Fashion has long looked to Australia’s ostracized indigenous culture for inspiration. But it looks like this might finally be having an effect that goes beyond a new summer print. Desert Designs was one of the highlights of MBFWA recently, breathing new life into the artwork of a deceased Aboriginal artist. The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, which fell only a day later, picked up where they left off with a showcase of indigenous culture and design that sought to show the world “it’s not just dots.”
Now Ingrid Verner is issuing another challenge to the industry. The designer only launched her namesake brand Verner in 2012, but her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, titled “White Wash,” is very confident in its criticism of the “white Australia policy” favouring Caucasian immigrants. This is a collection that was made to cause a stir.
If the phrase “White Wash” didn’t have such negative connotations attached, the collection is certainly able to be very appreciated on a solely aesthetic level. Shape-wise, it’s big on oversized street wear, vibing a litte off children’s wear too. Think comfy things you can move around in. It’s also more understated than we’ve seen in the past. Chalk that up to normcore, if you will. Midi lengths and loungey separates run throughout, and the socks-and-Birks styling can’t go without a mention.
But the fabric details are where things really get interesting. Off-whites and greys suggest “white” is more complex than it may first seem, and textural details like quilting, ribboning and puffy dots add a further element of diversity. Verner was also inspired by the work of Aboriginal artist Destiny Deacon, who made heavy use of Australian kitsch iconography, black memorabilia and dolls.
If you needed another incentive to stay away from all those overseas chains popping up this winter, Verner is it.
As Rihanna so famously said in the March 2014 issue of Vogue, “If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra… If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.” But what if she's wearing neither a top nor a bra? Thanks to Lui magazine, we have our answer. The "Can't Remember to Forget You" singer covers the French ladmag this month, pictured in a bucket hat, body chain, pink bikini bottom and…that's about it. Rih seemed to forget her bikini top for this image, opting out of wearing one altogether.
Yes, for the zillionth time, we can see Rih Rih's boobs—even that nipple piercing is on full display with nowhere to hide.
The cover was posted via a Rihanna fan twitter account, @RihannaDiva, and according to their tweets, the whole thing was lensed by Mario Sorrenti. The account posted a second, pantsless snap of the singer, who seems to be OK with wearing a top as long as her bottom is bare.
Quite frankly? I love it. It's a racy image, but it's on par with Rihanna's "badgal" brand. Besides, what girl couldn't do with a little topless sunbathing now and then?
What do you think of the cover? Tell us in the comments!
Image: tFS Forums
British Vogue's editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman, must have been baiting theFashionSpot forums when she shared the photo above along with the caption, "Guess who's looking great on this early print issue of June @britishvogue."
Shulman's Instagram account is marked private and I don't have access, so I can't verify what time the cover preview first appeared online, but the tease was reposted to the forums earlier this morning. Within minutes, Rigida had identified Kate Upton as the likely cover star; almost immediately, Srdjan was able to confirm based on the horseshoe tattoo visible on the model's wrist (Upton has one that's identical).
The model is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana two-piece swimsuit; the item also appeared on Eva Herzigova in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar Spain.
Kate Upton made her British Vogue cover debut in January 2013.
Brand endorsements: they're not all fun and games, free clothes and truckloads of money. They also come with their share of restrictions, and if you don't keep in line with them, you can find yourself in a bit of hot water. This is the lesson Rita Ora learned when Italian shoe brand Superga took her to court after she was caught wearing sneakers from a competing label.
Ora signed on with Superga to be the face of its Spring/Summer 2013 campaign last year, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, she was not allowed to be spotted out on the town wearing shoes from any other brand—a stipulation she breached when she was photographed leaving a London nightclub in April of 2013 rocking a pair of white Converse sneakers.
As a result, the folks at Superga withheld the final two installments of her £180,000 fee (about $250,000). Ora fessed up to her misstep, agreeing that she had broken contract, but made it clear that she would not be giving up her pounds so easily. The singer asked for £90,000 plus VAT, costs, and interest—a request we're learning today was settled out of court.
We don't know for sure if Superga ever filled the rest of her bill, but if anything, we bet Rita will take better care not to (accidentally?) bite the hand that feeds her.
With so many new #selfies posted worldwide on a minute-by-minute basis, how can you tell whether yours will have a lasting impact?
On this earth, we are but mortals, but on the Internet we could live foreevverr. Death is inevitable but irrelevance is an error, and to prevent it we need to get our #selfies liked, hearted, commented on, tapped. The worst that can happen to our sweet photographed faces is that they will fall into Internet oblivion, like dead soldiers. So many have perished for the greater good, but true #selfielebrity isn't won in a battle, it's earned in a lifetime of war.
And that's why we've committed our best and brightest to the task of understanding what it takes for a selfie to become successful — what we need to do to avoid the embarrassing fate that befalls so many of our predeccessors: no likes, no love, no hope.
To this end, a team of MIT researchers has created an algorithim that claims to determine whether a photo is likely to become popular online, based on a combination of image and social cues.
For example, the researchers found that the following sets of objects will have a different impact on popularity as follows:
Strong positive impact: mini-skirt, maillot, bikini, cup, brassiere, perfume, revolver
Medium positive impact: cheetah, giant panda, basketball, llama, plow, ladybug
Low positive impact: wild boar, solar dish, horse cart, guacamole, catamaran
Negative impact: spatula, plunger, laptop, golf cart, space heater
Surprising that a "giant panda" has only medium positive impact on the success of an image, because my giant panda #selfies typically do extremely well, but you can't argue with science. The algorithm is available to try online, over at this website. Let the data guide you, strip down to your bra, step away from the spatula — and godspeed. [h/t Dazed]
Giles Deacon has never shied away from a collaboration or two, but this is definitely one of his most risque and fun escapades, as the designer has announced a collaboration with Britain's best known high street lingerie and sex shop, Ann Summers, for a range of lingerie and sexessories.
(images: Ann Summers)
Whilst Giles has never been one to design for the shy and retiring (Spring 2010 triceratops handbag anyone?), he has pushed the boat out a little further to come up with a collection that not only includes gold chain handcuffs, suspender collar and cuffs, but peekaboo half-cup lace bustiers and diamante nipple covers. It is no wonder Ann Summers chose the beloved eclectic designer for its first-ever collaboration. The best bit about it is that it's totally affordable, and who wouldn't want to dress up in a bit of Giles? Although this is definitely more for the bedroom than dinner.
Aside from the exepected red and black lace, the printed silk bustiers and briefs are really worth grabbing, combining Ann Summers' amazing cup shape and cut with Giles' signature illustrative designs. Ann Summers makes amazing lingerie for high street prices and is definitely the best to go to for larger busts.
Speaking about the collaboration, Giles has said that he "thought about different women who might be buying these pieces when designing the collection, with different aspects to their personalities whether that’s flirtation, dominance or playfulness — the finished collection enables them to pick and choose and have some fun."
Jacqueline Gold, Ann Summers' CEO, was certainly pleased with their choice of collaborator: "As a designer [Giles Deacon] is not afraid to be daring or to take risks, which is important for Ann Summers. We’re so excited to launch this collection to our customers."
The collection is available to buy starting May 1 in stores and online.