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Tim Gunn Stars in the Fifth & Pacific Rebranding Video

"Where is Fifth & Pacific?" asks a new video starring Tim Gunn. 

The Project Runway mentor takes the question super literally — he stops New Yorkers on the street to ask for directions. It's cute because Fifth and Pacific isn't a real NYC intersection. On the other hand, it's not a move that inspires confidence in the creative director of the newly-formed brand. The ad tries to make a joke out of Gunn's inexplicable ignorance, but it never really takes off.

Liz Claiborne became Fifth & Pacific in May last year, and the name change reflects the sale of the company's former namesake brand to JC Penney. (The fourth Google search result for Liz Claiborne is a Business Insider post titled, "The Liz Claiborne Disaster Timeline." Eeek.)

Okay, so I do think this video is kind of schmaltzy (sry), but maybe that's because I'm less interested in Fifth & Pacific's brand identity ("Where New York chic meets California cool" ugh) and more interested in the actual brand. Fifth & Pacific is made up of three well-known and distinctive labels — Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans — which in sum speak better to Fifth & Pacific's identity than any tagline could. A cabbie practically whispers that crucial information about the company's constitutive parts like two seconds before the end of the video. If three months from now, people are still asking the question, "Where's Fifth & Pacific?" it's gonna be the company's own fault.  

 

 

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Trend Alert: Feline Flats at The Bay

Forget about kitten heels because in every glossip mag (glossy + gossip, new word win?), it seems that some ironic celebrity hipster is wearing cats on their feet. Don't think that's some kind of convoluted metaphor like "dogs are barking" or a cool new nail art trend. What I'm talking about is the Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat flats that are about as common as a domestic tabby and now stocked at The Room (Hudson's Bay elite shopping experience).

No kidding, I've been spotting these shoes on everyone — Alexa Chung, Taylor Swift, Bella Thorne, SJP — since they first caught my eye in Katy Perry's Part of Me movie extravaganza. Of course, Kitty Purry has built a career on fruit, cats and whipped-cream squirting bras, which means she can get away with wearing virtually anything, but would you wear this feline friendly footwear?

The Bay are stocking the Charlotte Olympia flats in a range of colours at price points of either $595, or $845 for a leopard print, genuine pony skin pair.

If your budget doesn't quite stretch to three figures, then of course I'm going to suggest some knock-offs, like these $20 ballet flats from Boohoo, the $140 loafers from Footnotes, and the $65 printed flats from Free People. But notwithstanding the price, tell me now: are cat flats cute or nothing but kitschy krap? Me-ow!

Images via The Bay

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Stella McCartney Taps a Surprised-Looking Natalia Vodianova Once Again for Her Spring 2013 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 featuring Natalia Vodianova

If you were hoping to be surprised by Stella McCartney’s Spring 2013 ad campaign, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, because things are starting to get predictable. Kudos if you haven’t lost track yet, but Natalia Vodianova has been tapped for the umpteenth time to star in the brand’s ad campaign. Rest assured, that vacant stare Natalia has been using at every chance is still there.

“I think if she was wearing dorky eyeglasses, it would've worked but now they've added the 'ceiling eyes' technique. This feels very untoward!” Aedlacir commented.

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 featuring Natalia Vodianova

Chanelcouture09 wrote: “I'm over seeing Natalia for Stella McCartney now, it's getting lazy having her season after season. This is turning into another Lara Stone for Calvin Klein. I'm neutral to the ad though, she looks angelic and I do quite like her wide-eyed gaze into the distance,” he admitted.

“I don't mind Natalia as much as I mind the lack of creativity,” Elfinkova remarked.

In Stella’s defense, perhaps she’s more into consistency than innovation. But still, the element of surprise would be appreciated every now and then – and I don’t mean surprise in Natalia’s eyes. She still looks beautiful despite the stare though. And I might hate/envy her a little bit /a lot for it.

Images via the Fashion Spot forums.

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Take a Look at the Cover of Vogue Thailand’s Debut Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Thailand's debut issue - February 2013We’ve been tracking the news of Thailand getting its very own edition of Vogue for a while now, and we finally have an official look at the magazine’s debut issue. Featuring Thai model Si Tanwiboon in an ornamental headpiece made exclusively for Vogue Thailand by acclaimed milliner Philip Treacy, the publication is literally going for the gold on their first attempt.

There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the cover, but there doesn’t need to be. The magazine aims to stay true to Thai design and culture, and it seems to have achieved that.

Elle_gb, a forum member who hails from Thailand, posted: “I'm so happy with their first cover, they chose something that represents our culture. The headpiece is beyond words to describe; the model looks stunning.”

YoninahAliza agreed: “It's nice to see they went with a little nod to Thai culture for the first issue. And the gold tone to the cover is pretty. The cover looks really fantastic; it's a great way to start out a new edition. They still have tons of room to improve which I'm sure they'll do in the next issues, but for a first cover, I think it's quite lovely.”

“I like it! The colors make me think of a sunset at a temple in Bangkok; it feels very welcoming in a way,” navyvelvetbowtie commented.

So, Vogue Thailand definitely gets points for incorporating their culture into their first cover without being too over-the-top about it. As far as editorials go, there’s no real indication of what we can expect, but let’s hope they’re on the right track. We’ll keep you posted.

Image: facebook.com/voguethailand

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Kate Bosworth’s Sundance Fashion Misstep (Forum Buzz)

We all know Kate Bosworth is something of a fashion icon, and maybe she sometimes tries a little too hard to be on the cutting edge. Her look at the premiere of her new film, Big Sur, at the Sundance Film Festival is one of those times. She took a great look from Calvin Klein’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection and turned it into a scroll-down disaster by pairing it with white Spice Girls 2.0-style mid-calf boots.

“I just can't with the boots,” lelaid declared. “Maybe they'll grow on me because I love the rest of the outfit but I don’t know… they are so jarring.”

For balmain, the style fail went beyond just the boots. “If that top were a dress and you axed the skirt altogether, I think it wouldn't look half bad. There're just too many weird lengths happening,” she concluded.

“The shoes are too ABBA and the color of the skirt is a little off but the top part looks good,” Buttercup assessed.

Wolkfolk zeroed in on whether the look was appropriate for the premiere to begin with. “I'm sorry but she looks absolutely ridiculous here, especially when you consider how all the other actresses have been dressing since the beginning of Sundance,” he commented. “She's way too overdressed for the occasion and those 90s Spice Girls boots are just the worst final touch ever.”

To be fair to Kate, Calvin Klein Collection hosted a dinner that same night to fete the film, so it makes sense that she would be wearing a look by the brand. Those boots though. Can’t. Get. Past. Them.

Image: getty 

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John Galliano’s Brother “Joe” Makes an Appearance on Conan

You know how I feel about John Galliano's return to the high stakes world of mobile payments luxury fashion (and if you don't you can either read about it here or save yourself the seizure and just believe me when I tell you that you definitely, definitely don't agree with me) but do you know where the littler-known Galliano brother, Joe, stands on the former Dior designer's new position with Oscar de la Renta?

Joe called in to the Conan O'Brian show from Paris to talk about his brother's glorified internship … errr, comeback launch and to show off his fun and flirty collection of hats. 

It's so much fun. Have a great evening!

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