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Rachel Rutt Models Vanishing Elephant’s Spring 2014 Range

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Vanishing Elephant has tapped half-Singaporean, half-Australian model Rachel Rutt for its Spring 2014 range, along with uber-babe Saxon Dunworth showcasing the menswear side of things. Rutt's natural freckle-faced beauty, plus her highly-praised alternative style, is an ideal fit for the brand's always-rad aesthetic.

The athletic-inspired range lends itself to larger fits and supreme tailoring for outerwear this time around, while still staying true to past seasons of casual cool and eye-catching prints. Our favourites are easily the coastal landscape blouse and the Hawaiian throwback print that have us dreaming of the warmer days ahead, but also getting us nostalgic about the 90s.

Aside from the prints, the collection generally sticks to a monochromatic colour palette with subtle hits of a sports-luxe style orange and navy, styled back perfectly with sweet patent loafers and the rundown surroundings. The range is available from Vanishing Elephant's online store this July.

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Jason Wu Taps Adriana Lima for His Fall 2014 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Adriana Lima is Jason Wu's newest campaign girl, replacing the likes of Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour and Karen Elson, who've all previously fronted the designer's namesake brand. The Brazilian beauty is photographed by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, making this their fourth advertising campaign for Jason Wu. Lima was shot on location at the Four Seasons, looking as glamorous as ever whilst posing in an empty restaurant, which lends its luxurious atmosphere to Wu's Fall 2014 campaign.

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Members of theFashionSpot aren't so certain the campaign is paying off. "This is really ugly in my opinion. Her leg, the shoes…" questioned GIVENCHYlover.

"What is this? Looks awful. She looks like a deformed monster. What's with that pose, expression, angle? That's gotta be the least flattering picture of her ever. The dress is not doing her any favors either. And finally, is this an ed for the dress, or for ballroom decorating?" wrote MyNameIs, clearly not an admirer of the ads.

He was also joined by Nepenthes who posted, "This looks extremely awkward, forced and pointless. Nothing makes sense. Jason Wu keeps on getting A-list models and yet he somehow manages to deliver one bad campaign after the other."

Not everyone was sharing the same sentiments. Forum member miguelalmeida commented, "Guys, I think Jason Wu reads what we say about him, about his collections and his campaigns on tFS, because … he finally removed himself from the ads!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!! I have to say I love this shot! The composition, the restaurant and the angle are really cool and working great here! A very different approach, that distinguish[es] itself from the majority of boring campaigns shot in studios or the ones with fake backgrounds."

Apparently Wu is set to make an appearance in the ads, which wouldn't be the first time. Await more images and join the discussion here.

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Plus-Size Women Tell Modcloth: The Retail Industry Ignores Our Needs [Infographic]

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Image: Instagram/Modcloth

To mark the one-year anniversary of its dedicated plus-size range, Modcloth conducted a survey of over 1,500 women about the current state of the plus-size clothing market. The verdict? For the majority of women surveyed, shopping is an unpleasant experience. 

Over 65% of respondents agreed: "The retail industry ignores the needs of plus-size women.”

74% of plus-size women feel "frustrated" when they're in a store and over 80% said that they'd spend more on clothing if there were more options available in their size.

Over the past year, Modcloth has grown its plus-size vendors from 35 to 160 to meet the demands of this fast-growing segment which, according to the retailer's internal figures, is projected to double in sales volume from 2013 to 2014. 

