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Sneak Peek: Orla Kiely Teams Up with Clarks Again for Fall 2014

As we climbed inside the old Central Saint Martins building during London Fashion Week in order to see Orla Kiely’s pretty cat and dog themed presentation, there was one thing the fash pack was most eager to see, and that was the launch of her second Clarks shoe collaboration.

Accompanying her beautiful Fall 2014 raincoats, pretty tea dresses and kitsch bags marched a capsule collection which, of course, encompassed her classic signature style with the cool functionality of Clarks’ designs.

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Often referred to as the Queen of Prints, Kiely is known for her love of colour, pattern and texture, her Clarks capsule collection infuses the classic design of the 60s and 70s with a contemporary twist. Consisting of six different styles, our favourites had to be The Dorothy, a classic, mid-heel Mary Jane and the Dotty, a T-bar, mid-heel platform.

The Fall 2014 collection is set to drop around August, but if you can’t wait until then, scoot over to Clarks and opt for a pair from its Orla Kiely Spring 2014 collection instead. Combining bright pops with a cool, retro-inspired slingback block heel, they’ll make for the perfect addition to your new season wardrobe.

Images: Orla Kiely and Clarks 

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Flashback: Vogue Italia February 2005 with Doutzen Kroes by Steven Meisel

I often find myself going through phases with certain models. This week I have been obsessed with Dutch model Doutzen Kroes. I was on the hunt for images of Doutzen when I came across a photograph which was shot by Steven Meisel. After doing some research regarding this particular photo, I found out it was part of a set of images entitled 'Fresh' from the February 2005 issues of Vogue Italia.

TheFashionSpot is a huge database of fashion images, so I searched for the issue's thread and found the entire shoot (alongside a comment of mine from 2009 which I completely disagree with today)! After seeing a scan of the cover, I knew I had already seen it somewhere before. I searched my stack of Italian Vogue's and there is was…February 2005.

The fold-out cover is a profile shot of Kroes wearing a white Blumarine blouse. It really is something special, and with hair by Guido, makeup by Pat McGrath and styling by Edward Enninful, we couldn't expect anything less.

IMAGE CREDIT: TFS FORUMS/SCANNED BY GUGA/MODA

IMAGE CREDIT: TFS FORUMS/SCANNED BY GUGA/MODA

Steven Meisel's 16-page story with Kroes doesn't disappoint. The story is flawless, consisting of mostly black and white images and shows Doutzen in a classic studio backdrop wearing a range of outfits from Max Mara, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren Collection, Miu Miu and Gucci.

The rest of the issue features Daria Werbowy by Mario Sorrenti, French actress, former fashion model, and singer Emmanuelle Seigner by Peter Lindbergh, Gemma Ward by Craig McDean and a few other hidden treasures.

You can check out the issue's thread and familiarize yourself with the content here.

 

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Get A Closer Look at Those Ultra-Luxe ‘Shopping Bags’ Alexander Wang Showed at Balenciaga

Images: IMAXtree

Images: IMAXtree

At today's Balenciaga show, designer Alexander Wang presented an unexpected new range of accessories; models walked down the runway carrying a bundle of ultra-luxurious shopping bags, cut in crocodile and patent leather. At first glance, the bags seem like clever commentary on the luxury fashion model: High-end brands like Balenciaga might show clothing on their runways to much fanfare, but in fact these companies make their billions by selling handbags and other accessories. 

However, when asked to comment on the items by critic Suzy Menkes backstage at the show, Wang telegraphed simpler intentions: “I love the idea that something as simple as a shopping bag can come in croc!”

Whatever Wang was thinking, it's easy to read meaning into his Balenciaga 'shopping bags.' They appear to play on both the 'it' bag thing and inherant status conveyed by carrying a shopping bag from a luxury store. Fashion companies invest plenty of resources into producing packaging which delivers on the sumptuous, exclusive quality associated with blue-chip brands. In fact, upscale packaging is such an effective marketing tool that in China, shoppers are even known to buy and carry fake shopping bags printed with iconic high-end logos. 

