Goodbye to Jonathan Skow Who Gifted the World the Colorful 'Mr. Turk'

Jonathan Skow, husband of designer Trina Turk, and designer of the colorfully bold Mr. Turk, has died. The designer suffered a spinal cord injury in Hawaii over Labor Day weekend as he was bodysurfing according to the Hollywood Reporter. He died at the age of 55 on Friday after complications.

With boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Springs, New York, Atlanta, and more—the Mr. Turk brand represented light and the Southern California easiness that the husband and wife designers loved. The brand was created in 2008 after Skow began spending his time away from being a photographer on the line.

Many celebrities, including notables in the LGBTQ+ community, were huge supporters of the Mr. Turk brand. Personalities such as Andy Cohen, Ross Mathews, Jonathan Adler, and Titus Burgess appreciated the unique styles Mr. Turk created. Just this year, actors Jeffery Self and Augustus Prew tied the knot in custom Mr. Turk suits.



Media icon and funny man Ross Mathews shared his heartfelt sentiments online about his great friend:



The Palm Springs Desert Sun released a statement provided by a spokesperson for Trina Turk. Portions of the statement include the following:

Jonathan Skow’s big, beautiful life ended on Friday, October 12, 2018 in Los Angeles with his family by his side. He was doing what he loved, bodysurfing in the ocean, when he suffered a devastating spinal cord injury on Labor Day in Hawaii. He dealt boldly and bravely with the severity of his injury. The accident was preceded by “an extraordinary life,” in his own words. He was 55. 

The quintessential bon vivant, his generosity, infectious zest for life, boisterous laugh, wit and bold glasses were signature trademarks. The world loved his exuberance and positive outlook, as he lit up spirits and shared his joy abundantly. His friends galore adored him.  

A true design visionary, in addition to photography and clothing design, Jonathan was also an open water swimmer, restorer of historic homes, architecture aficionado, amateur landscape designer, philanthropist, beekeeper, chef, and life-of-the-party, entertaining his entourages in Los Feliz and Palm Springs. His creativity and spirit were wild, free and spontaneous. 

Jonathan has always loved the ocean and was an enthusiastic member of the West Hollywood Aquatics (WH2O) Masters swimming club.  

Described by many as a powerful force of nature, his final exit was accompanied by an epic thunder and lightning storm over Los Angeles.  

He is survived by his wife Trina, mother Barbara, brother Nathan (Luanne). He is preceded in death by his father Harold.  

Jonathan’s simple advice: Have fun and enjoy your life. A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date.



Jonathan’s simple advice: “Have fun and enjoy your life!” We will miss him.

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h/t: Hollywood Reporter, Palm Springs Desert Sun


EXCLUSIVE! Brad Goreski Talks RuPaul, Valerie Cherish and Fall Fashion Advice

I’ve been a major fan of celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski for several years now, dating back to his time on The Rachel Zoe Project ten years ago. His effervescent personality captivated audiences of the show, so much so that got his own spinoff series called It’s a Brad, Brad World and earning himself a spot on E!’s long-running series Fashion Police beginning in 2015.

The 41-year-old was on hand at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC over the weekend, which makes perfect sense given what’s going on in his career right now. His new World of Wonder series, Iconic, takes Drag Race’s millions of viewers on a style journey with some of the show’s most stylish queens (notably season 7 winner Violet Chachki), where they look back at their fashion evolution and who their most major influences were and are.

He chatted with Instinct exclusively while at DragCon about several other topics outside his new show including his time on The Rachel Zoe Project, what his true thoughts are on his former frenemy Taylor from that series, being on Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback and his best fall fashion advice.

Please tell me more about this fabulous ensemble you are wearing today!

Want to know what I’m serving? These are Louboutin. These are my favorite pants from Zara. This blazer I found in my basement in storage while we were cleaning out getting to move. I wore it to a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show like five years ago. She’s back.

I have been a fan of yours since The Rachel Zoe Project many years ago. Spill the tea… was Taylor really that awful?

Yes. She was. But Taylor and I are still really good friends.

She’s better now?

No (giggles). That was like such a moment in time. I think what people also forget, because it’s a television show, is that we were actually doing jobs and I was actually brand new and we were actually super, super busy. So she was trying to train me while there were cameras all around us and we didn’t know what the show was going to be so she had literally a lot on her plate. It made for great TV and it gave me the training wheels I needed.

