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Denis Gagnon Spring 2014 Peers Into a Retro-Future of Shimmer and Volume

I’m generally envious of people who live in Montreal. That ooh-la-la European culture, the sexy French accent and the unique style that even celebrities can’t help but notice. Now there’s yet another reason to start apartment hunting in the Quebec capital — Denis Gagnon’s chic boutique.

Known for his “couture” approach to leather, precise cuts and talent to create airy and spectacular silk pieces, Denis Gagnon is an icon on the Montreal fashion scene, a maestro of his treasure trove store located on rue Saint-Paul O.

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For Spring 2014, Gagnon has assembled a collection of streamlined tuxedo jackets, satin trenches and beautiful Art Deco pleated skirts that ask for nothing other than to be twirled around. Iridescent fabrics and abstract prints (almost like dragged paint) set apart statement pieces as we peer into a retro-future of shimmer and volume. It’s all rather athletic-looking, which is typical in keeping with trends of late, as fashion and fitness fuse for cuts and colours that are both complementary and contradictory in a good way.

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“It has continuity with the last collection, but it’s a summer collection," Denis Gagnon told Cult Montreal of the 36 ensembles that make up his Spring 2014 line. "This one is fresher, there’s more light. It’s a collection that’s fresh, dynamic and happy. We want it to be sexy, wearable and accessible, but at a reasonable price.”

I would have to agree with the “reasonable” comment given that the coveted skirts are only priced at $325. The fabulous beige coats meanwhile come in at double that, but still, the wearability of such pieces is timeless. The name “Denis Gagnon” is synonymous with innovation and modernity, so I feel like his collection is almost future proof.

Images via DenisGagnon.ca

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Pop Portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace by Takashi Murakami for Harper’s Bazaar

Just landed in our inbox: selections from a new series spotlighting iconic designers with exclusive portraits created by the artist Takashi Murakami for Harper's Bazaar

"I have been referred to as the Asian Warhol for some time now," Murakami says. "Portraits are the quintessential work of Warhol, so in building a career worthy of the moniker, this was one genre I would eventually have to tackle…Warhol's portraits were done using Polaroid cameras and photo reproduction methods, giving them a very raw feel. I have captured that same rawness using computers and the Internet. I was sent photographs of each subject and then added effects and composited them with images from my work."

Below, see the Tashified versions of Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld. And to see more, head over to Harper's Bazaar

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All images courtesy Harper's Bazaar

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Rodarte’s Star Wars-Inspired Collection: 11 Ways to Say, WTF?

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

The Rodarte Fall 2014 runway show has just taken place. Thoughts, feelings, complaints, compliments, concerns? I'm sure you have some!

After last season's bizarre LA streetwear-inspired collection, the Mulleavy sisters took their line in a new direction, to a galaxy far, far away. Five long, flowy gowns printed with Star Wars film stills (no, kidding you I am not) were among the final looks of the collection. (In the first half, the designers appeared to be channeling the ladies of Grey Gardens, as one Forum member hilariously observed.) The response has been… I don't know. Quippy:

LOL no I won't. :D 

So, fashion ladies say "nah" to Star Wars-inspired finery. Ok. But that's not how everyone sees it. For example, Weird Space News (yep, just clicked 'Follow' on that account) thinks these runway looks are, as we say in fashun, beyond.

Even some tFSers liked them:

LolaSvelt: "From what I've seen, at least there are a few nice pieces. (I kind of like the Star Wars dresses. :ninja:) The same couldn't have been said for their last few collections."

SimpleElegance: "STAR WARS?? I love it! I would never wear it, but I love it. Overall, this was very different for them and interesting to say the least."

Mr-Dale: "I jumped off my seat when I saw those Star Wars printed gowns! I used to be a total Star Wars nerd in my early teen so you'll have to forgive me for that. They feel quite random, unless you're a Star Wars nerd and recognize the silhouettes in those cutout coat looks with the wool sweaters and turtlenecks. Very reminiscent of the choice apparel for the Rebellion in the original trilogy!"

Although of course in fashion (as in life), sometimes luv is complicated. 

As Phuel put it: "I think I love them just for having he balls to throw such ugliness out there."

Vandekamp: "The light blue C-3PO dress is actually gorgeous. If only it didn't have the [Star Wars] print. Same goes for the look before and after it."

But other people are like, "What? No."

