The weekend when the much-anticipated X Factor returned to British TV screens with a new judging panel consisting of pop stars Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and industry insider Louis Walsh, boy were we excitied to see what talent this year would have to offer. The X Factor has proved to be a great way to find undiscovered talent, but if you cast your mind just a couple of years back, to when Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue fronted the panel, you’ll quickly remember that we were dying to tune in every Saturday night for a totally different reason — for the dress-offs between the pair, of course! Each Saturday the excitement built amongst the nation regarding what they would wear and which of two would look best. Most often, it was Dannii who won, looking dazzling in an array of couture gowns and sought-after pieces by the like of designers like Victoria Beckham. She seemed to be putting a lot of effort in (you could tell because she had a new haircut every week), and it paid off.
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The New Judges' Styles
Since the Cheryl and Dannii days however, the show has unfortunately become a lot less stylish. When we heard that Nicole Scherzinger was joining the panel this year, we breathed a sigh of relief and hoped that she’d up the style stakes and make the X Factor a fashionable must again. So far though, her fashion choices aren't quite at Cheryl and Dannii's level, but if the structured white dress which she wore on the show's photo call is anything to go by, she's definitely on her way! We’re so going to tune in each week and watch her style evolution. Tulisa's style (pictured above with Nicole) still needs a lot of work, judging by that striped body-con dress. Tulisa should take a leaf out of Dannii's book (above, right), and learn how to work an elegant look.
Wanna see diffusion done right? Check out brother-sister fashion brand camilla and marc’s new(ish) second line, C&M. Camilla and Marc Freeman launched C&M back in 2007 as swimwear-only, but have now expanded it into an accessible, affordable, youthful version of their luxe mainline.
C&M’s debut collection “Coachella Valley” finds inspiration in the Californian music festival, though anyone hoping to find a nicely over-elaborate feather headdress or see-through crochet mini dress will find themselves severely out of luck. C&M’s take on festival fashion is an effortless, energetic take on the brand’s mother line, channeling camilla and marc’s signature contemporary-feminine aesthetic into a range of crisp white dresses, latticed and scalloped shorts, and prints that scream “summer” louder than a neon snow cone.
The bold leopard pieces are particularly amazing, and a pair of white jeans printed with parrots are total genius. The Freeman siblings haven’t sacrificed quality either. The pieces that look like leather are actually leather and silk features heavily throughout, but you can still snap up a jersey top for $99 and nothing is priced above $400.
C&M comes as Camilla and Marc get ready to celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a fashion brand. In that time, they’ve cemented their place in the ranks of Australia’s most iconic new labels, and found followers among Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst, Abbie Cornish, and Rose Byrne. What better way to pay tribute than in a pair of star-print PJ pants and matching button-up shirt?
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In this day and age our entire lives are online — we socialize on Facebook and window-shop on Pinterest — so it’s only natural that we demand more from our fashion retailers. Not only do we want to shop online, but we also want to share these shopping experiences with friends, as if we were on a real brick and mortar shopping trip.
Luckily for us, the creation of the online platform Motilo has made our dreams a reality. Here, friends from different parts of the world can browse garments, create a style, and even purchase the items together. Could this genius idea get any better? Well, apparently it can. Today, it was exclusively revealed that Scottish born fashion designer Jonathan Saunders has teamed up with the platform, whereby we will not only be able to view live streams of his catwalk shows, but also be presented with the opportunity to pre-order selected items from the collection too. Join the virtual online queue now.
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London Fashion Week gets Digital
If we remember rightly, Motilo aren’t the only ones who have recognized our desire for a digital Fashion Week experience. Last Fashion Week, Topshop also created QR codes for customers to scan and watch behind the scenes footage. Plus, London Fashion Week itself has now got a digital section, with digital screenings taking place throughout London. Meaning that you don’t have to work directly within in the fashion industry to feel like you’re part of the action.
Discover Style Cloud
This week TFS also stumbled upon Style Cloud, an online wardrobe site. The platform allows you to photograph and upload pictures of your real life wardrobe, share them with friends, and get their advice about what you should wear. It’s definitely a must for those days when you really can’t afford a new outfit and can’t bring yourself to wear something which you’ve already worn a million times.
Hot on the heels of being named one of Canada's best menswear designers by Sharp Magazine, Philip Sparks has revealed his fall lineup of men's leather boots and will be showcasing them at his Toronto store, only until August 26.
Following the success of his pop-up shop earlier this year, Sparks recently opened his first standalone retail space in an airy former garage at 162 Ossington Ave. (side entrance off Foxley St.). Now with the arrival of the luxe men's boots, he's created a special shop-in-shop for the collection, re-styled with a vintage train station shoe-shine stand, steamer trunks and iron shelves topped with a classic line-up of wingtip, brogue and cap toe boots.
The boots are all lined in cozy shearling and available in either slick black or rich brown for the dandiest of manly men. They range in price between $350 and $395 for a tall boot; small change considering these are classic designs, made with quality leather, which can weather out the worst of Canadian winters year after year.
Known for his heritage tailoring and gentlemanly aesthetic — a taste he acquired while working with the design departments of the Canadian National Opera and the Stratford Festival — all of Sparks pieces are made entirely in Canada. He even draws inspiration from the country's great outdoors, as well as from found photographs, vintage fabrics, hardware, and notions.
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Robert Altman’s 1977 cult classic 3 Women is a slow burn of a film, the somewhat improvisational plot taking a backseat to the allure of its three main characters and its hazy Palm Springs setting. It’s also the inspiration for Lover’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection ‘Persona’, an ethereal selection of Lovery staples (floaty lace dresses, dusky pastels, pleated skirts, high collars) that eluded Fashion Week to surface in the form of this dreamy campaign.
Sure the clothes look pretty similar to every other Lover collection. There is enough creamy lace and delicate broderie anglaise to outfit an entire 19th Century township, and prim collared blouses come pointy, lacey, layered and even popped. But the context of Altman’s 1977 cult classic adds a surrealist touch: these are clothes you could wear to a boozy summer barbeque, but the collection would also be a suitable choice if you were a pregnant hippy artist lounging on the floor of an empty Palm Springs swimming pool painting reptilian humanoid figures on the dusty tiles.
As it happens the curtainesque floral pattern cropping up on the puffiest of puffy-sleeve blouses was inspired by these crazy murals Willie paints in the film. Other fresh touches in ‘Persona’ include the introduction of new colours like coral and a brownish beige, and last season’s metallic hues are carried through onto bronze pleated skirts. Also, bomber jackets! Don’t know how prevalent these were in 1970s Palm Springs, but they’re a welcome addition here jazzed up with prim collars and needlework.
‘Persona’ will be dropping in stores from August through November.
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Seems like Robert Pattinson is dealing with his heartbreak by maybe signing a campaign contract with Gucci? [INeedMyFix]
Also — and this seems less productive — by reading lots of gossip blogs. [Earsucker]
Agyness Deyn talks about her first campaign, and her hair. Substantive stuff. [Fashionologie]
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