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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. Alexa Chung, Naked Models and More at This Year’s Whitney Studio Art Party — If there's one museum that can consistently be counted on to throw a memorable event, it's the Whitney.
     
  2. Natalie Portman Captivates in Christian Dior Couture and Other Best Dressed Celebs of the Week — Sandra Bullock, Diane Kruger and Miley Cyrus also made this week's list.
     
  3. Before You Buy: We Rank the Best and Worst Mascaras — Not all mascaras are created equal. We ranked the ones most likely to make your peepers pop. 
     
  4. Boutique of the Week: Elyse Walker — In this week's column, the boutique girl takes a trip to Elyse Walker, one of LA's most notable shopping destinations.
     
  5. 21 Questions with… Simon Doonan — Doonan's style advice: "Always add three accessories every time you leave the house. I am a maximalist."
     
  6. Nanette Lepore’s Fall 2013 Edgy Twist: A tFS Video How-To — Editor-at-Large Julie Bensman finds out how to create this simple look at home from Bumble and bumble stylist Edward Lampley in the latest from our video how-to series. 
     
  7. The 20 Most Spectacular Bridal Gowns of Fall 2014 — See all the extraordinary dresses as well as who made our highly edited top 20 list. 
     
  8. The Glossies: All the November 2013 Magazine Covers We Loved and Hated — November magazine covers, some better than others. 
     
  9. Girls’ Night Out: Hollywood’s 8 Most Stylish BFFs — We get by with a little help from our friends 
     
  10. Runway to Real Life: Elizabeth Olsen in Chloé Resort, Anna Kendrick in Alberta Ferretti and More (Forum Buzz) — Click through to see runway looks reinterpreted for "real life."

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Karen Walker Does the Bling Ring

Not every ring has to come with fireworks, roman candles, a 50-piece orchestra and a giant screen flashing the words “PLEEEASE MARRY ME!!!” As proof, we have Karen Walker’s latest jewelry collection, a range of hefty sparklers perfect for giving to you, from you.

The range of rings is titled ‘The Rock Garden’ and is an evolution from the popular ‘Botanicals’ story already in store. Bold hues lie at the heart of the collection, with three large colored stones in baguette, pear or square princess cuts. The stones are set alongside gold or sterling silver cast flowers. Pick your poison from one of five different colored gems: garnet, topaz, citrine, peridot or amethyst.

As with any Walker offering, there’s imagery worthy of printing out, blowing up and hanging on your wall. Her eyewear campaigns have enlisted the likes of vampires, babies, the elderly and aliens to model her wares, and this time cutesy bumble bees are doing a good job of making the covetable even more must-have.

While it’s still considered a bit weird to go buying yourself an engagement ring, Christmas is right around the corner. And there are definitely no rules against slipping rocks into your own stocking.   

The Rock Garden is now available online.  

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Simon Preen Creates Jessie J’s Official Tour Outfit

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It’s time to get yet another London-based designer on your fashion radar, as London College of Fashion Graduate Simon Preen is most definitely catching our eyes at the moment with his design signatures of stripes and minimal paneling.

Specializing in menswear whilst studying, the young designer was first snapped up by the retailing giant Urban Outfitters for whom he created a limited-edition womenswear collection. The range was available online and at their London flagship, and proved such a success that he went on to design further collections.

When celebs flock to wear your clothes, it’s also another reinforcement that you’re doing something right, and his design credentials have recently been further solidified, as he got commissioned by Jessie J to design her official tour outfit.

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Jessie J is known for her statement-making costumes and fearless style (how many other stars can pull off a skintight jumpsuit so well?), so Simon Preen aimed to create a show-stopping piece that also stayed true to his design signatures. Opting for a bold striped jumpsuit with mesh inserts, he definitely created a piece that had Jessie J written all over it!

Keep a look out for Jessie J’s Alive tour coverage to see her official costumes at work.

Images: Fisherspr, SimonPreen

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Warby Parker’s Startup Culture Sounds Borderline Hellish

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Warby Parker CEO / Image: Getty

Reading Dave Eggers' new novel The Circle makes me realize that one of the downsides to living in New York is missing out on so much of the Orwellian utopianism that seems to add color to life in Silicon Valley. And that's one of the reasons I feel especially drawn to yesterday's New York Times interview with the co-CEO of Warby Parker — the sheer novelty of seeing so many Bay Area clichés come out of the mouth of a hometown boy. 

Let's look at a few of them:

"[The other founders and I] promised each other that we were going to really work hard, and that we would remain friends throughout the process, regardless of what happened. So every month, we would return to that bar where we had the original idea, and we would have a 360 review of each other. We’d put somebody in the hot seat and say: “Hey, you’re doing this well, but this could be improved. And when you shoot me a 10-page e-mail at 2 in the morning, I want to punch you in the face.” That set the tone for the culture at Warby Parker, which would really be rooted in open and honest feedback."

