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Now That Kendall Jenner Walked the Runway for Giles, Is a Full-Blown Fashion Career Inevitable?

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Image: IMAXtree

Kendall Jenner just followed her Marc Jacobs debut with another runway appearance, this one at Giles in London. As Jenner explained in a backstage interview with Grazia Daily, she was selected for both shows by stylist and LOVE editor Katie Grand: "She's amazing. She's been a great person to be around and I really appreciate her supporting me.

Although Jenner's Kardashian klan status makes it easy to discount her fashion week performances as stunt casting on the part of publicity-hungry brands (to be fair, the sheer top she wore on the runway at Marc Jacobs doesn't offer much evidence to the contrary), it's worth remembering that the 18-year-old is represented by one of New York's top modeling agencies, The Society — a new division of Elite Paris which focuses on long-term branding. The Society doesn't sign stunt fodder, and by all accounts, Jenner is serious about having a fashion career. “The second time [I met Jenner], we got chatting and I was surprised how intent she was about modeling — just like all the other girls,” Katie Grand told Fashionista.

If representation weren't enough of a reason to take Jenner's fashion aspirations seriously, her newly-solidified position as a Grand golden girl should be. As the London Evening Standard reportedly once put it, "What Katie does—and Katie says—is as influential as it gets." 

And as a powerful social media following increasingly becomes a factor in a model's ability to win lucrative contracts (we heard that one Australian model lost out on a blue-chip fashion campaign to Cara Delevingne solely on the basis of social media metrics), Jenner's 8.7 million Instagram following won't hurt her chances of success.

Another thing that happened at the yesterday's Giles show? Delevingne filmed an Instagram video selfie from the runway; she has 4.3 million followers.

Related: Watch: Model Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds (Next) Tells Us About Her Lifelong Obsession with Alexander McQueen / Watch: Next Model Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds Talks Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs and Katie Grand (Forum Buzz)

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Miuccia Prada Becomes Co-CEO of Prada

With Milan Fashion Week preparations in full swing, you might think that Miuccia Prada would be taking on less, when she in fact is doing the total opposite. It has been announced that the designer has moved up the business ladder of Prada spA, stepping down from her position as company chair person to join her husband Patrizio Bertelli as co-CEO of the Italian fashion brand. 

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Miuccia Prada with her award at last years British Fashion Awards (image: GETTY)

Ms Prada will still hold onto the title of creative director, and whilst she will not take on any new responsibilities, this move will make herself her own boss, which is a dreamy prospect when it comes to appraisals we imagine. Her previous position will be filled by former deputy chairman, Carlo Mazzi. 

Whilst it sounds like a bold move, it has been noted by Reuters that "this is just a formal move" in order to comply with Hong Kong trading laws, and with a company as multinational as Prada it is understandable that changes like this are to be made. It was also noted that Prada had seen a 9 percent rise in profit in the past 12 months so no doubt the joint CEOs will continue to push for success in 2014. According to a statement released by the brand, Miuccia "will concentrate on the day-to-day management of the business by devoting her time to guiding the further development of the group, mainly in the creative design and brands communications activities."

Prada had humble beginnings when Miuccia's grandfather, Mario, established the brand in 1913. It was Miuccia who after taking over the brand in 1978 along with her husband Bertelli, turned it around and into the globally recognized brand that it is today, introducing womenswear in 1989. 

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Anja Rubik’s Latest Cover of Vogue Russia: Tasteful or Tasteless?

Anja Rubik's latest cover of Vogue Russia has caused quite the stir on the forum this week. The March cover features Anja wearing a jumpsuit from Frida Giannini's latest Gucci collection and was lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, with styling by Olga Dunina.

IMAGE CREDIT : WEARESODROEE.COM

IMAGE CREDIT : WEARESODROEE.COM

Anja's bare breast hasn't gone down well with most tFS members, with TREVOFASHIONISTO posting, "Gorgeous colors, but I don't think the one boob is necessary."

Bertrando3 shared the same sentiments, "Anja is always nude somewhere anyways… But ya on the cover of Vogue, I don't like it."

"Nudity on the cover, can newsstands display this? I mean, without a plastic bag or something like that…" said kokobombon

Creative expressed a different enthusiasm  towards the cover, and went on to admire how Victoria Davydova (the editor-in-chief of Vogue Russia) has the freedom to publish whatever she desires for the magazine, "Not the biggest Anja fan, but she looks so young and beautiful here, and her breasts are cute. Also, nice to see that some editors are free enough to do what they want."

"I don't get everyone's issue about Anja's exposed breast. Shirtless men are featured on covers all the time and no one's complaining. Why is it such a big deal? The problem here is not Anja's breasts. It's society's perception of the female body." said Nepenthes

Personally, I don't have a problem with the cover. This isn't the first time and won't be the last time we see an exposed breast on a fashion magazine.

 

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Has Marc Jacobs Been Wearing the Same Outfit All Week?

Marc Jacobs taking a bow at his Fall 2014 show 2/13 (left) / Marc Jacobs attends the MarcByMJ runway show 2/11 (right)

Marc Jacobs taking a bow at his Fall 2014 show 2/13 (left) / Marc Jacobs attends the MarcByMJ runway show 2/11 (right)

It appears that Marc Jacobs has been wearing the same outfit for days in a row. As eagle-eyed tFSer ChanelCouture09 noticed, the designer appeared at his runway show last night wearing the same burgundy Adidas track pants and matching red long-sleeve top that he wore to attend Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley's debut Marc by Marc Jacobs show on Tuesday.

Last February, Jacobs took his bow wearing silk Prada pajamas, a cute (and effective) publicity stunt for his label. This time around, Jacobs' display of leisurewear seems less like a style statement than an "I don't care what I look like" statement. Was Jacobs so devoted to completing his collection that he couldn't find the time to change? Or is this simply his "passionate creative genius" look? A plug for Adidas? A sign that he's transitioning into a Saturday morning cartoon character? Could be anything.

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London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique’s Set to Create a Virtual 3D World

If there’s only one show you manage to catch the full coverage of this London Fashion Week, make sure it’s Topshop Unique. It was one of the most sought-after shows to attend last season, and the Arcadia Group is known to be one step ahead of the rest when it comes to creating shows that push the boundaries in terms of digital experiences and engagement. And boy, do they have a treat in store for us this time around.

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The goal is to create a 3D digital world for the show this season, which should be just as exciting as it sounds. Not only will the show be livestreamed, but they are also offering five customers the chance to watch it in 3D. The stage this season is the Turbine Hall at the innovative Tate Modern, and in addition, a virtual front row will be set up at their London flagship store where the selected five will don headsets and be immersed in the full runway experience, from all of the backstage gossip to a FROW-like experience as the models strut their stuff down the runway.

 London Fashion Week SS14  - Topshop Unique

Prior to the show and even during, the Tate Modern will also be opening its doors to visitors with open viewing platforms to let people see how the show is put together. It’s a must-see opportunity for anyone who longs to go to Fashion Week, but has never quite gotten their paws on a ticket.

And don’t worry, if you miss the livestream coverage online, Topshop’s London flagship will be playing it on its screens from the 16th to 18th of February.

Images: Lia Toby/WENN.com

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