"These woman on the best dressed [lists] are interesting for fashion. They move fashion forward, they're part of a business and an industry. They're a component of an industry that is a worldwide thing. It's a big thing, fashion," explains digital creative director Sally Singer at the outset of a video interview on the Fusion digital network.
Singer was promoting Vogue's recently published list of 10 women to watch in 2014, except the "woman" she was most eager to talk about is actually a 14-year-old girl — Kiernan Shipka, the actress who plays Sally Draper on Mad Men.
"[She] always looks young and she looks appropriate and she looks like she's having fun with the retro nature of the part she plays on TV and with being a young woman," says Singer. "I think she's someone whose quirky style is going to evolve over time. She also makes really good choices with new designers. She wears Delpozo, she wears Preen — a lot of labels that are smart and right for now and right for her age group."
Although it's true that Shipka is a precocious fashion plate with surprisingly sophisticated taste, it's always a little odd to see such a young woman glorified as a style icon by the fashion industry. And this isn't the first time Shipka's been subject to this kind of drooling treatment by the fashion press. At eleven, her Los Angeles home was photographed for The Coveteur.
I found it equally unsettling when the Urban Outfitters dress Malia Obama wore in the First Family holiday portrait was picked up by fashion outlets as a shopping tip — "Although 15-year-old Malia is more than a decade my junior, I am seriously considering taking a style cue from her and purchasing this dress right now," wrote one blogger. At least there's some reticence.
The British Fashion council has revealed the shortlist for the 2014 Fashion Fund in partnership with Vogue. Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Zoe Jordan and Emilia Wickstead all in the running for the £200,000 prize as well as invaluable high-level mentorship.
Now in its fifth year, the Fashion Fund, chaired by Alexandra Fulman, was set up to give the chance for established UK designers to excel further and ultimately turn their design house into a global brand.
But when every designer on the shortlist is already both a critical and commercial success, the Fashion Fund often feels a bit like an exercise in the British Fashion Industry congratulating its own greatness. After all, it is unlikely that the BFC and Vogue are going to invest such a large sum into a brand they isn't already a dead cert.
(Left: Mary Katrantzou S/S ’14, right: Poppy Delevingne in Emilia Wickstead S/S 14, images: WENN)
All cynicism aside, it takes a great deal of time and ultimately money to turn a Katrantzou or Pilotto from a fashion insiders favourite to a household name with the likes of Brit houses such as Burberry. There is nothing more exciting than the potential of seeing one of these truly inspirational design houses raise their profile to new heady heights in the way past winners Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Nicholas Kirkwood have done previously. Although, sadly for us, it almost always means a heady rise in prices as well.
Thursday morning, Target confirmed that hackers had stolen credit and debit card records from 40 million in-store shoppers. The data breach was active from November 27 to December 15 at nearly all Target locations nationwide. Online shoppers were not affected.
The hackers reportedly pulled magnetic swipe information from credit card machines; Target has determined that the following information was jeopardized in the breach: customer name, credit or debit card number, and the card’s expiration date and CVV.
If you shopped at a Target store during this time, you can and should call the dedicated call center to find out whether your data was accessed by hackers. The number is 866-852-8680 (representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Agents will also be answering questions across Target's social media channels.
A Target spokeswoman told Mashable: "We're asking everyone who shopped at a Target location since Black Friday to monitor their credit card accounts and contact their banking establishments to see if there is any suspicious activity. Anyone with a Target Red Card or a card from another bank should remain vigilant and keep checking their accounts for fraudulent activity… We are contacting the guests we have email addresses for and informing them about what happened. It was a very sophisticated crime and it's an ongoing investigation, but the issue has been addressed and resolved. Shoppers can completely shop with confidence."
For more information, here's Target's FAQ page about the incident.
image credit: vogue.co.jp via the tfs forums
We called it. Natasha Poly is back and everything but total domination of all Vogue editions in 2014 would be a surprise. After already covering the January issue of Vogue China, she is now also gracing the February cover of Vogue Japan.
“So the domination continues. Love it. Let's hope she will get a Vogue cover every month of this year. Next one: Vogue Paris March!” predicts mikel on the tFS forums. I would not be shocked if he ends up being right about all that. He also added, “Natasha looks stunning but the cover looks too crowded. The print of her dress combined with text is a bit too much.”
