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Rocketbuster Creates Cowboy Boots With a Little Help From AI

  • October 5, 2023

Nevena Christi has been at the helm of Rocketbuster Boots in El Paso for nearly three decades. In that time, she’s put just about anything you can think of on a pair of cowboy boots: song lyrics and cattle brands, motifs inspired by Otomi embroidery and Talavera pottery, pinup girls and the Virgin Mary. Her client list is similarly varied. She’s designed custom kicks for corporate executives, rodeo queens, military veterans with prosthetic legs, and some of the biggest names in Texas, including Willie Nelson, Beyoncé, and Leon Bridges. Christi is no stranger to highly specific requests. But late last year, one order had her stumped.

A customer in London wanted all of her favorite flowers strewn from one boot to another, like they’d been scattered by the wind, and painted in the style of the Dutch masters. Christi immediately thought of the opening credits of the TV drama The Good Fight, in which everyday objects explode in slow motion. She had a vision in her head, but she couldn’t bring it to life on paper.

Then, at a New Year’s Eve party, a friend told her about a new artificial intelligence tool called ChatGPT. “He told me AI could write a poem about Rocketbuster, and I thought, ‘No way,’ ” Christi says. Within seconds of inputting details into his phone, the friend recited a full page of prose. “Too bad it can’t do images,” a shocked Christi remembers saying. At the time, ChatGPT couldn’t—but there were other programs that could. 

Christi began tinkering with Midjourney, a text-to-image generator developed by Discord. Typing in terms like “black background” and “exploding vase,” Christi compiled more than twenty AI-generated images to use as references for her original drawing that would eventually be hand-carved into leather, painted, and made into a boot.

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The 36 Standout Beauty Looks From the London Fashion Week Runways

  • March 25, 2023

See the most memorable hair and makeup moments from the Fall 2023 shows.

London Fashion Week is often regarded as one of the more exciting weeks during fashion month because it’s a platform for emerging designers presenting fresh takes and creative ideas. This theme doesn’t end with the ready-to-wear on display; but rather, it’s further emphasized by the bold, inventive, whimsical beauty choices that typically accompany the runway looks.

Such was the case for the Fall 2023 shows, where a variety of avant-garde, eclectic and downright beautiful hair and makeup looks graced the runways.

Simone Rocha Fall 2023.<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>
Simone Rocha Fall 2023.

Photo: Imaxtree

The week started off with a bang as Simone Rocha presented models wearing a swoon-worthy look featuring with neatly tied ribbons placed delicately below models’ eyes to resemble crying (we’re calling them “bow tears”).

Emilia Wickstead Fall 2023.<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>
Emilia Wickstead Fall 2023.

Photo: Imaxtree

To follow, Emilia Wickstead brought back the strong Cara Delevingne-esque brow that reminded us all too well of 2016’s controversial commitment to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow. However, the other half of Wickstead’s models sported a bald or bleached brow — a theme that continued with other collections, such as Susan Fang and Feben.

<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>
<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>

When it came to hair, bangs were the go-to statement on the majority of runways this season. Many were wispy and gelled to the forehead, creating a wet-look effect that played well on the runways (but might not exactly be practical IRL). For Simone Rocha, many models donned straight hair and exceptionally curled, voluminous bangs to match. The most exciting looks on Rocha’s runway, however, were intricatell braided designs expertly laid upon models’ heads.

Below, take a look at the 36 best makeup and hair looks we spotted on the Fall 2023 London runways.

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<p>Simone Rocha Fall 2023. Photo: Imaxtree</p>

Simone Rocha Fall 2023. Photo: Imaxtree

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How Vivienne Westwood Honored Its Founder at Paris Fashion Week

  • March 18, 2023

Westwood’s legacy lives on through Andreas Kronthaler.

Vivienne Westwood was a prolific designer who left an indelible mark on the fashion industry, having transformed the punk movement of the ’70s while popularizing a new rebel aesthetic. This was made clear at the brand’s Fall 2023 show Saturday, which paid tribute to the designer who passed away at the end of last year. With Westwood’s husband Andreas Kronthaler at the helm of the brand, references to Westwood’s legacy were apparent.

Staged in a palatial venue with French baroque detailing, the setting appropriately reflected Westwood’s maximalist and decorated taste. Classical, baroque music played on in the background as models walked between the colonnades before entering the lavish interior.

<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>

In a clear homage to the founder, the opening look featured a white t-shirt imprinted with her face, paired with a mini tartan skirt layered above a pair of patterned leggings. More extravagant looks ensued, with models sporting gothic numbers featuring puffed shoulders and layers of oxblood fabric; Westwood’s signature corset skirt flaring into clashing floral patterns; and fishnet dresses paired with towering heels.

Sara Stockbridge, an original muse of Westwood’s, was back on the runway, in a blue number with tiny floral accents. Irina Shayk also walked in a plunging synthetic ruched chiffon gown cinched at the waist with a drawstring, and complete with pockets on either sides. Westwood’s granddaughter Cora Corré closed the show in bridal look comprised of a corseted lace minidress, teamed with patterned white platform boots and tiny clips in her hair.

See all the modern punk looks from the collection, below.

<p>Photo: Imaxtree</p>

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