Would you love to get your hands on David Beckham in his skivvies? Fast-fashion giant H&M lets you do exactly that by showing off larger-than-life statue versions of the English soccer sta in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
H&M recently partnered with Becks on a bodywear line, which is a more in vogue way of describing underwear and lounge clothing. "It's important to me that Bodywear means more than just briefs and Ts. It's about all the pieces I like," Beckham told the Associated Press of his preference for warm and cozy when he's spending downtime at home, you know, being stinking rich and generally fabulous with his designer wife.
Marking the launch of the new line and drumming up excitement, H&M commissioned and erected 6.7-metre tall metal Davids across Canada, with which fans could upload Instagrammed pics of themselves for a chance to win a $1,000 H&M shopping spree and a signed pair of David Beckham for H&M underwear.
The towering Beckhams were on display at the Pacific Centre in Vancouver, the Eaton Centre in Toronto, and inside the Montreal H&M at Peel and Sainte-Catherine Streets. If you were unlucky enough to miss them, then I give you this:
You're welcome. Alongside David Beckham's famous face (and butt/legs/crotch), H&M has also recently enlisted perennial hipster favourite Lana Del Rey as the pouting face of its latest fall women's collection. Her commercials are typically old-timey and emotionless, but looking beyond Lana's blank expression, the cheap and chic clothing is pretty enchanting. Just check out some of the better buys as modelled by Lana:
Photos via HM.com and Stefan Jeremiah/WENN.com
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a whole nine years since Fashion Fringe was initially founded by Colin McDowell in hand with IMG Fashion to support emerging fashion designers. For those not familiar with the initiative, each year three finalists are chosen, with an overall winner then selected at the end of London Fashion Week. Similarly to recipients of the NEWGEN scheme, the winner not only receives sponsorship but also personalised mentoring which helps them to efficiently run their own label and transform it into a profitable and successful business venture.
Colin McDowell, Vita Gottlieb, Haizhen Wang, Teija Eilola and Christopher Bailey
This year, it was Christopher Bailey who was the nominated chair person for Fashion Fringe, with fashion designers Haizhen Wang, Teija Eilola, and Vita Gottlieb making it into the final three nominees. As LFW drew to an end, Bailey picked Haizhen Wang as the overall winner, who he labeled as an exceptional and original creative. Wang, a Central Saint Martins graduate, produced a winning collection which was influenced by Japanese armour and historical costumes, as well as by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. He also innovatively chose to use a 3-D digital printer to create the shoes and masks in his collection.
Corrie Nielsen and Erdem are former Fashion Fringe winners (to name a few) and are currently very successful as a result, with Nielsen even showing on LFW’s main catwalk at the heart of Somerset House. Like those before him, Wang will also receive 100,000 pounds in sponsorship, as well as the privilege of having a studio space at Somerset House for the next four seasons.
Schemes such as these are priceless opportunities for emerging fashion designers and always attract massive audiences, with special guests at this year's Fringe including the fashionable reality television star Lydia Bright (above left) and singer V V Brown (above right). One thing is for sure, it can’t help but be noticed that the majority of the winners seem to originate from prestigious design schools such as Central Saint Martins. Surely, it’s time to unearth some fashion designers from less well-known schools, who just couldn’t afford the tuition fees of a London based university course?
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IMG Models has long been one of the most recognizable and highly reputable modeling agencies, and now, for the first time in five years, the agency will once again be adding male models to its roster of talent. IMG currently represents high profile women like Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls, and they’ll surely be looking to represent men of equally high caliber. Senior vice president Ivan Bart has brought on industry veterans Kevin Apana and Greg Chan to build up the new male model division. Bart said:
“As a leader in the modeling industry, we felt the time was right to relaunch our men’s division.”
Forum members are excited about the change over at IMG. “That is great news! I'm wondering what models will jump ship to IMG, definitely some of the bigger names to match the caliber of their women's board,” heelscatchfire predicted. “IMG has done great things for their ladies so it’s good to know the men will be taken care of. Of course all the new faces they will scout will be amazing, and faces to watch.”
“It's going to be interesting to see who they are going to snag to put on the board,” Flashbang agreed. “VNY, DNA & Willy should watch out.”
