Here's a September Issue that might not have been on your radar: Photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth and styled in a kind of haute-PVC burgundy dress by Kenneth Goh, Victoria Beckham covers Harper's Bazaar Singapore for September 2013. The former pop star defied everyone's expectations when she launched her namesake fashion collection to critical acclaim in 2008 at New York Fashion Week. Earlier this year, Beckham introduced her line to buyers in China, representing her first foray into the Asian market. Despite reports of slowed growth, Asia's luxury market continues to be one of the largest in the world and Beckham clearly wants a piece of it.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love very.co.uk any more, they announce their newest collaboration: They’ve teamed up with V Festival (one of the UK’s hottest festivals) to develop a special festival themed capsule collection. And the best bit? You can get it directly delivered to your tent within an hour.
Offering everything from festival clothing essentials to quirky glow in the dark wellies (exactly like their cute pink pair, £20 below) the 25-piece capsule collection is set to go on sale on their site this weekend, and at their special V Festival Very tent. Who said camping couldn’t be luxurious?
Since they’re the official style partner for V festival, their website is an absolute must at the moment if you’re looking for some festival fashion inspiration. It’s an emporium of tips that’ll help you to create an array of different festival looks from Woodstock hippie chic to the ultimate raver.
Key to any kind of festival-goer's wardrobe, though, has to be a good pair of wellies, just in case those autumnal showers arrive a little earlier than usual. And if the out-there glow-in-the-dark pair are a bit OTT for your liking, why not opt for a pair of trendy Hunter wellies (above right) with a cool neon buckle twist? Available for £115 at Very.
If you are lucky enough to be heading over to the V Festival, then be sure to keep an eye out for their special vending machine where you can snap a picture of your festival fashion and vote for a winning look.
The Woolmark Company has tapped Alexander Wang, Annie Leibovitz and a very cute sheep for a new campaign promoting Merino wool. Slated to run in fall fashion magazines, the ad is part of a two-season partnership between the textile company and the designer's eponymous label. Select pieces of Wang's Fall 2013 collection were produced with the textile.
“I have used Merino wool since I first started designing, so collaborating with Woolmark was a natural fit for me,” he said. “Wool has strong environmental credentials, and it always feels modern and relevant.”
Wangs joins fellow Parsons alum Narciso Rodriguez as a Woolmark brand ambassador. The company is hoping to position Merino wool as a luxury fiber for premium apparel brands.
It’s not like we are not used to finding ourselves being baffled when flipping through an issue of Harper’s Bazaar every now and then. From putting model Hailey Clauson into awkwardly cheap looking robot outfits to using a computer generated Smurfette as a model in its fashion editorials, the magazine seems to have a weakness for creating comical fashion content that more often than not seems rather inappropriate for an American high fashion publication. But an editorial dedicated to Raf Simons' latest Christian Dior collection, starring Simons himself as well as two female models, in the important September issue surpasses all other questionable efforts by the magazine in its awfulness. tFS forum members failed to find anything nice to say about the story, which was shot by Skye Parrott and features artwork by Robert Longo.
“This is so bad it's not even funny,” commented Melancholybaby.
And Housseyin asked, “Wow, that Simons ed, is that for real ???”
“Raf's editorial is just comical,” remarked rougevalentino.
Jmrmartinho didn’t appreciate the intentionally (?) bad editorial either. He wrote, “I’m laughing so hard with the Dior editorial. Did they really think that was cool? On the first image Raf looks like he is being eaten by the Givenchy shark and the other images are pure kitsch.”
“Oh my Gods, the Raf Simons editorial is beyond atrocious!,” agreed Nepenthes.
Could this possibly be the worst September editorial of this year? Can a not-so edgy or fashion-forward Harper’s Bazaar afford to print such a trash culture type of editorial in its September issue? It would perhaps make a difference to see this kind of editorial in a less serious publication that caters to a different audience than Harper’s Bazaar. The poor execution of a horrifyingly bad concept here nonetheless actually amuses me and I’m not sure I support the idea of having something as amateurish as this published in a major magazine at all. What do you think?
Yes, you read that right: Stella Tennant is hoisting a gilded chair over her head in the Fall 2013 Altuzarra campaign. Why is she doing that? Why is there a chair on the stark studio set in the first place? These are valid questions, but I’m afraid I can provide no real answers.
In the forums, Salvatore claimed to “really like” the ad, but others weren’t impressed.
Anlabe32 posted, “I'm just glad he's doing a campaign, but this is so boring. I like the chair though. I'm so sick of Stella to the point where I get angry upon seeing her,” she said, revealing a clear bias. “She looks totally boring once again, and exactly the same hair and makeup as in her equally boring Ralph Rucci campaign.”
KissMiss, displaying a flair for the dramatic, declared, “Boredom is killing me…”
Whatever the intention here, boredom and confusion couldn’t have been it. I’ll hold out for more images before deciding this is a total fail, though.
Image via Vogue Magazine.