If there's one thing I know about fashion, it's SHOES. [Fashionologie]
If your split ends are anything like mine, nothing anyone says will make you do something about them. But try anyway. [BellaSugar]
Apart from transitional layering, Fall is also a great time for transitional napping. [FabSugar]
If you didn't watch Carly Rae Jepsen's debut of "The Kiss" on So You Think You Can Dance last night, you don't live in my house. [DailyStab]
"Is Gwyneth Paltrow Breaking Up Kate Hudson's Marriage?" Surely not! [CelebDirtyLaundry]
Amanda Bynes locked herself in a dressing room for two hours because if you haven't ever done that, you haven't lived. [EarSucker]
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013 Backstage via IMAXtree
Even though I always hate to see a "people's medium" like the GIF used as a corporate-sponsored promotional tool, this week on Tumblr, Calvin Klein's been running a neat new collaboration to highlight its Spring 2013 with the clever GIF-maker Greta Larkins of FashGif.
Tumblr, GIFs, and Fashion Week all make this a saleable initiative, but apart from the viral potential or whatever, the best part of this campaign is that it actually draws attention to the label's clothes.
In September, there are hundreds if not thousands of new runway images streaming in every day, and if that's the primary way you experience Fashion Month, you are lying to me if you say you don't at some point lose the ability to differentiate between the
different looks. I know FashGif seems cool because GIFSGIFSGIFS #HaveYouSeenThatBlog, but I think it's more than just a toy. Larkins' animations open up the clothes, and show you what's interesting — smart, sophisticated, playful, whatever — about them.
Images courtesy of Calvin Klein
I'm a firm believer in the concept of stocking your closet full of simple basics and then investing in a select few uber-fashionable pieces each season. Like Coco Chanel once famously quipped, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same," trends are disposable and should be backed by timeless classics.
Broken Doll Clothing’s collection embodies this notion. While the trends move at lightning speed, true style lives beyond the latest and greatest, and is apparent when you return to the same tried and true pieces in your wardrobe. Designer Leah Bohnet may have embraced muted pastels and soft neutrals, navy and black combinations, incorporated some lace details, and made many of her tops in an oversized fashion as a nod to this season's styling; but this collection is something that can be kept season after season.
"I was thinking mod when I created the collection," says Leah. "But I was also gearing the collection to working women who need multi-purpose clothing that simply by changing the shoes or jewellery can take an office look into the night or the other way around."
Slip into the black Rainger dress and you're work appropriate, but beware you might feel sexy enough to flirt with the boss. For the weekend the Baxter top with mesh sleeve is so hot you might melt the falling snow, while the Badu cardigan will come to the rescue should the snow prove too resilient on those particularly chilly days.
My personal favourite, the Ever versatile maxi dress ($138), can be tied and wrapped in a number of different ways, literally taking you from beach to gala to lazy Sunday afternoon.
For Broken Doll Clothing, the attention is in the details. Contrast colour piping, pleats, tucks, folds, ruffled sleeves, cowl necks, and cocoon hems play a starring role in fabric choices like bamboo, modal, lace, and wool. But the best aspect of the Alberta based brand? Their pieces are all 100% Canadian designed, manufactured, and stocked at boutiques in BC, AB, SK, ON, QC, and NS. The pieces range from $68 to $140.
For Vogue Paris’ October issue, Mario Testino photographed George Michael and Kate Moss together in what is unfortunately the worst Vogue Paris cover we’ve seen in a long while. Kate recently appeared in the music video for George’s song White Light, so the pairing is somewhat timely, but the video didn’t seem all that great, and neither does this cover.
“As much as I love the idea of Kate and George on the cover the end result has fallen flat, just like George's White Light video,” vogue28 commented.
Forum members like WilliamsLe010919 complained that “the photo looks like a candid shot,” and Diorette called it “a paparazzi photo.”
Mikel took the criticism a step futher posting, “It looks like a paparazzi shot taken at Madame Tussauds.” Ouch.
