Two decades is a long time in fashion years, so to celebrate, Kookaï have taken flight to exotic Marrakech. The ancient Moroccan city provides the backdrop for the iconic Australian brand’s 20th anniversary collection, Spring/Summer 2012’s ‘Arabesque’.
The labyrinthine Medina, the busy Souks, decadent private residences, and general halcyon vibes are the perfect complement to Kookaï’s rich collection and Nicole Trunfio’s flawless spray tan. The Perth-born stunner is joined by fellow model Ilona Novacek as she shows off her killer figure in the brand’s signature print-heavy swimsuits and vivid brights, the neon hues and clean metallics forming a delicious contrast to the shoot’s dusty setting.
Robert Cromb and Danielle Vagner opened their first Kookaï boutique in Melbourne’s Chapel Street back in July 1992. The brand now has 26 boutiques in Australia and four in New Zealand, and though rich in Parisian history is quintessentially Australian in its street-edged vibrancy.
Happy 20th Kookaï!
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There were some serious layoffs at Bill Blass last weekend, when head designer Jeffrey Monteiro and his nine-person womenswear team were all fired without notice, explanation, or severance. WWD, which broke the news, reports that the pink slips came after Bill Blass Group exec Scott Patti told Monteiro to cease all work on the Spring 2013 collection, which was 90% complete.
Adding to the weirdness, the fashion house was sitting on $250,000 worth of Italian fabrics and had already paid Vogue Nippon fashion editor George Cortina his full fee to style the collection for the September runway. The Spring 2013 collection was really, really ready to show: Bill Blass' womenswear crew had already lined up a venue, a PR firm, and a production company. That's an insane amount of resources which are going to waste, and one only hopes they'll all somehow make their way to fashion heaven.
The New York Times notes that ever since Bill Blass left his eponymous house in 1999, the design company has stuggled to establish an identity without him. Monteiro is the fifth post-Blass designer to leave the line in a dramatic fashion: Steven Slowik and Lars Nilsson were both fired, Michael Vollbracht quit abruptly, and Peter Som left the label after execs terminated womenswear production in 2008. At this point, the only way Bill Blass will make a turnaround is by hiring John Galliano.
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Miley Cyrus would not have been my first choice for a September issue, but her Marie Claire cover is actually a pleasant surprise. The pose works, the styling (for the most part) works, and best of all Miley doesn’t look annoying. She's not trying too hard to be cool, sexy, or above it all. She's working the look for all it's worth.
“It actually looks really nice!” Psylocke posted. “I usually don't find Marie Claire covers memorable at all but this would definitely catch my attention at the newsstand. Miley looks great, especially her hair. I like that nothing here is too overdone nor is it too boring or simple, it's really well done.”
MON commented, “What a beautiful cover! I love the subtle vibe, the colors and the hair! Miley look pretty! I love this! One of their best to date.”
For honeycombchild (and for me) there was one detail that was a bit of a sticking point. “Personally I could have done without the earring,” he wrote, “but that's a small niggle on an otherwise pretty good Marie Claire cover.
A different earring would have definitely made this cover a lot better, but overall well played Marie Claire.
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It’s no secret that Australia gets more sun than many other countries, so maybe the climate is to praise for the fact that we are responsible for some pretty stellar eyewear. Testament to this claim is the latest collection from AM, just one young label displaying commendable innovation in the task of keep our faces both safe and lovely to look at, but apparently even those who have left our shores to thrive on the grey streets of London don’t want to miss out on the fun.
According to Frockwriter Richard Nicoll has confirmed that September this year will see the debut of his very own eyewear line. The London-born, Perth-raised, London-based designer has already tested the waters via two collections with his friends at Ksubi, enlisting the cult local label to contribute to his Spring/Summer 2007 and 2012 shows. The most recent range saw retro futurism and social misfits alluded to with a number of sharp, sexy frames in metallic silver, the perfect partner for Nicoll’s sophisticated pragmatism.
Fittingly, the manufacturing company Nicoll is in talks with is the same one that makes Ksubi’s own eyewear. Sunshades Eyewear’s biggest success story is New Zealand’s Karen Walker (see why here), and with other clients including sass & bide, Morrissey and House of Holland we’re sure Nicolls’ very own frames will be in only the most dexterous of hands.
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I guess ever since financial journalists attributed a serious spike in JC Penney's stock to a tweet by Nina Garcia, the Project Runway judge and Marie Claire editor might be getting a little too cocky and careless with her Twitter endorsements.
Yesterday afternoon, Garcia decided to give a little shoutout to the not-so-humble Birkin. Hermes is doing an auction over at Moda Operandi right now, and bags were retailing from $3,200 to $76,000 (some options have already sold out). The fashion editor couldn't understand how anyone could afford to go without a Birkin, that holiest of holies.
"This is the bag that you can spend a few weeks’ salary on and not feel guilty. It is going to last you a lifetime."
If even $3,200 seems like a lot of money for you — and for most people, it IS a lot of money! — the only proper response to Garcia's sense of spending is: LOL.
Even if we're going with the low-end figure, $3,200 may be a pretty comprehensible sum of money, but only a select few could spend that much on a handbag and still consider it a guilt-free purchase. There are many other ways normal people might want to stretch a few thousand bucks. Like, you know, paying for housing or medical care, saving up for retirement or education. I don't know: you could even use that money to feed your body and forestall death for a pretty long time. The point is, there are good reasons to shop quality and there are times and circumstance that call for a big splurge, but a $3,200 bag is aspirational, and Garcia's tweeting about it as if it's a neccessity.
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