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Manning Cartell’s AW2013 Collection Will Have You Wishing for Winter Already

Leave it up to the three sisters behind Manning Cartell to stuff as many of next season’s trends into one hospital-grade clean collection.

A heavily ornamented middle finger to the Australian summer heatwave, AW2013’s lookbook is a pretty good roundup of everything you should be looking forward to when the temperature drops below 20. Matchy-matchy suits? Check. Man-sized coats that seem to defy gravity? Check. Prints that remind you of both geometry lessons and art class? Check and check. White after Labour Day? Why the heck not, especially if it’s trimmed with blingy gold zippers that may or may not serve any utilitarian purpose.  

Other things guaranteed to get you noticed include a sequin jacket and two pairs of killer leather pants. The sleek, skinny black ones are Manning Cartell at their uncomplicated best, while the maroon ones are the best thing to ever feature leather, drawstring and elastic all at the same time.

The last six months have been big for the Manning Cartell sisters. They gave their Strand Arcade store a slick revamp to celebrate five years in the business in August, and six-handedly made “bridesmaid dress” a less anxiety-ridden term by launching a line just for the ladies of the bridal party. This latest collection is a pretty great example of how they’re able to do so much while looking like they’re really not doing that much at all. 



Images: 10Magazine

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Link Buzz: Blue Ivy’s 80k Diamond Barbie B-Day Present; Lanvin for Lancome

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z gave Blue Ivy an 80K diamond-encrusted Barbie for her first birthday because they knew she was going to remember that day for the rest of her life. [Earsucker]
  • Terry Richardson photographed Georgia May Jagger for H&M because I have not gotten angry enough this week. [Fashionologie]
  • Ninety-nine pictures of accessories at the Golden Globes last night — I bet you can't resist. [FabSugar]
  • Alber Elbaz created a short animated video to tease Lanvin's collaboration with Lancome, which you'd be well-advised to click though and watch. [BellaSugar]
  • Heather Graham's New York apartment caught fire but everything's okay now so don't worry about it! [Starcasm]

Image via WENN

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Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2013 Ad Can’t Decide What It’s All About

Image via WWD

For Proenza Schouler's national magazine ad debut, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough brought in photographer David Sims to photograph models Irina Nikolaeva and Julia Nobis in the brand's Spring 2013 collection.

This campaign is very likely a crucial piece of some larger overall business strategy: set to run in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W (advertising in big-name glossies is a first for the New York label), the ads feature an updated (and rather unfortunate-looking) logo. Also, the initial image (above) was teased to WWD, signaling an unambiguous play for press. 

It seems like there's a lot riding on this campaign, but if the other images follow the one above, I don't think it can bear the weight. Any weight. Good thing scrutiny is weightless, or it couldn't even bear that. 

Let's list all the elements that make up this lumpy soup of an ad:

  • The modernist blob of a collage on the left
  • The decontextualized graffiti on the walls in the main image
  • The very traditional waterscape seen through the window
  • Model Irina Nikolaeva's robotic pose (is that a pocket or is she rubbing her lower belly?) and faded, wilting expression
  • The scaley-stiff red leather skirt suit with black geometric embellishment which, who would ever wear that?
  • Everything about the font, from the font itself to the spacing.

This is like a scene out of a very sad novel that ends with the main character huddled in a corner of her hovel, feeding bread crumbs to her pet rat. But on another planet, after the end of the Earth.


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Missed the Golden Globes Last Night? Me Too. Let’s Catch Up

If you, like me, didn't watch the Golden Globes last night, then you've probably spent the morning catching up on all the exciting entertainment you missed. My New York Times iPhone app said it best with this push notification: "'Argo,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Homeland' and 'Girls' Win Big at the Golden Globes."

Just kidding, that's probably the most useless Golden Globes headline imaginable. What about the dresses, the crying, the Twittering? 

Here, I'll fill you in: Last year, everyone watched Angelina Jolie try to screw her leg out of its socket to show off her thigh-high-high slit on the Oscars red carpet and then in the Fall, they also read that WSJ article about how oxblood is the best color you could possibly wear this season, and so last night's red carpet was a procession of dangling upper thighs and dresses that resembled (can we please just call it) burgundy candy wrappers.

Additionally: Jodie Foster gave a weird or brave or moving or cowardly (depending on who you ask) acceptance/coming out speech and Lena Dunham thanked Chad Lowe because of Twitter and also because Hilary Swank was a bad wife and, wow, things seem really bad in Mali right now and Taylor Swift could not hide her ugly narcissistic rage about losing Best Original Song to Adele — and Adele is, by the way, basically the most popular person on the Internet this morning

Oh, and also Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivered a legitimately funny opening monologue, and even though I KNOW Poehler's wearing an (okay, I'll say it) oxblood dress in the clip below, she looks original and fantastic. 

Image via Getty

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Link Buzz: Edie Campbell for LOVE; Beyonce Might Get Together With H&M

  • Mostly just wanted to show you the Edie Campbell x LOVE February cover because of Edie's intense and fantastic Mireille Mathieu-redux bowl cut. [Fashionologie]
  • Selita Ebanks also got a bob. It's bob o'clock. [BellaSugar]
  • The accessories at the Critics' Choice Awards were actually pretty disappointing, if you ask me. [FabSugar]
  • The girls of Girls wore Deborah Lippmann's Girls-inspired nail polish to the premiere of Girls. It looks good, girl. [StyleBakeryTeen]
  • Beyonce might be H&M's new spokesmodel, because she has a lot of time to kill between performing for the Superbowl halftime show and being the international face of Pepsi. [SheFinds]

Image via Fashionologie

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Raf Simons’ Dior Pre-Fall Collection Will Make You Hate Whatever You’re Wearing

Love that Raf Simons' Dior design team wears lab coats so crisp and white, they could restore a mystic's faith in science. Also, love Simons' Dior Pre-Fall collection. The silhouettes here build on what he introduced at his couture debut last summer and then developed for Spring 2013.

With the Pre-Fall range, Simons introduces a new Dior denim, pictured here as a skinny jean but available in four different styles — presumably to flatter a wider range of body types — in the same dark wash, made with Japanese fabric. 

Anyway, this looks great — and as I learned today, apparently we have Marc Jacobs' psychiatrist to thank for Raf Simons' tenure at Dior, at least in part.

Images via WWD


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