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Vivienne Westwood’s Handmade ‘Ethical Africa’ Collection is Now Available on ASOS

Vivienne Westwood may have become somewhat synonymous with British fashion thanks to constantly setting the fashion scene alight with her quirky creations over the years. She is also widely recognized for her own flamboyant sense of personal style but sometimes, people forget about all of the hard work that she does to help charities and promote ethical fashion.

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Image: VivienneWestwood.co.uk

Westwood’s latest venture is called, Ethical Africa. It’s a collection created from all things recyclable such as unused leather cut-offs and reused roadside banners, and it’s all been created in Nairobi, Kenya by women in communities affected by extreme poverty. It’s also collaboration with ASOS, so, you can peruse the entire collection and perhaps snap up your very own ethical piece over on the ASOS site.

The collection starts from around £58 and features perfectly on-trend rucksacks, as well as handy totes or clutches. And of course, each of the designs have been finished in some way with Westwood’s signature motif. So, the pieces are perfect for the Westwood fan that also likes to do their own bit for charity.

Images via ASOS 

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Adriana Lima Looks Sexy on Striking Harper’s Bazaar Spain Cover (Forum Buzz)

Harper's Bazaar España February 2014

image credit: defactoinc via the tfs forums

For its February 2014 issue, Harper’s Bazaar España is going back to its quirky self (which I felt they had been neglecting the last few months) and wows with an interesting cover, showing top model Adriana Lima posing for the camera in a sexy, sporty outfit by Gucci. The pose seems odd at first, but going for an unconventional cover shot eventually pays off for the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar, as the juxtaposing elements make for a striking image. As for Adriana? She simply looks as gorgeous, sexy, and stunning as usual. 

On the tFS forums, my enthusiasm for the cover was shared by jeffandtheworld. He posted, “Love the cover! Love the image. So striking. I wouldn't walk pass it.”

Others were more critical, like vivaglam who wrote, “Her body is on point! I like the cover pose, but I think it should've been a different pic for the cover.”

Adriana Lima in the cover story of Harper's Bazaar España February 2014

image credit: defactoinc via the tfs forums

“It's a shame this was the result of something that I think had a lot of potential. The B&W image of Adriana staring down would've made a fantastic cover and in-keeping with something HB Espana might try,” analyzed marsnoop2

Hot Cowture also liked that same shot and added, “The others don't even feel like her.”

The story was shot by photographer Nico and styled by Juan Cebrian, and I think the whole team did a fantastic job here. Are forum members being too nitpicky? In my opinion, the cover is hot. And the editorial is even hotter! 

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Has Australian Designer Bowie Wong Been Inducted Into the Haute Couture Club?

An Australian designer has been initiated into fashion’s very top tier. Well, at least that’s what the Sun Herald reported over the weekend.

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“Sydney’s Bowie Wong has been confirmed as the first Australian-based designer to join fashion’s most exclusive club: Paris haute couture,” gushed the Sunday paper’s Amy Cooper. “Speaking to S from Paris, Wong revealed he’ll be showing his collection, Immortality, at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in July, alongside great names such as Chanel, Dior, Valentino and Gaultier.”

To whet those notoriously picky Parisian appetites, the designer is held a curated “sneak peek” presentation on Tuesday night in advance of that upcoming runway show.

It all sounds like a fairytale for a designer with a proudly ‘Made in Australia’ label. But it seems it might be just that – at least, it’s worth taking the story with a grain of salt. As Patty Huntington of Frockwriter pointed out in response to the Sun piece, showing as part of haute couture week isn’t quite the same thing as showing a collection during haute couture week. First, you have to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale. And secondly, it’s actually illegal to slap the trademarked words “haute couture” on your label at will. 

Evidently Wong is aware the restrictions are rigorous. “You can’t just suddenly appear as an overseas designer. You have to politely explain who you are,” he told the Sun. But that’s putting it rather simply.

Wong would be attending as an entry level “Membres Invités”, for which, as Huntington notes, the lengthy selection process likely won’t begin for months. And while Wong won’t be arrested for putting “haute couture” on his invitation, he should exercise a bit more caution. Particularly if, as he tells the Sun, he was warned about approaching the Paris fashion coterie by none other than Elie Saab

We’re all for seeing local designers making waves overseas. But in order to do that you’ve got to keep the fashion gods happy – and they’re not partial to displays of hubris.  

