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Watch Warby Parker’s New Ad: ‘The Literary Life Well Lived’

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Warby Parker has just released a new ad, "The Literary Life Well Lived," capitalizing on nostalgia for New York City's now-gone literary culture, which apparently consisted of relentless hard drinking, boxing matches and printed newspapers. The glasses e-tailer has a strong vintage aesthetic, but whenever fashion takes up literary culture, the results tend to be disastrous*. Glossy magazines and brands do a fantastic job of producing whimsical photos of pretty women jumping up and down with bundles of bright balloons at Parisian cafes, but when it comes to stylizing a world that resembles our own and mirroring it back to us, the result is often tone deaf and tasteless. When fashion photographs books, to choose a relevant example, it treats them as set pieces or fetish objects — the subtext is never, This is a good book, isn't reading fun? Instead it's, Don't you want to be the kind of person who reads books? Warby Parker frames will help you be that kind of person. Too transparent. 

The video:

[via AdWeek]


*Consider the outcry in response to Vice's recent spread showing famous female writers in the moments before they committed suicide. The publication eventually pulled the editorial offline and issued an apology

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Do You Know How to Spot Fake Fashion? [Infographic]

How do you know when a good deal is too good to be true? Some people buy fake fashion knowingly (it's not "right" in an ethical or legal sense, but it may be preferable to credit card debt), others are conned into it. If you hate scams but love buying designer items at sub-retail price, you will appreciate the infographic below, especially if you enjoy processing information laid out in a visual fashion:

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Reading: Dior Impressions, The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior

portraitWWD tells us Christian Dior compared each collection to a new spring, giving way to "shoots" of new fabrics. But is that enough to draw such a bold comparison of fashion inspired directly by art? According to a new book published by Rizzoli USA, Christian Dior's collections were influenced by one of history's most beloved fine art movements: impressionism. But that's not all the book purports. Not only was the original master of the feminine form a fan of Monet, Degas and Renoir, but his successors have been as well. Everyone from Galliano to Simmons have incorporated principles of movement, nature and muted colors into their collections for Dior. Right? The famous publisher of beautiful image-rich coffee table tomes isn't asking you to take their word for it. No less than three experts in the world of fashion and art history came together to pen the book that includes over 150 images of Dior pieces side-by-side with the works they are said to be inspired by.

Florence Müller, art and fashion historian and professor at the Institut Français de la Mode; Philippe Thiébaut, the curator of the Musée d’Orsay; and Farid Chenoune who is another historian and professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs have all put their stamp of approval on the book, and their names as authors. That many experts can hardly be wrong, I'd say. For any of us who love Impressionist paintings and painters and have a healthy dose of love for high fashion, this book is sure to delight your visual senses. 

It's coming out in hardcover on September 17 and is set to accompany an exhibition at the Musée Christian Dior, which is located in Dior's childhood home in Glanville, France. The exhibition makes sense, when you consider one of the major justifications for Dior's Impressionist leanings is the similarity of the landscape he grew up in to Monet's much-loved Giverny. 

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Link Buzz: Rihanna’s Fall Campaign for River Island; ‘Elie Tahari Day’ Comes to New York City

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

  • Would you like to see the Fall campaign for Rihanna's River Island collection, photographed by Lachlan Bailey? There's no right answer. There's no wrong answer. It's just, however you want to answer. Go for it. Give me a kiss. Do it. [Fashionologie]
  • Who are the 10 best redheads in Hollywood right now? There's a list but we're probably not included on it because I'm neither a redhead nor Hollywood-based and you're a void on the Internet. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Molly Sims launched her own maternity line because sometimes when two people love each other very much, they express their love with intimate sex acts which can sometimes lead to pregnancy (assuming it is a hetrosexual coupling and certain precautions aren't taken). [FabSugar]
     
  • Rag & Bone has teamed up with Hunter to make new rainboots that are unlike all the rainboots the world has ever known. [SheFinds]
     
  • Mayor Bloomberg has designated September 4 as 'Elie Tahari Day' because why the hell not? Maybe we'll get some free stuff out of it. [WWD]

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Homework Assignment: Varsity Vogue for BoobyU

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I can't say I've ever been to Toronto's annual Boobyball, but I know countless people who have and, from what I've heard, it's one fashionable night not to be missed. Especially this year's charity event, which is running with a varsity theme.

Set for Friday, October 18, with tickets on sale soon at boobyball.com, the 2013 soiree will attract the city’s best and brightest for a campus-crazed night. The toga-chic will sip Ivy League libations by Masters of mixology, alpha-beta-glam girls will be swarmed by pep-rally paparazzi and funky frat boys will get kooky on the dance floor. So Booby U will be like Animal House with a modern, sexy twist and one hot excuse to get your alma mater on in support of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Like I said, tickets will be on sale soon, but that doesn't mean it's too early to get a jump start on homework (yes, I was one of those kind of students) and plan your outfit! With that, I've curated a few varsity fashions and schoolgirl styles that are sure to put you at the top of the class and graduating with honours…

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More September Issues: Cara Delevingne for W Magazine, Saskia de Brauw for Vogue Paris

Image: Facebook/WMagazine

Image: Facebook/WMagazine

I am starting to resent the September Issues for monopolizing so much of my brain space. I get it: September is a big ad month, fashion glossies pull out all the stops to increase newsstand sales and impress advertisers and competitors; we are a fashion blog which covers many fashion things, including but not limited to what happens when models and actresses are draped in finery by established industry professionals and then photographed for mass public consumption. Most of the time, this is fine, because if a cover isn't intrinsically interesting, we don't have to cover it — end of story. But in September, every cover is a big cover, one that needs to be opined on and picked apart. Except it gets boring. When you break it down, it's just pretty ladies being photographed wearing pretty things, an activity which has been occurring with increasing regularity since AT LEAST the 1860s. And yes, sometimes the end result is more successful or less successful or hilarious or whatever, but it's still just one picture, of all the millions or billions of pictures taken each day. Without variety, our brains turn to mush and the September Issues are sameness disguised as variety — or else secretly just a plot to destroy me from the inside. 

All that being said, Cara Delevingne looks fantastic for W Magazine's all-important September Issue, photographed by photo duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, but she looks even more fantastic in a boob-revealing photo in the accompanying editorial. People are expressing a lot of hatred for her and the cover in the issue's dedicated forum thread, which … okay. As I said, I like the cover but I'm okay with being wrong in this case. Or in any case. If this is wrong, I don't want to be right, etc. The only thing that needs to be said is HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARA!!

Image: Facebook/VogueParis

Image: Facebook/VogueParis

And then there's Saskia de Brauw on the September 2013 cover of Vogue Paris, also photographed by Mert & Marcus  are you starting to see my point about how various September Issues are essentially identical and that poring over their distinctions is a recipe for brain mush? 

Brain mush redux: The dominant cover line here translates to "The sublime grunge fever." Considering the fact that it's been plaguing us for the past two decades, I'd categorize it more as a chronic condition.

A favorite of editor Emmanuelle Alt, the Dutch model was previously featured in an editorial photographed by David Sims in last month's issue

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