Ousted designer Kit Willow probably didn’t have to search hard to find a New Year’s resolution. Starting a new fashion venture or getting revenge on The Apparel Group, which booted her from her eponymous label in November, probably both seemed like attractive options. And it appears she may be doing both things in 2014.
In an Instagram post she shared with her 8,000+ followers at the end of December, Podgornik hinted that the Australian fashion industry hasn’t seen the last of her. The post reads:
"2013 marks the end of me in Willow – 2014 marks the beginning of a new dream. Support, love, encouragement, refined skills, clear vision, passionate and clever people, instinct, finely tuned intuition and hard work are just some of the building blocks it takes to create a brand and fashion that endeavours to enrich positive experiences in the lives of the wonderful women I have been honored to dress in the last ten years – unity is strength – positive power will prevail – love to you all.”
At the time of her ousting, the “heartbroken” designer resolved to take legal action against The Apparel Group, which took out an undisclosed stake in Willow before dismissing its founder. Since then, Podgornik has spoken to Vogue UK about the crushing turn of events saying, “I could never have imagined that what has happened would happen… It’s devastating not to be involved in something that I started a decade ago, and something that I have nurtured and grown over the past 10 years.”
Of her possible re-emergence into the local fashion landscape, she said, “For me, designing is almost like being a mother; so I always have the urge to do it, to create something. I’ve taken a lot of comfort from the fact that that the brand lies inside my heart, and wherever I plant it next is where it will grow.”
She’s still fighting with The Apparel Group over lingering contractual issues, but if she can’t regain rights to her own name, she’s in good company. Roland Mouret, John Galliano, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Jil Sander have all had their rights to their names usurped by their mother companies in recent years. And judging by the responses to Podgornik’s Instagram post, there are plenty of people who’ll buy her designs no matter what the tag reads.
London Collections: Men kicked off in expectedly sophisticated style last night as the great and good of the capital gathered with GQ magazine to celebrate the unveiling of Dolce & Gabbana’s men’s Pre-Fall 2014 tailoring collection, with a party hosted at the New Bond Street store by dancer Roberto Bolle and the Dolce favourite, Kylie Minogue.
Wearing one of the brand's Spring 2014 designs, Kylie looked incredible in the navy polka dot swing dress and an incredible oversized Roman coin belt. Rather than completing the full look from the runway, the Australian singer opted for a pair of over-the-knee suede boots that really made the outfit her own, and despite being considerably shorter than your average model, she made the micro dress look incredible.
Look 13 from Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S14 Milan show, Imaxtree
Joining the hosts in-store were a company of fabulously tailored chaps including David Gandy, Jack Guinness, Marvin Humes, Roberto Di Matteo, Sam Webb and Thom Evans, with a live performance from violinist Charlie Siem to round off the evening in style. Dolce & Gabbana's Instagram was alive with pictures of the glossy guests including this one of David Gandy, Kylie and Charlie Siem.
The soiree kicked off the beginning of a three-day extravaganza, filling London with hoards of delightfully trim, tailored and toned men as the street style spies turn their eyes from high heels and crowns to well-polished wing tips and crisply starched Oxfords.
With a bustling schedule of presentations and shows that included Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton and Topman design today; there will no doubt be a great many more parties in the capital tonight, while the likes of J.W Anderson, Christopher Raeburn, Alexander McQueen and many others prepare to take to the runway tomorrow.
London Collections: Men runs from 6 - 8 January.
After a year away, H&M has announced that it's returning to the Super Bowl as an advertising sponsor this February, with an innovative new campaign starring David Beckham. The British soccer player will appear in a 30-second spot, debuting nine new items for H&M's David Beckham Bodywear line, now in its 5th season. A preview shot of the commercial posted on WWD shows Beckham dressed down to underpants and a tanktop, scaling exposed piping.
You might be able to buy that tanktop off his back. The commercial will include a technological component which allows viewers with Samsung TVs to buy items instantly, using a remote control. The new technology is called T-commerce (television commerce) and H&M claims its Super Bowl commercial will be the first fully-enabled shoppable TV ad ever.
[H&M to Air David Beckham Commercial During Super Bowl — WWD]
image credit: imaxtree.com (Paco Rabanne F/W 2012)
Model Tanya Dziahileva stopped by on the tFS forums to wish her fans a happy New Year. The Belarusian model, who is known for her striking alienesque facial features, has been on a hiatus for a few seasons. In her current thread on the forums she posted:
Happy New Year Everyone! Wish you all the best in this 2014 Year! Be happy, enjoy your life, dream, love, be successful and let all the luck in the world be yours. Fill your life with happy moments and great people!
Many of her loyal fans were excited to see her make an appearance on the forums, on which she hasn’t posted anything since November 2011. Is this a sign the popular model is making a return to the runways soon?
Many fans responded to the message on the forums. Be one of them and add your greetings in her thread: Tanya Dziahileva tFS thread
image credit: scanned by tfs forum member vogue28
Daria Werbowy is once again the star of the Celine campaign. While this should not surprise anyone (it being her 4th consecutive season of being the face of the brand), it’s more unexpected to see Australian model Julia Nobis also starring in the campaign. Having been a runway fixture for just about every relevant designer for many seasons, Julia is now finally getting the recognition that she deserves in print work this season. She just landed the January 2014 cover of Vogue Italia and appears in the Christian Dior Spring 2014 campaign. Forum members applauded the expansion of the model cast and the fresh concept for the Celine campaign.
“I love the change of direction so far. I still think Juergen [Teller] shot it, but it still looks different,” wrote TREVOFASHIONISTO.
GERGIN disagreed with this last sentence. “Finally something new…I personally don't think Juergen shot this though, and I will be very surprised if that's the case."
Although we do not know yet who lensed this campaign, it’s safe to say that the change of direction is most welcome. Daria still looks a lot like Celine creative director Phoebe Philo in her solo shot, as members point out every season, but the image with Julia Nobis sure adds the needed oomph to this campaign.
"Julia is really on a roll, and I love her shot," commented TheoG.
Vandekamp interpreted the theme as “polar opposite energies.” She added, “I like it so far.”
Japanese model Chiharu Okunugi is also rumored to be in the campaign. We are looking forward to seeing more.
Here's Georgia May Jagger on the cover of Vogue UK's February 2014 Issue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled in a denim jumpsuit by Balmain. The British model previously fronted the publication in November 2009, when she was first launching her modeling career. Four years later, Jagger returns to Vogue UK as one of the world's top models and the face of both Just Cavalli and cosmetics brand Rimmel (the latter created the makeup look for this cover).
Although this is obviously a beautiful photograph of a stunning woman, some tFS Forum members notice that the publication has essentially duplicated many of its January cover layout choices (background, color scheme and font) for the February issue.
Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK January 2014 / Vogue.co.uk
"It looks exactly like the January cover," said Greenway. "Same background, same font colours."
"I mean she looks gorgeous," continued Miss Dalloway, "but yeah, how insipid. It's like UK Vogue can't break out of their own standards to deliver a memorable cover. I am seriously getting over it!"
Catherine88 agreed with many of criticisms, but was still hopeful that Vogue would turn things around next month: "It's time for fresh elements — surprising model, colors, background or fonts. Maybe they're preparing for readers something special for the March issue?"
But not everyone's a critic. "Not bad at all," said TeeVanity. "Simple. I like it."
[via Georgia Covers Spring's First Vogue — Vogue UK]