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John Galliano to Speak at a Jewish Fashion Event

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A lot has changed in the past few years for John Galliano, who was shunned by much of the fashion industry after that infamous rant outside a Parisian café in which the then-Dior designer drunkenly spewed anti-Semitic remarks. Since being fired from his post at Dior, Galliano did a stint in rehab and what can be described as an apology/redemption tour. Galliano seems to have atoned for his sins, but it looks like he’s not quite done yet. 

The Margiela creative director will be the keynote speaker at Connect, a series of talks aimed at the Jewish community. Galliano will discuss Jewish culture and fashion at the Central Synagogue London on May 28 on the same bill as fellow speakers Maureen Kendler of the London School of Jewish Studies and Rabbi Sam Taylor from the Western Marble Arch Synagogue.

It’s clear the designer has come a long way from that fateful evening in 2011 and though his words were deplorable, it is good to see that he is changing and is trying to make up for his past errors. Clearly, Galliano has learned a lot since he was booted from Dior and this move is a complete 360 from the man we saw outside that café. If anything, his involvement in the program is proof that people have the remarkable ability to change – and to forgive.

[via WWD]

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Sui He Dares to Wear Jeans on the Cover of Vogue Thailand (Forum Buzz)

When Anna Wintour decided to showcase a pair of Guess jeans on the cover of Vogue back in the 80s, the fashion industry went crazy. Negative reactions to Vogue Thailand‘s latest, however, prove that jeans aren’t always a welcomed sight on the cover of the famed glossy. For May 2015, Sui He leaps across the studio for photographer Stockton Johnson, looking rather effortless in blue denim flares teamed with a navy cut-out vest and pinstriped blazer.

Our feisty forum members are less than impressed. “Jeans? Seriously?” questioned GlamorousBoy the moment the cover surfaced, setting the tone of more comments to come.

“This is the first Vogue Thailand cover which I am not overfond of. Loathe the denim masthead. It looks like a preview cover, based on a U.K. Vogue editorial,” added Benn98.

MON wasn’t impressed either: “This looks like a U.K. Vogue More Dash Than Cash supplement (in association with H&M). The jeans masthead is so 2006! The styling feels so dated. The colors are too dark. Nothing here works. What a huge downgrade from last month’s cover.”

“Jeans, seriously? Do they know the magazine they are spawned from? The one whose title they have on their masthead? To paraphrase Anna Wintour, Where’s the glamour? This is Vogue. Let’s lift it a little,” sniggered A.D.C. in horror.

Feeling the same was Bertrando3: “It does look like the H&M supplement for British Vogue indeed! Good for Sui but the cover does not have anything special, it looks very commercial and not high fashion though, so that bothers me since it’s part of the Vogue family.”

Are you a fan of seeing jeans on the cover? Join the conversation here.

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Kim Kardashian Opens up About Bruce Jenner’s Transition, World Shows Support with #PaintYourNailsforBruce

Americans were glued to their TV sets this Friday for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer during which he came out as a trans woman. In the days since, there has been plenty of public support for Bruce’s journey, which will be chronicled in a new eight-part E! docu-series. The athlete’s family tweeted and Instagrammed words and images of support and pride for Jenner, but today, Kim Kardashian sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show to express just how happy she and the family are for Jenner at this moment.

“I’m really happy for him that he’s living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness,” she said. “That’s what life is about. I don’t know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren’t yourself. And I know it’s not something that you or I can fully understand, but I don’t even think we have to.” Kardashian admits that the news is still a huge adjustment for the Kardashian-Jenners and says that they have had several meetings on the topic as they get used to Bruce’s changing identity. Kardashian West also noted that the family will continue to use male pronouns until further notice. “Until that transition is done, we’ve learned that you do refer to him as ‘him.'”

In the meantime, people all over the world are showing support for Mr. Jenner with the #PaintYourNailsforBruce campaign. During the Diane Sawyer interview, Jenner expressed a simple wish that he would be able to wear nail polish long enough to see it chip. Australian radio station KIIS 1065 launched the campaign to help show Bruce some solidarity. Women and men alike have participated and are showing off their manis on social media with the accompanying hashtag. (more…)

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The Woolmark Prize Announces Nominees for 2015/16, Adds Separate U.K. Category

Woolmark Prize nominees 2015

image: Woolmarkprize.com

Woolmark has begun to announce the nominees for this year’s International Woolmark Prize, but that’s not the only big news the competition has to offer.

