I can barely contain my excitement over the new CAFA news trickling down the wires recently. As I mentioned waaaaay back in August, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards is set to host its inaugural gala this February 1, having wrangled an inimitable panel of judges, a decadent venue at the Fairmount Royal York and a swarm of attention for Canadian designers to boot. Now the event is about to get even more tres magnifique with the announcement of some A-lister attendees.
Design duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 (yup, that talented double act again), supermodel Coco Rocha, my personal girl-crush Elisha Cuthbert and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro (!!) are among the notable names expected to attend the event, billed as the first of its kind in Canada. I guess the organizers really weren’t kidding in their hope to rival the British Fashion Awards or the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.
The Toronto-born Catens are being recognized in the outstanding achievement category, as well as being nominated for the international Canadian designer award, which honours those who have achieved success abroad and brought attention to Canadian talent on the world stage. Fellow nominees include Mark Fast, Erdem Moralioglu, Jason Wu and Jeremy Laing. Elsewhere across the nominations board, potential winners read like a who’s-who of Canadian clothing, as you can see from the full list on CAFAs site.
Toronto-born, Richmond, B.C.-raised Rocha is among the nominees in the model category and best style segment (for embodying the spirit of Canada), while comedian Gerry Dee, star of CBC comedy series Mr. D, is slated to host the stylish soiree. As for del Toro? Well I think he’s just showing up for a bloody good time!
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The international trajectory of Ellery continues with the brand’s first ever Pre-Fall collection.
‘Interfacing’ is a concise collection of contradictions built around Kym Ellery’s masterful use of shape. Fabrics are both fluid and rigid – the most visually luxurious a foam-backed velvet and triple-layer organza dress – and silhouettes both masculine and feminine. Coats, which Ellery always does exceptionally, are either nipped in and scaled down or blown up and completely engulfing the body.
Ellery says the succinct collection encourages the wearer to have an upright posture. Corsets, funnel necks, cinched waists and décolletage necklaces appeal to your inner steampunk, though have maximum draw power when slightly obscured by one of those giant pod coats. We’ll take the one in powdery lilac.
There’s also plenty of cool suiting that fuses Savile Row tailoring with outré details. No one charges into the dubious territory of cropped legs and kick flares quite like Ellery. The trousers here, if you’re daring enough, are good reason not to leave your ankles out of your beauty routine. And to get psyched for the designer's Paris Fashion Week sophomore outing next month.
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In terms of model castings, the Haute Couture Spring 2014 season started off with a bang. Givenchy campaign model Maria Borges provided for a “WOW!” Moment when she closed the Atelier Versace show on Sunday evening, looking stunning in an all-black hooded gown. Members of the tFS forums could not stop raving about Maria’s appearance.
Moofins swooned, “Seriously amazing in Versace. That's a strut that will set the bar for future seasons.”
“Teach them Maria! Amazing that she closed, although I hope it's not an entirely one-off random event,” mused Fiercification.
“Maria closed Versace. I ain't complaining anymore. Peace!” posted Cold, who had voiced her discontent with the casting when it became known that a large number of the models walking the show were girls that are new to the Versace runways.
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But Maria was not actually the only casting highlight on the Versace runway yesterday. Karlie Kloss, Sasha Luss, Andreea Diaconu, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Nadja Bender, Lindsey Wixson and Anna Selezneva were other top girls that walked the show. Hot new face Anna Luisa Ewers, who stars in this season's Prada and Alexander Wang campaigns, opened the show. Are we excited for more casting surprises this Haute Couture week? Of course we are!
Related: Spring 2014 Haute Couture Kicks Off with Versace (and Lady Gaga)
We've just got wind of what Miley Cyrus will be sporting during her upcoming Bangerz tour, all designed by Roberto Cavalli—and it is a doozy. But we wouldn't expect any less of this match up, really. "Skimpy" is the operative word here. Along with teensy, shimmery jorts and denim bras, there are two stand-out outfits that can best be described as "raunchy zebra"—a bodysuit with zebra stripe, body-revealing cut-outs—and "matching bikini and diamond choker." We aren't sure we want to know how the latter really works—it's reminiscent of a spray-on diamond bikini, and also recalls a certain look we've seen before on another pop princess. But we can't think of anything more appropriate for a live rendition of "Wrecking Ball" than this nearly-nude look. Still taking bets for how Miss Miley will be sporting her hair for this outing, though.
Victoria Beckham is cementing her name in the fashion industry with real bricks and mortar. It is confirmed that she will be opening up her debut eponymous store in the autumn, on none other than Dover Street in the heart of London. Despite the fact that the designer shows her collection in New York, London is still a very important hub for her, and this area in particular. "There are great galleries in the area. There's Dover Street Market directly opposite of us, which is not a bad thing," She told WWD today.
The new store will be home to every string on Ms Beckham’s bow, housing Victoria Beckham, Victoria Victoria Beckham, denim, optical and accessories. The store is situated opposite the infamous Dover Street Market in a 7,000-square-foot space and with Olympic park architect Farshid Moussavi on board, it is no doubt going to be a truly exciting shopping experience. Victoria also mentioned that she wanted to start by "drilling a massive hole through the middle," so perhaps she is turning her hand to interiors as well now?
The move to street level stores seems to be timed extremely carefully and as Victoria says, "I think the time is now because I know my customer." The brand of Victoria Beckham is now 5 years old, has continued to defy critics of the former popstar and this is a real triumph.
Discussing the strategy behind the design house, the designer said, "I did believe in creative visualization and I always had high hopes. I believed what I was doing and I think I have a strong point of view. I always hoped. I like to look at the big picture and I like to build things in the right way. I never went into this thinking that it would be a flash in a pan."
If ever there were a reason to make the appeal to cut up those credit cards, it would be the major retail security breaches that have come to light these last few weeks. To start with, 40 million debit and credit card numbers and 70 million names, email addresses and phone numbers have been stolen from Target. CNN is now reporting that Homeland Security has issued warnings to retailers to hopefully prevent future cyber attacks, but in the meantime, Neiman Marcus and Target shoppers are left to fret over whether their credit cards — or worse, social security information — is safe.
Worse yet, the Washington Post is saying that the security breach that hit Target "appears to have been part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam that potentially affected a large number of retailers." Well, surely if that were the case we'd know by now, right? Not so fast. Turns out the security breach at Neiman Marcus went undetected from July to December and it was not fully contained until a few days ago.
According to the retailer, some customers’ credit cards were used fraudulently after making purchases at the stores and they have taken the steps to notify those that they know have been affected. As of now, it is not believed that any social security numbers, PIN numbers or birth dates were obtained and the retailer's CEO issued a public apology on its website.
Target and Neiman Marcus both offer customers who made a credit card purchase in the past year a free credit monitoring service for one year “for an added layer of protection," and according to the open letter Neiman Marcus apology, sign-up instructions for the service will become available on the Neiman’s site by January 24.
Neiman Marcus also writes that there's no evidence that the breach is connected to the one at Target.