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Do Recycled Fashion Shoots Belong on a Magazine Cover? (Forum Buzz)

I have always believed that a publication can compile a decent issue and cover through recycled fashion shoots. After a recent discussion ignited in the German Elle thread this week, however, I began to question this point of view.

The cover of Elle Germany's March 2014 cover features model Daria Werbowy wearing a red Lanvin dress, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The image is originally from the April 2011 issue of U.S. Vogue, making the cover shot three years old.



Members flew quickly into a blaze, deeming the cover a "tacky old reprint," as GlamourousBoy wrote.

Gossiping also failed to agree with the use of a three-year-old image, writing, "This is from so long ago…why? That Lanvin dress is years old!"

"Reprinting three-year-old images should be illegal," exclaimed OliviaObsessed.

We have witnessed numerous reprints in the past that have provided excellent cover shots for international editions of Vogue. Australian Vogue would often publish covers with reprinted images from sister editions. I vividly remember the cover of Vogue Australia with Anna Selezneva from October 2009 which was the perfect example of making use of a reprint.

This won't be the last time we see a recycled fashion shoot and I applaud the fact that these expensive shoots are given a new lease on life with another publication.

Check out the original shoot by Mert & Marcus here, and read the German Elle thread here — feel free to join the discussion.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Photograph Their First Cover for Vogue Hommes International (Forum Buzz)

The Spring / Summer 2014 issue of Vogue Hommes International landed this week via Photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott photographed their first cover of the men's biannual magazine with model Filip Hrivnak, wearing a Calvin Klein vest.



Members of theFashionSpot have given the cover rave reviews with Naen writing, "Bold & sexy cover, love it."

"Finally, something different! This colour is going to burn down all the newsstands," wrote DanielWP.

GERGIN shared the same sentiments: "I'm just in love with how bold this cover is, OMG the Calvin Klein tank and deep red background is everything," he wrote.

Heelscatchfire also noted the colours and commented, "The bold colors will stand out on the newsstand very well. Of course the model helps too."

Although Bertrando3 wasn't so sure and wrote, "I don't like this at all!! It looks very 80s and it doesn't suit the Vogue Hommes readers I think."

His opinion was shared by GIVENCHYlover, "Horrible…I'll save 10 euros."

I don't usually take notice of men's fashion magazines but I always like to see what Vogue Hommes International produces. I look forward to seeing the contents of this particular issue. Be sure to check out the thread and await the contents here.


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Christopher Bates Expands to Vancouver Holt Renfrew

A little something for the snappy male Vancouverites out there? Acclaimed Canadian contemporary menswear designer Christopher Bates has finally announced his Spring 2014 line will be available at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver (737 Dunsmuir St.) alongside select elite international brands. Yay for bi-coastal fashion accessibility!

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While the Toronto-based namesake brand only launched in 2008, Bates has already gained traction with retailers, media and celebrities. He’s a fixture at World MasterCard Fashion Week (see his show this Wednesday at 3 p.m.) and can boast of the fact that 80 percent of his line is made-in-Canada from the finest materials imported from Europe.

Bates designs with the style-conscious man in mind; creating dashing, urban looks perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. “I’m thrilled to have my line available at Canada’s leading luxury retail destination, Holt Renfrew,” says the designer in a recent release. “With Holt Renfrew’s support, my line will be able to reach a broader audience of stylish men in this country, and it demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to Canadian designers.”

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Along with setting up shop in Vancouver’s Holt (literally), Bates will also be hosting a trunk show to showcase his Spring 2014 collection, inspired by the elegant lifestyle of the French Riviera. This collection will reportedly boast Bates’ strongest pieces to date: a series of superfine Italian merino wool sweaters, which include exquisite detailing and use of colourblocking, naval-inspired blazers and shorts, windowpane and camouflage patterned trousers, and his signature cotton and linen short and long sleeve dress shirts.

The invitation-only trunk show kicks off on April 3, but the collection will be available to purchase in-store thereafter.

