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Phoenix Keating’s Spring Collection is for the Sexy Cyborg Inside You

phoenix-keating-campaignWe’ve had the ‘Australian designers in New York’ conversation many times over the last few weeks. But Phoenix Keating makes it sounds like a fresh subject. The Sydney-based designer made his stateside debut at Chelsea’s Go Studios last week with Spring/Summer’s ‘Vaudevillian,' and it’s not difficult to see why he didn’t waste much time in the Australian market before shifting his gaze overseas. Keating’s designs are statement-making, slightly eccentric and not exactly in tune with the rest of the local market.  

But in New York City — stomping ground of his most notorious early supporter, Lady Gaga – he might have found his home away from home. ‘Vaudevillian’ is a dramatic and ultra-modern collection that has all the power of its backstory and none of its convolutedness (to experience the full force of a Keating collection is to be treated to an inspiration rundown that borders on epic). The designer explains this season’s roots thusly:

‘In a future where time travel is reality, androids are sent back to the distant past, gathering information about the missteps of humanity to ensure a successful, progressive future for civilization. Our story surrounds one particular female android, sent back to the 1920s, gripped by confusion and emotion when she happens upon a pre-ordained Love whose discovery of her very own android nature sets into motion a cinematic, tragic turn of events leaving her human counterpart in crestfallen agony and forcing her into an Apocalyptic future, forever to endure without what could have been.’

Other unconventional inspiration worth mentioning is aircrafts. Structured tops, skirts and a bomber jacket are given a futuristic effect with patchworked silver leather and anchored with studs, making them resemble the wings of an airplane, and are married to panels of romantic chiffon. Other pieces using the same metallic fabric include a 1950s pointy brazier and a cinched-waist dress for the sexy android in all of us.

The softer, 1920s-inspired half of the collection takes its cues from Josephine Baker and the Vaudeville circuit. The studs and silhouettes (and another pointy bra) marry the two sides together, but here Keating introduces a traditional English plaid that he douses in bleach to a very cool effect. Ribbed finishes add a little wearability – not that that’s Keating’s mantra. 

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Images provided by L.E.R. PR

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Link Buzz: Kate Middleton Plays Volleyball in Wedges, Smelly Old Jeans; Taylor Tomasi Hill Leaves Moda Operandi

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Watch: Louise Roe Goes Backstage with TRESemmé at New York Fashion Week

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At last month's New York Fashion Week, television host Louise Roe went behind the scenes for TRESemmé StyleSetters, an online video series which shows how hair completes the look on the runway. 

Roe goes backstage to chat with designers Rebecca Minkoff and Vivienne Tam about what inspired their Spring 2014 collections. Later, Roe sits down with TRESemmé lead hairstylist Jeanie Syfu to learn how to recreate the runway hair looks at home. 

Watch a preview below and then head over to Youtube.com/TRESemme to see the full StyleSetters series for yourself. 

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Lindsey Wixson Will Appear in the Chanel Spring 2014 Campaign

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At the very end of a write-up in WWD about Karl Lagerfeld's new line of paper figurines (oy — it's a collaboration with Japanese paper artist Shin Tanaka), some advance information about the Chanel Spring 2014 campaign, which features model Lindsey Wixson. The shoot took place at the recently renovated Chanel studio "with its platinum parquet and mirrors galore" on Rue Cambon. 

Wixson is a regular presence on the Chanel runway and in Lagerfeld's series of brand-bolstering fashion films; she previously appeared in the label's Fall 2012 ad campaign

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Celeb Boutique’s First Ever In-House Designed Heels

We’ve all watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians at some point, and then consequently made a mental wishlist of a bodycon dress that we suddenly feel like we need more than any other item of clothing in the world… All thanks to those famous sisters wearing them so well. And we found that one of the best places to fulfill this desire is Celeb Boutique, the online retailer that’s packed to the brim with fab bodycons and chic party numbers, and all at a reasonable price. Celeb Boutique also counts quite a few of our fave celebs amongst its customers too, making it even easier for us to steal their styles.

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In addition to being a one-stop shop for celeb-inspired party dresses, they’ve just launched their first ever in-house designed heels. The five-piece capsule collection is awash with neon flashes and leopard prints that demand attention. Perfect for the party season ahead.

 

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Watch: Tim Blanks Interviews 21-Year-Old Channing Tatum at the 2002 Milan Men’s Shows

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Channing Tatum walks for Sean Jean in 2003 / Image: Getty

Tim Blanks has just launched a web series for Style.com, "Throwback Thursdays," which revisits key moments from the fashion critic's personal archives. In the debut episode below, Blanks describes the circumstances that led him to seek out the then-unknown Channing Tatum. At the time (it was 2002), Tatum was 21 years old and walking his first runway show in Milan.

Blanks was very taken with him. 

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