This cover is just odd. I know it’s Kate Moss, Queen of the Supermodels or whatever, but why put her on the cover of Vogue Paris two months in a row? Let’s hope the content on the inside can make up for the mistake on the outside.
Image: Vogue Paris
It’s no new thing for i-D to produce multiple covers, but I think it’s safe to say that no one expected them to put out sixteen – yes, I said sixteen – covers for their Fall 2012 “Role Model” issue. “Sixteen covers?” Melancholybaby asked. “Great, they get more and more ridiculous as time goes by. At this point every subject in the magazine has a cover.”
Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir by Boo George, Edie Campbell by Matt Jones
Once the initial sixteen-cover-shock wore off, forum members were excited about the previews as they began to roll out. First up, Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir’s cover, photographed in black and white by Boo George and styled by Caroline Newell, provided an omen of good things to come. Her cover has a beautiful sort of glow that is echoed in her accompanying editorial.
Another cover featuring a manic looking Edie Campbell photographed by Matt Jones was not as successful. “There is nothing graceful about Edie’s cover,” jmrmartinho declared as he rolled his eyes.
Jourdan Dunn, Candice Huffine, Iselin Steiro, and Aymeline Valade by Emma Summerton
The single covers were accompanied by a set of four photographed by Emma Summerton. In Summerton’s set, models Jourdan Dunn, Candice Huffine, Iselin Steiro, and Aymeline Valade sport smoky eyes and untamed wavy blonde wigs. Mistress_f was not impressed. “I don't really see how the last four covers posted are representing 'grace'. And I don't see the point of having four covers that basically look the same only with a different model,” she added.
Tigerrouge agreed: “Those covers make me want to close both eyes,” she quipped.
Linda Evangelista, Natasha Poly, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Gisele Bundchen, and Guinevere Van Seenus by Daniele + Iango
The set of nine supermodel covers photographed by Daniele + Iango are undoubtedly the jewel of this issue. Linda Evangelista, Natasha Poly, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Gisele Bundchen, Guinevere Van Seenus, Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy, and Amber Valletta – none of these women disappoint in the “Role Model” department.
“Wow these are gorgeous!” JessicaKarina exclaimed.
Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy, and Amber Valletta by Daniele + Iango; Fan Bingbing by Chen Man
To finish out the offering, i-D released a cover of Fan Bingbing photographed by Chen Man. “Now that's how a cover should be!” rockangel posted. “This is absolutely stunning! The colors and styling are excellent and she's so captivating and mysterious. Love it.”
With so many options, is it even possible to pick out a favorite?
Images: i-D online
For anyone familiar with the H&M-owned brand COS, the news that its creator, Rebekka Bay, has been brought on as the new Creative Director for the Gap, is very exciting. Members of the Fashion Spot forums have long gazed upon our European counterparts’ COS acquisitions with envy as they showed them off in the Secret Shopaholics thread, and now there’s some hope that that COS aesthetic will finally be accessible to us too. Not to mention that the Gap could seriously use Bay’s direction; the Creative Director role has been vacant since Patrick Robinson was fired from the position over a year ago.
Forum members are excited about what Bay may have in store. “I'm really excited about this news,” HeatherAnne posted. “Take Gap back to the well-made basics, much like COS is synonymous with and Gap used to be, ditch the cheesy graphic tees currently occupying half the Women's site and all the flimsy made pieces. Onward, let's go Bay!”
“This is great news! I love everything COS does,” VogueDisciple93 posted. “Well I love looking at it online since we can't shop it here in the US, yet,” he qualified. “Gap surely needs this.”
Bay will be responsible for the Gap’s Women’s, Men’s, 1969, Accessories, and Body lines, and since she’s familiar with producing stylish clothes for a mass-produced international brand, she should be a great fit for the Gap. But, we can’t forget that the Gap’s other attempts to shake things up and increase sales (which included bringing Robinson on board way back when) have for the most part been a failure. Qualified as she is, Bay has her work cut out for her.