First, the 20-year-old walked Giles and Dion Lee in London, then last week she gave substance to hopes of a comeback by walking the Miu Miu show in Paris. Though Australia’s Next Top Model is the most successful in the franchise, responsible for names like Montana Cox and Alice Burdeau, so far no winner has yet managed to catch the discerning eye of Miucca Prada.
A couple of weeks prior, Cassi told The Sunday Telegraph that she was “more experienced in life now” and that the birth of her son had given her the motivation to not be an obnoxious teenager with little concern for things like cultural sensitivity and life goals. Back home she’s made a return to the tastemaking pages of Russh, which has always had a soft spot for the model despite her repeated displays of grating naiveté.
Cassi first made a name for herself by piquing frustration in the hearts of millions on ANTM, turning down a $2 million contract with Elite Model Management in New York to stay in Sunbury, Victoria with her then-25-year-old bricklayer boyfriend (10 years her senior).
One year later, at 17, she gave Paris a fleeting spin, returning home with nothing other than a warning to fellow budding models about the follies of calling Parisians “frog eaters and snail slurpes [sic]” when one of the most prestigious agencies in the world fails to land you a Balenciaga exclusive.
Hopefully we'll now be seeing plenty of the more mature Cassi van den Dungen.
Selena Gomez is not the kind of celebrity you'd expect to see at SXSW but due to her role in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, there she was with Vanessa Hudgens, wearing a Dolce & Gabbana crop top. Hmmm. [FabSugar]
And here's a SXSW beauty guide, becasue I guess people are doing that now. [BellaSugar]
Lanvin's Spring 2013 accessories look very nice in photographs, would probably look even nicer on me. [Fashionologie]
I haven't watched Justin Timberlake's opening SNL monologue, but I read some Tweets about it and I think they were mostly positive. [DailyStab]
Lana Del Rey covered L'Officiel Paris and she's pretty good at doing things like that. [DesignScene]
The latest contribution to the conversation about fashion bloggers, old guard editors and street style photography comes from Garage Magazine. The publication's editor-in-chief, Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova, and filmmaker Andinh Ha set out to make a short documentary about the so-called "concrete catwalk."
Even though it's never explicitly stated, the film is foregrounded in the debate set off by a recent Suzy Menkes T Magazine piece, The Circus of Fashion, which took issue with the way street style bloggers and well, the whole Internet basically, have contributed to the celebification of fashion and a flashier, outré manner of dressing.
Through a series of interviews with fashion industry people ranging from Style.com's Tim Blanks to fashion blog pioneer Susie Bubble, Zhukova and Ha's documentary links the new crop of street style stars to the nineties rise of the supermodel, reality television and Hollywood's turn away from classic glamour. The whole thing is smart and nicely done short but most importantly, Streetpeeper's Phil Oh does his interview while taking a bath, a charming touch.
I know that now is not the time to be talking about Canada Goose clothing — please, my parka is already boxed up and ready for a six month basement vacation as we speak — but as winter clothing goes on sale for bargain bin prices this month, it's worth talking about cheap knockoffs.
Not long ago, I posted a story about Canada's counterfeit culture and, to tie in with this, the iconic Canadian manufacturer is launching its own anti-counterfeit measures alongside those recently tabled in Ottawa (see Parliament's Bill-C56 if you want to get your political learning on).
"Canadians have long been victims to the illicit counterfeit trade and the new measures announced today should be welcome news for consumers, businesses and retailers alike," said Kevin Spreekmeester, Vice President of Global Marketing at Canada Goose and Co-Chair of the Canadian Intellectual Property Council in a press release. "The strengthened border measures will play a vital role in protecting jobs for Canadian manufacturers, as well as unsuspecting consumers looking for bargains from those that would do them harm."
"Looking for bargains" is the operative phrase. If you see a slashed price Canada Goose for sale online, there are now ways to check its authenticity:
On the Canada Goose website, consumers can enter the URL of any website they believe may be selling counterfeit merchandise, to immediately verify whether or not it is an Authorized Retailer.
Every Canada Goose jacket and accessory includes a hologram in its seam as proof of authenticity.
Canada Goose continuously works with law enforcement agencies, border protection services and financial institutions around the world, and has hired third-party online brand protection agencies to stop the sales of counterfeit products online.
With all that said, it's also worth remembering that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. As a rule, Canada Goose (like Louis Vuitton) never goes on sale, whether it's Boxing Day, the middle of January, or the blistering heat of August. If you're reluctant to spend on the $600+ price tag, you may want to consider some other options like Express (currently trimming 30% off their outerwear) or even the luxe Mackage (offering up to a whopping 50% off some of their last season threads). Let's be honest, hasn't it gotten to the point where everyone is now wearing the same freaking coat?
With the launch date of Elle Australia slated for September, the magazine has found an editor in Justine Cullen of Shop Til You Drop.
Cullen has been praised for steering Shop Til You Drop to the position of Australia’s highest selling fashion magazine, and has been rumoured as a favourite for the Elle position for months. Among those considered for the coveted role were ex-Vogue editor Kirstie Clements, UK Glamour’s Jo Elvin and Gourmet Traveller’s Anthea Louvas.
In contrast, Cullen has never before worked on a luxury title, but considering a lack of receptiveness to digital media is said to be one of the reasons Clements was ditched by Vogue, industry experience is far from the only factor at play. Throw in the recent demise of the poorly-performing Grazia and the entry of 10 Magazine onto the scene, and fresh blood is looking like a major asset.
Elle Australia will launch as a joint venture between Hearst Magazines International and Bauer Media Group, which acquired ACP last year and also publishes Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Madison. As the glossiest jewel in Bauer’s crown, Elle will face stiff competition from Vogue, InStyle and Marie Claire.