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Zimmermann’s Summer 2013/14 Swim Campaign is An Ode to Aussie Summers

As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia draws closer it’s normal for the conversation to surround who isn’t showing rather than who is. And this time, all the talk around schedule absentees has surrounded Zimmermann. This time Nicky and Simone are trading in our humble — and, though they’re focusing on the positive side of this, pretty ill-timed — event for New York Fashion Week. It’s the latest in a series of moves aimed at growing their international presence, with Zimmermann having recently opened boutiques in Los Angeles and New York.

But while that means we won’t get to see them on the runway this April, it does explain the somewhat awkward timing of the magnificent new campaign they’ve just dropped. Summer Swim 13/14 has been relased to coincide with the warming of the Northern Hemisphere, and any residual winter frost should be sufficiently melted thanks to the smouldering Derek Henderson-lensed shoot.

Fronting the campaign is relative newcomer Gabby Westbrook-Patrick, who lends the campaign a nice local touch helped in part by the unkempt countryside Australia backdrop. The collection itself is quintessential Zimmermann: Ruffles, lingerie-inspired underwire, retro cuts and phenomenal prints that glide between trippy and bold. No wonder they’re a hit up north.   

Images: Zimmermann on Facebook

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Blind Item: Which High Fashion Model Has a ‘Baby Daddy’ Who Started a Blog to Defame Her?

Today I'm proud to bring you the Fashion Spot's first-ever Blind Item — that is, a story that's too juicy to pass up, but too quasi-libelous to run on the site in full.

Let's see, typically blind items present themselves as a question, so let's try: Which well-known high fashion model has an ex-boyfriend and (sorry but this is the best way to put it) "baby daddy" who's obsessed with slandering her for dubious personal reasons?

For the purposes of this post, I'm going to call the ex-boyfriend Texas and refer to the model as Zelda. 

Yesterday, Texas launched a blog with an extended account of his turbulent multi-year relationship with Zelda. He describes how the pair met, fell in love, moved across the country several times, broke up on the regular and had a baby. That's all window-dressing to the main attraction: Zelda's spectacular rise to the top of her profession, corresponding addiction to drugs (mostly prescription) and alcohol and her attempts to prevent Texas from seeing his son (let's pretend the son's name is Andy).

Texas claims Zelda is a bad mom, too caught up with partying and getting blitzed out of her mind to be there for her young son, who she (as the story goes) exploits as a marketing gimmick for her career. Because she's currently camped out with Andy in Europe (Instagram seems to back this up), publicly shaming her is, Texas alleges, his only recourse. He wants to rescue his son; he wants to see Zelda get the help she so desperately needs. 

Throughout this whole sordid narrative, Texas weaves in a message about the corrosive influence of celebrity — a point of view which is contradicted by his seeming obsession with Zelda's fame and recurring mention of his fancy music industry job, working with some supposedly-bigshot performing artist. 

Instead of laying out a modest set of facts to put pressure on Zelda to compromise with regards to custody and visitation (he claims that's all he wants), Texas includes every detail he can possibly think of to make Zelda look bad — including her non-heteronormative sexual relationships and her father's drug use. To his credit, I guess, Texas includes several passages about his own, er, youthful indiscretions (which consist of, among other things, heavy drinking and sex so casual it's sloppy), but he spends so long harping on his many sexual partners, I wondered whether he just wanted us (and maybe Zelda) to know he can get laid. 

Look, I understand the appeal of the revenge story better than the next girl (writing about terrible ex-boyfriends is literally what I do with my free time), but after reading Texas' account, I'm not convinced that his blog is about anything other than his hurt feelings. Also not convincing: the argument that he'd be a better primary parent to his son. Considering what he revealed about his prior alcohol use and (no judgment, but let's call a spade a spade) reckless sex life, it's not like he's living in a particularly pure or moral way.

That's all folks. We made the decision to run this as a blind item because we don't want to reward "Texas" for his (sorry) sleazy behavior by publicizing his story, his blog and his allegations about Zelda. 

