Strip any Sass & Bide collection back to its core and you’ll find a play between strong and soft, and it’s an amped-up version of this contrast that defines the brand’s first foray into lingerie.
Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton’s exclusive new lingerie line for Myer is a knockout collection of playful separates, modelled in the equally exuberant campaign by Aussie bombshell Jess Hart. Epitomising the spirit of Sass & Bide with her golden skin (presumably helped along with a little airbrushing) and famous gap-toothed smile, Jess looks every bit the Australian mega-babe in bold colours, feminine lace, playful prints and delicate hardware detailing.
The collection is sexy, but not explicitly so. It retains a Sass & Bide bite by mixing traditional lingerie staples with contemporary elements, with French navy and coquettish lace meeting unexpected cut-outs and bright pops of neon.
The best part is that the collection is surprisingly affordable. Prices start from $29.95 for briefs and $49.95 for bras, and are available in 30 Myer stores nationally as of this month. Give your undies drawer a pre-summer makeover and show David Jones it isn't the only mega Australian department store worth its weight in hype.
Images via Vogue.com.au
Hey look! Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olsen on Mad Men, decided to "do a Miley" & cut her hair & gloss it up & dye it blonde. Her hair is now short & glossy & blonde!
The actress showed up to the New York premiere of For A Good Time, Call... with her brand new 'do safely stashed on top of her head, where she wouldn't lose it. People with business cards which read "photographer" took her picture with their cameras and then sent them to photo agencies around the world. Upon recieving the pictures of Elisabeth Moss' new hair, the agencies uploaded the images to their server and indexed them to their subscriber library. Then, subscribers downloaded the photos of Elisabeth Moss and her new haircut to their computers before reposting the pictures to various media outlets and social networks. And thus, some buzz was born.
People really freak out when celebrities cut and/or dye their hair for reasons I don't fully understand but I think it has something to do with sexism and capitalism, duh.
For the record, Moss looks too cute but there is no way in Helsinski that this is ever going to be a Peggy Olsen-approved 'do.
Image via Dan Jackman/WENN.com
Mario Testino shot Nicole Kidman in nothing more than a skirt (does that thing even really qualify as a skirt?) and a bad wig for the cover of V’s Fall 2012 issue. Kidman clearly enjoys being a chameleon and takes pride in the transformations she’s willing to go through for a role, but this one just isn’t working. I kind of hate everything about this cover and think it’s possible that Kidman may have never looked worse, but maybe that’s the objective?
Blueorchid noted, “It kind of ties in with her character in that movie The Paperboy... So, I don't think keeping it ‘classy’ was the point.”
Not everyone was as put off as I was. Miss Dalloway posted, “Well, huge kudos for being game to do this, she does look like her role from The Paperboy, even the wig! I certainly wouldn't expect Kidman to be willing to go this route for the magazine cover, but if the face was slightly better this would have been great.”
Saann was actually kind of loving it. “I'm thrilled over how tacky this is,” she confessed. “The hair, the ass cheeks, the makeup. My repressed inner white trash self is quivering with joy right now!”
The accompanying editorial is significantly better than the cover, but you can expect more of that same white trashiness that saann is drawn to. Here’s a taste:
Images courtesy of V Magazine.
Are you the kind of girl who’ll sneakily bag a bargain at Primark and pray that nobody figures out where you actually bought your outfit? Or, perhaps you’re quite partial to slipping the odd piece of Florence and Fred into your basket as you dash through Tesco where really you should just be doing your weekly grocery shopping? As fashion lovers who drool over the catwalks and lust after couture pieces, are we becoming a nation of fashion snobs who are embarrassed to admit that we, too, love a bit of extremely cheap fast fashion? (Despite the fact that its poor quality means that it’s only suitable to be worn for a season.) Quite possibly so, and although we’re often less hasty to reveal where we snapped up our bargain, it’s the fast fashion retailers’ increasing sales figures which shout out the truth.
