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Crystal Renn and Olivier Zahm Go to the Gas Station for Agent Provocateur

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If you ever plan on pumping gas in a retro-inspired monokini, make sure you're Crystal Renn doing a lingerie shoot with Purple mag founder and photographer Olivier Zahm

Agent Provocateur recruited the duo for its Spring/Summer campaign. Even though I could say lots of words about Zahm's seeming aesthetic/moral promixity to ultimate creepster Terry Richardson, Renn's high fashion sex appeal and the way she telegraphs invincibility make this a pretty genius pairing. 

Wait, did you look at that picture? Hot/haute. 

Maybe too hot? Zahm told WWD: “The gas station is a fetish, a place to have fun and stretch your legs after hours of driving, a place where you can accidently meet a handsome stranger." Woah ladies: please do not go looking for handsome strangers at gas stations. There are coffee shops for that sort of thing! The best you're gonna find at gas station is someone like Olivier Zahm and … [shudder] I personally wouldn't want a proverbial piece of that. 

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Camilla and Marc’s Autumn/Winter Offering Makes Drop-Crotch Camo a Wardrobe Staple

If drop-crotch trousers and camo-print bombers are your idea of basics, then camilla and marc’s latest collection will give you plenty of excuses to justify spending entire paycheques in the name of building wardrobe staples.

Their Autumn/Winter offering is named Fundamentals and is filled with a whole slew of pieces and prints that seem immediately at odds with that title. The core print is a stripey mash-up of chains and florals that features first on a mini dress and then on a rather graphic three-piece suit. Elsewhere there are asymmetrical dresses of origami-level complexity, and disassembling the outfit combining a camo-print bomber with matching pants and a camo peplum top would hardly make any of the pieces more fundamental in any day-to-day sense of the word.

More likely is that camilla and marc are getting back to their fundamental design principles, which are bold dresses and covetable separates that serve the utilitarian function of making you look irresistible while sipping cocktails and standing in line for clubs. The thigh-skimming cerulean jumpsuit would be perfect for either activity, as would a black lace top and matching boot-cut trousers — provided you’re wearing appropriate underwear. And if you’d rather sink beers than wait in line to get anywhere the cropped pants and military coats will make you the best-dressed person in the bar.

The lookbook is modelled on Australia’s Next Top Model alumni Montana Cox, who does actually do a pretty good job of making drop-crotch military pants seem like a necessity.   




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Montreal and Ottawa Fashion Week Updates

Grab your shearling coat and booties (of the Ikea monkey variety of course) because the weather outside may be frightful, but the fashion inside is delightful. I am of course talking about the upcoming fashion weeks and the new details released for both Ottawa and Montreal.

As you will recall, I wrote about Montreal Fashion Week here, but now we have more updates on what will be taking place, namely a new concept that marries fashion with cinema: the Fashion Premiere. The week will showcase 21 fashion films, selected by MFW in collaboration with FAT Arts & Fashion Week Toronto and Triptyque, and presented throughout the event along with a tribute to Rad Hourani directed by Parisian Jean Du Sartel. The McCord Museum will also offer two free activities dedicated to the history of fashion on February 2 and 6.

Among other firsts, MFW F/W 13 will feature a new space at the Arsenal called the Designer Studio by Target, allowing "greater flexibility to designers that want to have more creative freedom and stage a non-traditional fashion show or installation with maximum impact." Designers participating in MFW will also be able to benefit from an international partnership with Russia Fashion Week, which will provide visibility in a growing market with MFW content being broadcast to influencers from the Russian fashion industry.

But on to Ottawa, whose fashion week kicks off immediately after Montreal on February 8 (ending on February 10). More than 20 national and international designers will showcase their latest creations at the forthcoming Canadian fashion revelry that is Ottawa Fashion Week.

The ninth edition of Ottawa Fashion Week will be organized in partnership with Winterlude, the annual festival of Ottawa that celebrates winters, and the National Capital Commission, the corporation which administers the federally owned lands and buildings in Canada's National Capital Region.

