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Flashback: Vogue Paris August 2006 with Hilary Rhoda by Mario Testino

I can remember it like it was an hour ago. I was on vacation with my family in Spain and we were strolling through the streets when out the corner of my eye, I spotted a stunning magazine cover. I had just started to become obsessed with fashion magazines and seeing a foreign edition of Vogue was surreal for me. We could only get the British version back home in our small town. I hadn't a clue who the latest model was or what everyone was wearing, but I loved the look of this girl on the cover of Vogue Paris — and that girl was Hilary Rhoda. My obsession with models and French Vogue was about to start.

The August 2006 cover of Vogue Paris featured a glamorous Hilary Rhoda wearing a Christian Dior jacket and skirt, photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld.

IMAGE CREDIT: MY OWN PERSONAL SCAN

IMAGE CREDIT: MY OWN PERSONAL SCAN

As vaguely as I remember seeing this cover for the first time, I can also remember tearing it up not long after I was back from Spain (yes, slap on the wrist for me). I'm just thankful we now have access to online auctions. It was like a trip down memory lane when I purchased another copy a couple of years ago.

The content offers just as much pleasure as the cover shot. Inside there are stories from Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.

My favorite story from the whole issue is entitled "Toute Allure" with Estonian model Carmen Kass, photographed by Richardson and styled by Emmanuelle Alt. The pictures are very different to what we're used to seeing Richardson produce nowadays, so it's nice to reflect on the excellence he used to produce for magazines back in 2006. This particular set of images are a delight and the editorial still remains a favorite of mine to this day. The editorial is almost like a storyboard of Kass and her lover (played by Olivier Zahm) running around Place de la Concorde in Paris on a summer's day. It's extremely chic and very Parisian. Alt's use of Chanel is also very good.

They don't make fashion magazines like this anymore, so why not familiarize yourself with this issue from 2006 by clicking here.

 

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Your Toronto Fashion Week Survival Essentials

Toronto Fashion Week is just over a week away, which means it’s time to make like a beaver and get busy preparing all your outfits, appointments and survival essentials. There’s nothing I love more than a good survival kit and, having spent enough time wrangling the fashion and festival circuits, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things. Pack them in your tote, store them at the office or keep a stash in your car — just make sure you have these can’t-live-without products on-hand during Canada’s most stylish week.

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1. No matter how slammin’ you want to look in your five-inch stilettos, a lot of standing (and walking) goes on during Fashion Week as you wait to go into the next show. Those feet are going to get tired, so make sure you pack a pair of compact flats in your bag like Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats ($12.47 at Walmart).

2. It’s not just feet that will be feeling fatigued, since your eyes are also in for a rough ride of late nights (did anyone say after-party?) and early morning wake-up calls. Canadian skin care company Elizabeth Grant has just the remedy for your tired and puffy peepers in the form of their Collagen Re-Inforce Rejuvenating Gel Eye Pads ($35 CAD, available at www.elizabethgrant.com).

3. Ah, Batiste Dry Shampoo. This little beauty gem will help extend your blowdry and let you go an extra day without washing ($8.99 from Shoppers Drug Mart).

4. I’m currently obsessed with Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother because, unlike other skin primers and perfectors, it comes in a great big generous tube ($19.99 at mass market drug stores).

5. The most important thing to remember during Fashion Week is to stay hydrated! It will keep you awake and looking fresh, but to save the planet from plastic bottles, plan on carrying your own drink canister at all times. Vancouver-based Obakki’s Of BKR Bottle ($29) will do just the job, while also contributing to building wells in South Sudan.

6. And while you’re hydrating that body, don’t forget to spritz that skin with Kosmea Australia’s Hydrating Rosewater Mist ($26.99, available at www.abundancenaturally.com). Made with a thousand delicately distilled rose petals, it will hydrate, refresh, soothe, cool and protect you from the bitter winter and harsh heating in the tents.

7. SkinCeuticals Serum 10 ($96 CAD, available at www.skinceuticals.com/canada) is a one-stop, do everything beauty product to both prevent and fix any Fashion Week skin problems. Use it as a detox at the end of the week or lather it on at the beginning because once absorbed, this defensive serum can't be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours! Mind is sufficiently blown.

8. So here’s my dirty little secret: I always keep some sort of snack in my bag because food is sparse and far-between at the tents. I’ve also recently discovered Canadian-based company Girlnola, makers of a yummy, gluten-free Berrynana Mix for just $4.99.

9. Finally, for all those Fashion Week quick fixes, you’re going to need the help of a good concealer (both for hiding dark circles and the occasional pimple). I love Hard Candy Cosmetics' new Glamoflauge Light ($5.98 CAD, available exclusively at Walmart), which is cheap enough to keep one in each of your bags, allowing you to cover at will all those pesky imperfections. It also comes with two different colour tips for customizable colour combinations, allowing you to achieve the perfect skin-tone match.

 

more Fashion Week articles on theFashionSpot.com

 

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‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Model Underwear in Bryant Park [Season 2, Episode 1]

[Season 2 of The Face premiered last night and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native will be blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 9/10 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot on Thursday, for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

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Yay! The time has finally arrived and I am so glad The Face competition has finally started.

Originally, I had no idea what was in store for us at Bryant Park. I figured we would see the coaches walk, and maybe we would as well, BUT only in a bra and underwear??…I definitely did not see that one coming. On top of that, there was a full audience of complete strangers just waiting to watch us.