Ever heard of Matalan?
Matalan is just one of Britain’s most famous fast fashion chains which stocks womens, mens, childrens, and homeware ranges at incredibly low prices. Unlike the powerful Primark stores, however, Matalan tends to only have larger stores that are located just outside of town centres, as well as its online store (a must in this day and age). In a bid to attract more customers, they are rolling out a cool new marketing plan: it was announced yesterday that they are partnering with ITV and launching a new weekly online fashion TV show.
Matalan’s Online Fashion TV Show
The new show will be aired on itv.com and Matalan.co.uk, and will be hosted by Closer magazine’s Style Editor Kat Byrne and streamed on the magazine’s website.
Celebs in Matalan
In the past, Matalan has had the odd celebrity collaboration such as reality TV star Katie Price’s homeware range as well as quite a few famous people admitting to shopping there or simply being photographed leaving a store. The X Factor judge Tulisa famously wore a Matalan dress to the Brit Awards show (above). The point is, if Matalan is good enough for celebrities, then it’s definitely worth a visit! We’re already sure that its new TV show will twist our arms into making a purchase too.
Images: Vince Maher
Pop is one of those magazines that marches to the beat of its own drum, and that’s the way we like it. For its Fall/Winter 2012-2013 issue, the publication chose an image shot by Viviane Sassen and styled by Vanessa Reid, of model Sui He (sans arms) in Balenciaga. Sui He’s lower half also seems to be missing. Perhaps this has something to do with the issue’s “Warrior Woman” theme? Even without limbs, she looks like a badass.
“Whoa, creepy!” Psylocke commented. “Definitely not what I expected when I read that Sui He's on the cover. I feel like the print on that Balenciaga top is the main cover subject here; it's certainly interesting and very creative. Sui He of course looks gorgeous. I like this!”
Jmrmartinho wrote, “Finally Pop! This is quite unexpected. When I opened the thread it looked normal but then I scrolled down and she has no body. It’s unexpected but the cover would look better with her body on. Sui looks gorgeous and so does the styling and the landscape, the logo (as ever) looks striking. Good job!”
MulletProof was also a fan. “I love it,” she posted. “It's got that dose of creepy, kitschy, pretty that distinguishes Pop from the rest… come to think of it I think this is what's particularly 'Pop' to me, that they honor the name of the magazine and their productions tend to be heavily influenced by the art world and pop culture. There's a bit of irony that feels natural to the magazine, and consistency. I buy Pop once a year (always miss an issue) and it's always a treat. In a way I feel like the fact that people have forgotten it and it's not over-hyped has given them enough liberty to do as they please.”
Pop is fantastically weird, and it works. The issue hits newsstands on August 22.
Photo courtesy of Pop Magazine via fashionologie.com
It’s always great when Carmen Kass lands a magazine cover, because when she’s given the opportunity she really knows how to turn it on and remind us of how awesome she is. Vogue Mexico’s September issue cover (and an accompanying editorial) shot by Koray Birand, is a perfect example of what Carmen can do. The styling isn’t particularly noteworthy (though she is outfitted in a Dior leather jacket and Costume National skirt), and the hair and makeup are relatively simple as well, but Carmen looks fierce, to put it in Top Model terms. She’s giving great face with that penetrating stare and her pose clearly telegraphs that she’s in charge.
Forum members were pleasantly surprised to see Carmen on the cover. Jmrmartinho wrote, “I was hoping for Coco Rocha but this is a super nice surprise! Carmen is someone you can always count for a great result. The photographer did a great job adjusting the background with her and the styling is working.”
“So STRONG!!! Love it!” Bertrando3 exclaimed. He is right.
“Very cool!” justaguy commented. “Great cover and Carmen looks amazing. Not totally in love with the styling, but I do love the 90s vibe.”
Hear that magazines? We love Carmen, so please hire her. She is awesome and we want to see more of her.
Image courtesy of Vogue Mexico.