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Brit Retailer Whistles Launches in the US

It’s hard to imagine life before online shopping and the convenience of being able to instantly get your fashion fix without leaving the comfort of your own home, but you’ve got to agree that nothing quite beats going down to the real brick and mortar stores for a spot of retail therapy, right?

So, those of you who are based in the U.S. with a penchant for Brit fashion will love to learn that although the U.K. retailer Whistles has been shipping stateside for a while, it's now opened its first concession within the department store Bloomingdale’s.

A dress, romper and white backpack from Whistles

If you want to switch those virtual rails for real life ones, you can find the shop in shop over at the 59th Street store in New York, and as Whistles counts a number of high profile trendsetters and celebs amongst its fans, including the Duchess of Cambridge, we’re sure that lines will turn around pretty quickly. So, our advice is to snap up your favourite pieces as soon as you can.

And in effortlessly elegant Whistles style, it's teamed up with photographer and stylist Garance Doré to create a short fashion film #BellesAndWhistles to celebrate the U.S. launch. It features several rather fitting whistling ladies showing off their own personal style.

Images: Whistles

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Link Buzz: Lindsay Lohan Grows a Beard; Happy Birthday to Cher!

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  • It's Cher's 68th birthday; please pay your respects. [FabSugar]
     
  • We're finally getting a hint of former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts' plans for Apple retail. [Racked]
     
  • Nautical nail art for Memorial Day, if you're feeling crafty. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Anna Wintour will host another Obama fundraiser, which will be attended by the President himself. [PageSix]
     
  • Zosia Mamet has some good thoughts on the pitfalls of Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In campaign: "Feminism was meant to empower us as women, to build us up for fighting on male-dominated battlefields. It did that, but it did some other things as well. It gave us female role models like Hillary and Oprah and Beyoncé and in the process implied that mogul-hood should be every woman’s goal. We kept the old male ideas of success: power and money. We need new ones!" [Glamour]
     
  • How has Gap managed to avoid a near-certain death? [Mashable]
     
  • Probably the craziest thing Lindsay Lohan has eevvver done. [TMZ]

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Amber Valletta Shows Off Newly Cropped Hair for Allure Magazine (Forum Buzz)

Amber Valletta graces the cover of Allure's June 2014 issue, showing off her newly cropped hair which was cut and styled by Garren. For Amber's eighth cover of Allure, she is seen posing for Tom Munro in a silk jacquard dress from Bottega Veneta. For Valletta's cut, Garren wanted to create a versatile style which would suit Amber's routine and wouldn't be too demanding of attention when styling herself. However, members of theFashionSpot forums aren't fond of the style and think it's 'dated'.

Allure  with short hair on the cover of Allure June 2014

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"Looks like one of those bad catalogs that you find at cheap hair salons… " writes Thefrenchy.

"it looks so dated…I don't think that cut is doing her any favors," replied kimair.

Blueorchid thinks the magazine's covers are dated in general: "I find all Allure covers to be really dated, they all look like they're from 2002-2005 to me. Every month! Amber looks great though, this is a nice surprise."

A change in opinion flooded into the thread when cottonmouth13 wrote, "I am truly in love with this. The haircut is giving me a 1993 vibe when Amber started to hit big. And I'm super glad with the fact that she's on the cover."

"Amber looks so young on the cover," commented petit fours.

Do you think Amber's new cut suits her? Check out the thread and join the discussion here.

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Versace Brings Back Crotchless Chaps With Its Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Yesterday on InstagramMert Alas posted a preview of the Versace Fall 2014 ads, which he shot together with longtime collaborator Marcus Piggott. The first thing to note is the presence of crotchless chaps in the menswear campaign, which stars models Filip Hrivnak and Daan van der Deen:

Versace Ad with two shirtless male models in crotchless embellished chaps

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I don't know how you feel about crotchless pants, but you have to appreciate Versace's attention to detail: the way the printing on the underwear complements the embroidery crawling across the leg of Daan's jeans and the graphic on his T-shirt. If you have any inclination to wear crotchless pants, this is how you do it. 

There are other, chest-related aspects of this photo that we could discuss, but I'll leave you to silently ponder those while I move on to the womenswear campaign below. Please join me whenever you're ready.

Versace Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

Image: Instagram/MertAlas

I wish this were the baseline for fashion photography (and in fact, it does borrow something from two of the genre's most influential practitioners — Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton). The image, featuring models Anna Ewers and Stella Tennant, is sleek and sexy; it makes me want to buy Versace clothing, and I don't typically identify with the Versace brand. Combining high commercial appeal with a strong conceptual vision, the ad draws you in as a viewer and evokes a mood. 

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More Details Surface on Rita Ora x Adidas

Internationally, Rita Ora is known as a pop princess whose star is still rising. Stateside, she's that girl who is a singer or something, who's always hanging out with Cara Delevingne and getting invited to awards shows when she's never nominated for anything. Despite the fact that she hasn't made waves on the Billboard charts in our neck of the woods, her international fame has had brands clamoring for Rita Ora, who signed on for a three-season partnership with Adidas.

The streets have been buzzing about Ora's latest effort for months, but now, WWD has more details on the forthcoming project. The range is divided up into five capsule themes, offering apparel, accessories and footwear, which will trickle out between the months of August and November. The first, her "Black" line will be available starting August 21, with her "Pastel" and "Colorblock Packs" debuting September 4. Her "Spray" and "Roses" collections drop November 1–just in time for holiday shopping.

The collection is a reflection of Rita's funky style. Expect glow-in-the-dark detailing, bold floral prints, see-through panels, reptile-embossed leather, lots and lots of florals and more. The singer's been slowly leaking looks from the collection–she's been spotted around town sporting a few of the pieces already, and she's even posted previews to Instagram:

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Kate Winslet’s Harper’s Bazaar Cover is ‘Too Festive For June’ (Forum Buzz)

We're spoiled with new magazine covers surfacing on the forums this week. Harper's Bazaar's June/July 2014 cover with Kate Winslet was posted over the weekend and we're getting mixed reviews from our forum members. The actress is seen lounging against a red backdrop, hand in her hair and looking sultry as ever while being photographed by Daniel Jackson and wearing a black Lanvin dress.

US Harper's Bazaar June July 2014 Kate Winslet

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"I think it is too festive for June, isn't it? it looks like a Christmas cover… and her decollete looks so inhuman," writes GlamorousBoy, who clearly wasn't feeling the cover.

"This looks like a November or January cover or something. Beautiful Kate though so I'm always happy to see her around," commented honeycombhild.

Miss Dalloway was simply unsatisfied: "Oh my! What is up with June covers?! None of the women on them look their best, what a bad angle, bad layout, bad background…nothing works here. And as if it wasn't crowded enough, lets put a HUGE banner!"

"There's a certain hardness to this cover shot that I actually like. It's a woman who doesn't seem too impressed by who's looking at her. Or perhaps it's the person taking her picture," wrote tigerrouge.

While I also agree the cover shot is more fitting for a winter cover, I cannot help but love this. It's different to what the other publications are doing this month. Kate looks incredible and Daniel Jackson has become a credit to American Bazaar.

Be sure to join the discussion within the thread here.
 

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