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Crowd Pleasers vs. Critical Darlings: Ranks the Fall 2013 Runways (Sneak Peek!)

This morning, we're happy to bring you a sneak peek of's Fall 2013 Issue. For Spring 2013, the biannual magazine impressed us with a cover featuring industry favorite Cara Delevingne, photographed by Matt Irwin, and an edition chockfull of on-point Fashion Week coverage. This season, the glossy changed gears, featuring the more obscure Swedish model Ellinore Erichsen, photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled in Christopher Kane (she was a standout at the designer's latest runway show). 

Like its Spring 2013 predecessor, this issue has no shortage of relevant content: The cover was pulled from a spread dedicated to Kane, which was shot in his native Scotland; there's a profile on pop singer Grimes, another on Kristen McMenamy; a featurette on Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju written by Susie Bubble; an article by Nick Tosches on the subject of punk and fashion in anticipation of the upcoming Met exhibit; artwork and an exclusive interview with Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garçons. Whew. It's nice to see a magazine pull off "smart" without being pretentious or inaccessible. 

All the special content is well and good great, but my favorite parts of the magazine are two of the regular features, which appear from issue to issue: "Top 10 Most Viewed Shows ( Readers Rank the Collections)" and "Top 10 Collections As Ranked By the Editors of" It's a smart way to mine the web content and translate it to print, and it just goes to show that in the new world order, the listicle really is king. 

Most Viewed Shows

  1. Chanel
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Valentino
  4. Balenciaga
  5. Louis Vuitton
  6. Prada
  7. Givenchy
  8. Dolce & Gabbana
  9. Marc Jacobs
  10. Christian Dior

Top 10 Editor Collections

  1. Hermes
  2. Celine
  3. Givenchy
  4. Christopher Kane
  5. Prada
  6. Lanvin
  7. Marc Jacobs
  8. Proenza Schouler
  9. Undercover
  10. Chanel

Very much worth noting that the most popular shows, traffic-wise, weren't neccessarily the best-reviewed — but the overlap between the two lists isn't insignificant.

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Is Nicola Formichetti Heading to Diesel? [Update: Yes]

(4/3) Yesterday we learned that designer Nicola Formichetti and label Thierry Mugler were going their separate ways, sad news for anyone that loved seeing Lady Gaga's right hand man at the head of the French brand. "Bueller."

Probably he now needs to find another job, and Mugler needs to find a new head designer. Cue speculation. 

Page Six is on it: sources tell the great defender of free speech and back-scratching that Formichetti is a hop/skip/step away from being named creative director at Diesel. Possibly those sources are lying, just saw the designer "palling around" with the denim company's founder, Renzo Rosso at Edun's Fashion Week party.

If the story's true, it's a a genius move: Formichetti has the hair of a Diesel designer and Diesel has little to no substance. 

It would be so nice and peaceful if everyone made a pact to stay in their current jobs for, let's say, one or two years. We could focus on developing that series of fashion dog memes I'm rooting for, start a book club, watch Taylor Swift grow up. 

[UPDATE 4/4: Formichetti's new position at the denim brand was confirmed today — congratulations! In an interview with Business of Fashion, founder Rosso sounded really optimistic about the changes in leadership: "Diesel has never had a single creative director before, but now as I spend more time managing the group, I need to put the right people in the right job. And Nicola is the right man for this job." Vote of confidence is all you can ask of a new boss. Now just fingers crossed the designer stays put for a little while.]

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Link Buzz: Happy Anniversary Beyonce and Jay-Z; How to Eat Delicious Food

  • It's Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth wedding anniversary. Click through for even more photos of adorable couple face-touching. [FabSugar]
  • Have stubby short nails? Freak like me. [BellaSugar]
  • Another day, another adorable Emmy Rossum look. [BellaSugar]
  • Justin Bieber is on the cover of Teen Vogue because I'll explain it to you when you're older. [Starcasm]
  • OK Magazine says Brangelina got married secretly. I don't really understand what it would change if they were married but either way, I think that story's made up. [Earsucker]
  • Here are some delicious things you can eat at a late-night wedding party. Or at any other point in your life. [SheFinds]

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Fashion Takes Action at the Green Living Show

We're currently sandwiched between two eco-friendly calendar dates: Earth Hour, which took place in March, and Earth Day, which happens on April 22. As such, it's only right that we talk about sustainability in the fashion industry, as advocated by Canada's premier non-profit organization, Fashion Takes Action.