Scott: "There are some interesting ideas in this and I have to be honest, I really kind of enjoy those cutout jackets. But the culminating presentation to me is what's so poor and detracting. It looks like a bad Anna Sui collection ultimately. And those Star Wars prints are hilariously gimmicky….I would have much rather see them take a path similarly to what [Nicolas] Ghesquiere did with Balenciaga in the late 90s, with that influence…..not so literal. It would be nice to see them edit their ideas a bit more…I dunno if they're beginning to get sucked into their own hype but I remember when they could produce more concise concepts better than what they have for the past several seasons."

Fee de foret: "They had nowhere to go but up after last season's disaster IMO. This isn't perfect or even great, but there's some interesting ideas in here. Not seeing what Star Wars has to do with anything though."

Actually, yes. What does Star Wars have to do with anything? Unclear. Also: What should I have for dinner? Someone please assist. Thank you. Good night.

Related: Rodarte’s Controversial Spring 2014 Collection is Available for Pre-Order on Moda Operandi

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Celebrate London Fashion Week with Sadie Williams’ Barbie Collaboration

It’s the calm before the storm as London Fashion Week begins this Friday, and if the prospect of seeing some of our favourite designers unveil the trends we’ll no doubt be testing out next season wasn’t enough, we’ve discovered that Selfridges will be selling limited-edition Barbie dolls.

Are we too old to be getting excited about Barbie dolls? Well, who cares if officially we’re no longer their target market when they come kitted out in bespoke outfits created by designer Sadie Williams? Encapsulating her signature design style, the cute little outfits will look just like they've fallen right off her latest runway.

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The Barbie collection was inspired by graphic Amish quilts and paintings by Frank Stella, with the aim of creating princessy tomboys. Bold, vibrant and shimmering, the resulting pieces are going to make you wish you were actually a couple of inches high in order to fit into them.

So if you head over to Selfridges on Friday, February 14, you can snap up your very own limited-edition designer Barbie for £120. Now be honest, would you really complain if you got one of these little beauties for Valentine’s Day? Didn’t think so!

Images: Imax Tree 

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Lara Stone Covers Vogue Paris: Daring or Disappointing? (Forum Buzz)

It's here: the latest cover of Vogue Paris. Lara Stone fronts the March issue, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

I'm always up for seeing something different on fashion magazines, but I'm not a fan of this particular direction. I like magazine covers to be coherent and fluid between each issue and this cover fails to complement previous Vogue Paris covers. For me, it's almost too daring and is very disappointing.

IMAGE CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/MERTALAS

IMAGE CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/MERTALAS

Overall, the cover is pleasing most tFS members, such as Avogadro who enthusiastically commented, "O-M-G!!!!!!!!! I have already known that it would be Lara who got the cover but this is totally not what I expect!! This is so unique and amazing!!".

JennaaMonroe said, "PERFECTION. Vogue Paris can never go wrong with Lara!"

"Major Mocking Jay, the Girl on Fire thing going on here! Absolutely love it!!" commented Mr-Dale.

Anlabe32 commented, "She's back!!!!!!" and went on to add, "Not sure what to think of the red shade, but not an ugly cover either. Can't wait to see the content."

Miss Dalloway posted, "If the layout was better, and more 'modern' looking, this would be perfection for me. But I still enjoy it, and think its a damn good cover!"

I must admit that I do get used to covers which I don't admire straight away, after a few days, so only time will tell whether I officially like this or not. Here's to the wait for the content surfacing online!

Why don't you get involved in the discussion? Click here.

 

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We Are Handsome’s ‘Tropic of Babylon’ is Your Summer Staycation Ticket

we-are-handsomeIt’s officially autumn next month in Australia, which means now is the time to summer like you’ve never summered before (yes, this includes replacing meals with ice cream and margaritas). And you’ll find few things more appropriate to wear while doing so than We Are Handsome’s latest collection of swimwear.

Tropic of Babylon sees the brand’s signature cuts and hyperreal digital prints inspired by an Edenic paradise. The collection as a whole is nomadic, with individual pieces featuring prints from a variety of tropical locations from The Bahamas to Hawaii. Like usual, you can take your pick from tried-and-tested shapes, including the scoop one-piece, bodysuit (the most seasonally-ambiguous piece), surfer girl’s zipsuit, bikinis and oversized silk cover-ups.

The campaign, however, isn’t so foreign, staged at the familiar Redfern Pool. It shows your own neighbourhood can be just as decadent and exotic as any far-flung island paradise. This collection marks the debut of We Are Handsome’s first beach towels, just in case you needed another incentive to make "poolside lazing" a salient part of your daily routine.

Head to its site to see the campaign video, directed by Tony Prescott and photographed by Sebastian Kriete, set to Down in Mexico by The Coasters. 

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