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Zara Home Gets Cozy in Yorkdale, Toronto

We love their clothing, but finally we can decorate our homes in on-trend Zara essentials. As of this week, Zara's homeware arm has set up, well, home in Yorkdale, Toronto, offering an endless bounty of beautiful candles, cushions, tsotchkes and sleepwear.

Zara Home

Like their clothing, Zara Home will offer two distinct collections per year, taking trendy details from runway shows and adapting them to the home. Currently available for Fall/Winter is the Multiculture, Graphic Studio, Diva, Ocean, Rock Couture, Orient Express and Hotel Collection. My personal favourite is the Multiculture range, with its touches of folk art and blue tones, patchwork and attractive pattern combinations. There's classic prints such as Oxford stripes, flowery designs and traditional folk patchwork, mixed with more modern looks like chambray and denim.

Zara Home

As is expected from Zara, prices swing widely between low-budget essentials (small Egyptian cotton towels can be picked up for $12) and talking point statement pieces, like large coral ornaments for $60. If you're looking for stocking fillers, their candles and home fragrances are around the $12 mark, while slippers, silk pyjamas and sleep masks have their own land of nod section in the middle of the store.

Zara Home

I should probably mention that the Zara Home now open at Yorkdale is the first of its kind on North America, but shipping is available from their website. Meanwhile, their second store will open in Laval, Quebec at Carrefour Laval later this month August 29. Now check out some of the photos I snapped during the store's opening and sound off about how you dress your home… 

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Before They Were Famous: Supermodels’ First Polaroids

Image: Modelinia.com

Image: Modelinia.com

With a whole new class of models set to descend on New York City for runway castings shortly, the website Modelinia thought it would be a good time to look back at today's top working models, before they made it. Yes: Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Behati Prinsloo, Cara Delevingne and so on. Some of us (by the way, I'm not including myself in that "us") may be more familiar with these women's faces than the faces of our friends, our lovers, our dogs — but their unpolished, undone younger selves are in many ways surprising. Enjoy!

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Industrie Magazine Gets Up Close with Cara Delevingne

Image: industrie.nowmanifest.com

Image: industrie.nowmanifest.com

Industrie, the insidery London-based fashion publication, has just released its Issue 6 cover, which features Cara Delevingne. To say that the British model is having a moment is an understatement. 

This season alone, Delevingne appeared in campaigns for Fendi, YSL Beauty, Mulberry, DKNY and Saint Laurent; she was tapped for two high-profile September issues, W and Vogue Japan.

She's an especially fitting choice because this is Industrie's 'Influence'-themed issue. The model is currently riding a wave of success, but she also entered the fashion industry with a measure of notoriety due to her upper crust background and reputation for partying; later, she built her career by winning powerful industry friends*. In many ways, Delevingne's story is a case study of how influence works, demonstrating how certain kinds of privilege and connections dictate success. 

And on a purely visual level, it's a stunning cover. Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the effect is very intentional and controlled, but it's still young and simple. 


*For example: one of Delevingne's first big jobs, for Burberry, was photographed by Mario Testino (working with the influential photographer puts a model on the fast track) and also featured Jourdan Dunn (Delevingne and Dunn's social media lovefest has benefitted both of their careers).

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Guinevere Van Seenus Gets Vogue Ukraine’s September Cover (Forum Buzz)

Guinevere van Seenus on the cover of Vogue Ukraine, September 2013

image credit: facebook.com/vogueukraine via the tfs forums

American model Guinevere van Seenus, who has been active since the mid -90s, graces the September issue of Ukrainian Vogue in a Hitchcock-inspired look and wearing a dress from the latest Chanel collection. Shot by up and coming Turkish photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu, the cover story has made an impact on the tFS forums, wowing loyal fans of the model and finding disapproval among many of the other members who commented.

“Beautiful, she never fails,” said Mat Cyruss.  

“She just can’t produce bad work, what a model, what a woman, I love this so much!” continued Miss Dalloway with praise for the model.  

Bruce7Lee and justaguy stated that this was their favorite September cover thus far, and Royal-Galliano shared, “I love it! It’s a pure grown-up glamour and no tackiness,” whereas jmrmartinho found that the cover was “other world amazing.” 

But not everyone was head over heels for the cover. Several members who admittedly have never understood van Seenus’ appeal failed to see anything special about these images. 

MyNameIs wrote, “Maybe it's because I've never found the appeal of Guinevere, but I think she looks especially terrible here. Other than the face, the rest of the cover is nice. I really like the colors – there's something so luxurious about them.”  

“I never got her appeal… this cover isn't great,” posted gossiping

Guinevere can Seenus by Cuneyt Akeroglu

image credit: fashiongonerogue via the tfs forums

Unrelated to the model choice, some members had other reasons not to be wowed by the cover shot.

“To me it doesn't look like a Vogue cover, it looks like the portrait of an actress or at best a photo from a beauty spread about hair, but nothing screams Vogue here. The image is creative but is it fashion?” Bertrando3

“Her eyes look ill to me… I don’t like it, it is so ordinary and unoriginal,” stated GlamorousBoy

I found the ambivalent feelings towards the cover and the accompanying editorial rather surprising as this is simply everything I expect from a September issue. It’s glamorous, it’s dark and romantic, the styling is on point and the model choice strikes me as one of the cover's biggest strengths. Van Seenus is one of those infinitely versatile and fascinating models that can pull off any theme and any look, but the lascivious and sexy old Hollywood glamour she models here has me convinced entirely. The cover and the cover spread are gorgeous and this is a job well done by the newest of all editions of Vogue. Keep it up, Vogue Ukraine!

 

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Emma Balfour Plays an American Psycho for 10 Magazine

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There’s no doubting it: The 90s supers are having a major glossy comeback. But Emma Balfour’s resurgence has been more of a slow boil. The waifish androgyne from Adelaide has flown relatively under the radar over the last decade, but has a consistent cult appeal that makes her able to pick and choose gigs such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang runway appearances (Spring 2010, at the age of forty), Russh and Vogue Italia spreads and Dion Lee’s Line II campaign.

The most recent confirmation of her awesomeness is this shoot for 10 Magazine Australia – the Alison Veness spin-off of Britain’s luxury glossy. Titled ‘American Psycho’, it’s slicked up, monochromatic and reeks of the confident yet self-conscious, Zagat Guide-obsessed 90s. 10 Editor in Chief (and notorious Kate Upton hater) Sophia Neophitou was behind the styling, which makes excellent use of both sequins and mannish yet closely-tailored suiting. 

The new issue is out this week, but you can watch the shoot in action below. Ideally over and over, because you never know how long you’ll have to wait to get another Balfour-starring hit.  

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