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September Issues: Elizabeth Olsen Covers Dazed & Confused

Image: Angelo Pennetta for Dazed & Confused

Image: Angelo Pennetta for Dazed & Confused

Another September cover: Elizabeth Olsen for Dazed & Confused's Collections Special, photographed by Angelo Pennetta and styled by Robbie Spencer. With so many details in play — the starched white collar, the asymmetrical zipper and oversized buttons on her Miu Miu coat, the veil — this cover easily could have been a miss, but it's not! It's a lovely cover and a beautiful photograph of Olsen. 

The issue includes an interview with Alexander Wang about his new role at Balenciaga and a shoot showcasing fashion photographer Kacper Kacprzyk's debut collection.

Dazed and Confused September 2013 goes on sale tomorrow. 

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Rumor: Kanye Thinks He Can Get Kim Kardashian & Baby Their Own Vogue Cover

Kim Kardashian photo courtesy of Revolutionpix/WENN.com

Kim Kardashian photo courtesy of Revolutionpix/WENN.com

Just want to preface everything I'm about to tell you concerning Kanye West's alleged ambition to get Kim Kardashian and their baby on the cover of Vogue with a disclaimer: Anna Wintour is clearly not going to put the maligned reality star (with child!) on the cover of Vogue; Vogue is about aspiration and most of its readers don't want to be like Kim (does she have actual fans? omg she does). Pop culture has an infinite supply of improbable hypotheticals that would delight me if they ever did occur (like if Karl Lagerfeld came out as a furry), but this is not one of those if-only! situations. If Vogue ever ran a cover with Kim Kardashian, it would destroy the fabric of the universe in an irreparable way … I don't even want to consider the aftermath. It's true that Kanye West is a special kind of egotist, but despite his rather embarrassing foray into fashion (although I actually have some sympathy for him on that front, since some of the objections had a vaguely classist tinge to them), people seem to forget that he's an immensely successful recording artist, and he never would have achieved that level of success without some degree of savvy or sense.

But apparently, or at least according to RadarOnline.com (which has one of the saddest backstories in the whole history of Internet publishing), Kanye has been pestering Wintour to run a cover with Kardashian and the couple's child. 

“It’s no secret that Kanye is a huge fan of fashion, Vogue and especially Anna Wintour,” a source close to the musician told RadarOnline.

“But it’s also pretty well-known that Anna is NO fan of Kim or any reality star appearing in the pages of the magazine. Kanye is determined to make sure baby North isn’t photographed by paparazzi then splashed across the world. He knows what he wants — a professional photographer and the cover of Vogue – nothing else. But clearly, trying to persuade Anna is going to be an uphill battle.”

(West has reportedly referred Wintour to a recent WWD article which names Kardashian as Cosmopolitan's best-selling cover star of the past year.)

According to the account, Wintour is "non-pulsed." Yes, RadarOnline meant to say she was "nonplussed," but it's much funnier to imagine West's proposal caused Wintour's heart to literally stop beating, that the thought of Kim Kardashian on one of her precious Vogue covers made the fashion editor just keel over and die. 

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Fast Fashion: Sunny Fong x eBay, Get It While You Can

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So this post comes with both good news and bad. Let me give you the good first: Another high-end designer has taken the plunge for a collaboration with eBay especially for us 99-percenters. Remember when Rebekah Price designed some exclusive jewelry way, way back? Well now it's time for Sunny Fong of homeland brand VAWK.

Somewhat unimaginatively titled, VAWK for eBay by Sunny Fong — duh — the limited-edition capsule features clothing and accessory pieces, including a must-have little black dress, all under $120 with free shipping across Canada.

"I wanted to create an exclusive collection for eBay of great essentials that can transform a look from day to night, and can give someone a fashion moment," says Fong. "The pieces stay true to the VAWK aesthetic — each is inspired by our past collections that can be seen in our runway shows."

And so he's put forth seven items including a shift dress, two silk-blend scarves, leather and fox fur collar, caplet, leather and fox fur cuff and unisex leather tie, each priced under $120. The collection is wholly exclusive to eBay and can be found at ebay.ca/vawkforebay, running from NOW until September 15, 2013, or while supplies last.

Now the bad news? The only thing remaining from the collection is the gothic batwinged Manta Shift Dress! There are six of 20 still available (at last check), however, given the speed at which everything else has sold, I wouldn't expect them to last past noon — if you have a spare $120 then go get 'em FashionSpotters! In the meantime, it's plausible that more items could be added given the collaboration's success and fact that the store will be up until September. Let's just keep our vamp noir manicured fingers crossed and keep checking back.

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Watch Warby Parker’s New Ad: ‘The Literary Life Well Lived’

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Warby Parker has just released a new ad, "The Literary Life Well Lived," capitalizing on nostalgia for New York City's now-gone literary culture, which apparently consisted of relentless hard drinking, boxing matches and printed newspapers. The glasses e-tailer has a strong vintage aesthetic, but whenever fashion takes up literary culture, the results tend to be disastrous*. Glossy magazines and brands do a fantastic job of producing whimsical photos of pretty women jumping up and down with bundles of bright balloons at Parisian cafes, but when it comes to stylizing a world that resembles our own and mirroring it back to us, the result is often tone deaf and tasteless. When fashion photographs books, to choose a relevant example, it treats them as set pieces or fetish objects — the subtext is never, This is a good book, isn't reading fun? Instead it's, Don't you want to be the kind of person who reads books? Warby Parker frames will help you be that kind of person. Too transparent. 

The video:

[via AdWeek]


*Consider the outcry in response to Vice's recent spread showing famous female writers in the moments before they committed suicide. The publication eventually pulled the editorial offline and issued an apology

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Do You Know How to Spot Fake Fashion? [Infographic]

How do you know when a good deal is too good to be true? Some people buy fake fashion knowingly (it's not "right" in an ethical or legal sense, but it may be preferable to credit card debt), others are conned into it. If you hate scams but love buying designer items at sub-retail price, you will appreciate the infographic below, especially if you enjoy processing information laid out in a visual fashion:

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Reading: Dior Impressions, The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior

portraitWWD tells us Christian Dior compared each collection to a new spring, giving way to "shoots" of new fabrics. But is that enough to draw such a bold comparison of fashion inspired directly by art? According to a new book published by Rizzoli USA, Christian Dior's collections were influenced by one of history's most beloved fine art movements: impressionism. But that's not all the book purports. Not only was the original master of the feminine form a fan of Monet, Degas and Renoir, but his successors have been as well. Everyone from Galliano to Simmons have incorporated principles of movement, nature and muted colors into their collections for Dior. Right? The famous publisher of beautiful image-rich coffee table tomes isn't asking you to take their word for it. No less than three experts in the world of fashion and art history came together to pen the book that includes over 150 images of Dior pieces side-by-side with the works they are said to be inspired by.

Florence Müller, art and fashion historian and professor at the Institut Français de la Mode; Philippe Thiébaut, the curator of the Musée d’Orsay; and Farid Chenoune who is another historian and professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs have all put their stamp of approval on the book, and their names as authors. That many experts can hardly be wrong, I'd say. For any of us who love Impressionist paintings and painters and have a healthy dose of love for high fashion, this book is sure to delight your visual senses. 

It's coming out in hardcover on September 17 and is set to accompany an exhibition at the Musée Christian Dior, which is located in Dior's childhood home in Glanville, France. The exhibition makes sense, when you consider one of the major justifications for Dior's Impressionist leanings is the similarity of the landscape he grew up in to Monet's much-loved Giverny. 

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