You also appeared on one of my favorite television shows of all time, The Comeback. How did you get involved in being part of it?

I was a very vocal fan of the show in the first season and Michael Patrick King is a friend of my husband’s and myself, and Dan Bucatinsky, who’s a producer on the show and writing partners with Lisa Kudrow called me and was like “We have this crazy idea. Valerie Cherish is going to ask you to be her stylist, would you do it?” I cried after, one of the best and most fun things I’ve ever done.

I knew Lisa as Lisa Kudrow, but I’ve never met her as Valerie Cherish so when we were filming, and the first scene we did was her walking into my studio and saying, “It’s Brad Goreski!” and I fucking died. It was amazing.

I also never connected that RuPaul saying “Hello, Hello, Hello!” at the beginning of every Drag Race episode was really an homage to Valerie.

Well Valerie Cherish is kind of the ultimate drag queen, right?

Biggest fashion advice for the fall season?

Get yourself some animal print, honey!

For more information on Brad, please check out his official site.

Gay Model Chufue Yang Claims His Agency Let Him Go Because He's Too Asian

Did racism, homophobia, and misidentification play a part in this gay model of color being dropped by his agency?

Chufue Yang is a former model living in the Chicago area. He shared through Instagram last week that he had been fired by his agency.

“Recently, I was dropped by my agency @fordmodels.” He shared before later adding, “Being 5 foot 10, Hmong American (my ethnicity for those of you that don’t know) and gay already challenges the industry in itself and for a while I thought I wasn’t getting booked because of those reasons, when in reality.. that’s exactly why.”

In order to elaborate more on the situation, Yang recently spoke to Dazed Magazine.

The start of the problem happened in 2017 when Chufue Yang signed on with Ford Models and almost simultaneously was featured in Models.com.

While initially excited, his feelings became conflicted after reading the line “from Minnesota via Mongolia.” This upset Yang as he’s Hmong-American (an American descendant of the Hmong ethnic group which originates from China) and not Mongolian.

To rectify this, Yang released a post on Instagram expressing the clarification.

“The title to my feature was ‘Minnesota via Mongolia’. Although it could’ve been a simple mistake, being misidentified ethnically is something that not only me, but a lot of Asian Americans experience daily. I made an Instagram post expressing those feelings and when my agent saw it, they wanted me to take it down because they didn’t want to ruin the relationship they had with models.com.”

Unfortunately, his agency wasn’t appreciative of the post. They told him to delete the post as they didn’t want to strain their relationship with Models.com.

Clearly, Yang ignored that request. Instead, he demanded that the article be edited and corrected. He then later found out that it was his agent that misidentified his ethnicity in the first place.

Sadly, Yang then started to notice a decline in his work. Afterwards, job requests for Yang started to drop more and more. Eventually, this led to his being fired.

When asked by Dazed why he thinks he was fired, Chufue Yang says it’s because the industry doesn’t appreciate or protect queer models of color.

“After the whole models.com incident, things started to get rocky. They would send me to a few castings here and there, but Chicago clients just aren’t looking for people that look like me,” he told Dazed Magazine. “It seems as though my height, mono-lids, and black hair didn’t make the cut, because the emails about jobs started to decrease throughout my time being signed. Not getting booked for things definitely started to take a toll on how I viewed my self-worth. This was a very hard time for me mentally and emotionally.”

“I deactivated all my social media and needed to disassociate myself from modelling because I felt as if I didn’t have control over my body anymore. It got to the point where I just shaved my head and dyed it a different colour without telling my agents. I think my agents probably felt that I wasn’t committed to my career anymore which wasn’t the case at all.”


Work in progress ; painting by @dougankhim.

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It seems that the relationship between Yang and his agency grew worse as time went by. He says that the agency never marketed him as a queer model of color in the few months that they worked together. Instead, he says they tried to force him to conform.

“I never expressed these feelings to my previous agency because I don’t think they would’ve fully grasped my point of view. I’m the first QPOC that they’ve ever signed onto their men’s board and instead of marketing me for me, I felt like they wanted me to fit me into a mould. Ultimately, the blame isn’t on my previous agents or my previous agency, but on the industry and myself for not having a stronger stance on my values, voice, and identity. We all learn from our mistakes though.”

