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What’s Missing from Paris Fashion Week? The Answer’s in This Vintage Dior Fashion Video

Wanted to post this blast-from-the-past-y video of Christian Dior's 1969 "Fur Fashion Show" in London [via Fashin].

Yes, for many people, it seems both unethical and disgusting to drape your body in 25 pounds of dead chinchilla (and it's hard to imagine a normal non-heiress type person wearing something like this today in earnest, without getting grossed out), but this was a long time ago (I know even vintage fur is controversial for wearing, but maybe watching vintage fur fashion fashion shows can be okay?), and Dior's modern-day fur products are far worse. Like: ew

Anyway, I know designers typically don't want anything to distract from the clothes (why we see so much austere, sameish stomping during fashion week), but this runway show incorporated an usual performance which made the collection's gaudy fur pelts only more appealing. In the words of the narrator in the newsreel below, "It was more like a cabaret than a fashion show, but that's no cause for complaint: It was the most expensively-dressed cabaret of all time!"

 

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Get the Timeless Oscars Look with Project D for Simply Be

The red carpet of red carpets has to be at the Oscars, and this year we were delighted that quite a few of those leading ladies, such as Jessica Chastain, had reverted back to that age old glamorous golden era dressing. You have to agree that it’s hard to beat a look that emulates the classical dressing of Hollywood’s former leading ladies like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.

As golden era dressing seemed quite the reemerging trend, we were extra excited to discover that former X Factor style icon Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb's Project D brand have just teamed up with the high street retailer Simply Be to create a timeless Spring 2013 line. Glamour, elegance and timeless appeal are always key to Project D’s designs, and as they are now collaborating with Simply Be, it means that we can achieve that Golden era Hollywood look at high street prices — with price tags ranging between £60 and £150.

Their Simply Be range is inspired by iconic silhouettes, and as Simply Be caters to the curvier figure, you can of course expect to find some hourglass figure-hugging dresses within the line. Above left, the black Marilyn-esque dress costs £120, and on the right, the versatile polka dot dress would set you back £100. 

Project D’s own line will of course cost you at least double the price of their Simply Be range, but if you’ve got a special occasion on the horizon and you're  looking to spend that little bit more, then the Admiral LBD complete with embellished bolero detail, £213, would be a great way to emulate Audrey Hepburn. If you were totally won over by Jessica’s Oscars’ look, then the gold asymmetric Itala gown, £416, is the one for you! 

Images: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com, Simply Be, Project D
 

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The #1 Reason Self-Hating ANTM Fans Should Be Watching ‘The Face’

[This post contains some spoilers about this week's episode.]

On this week's episode of The Face, Naomi Campbell totally disproved her claim that she'd never seen America's Next Top Model, established herself as the anti-Tyra Banks and won my undying TV love. 

The moment came during judging, as two contestants tried to convince Naomi that they each deserved to stay in the competition. Both aspiring models pulled a tactic straight from the reality TV playbook, and one which works particularly well on Tyra: they told Naomi about all they'd been through, how much they struggled; they told her they deserved to stay in the competition because they had overcome all these obstacles to get to where they are today (which is, for the record, standing in the bottom two on a reality show). This is obviously insane logic (a skills and talent competition always discredits itself the second it turns into a likability contest), but it's logic that we've come to expect from our terrible reality television.

Tyra always treated sob stories like the pinnacle of achievement on America's Next Top Model, and probably for good reason: as the show's winners were never able to live up to their title, ANTM very quickly devolved from an actual competition to a vehicle for Tyra's self-branding. The sob stories on America's Next Top Model didn't just make for good TV, they also satisfied Tyra's morality, a morality which hinges on victimization as virtue. Tyra mythologizes herself as this epic heroine who found success despite all odds, no matter how many people tried to stand in her way, and she praises people when they construct the same narratives about themselves — even though in her case (and in most cases), the victim myth is utter bullshit. Sure, Tyra wasn't like, Brian Williams' daughter — some rich girl who grew up in Manhattan and spent her life ensconced in elite private schools — but she had a loving mother who was enormously invested in her daughter's success and also the genetic material of a supermodel. Tyra has not had to "overcome all odds!" sry.

