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The Winners of London’s Graduate Fashion Week

With a heartfelt tribute to the late Louise Wilson, London’s Graduate Fashion Week continued into its 23rd year to showcase a host of incredibly talented British designers in its new home in East London’s The Truman Brewery. 

Whilst every student from over 40 universities achieved incredible results, it was Bath Spa University graduate Grace Keller who will no doubt be the one you will remember as she was awarded the Graduate Fashion Week George Gold award and the equally coveted womenswear award.

With a judging panel including Peter Pilotto, Sarah Mower and milliner Philip Treacy, it was Keller’s delicately laced dresses with vibrant applique embroidery that won them over, earning her the £10,000 prize.

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GFW Womenwear Award winner Grace Weller on stage (image:Getty)

Graduate Fashion Week has long since been the hot spot for scouting the freshest design talent, with over 21 catwalk shows and countless presentations, it is a visual feast of exciting ideas that will mostly be picked up by a host of brands out to find new talent, including River Island, Tommy Hilfiger and Drapers, who all exhibited at the four-day event.

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Womenswear award winner Grace Weller’s collection (image: Getty)

It wasn’t simply Grace who was honoured though, with Rebecca Swann from Nottingham Trent collecting the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award for her textural monochrome knit designs and Camilla Grimes of Manchester School of Art receiving the Creative Catwalk award for her electric neon pink fur-trimmed bombers and sporty slim trousers.

Doing it for the boys, Aimee Dunn from Nottingham Trent University took home the menswear award for her relaxed cut suiting and knitwear emblazoned with a Margaret Thatcher screen print.

View the collections from Graduate Fashion Week 2014 here.

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Natalia Vodianova Wishes Antoine Arnault a Happy Birthday with Nude Breastfeeding Photo

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Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault just got the best birthday shoutout ever. His longtime girlfriend, Natalia Vodianova, mother to his infant son Maxim, celebrated her boo's big day with a beautiful family photo posted to Instagram.

But this isn't your run-of-the-mill JC Penney photo studio-type shot. After all, Vodianova is an international supermodel. Instead, she chose a snap taken by photographer Paolo Roversi of her reclining in the nude, breastfeeding little Maxim, looking as serene and earth mother-y as you can get. 

"Happy birthday baby from Paolo, Maxim and I. Love you @antoinearnault," she captioned the photo. 

Instagram still hasn't removed the image, most likely because Vodianova's super-offensive areolas are covered. But since the social media site seems to have a history of censoring boobs–both real-life and cartoon, we'll just have to wait and see if they take any action.

[h/t Telegraph]

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Link Buzz: Kendall Jenner for Interview Mag; Proenza Schouler Launches Swimwear

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  • Hey look: Kendall Jenner got the Interview treatment. [Interview]
     
  • If you have to watch an Internet video to find out whether your style is "grunge," then it probably isn't. [FabSugar]
     
  • Is your makeup all like, I'm mellllllting? [BellaSugar]
     
  • No, Lucky Magazine: this itty-bitty teeny-weeny super-tiny string bikini is NOT universally flattering! [Buzzfeed]
     
  • Vanessa Friedman lovingly snarks on the CFDA Awards. [NYTimes]
     
  • Proenza Schouler is getting into swimwear. [WWD]

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Lover Releases Third Bridal Chic ‘White Magick’ Collection

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Lover might have won over Beyoncé with their graphic prints, but it’s their lace they’re known for. Now they’re giving ethereal wanderlusts and to-be bridal parties another reason to look forward to summer with part three of the ‘White Magick’ capsule collection.

‘White Magick’ sees designers Nic Briand and Susien Chong dipping into their archives to reincarnate some of their most coveted dresses from the last decade in all-white and ivory. "White Magick is a selection of our most timeless styles. The delicate femininity of these pieces embodies the spirit of Lover," said Chong. They might be timeless, but they’re also distinctly modern. Knee-length styles feature flared sleeves that partly resemble Victorian pantaloons, of which Ellery would strongly approve. Structured bodices and subtle mullet hems are also more city sleek than prairie chic.

This collection also seems to be more matrimonial than the ones released in the two previous years. That could just be because we’ve got bells on the brain, but they’re also the perfect antidote to the #worldsmosttalkedaboutwedding. These are gowns for girls who prefer to kick off their shoes at the reception rather than discuss Pilates with momager.

The collection was launched at Lover’s Strande Arcade store in Sydney yesterday, and judging by how fast the previous two sold out, you should probably get in quick to avoid nasty eBay bidding wars. 

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Mob Wives and 90s Teen Spirit Inspire Beaufille Summer Jewellery

I remember glimpsing Beaufille’s glimmering nuggets of jewellery at last season’s Toronto Fashion Week. While the pieces were dainty and delectable, it seems they were overshadowed a little by the clothing, which makes me think it’s high time we revisited the line before fall takes over.

The label itself is founded by two Toronto-based sisters, Chloe and Parris Gordon, who are skilled in the art of fusing femininity with rock 'n' roll culture. That much is evident in their Spring/Summer 2014 range, which features eye-catching designs with understated accents. The twosome divides the creative work evenly, with Chloé concentrating on clothing and Parris overseeing jewellery and accessories, a task she is evidently skilled in.

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The current lineup, which was reportedly inspired by the renaissance and mob wives (not the Staten Island reality kind) includes pieces like The Don necklace (number 3 above) with a cross pattern inspired by old-timey flora and fauna; The Doll Parts necklace with its emblems, gemstone and metal beats (4); the darling Castle ring with its quirky turrets (2); and the amazing Rocco cocktail ring (1), which features a hidden compartment that contains an upside down set topaz. As a November baby, it's naturally my favourite.

Everything is ultra edgy and, while I do detect a throwback 90s vibe with the crosses and oxidized brass, it’s still all very fresh and offers a great mix of the modern and historic for today’s renaissance gal. Prices swing widely on the spectrum between $65 for a simple ring, $100 for the Teen Spirit ear cuff (number 5 above, an ode to Nirvana no doubt) and up to $785 for The Don necklace, which you can find at stockists in Canada and the U.S.

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Natalie Westling Shows a Little Skin for the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fall 2014 Campaign

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Marc Jacobs Beauty has just dropped the cosmetics brand's Fall 2014 campaign, and it's a goodie. Photographed by David Simons, rising star Natalie Westling is shown with an electric blue smoky eye and pale, pale skin. Although the bright, shimmery eye makeup looks striking together with the her dark red hair, Westling's skin is what stands out most about this ad. 

The model is photographed with what appears to be a light dusting of foundation or powder — some may even be blended onto her lips — but apart from that, her skin is pretty much naked. Whatever retouching was done on this image, it must have been minimal, because you can practically see Westling's pores! It's almost NSFW. 

As tFSer Nepenthes put it, "I appreciate the fact that you can see her skin texture, unlike so many other beauty campaigns." 

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