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Chanel’s Canvas Bricolage Backpack, Inspired by Broke Art Students, Costs $3,400

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

From this month's issue of Vogue: a spotlight on Chanel's bricolage backpack, seen on the runway at the label's Spring 2014 show

According to the copy, the high-end item was inspired by a DIY punk aesthetic: "Picture a young art student spray-painting the blank canvas of a classic backpack and then personalizing it with loops of haphazardly woven ropes and heavy chains — just the kind of punk appropriation Karl Lagerfeld employed [in this instance.]" 

How much does it cost to carry a piece of Lagerfeld-designed rebellion? $3,400. That might sound a little steep for a horrific canvas backpack, stenciled with an oversized Chanel logo, but it's only a fraction of the cost of art school tuition. Not to mention — if you want to dress punk, you have to be willing to spend. 


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Is This Isabel Marant’s Spring 2014 Campaign? (Starring Daria Werbowy, Of Course)



As we noted earlier this week, the Spring 2014 ad campaigns are popping up all over the place through unofficial channels, which is fun news for the letters l, e, a and k.

Take the photo above, said to be an ad from the upcoming Isabel Marant campaign, which first appeared on the long-running French shopping and street style blog, Maydele. It stars perennial Marant muse Daria Werbowy, styled exclusively in items from the label's Spring 2014 collection, exuding the brand's signature je ne sais hot mess. If it looks like an Isabel Marant ad, walks like an Isabel Marant ad, quacks like an Isabel Marant ad…

We reached out to Isabel Marant for comment but have not heard back. 

[h/t Forums]

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Julia Nobis’ Vogue Italia Cover Looks Like the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Campaign


Julia Nobis has capped off a lucrative 2013 in the most perfect way possible — scoring a cover of one of the world’s most influential fashion magazines.

Nobis fronts the January 2014 issue of Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel. Meisel worked with the model on multiple editorials throughout 2013, further suggesting that this cover was only a matter of time.

The classic, portrait-style pose and ghostly lighting let Julia’s strong features stand out, an accomplishment considering she’s covered in giant Chanel pearls and a rainbow-colored dress from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection. If those headphone-like ones in particular look a little too familiar to you already, you’re not alone – they’ve already been featured on the covers of Vogue Australia and Harper’s Bazaar UK, plus debuted on the red carpet by zeitgeist-capturing celebrities Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus.

But there’s one brand in particular being brought to mind here, and it isn’t Chanel, but Louis Vuitton. If it weren’t for the pearls, forum commenter testinofan might be correct in calling this cover an outtake from Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2014 campaign, also shot by Meisel. Fiercification agrees that the similarities distract from the cover’s merits: "I quite like the coldness of the cover (esp for January), although it is far too similar to the LV campaign indeed.”

While the chilly aesthetic has left some commenters cold, the majority are in favor of the moody, classic style — reminiscent, as Mat Cyruss points out, of Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. *Ana* adds, “I get an early 2000s vibe from it, the pose the hair, Julia’s features. I like how the cold blues and whites make the Chanel outfit look more sober instead of creating a big contrast, and love the use of accessories…” Cottonmouth13 agrees the iciness and expression “are what makes this cover a good one.”

We’re also getting Louis Vuitton and giant Chanel pearl déjà vu, but besides that, it’s a gorgeous cover. Seems timing really is everything. 

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Chanel, Dior, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Fendi: Spring 2014 Campaigns Leak to the tFS Forums


The Spring 2014 campaigns are here, kind of. Last night, ahead of all the official online releases, tFS Forum member Northern Star (perfect handle) scanned and shared several major Spring 2014 campaigns from his Feburary Issue of Tatler. Notable ads were from Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Prada*. 

So much fashion, so much spring. For a second, you might forget how cold it is outside:


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Us Weekly Cover Spoof: Time to Look at More A-Holes



Originally created by the Tumblr LiarTownUSA, which features graphic designer Sean Tejaratchi's devastingly crude Internet commentary in Photoshop form, this Us Weekly cover spoof is worth a look. If you're a tabloid skeptic, the copy might resemble the internal monologue running through your head when you're looking at one of these covers. Except my internal monologue doesn't use the word "assholes" quite so much. 

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