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Throwback Thursday: Tim Blanks Remembers John Galliano’s Spectacular Dior Couture Spring 1998 Show

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This photo has nothing to do with Dior’s Spring 1998 Couture show, but I like it anyway. / Image: Getty

In today's installment of his 'Throwback Thursday' video series for Style.com, Tim Blanks revisits his favorite fashion show evvvver — John Galliano's presentation for Dior's Spring 1998 Couture collection. The spectacular designs, inspired by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the Marchesa Luisa Casati, were shown in a similarly spectacular … fashion, at the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris.

"When you look up 'fashion show' in the dictionary," writes Blanks, "this is the show that should be there." Watch: 

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50 Holiday Gift Guides to Give the Holiday Gift Guide Enthusiast In Your Life

This holiday gift guides guide is my gift to you. 

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  1. For style-conscious pets 
  2. For fulfilling your favorite gamer's holiday dreams
  3. For tech-savvy audiophiles
  4. For eco-shoppers
  5. For someone who wants/needs a standing desk
  6. For the Red Raiders fan in your life
  7. For gifts that give back
  8. For athletes who like gadgets
  9. For stylish men
  10. For Walking Dead fans
  11. For finicky foodies
  12. For Lauren Conrad's friends and family
  13. For people who live in San Diego
  14. For writers
  15. For 'Internet' users
  16. For sensitive Baby Boomers
  17. For foodies who won't judge you for being a cheapskate
  18. For Austin art scene aficionados
  19. For nieces and nephews
  20. For geeks
  21. For cooks
  22. For cigar smokers
  23. For someone you want to splurge on
  24. For people who still buy CDs
  25. For bookworms
  26. For people who watch TV
  27. For runners
  28. For Mr. Uncomplicated
  29. For weirdos
  30. For 'Castle' fans
  31. For party animals
  32. For future laptop owners
  33. For digital photographers
  34. For people who read science books
  35. For sad Knicks fans
  36. For people who won't realize their gift comes from Bartell Drugs
  37. For people who might appreciate recieving a map
  38. For Chicago residents
  39. For local beer and wine drinkers
  40. For pop music fans
  41. For sporty females who ski
  42. For your Gleek
  43. For (yoga) squatters
  44. For your four-legged friends
  45. For techno junkies
  46. For the gardening guru
  47. For the insomniac
  48. For pretty-headed people living in cold climates
  49. For your new boyfriend
  50. For the tFS reader

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Link Buzz: Joan Smalls Named ‘World’s Top Model’ By Elle; Jay Z Tries On Veganism

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    Image: ELLE

    Another model lands a major January fashion magazine cover: Joan Smalls for Elle. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Happy birthday Tyra Banks! Because I know you're reading, here are some GIFts for you. [FabSugar]
     
  • Lindsay Lohan is dating Liam Neeson's 18-year-old son. Allegedly. [PageSix]
     
  • DIY your cheek stain, because otherwise you'd have to take the subway to Sephora. [BellaSugar]
     
  • H&M is getting into activewear which meeeeaaaans Lululemon has a big bad new competitor. [WWD — subscription required]
     
  • Investors are calling for Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries to resign. [Fashionista]
     
  • Jay Z is going on a "spirtual" 22-day journey into the land of veganism. Or as he prefers to call it, "plant based!!" [LifeAndTimes]

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Kate Moss Celebrated at the British Fashion Awards 2013

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On Monday, fashion royalty descended upon London town in order to attend the British Fashion Council’s prestigious British Fashion Awards. Previous years have acknowledged many of the industry’s favourites like Cara Delevingne as Model of the Year, Alexa Chung as Style Icon (which she was crowned for three consecutive years), and even Victoria Beckham’s transition into a much sought-after fashion designer by awarding her the Designer Brand of the Year.

This year, it was all about Kate Moss who received a Special Recognition award for her career in fashion. Perfectly styled as always, she attended the awards in a cool leather dress, white fur coat and heels.