Things have already gotten exponentially more handsome over at IMG. Mathias Lauridsen, Patrick Petitjean, R.J. Rogenski, and Tyson Ballou are all signed up and on the boards of the new male model division. This stage of the IMG quest for modeling world dominance has officially commenced.
Image: IMG Models Worldwide.
Gwyneth Paltrow's collab-ed Chianti and Parker sweaters cost around $500 and some people think that's unreasonably expensive for a piece of knitwear. You know what I say to those people? Buy some yarn and knit your own sweater, because only the very crazy or the very rich would spend $500 on a sweater. [SheFinds]
Here are 37 hats you should be wearing all. the. time. [FabSugar]
Prada goes with dystopia as the theme of its Fall 2012 video lookbook. Amazingly, "dystopia" is exactly the concept I'd pair with a video lookbook, too. [Fashionologie]
You would be a much happier person if you were DIYing fishnet nails. [BellaSugar]
Kim Kardashian says she wants to swap lives with Jesus, which is incredible because who knew Jesus was alive?!?!?!!! [AmyGrindhouse]
Chianti and Parker ad via Goop
According to a story in today's Daily Star, a London-based tabloid, Kanye West thinks Kim Kardashian would do well to dress more like Kate Middleton. An unnamed source told the paper:
“Kanye has been urging Kim to tone down her makeup and style her hair in a more conservative style, like Kate. And it’s not just Kate’s regal look that Kanye wants Kim to mimic. He’s also told her that she could learn a thing or two about poise and sophistication from Kate.”
This isn't the first the Daily Star's run a story about Kanye's Princess Kate krush [I'm sorry, but the alliterative cheap shots are harder than you think to resist!]. In May, the publication ran a similar story, "Kanye West Wants Kate Middleton Look for Kim Kardashian," which included an interview with her makeup artist, Rob Scheppy:
“Kanye does like to get involved with Kim’s look…Kanye’s not afraid to say what he likes. He definitely likes the less-is-more look…Kate Middleton has influenced her look while in London. Kate’s amazing. We watched her wedding and we thought it was beautiful.”
Note that Scheppy never explictly made the Kim-Kanye-Kate konnection [shut up, you love it], and the tabloid seems intent on a packaging the story in a way which will deliberately confuse the reader. I'm just saying, I don't have very deep knowledge of UK media, but the Daily Star seems a little suspect, and so does this story.
Typically, a tabloid doesn't need a reason to make things up — most rag readers understand that gossip publications sometimes care more about selling issues and being entertaining than publishing fact, and are fine with it — but in this case, the Daily Star may have had an ulterior motive. The paper's umbrella company, Northern & Shell, holds joint ownership of the counterpart: the Irish Daily Star, which is currently in big, big trouble for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. The publication was threatened with closure, and now, according to The Guardian, the London-based Northern & Shell is "threatening to pull out of its joint ownership contract with Dublin-based Independant News & Media (INM)." What a lovely time to run unsourced stories playing up the "poise and sophistication" of whichever Duchess has been living in Buckingham Palace!
Just to bring it all back to FASHION, let's not forget that Kim and Kate have already done some look-swapping, but not in the order you'd expect. Early in June, Kate Middleton wowed wowees with a bright red Alexander McQueen dress…which had been worn by Kim Kardashian November the previous year.
Image collage via WENN
Last night in London, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz turned up for the second major celeb-hosted President Obama fundraiser this week.
Anna Wintour and Tom Ford followed Jay-Z and Beyonce's much-hyped New York benefit with a $15,000-per-person dinner (of salmon) at Mark's Club (you could also pay £24,000 for the privilege of joining the hosting committee).
Even though throwing the fundraiser meant that Anna had to miss the first day of Milan Fashion Week, fashion's fearless leader is getting used to setting aside some of her professional obligations to help Obama's reelection efforts: Wintour will host a second European fundraiser during Paris Fashion Week. Good for her! It's starting to seem like she has a sense of perspective.
Diaz wore a daring but frankly hideous Emilia Wickstead pale pink jumpsuit and Paltrow played it classy and safe in skin-tight bright-white Tom Ford. For all we know, she just chopped off the bottom of her Oscars dress. And to think Anna Wintour missed Gucci for this. (The Vogue editor wore Tom Ford too, but to far less boring effect.)
Top image via Wenn.com, Bottom images via Getty
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