So far, 2012 has felt like one continuous party in Britain with events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, and we were beginning to feel a little disappointed that all of the excitement was now over, that was until we remembered that our favourite event was just around the corner: London Fashion Week, of course! With shows beginning at the end of next week, we’re already super excited to see the new trends. It’s not only us who’s already getting in a fashionable mood, as Topshop has already released teasing pics of its forthcoming JW Anderson collection, with its official launch set to coincide with LFW on the 14 September.
JW Anderson’s Topshop Collection
Anderson reportedly explained that his Topshop collection is heavily influenced by his own ready-to-wear label, and that he designed the collection with his own sister in mind. We wish we had a brother who would do this for us too! Anderson also believes that Topshop is integral to London Fashion Week as it’s the epitome of British fashion, so perhaps it’s his personal adoration for the brand which has twisted his arm into collaborating with them, rather than a hefty pay cheque! We couldn’t be happier that he loves Topshop so much, as now this means that we too can shop an awesome designer’s range at a fraction of the price.
The British Fashion Awards
This year, fashion still also has the British Fashion Awards to celebrate, which is taking place on the 27 November, and this week, its nominees were revealed. The event celebrates this year’s most acclaimed designers, with the most prestigious prize being the Designer of the Year award. The most sought-after prize will see Stella McCartney battling it out against Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and Victoria Beckham. It’ll be a tough competition for sure, as this year’s runners have all received an abundance of praise, from Stella most famously dressing Team GB, to Victoria Beckham dressing an array of A-Listers and her designs even being approved of by Karl Lagerfeld. Who’ll win is anybody’s guess.
So, how how are we going to occupy ourselves until LFW? Well, Fashion's Night Out, obviously! FNO is hitting London this week, so expect some exclusive coverage.
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Toronto is fit to bursting this week with TIFF and Fashion's Night Out, but if you're the kind of person who likes their heels high and their Moleskins filled, you may want to add one more event to your social calendar.
This week, luxury retailer Holt Renfrew will celebrate its 175th Anniversary in some serious style. Designers ranging from Alice + Olivia, to Michael Kors, to Kate Spade have been commissioned to create speciality items all in Holt Renfrew's trademark magenta colour. Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin have made fantastic pumps especially for the celebration, all sporting the bold Holt Renfrew magenta.
For the more budget-conscious buyers, there's a magenta canvas totes from Michael Kors for $98, while those with deep pockets can swoon over the Pacato Max Mara ostrich-skin handbag for $3,840.
Even Coca-Cola have joined in on the pink parade by presenting bottles of Diet Coke in limited edition Holt Renfrew 175th glass bottles, packaged in an iconic magenta shopping bag case.
But before you grab your wallet and Judith Leiber, you may want to read on because Holt has one more surprise in store for its anniversary celebrations. Can I get a drumroll please…
At 11:30 AM sharp on September 8, the flagship Toronto Bloor Street store will welcome a very special guest: Elton John! Along with his long-time partner David Furnish, the pair will be launching their limited edition NEST fragrance candle ($50), from which profits will donated to Elton's very-own charity, The Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Those not living in Tdot may miss out on meeting the Rocket Man himself, but on the bright side, the Calgary store will welcome Nanette Lepore, Vancouver will play host to Sergio Antonini, and those in Montreal will be rubbing shoulders with Temple St. Clair.
Images via HoltRenfrew.com
A few weeks ago, we got confirmation that Australia would get its own edition of Elle courtesy of ACP magazines. But now former ACP editor Alison Veness has one-upped the publishing powerhouse with news that she will launch local editions of high fashion Brit glossies 10 Magazine and 10 Men.
Inadvertently slapping the faces of her ex-employers, the former Harper’s Bazaar editor and founding editor of Australian Grazia will compensate for her two-year hiatus from print by taking on the roles of publisher, editor, and director of both 10 and 10 Men. The deal she’s landed with Zac Publishing will see the magazine launching as a biannual hardcover print magazine in February and as a digital title from September.
Veness left ACP back in 2011 as Grazia started falling victim to slumping circulation rates, turning her shrewd hand to strategy working as a brand consultant for Collette Dinnigan. But it appears she’s putting the current state of print down to a failure to sate our appetite for fashion both bold and expensive.