I've watched almost every episode of every season of ANTM, but all the prattle about suffering was one of the (not few) things that made the show insufferable. But it's been such an entrenched part of Tyra's series and the reality TV conventions she helped set, that I never even thought to hope that The Face could be different. But then, this happened:

"Nobody is your friend in a competition, no one. I did not appear on the first September Issue of Anna Wintour's American Vogue by going in front of Anna Wintour and saying to her, "This has been my life story, I've never met my father."

No. She doesn't want to hear it!

We've all got stories, everyone in the world has different stories. Both of you are trying to play on my heartstrings. That is not what's going to make me decide who goes and who stays. 

The awesome series of GIFs is by (I believe, but I'm sure you'll let me know if I'm miscrediting) NaomiHitMe.Tumblr.com (woah that Tumblr name!). 

Image via WENN

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[The Face is a sponsor of The Fashion Spot but not of this post, which is purely editorial.]

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Link Buzz: Behind-the-Scenes with Jennifer Lawrence at Dior; Brow Powder Is a Thing Now

  • Here's behind-the-scenes footage from Jennifer Lawrence's Dior campaign, just in case you feel lovefesty. [StyleBakeryTeen]
     
  • If you want your feet to feel softer / look prettier, then by all means click through. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Still haven't figured out how to mix prints? It's like this: you wear one kind of print with another kind of print, but look in the mirror before you leave the house to make sure you don't look insane. [FabSugar]
     
  • Trussardi has a new creative director which is what happens to fashion brands when they don't have a creative director.
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  • If you still haven't seen Lena Dunham's Rolling Stone cover, there's a whole Internet out there. [DailyStab]
     
  • Anderson Cooper defends Anne Hathaway because yeah, people hate her so much it's kind of creepy. [Earsucker]
     
  • If you aren't powdering your brows um, yeah neither am I! [SheFinds]

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Exclusive: Liberty Ross & Amanda Harlech for V Magazine

Liberty Ross and Amanda Harlech

Image by Philippe Vogelenzang for V Magazine

V Magazine's Spring 2013 issue profiles Liberty Ross and best friend Amanda Harlech, because every friendship is a love story and this one began while the two women were working at Chanel under Karl Lagerfeld. The ultimate meet-cute chic-cute. 

However many years later, they're still cute-ing (sry). 

"I feel as though I have known Amanda forever," says Ross in the profile, "but perhaps that is just because I have always felt so at ease around her and oddly connected to her."

Harlech would not be outdone by her friend's demonstrativeness: "Liberty is part of where I came from as much as where I'm going. Subtle, distilled like a perfume, she senses everything a beat before I do. I love the wisdom in the reach of her laugh, her canny all-seeing eye, her compassion and verve and dance. I think the same things move us — we can share without saying a word."

Kudos to V Mag for celebrating female friendship. Hear that people? Being nice to the women in your life is very "in" right now.

This issue is out on newsstands today and available for purchase at shop.vmagazine.com

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PETA’s Not Okay With Beyonce’s Customized Isabel Marant Wedge Sneakers

Probably because she's not okay with walking around wearing the same down-market* Isabel Marant wedge sneakers seen on so many other celebrity feet, Beyonce had her pair customized by PMK (Perfectly Made Kicks).

According to their order form, PMK won't help you out for under $300, but surely the pop star paid a premium: Beyonce had the Marant shoes re-skinned with a really tacky combination of stingray, ostrich, calf fur, crocodile and anaconda. Gross. If Beyonce thinks she has so much to prove that she needs to get her (luxury designer) sneakers customized with a melange of rare animal skins, there's no hope for the rest of us. 

The Telegraph reports that PETA has taken the unsual step of releasing a statement to protest the animal-skin shoes:

"These custom-made kicks come with a high price and it's paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed. Although most people aren't as familiar with the types of animals (snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, and ostriches) killed for this single pair of sneakers as they are with the cats and dogs we share our homes with, these animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared, and skinned alive."

Ew sneakers made out of cat fur, I can already see the sick wheels turning in Karl Lagerfeld's brain. 

Image via PMK

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*The shoes retail for just under $400, which is some hundreds of dollars more than I can/would spend on sneakers, but actually surprisingly decent for such a hot-ticket item. Like, if you wanted a pair more than anything, you'd only have to go without food for a few weeks. 

 

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