Local designers like Frank Sukhoo from the label Sukhoo Sukhoo, Jana & Emilia, Eliz Bourk and Y!D.N.A are going to present their latest ensembles at the event; while Nigerian fashion designer Anjorin Babatunde Adeniran will make his debut at OFW by presenting his Anjoreen Couture line. Bordering towards the Afro-chic side, the collection will feature traditional African styles with a modern twist.

Tess Johnson, the 23-year-old designer from New York’s prestigious Parsons design school, will showcase her 40-piece range at the event. Inspired by the beauty of oceans, the heavy-on-prints line is made of silk, leather, fur and mohair.

So that's the skinny on this season's fashion week news. Toronto, as per usual, is the last horse out of the gate and has released no info for their event, but stay tuned for future announcements.

Image via MFW

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Link Buzz: Amanda Seyfried for Lovelace; Beyonce Wears Pucci

  • The first clip for Lovelace is out and it looks so, so good. [INeedMyFix]
  • The Prez adds his input to the Mobama hair conversation: "I love her bangs!" [BellaSugar]
  • Today was a big day for the Obamas, yes — but it was also a big day for Beyonce. If you haven't seen her performance of the National Anthem, get on that. [DailyStab]
  • And if you want to know what she's wearing: it's Pre-Fall Pucci. [SheFinds]
  • Aaaaand other people also attended the Inauguration today, also wearing fancy clothing. [FabSugar]
  • A rare moment of personal disclosure from J. Crew head Jenna Lyons. [Fashionologie]

Image via INeedMyFix

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Michelle Obama’s Thom Browne Inauguration Dress Was a Surprise to Thom Browne, Too

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Today at the inauguration ceremony for President Obama's second term, the First Lady paired a Thom Browne outfit with a pair of J. Crew shoes and her new bangs. (She wore a Reed Krakoff blue dress to the official swearing-in yesterday, which took place in the White House's Blue Room.)

Browne submitted his design to Mobama months ago, but didn't find out his outfit had been selected until nearly half an hour after the First Lady appeared on TV early this morning, according to The New York Times. (The designer was in Paris, en route to a sales meeting. The sales forecast: probably positive.)

Malia was also dressed in J. Crew, while her sister Sasha wore Kate Spade. Barack Obama wore no one cares.

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Poppy Delevigne vs. Georgia May Jagger for Best Spring 2013 Ad Campaigns

So, it’s a fresh year, which means fresh advertising campaigns, and at the moment it’s the British models and style icons, Poppy Delevigne and Georgia May Jagger, who are being thrust into the limelight with high profile campaigns. The question is, however, which of the two ladies does it best? Here’s a bit more information on the ads to help you choose your face of the SS 13 high street!

Poppy Delevigne

Being sister to the supermodel of last year, Cara Delevigne, means that this lady has a lot to live up to in the style stakes, but nonetheless, she never appears to be short of modeling work and has recently been announced as the new face of the high street giants, Vero Moda. As if having to compete with her über successful sister wasn’t enough, becoming the face of Vero Moda also meant that she’s taken the role away from Brit style icon, Alexa Chung — the girl who’s been officially labeled as THE style icon of the year by the British Fashion Council for several years now. 

For Vero Moda’s SS 13 campaign, Poppy (below) is seen modeling an array of monochrome, denim and floral pieces, and proving that she’s the kind of girl that can transform the simplest of pieces into a much sought-after outfit. 

Georgia May Jagger

Poppy isn't the only Brit style icon  making a splash this spring as it's just been reported that the gorgeous Georgia May Jagger is the new face of H&M’s latest campaign, entitled the Rock and Roll Collection. If you ask us, there's no better choice for the role than the daughter of a rock legend, who just so happens to be a flawless model.

Sneaky behind-the-scenes pictures from the campaign shoot that have been surfacing online show her to be channeling that Sixties vibe (complete with a beehive!) with cute little Sixties-inspired mini dresses, and then evoking a rocker edge with a pair of skinnies and a biker jacket. She’s just as stylish offset too, add a biker jacket to her dress below, and voila!, a rock chick’s night out.  The collection is set to officially launch in February, so add it to your diaries now!

Images: Vero Moda, Will Alexander/

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