Each year FTA hosts an "Emerging Designers Boutique" at the Green Living Show — April 12-14 — where more than twenty designers are featured. This year they include the winner of Canada's first eco fashion award Nicole Bridger, and Canadian native, now Brooklyn-based designer Tara St. James of Study-NY and the Uniform Project.

Without a doubt, consumers are giving more thought to how they can have a lighter footprint — TOMS clad or otherwise — whether that means driving less, using energy efficient appliances, eating locally or wearing sustainably made clothing. The Green Living Show is Canada's largest green consumer show that offers both an opportunity to raise awareness through live demonstrations and panel discussions, as well as a convenient one-stop shop for the eco-conscious. Because you know, being aware of global impacts isn't all doom and gloom.

Some of the designers will be featured on the runway in either the "Little Black Dress" show held Friday April 12 at 7:00 p.m., or in the Capsule Show on Saturday April 13 at 5:30 p.m. The shows will be held on the main stage, along with a panel discussion by a number of sustainable fashion experts from Canada and the U.S. including FTA's own Kelly Drennan. Admission is $16, but gets waived if you bring in old electronics.

If you can't make it to the event then you can check out the FTA's pioneering showroom in Toronto's Distillery District or else some of the designs are also available for purchase on the FTA's newly-launched boutique, My favourite label is the Aime collection that focuses on effortless modern classics with a twist and I couldn't resist showing off this "Emma Dress" on the right!

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Troubled Fashion Glossy Madison Announces Its Closure

Things are not looking good for the local AU print industry. Fresh off the back of news that Grazia had closed its doors and left a significant number of local industry legends jobless, troubled sister glossy Madison has now announced its own demise.

This pushes the number of empty desks at the now-Bauer owned 54 Park Street offices up to 45, with 15 of those belonging to Madison. Sure brings the chances down to those intending to try their luck at the impending but still significantly understaffed Elle Australia. Elle will be launched under Bauer this September.

Former Madison editor Lizzie Renkert (formerly of rival glossy Marie Claire) told the Sydney Morning Herald last February that it was tough times ahead for fashion magazines, adding that the job was taking a toll on her personal life. But while big publications are sinking like battleships, our niche publications are going from strength to strength. Both Frankie and Russh experienced significant growth last year, and Oyster’s recent shift in focus from print to online has been huge.

Here’s hoping Elle can blow some fresh air into the more mainstream market. 

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Zara Accused of Unethical Labor Practices (Again)

Investigators with the Government Control Agency in Argentina have discovered immigrant workers, including children, working under unethical and "degrading" labor conditions in a Buenos Aires factory which manufactures items for Zara's 'Man' line, The Daily Mail reports. 

Mostly of Bolivian origin, the workers were barred from leaving the premises without approval and faced 13-hour work days. "We found men and children who lived in place where they worked," said the head of the agency. "They were not registered and they were living in terrible conditions. They had no official documents and were held against their will, they were not allowed to leave their workplaces without permission."

This news follows a 2011 rescue of another group of workers (14 from Bolivia and 1 from Peru) from similar conditions in a Sao Paolo sweatshop that manufactured Zara items. 

I do a lot of complaining about the literally high prices of name-brand designer fashion, but stories like this are a grim reminder of the human costs of shopping mass produced, high street brands. Pretty much everything we buy — from clothing to electronics — is manufactured under dubious (slash horrifically messed up) labor conditions. Basically, it's very difficult to feel good about yourself as a consumer, which is why I feel better when other people buy me stuff. :/

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