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Numéro China’s November Cover With Toni Garrn Is Stunning (Forum Buzz)

Toni Garrn on Numéro China November 2013

image credit: weibo/numerochina via the tfs forums

Numéro China has proven to be one of the strongest fashion publications in recent months by consistently delivering impressive covers and editorials. For this month’s cover, German model Toni Garrn posed in front of photographer Txema Yeste’s lens for an image that beautifully represents this Haute Couture themed issue. The outcome is gorgeous, to say the least, and was met with a lot of praise on the tFS forums. 

“Stunning cover, Toni blends very well with the rest of the cover. Kind of experimental mystical Indian vibe,” wrote Nymphaea

And justaguy swooned, “Toni's innocence is what makes this cover really work. She almost acts like a backdrop which really complements the styling of the cover. Just beautiful!”

Forum members also discussed the model choice following MyNameIs's post, which said, “Interesting idea but terrible model choice. Don't get me wrong, Toni looks beautiful as usual, but she has no attitude in print and her facial expression is not strong enough to shine from all that noise going around her. What ends up happening is that she's completely overpowered and that tulle becomes the star of the cover. Not a good result.”

“This is gorgeous, I think it is the perfect model choice. I couldn't have imagined someone who is 'stronger' in print for a cover like this. (And that being said, I think Toni has improved a lot in the last couple of years.),” defended sore.

I couldn’t agree more with justaguy and sore who find Toni to be the perfect model for this concept. Toni, who’s probably best known for dating Leonardo Di Caprio and being a Victoria’s Secret model, is possibly used to having her modeling skills questioned, but with this cover being thoroughly flawless in my eyes, I have very little reason to do this here at this point.

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Toronto Jean Startup Wants to Get Mayor Rob Ford on a Bicycle

The love-hate relationship between Toronto and its mayor is legendary. There’s none other like it in the world and, while Rob Ford is regularly blasted in the news (read: The Star) for his indiscretions (read: smoking crack), we still find something endearingly comical about him, something that makes brands want to capitalize on his bad reputation for a good cause. Kind of like what new startup RYB Denim is doing.

Homegrown designers Chandel Bodner and Modrobes founder Steven Sal Debus recently teamed up on a crowdsourcing project for locally made RYB Jeans, literally meaning “Ride Your Bike” jeans, which aim to enhance movement while cycling. Their newly designed pants stretch, breathe and have extra fabric in all the right places to prevent wear, while rising a little more above the derriere to prevent a builder’s butt crack scenario from going on. There’s even a lock holder, a key holder, pocket placement and reflective seam piping because these guys have thought of everything!

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As of now, RYB Jeans are seeking funding on Indiegogo – like so many new brands do these days – but you’re probably wondering, where the heck does Rob Ford come into all of this? Well, according to Bodner and Debus, "Mayor Ford repeatedly talks about creating jobs and helping the local economy. If we succeed we'll potentially be creating hundreds of jobs in this city. We want the Mayor to know that supporting a cycling inspired company means more good jobs in this city.  So if we meet our goal, we will personally fit and deliver the jeans to the Mayor." #robfordjeans

Seeing the Toronto mayor squeeze his cushy behind into a snug fitting pair of skinnies and cycling off into the sunset? Surely that’s reason enough to invest.

 

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Phoenix Keating’s Spring Collection is for the Sexy Cyborg Inside You

phoenix-keating-campaignWe’ve had the ‘Australian designers in New York’ conversation many times over the last few weeks. But Phoenix Keating makes it sounds like a fresh subject. The Sydney-based designer made his stateside debut at Chelsea’s Go Studios last week with Spring/Summer’s ‘Vaudevillian,' and it’s not difficult to see why he didn’t waste much time in the Australian market before shifting his gaze overseas. Keating’s designs are statement-making, slightly eccentric and not exactly in tune with the rest of the local market.  

But in New York City — stomping ground of his most notorious early supporter, Lady Gaga – he might have found his home away from home. ‘Vaudevillian’ is a dramatic and ultra-modern collection that has all the power of its backstory and none of its convolutedness (to experience the full force of a Keating collection is to be treated to an inspiration rundown that borders on epic). The designer explains this season’s roots thusly:

‘In a future where time travel is reality, androids are sent back to the distant past, gathering information about the missteps of humanity to ensure a successful, progressive future for civilization. Our story surrounds one particular female android, sent back to the 1920s, gripped by confusion and emotion when she happens upon a pre-ordained Love whose discovery of her very own android nature sets into motion a cinematic, tragic turn of events leaving her human counterpart in crestfallen agony and forcing her into an Apocalyptic future, forever to endure without what could have been.’

Other unconventional inspiration worth mentioning is aircrafts. Structured tops, skirts and a bomber jacket are given a futuristic effect with patchworked silver leather and anchored with studs, making them resemble the wings of an airplane, and are married to panels of romantic chiffon. Other pieces using the same metallic fabric include a 1950s pointy brazier and a cinched-waist dress for the sexy android in all of us.

The softer, 1920s-inspired half of the collection takes its cues from Josephine Baker and the Vaudeville circuit. The studs and silhouettes (and another pointy bra) marry the two sides together, but here Keating introduces a traditional English plaid that he douses in bleach to a very cool effect. Ribbed finishes add a little wearability – not that that’s Keating’s mantra. 

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Images provided by L.E.R. PR

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Watch: Louise Roe Goes Backstage with TRESemmé at New York Fashion Week

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At last month's New York Fashion Week, television host Louise Roe went behind the scenes for TRESemmé StyleSetters, an online video series which shows how hair completes the look on the runway. 

Roe goes backstage to chat with designers Rebecca Minkoff and Vivienne Tam about what inspired their Spring 2014 collections. Later, Roe sits down with TRESemmé lead hairstylist Jeanie Syfu to learn how to recreate the runway hair looks at home. 

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Lindsey Wixson Will Appear in the Chanel Spring 2014 Campaign

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Image: IMAXtree

At the very end of a write-up in WWD about Karl Lagerfeld's new line of paper figurines (oy — it's a collaboration with Japanese paper artist Shin Tanaka), some advance information about the Chanel Spring 2014 campaign, which features model Lindsey Wixson. The shoot took place at the recently renovated Chanel studio "with its platinum parquet and mirrors galore" on Rue Cambon. 

Wixson is a regular presence on the Chanel runway and in Lagerfeld's series of brand-bolstering fashion films; she previously appeared in the label's Fall 2012 ad campaign

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