Images via Christopher Bates

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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Weeks


  1. The Most Over-the-Top Looks from the Fall 2014 Runways — These head-turning looks for Fall 2014 delivered the most WTF moments of fashion month. 
  2. Style Showdown: Fashion Week Face-Offs and More Matching Celebs — Now that all the Fashion Weeks have pretty much concluded, we're starting to see clothes from the runway make its way into real life. 
  3. Runway to Real Life: Rihanna in Prada, Chloe Sevigny in Louis Vuitton and More (Forum Buzz) — Now that all the Fashion Weeks have pretty much concluded, we have time to properly reflect on the fashion witnessed both on and off the runway. 
  4. How Can We Get Big Brands to Stop Working With Terry Richardson? [Updated] — Internet petitions don't work. Neither does Twitter. What can we actually do to stop big brands from working with him?
  5. How I Got to Be…WWD Men’s Fashion Editor and M Fashion Director with Alex Badia — We managed to catch up with Badia to learn more about his penchant for Hedi Slimane and pure hatred for snakes.
  6. The 50 Best Runway Looks from New York, London, Milan and Paris Fall 2014 — We combed through a month’s worth of collections to round up the 50 top looks from fashion week around the globe.
  7. CFDA Award Nominations: Find Out Which of Fashion’s Best and Brightest Might Win — Legends both established and in the making made the short list as the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced nominations for its 13th annual awards last night at the Bowery Hotel.
  8. Model Scorecard: The Top 15 Catwalkers of Fall 2014 (Forum Buzz) — The numbers are in for this season’s most in-demand catwalkers.
  9. What Makes a Model ‘Jolie Laide’? (Forum Buzz) — Forum members debate what makes a model "pretty ugly."
  10. Watch: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Defends the Street Style Circus at Fashion Week [theFashionDish] — June Ambrose:  "LET THEM LIVE."

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Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse Party with Karl Lagerfeld

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Cara and Suki heading to Karl Lagerfeld’s dinner to celebrate the opening of his flagship (Image: Wenn)

Karl Lagerfeld managed to get the fabulous fashion lot into the supermarket for Paris fashion week, so there was no way that they wouldn’t hot foot it straight to London to celebrate the opening of his eponymous flagship clothing and fragrance store on Regent Street last night.

The powerhouse designer behind Chanel and Fendi stepped out to celebrate his own line with friends including Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse who accompanied each other to a celebratory dinner held at Harrods to mark the new store. Cara dressed head to toe in Karl Lagerfeld's collection available in the store, whilst Suki opted for a more signature vintage style in a pink mini dress and platform sandals.

Within the store itself, it was not just the guests who were of interest as the likes of David Gandy, Angel Haze, Haim and Daisy Lowe all came to marvel in the exciting digital spectacle that the Regent Store will bring to the public when it opens its doors today.

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Arizona Muse joins the man himself to celebrate the store opening (image: Getty)

Of course, Karl’s Tokidoki dolls were aplenty as well as British-inspired plaid pieces and London sweatshirts. But it was technology that really took centre stage, with iPads on every clothing rail to allow you build outfits as you shopped and leave notes for Karl himself. Even better was the changing rooms where they have saved you the hassle of using your own phone to take a few cheeky selfies by building in a function that allows you to photograph yourself and upload to Instagram, whilst still in your cubicle.

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Taxi for Karl! The Regent Street store (image: Getty)

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Link Buzz: How Can Jemima Kirke Be Real?; Karl Lagerfeld Now Getting Into the Branded Emoji Market

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  • Here is an account of a day in the life of Girls actress Jemima Kirke, presented without comment because I can't. [Vulture]
  • Read about how some yogis have managed to turn their enormous Instagram followings into lucrative businesses. [Racked]
  • Wren's viral First Kiss video was filmed with a budget of $1,300. [NYTimes]
  • If you'd rather live in another era solely on the basis of its dominant makeup trends, we don't want you here anyway. [BellaSugar]
  • Is Cara Delevingne going to be the next Kate Moss or already the next Kate Moss? A special investigation. [FabSugar]
  • So now that Karl Lagerfeld has released a branded set of emojis, we can all go back to bed. [Fashionista]

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