It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already just around the corner — something which we've been neglecting as finding that perfect Halloween outfit had quite simply taken precedence! One of the best things about the Christmas holidays in the UK has to be the high-street’s own personal homage to the festive season; that’s right, we’re talking about those fab Christmas windows. London with its crème de la crème of visual merchandisers does it best, and it has to be its legendary department stores’ windows which help to pull in all of those international tourists.
Harrods’ Christmas Windows
It seems that this year will go down in fashion history as the year that the UK went cartoon crazy: If London Fashion Week’s Minnie Mouse takeover wasn't enough, it appears that the Disney Princesses are now getting ready to take centre stage. Renowned British department store Harrods has exclusively revealed that the windows of its Knightsbridge store are about to be hijacked by some of the world’s most famous princesses, and that’s of the animated variety of course!
Images via Vogue / WENN
As Harrods’ magical elves are busily preparing the collection as we speak, they've also announced that it will ready by the 1st November. Plus, it’s not just any princess takeover, as the gowns set to adorn their globally acclaimed windows have all been exclusively created by an array of leading fashion designers. We’re talking an Oscar de la Renta Snow White gown (if only those dwarves could see her now!), Cinderella has gone all Versace, little old Ariel has been transformed by Marchesa, and that’s just for starters. So, get into the festive spirit and head over to Knightsbridge to check out the full magical range on display — but we have to warn you, these detailed couture pieces will most definitely take your breath away!
We haven’t seen Michelle Buswell in a while, and isn’t it kind of a shame? Thankfully, Koray Birand photographed Michelle, and Harper’s Bazaar Turkey put her on the newsstand and subscriber covers of their November issue.
“Both covers are good,” MulletProof commented, “but the subscriber's one is so deliciously ‘90s… looks like an Elizabeth Arden ad,” she laughed. “Koray just keeps making HB Turkey one of my favorites to watch. Oh and Michelle looks gorgeous,” she added. “I had almost completely forgotten about her.”
Visualoptimism posted: “Loving the editorial, she looks absolutely stunning. Loving the old school feel of the editorial too, combined with the awesome styling [by Mahizer Aytas].”
“Both covers and editorial are very very stunning,” thiago:) agreed. “Seeing Michelle brings me back to 2003, which is such an amazing feeling.”
Let’s all take a moment to thank Harper’s Bazaar Turkey (even if only in our heads) for bringing Michelle Buswell back in front of our eyes once more.
It's pretty canceled.
Not only has Heidi Klum called off her legendary costume party (postponed to a haunted Christmas), but also the NYC Halloween Parade isn't happening for the first time in its thirty-nine-year history. Candy sales are projected to fall seriously short of previous expectations and you know fun is truly dead when you start worrying about the candy industry's bottom line.
No Heidi + no parade + well-stocked candy aisles = wait, that sounds fantastic.
To be fair, I already had my Halloween fun this weekend (I realized my longstanding dream of being a pineapple), so it's not like I was ever gonna feel deprived.
Still: I recently struck up an acquaintanceship with this woman that comes into my coffeeshop all the time with her one-year-oldish baby strapped to her torso. That kid will probably be spared a pig-in-a-blanket onesie, and it breaks my heart.
So when I embed Coco Rocha and Ellen Von Unworth's Halloween fashion film for Vs. Magazine below, it's because I'm thinking of the children.
I don't know, just watch it if you feel like it.
Sass & Bide might have taken their sweet time branching out into eyewear, but the brand’s sophomore effort is further proof that good things are worth waiting for. Titled ‘Ladysaint’, the follow-up to last year’s collection is again dominated by the signature graphic prints, bright hues, and high-impact trimmings that exemplify much of their clothing.
The eighteen-piece range isn’t just variations on one style of frame, either. Ladysaint is a lesson in the best of eyewear geography, encompassing everything from vintage and oversized to sci-fi circles and basic aviators. Except that nothing is ever truly basic when it comes to Sass & Bide: their take on pilot’s glasses, for examples, features excellent metallic accents ranging from elegant to eccentric. Another collection highlight: a pair with a gold bridge and top bar, with a thick piece of tortoiseshell acetate.
Equally popular will be anything bearing that quintessential Sass & Bide tribal graphic, and the pairs with arms in contrasting shades of acetate are well worth a shoutout too. The scrapbook-style lookbook is a pretty cute way to style each pair in the absence of actual clothing.
With so many cult fashion brands now turning their hands to eyewear, Sass & Bide aren’t exactly the only players in the game. But then again, Australia is a very sunny place.
Images via Sass & Bide
Vogue UK’s December 2012 cover may mark Natalia Vodianova’s tenth appearance on the magazine, but it certainly isn’t her best showing. There are so many things wrong with this cover that it’s hard to know where to start. But, I’ll give it a try.
First: Natalia looks frozen and lifeless. More on that later.
Second: This is a DECEMBER cover. Does this color scheme and Valentino Resort 2013 jacket make you think of cuddling up by a fire, trimming a Christmas tree, and getting tipsy at a holiday party? I thought not.
Third: What is with that “POP” font in the lower left corner?! Not chic. C’mon Vogue!
Back to Natalia though. Sure forum members can be nitpicky, but they had a lot to say about Natalia on this cover. “She's honestly looking like one of those wax figures,” Flashbang wrote: “There's no life whatsoever. The more I see the cover, the more terrified I get.”
Iluvjeisa commented: “If she didn't look so anxious and eager to please, this would have been a good cover. But she really has the look of someone who has tried really hard but is unsure they made the cut and is concerned that, if she smiles a little wider, some wrinkles might show.”
At least VogueDisciple93 kind of came to Natalia’s defense. “If I had to wear that awful jacket I would have the same expression,” he quipped.
So, maybe Natalia has lost her mojo a little bit, but what’s Vogue UK’s excuse with the fonts and the styling?
It turns out there are remarkably few fashion angles to a hurricane story. Natural disasters have this annoying habit of putting things in perspective and summoning our hidden scruples: People lost their homes and lives last night; over six million people on the East Coast don't have power right now.
I'm just saying, I can't really bring myself to make fun of Robert Pattinson's new twelve-million-dollar contract with Dior fragrances for men. (Sorry, wait, can't stop: that's A LOT of money. I didn't know there were so many Twihards in the market for luxury men's fragrances.)
Anyway, I just wanted to … you know, acknowledge the fact that a superstorm hit New Jersey last night and lots of people and places are struggling to cope with the damage. I hope you're safe and I hope that if you're safe, you're wearing the warmest, coziest socks you can find in your drawer and will join me in my pledge to spend the rest of the week in leggings. Wearing comfortable clothing and hanging out with your pets is the stuff of silver linings.
If you can't curb the impulse to spend money while you're
marooned (eek!) stuck in your apartment until the MTA resumes services a few days from now, skip American Apparel's truly indecent "☁ ☂ ϟ Hurricane Sandy Sale! ϟ ☂ ☁" and instead, donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting "redcross" to the number 90999.
Better yet, you could volunteer. The Red Cross is actively seeking volunteers and New York Cares is also coordinating Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. This is a good time to try to help.