But is that the whole of the story? Was there more going on between Yang and the agency?

It would make sense that a growing rift in the relationship between Yang and his agency (and Models.com) also led to his departure. After all, the fashion industry is a very social business. If Yang caused problems just a month or two into his relationship with the agency, that could easily have resulted in a strained work environment.

Don't misunderstand, the racial misidentification and mishandling of Chufue Yang are 100% true, but we're lacking the industry's perspective on the story.


@notnicer in NYC.

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No matter what, Chufue Yang is trying to make peace with his departure. Yang now says that he’s learned from the experience.

“What I’ve learned is to not lose your voice in an industry where your physical features are placed above everything else, especially your identity.”

He also added in his talk to Dazed that he urges other models not to lose themselves in the job.

“Don’t let yourself feel like you’re just another model,” he said. “Everyone has so much potential, but the cool thing is, that greatness is different for everyone. Find that and apply it to your career.”

Meanwhile, Yang has decided to take a break from modeling and is pursuing other things with the hope to return to modeling later.

“My focus has shifted to my education full time, but I hope to model again in the future. Being a model, for me, is just a stepping stone to a bigger platform. At the end of the day, I want to travel the world, educate, inform and connect.”

h/t: Dazed Magazine

This article was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers. 

ASOS's New Men's Crop Top Confused And Excited The Internet

Lately, several men have confidently photographed themselves strutting around in crop tops. In order to keep up with the fashion trend, fashion retailer ASOS recently released a new product.

The above £10 crop top was released on the retailer's website. The very short shirt barely covers the nipples and is styled much like shirts worn by Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.  


last night

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After being released for sale, the crop top quickly became a talking point on social media. Many twitter users were perplexed by the outfit while others thought it was all in good fun and fashion.

Related: London Hairdresser Caught Recording Company Party Bathroom

As for those who thought the top was nothing but a joke, it seems the joke’s on them as the crop top is already out of stock.

Whether you're a fan or not, it looks like the crop top is the new romper. It's a conversation piece, a fashion trend, and viral trend all in one.

Fashion Model Tomas Skoloudik's Nudes Are Kind of Exquisite

Let’s start the weekend off with something that’s hot AF, shall we?

Czech Republic-born high fashion model Tomas Skoloudik has appeared has worked for some of the finest labels in couture. Now we have a great look at the 32-year-old stunner with all his clothes off.

OMG Blog has compiled a stack of photos of the model, including several nudes.

Skoloudik started modeling at 19. He has appeared on the covers of many magazines including Men’s Health. He’s been featured in print campaigns for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani. Other appearances include Guess Underwear, Kenneth Cole, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Buffalo.

Here’s the kicker: Skoloudik got his start in porn. The videos are out there and they’re not hard to find.

For plenty of full frontal Tomas Skoloudik (NSFW — duh), go to OMG Blog.

Melania Trump Wore A Jacket Reading "I Really Don't Care" On Her Way To a Child Detention Center

Were the “Let Them Eat Cake” jackets sold out in your size, Melania?

As if this whole saga couldn’t get more disturbing, today first lady Melania Trump boarded a jet to make a surprise visit to a child detention center in Texas—sporting a green jacket saying “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?

The $39 jacket from Zara would be tasteless in any context, but here it’s something like chilling, not to mention infuriating.

Was it an oversight? Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman says so. On Twitter, Stephanie Grisham scolded U.S. media for focusing on the stylistic choice.

Mrs. Trump was not wearing the green jacket when she got off the plane in Texas, instead sporting a cream-colored ensemble.

Her tour of the federally funded Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, housing dozens of Central American children is a ploy to smooth out the firestorm her husband’s administration has incited over separating families and children.

Is this what it looks like to “Be Best?”

Do you think this was a tone deaf mistake, or a deliberate message?

In conclusion, here's what the president of the United States had to say on the matter:

h/t: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/politics/melania-trump-jacket.html

"Project Runway" Is Returning To Bravo In Season 17

After 11 seasons on Lifetime, Project Runway is moving back to Bravo for upcoming season 17. NBC Universal made the announcement Monday at its upfront in New York City. “Project Runway is coming back where it all started; it’s coming home on Bravo,” said the network’s Andy Cohen.

