The second single from Kimbra’s critically acclaimed The Golden Echo album is here, and, as expected from the quirky GRAMMY Award-winning musician, the costumes for the Miracle music video are freakin’ amazing.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
The clever designer is Jaime Lee Major, who has collaborated with Kimbra in the past. The smiley singer kicks off the video in a sheer, beaded bodysuit teamed with tiny red hot pants (later swapped for a 3D-floral skirt), chunky lace-up platform boots and an adorable fluffy red backpack. She later changes into a truly phenomenal long-sleeve flippy dress with super-funky matching shoes for the finale.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
It was no easy job, though, taking Jaime Lee over four weeks to hand bead the final outfit, which has over 200 metres of hand-cut, silk Georgette flowers sewn through the hem. It was well worth the wait, but funnily enough the piece was meant for Kimbra to wear at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Photo: Shayan Asgharnia
“It’s great to be working with Kimbra again, we share such a common creative vision, it’s very kindred,” Jaime Lee said in a news release. “It was really special with our history to be able to create something extraordinary for this video.”
Jaime Lee flew out to New York for the fun-filled shoot, with director Thom Kerr saying, “I wanted the audience to really see Kimbra in this clip, and watch a performance that showcases not only how beautiful she is, but her eccentricity as a live performer.” He added, “Jaime Lee was the perfect fit as her vision is parallel to those magical ideals – her clothes are truly something special.”
If you want to watch the entire video (trust us, it’s all kinds of fun) you can do so here.
September is fashion month and we’re just on the cusp of being bombarded with about a million looks for Spring 2015. But before we get a peek at all the pieces we’ll be coveting — but not able to buy — for the next six months, let’s take a look at this season’s clothes. The Fall 2014 campaigns are in and we’ll be seeing them in just about every magazine for the next few months.
We scoured through 283 campaigns this season to see which faces we would be seeing the most and which models were the most in-demand. We left out beauty and fragrance and just focused on fashion, tallying up how many times each girl appeared in a major ad campaign.
Below are the top seven, most frequently featured models this season. Many are girls we usually expect to perform, but there are a few surprises. Unsurprising, however, is the lack of diversity among these seven, which certainly speaks to improvements that still need to be made in the industry. The models predominantly hail from European countries (Estonia, the U.K., Romania, Poland) and the rest from Australia and Brazil. Let’s hope this is a trend that doesn’t continue on the runways; we’d love to see a bit more diversity.
See which girls made the cut for the most appearances.
Karmen Pedaru (7)
Image: Michael Kors
Appeared in Gucci, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Comma, Etro, Francesco Scognamiglio, IRO and Michael Kors.
Cara Delevingne (6)
Appeared in Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, Pepe Jeans and Topshop.
Gisele Bündchen (6)
Appeared in Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Falabella, Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and Stuart Weitzman.
Photo: Mark Metcalfe/ Getty
Sarah Murdoch looked like she was on her way to a chic business meeting when stepping onto the red carpet for the 2014 Helpmann Awards in Sydney. We totally dug the look, though, with the model making some clever choices in both the wardrobe and beauty department.
The 42-year-old veered away from an all-black outfit by incorporating a brown collar and pussy bow style scarf, which were complemented by her bronzed eye makeup. The shapely midi skirt feminised her workwear attire, while the sheer fabric of the blouse added a little sex appeal.
We admire Sarah’s ability to work black and brown, while nailing sexy, pretty and on-duty all in one outfit. If this really was a business meeting, Sarah would definitely be getting the job.
Image: courtesy of Goldyn
Our wallets have really been experiencing some trauma lately. Last week, Spring shopping app launched, which made buying luxury and contemporary duds from your mobile phone easier than you ever needed it to be, and now there’s this. Denver-based boutique and fashion editor favorite Goldyn is having its bi-annual sample sale and looking at these prices, we think it’s fair to call this one irresistible. They’re taking up to 90 percent off pieces from Helmut Lang, Rachel Comey, Loeffler Randall, A.P.C., J Brand, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent and more.
If you’re not currently living in Colorado, fear not because the sale is also online, so the rest of us can take advantage of these designer markdowns without having to book a flight.
The sale launched yesterday, but will continue through Thursday. As with any sale of this caliber, you NEED to jump on these items because they are going to get scooped up with the quickness. We’re actually fixin’ to take our own advice and snap up a few key pieces. Fashion Week is just around the corner, after all.
Here are a few items that we’re eyeing from the sale — see if you can get them before we do.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig debuted their lower-priced contemporary range, Marchesa Voyage, last year as an everyday alternative to the drama and high-wattage glamour you’ll find in their main line. This year, Marchesa Voyage reaches a milestone in its existence, snagging its first-ever capsule collaboration with ShopStyle on a six-piece range that is due out this fall.
This collection is a big step for the brand with co-designer Craig noting, “We’ve done a few different collaborations for hair products and nail enamel and beauty tools, but not so much clothing.” The line will be available at ShopStyle starting in September and consists of two blouses, a dress, trousers, an embroidered jacket and a scarf.
In the meantime, ShopStyle is looking forward to riding the collab train all the way to the bank. Its Executive Vice President, Melissa Davis says that the site is already in talks with another mystery brand on a gift collection for the forthcoming holiday season. Plus, she mentioned that ShopStyle may have even more collaborations up its sleeves for the future, so stay tuned.
The collection ain’t cheap, but prices aren’t exorbitant, either. Prepare to shill out between $140 and $595 on pieces from the range. You can get your hands on the goods come September 9.
Think you’ll be checking out the collab?
Irina Shayk has another Vogue cover under her belt. In case you’ve stopped counting, it’s her fifth total since her Vogue debut last November. She has covered Vogue Spain three separate times alone. Her last appearance was just three months ago, when she shared the cover with her boyfriend, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Image Credit: vogue.es via the tfs forums
Even if she’s not the most surprising or refreshing cover model choice, the majority of our forum members enjoyed this cover, which was shot by Paola Kudacki. A lot of them shared conflicted feelings, though.
“Best September cover so far this year,” wrote Bruce7Lee. But he also added, “The styling is awful though.”
TaylorBinque liked the cover, but had issues with Irina’s face. “Part of me is like ‘oh this is very nice.’ But the other one says ‘Amm, something is wrong with this cover. Maybe her face [or] something.’ I think it’s a nice cover trying to achieve that iconic wow factor but maybe it’s her expression that’s not working,” he posted.
No complaints came from Oxymore. “Even if I don’t like when a model is on the cover of the same magazine several times the same year, I like this cover. I think it’s chic, the colors are great, the ‘G’ is nice. It’s probably the best September cover so far. Irina is doing it great this year!” she declared.
“It’s a pretty good cover but I still don’t understand why they’re putting her on the cover yet again when they have so many better options out there (and yea, I know, it’s because of her bf),” admitted lelaid.
Irina might be scoring all these covers because of her famous boyfriend, but she might also just be a popular choice because she’s a total babe who photographs well. Whatever the reason, this cover is pretty interesting. What are your sentiments on it? Share in the comments section below or join the discussion on the forums.