Catherine McNeil took two years off from modeling, but it seems the Aussie model is setting herself up for a comeback. This October, in additon to appearing on the cover of Numéro, Catherine graces the newsstand and subscriber covers of Vogue Australia. With her tattoos peeking out from under a white bikini in images shot by Benny Horne, it’s clear that Catherine is back and better than ever.
“Wow, Catherine looks so sexy and elegant!” Nepenthes exclaimed.
Melly5525 posted, “Wow I love it, she looks so hot and sexy, like a modern badass pin-up.”
“I love the ladylikeness of it all in contrast with her tattoos. She looks absolutely stunning,” HeatherAnne commented.
Here’s a peak at Catherine’s editorial, (for more of this issue you can click here to see a preview of Surf Report featuring model Julia Nobis):
Welcome back Catherine, you have been missed.
Images: Covers – Vogue Australia; editorial – chicmanagementblog
For any of you currently residing in London, you must have also noticed that the new Burberry flagship on Regent Street has been under construction for what seems like forever. It really has taken so long that it was obvious that good old Burberry must have had something rather spectacular tucked up its sleeves, and upon its anticipated launch, we realized that yes, they really did!
Burberry’s gigantic new flagship covers a whole 44,000 square feet. To create a unique audio and visual experience for its customers, it also features 500 speakers and 100 screens inside. If you often find yourself opting to shop online rather than trek all of the way to the shops, then a visit to Burberry’s new flagship will definitely change your mind, as its overall aim is to mirror the interactive digital elements of Burberry online. Expect a truly interactive shopping experience.
The new store will also play host to Burberry Bespoke, where you can create your own individually tailor-made trench coat, and we all know that adding your own personal touch to such an iconic staple makes it all the more of an investment piece. Even the store’s mirrors are technologically enabled to heighten the customer service levels and personalize your shopping experience, as they interact with the garments you try on in order to suggest other items which you may like to purchase.
Are you a bit jealous that you were only able to catch an online glimpse of Burberry’s spectacular A/W 12 catwalk show complete with show-stopping rainstorm? Then you have to pay a visit to the flagship where digital rainstorms periodically play out on the screens and speakers to completely emulate the experience! And this is just the beginning, as live music, events, and emerging designer displays are also set to frequently take place in-store so you’ll easily feel like you’re part of the fashion pack.
Images: Lia Toby/WENN.com
This weekend will play host to the one night of weirdness that takes over Toronto every year, Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche. The all-night arts festival will present a scattering of art installations across the fair city, transforming it into one giant contemporary art gallery. Yes, it's free, unique, and pretty wonderful, but if optical structures twisted around tress isn't your thing, there's a much more fashionable affair piggybacking on the Nuit Blanche festivities.
2012 RAW Designer Jennie Uhlman. Theme: "Undulation"
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 7p.m., Art of Fashion will be introducing Canada’s top emerging designers with a fashion exhibit and design competition. Dubbed "RAW," the not-for-profit event (now in its 16th year) will celebrate the country’s up and coming talent, while fostering the careers of emerging Canadian apparel and accessory designers.
2012 RAW Designer Mary Duldouras. Theme: "RAW Planet"
The soiree will feature a renowned judging panel of industry leaders including Marie Saint Pierre of Marie Saint Pierre Inc. & Brent Weisgerber; Brett Weisgerber of Men’s Premium Denim and Advanced Contemporary Brands Buyer for The Bay; Jessica Jenson; Erin Hershberg, Managing Editor of TORO Magazine; Albert Yuen, and more.
Making up the design competition are 10 design finalists, each showcasing six designs. The panelists will cast his or her vote to determine AOF’s Most Promising Designer 2012, a category that will be judged according to theme interpretation, exhibit, personal expression, cohesion, technical skills, creativity, and overall design potential. There will also be a winner of the People’s Choice Award 2012, which will be voted on and determined by us, the fashion loving public. It's like a real-life version of Project Runway, but with cocktails!
