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Designer Kit Willow Ousted From Her Eponymous Label

willowHot on the heels of Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan, Australian designer Kit Willow Podgornik is making an exit from her eponymous brand.  

The Apparel Group, which also owns Sportscraft and Saba, took out an undisclosed stake in Willow in 2011. Podornik stayed on as creative director, at the time telling The Australian, "This is still my baby. Now my baby is off to school with some amazing teachers. If you look at any of the big designer brands overseas, they all have teamed up with big businesses for strategy and growth." The move was also said to free its originator up to concentrate on the product and designs.

But while Willow and The Apparel Group were following precedent (Sass & Bide setting a trend when they sold to Myer for $42.25 million), the deal in question didn’t go quite so smoothly. It’s now come to light that Apparel dismissed the designer from the brand she founded a decade ago. A spokeswoman for the Apparel Group confirmed last week that Podgornik ''is no longer a part of Willow or the Apparel Group,” and the “heartbroken” designer is taking legal action against the retail group.

And judging by the social media response to her ousting, she could end up getting reinstated. A Facebook campaign is rallying fans of the label not to buy from Willow until the matter has been resolved, pleading, “"Please show your support by posting a message on the Willow Facebook page or Willow_Ltd Instagram to voice your opinion on how there is no Willow without Kit and how devastated you are as a devoted Willow customer that she is no longer at the helm.

"And do not buy from WILLOW until this matter is sorted."

Sass & Bide (who recently sold the remaining 35% of their company to Myer) have also stepped in to voice their support, posting a sympathetic Instagram to over 120,000 follows on Thursday. 

Hopefully this all gets resolved before too long – it’ll be a sadder summer without Willow in our wardrobes. 

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Watch: Cara Delevingne, Lily McMenamy, Joan Smalls and Other Top Models Celebrate the i-D Wink

To celebrate 33 years of the iconic cover wink, i-D asked 26 of today's top editorial models and designers — from Cara Delevingne to Rick Owens — to recreate some of the magazine's most memorable cover slogans as part of the publication's fashion alphabet video series. The clip was filmed by Jérémie Rozan at the Surface to Air studio in Paris.

​Watch below:

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Isabeli Fontana Has Two-Tone Highlights (Yes, Really) On the Cover of Vogue Thailand’s December Issue

Image: Facebook/FashionClubUpdate

Image: Facebook/FashionClubUpdate

After launching earlier this year, Vogue Thailand quickly established a reputation for solid, well-considered cover edits, performing above the expected standard for a minor international edition of Vogue. After paying tribute to Thailand's fashion identity with a debut cover starring Si Tanwiboon — the Thai model was styled in a gorgeous, golden ornamental headpiece created by master milliner Philip Treacy — the publication set its sights on splashier cover stars, seemingly in pursuit of global fashion media attention. The publication earned covers with a bevy of supermodels including Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss, Liu Wen and Naomi Campbell. However, the latter cover, which appears on newsstands this month, proved to be the glossy's first major fumble: the cover image, photographed by Marcin Tyszka, showed Campbell with lighter skin, leading some to conclude that she'd been airbrushed to appear whiter.

Vogue Thailand's December cover, also by Tyszka, appears similarly overworked. Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana is wearing a severe metallic Balmain dress, her hair dyed with horizontal two-tone gradation highlights which were apparently on the cutting edge of gyaru girl trends in 2010

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We Hate to Admit It, but Lady Gaga’s Versace Ads Are Flawless (Forum Buzz)

Image Credit: facebook/versace via the tfs forums

Image Credit: facebook/versace via the tfs forums

Sometimes it is cool to hate on a celebrity because they have become too popular. Then you might suddenly love what they do because hating on them has become too mainstream as well. But soon they might reach a point of ridiculous overexposure where you cannot help but just yawn whenever you see them. Lady Gaga is probably currently stuck in the last one of these stages. Which is why barely anyone got excited about the news of her starring in the new Versace Spring 2014 campaign. But the outcome has surprised and impressed loyal fans and haters alike. Most members of the tFS forums were in awe of the images, shot by photographer duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, which show Lady Gaga looking like a younger Donatella Versace and they saw no point in denying that this campaign looked rather stunning.

“This looks stunning!!!!! And I don't like Lady Gaga at all! She looks super sexy, absolutely sensual & everything beyond stellar!!!!! I never thought it would come out like this! Stunning work by [Mert & Marcus], Versace & Lady Gaga!” exclaimed miguelalmeida.  

