It was an extremely busy week in London town, with the residency of London Fashion Week coinciding with the arrival of the BAFTAs, and all topped off with the British music industry’s biggest night out — the BRIT Awards.
Filled with highlight upon highlight, there’s no denying that it seems like quite the task to choose just one favourite moment, well, that was until Kate Moss stepped upon the stage at the awards wearing one of the legendary Ziggy Stardust’s outfits. The reason for Moss’ appearance was all down to David Bowie who was awarded the Best British Male award and decided to decline the offer of accepting the gong in person. So, as you do when you’re the iconic Bowie, you ask one of the world’s most famous supermodels to collect it on your behalf.
And if the surprise appearance from Kate wasn’t enough, we had to love that she was wearing a piece of fashion and music memorabilia. The extra fashion savvy among us will know that the piece is referred to as Woodland Creatures, and this awesome bunny rabbit playsuit was originally created by Kansai Yamamoto in the 70s for Bowie (or should we say Ziggy?).
Does this mean that playsuits are officially back in vogue for spring?
According to Vogue, the dress pictured on the Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 runway above costs $122,000. Model Heather Marks was photographed in the item (Vogue March 2014, p. 600) for a feature about designer Karl Lagerfeld's Dallas-themed Chanel Metiers d'Art collection; the price appeared in the backpage fashion credits (p. 647) and was first spotted by MelancholyBaby in the tFS Forums.
Chanelcouture09 couldn't believe it: "That must be some sort of typo? That's on the same level as haute couture prices and only haute couture customers will be able to afford that."
"Perhaps," said Melancholybaby. "I just remembered this dress [pictured below] from the Fall 2013 RTW collection, listed in US Bazaar for $130,045."
Although I couldn't track down the price listing in Bazaar, I was able to locate the item on the brand website, which offers the price breakdown for most Chanel ready-to-wear runway looks. Disregarding the accessories, the outfit above is made up of two pieces: an embellished crepe dress priced at $8,520 and a "tweed caban fully embroidered with wool and pearl flowers." The price for the latter item — which also appeared in the collection campaign — is only available upon request.
Lagerfeld does include a select number of couture-level pieces in his ready-to-wear collections, especially in the annual Métiers d’Art show. The Pre-Fall collection serves as a showcase for the house's ten specialist ateliers (this was the subject of the aforementioned Vogue feature). These studios, which specialize in everything from button-making to feather work, were acquired by the French fashion house to preserve endangered craft traditions that are vital to couture. Although these ateliers are owned by Chanel, they are open to any luxury house.
So, writes Vogue (p. 602), "although the Métiers d’Art collections are ready-to-wear, it is of the most luxurious kind, with great dollops of haute couture-type grande luxe poured into them by Chanel's ateliers."
We've reached out to Chanel for comment and will update when we hear back.
Yes, you've read the title right — April issues are starting to come out. The first cover to surface online is Vogue Japan. Patrick Demarchelier shot British model Edie Campbell wearing a Prada dress, which was styled by Nicoletta Santoro. Campbell's hair was styled by James Pecis into a 60s pixie cut, with makeup by Aaron de Mey to complete the look.
IMAGE CREDIT: DNAMODELS.COM
From my personal experience on the forums, most members either love or hate Edie Campbell. While I'm not her biggest fan, I do think she looks fantastic here and the direction the team behind the shoot aimed for has done Edie justice.
"After so many months of grunge Edie, 60s Edie is certainly welcome," agreed Melancholybaby.
TREVOFASHIONISTO commented, "I love this cover, reminds of when she had bangs and was marketed as the mod 'it-girl.'"
Nepenthes also shared the same sentiments, "The cover layout is too cluttered but the shot itself is really beautiful. I agree that seeing Edie styled like this is a welcome change. Sometimes I wish she'd grow out her hair again but keep the dark colour and the bangs even though I do like how they styled her hair for this cover."
Not everyone was on board with Edie's revived look with Bertrando3 writing, "Edie is bland for me but here I like the pose/hair/styling by Demarchelier but I still believe she doesn't bring anything to her modeling pictures, she just hangs there."
Check out the thread and voice your own opinion here.
Fashion can be many things. It can be a new image, a boost of confidence, a protective shell or a shopping experience. Fashion can be Fashioncan.com, a new online boutique that specializes in the development and management of emerging fashion designers. You see what I did there?
