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CAFTCAD Presents: A Conversation With Edith Head

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Looking for something to do over the coming winter nights? There's only so many times you can watch The Wolf of Wall Street, but fear not my fellow tFSers because there’s a terribly fashionable new show in town for you to check out.

This month marks the Canadian premiere of A Conversation With Edith Head, a play that tells the delicious tale of Hollywood’s legendary costume designer, Edith Head. Outside the SATC franchise or Coco Before Chanel, there are few productions that fuse my two favourite passions of fashion and film, but this theatrical romp promises to be filled with humour, ambition and above all, glamour.

Over her six-decade career of costume design, Head worked on 1,131 motion pictures and helped shape Hollywood history by creating costumes for some of the greatest movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Bette Davis, to name a few! She’s kind of a big deal and — notwithstanding her Oscar wins — even spawned her own witty collection of quotes: “A dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady,” and, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it,” being two such timeless maxims.

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The one-woman play itself will be a behind-the-scenes look at movie lore, starring artist Susan Claassen, whose deft channeling of the godmother of costume design has delighted audiences across the U.S. The show now comes to Toronto, directed by Claassen and produced by The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD), following an Indiegogo campaign that raised $2500 to cover housing it at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555).

It will run January 17 -19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. and tix can be found for $40 on the theatre's box office page. In the meantime, I’ll be digging out some Coke bottle-glasses and cutting my own blunt bangs (don’t try this at home) in preparation.

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The Textile Federation and London Fashion Weekend’s Design Competition

If you’re an emerging print designer looking for that lucky break, we have the very competition for you. London Fashion Week is just on the horizon, which also means that the fun Vodafone London Fashion Weekend which follows is almost here too.

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This year, London Fashion Weekend is teaming up with the Textile Federation and launching the design competition London Perspectives. They’re asking people to design a print that demonstrates what inspires them about London. The entry, however, must have a music, architecture or fashion angle, and whether you’re a Londoner or have just paid the city a visit, it’s easy to be inspired by these mediums of which London is brimming at the seams. London is filled with amazing architecture, cool young musicians and hosts an eclectic mix of fashion trends. So, choose your favourite and get designing.

The winning design will be chosen by a member of the British Fashion Council alongside members of the Textile Federation, which is made up of some of the best contemporary design talent around. So rest assured that the best design will truly win!

You’ve got until January 19 to get your entries in over at Textilefederation.com, and the winning design will be transformed into T-Shirts and sold at Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend. 

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Edie Campbell for Jil Sander: This is the Weirdest Campaign We’ve Seen All Season

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Image: Vogue.it

Designers have taken many different approaches to their Spring 2014 ads: Hedi Slimane glorified the teen (rich white) girl for Saint Laurent; Raf Simons cast a group of models to join him in Dior's heavenly sphere; Prada chose to focus on the clothes; Marc Jacobs asked Miley Cyrus to kill somebody; Alexander Wang simply said "F*ck it all" and locked himself inside a toilet stall. As we say in fashion, there's more than one way to fry an egg, but who needs all that cholesterol*?

But even with all these varied approaches, Jil Sander's is the weirdest campaign we've seen all season. Photographed by David Sims and featuring models Edie Campbell and Ben Waters (the latter is also a womenswear design student at Central Saint Martins), the ads pick up on the haphazard, lo-fi quality of Internet art. In one photo (below), it looks like Cambell is lost in a wild, tropical garden but also conducting a sexy Google Hangout session.

 Sims and Campbell were both also tapped for Jil Sanders' Fall 2013 campaign

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*Spoiler: I do. Give it to me. 

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Link Buzz: Alexander Wang Goes to Bathroom; Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez Are Special Friends

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Image: WWD

  • Alexander Wang reveals part of his Spring 2014 campaign, featuring models Anna EwersZuzu Tadeushuk and Toilet Stalls. [WWD]
     
  • J. Crew's maternity line expands to denim. "Jeanius," as the kids say in their clickable headlines. [FabSugar]
     
  • Looking to expand your fashion vocab? So is my cat. [InStyle]
     
  • A Times writer goes on a brave journey, seeking answers to the question, Why can't I have my own Wikipedia page?  [NYTimes]
     
  • An in-depth feature exploring the self-help movement behind Lululemon's corporate culture. [Racked]
     
  • Some people know how to give themselves ombre glitter manicures; I'm still mastering the art of taking naps. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Fashion bloggers: Extremely evil or a lesser evil? [BoF]
     
  • Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez had a wonderful time smooching, smoking e-cigarettes and taking selfies at the Knicks game on Tuesday night. [DailyMail]

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V Magazine Promises to Answer the Question: ‘Why Can’t Kate Upton Keep Her Clothes On?’

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Image: VMagazine

For V Magazine's Spring 2014 Issue, editor Stephen Gan tapped Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated Swimwear model turned Vogue cover girl, to appear on the front of the magazine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh.

Rather than run two separate covers, the glossy created a special transparent overlay with a photograph of Upton styled by Nicola Formichetti in a Diesel denim bodysuit (below). The reader can peel it back to reveal the real cover, pictured above, which shows the model standing in the exact same pose, wearing a bikini. The accompanying cover line reads, "Why Can’t Kate Upton Keep Her Clothes On?”

Asked about the caption by WWD, Gan explains that the cover concept and accompanying feature are meant to explore the curious connection between celebrity, sexuality and fashion: “It has always intrigued me, as I’m sure it has to most readers, how someone gets embraced by the general public for taking their clothes off and loved by the fashion world for keeping them on.”

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Juergen Teller Wouldn’t Photograph Miley Cyrus for Her Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Campaign

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Image: Forums via TheSociety

Marc Jacobs was looking for the perfect campaign model, one that would really highlight — but not overshadow — the integrity and high design standards of his Spring 2014 collection. Obviously, there was only one choice: Miley Cyrus.

Photographed by David Sims, Miley is pictured sitting on a dark and stormy beach, flanked by models Natalie Westling and Esmerelda Seay Reynolds.

Although the mood and setting are consistent with the designer's past campaigns, it isn't the work of Jacobs' longtime collaborator, Juergen Teller. WWD reports that the German fashion photographer passed on the project because he didn't want to work with Cyrus. 

“I have worked with Juergen for years and love him as an artist,” Jacobs told the trade. “He just didn’t want to shoot her.”

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