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Link Buzz: Cara Delevingne for Topshop; Inside the NBA’s Fashion Fixation

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  • Sleeping beauty Cara Delevingne has been announced as the new face of Topshop. [VogueUK]
     
  • Juicy Couture may or may not be folding, but this seems like a good time to pay homage to the velour tracksuit. [FabSugar]
     
  • This woman recommends laser hair removal for moustaches. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Is Instagram to blame for the resurgence of size 000 clothing? [Styleite]
     
  • Are you a male fashion photographer who's interested in making provocative, twisted, sexual work, but doesn't want to come off as a sex offender? If you need a role model, I recommend Juergen Teller. [The Cut]
     
  • Here's an in-depth look at fashion's symbiotic relationship with the NBA. [Racked]

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‘Scandal’ and The Limited to Release Clothing Line This Fall

Image: Getty Images Entertainment

Image: Getty Images Entertainment

Scandal fans have a lot to look forward to this fall. Besides the return of the soapy primetime drama (and an end to all those horrible camera angles they used to hide Kerry Washington's baby bump), The Limited has partnered with the show on a clothing line, due to hit stores in late September. With the help of Washington, Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited's head of design Elliot Staples, the retailer is brining a collection inspired by the wardrobe of Olivia Pope, who has some of the most coveted style on Primetime TV. This range is being billed as the first time that a leading lady, costume designer and retailer have come together on a project like this one.

You can tune in every Thursday to see Pope handling situations and getting hot and heavy with the President in a parade of Armani, Prada and Dior duds. But since not everyone is working with the salary of a D.C. fixer, The Limited is bringing the same sharp quality of Pope's look to the collection at more accessible price points. Items from the 42-piece collection will cost you between $49 and $248–and Kerry will also wear some of the clothes from the collection on the show. 

But don't expect to see affordable versions of some of Pope's more expensive pieces. "We weren't inspired by any designers in particular because they are all original pieces that are authentic to the character and the world of the show," Washington explained to WWD. Do expect lots of feminine, tailored separates, in inoffensively neutral tones. "The collection is outfit driven while remaining easy to mix and match,” said Staples. “Olivia Pope’s signature wardrobe is well represented by tailored wide leg trousers, separate jackets with strong lines and signature trims, chic feminine blouses, and heroic outerwear pieces. Our plaid round collar cape seamlessly translates television to reality and captures the true essence of the consistent sophistication and style that Olivia Pope represents for confident women everywhere.”  

Can't wait to see the whole line in full! This collection is about to make Halloween costume shopping a lot easier for Scandal fans.

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Cara Delevingne Lashes Back at Journalist After Accusations She Slept Through Interviews

Cara Delevingne has hit back at Vogue journalist Plum Sykes after she claimed that the model slept through two interviews with her for the magazine. Whilst anyone who has read anything about Cara Delevingne will know that she just loves to sleep, Cara is not happy about this information in the interview, despite even admitting “I fall asleep everywhere! Someone recently asked if they could publish a book of pictures of me sleeping, because there are so many.”

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The piece entitled "Everyone’s favourite rebel model" does detail Delevingne’s hectic lifestyle in which she is seen pretty much everywhere at everything, giving rise to why the 21-year-old would be so tired. When trying to talk to Cara, Plum says she had few results as she fell asleep twice during the scheduled interviews.

Apologetic after turning up late to the interview, Cara says, "I always wake up ten minutes before I have to be anywhere," before she mentions that the two of them should have a massage so they can be relaxed for the interview, within which she promptly falls asleep again.

Sykes contacted photographer Tim Walker for the piece, who has worked with Cara many times, who confirms that she is a serial sleeper: “Every shoot I’ve done with her, she’s fallen asleep,” he tells her. “She slept for seven hours on one Mulberry shoot.”

However, it is when she leaves the interview that she discovers that Delevingne has, in fact, been out until 5 a.m. the night before, her notoriously photographed presence giving her away on Instragam and in the tabloids. When she questioned the model as to whether this is the reason she is so tired at work, Cara cleverly notes that "compared to anyone else my age that I know, I really go out so little."

The whole thing has riled Cara up so much that she has posted numerous responses on both Instagram and Twitter since yesterday.

“Why do people in the industry lie so much???? They would rather see you fail than succeed. What happened to supporting each other?” was her first response, followed by a stream of tweets including, “All I can say is that I work extremely hard and 'sleeping' is proof that sometimes I work too hard. I apologise for being so ambitious [sic]”

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Cara’s Twitter responses that she later posted on Instagram also (Instagram: @caradelevingne)

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