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I am pretty comfortable in lingerie so thankfully that wasn’t too nerve wracking for me. My biggest concern was, oh my…when my dad watches this ha! I was a little bit nervous and I definitely feel I could have done better. Watching, I also remember how hot it was outside! We were all so sweaty. Hopefully it was not too obvious!

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Getting back to the loft, nobody was really sure what to expect. When we walked in they had it completely hooked up! Each team room had a completely different style, which I liked.

Then it was time for the choosing of teams…Talk about nerve wracking! I had it in my head that I wanted to be Team Anne because of her Sports Illustrated and Victoria's Secret background, which is the path I want to take. However, I was one of the last to go in and team Anne was full already.

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As you saw, I am Team Lydia and so excited about it! I am really glad everything happened the way it did. My teammates are Ray, Allison and Nakisha. 

The first challenge was at Juicy Couture and pretty challenging. I definitely thought we could win it, but it was hard for us in certain ways just because we all have such different personalities. I must say though, we got better by the minute! It was our first time working together and we pulled it off.

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When Nigel revealed Naomi had won, their team was happy and screaming. We didn’t see the other team’s window, but it was disappointing we didn’t win. The worst part of not winning isn’t missing out on the prize (even though that stinks too), it is knowing Lydia has to put one of us up for elimination. When it came time for her to choose someone, I wasn’t too nervous, but the whole situation got emotional.

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Early tears started flowing for Ray and Allison. I knew Allison had trouble with the perfume bottle, but I really wasn’t ready to see her go…or any of my teammates. I liked Isabelle a lot as well, even though she was not on my team. Elimination days are always tough but thankfully for our team, Ray pulled it off and came back! Lydia is absolutely amazing and so supportive. I can’t wait for you all to see everything our team and the competition has in store as the weeks continue to unravel. There is so much to come and I can’t wait to watch it all with you all!

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 10/9C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter at @A_Gullickson.

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Watch: Where Do Fashion Trends Come From? [theFashionDish]

Whether you think about it consciously, we bet fashion trends affect how you get dressed every single day. But what causes those sartorial shifts? Where do fashion trends come from? And what does Fashion Week have to do with it? We put the question to Jaclyn Jones, the Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm. WGSN starts tracking season trends two years in advance.

"I think fabrics really set the tone," Jones says in the clip above. "You can go to a fabric tradeshow and really predict what you're going to see coming down the runway."

Jones and her team pay close attention to how runway shows play into and transform existing trends. At the Fall 2014 shows, Jones spotted plenty of outdoor influences — there was hunting gear, there were Western-inspired pieces. This trend may have started at summer music festivals (you can read all about it here), but it really coalesced at the Chanel Paris-Dallas Pre-Fall show, which took place right before New York Fashion Week. 

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blogTomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 

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LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize: London Designers We’re Tipping for the Top

It’s been widely reported that luxury powerhouse LVMH is looking to support emerging designers from this year with its new initiative, the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.

With a judging panel consisting of leading fashion industry players like Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, the standards are going to be insanely high. Entrants had to be under 40 years old and have sold or presented two ready-to-wear collections, with one lucky winner receiving a grant worth €300,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring.

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The winner isn’t set to be announced until May, but recently works by all 30 of the shortlisted designers were on show in Paris for one very fashionable inspection, which included Anna Wintour. The task at hand is to now whittle the list down to 10 finalists from which an overall winner will be selected.

We’re excited to see that several London-based designers have made it into the final 30, and we’re crossing everything for at least two of them to be recognized within the final set. Our money is on either Simone Rocha or Meadham Kirchhoff.

Both are Central Saint Martins alumni who have gone on to receive an accolade of positive mentions following their Fashion Week collections and are steadily building their design houses. Watch this space to find out who makes the final 10! 

Images: ImaxTree 

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Link Buzz: Target is Practically Giving Away Its Peter Pilotto Collab Leftovers

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    Those of us who are rooting for the swift demise of designer x fast fashion collaborations will be heartened to hear that Target is practically paying people to take its Peter Pilotto leftovers. (By "paying people" I mean giving them a 30% discount, but considering how fast these collaborations typically sell out, it's a bad sign.) [SheFinds]
     
  • London's digital fashion scene is thriving. [HuffPo]
     
  • Buzzfeed's Jonah Peretti expounds on bundling and the role of advertising on the site: “The way we think about it is, it goes back to the best of advertising in magazines, where you pick up a women’s fashion magazine, and you take all the ads out, it would be a worse experience for the consumer. The advertising is high-quality fashion photography and so are the editorial spreads, and that’s something to aspire to for the Web.”

    The last time I looked at an issue of Vogue (not sure if it was the February or March issue), I must have flipped through 200 pages before I even hit the table of contents. Just saying, fashion magazines are maybe not the best model for thinking about how to balance editorial and advertising. [WWD]
     

  • New York City's "top" tech start-ups are sooo sooo … nauseating. [Refinery29]
     
  • Sky Ferreira speaks out against abusive Internet trolls. [DazedDigital]
     
  • Fashionista speaks to costume designer Janie Bryant about her post-Mad Men career aspirations. [Fashionista]
     
  • Paris Fashion Week may be over, but these photos of what the runway beauty looks were are probably forever. [BellaSugar]

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