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Media Giant Condé Nast Expands with a New Line of High-End Frozen Meals

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Image: Getty

Which prestigious print publisher is moving into the glamorous, high stakes world of prepackaged frozen food? Media giant Condé Nast is diversifying and expanding its product line to include frozen meals. High-end frozen meals (naturally). 

Health and wellness publication Self, a Condé property, is launching a frozen food line called Self Healthy Kitchen. “A lot of women reading our magazine are working late and come home hungry, and I wanted to have a healthy option in the freezer,” the publication's editor in chief, Lucy Danziger, told AdWeek

Although frozen food is a first for Condé Nast, the publisher is entering a growing market: according to a trade report issued last September, the frozen food market is projected to grow to $293.75 billion globally by 2019, up from $224.74 billion in 2012.

The Self Healthy Kitchen line is rolling out to grocery stores in 37 states and for $4.99, which is a little above the market price. 

"$5 each = no way," said one commenter on Self's Facebook page

Danziger explains that the price was set to reflect the products' quality and value: "I think that the difference between what we’re trying to do and what other people are trying to do is that we’re sourcing the best ingredients we can find anywhere. We spared no expense, so the fact that it’s a little more expensive, I think that translates to the taste.” 

[via Adweek | h/t Alexander Fury]

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Celebrating Fashion: Sarah Jessica Parker Is UK Harper’s Bazaar’s April Cover Subject

As the flood of April issues start to come in, today we're treated to British Harper's Bazaar. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is Bazaar's April cover girl, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and wearing Louis Vuitton.

IMAGE CREDIT: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

IMAGE CREDIT: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

The UK version of Bazaar has become one of those magazines I look forward to each month. Editor-in-Chief Justine Picardie has injected an identity which isn't like any other available on the market. They tend to steer towards a vintage feel for their magazine, while most other publications are emulating each other. British Bazaar is like a breath of fresh air!

Check out the thread and take a look at the subscription cover. TheFashionSpot member justaguy commented, "Wow, I'm speechless, this is very cool! Retro done right!" It's definitely a winner!

 

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J.W. Anderson’s Final Collection for Sunspel

Want to get your hands on J.W Anderson for less than £400? Go quickly to Sunspel.com to stock up on the coveted designer’s final collection for the British design house. Northern Irish designer John Anderson is parting ways with the brand after collaborating with it since 2011 and consulting since 2008.

You can’t really blame him for needing to scale down the commitments a little having been shot into the fashion stratosphere since the launch of his menswear label in 2007 and womenswear in 2008. The more recent accomplishment of investment from LVMH last September has brought new attention to his brand, not to mention the fact that he will be taking the reigns at Spanish label Loewe as its creative director. It makes us tired just listing all of his jobs.

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Ying and Yang cashmere intarsia sweater; £350, contrast panel dress; £125, pleated vest layer skirt; £275 all available at Sunspel

Speaking to Vogue today, John seems to have taken a great deal of inspiration from the 154-year-old brand: "Working with Sunspel really taught me how to create basics of the highest quality and this collection is a take on classics — and using the classic elements of a wardrobe and rehashing them into something new. I followed the same organic process of experimenting on the body and cutting up and patching shapes and textures together."

This education has certainly paid off with this final offering, with signature knife pleat midi skirts and baby soft intarsia cashmere knits, alongside contrast panel dresses in jersey and cellular mesh with raw hems. Each piece is handmade in England with prices ranging from £85 – £350, which is a joy to the bank balance as well as the wardrobe.

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John Anderson (image: GETTY)

This shift in Anderson’s partnerships signifies the dynamic shift that his brand has taken with only bigger things to come, although he told Vogue the next thing he is looking forward to is a holiday, which sounds fair enough.

Shop the JW Anderson x Sunspel collection here.

 

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