Featuring womenswear and jewellery from designers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, the shopping hub brings brands with a strong retail presence to the online shopper, compiling all the best of our local designers online.
“The brand names may be familiar to boutique shoppers, but it was my goal to give the labels a wider audience by getting them online,” says Fashioncan owner Leigh Thompson, a Toronto-based innovator who first dabbled in e-commerce through her former online store, Paper-Doll, in 1998. Now she shares her knowledge by developing and managing online boutiques for independent Canadian fashion designers. This includes the online stores for all of her trendsetting designer clients as well as the Fashioncan Shops page. “I’ve been working with Canadian fashion designers for over 15 years so I know the talent that exists from coast to coast.”
Pictured Right to Left: Birds of North America, Rachel Sin, Oyuna, Valerie Dumaine
For the Fall 2014 season, Fashioncan is showcasing Canadian-designed seasonal trend pieces and collections from Allison Wonderland, Pillar, Birds of North America, Broken Doll Clothing, Dagg & Stacey, Jennifer Glasgow, Laborde Designs, Mia Melon, Oyuna, Rachel Sin, Skinny Sweats and Valerie Dumaine.
It’s an absolute treasure trove, as you can see from a few of the favourite looks I’ve pulled from the site, all of which can be snagged with the knowledge that you're supporting local products.
Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has fallen in "love" with Kim Kardashian. "She's the Monroe of our age," he says. Before you freak, please remember that 1) everyone is entitled to their own opinion and 2) Kim K. is a human person like the rest of us. [Vogue.co.uk]
I spy with my little eye a small child with a mullet who grew up to become January Jones. [Racked]
Speaking of hair, Nicole Richie's is purple now. [Fashionista]
Thirty-four different ways Lupita Nyong'o has painted her face with makeup prior to this moment. [BellaSugar]
Would you like to figure out how to wear boyfriend jeans, apart from pulling them on, zipping them up and buttoning them? No, trust me, this is a process that you can familiarize yourself with, no matter how intimidating it might seem to you right now. [FabSugar]
Alec Baldwin has been driven out of New York City by the Gay Department of Justice. [NYMag]
UK Vogue January 1980, via tFS forums
There are only a few stellar individuals to which the fashion world will truly be indebted and Beatrix Miller is certainly one of those people.
Passing away on Friday at the age of 90, Beatrix has left behind a legacy that not only included her own success as editor of British Vogue from 1964 to 1986, but that of countless editors, photographers and writers whose careers she launched during her time at the helm of Britain’s most influential fashion publication.
A very private, yet open-minded individual, it was under Bea (as her very close friends referred to her) that some of those most memorable cover images and shoots were commissioned featuring everyone from Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall to Sophia Loren and fresh faced Marie Helvin, shot by newcomers like David Bailey.
She was a staunch perfectionist and it was not uncommon for her to scrap an entire shoot over an imperfection, but she also relished talent and change taking the magazine through some of the most exciting changes from the Sixties to Eighties.
Tributes have flooded into Vogue.com today by those who had the privilege of working with her.
Grace Coddington, who left modelling to work for Miller, remembers her interview for the job: “She seemed far more interested in what I was reading than in what I was wearing,” recalled Coddington, “I could sense myself being mentally marked down as a dimwit. Nevertheless, by the end of the meal I was recruited.”
David Bailey, who was notorious for falling outs with the establishment recalled how "she was a breath of fresh air as an editor, all the editors before her were ladies who wore white gloves." He continues, "She was the first British Vogue editor with any gumption. She hired art directors who weren't yes men, who had an opinion. She was the reason that I came back to Vogue."
Similarly, Vogue's fashion director Lucinda Chambers remembered that "under her leadership, fashion editors such as Grace Coddington, Liz Tilberis and Anna Harvey flourished, as did photographers such as Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, to name but a few. I started as her secretary. Miss Miller encouraged me to follow a dream. She used to say to me, 'You have lots of furniture in your head darling, now you have to organise it.' She gave me a shoot to do when I was just a lowly — and very bad — assistant, and told me I could do it with whoever I wanted to. So it was that I found myself on a plane to New York to work with Patrick Demarchelier. Incredible."
The fashion world has a lot of thank her for and will remember her for her unfailing dedication and lasting influence.
View a retrospective of Beatrix Miller's work for British Vogue in the tFS forums.