[Frockwriter]

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One to Watch: Canadian model Danielle Knudson for Guess Spring 2014 Campaign

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You know, I’ve been having some trouble tracking down where exactly in Canada rising model Danielle Knudson hails from — any help? — but what I have gathered is that she’s one smouldering blonde, as evidenced in her latest shoot for Guess’ Spring 2014 advertising campaign.

Shot at the beautiful Laguna Beach and overseen by creative director for Guess? Inc., Paul Marciano, and veteran Guess photographer Yu Tsai, the latest spread is a bona fide heat wave of sultry summertime stunners. Olivia Greenfield, Samantha Hoopes, Nicoleta Vaculov and Gui Fedrizzi all join 24-year-old Knudson as they pose in crisp white linens, neutral tones, lace and floral patterns.

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In one photo Knudson models a polka-dot crop and white jeans, striking a very come-hither look that connotes memories of former Guess girl Kate Upton (the perfectly placed beauty spot helps matters). In another shot, Knudson shows off her tanned legs in a mini-dress and leather jacket, not exactly the best beach attire, but certainly hot enough to rival the blazing Cali sun.

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Talking about her dream-come-true opportunity in booking a Guess gig, Knudson says, “Guess is a timeless and sexy fashion powerhouse that I have always admired growing up. It is so surreal to have the opportunity to work with Paul Marciano and Yu Tsai.”

With 2014 already starting out in a positive way for Danielle Knudson, we can only see her career flying high over the course of the year. Meanwhile, we’ll also continue to keep an eye on fellow Vancouver-based model Ashley Diana Morris, who was named the face of Guess Lingerie and Bikini in 2013. Wowzer! It goes without saying that it’s been a great few months for homegrown models in the Guess-o-sphere, so let’s all celebrate by breaking into a rendition of Dean Brody’s “Canadian Girls”…

Images via Guess

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Topshop’s Exclusive Fam Irvoll Pop Up Shop

We love a kooky print as much as much as the next person, and Norwegian designer Fam Irvoll is by far amongst the best for infusing an element of fun into her wacky cartoon-influenced designs. Filled with pretty pastels and pops of bright colours, her Spring 2014 collection is an absolute must. And that’s without even mentioning all of her signature cartoon pops that decorate the range.

To celebrate Fam Irvoll’s covetable collection, high street giant Topshop has handpicked ten of its designs and created a cool little pop up shop over at the Oxford Circus flagship. If you’re in the area, you can pop over and snap up a piece of the runway for yourself!

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Or if you can’t make it over to London, head over to her online shop instead, where you can find one-off catwalk or sample pieces (as above) to purchase. Perfect for those who like to own something a little different from the rest.

Images: Fam Irvoll

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Sully Wong’s Sweet New Sneakers: The SWJ NYLO HI III

Known for its coveted, Bata Shoe Museum-worthy collaborations with offbeat designers like Karim Rashid, Toronto based footwear and accessories brand Sully Wong is the definitive name in stylish street wear, mixing North American and Asian culture inspiration. Founded by shoe designers George Sully and Henry Wong, the duo are sticklers for minor details, clean lines and timeless designs, which couldn’t be better evidenced than in one of the newest shoes coming out of the Sully Wong shop.

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Introducing the new SWJ NYLO HI III, originally inspired by Jack Johnson — the first African American heavyweight champion of the world – and featuring 1680D ballistic nylon upper with premium leather detailing. The internal lining is leather and a Sully Wong logo label sits on the front tongue. The shoe is elegant, stylish and a wear-everywhere piece that, correct me if I’m wrong, would look as good on a discerning gent as it would on an urban-athletic inspired women’s ensemble. For once… I wish they made this in my size!

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It’s clear that, since the original SWJ I release, Sully Wong has stepped up its game. As George Sully told Peace Magazine, “It’s a whole new ball game. We’ve been working extremely close with our overseas factories, giving us more freedom to think big, and in return deliver even bigger.”

With that, the cumulative effort of past projects and a futuristic vision collides in the SWJ NYLO HI III, available in three colours — black, T.O. blue, and cobalt grey — at a cost of $165. The shoes are set to launch on the brand's refreshed online shop on February 1, along with a new line of backpacks.

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