If you’re an emerging print designer looking for that lucky break, we have the very competition for you. London Fashion Week is just on the horizon, which also means that the fun Vodafone London Fashion Weekend which follows is almost here too.
This year, London Fashion Weekend is teaming up with the Textile Federation and launching the design competition London Perspectives. They’re asking people to design a print that demonstrates what inspires them about London. The entry, however, must have a music, architecture or fashion angle, and whether you’re a Londoner or have just paid the city a visit, it’s easy to be inspired by these mediums of which London is brimming at the seams. London is filled with amazing architecture, cool young musicians and hosts an eclectic mix of fashion trends. So, choose your favourite and get designing.
The winning design will be chosen by a member of the British Fashion Council alongside members of the Textile Federation, which is made up of some of the best contemporary design talent around. So rest assured that the best design will truly win!
You’ve got until January 19 to get your entries in over at Textilefederation.com, and the winning design will be transformed into T-Shirts and sold at Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend.
Designers have taken many different approaches to their Spring 2014 ads: Hedi Slimane glorified the teen (rich white) girl for Saint Laurent; Raf Simons cast a group of models to join him in Dior's heavenly sphere; Prada chose to focus on the clothes; Marc Jacobs asked Miley Cyrus to kill somebody; Alexander Wang simply said "F*ck it all" and locked himself inside a toilet stall. As we say in fashion, there's more than one way to fry an egg, but who needs all that cholesterol*?
But even with all these varied approaches, Jil Sander's is the weirdest campaign we've seen all season. Photographed by David Sims and featuring models Edie Campbell and Ben Waters (the latter is also a womenswear design student at Central Saint Martins), the ads pick up on the haphazard, lo-fi quality of Internet art. In one photo (below), it looks like Cambell is lost in a wild, tropical garden but also conducting a sexy Google Hangout session.
Sims and Campbell were both also tapped for Jil Sanders' Fall 2013 campaign.
*Spoiler: I do. Give it to me.
Alexander Wang reveals part of his Spring 2014 campaign, featuring models Anna Ewers, Zuzu Tadeushuk and Toilet Stalls. [WWD]
J. Crew's maternity line expands to denim. "Jeanius," as the kids say in their clickable headlines. [FabSugar]
Looking to expand your fashion vocab? So is my cat. [InStyle]
A Times writer goes on a brave journey, seeking answers to the question, Why can't I have my own Wikipedia page? [NYTimes]
An in-depth feature exploring the self-help movement behind Lululemon's corporate culture. [Racked]
Some people know how to give themselves ombre glitter manicures; I'm still mastering the art of taking naps. [BellaSugar]
Fashion bloggers: Extremely evil or a lesser evil? [BoF]
Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez had a wonderful time smooching, smoking e-cigarettes and taking selfies at the Knicks game on Tuesday night. [DailyMail]
For V Magazine's Spring 2014 Issue, editor Stephen Gan tapped Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated Swimwear model turned Vogue cover girl, to appear on the front of the magazine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh.
Rather than run two separate covers, the glossy created a special transparent overlay with a photograph of Upton styled by Nicola Formichetti in a Diesel denim bodysuit (below). The reader can peel it back to reveal the real cover, pictured above, which shows the model standing in the exact same pose, wearing a bikini. The accompanying cover line reads, "Why Can’t Kate Upton Keep Her Clothes On?”
Asked about the caption by WWD, Gan explains that the cover concept and accompanying feature are meant to explore the curious connection between celebrity, sexuality and fashion: “It has always intrigued me, as I’m sure it has to most readers, how someone gets embraced by the general public for taking their clothes off and loved by the fashion world for keeping them on.”
Image: Forums via TheSociety
Marc Jacobs was looking for the perfect campaign model, one that would really highlight — but not overshadow — the integrity and high design standards of his Spring 2014 collection. Obviously, there was only one choice: Miley Cyrus.
Photographed by David Sims, Miley is pictured sitting on a dark and stormy beach, flanked by models Natalie Westling and Esmerelda Seay Reynolds.
Although the mood and setting are consistent with the designer's past campaigns, it isn't the work of Jacobs' longtime collaborator, Juergen Teller. WWD reports that the German fashion photographer passed on the project because he didn't want to work with Cyrus.
“I have worked with Juergen for years and love him as an artist,” Jacobs told the trade. “He just didn’t want to shoot her.”
For its February 2014 issue, Vogue Paris is highlighting today's top models and the stars of tomorrow. As Anne-Sophie Mallard wrote in the Vogue Paris blog: "First, we spotted them on the runway, then we called in some of the biggest photographers in the business to immortalize them for the glossy pages of Vogue Paris. Meet the next generation of modeling stars in the February issue, out January 22."
And from editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt's front-of-book letter: "Fresh-faced and schoolgirl-style, smooth and sophisticated, classic beauties and edgy new faces, 22 models feature in this issue. Like Emily, Edita, Amanda and Andreea, you might know some of them if you saw them on the street. Others — think Freja, Saskia, Edie and Georgia — are already established stars. In their wake, a clutch of the new faces that we're backing."
Photographers Inez & Vinoodh, Terry Richardson, Mario Sorrenti and Mikael Jensson were all tapped for the issue; so were models Edie Campbell, Andreea Diaconu, Sam Rollinson, Amanda Murphy, Vanessa Axente, Freja Beha Erichsen, Saskia de Brauw, Georgia May Jagger, Malaika Firth and Riley.
A name we haven't mentioned: Emily DiDonato, who appears on cover of the fashion glossy, as photographed by David Sims.
Having worked with brands like Maybelline, Victoria's Secret and Juicy Couture, DiDonato is one of the industry's top earners, but has fewer editorial credits to her name (although she did appear on the cover of Vogue Turkey in January). Landing on the front of Paris Vogue is a breakthrough moment for any model. But appearing on the front of the 'Top Models' special issue? For DiDonato, who's best known for her commercial appeal, it's a coup.