“This is gorgeous! Lady Gaga looks 100% a Versace woman,” agreed Nepenthes

To which vogue28 added, “Bravo, Mert & Marcus and Donatella (and the rest of the team, of course). This looks sensational and completely embodies the Versace aesthetic. I doubt even the models could have embodied Donatella and the Versace brand this much — just love everything about it. Gaga's hair, the clothes and the colors are fantastic.”

And Chanelcouture09 perfectly summed up, “WOW! Stunning, I'm surprised I'm not loathing it, [Mert & Marcus] have definitely portrayed Gaga in an elegant and glamorous way, totally the opposite of the vulgarity of what I was imagining when you imagine Gaga being involved in something like this (excess, more-is-more, etc etc)…”

 

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Canadian Black Friday Fashion Sales and Bargains

eLUXE Black Friday

eLUXE Black Friday

So we don’t have Thanksgiving in November, but that doesn’t mean Canadians must miss out on all the American holiday fun. While our turkeys are carved a month in advance, our wallets will still get a #majah workout during the Black Friday Sales, which this year looks better than ever as retailers attempt to close the gap between the USD and CAD. Wondering what kind of bargains you can nab come Black Friday on November 29 and Cyber Monday on December 2? Just check out the titillating deals below that I’ve curated from some of the most fashionable outlets.

  • Aldo: 30% off sale shoes and boots plus an extra 25% off select dress shoe styles online and in stores.
  • Aritzia: 10% to 50% off select items.
  • ASOS: 70% off online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • The Bay: Bay Days: 24 hour flash sales as advertise through their Facebook page.
  • Danier: Discounted men’s and women’s leather gods.
  • eLUXE: 50% off select dresses, skirts, bags, pants and bags.
  • Holt Renfrew: Flash sales and 30% off 30 designer brands.
  • Mendocino: 20% off incentive card on every purchase, to be used towards next purchase. Plus additional 60% off Black Friday specials.
  • M for Mendocino: Black Friday specials for $29 and under.
  • Old Navy: 50%, 40% and 30% off entire store over Black Friday weekend.
  • Sears: Sears Days: 50% off women's and men's clothing, shoes, appliances, toys and more. Plus free shipping to almost everywhere in Canada with minimum spend of $99.

 

Image via eLUXE.ca

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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. Runway to Real Life: Karen Elson in Jason Wu, Liya Kebede in Proenza Schouler and More (Forum Buzz) — Models and actresses have the means and connections to translate runway looks to real life. 
     
  2. Selfie Named Word of the Year: Celebrate with 2013′s Top 20 Celebrity Selfies — 2013 was the Official Year of the Selfie. To mark this important historical occasion, we combed back through our favorite celebrity Instagram accounts to pick the best celeb selfies of the year.
     
  3. Ethical Designer Katharine Hamnett: ‘In Fashion, It’s Easy to Get Rich and Famous by Being a Bad Person’ — We speak with the iconic British designer, who adopted an ethical approach to fashion long before it was a viable marketing hook. 
     
  4. 21 Questions with… Menswear Designer Michael Bastian — The 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year answers our quickfire questions.
     
  5. Insta-Crush: The Colette Instagram Defines Parisian Cool — We love a look behind-the-scenes at the all-things-hip emporium Colette. 
     
  6. Boutique of the Week: Erica Weiner Brooklyn — In this week's column, the boutique girl takes a trip to Erica Weiner, Brooklyn's destination for vintage jewelry.
     
  7. Got Your First Grey? Don’t Panic, We’ve Got It Covered — There are a few courses you can take if grey hair is just not something you're ready to embrace.
     
  8. Your Thanksgiving Hostess Cheat Sheet — Here are our tips for planning the perfect feast — without freaking out.
     
  9. Refresh Your Specs with 10 Cool and Affordable New Eyeglass Frames — Until recently, those of us who needed prescription vision help had few options: either pay gobs of cash for uber high-end brands or forego a fashionable look for the budget buys. Not anymore!
  10. Kate Bosworth Hits the Style Jackpot in Las Vegas Thanks to a Flashy Fendi Dress and Other Best Dressed Celebs of the Week — Naomie Harris, Angelina Jolie and Miranda Kerr also appear on this week's list.

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