Spring racing season is upon us, and now’s the time to start planning your fabulous fashions on the field. While putting together your outfit from head to toe can be fun, it can be gruelling to find headwear that matches your ensemble well.
There’s no need, though. Look no further than the wonderful designs of Danica Erard, who constructs custom-made designs from her home in Deniliquin, New South Wales. Lady Gaga, Rebecca Judd, Erin Holland and Kate Waterhouse are all huge fans, so we’re also completely sold on this designer too.
Danica has well and truly stirred up the millinery scene with unique pieces and modern techniques, including 3-D printing, and designs so phenomenal you’ll be wondering how your previous headwear ever sufficed. “The hat is a smile to your outfit,” says Danica, and if your wearing one of her designs, we think you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
New York Fashion Week officially kicked off today, and while we’ll be scouring the runways looking to identify next season’s trends, statement pieces and accessories, Pantone is giving a sneak peek at what to expect from the collections this season. We hope you like blues, greens and grays because according to the folks at Pantone, they make up most of the top 10 colors for Spring 2015, for both womenswear and menswear.
Pantone released its predictions for the top colors used this season to WWD. Each of the top four on both the women’s and men’s list includes at least two blues and one green shade. For women, the top five colors were Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Classic Blue and Toasted Almond. For the fellas, Dusk Blue, Glacier Gray and Treetop are the top three, while Classic Blue and Toasted Almond closely follow in fourth and fifth place.
Sounds like it’s going to be a very chilled-out spring season!
Check out the full list of top colors here.
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BREAKING: Actress, comedienne and fashion personality Joan Rivers passed away today at age 81, according to a statement released by her daughter this morning. The statement, published four hours ago on Joan Rivers’ site says:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.
Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.”
The Fashion Police personality had been hospitalized for over a week after suffering complications during a routine endoscopic exam on her vocal cords. Rivers was rushed to the hospital on August 28, where she was listed in critical condition and put into a medically-induced coma. On September 3, doctors at Mount Sinai moved Rivers out of the ICU and into a private room, spurring rumors that life support would no longer be administered. According to the New York State Health department, the Yorkville clinic where Joan received the endoscopy is now under investigation, but malpractice is not expected.
Rivers’ ability to bring a light-hearted spin to an industry that can (at times) be a bit too serious made her one of the most loved fashion personalities of this generation. And according to Rivers’ daughter, that’s just the way she’d like to be remembered: “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh…Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Our deepest condolences to the Rivers family.
tFS Interview: 21 Questions With Comedic Legend Joan Rivers
We just don’t know what to think of Claire Danes‘ latest Harper’s Bazaar cover. The Homeland star currently fronts the October 2014 issue of the British edition wearing a gabardine and leather Prada dress. She’s photographed by Bazaar regular Alexi Lubomirski, who shot the actress for a classic black and white portrait image. The black and white photography continues inside, where Claire is seen wearing a range of looks from Zac Posen, Salvatore Ferragamo and Lanvin, styled by Leith Clark.
IMAGE CREDIT: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK VIA TFS FORUMS
The cover has received mix reactions from our forum members. “Love her so probably biased, but it’s a gorgeous cover, I love the font of the masthead in contrast to the B&W image used. Also thank god they left her skin texture, and few tiny lines intact! It looks so fresh, Lubomirski lately is letting his subjects breathe, something others like Testino need to learn!” raved Miss Dalloway.
“I always love B&W pics used as covers. I like her and the sad mood of the cover…” echoed kokobombon.
However, most weren’t feeling Bazaar‘s latest effort. “Typically like Alexi’s work and love B&W photos, but this just doesn’t work with Claire and not digging the yellow and pink text at all,” disapproved justaguy.
“I’ve taken better selfies than that.. And why is the word Fashion just hanging around doing nothing?” questioned A.D.C.
Sharing the majority opinion was tigerrogue, who wrote, “I do like Claire, but I have no interest in seeing her in fashion editorials, I usually don’t see any spark in them. That doesn’t detract from how I feel about her acting, or what she has to say in any interview, but when it comes to shoots… they typically do nothing for me.”
“Gosh this magazine is starting [to] bore me…” slammed an unimpressed KissMiss.
See inside the thread for more of Claire’s cover story and check out the rest of the issue. Don’t forget to add your own two cents here, too.
Image: Courtesy of Under Armour
Just earlier this week, Gisele Bünchen was announced as the new face of Under Armour. We can’t lie, it was a little perplexing. Under Armour has a history of choosing athletes to front its campaigns, so it seemed a little out of character and perhaps slightly off-brand that it would go with a model this time around. But it looks like the good people at the athletic brand anticipated these very feelings.
Today, Under Armour released Gisele’s full film as part of the “I Will What I Want” campaign and it pretty much puts any question of the model’s athleticism to rest. Gisele is filmed going to town on a punching bag. Her grunts and panting are the very opposite of the glamorous, poised model we’re used to seeing on the runway and in magazines. She’s working her body like a true athlete. In the background flashing on the walls are real Internet comments about her appearance and her involvement with the brand. The comments range from the not-so-nice like “Gisele is just a model” and “Is modeling now a sport?” to full-on praise like “Beautiful as always” and “Bravo! Gisele can do anything!”
But even with all the background chatter and outside opinions, Gisele stays focused on her workout. Under Armour also unveiled a dedicated web destination that plays the video, but with real-time comments on her affiliation with the label.
Watch Gisele get her kickboxing on below.
Image: Courtesy of Swarovski
It’s Fashion Month, so that means there’s a new crop of Swarovski Collective designers to look out for. Every year, the crystal brand teams with a few designers, tapping them to incorporate Swarovski crystals into their collections. This time, 15 designers have been picked to participate — apropos, considering the collective is celebrating its 15th anniversary. And as an added bonus this year, the group of designers will enjoy an extended partnership with Swarovski.
Recipients all have the chance to win the Swarovski Collective Prize for Innovation, worth €25,000 (a little over $32,000). But those who don’t take home the top honor can still look forward to financial backing for a year — a first for the collective — and a supply of crystals.
This year’s participants include Tim Coppens, Ashley Williams, Iris van Herpen, Christian Wijnants, Damir Doma, Marques Almeida and Misha Nonoo. Each of these designers is joining Swarovski for the first time, while Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou and Masha Ma return after having participated during past seasons. Also joining the collective is Peter Pilotto, Huishan Zhang, Prabal Gurung, Creatures of the Wind and Wes Gordon.
It will be very interesting to see how these collections evolve — a year of working with Swarovski crystals gives each respective design team a million opportunities to create something cool. We’ll be watching to see what each of these designers do. Catch the crystal-laden pieces during the respective runway shows this month.