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United Nude’s Fall 2014 Collection

We’ve spoken about our love for United Nude’s innovative shoes in the past, and who can resist such an endearing backstory? Armed with a broken heart, co-founder Rem D Koolhaas turned his architectural knowledge to shoe design in the hope of winning his ex-girlfriend back. It’s got Facebook written all over it! 

Just in case you’re not familiar with United Nude, however, the brand creates innovative and geometrically interesting shoes and has become known for extreme collaborations with the likes of Iris van Herpen. Let’s not forget that the brand was also invited to make a shoe for Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume launch. Remember the sky-scraping black heel boots embellished with little gold men? It’s hard to imagine how anyone could walk in a 12-inch heel, so Lady Gaga, we salute you! 

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Image: United Nude

At the weekend, we were invited to view United Nude’s Fall 2014 collection at its Covent Garden boutique. As the drinks flowed, DJ Garibay hit the decks and we were in awe of the rows of shoes illuminated by entrancing lights. It felt more like a cross between a gallery and a club than a shoe shop. (more…)

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The Missoni Family Just Put a Huge Deck Chair in Sydney’s Bondi Beach

The Missoni family unveiled a huge deck chair in Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach over weekend to mark the launch of Missoni for Target on Wednesday, October 8 (that’s tomorrow, you guys!).

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Photo: Missoni for Target

The chair, which is covered in a colourful Missoni zigzag pattern from the collaboration, stands an impractical 6 metres high and is complemented by matching beach umbrellas and pillows, making for one very attractive chill-out lounge. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Gwyneth Paltrow Hires Martha Stewart’s Old CEO, Here’s What You Look Like As an Old Person

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Stephan Schraps/Future Image/WENN.com

  • These 10 South Korean models have been killing it on the runway lately. [Paper]
  • Ain’t no party like a Riccardo Tisci birthday party because a Riccardo Tisci birthday party don’t stop. [Paper]
  • Amanda Bynes is engaged, ya’ll. [In Touch]
  • Yohji Yamamoto takes Nowness on a ride in his 1980s Nissan Cedric. [Nowness]
  • Dear Opening Ceremony, can we leave Birkenstocks in the summer where they belong? Thanks. [Styleite]
  • Seems like the fashion world can’t get enough of Saint Laurent. Two movies about the designer hit the silver screen this year, and now there are plans to release a book about the designer. [WWD]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has tapped former Martha Stewart CEO Lisa Gersh to head Goop. [New York Post]
  • This computer program will show you what you’ll look like as an old person. [Esquire]
  • Here’s why people are questioning John Galliano‘s appointment at Maison Martin Margiela. [The Cut]
  • Harry Styles wears a cornrow, next week the Los Angeles Times will proclaim him the inventor of the man-cornrow. [Daily Mail]
  • Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to appear on the U.K.’s Gogglebox. [Grazia]
  • Kanye West bought a bachelorette party champagne. [Vulture]

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Into The Gloss Launches Cosmetic Line Glossier; Is This the New Business Model for Bloggers?

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GLOSSIER PHASE 1 SET, MODEL XIAO WEN JU FOR GLOSSIER; IMAGES: COURTESY OF GLOSSIER

Beauty junkies and Into The Gloss fans rejoice. Following a series of teaser photos on Instagram, the team behind famed beauty blog Into The Gloss launched makeup line Glossier today. CEO Emily Weiss notes that over the past four years, she saw a need for a beauty brand that engaged with its consumers beyond mass marketing. Weiss credits Into The Glosscontent-rich environment, which provides an ongoing conversation with customers on a daily basis, with uncovering this gap in the marketplace. Glossier’s first collection, Phase 1, is focused on skincare as well as makeup and includes the brand’s Soothing Face Mist, Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint and Balm Dotcom, which were made to work together to perfect skin. The products in this first collection range from $12 to $26 or can be purchased as a set for $80 on Glossier.com.

We can’t help but notice the ongoing trend of bloggers taking their businesses to the next level by launching product lines. Sure, there is the occasional collaboration (ITG had a recent partnering with Warby Parker), but starting a new brand is becoming the norm amongst the blogger set. Last year, beauty blogger and YouTube personality Michelle Phan launched her line of cosmetics, em Michelle Phan, with backing from L’Oréal after successful collaborations with makeup giant Lancôme. The same scenario panned out for Italian power blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, who collaborated with Steve Madden before launching her own namesake collection of footwear. While the list of these entrepreneurs is not long (yet), it’s safe to say that readers and fans of fashion and beauty blogs are willing to become loyal customers when their favorites get into the business of launching a product. Could this be the new digital business model for passionate entrepreneurs who want to launch a brand complete with products? We’re willing to put some money on that.

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IKEA’s New Mirror Thinks You’re Gorgeous

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who doesn’t appreciate a morning confidence boost, especially on bleary Mondays before that coffee has kicked in? IKEA has created a “motivational mirror” that delivers custom compliments ranging from “That’s a magnificent beard” to “Your eyes are mesmerizing.” It’s the result of science, not sorcery, but we’d love to get our Evil Queen on with a morning reminder that we’re the fairest of them all. While IKEA currently has no plans to send this mirror into production, our editors agree that we certainly wouldn’t mind one (or three) around theFashionSpot offices! For now, watch the magical mirror in action below.

[h/t Adweek]

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Steven Meisel Photographs Karlie, Lexi and Sasha for Vogue Italia (Forum Buzz)

After a blockbuster September cover, Vogue Italia moves swiftly on to the release of its latest issue. Steven Meisel photographed Karlie Kloss, Lexi Boling and Sasha Pivovarova for Italian Vogue‘s October 2014 issue. The trio of Meisel favorites were styled by Karl Templer wearing the same Giorgio Armani jacket, while an effortless amount of makeup was applied by Pat McGrath using L’Oréal Paris products. Guido Palau decided to cover the girls’ hair with a black headpiece, a popular choice for past Meisel shoots.

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IMAGE: VOGUE.IT VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members still had mixed reactions to the cover. “Whoa, love it! Need to scrape my pennies together for this. It seems to me it’s just VI that shoots Lexi Boling?” raved Benn98, who is certainly an admirer of the fold-out cover.

KateTheGreatest shared his sentiments and wrote, “Stunning, to me this is typical Meisel.”

“Simple and gorgeous, Meisel at his best! All look great, and very happy to see them,” proclaimed a more than satisfied Miss Dalloway.

“In my opinion this is better than last month’s cover. It’s simple but so stunning. As much as I love Karlie though, reading that Coco [Rocha] is in the editorial, I would [have] really loved to see her on the cover. Though Karlie is one VI repeater that I will never complain about,” echoed JesseDillon, but then went on to comment, “I don’t think Sasha & Lexi are needed here though. I can understand a multi girl fold-out if there is more than one girl on the main cover, but this way I’m not a fan.”

Also not a fan of the fold-out was Lifeispeachy: “I love every picture but I don’t see the point of making a fold-out.”

“Meh, they all look identical. Bored,” wrote marsnoop2, who didn’t appreciate the repetition of the cover images.

“Nothing particularly exciting. I hate the layout. Talk about taking a theme too literally…” disapproved an underwhelmed orchidee.

Coco and Aymeline Valade join Karlie, Lexi and Sasha for the cover story, and thanks to Oxymore, the editorial can be viewed inside the thread. Check out “Shape Shift” along with the rest of the content and join the discussion here.

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