The fashion design competition, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, was a smash hit from the get-go at Bravo, where its first five seasons aired from 2004-2008. In a shocking move that prompted a string of lawsuits, The Weinstein Co. struck a deal to move it to Lifetime without giving Bravo a chance to match Lifetime’s offer.

This is just the latest installment of the fallout in the wake of The Weinstein Co.’s downfall after co-founder Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual predator last year via Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The New York Times. A+E Television Networks, the parent company of Lifetime, terminated its deal with TWC on Jan. 10, ending their commitment to air any further seasons of the show.

Project Runway was created by Eli Holzman. In 2008, it won a Peabody Award "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain.” All seasons thus far were filmed in NYC, with the exception of season 6, filmed in Los Angeles.

The program has been nominated for dozens of Primetime Emmys; Klum and Tim Gunn won for Outstanding Reality Competition Host in 2013. The popularity of Project Runway has also spawned spinoffs like Under the Gunn and Project Runway: Junior, and several international iterations all over the globe.


Disney Theme Parks Just Got A Lot More Exciting Thanks To New Pride Hats

Disneyland is now selling rainbow Mickey ears!

While LGBTQ fans of the Disney empire have repeatedly been disappointed by the lack of queer representation in House of Mouse films, they might be excited to see representation forming elsewhere.

The rainbow colored hats are now being sold at a Five & Dime in Disneyland with hopefully the product spreading across the globe (and online) in due time.

The hats themselves have bright rainbow ears and a red cap underneath. On the cap, there are a pair of Mickey gloves making a heart sign with another rainbow inside.

Fans are already celebrating the arrival of the merchandise on Twitter.

In addition, Youtuber Joey Garceffa and his partner Daniel recently posted a video of their family going to Disneyland and getting the hats.



Would you buy a pair of rainbow Mickey ears?

h/t: GayStarNews

Werk: Christian Siriano Debuts New Store in NYC

Christian Siriano, who is arguably Project Runway's biggest success story since the show premiered over a decade ago, continues to see his incredible fashion career flourish with the opening of his brand new store in the heart of New York City.

The famed fashion designer, who has dressed the likes of A-list celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker, has opened Curated NYC on 54th Street near Fifth Avenue, a prime location in Manhattan for all things fashion.

Page Six has reported that the opening brought in a ton of major celebrities, including Alicia Silverstone, Debra Messing, Patricia Field, and Real Housewives of New York City star Dorinda MedleyHeidi Klum, who was the one to crown him the winner of Project Runway back in season 4, sent him orchids to celebrate.

His new fashion home, a 1900's townhouse, was used at one point by legendary actor Cary Grant.  Not sure if Cary would ever use the term "fierce" in this situation, but it pretty much is. 

What's even more amazing is that Christian is going into the culinary business this summer, as he plans on opening a rooftop vegan cafe that will sell goodies that Alicia will create. "As if!"

Congrats to Christian on all your success!  



No one discovered Alexander McQueen. McQueen discovered himself.

Fashion genius and enigma, Alexander McQueen, left the world by his own hand in 2010—a tragic moment for the world of art and fashion. A creator who had risen to fame at the young age of 27 as the chief designer for Givenchy, Lee Alexander McQueen influenced the world with his artistry and theatrical runway shows.

The British designer whose work pushed the boundaries of controversy and complexity became one of the most sought after fashion houses that still resonates with the seeker of the lavish and obscure.

His death became a tear in the fabric of fashion history, but his legacy lives on.

Film makers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s new documentary about the life of McQueen is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and will bring the world closer to the mystery that was Alexander McQueen. The film features dynamic footage of McQueen’s work and fashion shows along with interviews with some of his closest friends and family who recount the designer’s journey.

The film festival’s site states:

McQueen offers a vivid portrait of the tortured but inspired auteur’s work and persona. 

Through the film you will learn that “No one discovered Alexander McQueen. McQueen discovered himself.

The film is 111 minutes and will premiere Sunday, April 22nd at the Tribeca Film Festival. Limited release for the film is set for Summer.

Here’s a glimpse of the chilling teaser trailer of the highly anticipated McQueen:


h/t: Tribeca Film Festival