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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 vogue.fr. 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.

IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.FR VIA TFS FORUMS

IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.FR VIA TFS FORUMS

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

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  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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Image: WENN

  • 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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Terry Richardson Finally Speaks Out About Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Calling Them ‘Lies’

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Image: WENN.com

Today, Page Six ran a response from Terry Richardson to the recent resurgence of outrage over his alleged sexual misconduct on set. The photographer denies all the charges outright, calling them "hate-filled and libelous tales" and comparing the controversy surrounding him to an "an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

"Four years ago, I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me. At that time, I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character. When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

The recent round of allegations was brought forth by Charlotte Waters, now a 24-year-old nurse's assistant who shot with Richardson as a 19-year-old art student trying to make a little extra cash. She decided to tell her story, first anonymously on Reddit and then publicly on Vocativ, because she kept coming across media coverage about other allegations against Richardson's disturbing on-set behavior:

"I wanted to say, 'Hey, I’ve experienced this first hand. These aren’t just rumors.' But I wasn’t sure I wanted to come out about this very embarrassing thing I did, so I was just sitting on it for a while. And then I realized that what happened to me is something that has happened to other people and will likely continue to happen until his dick falls off, so I have to say something. I did it through Reddit because I could do it anonymously, and that seemed like a safe way to start.”

Model Jamie Peck recounted a similar experience in 2010. Other models, including Rie Rasmussen, Coco Rocha, Sara Ziff and Alise Shoemaker have also spoken out against him.

Coco Rocha: “I’ve shot with him, but I didn’t feel comfortable and I won’t do it again.”

Sara Ziff: "I have worked with Terry Richardson several times, and I wouldn’t work with him again based on those experiences."

According to Richardson, these are all lies:

"​Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies."

Richardson goes on to write that his subjects have always been consenting and that the charges against him are motivated by publications seeking pageviews:

"I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history. Sadly, in the on-going quest for controversy-generated page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious, and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to angry Internet crusades. Well-intentioned or not, they are based on lies. Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse."

And yes, although articles on the subject of Terry Richardson do generate a tremendous amount of interest online, the allegations against him were brought by individual women who were not motivated by web traffic. When Waters first posted her account of working with Richardson to Reddit, there was nothing she was going to "get" out of that — no money, no fame, no praise. She had no way of knowing that her story would attract so much attention; now that she has come forward publicly, there is no indication that she's seeking to "leverage" her experience for personal gain. 

Richardson's statement echoes a similar move recently made by Woody Allen, who responded to his 28-year-old daughter's public account of molestation with a letter in The New York Times, denying her claims.

Allen and Richardson are both powerful, talented men at the top of their creative fields; their professional visibility and the sexual elements in their work does make them easier targets for public outrage, but public outrage is a response to the allegations, but not what's driving them (or at least, not directly). There is a huge gulf in power between men like Allen and Richardson and the women who speak out against them; those who do are courageous. And although our justice system operates under the principle that people are innocent until they are proven guilty — as individuals, we don't have to give Richardson the benefit of the doubt. 

[Terry Richardson slams sex misconduct ‘witch hunt’ — NYPost]

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