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A Star-Studded Cast Fronts Marks and Spencer Campaign (Forum Buzz)

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Image Credit: vogue.co.uk via the tfs forums

British retailer Marks & Spencer surprises with an insane cast of well-known UK celebrities in its new fall clothing campaign. Annie Leibovitz shot stars Grace Coddington, who also styled the shoot, as well as legendary actress Helen Mirren, model Karen Elson, artist Tracey Emin, popstar Ellie Goulding, singer/songwriter Laura MvulaTV Presenter/Writer Katie Piper, Writer/Journalist Monica Ali, ballerina Darcey BussellGold Medalist Nicola Adams2011's 'Nurse of the Year' Helen Allen and charity activist Jasmine WhitbreadtFS forum members were impressed with the top-notch casting for this campaign and enjoyed the images set in typically British sceneries.

"That's a great ad campaign. Loved it! Tracey Emin rules! Love her," wrote glamrockgal.

"Absolutely adore this," added Kite

And ChanelCouture09 noted, "I do really like this, it's very M&S — I'm wondering if there will be an accompanying TV campaign like they usually have, I'm hoping so."

"M&S are pulling out the big guns to try and ensure their clothing relaunch for AW13 goes well. The visuals are getting a big overhaul, if you go in store now the main range is fronted by Carolyn Murphy. It's about time! They also have Rosie [Huntington Whiteley] with her lingerie range and ad campaign too. Think they've dropped Ryan Reynolds from Autograph though," posted honeycombchild

Marks & Spencer F/W 2013

Image Credit: vogue.co.uk via the tfs Forums

It's interesting to see a retailer nabbing such a stellar cast and developing a new image that seems somewhat overly ambitious considering the usual target audience and clientele of Marks & Spencer. But if the result of the overhaul is a set of campaign images as powerful as these, it's hard to find anything to criticize. Concept and execution are flawless and this campaign is a definite hit! 

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Brit Fashion’s August Hot List

1) The Hottest Label: Paper London

Pippa Middleton

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If you’re looking for the next big trend in the fashion world, then, look no further than the new It label, Paper London. It’s a brand that we’ve seen bubbling up for quite a while amongst our favourite style icons, with the most recent fan being Pippa Middleton.

If you love a bit of sharp tailoring, high-shine fabrics, or even statement knit wear, then check out their latest collection, and it all comes with a rather affordable price tag.

 

2) The Hottest Auction: Harrods Disney Princesses

Harrods’ Christmas windows always draw in the crowds from locals to international tourists, and if you cast your minds back to last year’s offerings, its spectacular Disney Princess windows were extra amazing!

Leading Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Valentino reimagined our favourite Disney Princesses’ gowns into one-of-a-kind pieces of stunning couture. And now, we’ve just heard the exciting news that these dreamy dresses are set to be auctioned off for charity. All of the money raised from the sales of the ten gowns will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity. If you’re lucky enough to have the budget to bid upon one of your favourite Disney characters’ gowns, you can find out more by emailing princess.dresses@disney.co.uk.

 

3) The Hottest Pop-Up

London is often filled with fashion pop-ups, and if you’ve only got time to check just one out, make it Sophia Webster’s. Her bold statement shoes are already gathering quite the following with international stars, with Rihanna and Anna Dello Russo already having been spotted rocking a pair. If you loved her spring debut, then get yourself over to her pop-up which is currently residing at London’s Burlington Arcade.

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Montreal Fashion Week Spring 2014: The 25th Anniversary Lineup

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With an adjustment of your air-con, the beginning of the CNE and the looming threat of TIFF, you know summer is coming to an end. But drawing out the warmer months just that little bit longer is the new batch of Fashion Week festivities, which will soon begin with the 25th anniversary edition of Montreal Fashion Week.

In a week entirely dedicated to fashion, taking place September 3 to 6 at the Arsenal contemporary art complex in Montreal, designers from across Canada will descend upon the city to show off their shapes and styles. And to mark this special 25th anniversary occasion, as well as to acknowledge the talent, contribution and creativity of local designers, festival organizers Groupe Sensation Mode chose to invite designers to show their collections without charging a participation or production fee — a first for a Fashion Week in Montreal. So who can we expect to see on the runways?

Well, MFW S/S 2014 will feature collection launches from some 20 designers, with the programme going a little something like this:

  • Tuesday, September 3: Pedram Karimi, Muse par Christian Chenail, Bodybagby jude (15th anniversary), Dinh Bà Design (10th anniversary), Mélissa Nepton and UNTTLD
  • Thursday, September 5: Oldwig, atelier b., Cokluch, Nisse, Annie 50, Rush Couture and Helmer
  • Friday, September 6: Impair, Brit Wacher, Maryline Baril, Caroline Constas, Xavier Laruelle, Ève Gravel, Travis Taddeo (Spring 2014 presentation) and Martin Lim

Wondering what happened to Wednesday? Well that particular hump day will be dedicated to  a series of off-site events, which will include Cabinet Éphémère, a creators’ nomad boutique showing off original artworks designed specifically for the event, and the FLASHMODE Old Montréal evening, which will showcase the neighbourhood's fashion identity and its offer of Québécois design.

