In a roundup of designer holiday cards, British Elle included this insane Christamas card from Elizabeth Hurley. Dressed like sexy Santa, the actress is pictured cavorting with snow lions. Hurley dreamed up this concept, executed it and delivered the final product to her wide network of contacts — can you imagine? [
Bee Shaffer spent Christmas Instagramming what it's like to spend the holidays at Anna Wintour's house, as Anna Wintour's daughter. An experience that does not involve a tree: "My mom threw out our tree before Christmas Day because 'it was too messy.'" [Instagram via HuffPo]
Cara Delevingne delivers a bizarre/great Christmas speech for Love Magazine's Advent Calendar. Features a onesie and an enormous novelty box of Nerds (the candy). [Love via Fashionista]
I spent yesterday lounging in a longsleeved fleece mumu and men's long underwear. In contrast, Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen tartan dress. Such perspective. [FabSugar]
- UnHoliday Bonus: Researchers at UC San Diego have created an algorithm that properly identify social types like hipster, goth, surfer, biker. [BusinessInsider]
Big news: The year is over. Done with, done-zo, finished, finito, kablam. We will soldier on into the brave future — but first, let's reflect on where we've been. (By we, I mean me.)
This year, we tackled some of fashion trickiest, stickiest subjects. We goo-be-goned them, as best we could. I'm referring to designer copyright, luxury pricing, the real costs of fast fashion, body diversity and bad moods.
I've included the most compelling topics in the slideshow below, but then there's moar, moar, moar on the second page. Don't miss any of it!
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Happy holidays? Nothing says 'tis the season like models styled in glittery mesh minidresses and lethal stilettos, snuggled up with gleaming silver pillows and photographed by Terry Richardson. Jourdan Dunn, Ming Xi, Jessica Stam and Lily Donaldson star in Aldo's Holiday 2013 campaign.
Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen return as the faces of Coach for the Spring 2014 campaign, photographed by Craig McDean. The pair also appeared in the label's Fall 2013 campaign, which was billed as a rebranding: "Expect to see a refined, modern look across all of our collections as Coach continues its transformation into a premier lifestyle brand," the American luxury house announced in a press release.
Like previous campaigns, the Spring 2014 ads play up the label's NYC roots with the setting, "a backdrop of gritty New York neighbourhoods," as L'Officiel Singapore described it — though to us, it looks less "gritty" and more like Greenwich Village.
Bad news, denim junkies of the antipodes: Beloved Australian label Ksubi has gone into receivership.
The youth market staple, founded by George Gorrow and man-about-town Dan Single 13 years ago, has appointed receivers following a financially rough few months. Ksubi’s parent company Bleach (now trading as Mentmore) was placed under voluntary administration just this past August.
The brand’s six stores nationwide will continue to peddle stock while receivers decide the fate of the label.
“While there has been some necessary rationalisation of overheads including staff at head office, the companies are continuing to trade seven retail outlets throughout metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, in addition to a popular online retail store,” the firm said in a statement.
But if you’re feeling bummed about the rocky future of your wardrobe’s denim component, spare a thought for the thirty employees at Ksubi’s Rosebery headquarters. With just a week to go before Christmas, they’ve not only lost their jobs but are apparently being denied their final week’s salary and their superannuation.
“A lot of people who have been there for quite a while who have left and are owed a substantial amount of super,” a source at the company told the Daily Telegraph. Nor can they drown their sorrows at the company’s expense, with the staff Christmas party also being abruptly cancelled.
The news follows a string of closures within the local industry. Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan have all recently announced the closing of their doors, though Dinnigan will continue with her diffusion and children’s lines.
Meanwhile, Single still has his new General Pants-parented baby Daan. And affordable fashion fiends will have plenty of options in the way of overseas youth market chains – the continuing prevalence of which has no doubt played a role in all these shutterings.