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Watch the Premiere Episode of Escape My Life

Escape My Life is a web comedy campaign series which spotlights the Ford Escape. It stars comedian Natasha Leggero as Skylar, a Hollywood wardrobe designer, and comedian and actor Joe Truglio as Barry, the weird vagrant that came with her car. 

It's an ambitious series, chock-full of the kind of in-jokes and meta-references which characterize some of today's most popular television comedy. In the premiere webisode below, Skylar learns about a new Ford marketing program which leases cars to people that work in the entertainment industry as a way of generating buzz. There's just one catch…

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Karlie Kloss Officially Has Her Victoria’s Secret Angel Wings (Forum Buzz)

Karlie Kloss - Victoria's Secret profile

Though Karlie Kloss got tongues wagging earlier this week by appearing at Victoria’s Secret events with some of the brand’s official Angels, it wasn’t until today, when a forum member discovered that the model had gotten her own Angel profile on the Victoria’s Secret website that the news became official.

“Karlie has gotten what other ‘presumed/assumed/wished for’ models like Lais Ribeiro/Barbara Palvin/Arlenis Sosa/Toni Garrn/Bregje Heinen etc have not gotten,” tlg00 announced. “She has an Angel profile. I know some people weren't considering her legit until she got on the VS site. Well, she's there. Congratulations Karlie.”

“Yay Karlie, couldn't have happened to a nicer human being,” Littleathquakes posted. “And I think that's the first time I've seen her height (presumably her true height) listed.” Props to Victoria’s Secret for acknowledging the undeniable fact that Karlie is super tall.

Labelwhore commented, “I'm ecstatic about Karlie. She deserves this and more. While I'm happy for her, looking at their lineup is depressing,” she added. “All white girls, no diversity. I guess it matches the current attitude people have in the fashion industry.”

Not to sound like a broken record – and congratulations to all the white girls who are doing super well – but there’s something seriously wrong with the model casting process and that needs to change. Stat.

Image: vsallaccess.com

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Anne Vyalitsyna Goes High Fashion on the Cover of Zoo (Forum Buzz)

Anne Vyalitsyna in Dior for Zoo - photography by Bryan Adams

Though she’s best known for her Victoria’s Secret work and bikini bod, Anne Vyalitsyna has proven once again that she’s totally capable of going high fashion. In a simple black and white shot by Bryan Adams, Anne dominates the cover of Zoo’s Spring/Summer 2013 issue.

“Really beautiful cover. Simple and elegant styling and Anne looks stunning here,” justaguy commented.

Urban Stylin wrote, “I love how easily she transitions.”

You kind of can’t go wrong with a Dior dress, minimal makeup, understated hair and Anne V, right? That’s what this cover says to me, anyway.

Image: facebook.com/Bryan Adams

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Brit Marling and Eddie Redmayne Grace W’s April Cover (Forum Buzz)

W April 2013 - Brit Marling and Eddie Redmayne

“Who are these people?” sore asked when she saw W’s latest cover. The answer? Actress Brit Marling and actor Eddie Redmayne. They are, along with Emayatzy Corinealdi, “The New Guard: Hollywood’s Freshest Faces.” Their faces may be “fresh” but Brit looks astonishingly like Lana del Rey in the cover shot (by Alasdair McLellan) and – it has to be said – W really just needs to stop with these couples covers because they are not working.

“I hate Brit's expression, it looks like Eddie is holding her hostage,” TREVOFASHIONISTO commented.

BonesAndOil wrote, “I love both of them, and it's about time Brit got some recognition, but this cover is horrible. Both of their faces, why?”

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Luxx was actually a fan of the editorial that accompanied the cover image and saw a missed opportunity. “I may be alone in this, but for me Emayatzy Corinealdi is the best thing about the story and I would have LOVED to see her on the cover. I love Brit Marling as well, but the camera is in love with Emayatzy. Love the hair and styling on this, these images have a beautiful atmosphere,” she added.

“Why would they have a featured editorial with three actors but only put two of them on the cover?” loladonna  asked, bringing to mind the recent discussion about diversity on the runways. Could the same sort of bias be at play here?

Not your best effort, W.

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Images: wmagazine.com

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