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Watch: André Leon Talley Previews Zac Posen Fall 2014

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You know when André Leon Talley does an interview, you're bound for a lively exchange…and this chat with Zac Posen is no exception. The Zappos Couture artistic director sat down with the designer for the latest installment of his weekly series for ZeeCee, to preview the stunning Fall 2014 collection in Posen's design lair.

The two exchange banter over a few select styles from the season, modeled by Anna Cleveland: an architectural curve-hugging multi-colored tweed dress, a slinky LBD that Posen and Talley dub the "stealth bombshell dress" and a beautiful tent-like coat with a billowing bodice and impossibly narrow sleeves.

Watch Talley gush over Posen's large, exquisite ball gowns and spun-from-the-gods fabrics in the workroom. And if you don't tune in for any other reason, do it for that oversized gold charm necklace swinging from ALT's distinguished neck. It's a doozy.

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Watch: Lily McMenamy Monkeys Around for The Walkmen’s Walter Martin

Lily McMenamy The Walkmen

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Model Lily McMenamy brings her distinctive look and goofy energy to a new music video from Walter Martin's (of indie rock group The Walkmen) first solo album. In "We Like the Zoo (Cause We're Animals Too)," McMenamy twirls and whirls her way through New York City, dancing her way through Washington Square Park and bodegas.

The unofficial video was directed by filmmaker and photographer KT Auleta, with Martin's blessing. The songwriter tells T Magazine how the project came about:

“KT is friends with my wife, and we were talking about this concept for a video she and Lily had. I thought it was so funny I suggested she use my song for it. It’s bright, fun and spontaneous, and I loved how ‘New York’ it was. It basically follows the theme of the song — how people are animals, basically. The beast in us is just wild at heart.”

Watch it here:

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Brit Retailer Whistles Launches in the US

It’s hard to imagine life before online shopping and the convenience of being able to instantly get your fashion fix without leaving the comfort of your own home, but you’ve got to agree that nothing quite beats going down to the real brick and mortar stores for a spot of retail therapy, right?

So, those of you who are based in the U.S. with a penchant for Brit fashion will love to learn that although the U.K. retailer Whistles has been shipping stateside for a while, it's now opened its first concession within the department store Bloomingdale’s.

A dress, romper and white backpack from Whistles

If you want to switch those virtual rails for real life ones, you can find the shop in shop over at the 59th Street store in New York, and as Whistles counts a number of high profile trendsetters and celebs amongst its fans, including the Duchess of Cambridge, we’re sure that lines will turn around pretty quickly. So, our advice is to snap up your favourite pieces as soon as you can.

And in effortlessly elegant Whistles style, it's teamed up with photographer and stylist Garance Doré to create a short fashion film #BellesAndWhistles to celebrate the U.S. launch. It features several rather fitting whistling ladies showing off their own personal style.

Images: Whistles

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Link Buzz: Lindsay Lohan Grows a Beard; Happy Birthday to Cher!

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  • It's Cher's 68th birthday; please pay your respects. [FabSugar]
     
  • We're finally getting a hint of former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts' plans for Apple retail. [Racked]
     
  • Nautical nail art for Memorial Day, if you're feeling crafty. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Anna Wintour will host another Obama fundraiser, which will be attended by the President himself. [PageSix]
     
  • Zosia Mamet has some good thoughts on the pitfalls of Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In campaign: "Feminism was meant to empower us as women, to build us up for fighting on male-dominated battlefields. It did that, but it did some other things as well. It gave us female role models like Hillary and Oprah and Beyoncé and in the process implied that mogul-hood should be every woman’s goal. We kept the old male ideas of success: power and money. We need new ones!" [Glamour]
     
  • How has Gap managed to avoid a near-certain death? [Mashable]
     
  • Probably the craziest thing Lindsay Lohan has eevvver done. [TMZ]

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Amber Valletta Shows Off Newly Cropped Hair for Allure Magazine (Forum Buzz)

Amber Valletta graces the cover of Allure's June 2014 issue, showing off her newly cropped hair which was cut and styled by Garren. For Amber's eighth cover of Allure, she is seen posing for Tom Munro in a silk jacquard dress from Bottega Veneta. For Valletta's cut, Garren wanted to create a versatile style which would suit Amber's routine and wouldn't be too demanding of attention when styling herself. However, members of theFashionSpot forums aren't fond of the style and think it's 'dated'.

Allure  with short hair on the cover of Allure June 2014

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"Looks like one of those bad catalogs that you find at cheap hair salons… " writes Thefrenchy.

"it looks so dated…I don't think that cut is doing her any favors," replied kimair.

Blueorchid thinks the magazine's covers are dated in general: "I find all Allure covers to be really dated, they all look like they're from 2002-2005 to me. Every month! Amber looks great though, this is a nice surprise."

A change in opinion flooded into the thread when cottonmouth13 wrote, "I am truly in love with this. The haircut is giving me a 1993 vibe when Amber started to hit big. And I'm super glad with the fact that she's on the cover."

"Amber looks so young on the cover," commented petit fours.

Do you think Amber's new cut suits her? Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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Versace Brings Back Crotchless Chaps With Its Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Yesterday on InstagramMert Alas posted a preview of the Versace Fall 2014 ads, which he shot together with longtime collaborator Marcus Piggott. The first thing to note is the presence of crotchless chaps in the menswear campaign, which stars models Filip Hrivnak and Daan van der Deen:

Versace Ad with two shirtless male models in crotchless embellished chaps

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I don't know how you feel about crotchless pants, but you have to appreciate Versace's attention to detail: the way the printing on the underwear complements the embroidery crawling across the leg of Daan's jeans and the graphic on his T-shirt. If you have any inclination to wear crotchless pants, this is how you do it. 

There are other, chest-related aspects of this photo that we could discuss, but I'll leave you to silently ponder those while I move on to the womenswear campaign below. Please join me whenever you're ready.

Versace Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I wish this were the baseline for fashion photography (and in fact, it does borrow something from two of the genre's most influential practitioners — Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton). The image, featuring models Anna Ewers and Stella Tennant, is sleek and sexy; it makes me want to buy Versace clothing, and I don't typically identify with the Versace brand. Combining high commercial appeal with a strong conceptual vision, the ad draws you in as a viewer and evokes a mood. 

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