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  1. Stalking Ireland Baldwin: Are You Obsessed With Her Yet? [theFashionDish] - Ireland Baldwin may be the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, but the 18-year-old model has been steadily building a reputation and career all her own.
  2. Before You Buy: We Rank the Best (and Worst) Hair Primers and Protectors - We searched, we sprayed and we slathered our scalps in tons of follicle formulas to find you the best hair primers of the bunch.
  3. Style Showdown: Greta Gerwig and Keira Knightley Both Channel a Retro Vibe in Chanel and More Matching Celebs - Color was a major player in this week’s style showdown.
  4. On Celebrity Fashion Careers: ‘Kanye Never Counted, I’m Sorry’ [theFashionDish] - Although Victoria Beckham has established a strong reputation in the fashion industry, other celebrities who tried to make the leap have been less successful. 
  5. Forget Trends: You Can Wear These Hot-Off-the-Runway Updos All Year Long (Here’s How) - How-tos for the best hair of Fall 2014 to wear all year round.
  6. Watch: Is Marc Jacobs Still Setting Fashion Trends? And Could There Be a Target Collaboration in His Future? [theFashionDish] - "Don't be surprised if you see Marc at a Target doing something big box. You heard it here first."
  7. And the Award Goes To: The Top 10 Best Red Carpet Looks from the 2014 Award Season - Another award season is officially in the books, so we decided to take a look back and pick the top gowns to hit the red carpet this year.
  8. 5 Themes for a Fun-Filled Booze and Book Club - While the hot new reads are great conversation starters, nothing loosens the tongue to tell what you really think like a good strong cocktail. Hence, these 5 booze and book club ideas!
  9. Watch: Is Thom Browne the American Fashion Industry’s Answer to John Galliano? [theFashionDish] - "In the U.S., we don't turn out the Gallianos and the Lagerfelds and the Lacroixs. We turn out Calvin, Donna, Ralph. We make sportswear. It's a business."
  10. Why L’Wren Scott Deserves Better Than Just Being Called ‘Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend’ - How Scott’s tragic passing is being covered in the mainstream media is causing some ire in fashion circles, this writer included.

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Vanessa Axente Scores Second Vogue Japan Cover (Forum Buzz)

The May 2014 cover of Vogue Japan surfaced on theFashionSpot forums today. Yes, you read that right…the May cover. Hungarian model Vanessa Axente wears Céline, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Nicoletta Santoro.



"A little bit of an eyesore but happy for Vanessa," wrote Creative

Psylocke also agreed, "Yeah, not her fault, obviously. But this is awful. That hair and that lipstick. Not to mention the ever so terrible layout. The pose is nice and very elegant, but seems weird in combination with that styling. I hope she has an editorial by Vanderperre inside that is much better than the cover shot."

As did anlabe32 who wrote, "Horrible! It's not her fault though… the text overload, the fact that the left side of the cover is a lot brighter than the right side and not to speak about those blue underlined headlines…Looks like a 1999's homepage of a website. I almost clicked on it."

So, the cover isn't off to a very good start with forum members, but I don't mind it. I admire the composition and how Vanessa's head sits nicely in the middle of the Vogue masthead. I also love the fact this particular piece from Céline's Spring 2014 collection actually looks wearable.

It's pretty safe to say the release of this cover won't outshine Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's American Vogue cover.

Be sure to join the discussion here.

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Do You Buy a Magazine Based on How Thick It Is?



Today I found myself overhearing a conversation at the newsstand where a group was discussing whether or not to each purchase the March 2014 issue of Vogue Italia. A girl told her companion she was buying the £9.00 magazine because she was almost certain there would be something inside she liked, due to the fact that the magazine was so heavy (the issue and its two supplements weigh in at 2 kg).

I walked out with my own copy, plastic carrier bag almost snapping with the pressure of such a heavy item. A few hours later I realized that I hadn't even opened the magazine from its shrink wrap, and wondered if I was so compelled to make the purchase myself because it was heavy, thick and seemed to show promise from the unusual cover shot.

As it turns out, the thickness of Vogue Italia March 2014 does not guarantee the issue will be a substantial read. In fact, Steven Meisel's story is the only good element, the rest of the issue fades into the background. As for the two supplements which are included (Vogue Accessory and the couture supplement), they don't hold much promise either. Both supplements are included as free gifts (albeit a free gift I have to pay extra for, due to the added weight and the import charges).

As a magazine collector, I couldn't care less about the thickness of a magazine. I would much rather have one fantastic fashion shoot, than four or five mediocre stories which would result in a higher page number towards the end of the issue. Magazines should be more about quality than quantity.


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The London Underground Gets a Fashionable Makeover

It might look like a regular London Underground map upon first glance, but look again and you will see that the trusty London travel guide has been given a fabulous new fashion makeover thanks to German fashion site Stylight and its ingeniously named ‘punderground.’

The Munich-based site has listed London as the style capital of the world, so naturally wanted to create a map that reflected this. As they have said on their website, "The London Underground can be a difficult thing to navigate when you're wearing six-inch heels and sunglasses, so we've broken it down into something more manageable,"


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Dion Lee II and Christopher Esber Join the MBFWA Lineup

Dion-Lee-Line-IIDion Lee is coming to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia! Well his diffusion Line II anyway, which has just been added to the 2014 schedule along with Christopher Esber.

Esber will take the formerly empty 6 p.m. time slot on the Tuesday. Lee’s tailoring-focused Line II will show at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, moving Cameo to Tuesday also.

The two most recent additions lend a little more star power to the schedule, which is heavier on emerging labels than it has been in recent years. Sass & Bide, Zimmermann and Dion Lee’s main line are all now showing in New York, and though we’ll miss seeing them in Sydney, it does bring more focus to new talents like Desert Designs, Leroy Nguyen and Hayley Elssaesser.

Esber has also had his sights set on New York in the past, holding a joint show with fellow Aussie Kym Ellery there in September 2012 (Ellery now shows in Paris as well as at MBFWA). Since then, he’s been causing the biggest buzz in Milan, where he was flown as a finalist for the 2014 Woolmark Prize. Esber took out the Australian leg of the competition in July last year, and while he lost out on the International final to Rahul Mishra in February, his collection held the attention of industry heavyweights including Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani, Frida Gianni and Alexa Chung.

Esber was also a frontrunner for the Australian Woolmark Prize in 2012, when he was beaten out by none other than Dion Lee himself. Presumably the two have put any rivalry behind them as both their brands continue to explode.

You can see part of Esber's Spring 2014 collection on Abbey Lee Kershaw in the April issue of Vogue Australia

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It Happened: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Got a Vogue Cover

Kim Kardashian and Kanye's West April 2014 VOGUE cover

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They got their cover. Here are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for Vogue, wearing wedding attire in a photo by Annie Leibovitz. They are the #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE, according to the #caption running along the bottom of the glossy.

Surprise? I'm surprised. Although it's long been rumored that Kanye was hard at work lobbying Anna Wintour to secure a Vogue spot for Kardashian, there was no indication that his campaign was having any success. And although recently, a growing number of fashion editors have come forward with praise for Kardashian's style evolution, still we never could have predicted this. (And apparently, neither could some Vogue staffers — we heard that Kimye's cover was a closely-guarded secret even internally at the publication.)

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