Kate Middleton attended the royal baby's royal christening wearing a dress from Alexander McQueen. [
Katy Perry looks quite so very gorgeous on the cover of W's November issue. [Fashionologie]
Planning a high fashion costume? Halloween makeup inspiration from the runways is over here, right this way. [BellaSugar]
Best booties for under $200. If you're anything like me, you'll look. [FabSugar]
More than $100,000 in Saint Laurent merchandise was stolen from the Rodeo Drive store. That could have easily been just a couple babydoll dresses. [LATimes]
- Condé Nast will eliminate its internship programs, which will either make it even more impossible for hopefuls to break into fashion/magazine publishing or it'll generate many new entry-level jobs, creating opportunities for talented candidates (who couldn't previously afford to work for free) to enter these competitive, high-prestige industries. [WWD]
No hard-and-fast plans, no expectations and no rap over the knuckles for being hungover — it is a truth universally acknowledged that Sunday would be the best day of the week if it didn’t precede Monday. And while Sunday Somewhere can’t halt the cruel passage of time, it can put a halcyon Sunday glow over even your midweek activities.
Sunday Somewhere’s Summer 2014 offering is an extension on their un-fussy mantra: "No requirement for catch slogans. No need for by-lines." And while not fussy, their selection is extensive. To their favorite frames like the Soelae and the flip-lens Matahari, the designers have added new styles equally primed to gather a cult following. The female-specific Laura (most of their frames are unisex styles) combines chunky frames in black, tortoiseshell or metallic pink with a subtle cat eye edge. As per, the Italian acetate is of the highest quality and the vintage influences are referenced in a way so fresh it feels futuristic.
See five of their most stellar frames below and head to their website to shop.
Since launching in 2012, Allure Russia has consistently attracted some of the modeling industry's top talent (Natashy Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anne V., Vlada Roslyakova, Crystal Renn) for its distinctive, bold covers.
This November, the beauty publication continues its winning streak with Toni Garrn, who poses as a makeup addict — a slave to her lipstick, she smokes it like a cigarette. The styling and beauty concept are clever and well-executed (kudos to photographer Paolo Kudacki, stylist Anya Ziourova, hair stylist David von Cannon and makeup artist Lisa Houghton). The image highlights the 21-year-old German model's versatility as a canvas for makeup, but raises questions about her actual modeling skills.
Garrn also appeared on the cover of Numero China this month (below). The images are polar opposites in terms of styling — Numero China's is a black & white wide-view photo with an ethereal, wispy mood; Allure Russia's cover uses tight framing and bright, highly saturated colors to produce a glamourous, slightly retro effect. But the difference between the two photographs lies entirely in the styling and photography: Garrn's heavy-lidded, open-mouthed expression is nearly identical in each shot.
Now in its third year, the Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition aims to draw upcoming fashion talent from across the country, culminating in a World MasterCard Fashion Week showdown to select the winner of a coveted prize of mentorship, a Fashion magazine spread, a runway show in the next season and, more importantly, exposure. Previous winners have included Martin Lim and DUY, but let me tell you that this year’s competition, which took place on Day Two at the tents, was a humdinger!
The 2013 MBSU show kicked things off with a parade of tropical vintage summerwear from, my personal favourite, Dreamboat Lucy, before moving into Eliza Faulkner’s athletic linens. Following suit came fellow finalists Faded Lifestyle, Hip and Bone, Pedram Karimi and HD Homme, each showing a strong presence of menswear, while Malorie Urbanovitch and Matière Noire both played with minimalism and structure in their respective collections.
After eight designers sent their troops down the runway, it was then down to the judges to make their decision. A call that was easier said than done for Editor-in-chief at Fashion, Bernadette Morra; fashion director of Holt Renfrew, Barbara Atkin; fashion personality Jeanne Beker; global production director at IMG Fashion, Jarrad Clark; director of communications and public relations at Mercedes-Benz Canada, JoAnne Caza; and president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, Robin Kay.
This is where things got interesting and the audience got restless as, in an unprecedented move, the judges were deadlocked in their decision to name just one winner and so the award was given to two: Edmonton’s Malorie Urbanovitch and Celine Raizonville of Montreal-based Matiere Noire! It seemed they loved Urbanovitch's command of natural fabrics equally as much as they adored Matière Noire’s bold horizontal striping, snuggly knits and visible fraying. I would contend that the judges couldn’t pick between the two because they were somewhat similar, but each upped the wearability ante more than any of the other six designers.
You can see something of the winners' style in the photos (left Urbanovitch, right Matiere Noire) and, in case you missed the going-ons at Day 1 of World MasterCard Fashion Week, check out the highlight reel here,
Images via WMCFW
Take a mere glance at yesterday's announcement that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are merging their two empires and two corporate name checks jump out at you:
"Yo, I'mma let you finish committing to me for 72-days-to-life, but the headline is that the 15-karat ring is by Lorraine Schwartz and the proposal took place at AT&T Park." In fact, both product placement opportunities are prominently displayed in Kim's Instagram photo posted minutes after she accepted Yeezy's proposal. AT&T Park is so prominent in every headline and photo that it seems impossible that Kim and Kanye did not benefit monetarily from hosting the proposal there. The story goes that Kanye rented out the park for Kim's birthday celebration and surprised her with a proposal. Circumstances make it seem more likely that at the very least the surely expensive party was provided gratis in exchange for the publicity the venue would surely receive by having such a massive media event unfold on their premises.
That got us thinking, what other branding opportunities does the Kimye wedding serve up?