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.”
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.
After a not-very-positive year for Australia’s local design industry, it seems there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Creative Enterprises Australia has launched an accelerator program for fashion start-ups in an attempt to jump-start a few international career trajectories. CEA Fashion Business Accelorator Program is now open for applications, and up to four participants will be selected after panel interviews later this month.
“We have several programs here for emerging designers who are at the really early stages but this program is stepping it up a notch and looking for about four designers who are really ready to take their brand to an international platform,” program coordinator Cynthia Macnee told StartupSmart.
She continues, “We will be looking for designers who not only have a unique and strong design presence but also the drive and willingness to develop the business acumen they need to survive and thrive in Australia’s fashion industry and internationally.”
Though it’s tough to make it as a fashion designer no matter which corner of the globe you’re based in, the program will address concerns unique to budding Dion Lees of the Southern Hemisphere. In particular, physical proximity to the New York, London, Milan and Paris runways, and season reversal. Only a handful of Australian designers have figured out how to work the latter to their advantage.
“Few designers have the broad set of left and right brain skills needed to operate a successful fashion business, and they fail to think of it as a business and therefore don’t cost things with the idea of clearing a margin and earning an income,” says Macnee.
The program will run for just over a year after it launches in February. Winners will be trained and mentored by both designers and business executives, including ex-David Jones head buyer David Bush. And while it’s based in Brisbane, candidates nationwide can reap the benefits via the wonders of Skype.
It might not come as much relief to the slew of local designers who’ve recently closed their labels amongst huge financial loss. But to the new wave of talent, it’s an incentive not to be disheartened by those events. With all the overseas high street chains poised to launch in Australia over the coming months, they need all the positivity they can get.
Balenciaga's new campaign for the brand's Rosabotanica scent has popped up online (above). It stars Kristen Stewart, who also appeared in last year's ad for the related fragrance, Florabotanica (below).
This is a repeat performance in more than just one sense: As E! Online points out, the two campaigns look very, very similar. In both images, Stewart poses topless with her hair pulled back, her body draped in a vine of tropical flowers.
What's going on here? Two guesses: 1) Either last year's campaign performed so well that Balenciaga decided not fix what wasn't broken or 2) The fashion house ran out of budget and pulled an outtake from 2013's shoot.
Either way, the first iteration of the ad was probably the more successful one. The newest campaign image has just appeared in the tFS Forums, and the early response is not favorable.
"Looks like she's holding a bottle of alcohol," said Hector.
"Could she look more dead in the eyes?" quipped Thefrenchy.