“10 and 10 Men is a natural fit for Australian consumers who are internationally renowned for their love of fashion and have a thirst for luxury across all platforms. 10 is an independent, free-thinking and credible fashion destination among a plethora of formulaic, celebrity-obsessed publications,” Veness asserted via press release last week.
Certainly 10 has more in common with independent local magazines that are thriving in the face of economic uncertainty. Oyster recently celebrated their 100th print issue alongside a boost in print advertising and exponential growth digitally, and Russh has experienced an 18% growth in subscriptions over the last year. They manage this, too, with smaller budgets than titles like Vogue and Grazia, so there’s no reason that a combination of Vaness’ smarts and 10’s cutting-edge content won’t cause the publication to thrive. The Australian version will allegedly feature much of the same content as its British counterpart, with the addition of material tailored to suit a local audience.
Karlie Kloss’s career has been going pretty well, but she thinks she can do better. So, she’s signing with IMG. [Fashionologie]
I think we can all agree that Michelle Obama was all-around awesome at the DNC last night, right? [Fashionista]
Thinking of starting the fall season off with a bang? Here are some styles you may want to try. Or not. [The Cut]
If you don’t want to try bangs this fall, then maybe you want to channel your inner cowgirl instead. [Fabsugar]
Because they need to air something other than hair-pulling housewives, Bravo has renewed The Rachel Zoe Project for a fifth season. [Styleite]
The girl in this unbearably cool Jean Paul Gaultier short is such a gentleman. [Racked]
A lot of Kim Kardashian's outfits have been noticeably better since she started dating Kanye West. This is not one of them. [INF Daily]
For more than a year now, Christian Louboutin has been battling Yves Saint Laurent in court over whether YSL infringed on Louboutin’s 2008 trademark of red-soled shoes. The drama all started when YSL produced a pair of all-red pumps for their Resort 2011 collection.
Louboutin sprang into action and sought an injunction to prevent YSL from selling said red shoes, but in August 2011 an appellate judge, who also raised questions about the legality of the Louboutin brand’s trademark on red-soled shoes, denied the injunction. Of course, Louboutin wasn’t a fan of that decision and promptly filed an appeal.
In what seems like a small victory for the Louboutin brand today, a New York federal court of appeals has stated that Louboutin is, in fact, entitled to his red-sole trademark – except when the entire shoe is red. In the grand scheme of things, this is a victory for Louboutin because he has reestablished his right to protect his trademark against anyone and everyone. But, in terms of the YSL case, my take on things is that no real progress has been made. Sure, he can continue to pursue his case, but since the YSL pump in question is entirely red, making it theoretically immune to Louboutin trademark infringement, doesn’t it look like Louboutin will lose in the end? This should be a case-closed moment on Christian Louboutin versus YSL.
So, why is this battle still raging on and clogging up the legal system? It looks like Louboutin is hoping his luck will hold and the next judge will rule that he has a monopoly on all-red shoes as well. The case is already set to go back to a lower court for review with today’s ruling in mind.
Celebrities often seem to live life in a bit of a bubble, with the rest of us observing them as if they are captured and on display for our viewing pleasure. For the cover of AnOther Magazine’s Fall 2012 issue, actress Carey Mulligan has quite literally been photographed by Craig McDean within a giant plastic bubble. Styled by Olivier Rizzo, Mulligan wears structured tailored pieces by Prada and Miu Miu. The cover shot is unconventional, but forum members love what they see.
“I like the composition a lot actually,” honeycombchild shared. “Unusual for a cover shot, it's rather nice.”
Razzer called the cover composition “unique and eye catching.”
YoninahAliza posted, “I love that they shot her inside a giant bubble – it's certainly not something you see every day! I think it works really well, especially with the way Carey is styled for the cover.”
This issue of AnOther Magazine goes on sale next week, and in addition to Carey, you can expect a couture story shot in Paris, and a tribute to fashion’s power girls (Guinevere Van Seenus, Miranda Kerr, Natasha Poly, and Magdalena Frackowiak) styled by Olivier Rizzo and photographed by Willy Vanderperre.
Image courtesy of AnOther Magazine.