If you happen to be in the area, I suggest you drop in on the shindigs, but in case you need that little bit of inspiration to do so, I'll leave you with an eloquent quote from Martin Lim co-designer, Daniel Lim:

"As the wind blows on fashion, as the water flows under the bridges of Montreal, years pass and creations do not look the same at fashion week in Montreal. The 25th edition is the best platform to showcase and promote our spring 2014 collection."

Images via Montreal Fashion Week

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Miss Vogue Australia Tests the Rocky Waters of Print

hollyIf you’ve already completed the tiresome process of deciding which September issues deserve your hard-earned cash, better start over – Miss Vogue Australia is hitting shelves in print form on September 2.

The publication has, until now, existed only in digital form as part of the vogue.com.au website. But with one foot still in the digital sphere, Vogue Australia is testing the rocky waters of print. Miss Vogue will be designed as a collectable and appear twice a year, with an app version available from August 30.

The mix of an app and a collector issue sounds like a recipe for success. 20-somethings aren’t becoming any less chronically addicted to their smartphones, but apparently print is now so retro it’s becoming cool again. Mother title editor Edwina McCann claims that the print craving is “almost like the nostalgia for vinyl. [Girls] still want it on the coffee table because it says something about them.”

McCann’s dream team is indeed one you probably wouldn’t mind speaking on your behalf. She poached Oyster editor Alice Cavanagh to helm the new title (Oyster’s own recent makeover included relaunching as a biannual and upping the focus on their already-awesome digital presence), while Vogue street style maven Christine Centenera will be acting as fashion editor.

"We've designed the Miss Vogue Australia experience of print, app, digital and social media touch points to work together as an exclusive multi-platform experience," Cavanagh said. "It is an incredible opportunity to engage with Vogue's younger readers in a new and inspired way. It's an entirely fresh concept in terms of content and the way in which it is being created and presented."

Vogue UK recently launched its own Miss Vogue, the debut issue fronted by Cara Delevingne and packaged along with Vogue UK proper, further hinting there’s a global hunger for the product. Our version will have 160 pages, a likely print run of 65,000 copies and a premium price tag of $9.95 (the first edition app is $2.99). 

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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. Stars Make a Splash on the Blue Carpet at the Teen Choice Awards 2013 — This is what celebrities wear when they're trying to appeal to teenagers. (Most other times, they try to appeal to grown women, obviously.)

  2. Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring 2014 Runway Review — This Fashion Week is the most Danish one of all. 

  3. The Top 10 Most Wearable Trends for Fall​ — Save skyscraper heels for those nice ladies on the teevee. 
     
  4. 13 Most WTF Runway Looks of the Year​ — "What the chocolate fondue were these designers thinking??"
     
  5. Runway to Real Life: Rachel McAdams in Saint Laurent, Amanda Seyfried in Gucci and More (Forum Buzz) — Sometimes clothes can be worn in more than one context.
     
  6. Bachelorette Turned Designer Emily Maynard Talks Beauty, Blogging and Jewelry — One of the aforementioned nice teevee ladies who might want to wear those skyscraper heels you're getting rid of. 
     
  7. Look Fly When You Fly: Dos and Don’ts of Dressing for Travel — Look fly next time you're sitting in a chair in the sky.  
     
  8. September Issues: All the Covers We Loved and Hated — The biggest, baddest magazine month of them all. 
     
  9. Beyond the Manicure: 3 Out-of-the-Box Nail Treatments You’ve Gotta Try — Your nails are bored. 
     
  10. Molly Sims: 5 Things Every Stylish Mom Should Know — Our August Guest Editor is stylish and a mom, done.

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Rachel Zoe on the Future of Her Bravo Reality Show: “I Think It’s Time to Probably Move On…”

Image: Brian Bowen Smith for Capitol File

Image: Brian Bowen Smith for Capitol File

Following earlier rumors that Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project may be canceled over low ratings, Rachel Zoe has confirmed that she's ready to leave behind the reality show that solidified her fame. 

"We’ve done five years. I think it’s time to probably move on," was how she put it in an interview with Capitol File, which ran a cover feature with the stylist for the DC-based publication's September Issue. "The Rachel Zoe Project was meant to be a show solely based on fashion and designers and all of that, and clearly it wasn’t. I was like, 'Oh, I don’t want my personal life on television.'”

Yeah, oops. Luckily, the stylist has come out the other end swinging: Five years after her show's premiere, Zoe now has her own fashion collection, a shopping newsletter and a baby. 

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