Dress to impress and head to the Shops at Hazelton (87 Avenue Road) to cast your votes.
Photos via Art of Fashion, RAW 2012
Well if the Murda Bizness fails to take off, Iggy Azalea can always fall back on modelling. The statuesque rapper from a mud hut in Mullumbimby is the new face of Levi’s 'Go Forth' campaign, posing for atypically family-friendly photo series shot by photographer Aaron Stern in Brooklyn.
Earlier this year Iggy signed with US agency Wilhelmina, and has since been setting out to prove that she makes as good a model as she does an on-point rapper and perpetual target for equally stunning rhyme spitter Azalea Banks.
The Levi’s campaign pitches the idea that getting dressed in an empowering action, calling for denim devotees to approach their jeans in the way that they would a suit of armour. The somewhat obscure language incites: “You follow your heart, follow the leader, you’re the leader. Are you joking, are you breaking, are you shaking? You’re the next living leader of the world. You’re a kid. Holding on to the thread. That holds it together. This is a pair of Levi’s.”
Iggy’s own take on the campaign’s central theme is only slightly less confusing: “You put on your Levi’s jeans and you go forth throughout your day and inspire people to chase your dreams.”
Unless she’s putting out a call to action for other 20-somethings to start hollering about Pu$$y we presume she means to inspire people to chase “their” dreams, but less ambiguous is the fact that Iggy looks like a veritable babe. Ditching her streamlined high pony for a bed hair and conservative-sexy denims, Iggy delivers a powerful slap in the face to Elite Models (the prestigious agency reportedly and inexplicably told Iggy she was too fat to model).
Iggy will shoot her third cover as a model next month.
Images via Idolator
Say what you want about Vogue Italia, but it’s one of the few fashion magazines out there that dares to be different, whether you like it or not. The October issue features model Meghan Collison in an image by Steven Meisel in which her face stands out startlingly clear in the midst of some sort of underwater effect. Some forum members thought the cover went “Above and Beyond” as the caption suggested, while others thought the magazine had sunk to new depths.
MulletProof posted that this is “easily the best cover VI has put out this year,” and she wasn't the only one who thought so.
“What a fantastic cover, love everything about this,” Miss Dalloway commented. “The effect like she is underwater, except for her face, looks great, and she has the face to pull it off.”
“Nice to see some innovation on a cover for a change,” HeatherAnne wrote. “I can only do with so many beach backdrops, plain studio backdrops, etc.”
KissMiss was among those who just didn’t get it. “OMG! This looks awful… they need to get a new photoshop team… whatever they tried to achieve, it did not work,” he decided.
Mistress_f called the cover shot “amazingly weird,” a phrase that I think bridges the gap between those who love and hate this cover. “Amazingly weird” can be interpreted however you want it to be, and I’m going to say that in this case, amazingly weird is a good thing.
Image: Vogue Italia
Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade, especially when it's a racist spade. Zadig and Voltaire may be a cool-ish young French label and they may be opening what's sure to be a cool-ish young hotel on the Left Bank, but that doesn't change the fact that founder Thierry Gillier said this really racist thing to a WWD reporter:
"This was a project dear to our hearts. It will be a slightly private hotel, not open to everybody, with 40 rooms. We are going to select guests. It won't be open to Chinese tourists, for example. There is a lot of demand in Paris — many people are looking for quiet hotels with a certain privacy."
Way to discriminate against an entire nationality! That's the thing about fashion: everyone's always patting themselves on the back for being so forward-looking, but the prevailing attitudes are stupidly retrograde.
Gillier must have realized that he misspoke, because just a couple hours ago, WWD amended the original quote, replacing "Chinese tourists" with "busloads of tourists." (The original version was reported by a couple different outlets, including Vogue.co.uk, prior to the change.) WWD never fails to impress with its unwavering adherence to preserving its relationships with major brands. No wonder it's fashion's newsspaper of record.
Zading and Voltaire Fall 2012 ad via TFS Forums