The cover, on which ‘Queen Poly’ is wearing Chanel, was again shot by Patrick Demarchelier.
Forum member Nepenthes enjoyed the cover image but not the cover layout. “Another cover so fast! The shot itself is great; Natasha looks beautiful and youthful. The text colors and placement are quite bad but oh well. Glad to see Natasha back full force!” he posted.
The same sentiments were shared by vogue28. He wrote, “It's not the most exciting of covers but I'm just so pleased to see Natasha. I think the multiple colours of the masthead and cover lines ruin the cover shot, to be honest. Those colours are very hard to work and often come across as unprofessional – as they do here. An all blue or red masthead would of worked a lot better.”
In the cover story, titled ‘A Special Kind Of Woman,’ Natasha shares the spotlight with Edie Campbell. See previews of the editorial below.
image credit: vogue.co.jp via the tfs forums
Catherine McNeil had a killer Spring 2014 season on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Now she’s back home doing her thing for Australia’s Russh magazine.
McNeil first covered Russh way back when she was just starting out, before that infamous split with Ruby Rose and the consequent self-imposed modeling hiatus. The December/January 2013/2014 cover is proof she’s back and better than ever, using a fresh, minimal layout to highlight McNeil’s evergreen beauty. Russh have been taking the no-frills route with their covers for a while now, and a few wispy strands of hair are all this one needs in the way of distraction.
Over on the forums, people are equally impressed with McNeil’s comeback-turned-takeover. “This is truly stunning. The kind of cover I would immediately buy on the newsstands,” says Valentine27. “Get it McNeil. Flawless and fresh. Beautiful cover shot,” adds zoom.
Elusiveness is one of Catherine’s greatest attributes. She doesn’t tweet, and posts just enough Instagram selfies to satisfy her 20,000+ followers. Though she does open up via less-than-140 character questionnaire answers on the Russh blog, revealing that she lives for carbs, lavender oil and vacation time, reads Stephen King, and listens to The Black Keys. More interestingly, she’s most looking forward to turning 30. And given her exponential trajectory, we wouldn’t be surprised if her third decade is her most successful yet.
See two shots from Catherine’s Russh spread below.
Finally, a Canadian fashion mag we CAN get behind! And their cover model of choice is Jenna Talackova. Applause, applause, applause all around for Elle Canada and this stunning senorita.
In case you don’t remember Talackova, the Vancouver model rose to fame after she was fired from real estate mogul Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Canada pageant when it was discovered she had been born male. She underwent gender-reassignment surgery at age 19 (though she was identified as female at age four), but pushed back against the Miss Universe Organization for them to change their rules. The happy ending to this story? She was ultimately allowed back into the contest, only to become one of four contestants awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.
Now Talackova is back in the news, having scored a major fashion spread for Elle Canada. “I can’t believe I’m posing for them,” Talackova gushed in a behind-the-scenes video posted on the magazine’s website. “It’s been a dream — I put them on my vision board and it happened!” The cover girl also dishes a little on her personal fashion sense, telling the mag that, from an early age, she was mesmerized by her mom’s beauty routine. “Now I’m into Japanese and Korean fashion — Harajuku Barbie mixed with preppy housewife,” she quips.
Talackova has since taken to Twitter to share photos from her shoot in which she looks absolutely beau-ti-ful! In one snap she rocks a jeweled blouse with a hot red lip, while another super close shot shows off her flawless, poreless skin. And am I alone in thinking that the photo of her standing near a window makes her look like Kim Kardashian’s long-lost twin? Maybe it’s the blonde hair and perfectly manicured eyebrows, but those lips and cheekbones had me doing a double take. Or dare I say, she also looks a little like Ivanka Trump? Hmmmm, I wonder what Donald would say?
Ironically, in a similar Kardashian career move, Talackova is soon set to star in an E! Canada reality show titled, Brave New Girl. I so hope Britney’s song of the same name will play in the opening credits, but also look forward to seeing more of this game-changing gal in the future.
Images via Elle Canada and Jenna Talackova/Twitter