This might sound cute and healthy in theory, but imagine if it were actually your life. Imagine having to meet up with your friends (who are also your business partners) on a monthly basis to discuss various times you recently felt like punching each other in the face. The idea of an organizational structure rooted in radically open communication was borrowed from the intentional communities of the 70s. Want to know why so many utopian hippie communes failed? People felt stifled — and saw their relationships destroyed — by this kind of tyrannical honesty. (For more on how these dynamics played out in free love communes, you could read Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese.) Now imagine trying to impose hippie faux-openness on the modern-day start-up, with its complicated internal politics, preoccupation with image and excellence, drive to relentlessly acquire wealth … does a monthly rap session with your tech bros still sound cute?

"We also have new team members come up and introduce themselves and share a fun fact about themselves. It’s usually something humiliating, and the reason is to make that individual memorable to the rest of the team and also to make that individual vulnerable. It’s through vulnerability that human beings create connections. The more vulnerable we can be with one another, the more that we’ll trust one another and the more we’ll be able to collaborate effectively."

Making a case for ritualistic hazing, niiice. 

"And every week we ask everyone to tell their happiness rating on a scale of zero to 10, and the one or two reasons for that. So in an ideal world, managers know exactly what’s going on with their direct reports. But we all know that utopia doesn’t exist, so this really forces a conversation to happen. People might look at that zero-to-10 scale very differently, but at least we can look at trends."

Every week! A happiness rating! This happens to be a very clever way to whiff out and squash any disaffection in the ranks, and all under the guise of caring about your employees. 

"We think a lot about being a disruptive company. The question is, How do you remain a disruptive company?"

Give me a break. (Get it?)

"On the personality and fit side, we try to assess whether somebody’s personal values align with our core values. One of our core values is to inject fun and quirkiness into everything we do. So we’ll often ask, 'What was a recent costume you wore?' And the point isn’t that if you haven’t worn a costume in the last four weeks, you’re not getting hired. It’s more to judge the reaction to that question. Are you somebody who takes yourself very seriously? If so, that’s a warning sign to us. We want people to take their work seriously but not themselves. We also ask, 'What do you like to do for fun?' The answer always speaks volumes of who that person is."

Have fun OR ELSE. 

Warby Parker and a Culture of Communication — NYTimes

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Ashleigh Good, Nadja Bender and Dalianah Arekion Star In Chanel‘s Cruise Campaign (Forum Buzz)

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Although previews of the new Chanel Cruise 2014 campaign were already posted on the tFS forums three weeks ago, shots featuring Spanish model Dalianah Arekion didn’t surface until earlier this week. The model, who got her breakthrough thanks to a Givenchy campaign and runway exclusive, is a welcome addition to the cast that also includes Ashleigh Good and Nadja Bender as it proves that Karl Lagerfeld continues to embrace racial diversity in Chanel campaigns. Other models of color that recently nabbed a spot as the faces of Chanel are Joan Smalls, Soo Joo Park, Chiharu Okunugi and Cora Emmanuel. Needless to say, tFS forum members were happy to see Dalianah in this campaign. 

TREVOFASHIONISTO exclaimed, “Wow congrats for Dalianah scoring this campaign.”

“Yeah very happy for her! She's gorgeous,” commented anlabe32.

As anlabe32 further noted, the influence of Carine Roitfeld, who is responsible for the styling here, in the model casting may have helped Dalianah score this campaign. Unfortunately, the direction for the campaign did not impress quite as much as the model cast and forum member also went on to discuss whether Dalianah was possibly added to the images via post-production.

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GERGIN said, “I feel like there could have been more work done with the scenery…I mean they were literally thrown into that corner to get photographed…the models on that staircase would have made for a much more interesting campaign.”

And teaars wrote, “[Dalianah] seems almost purposefully out of place, like her shots were added after the first two girls were shot. She adds some strength to this campaign that was lacking pretty hard. I do wish we saw her gorgeous face more.” 

Whether it’s just due to the adequate model cast or not, I consider this Chanel campaign is a success. The images are classy and suit the collection perfectly, and the surprise appearances of some unexpected models can only be applauded. 

 

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032c Releases Weird Cover With Rihanna for Its Winter Issue (Forum Buzz)

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Culture and fashion magazine 032c is known for its extreme, powerful and unique editorials and covers. More often than not it succeeds in delivering interesting and arresting images. For its Winter 2013/2014 issue, however, the magazine used an image of singer Rihanna, shot by Inez & Vinoodh, that left tFS forum members puzzled. Not just because it is unusual for the magazine to feature an overexposed popstar on the cover, but also because the cover shot is anything but alluring or flattering.

“Horrible cover and not really what I expect / want from this magazine. I can have Rihanna on every mainstream magazine around, why here too? Hopefully the content will make up for it. If not… bye,” posted mistress_f 

VogueDisciple93 hopes this isn’t the only cover for this issue. He wrote, “That 'tail' of hair disturbs me to no ends. I hope this is a multi-cover issue.“

KissMiss added, “I think she is a very beautiful girl but I find this cover intensely ugly!” And LRlovesDaria went on to call this “one of [Rihanna’s] worst covers ever.”

Is this perhaps not just one of Rihanna’s worst covers but also one of 032c’s worst covers? 

 

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