is Grace Coddington, she has a mane of red hair and she speaks her mind. She released her memoir last year and it’s simply titled Grace. You can get it for R356 at Exclusive Books, the hard cover is R582. If you love fashion or better yet the combination of fashion and magazines, this doccie is a must see, I loved it.

It will be playing on Friday at 10:30am, on Sunday at 02:30am and on Monday at 08:30am.

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king b’s second vogue cover

When you’re good, you’re good and Beyonce is just on another level, two Vogue covers in one year is quite a feat. King B is on the cover of Vogue UK for the May 2013 issue and here’s what she had to say about feminisim and naming her tour the “Mrs Carter World Tour”.

Beyonce on feminism:

But I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.[…] I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.

On her decision to name her tour the “Mrs. Carter World Tour”:

I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.

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mrs o on vogue

This is Michelle Obama’s second cover on Vogue Magazine and she looked stunning as usual, hard to believe that she is 49 years old. She spoke about raising teenagers and how President Obama is as a father.

On their job as parents:

“Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, `Our No. 1 priority is making sure that our family is whole. The stresses and the pressures of this job are so real that when you get a minute, you want to give that extra energy to your 14- and 11-year-old.”

On their daughters growing up:

President Obama joked in the Vogue interview that he and the first lady might start hitting the town, now that their daughters are older and have less time for them.

“As I joked at a press conference, now that they want less time with us, who knows? Maybe you’ll see us out in the clubs,” Obama said.

Michelle On Obama as a father:

“He’s doing it while still dealing with Syria and health care. He’s as up on every friend, every party, every relationship,” the first lady said. “And if you’re out to dinner every night, you miss those moments where you can check-in and just figure them out when they’re ready to share with you.”

Michelle on women’s fashion:

“I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do. I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well. In every interaction that I have with people, I always want to show them my most authentic self.”How living in The White House has affected their style choices:

“There is one thing that changed,” said The President”What’s that?” asked Michelle Obama.

“Which is, I used to only have, like, two suits,” he said.”Thank god,” the First Lady said. “Let me tell you: This is the man who still boasts about, ‘This khaki pair of pants I’ve had since I was 20.’ And I’m like, ‘You don’t want to brag about that.'”The President added: ‘Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song, “Let me upgrade ya!” She upgraded me.”

And the girls have their say too:“The girls and I are always rooting when he wears, like, a stripe. They’re like, ‘Dad! Oh, you look so handsome. Oh, stripes! You go!’” said Michelle Obama.

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