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Do You Buy a Magazine Based on How Thick It Is?



Today I found myself overhearing a conversation at the newsstand where a group was discussing whether or not to each purchase the March 2014 issue of Vogue Italia. A girl told her companion she was buying the £9.00 magazine because she was almost certain there would be something inside she liked, due to the fact that the magazine was so heavy (the issue and its two supplements weigh in at 2 kg).

I walked out with my own copy, plastic carrier bag almost snapping with the pressure of such a heavy item. A few hours later I realized that I hadn't even opened the magazine from its shrink wrap, and wondered if I was so compelled to make the purchase myself because it was heavy, thick and seemed to show promise from the unusual cover shot.

As it turns out, the thickness of Vogue Italia March 2014 does not guarantee the issue will be a substantial read. In fact, Steven Meisel's story is the only good element, the rest of the issue fades into the background. As for the two supplements which are included (Vogue Accessory and the couture supplement), they don't hold much promise either. Both supplements are included as free gifts (albeit a free gift I have to pay extra for, due to the added weight and the import charges).

As a magazine collector, I couldn't care less about the thickness of a magazine. I would much rather have one fantastic fashion shoot, than four or five mediocre stories which would result in a higher page number towards the end of the issue. Magazines should be more about quality than quantity.


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The London Underground Gets a Fashionable Makeover

It might look like a regular London Underground map upon first glance, but look again and you will see that the trusty London travel guide has been given a fabulous new fashion makeover thanks to German fashion site Stylight and its ingeniously named ‘punderground.’

The Munich-based site has listed London as the style capital of the world, so naturally wanted to create a map that reflected this. As they have said on their website, "The London Underground can be a difficult thing to navigate when you're wearing six-inch heels and sunglasses, so we've broken it down into something more manageable,"


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Dion Lee II and Christopher Esber Join the MBFWA Lineup

Dion-Lee-Line-IIDion Lee is coming to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia! Well his diffusion Line II anyway, which has just been added to the 2014 schedule along with Christopher Esber.

Esber will take the formerly empty 6 p.m. time slot on the Tuesday. Lee’s tailoring-focused Line II will show at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, moving Cameo to Tuesday also.

The two most recent additions lend a little more star power to the schedule, which is heavier on emerging labels than it has been in recent years. Sass & Bide, Zimmermann and Dion Lee’s main line are all now showing in New York, and though we’ll miss seeing them in Sydney, it does bring more focus to new talents like Desert Designs, Leroy Nguyen and Hayley Elssaesser.

Esber has also had his sights set on New York in the past, holding a joint show with fellow Aussie Kym Ellery there in September 2012 (Ellery now shows in Paris as well as at MBFWA). Since then, he’s been causing the biggest buzz in Milan, where he was flown as a finalist for the 2014 Woolmark Prize. Esber took out the Australian leg of the competition in July last year, and while he lost out on the International final to Rahul Mishra in February, his collection held the attention of industry heavyweights including Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani, Frida Gianni and Alexa Chung.

Esber was also a frontrunner for the Australian Woolmark Prize in 2012, when he was beaten out by none other than Dion Lee himself. Presumably the two have put any rivalry behind them as both their brands continue to explode.

You can see part of Esber's Spring 2014 collection on Abbey Lee Kershaw in the April issue of Vogue Australia

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It Happened: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Got a Vogue Cover

Kim Kardashian and Kanye's West April 2014 VOGUE cover

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They got their cover. Here are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for Vogue, wearing wedding attire in a photo by Annie Leibovitz. They are the #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE, according to the #caption running along the bottom of the glossy.

Surprise? I'm surprised. Although it's long been rumored that Kanye was hard at work lobbying Anna Wintour to secure a Vogue spot for Kardashian, there was no indication that his campaign was having any success. And although recently, a growing number of fashion editors have come forward with praise for Kardashian's style evolution, still we never could have predicted this. (And apparently, neither could some Vogue staffers — we heard that Kimye's cover was a closely-guarded secret even internally at the publication.)

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L’Wren Scott’s Company Releases Statement

L'Wren Scott in a kimono inspired dress

L’Wren Scott leaving the British Fashion Awards 2013 on December 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)

This morning the New York-based PR team for L’Wren Scott’s London-based company released the following statement, which they requested be published in full; you can read it here below.

A spokesperson for L'Wren Scott:

The figures quoted in the media regarding the financial status of LS Fashion Limited are not only highly misleading and inaccurate but also extremely hurtful and disrespectful to the memory of L'Wren Scott.
Ms. Scott was considering a re-structure of her global business. The L'Wren Scott business consists of a wholesale business of ready-to-wear women's wear, a bespoke Couture business for private clients, a licensing business, Ms. Scott's globally recognized work as a Fashion Consultant and stylist and her collaborations such as her recent collection for Banana Republic. Her business overall was only seven years old and although some areas of the business had not yet reached their potential other parts of her business were proving successful. As a private business, details of income and turnover are not publicly disclosed, however it can be said that the long-term prospects for the business were encouraging. Ms. Scott was very focused on doing what was right for her global business and for the support of her team.
In terms of figures shown at Companies House in the UK. The parent company of LS Fashion Limited based in America had made a standard loan investment to the UK subsidiary. LS Fashion Limited is fully able to meet the company's liabilities and pay all suppliers and customers.
The L'Wren Scott team today said:
"We have lost a great friend and an inspiring leader. We are grieving privately and whilst we appreciate the incredible tributes that have been paid in the media by those who knew L'Wren, we strongly object to some of the media's intrusion into issues that are not only untrue and misleading but also distract from remembering and celebrating her life — the life of a successful, talented, kind, generous and extraordinary woman. We ask that our privacy and that of L'Wren's family and close friends be respected at this difficult time."
No further statement will be made for the time being.


Ms.Scott’s death by suicide on Monday morning sent shockwaves throughout the fashion industry and immediately led to speculation about both her professional and personal life, ranging from the solvency of her business to her relationship with longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger. Cathy Horyn’s lovely, loving tribute in The New York Times on Tuesday refuted any idea that Scott’s relationship with Jagger was in trouble, but did note that she had received word from a reliable source that Scott would have announced she was closing her business on the following Wednesday. This statement likely has been released as a direct denial of that report.

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Karmen Pedaru Takes Us Back to the 80s on the Cover of French Elle (Forum Buzz)

There comes a time when an effortlessly stunning cover comes along, and right now it's that time. Karmen Pedaru is 80s-inspired perfection on the cover of French Elle's latest issue, dated March 14, 2014. The Estonian model is photographed by Miguel Reveriego wearing Christian Dior.



See what I mean? Isn't this just delightful? Everything from Karmen's smile to the font of 'beauté' works. My sentiments were shared by Rigida who wrote, "That Elle France cover with Karmen is perfect!"

It's a rare occasion that I purchase Elle France, however, I couldn't resist making an order online and my copy arrived this morning. The issue has two fashion stories with Karmen Pedaru, both photographed by Miguel Reveriego. One of the editorials accompanies the cover shot and is very beauty orientated and the other is more fashion with Karmen wearing a range of looks from Saint Laurent, Gucci, Fendi, Balmain and Balenciaga.

Why don't you check out the editorials here and here.


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