The IWP is adding another region to its roster, singling out the U.K. and separating it from the European category. And no, this isn’t simply an effort to increase the number of winners hailing from Europe. According to managing director of the Woolmark Company Stuart McCullough, this new grouping is due to the U.K.’s importance in the wool market. “The decision to expand the International Woolmark Prize to six regions to include the British Isles was due to industry demands,” he said. “The U.K. is one of wool’s most tightly held markets. It is an important market from a trade and consumer perspective. It is also the most important market to inform global trends.”

Nominees include Thomas Tait, Phoebe English, Agi & Sam, Craig Green, Suket Dhir, Republic and more, which you can find listed on the Woolmark Prize website. The competition is divided into men’s and women’s categories and for the 2014/2015 season, U.S. labels Public School (menswear) and M.Patmos (womenswear) took home top honors. 

[via Vogue UK, the International Woolmark Prize]

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Condé Nast Announces Big Changes in Store for Style.com

image: style.com

image: style.com

There has been so much restructuring going on at Condé Nast that it’s hard to keep up. Last year, the publisher announced plans to reform Lucky magazine, which has teamed with BeachMint to create The Lucky Group. It sold much of its Fairchild Fashion Group holdings to Penske Media Corporation, getting rid of industry institution WWD and more recently NowManifest, which it originally retained after selling the Fairchild properties. But the changes at Condé will not stop there and rumor has it that we may soon be saying goodbye to a beloved online destination – at least in the way we know it.

Style.com is getting a huge makeover and will serve as an e-commerce website while its editorial leg will be absorbed by American Vogue at voguerunway.com. Condé Nast has been keen to delve into the e-commerce market and is looking to Style.com as its opportunity to do so. The new Style.com site will carry luxury goods but will also include artwork, tech items, gifts and more. The hope is for the site to be an international luxury lifestyle shopping destination, which will launch in the U.K. this fall and expand into the U.S. at the beginning of 2016. Condé is also hoping to expand into Asia and other European countries as time goes on and is reportedly planning to invest $100 million in the venture, which will be headquartered in London.

The new Style.com is expected to be a competitor of other luxury destinations like Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter. Condé Nast chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse says Style.com seemed perfect for Condé to launch this new venture, thanks to its recognizable name.

It’s certainly the end of an era for Style.com, but it seems as if the website’s new makeover could prove to be a success for Condé Nast. After all, fashion people do love to shop.

[via Business of Fashion, WWD]

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Kristen Stewart Looks Better than Ever on UK Harper’s Bazaar’s June Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’re fully aware of the fact that Kristen Stewart is affiliated with Chanel. She’s the current face of the brand’s Spring 2015 eyewear collection and now she wears a fabulous Haute Couture creation by the iconic French fashion house on the cover of U.K. Harper’s Bazaar. Kristen visited the sandy beaches of Malibu for the magazine’s June 2015 cover shoot, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with Miranda Almond on styling duties, and we couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

UK Harper's Bazaar June 2015 Kristen Stewart Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

After a preview of the cover was posted over the weekend, forum members are delighted. “Well she doesn’t look dead eye so that’s a win… And tbh it’s a perfectly lovely summer cover actually,” commented A.D.C.

“This is shockingly nice, and kind of ‘soft’ for someone like her. And yes, she is present. Once again UK Harper’s Bazaar extracts the best out of their cover girl,” Miss Dalloway echoed right away.

In agreement was MON: “This actually looks good!! She looks good and finally that lifeless stare works.”

Nothing but praise filtered through the thread as ThatGuyPaul continued, “That’s gorgeous. My only complaint is that I wish her hair was a tad more polished. This is probably her best cover to date!”

“Thank God as I really didn’t like the May cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK,” appreciated Fashionmagaddict, suggesting the magazine had improved this month.

“Lovely setting and styling. The layout works, her pose and expression work… usually her ‘romantic and soft’ covers never work but this one does. I’m looking forward to the couture special!” kokobombon anticipated.

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