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Fashion’s Night Out Returns to London

This week, we eased our London Fashion Week come-down with a trip to our second favourite event of the year — Fashion’s Night Out! It’s the sixth time that the event has taken place and this year, we were super excited to see it return from its gap year in Manchester to hit the capital once more.

Taking place along some of the world’s busiest shopping locations, Oxford Street and Regent Street, we were spoilt for choice as so many of the shops were offering great discounts and promotions all night long. And that also includes fun activities like social photo booths and great live music, plus it was all accompanied by free drinks.

One destination that never disappoints when FNO hits London is the quintessentially British department store Liberty. Amongst its celebrations this year, the #LibertyScarfSelfie competition in the store’s famous Scarf Hall was a highlight. After watching the experts show just how many ways there are to tie one of those bespoke print scarves, onlookers got the chance to show how they’d style it, whilst standing in front of a life-size Vogue, for the chance to win a limited-edition Liberty scarf.

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Image: Samantha Robinson

Also, let’s not ignore the fact that Henry Holland was in-store and DJing no less, as he celebrated the launch of his Debauched Debutantes collection. Anybody who snapped up a piece from the range also got a free cashmere scarf or House of Holland nails. You’ve got to love FNO! (more…)

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Alber Elbaz Says He’s to Blame for Pre-Collections

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

The pre-collection is a major source of revenue for many design houses and a point of stress for everyone who works at said labels. Plenty of designers have lamented the growing pressures in the modern landscape of the fashion industry, saying that with all the regular season, pre-season and (sometimes) couture collections, it’s like running on empty. Or, as Proenza Schouler‘s Lazaro Hernandez says, “It’s a pain in the ass.” 

In the past few years, pre-collections have become increasingly important, though they didn’t exist two decades ago. And who’s to blame for the added workload? Alber Elbaz thinks he is.

The Lanvin creative director is profiled today in WWD to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the storied fashion house, and during the interview he admits that the whole pre-collection trend was most likely his fault. And he’s not necessarily jazzed about it, either. “I think that I’m the first one who started presenting pre-collection, which was the biggest mistake of my life,” he said. “I did the Hôtel de Crillon thing and I invited like 10 editors and a few retailers and I thought, How wonderful just to have tea with beautiful flowers and to talk about flowers and fashion. And then more people wanted to come, and we did a second show, and then more people wanted to come and we had to turn it into a season. Now, the fact is that almost everything that is in the store is all about that pre-collection.”

It’s amazing how one bright idea can turn into a nightmare. 

Watch the totally charming Elbaz at the Lanvin studio ahead of his spring show: (more…)

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Here’s the Alexander Wang x H&M Ad Campaign

Image: Mikael Jansson, H&M

Image: Mikael Jansson, H&M

There’s about a month and a half left before Alexander Wang and H&M drop their hotly anticipated collaboration and teaser images and previews of the collection have been trickling out. Today, we get a look at the ad campaign for the range featuring both models and athletes.

The designer’s effort for H&M is decidedly sporty — and we don’t mean just sports-inspired. We mean there is an actual hockey stick, ski goggles and boxing gloves. According to WWD, kickboxer Rivaldino dos Santos and soccer player Andy Carroll join Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana and Raquel Zimmermann for the Mikael Jansson-shot campaign.  

The moodily-lit images show each model posing with some kind of sports equipment, just in case you forgot the theme of the collection. In addition to print ads, a commercial is expected come October 30, as well as online video content.

Check out the images below. (more…)

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All the Mind-Blowing Outfits from Kylie Minogue’s Kiss Me Once Tour

Kylie Mingoue Kiss Me Once

Photo: Sakura/WENN

46-year-old Kylie Minogue is still the ultimate showgirl. She’s demonstrated that fact yet again some of her best outfits yet on the first night of her European Kiss Me Once tour in Liverpool last night. Not that we needed proof.

The pocket rocket rocked a mix of risqué and insanely shiny getups, including sexy corsets, glittery knickers, fishnet tights and quirky fascinators, with her backup dancers donning equally fabulous attire.

Women’s Wear Daily reported that the great Jean Paul Gaultier helped out with the show-stopping outcome, designing the fuschia love-heart top fit for a Barbie doll. (more…)

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Lorde Rocks Matchy-Matchy Proenza Schouler at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

Lorde iHeartRadio

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

Lorde must be spending a lot of time with BFF Taylor Swift, because the New Zealander has stepped out wearing a Swiftian match-matchy ensemble for the 2014 iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas on the weekend.

The crop top and high-waisted tapered pants pick from Proenza Schouler‘s Fall 2014 collection was dark and quirky, just like Lorde, with an abstract animal print.

She also tapped into her usual grunge with a pair of shiny black boots and her signature dark-berry lip.


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