British Fashion Awards British Fashion Awards

We were sad to see Cara Delevingne lose her crown this year, as the beautiful Edie Campbell was named Model of the Year… But she definitely deserved the recognition as her career is certainly gaining momentum. First appearing in a British Vogue shoot by Mario Testino, she’s gone on to feature in ad campaigns for leading brands such as Burberry and Stella McCartney, and was even asked to close the Spring 2014 Chanel Haute Couture show.

The New Establishment Designer award was given to the very talented JW Anderson, a designer that we’ve been tipping for big things for quite some time now. We can’t wait to see what plans he’s got tucked up his sleeve for the forthcoming year.

Sadly, Miss Chung was also nowhere to be seen amongst this year’s winners, and in the personal style stakes, One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles walked away with the public voted British Style Award. There’s no denying that he does dress well, but let’s face it, the others stood no chance with all of the those little One Direction fans casting their votes!

Head over to the British Fashion Awards’ site to check out the full list of winners.

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Erdem Wins Big at BFAs: His Top Red Carpet Looks

It’s clear that Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu has become THE go-to label for countess celebrities on the red carpet. The stylish stars simply can’t get enough of his flirty boho prints and fierce fits, which is why it comes as no surprise that the now London-based designer recently nabbed the Red Carpet Award at this week’s British Fashion Awards.

The Canadian-born designer moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art, before working in the design studios of fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg in New York upon graduation. He later returned to the UK to launch his eponymous label in 2005, which is now known for its modern, feminine designs and vibrant, custom-designed prints.

This BFA prize is the second consecutive victory for Moralioglu — having won the New Establishment Award at last year's awards ceremony — but with a star-studded following that ranges from Kate Middleton (she famously wore an Erdem shift as she showed off her bump at a primary school) to Claudia Schiffer, the only way is up for this talented expat. And in honor of such a stratospheric rise, herewith I’m including three of Erdem’s best red carpet looks…

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

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The ever-graceful and glowing Julianne Moore donned this custom, full length, black and white floral print Erdem gown to the 2010 New York premiere of The Kids Are Alright, teaming the creation with a Bulgari clutch and jewelry.

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Fast Fashion Chains Continue to Flood Australia’s Retail Market

h&mIn a heavy blow for local boutiques but an irresistible temptation for slaves to fast fashion, overseas chains Forever 21 and H&M are both launching their inaugural Australian flagships in early 2014.

Forever 21 will see festival-ready fringing and patterned leggings take over a two-level, 1900-square-meter space in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall. The brand has opened 480 outlets worldwide since its birth in 1984.

“Australia is a terrific market and we hope to make a lot of customers happy. We are satisfied to have a strong landlord help us embark this journey. We will be penetrating the market in a sustainable manner," Forever 21 director, real estate and development Jatin Malhotra told Rag Trader last week.

Just how sustainable this penetration (or saturation) of the local market remains to be seen. In the last few months, local design luminaries Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan have all bowed out of the game owing to crippling debts, and while fast fashion isn’t solely responsible, it’s difficult to see how the availability of $30 carbon copies of runway looks benefits the local industry.

Swedish behemoth H&M will take over a 5,000-square-meter slice of the GPO building in Melbourne. It will be a full “concept” (AKA freakin’ huge) flagship, comprising not just women’s and menswear but H&M’s entire home offering of towels, bedding, curtains and other affordable home goods.

“We are excited our first Australian store will be at such a landmark location as the GPO," said Hans Andersson, Country Manager for H&M Australia. "We are looking forward to opening our doors to the Australian customers and offering them the H&M shopping experience with fashion and quality at the best price. It will be a unique retail experience and we hope they will enjoy our full concept assortment."

Other American and European retailers to have set up shop in Australia include Topshop and Zara. Uniqlo has also announced it will be making the move next year.

We’re far from immune to the appeal of a $24.99 galaxy print cat sweater, and will be among the first in line when doors finally open (or at least a week later, after the danger of getting trampled by replica Balenciaga Ceintures has subsided). But try not to forget about the local guys in the process. 

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