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International Woolmark Prize Menswear Contestants Release Teaser Videos

The International Woolmark Prize winner for menswear will be announced on Friday and ahead of the big day, each of the five labels up for judging has put out a video teasing their collections created for the competition.

Australia’s Strateas.Carlucci, the UAE’s The Emperor 1688, Asger Juel Larsen of Denmark, Sise from Japan and the USA’s Public School each put together a fashion film related to their respective six-piece collections, some actually showing a piece from the range, others simply capturing a mood.

Each label is competing for $100,000 AUD and the chance to sell their pieces at retailers across the globe, like Italy’s 10 Corso Como, Britain’s Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hong Kong’s Joyce, Matches Fashion and more. High-collared turtlenecks seem to be all the rage with this crop of designers. WWD published a sneak peek of a few of the looks that will be presented on Friday and of the five, three of them boast oversized turtlenecks. 

Peep Public School’s entry above and catch the rest of the films on the International Woolmark Prize’s website

[via IWP, WWD]

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Mario Testino Fails to Capture Rosamund Pike in the Best Light for Vanity Fair (Forum Buzz)

Rejoice! That horrendous January cover of Vanity Fair with Bradley Cooper is about to disappear from newsstands as the magazine has just released its February 2015 cover via Facebook. Mario Testino photographed English actress Rosamund Pike, unfortunately failing to capture the Gone Girl actress in her best light. The cover is refreshing for a February issue, we’ll give it that, but something appears to be a little off. 

Vanity Fair February 2015 Rosamund Pike Mario Testino

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Our forum members sure aren’t afraid to let us know how they’re feeling about the cover. “When even a beautiful subject like Rosamund can not be shown in her ‘best’ light by Testino, it’s truly time to take a damn break! What is this? She looks cross-eyed, weird angle, that no one can look good from, and horrible hair!” slammed Miss Dalloway.

“What a weird angle,” added Marc10.

“Beautiful woman, but this isn’t the best angle Mario has chosen,” responded Nymphaea.

Also in agreement was Melancholybaby: “When I watched Gone Girl, I was mesmerized by her presence on film, she looked like the most beautiful woman in the world. And here she is in front of Testino’s lens looking like this. Back in the days his main talent was making everyone he shot look glamorous, beautiful, desirable and now he has even lost that. Everything he does now is so two-dimensional, so flat, so fake and lifeless.”

“Yeah, how do you screw up a picture of a woman this beautiful? That aside, I would be thrilled to see Rosamund on every cover. She has been so underrated for so long and I am loving all the attention for her!” shared SallyAlbright.

TREVOFASHIONISTO didn’t admire the styling of the cover shoot and posted, “Such a dated look for her.”

What do you think of Rosamund’s cover of Vanity Fair? See a preview of the cover story and share your opinion with us here.

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Nike Plans to Release ‘Back to the Future Part II’ Sneaker This Year

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Image: Getty

We may not be flying around on hoverboards everywhere, but at least one aspect of the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II will be a reality. Nike has confirmed it plans to release a version of Marty McFly’s Nike Air MAG high-top sneakers this year, which happens to be the same year McFly travels to in the movie. 

The shoes, equipped with light-up detailing, are a replica of what Michael J. Fox’s character wore in the film. Nike released a version of the shoes in 2011 to help benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation, putting about 1,500 pairs of the shoes up for auction on eBay. One huge feature of the shoes were the self-tying power laces, for which Nike filed a patent. The 2011 version of the sneaker did not include the self-tying laces, but Nike is hoping to add that feature for this year’s release.

No one yet knows when the shoes will officially drop. Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s innovation chief, noted that 2015 has only just begun, so there is plenty of time left in the year to release the shoe. Now, can someone get us a Delorean and some plutonium? 

[via Mashable, Nice Kicks]

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Target Announces Lilly Pulitzer for Its Latest Design Collaboration

Target’s going a little Hamptons country club for its next design collaboration. The retailer is teaming with Lilly Pulitzer for a whopping 250-piece range of women’s and girl’s apparel, accessory, home and beauty items printed with Pulitzer’s iconic bright pastels. In the collection, you’ll find everything from nail polish and swim separates to a printed hammock.

 

Fancy drink umbrellas are a must! #LillyforTarget available 4/19.

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The apparel range will also include plus-sized pieces, which makes us think that Target heard the pleas of blogger Chastity Garner, who called for a boycott of the brand during its Altuzarra promotion as the collection failed to offer any options for women falling in the plus range. The movement took off on the Internet, so we’re thinking that this time, Target wanted to avoid any drama by simply making its next designer collaboration more inclusive. 

 

Bring Spring to life. #LillyforTarget available 4/19.

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Prices for the collection peak at $250 with about 200 pieces ringing in at under $30. Pulitzer’s strong brand recognition could really make this one a success once it hits stores April 19. So start saving up, folks because it looks like Target’s got your spring/summer wardrobe handled with this one.

[via WWD]

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39th Avenue, the New Online Personal Stylist Service for Women Who Hate to Shop

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Believe it or not, not every woman loves to shop. There are those of us who can’t be bothered to schlep in and out of stores, others who hate the act of trying things on and yet others who simply don’t have the time. And for this not-so-anomalous group of women, there’s 39th Avenue, the latest online stylist service to launch in Canada.

Founded by Catherine Henry and Elizabeth Killen, 39th Avenue takes the guesswork out of shopping by putting together various outfits and shipping them directly to your door. From there, you have three days to try them on and decide what you want to keep. Return shipping is free, and the company can even arrange to have the shipment picked up from your house or your office if you don’t have time to hit up the closest post office.

The outfit selections are far from arbitrary since upon signing up with the site, you’ll be asked to fill out a detailed survey that will help the 39th Avenue team determine your style, sizes and fit preferences. Then three to four outfits will be selected (though the first box will likely also contain additional sizes just to see how things fit your body). What you keep and what you send back will be tracked and noted, so that 39th Avenue will be able to hone in on your personal style. And the whole endeavour couldn’t be easier — there are no commitments or subscription fees, it just requires a credit card that will be kept on file and charged for any items you don’t return. (more…)

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Brights and Feminine Monochrome for Magic Millions’ Opening Night

The Spring Racing Carnival might stop the nation, but we’re loving the getups that accompany the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions in summer. Last night, January 6, Aussie celebrities stepped out for the opening night for the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday at the R.M Williams VIP Marquee, before partying on Surfer’s Paradise beach, in striking brights and feminine monochromatic ensembles.

We’ve got the best of the red carpet, which is more of a white-washed timber for this event, below.

Magic Millions

Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty

International racing commentator Francesca Cumani was the classiest lady there, keeping things understated in simple reds and blacks. We’re loving the dress’ asymmetrical upper half, which added sex appeal to the otherwise safe piece. The pearl earrings and tousled ginger waves kept Francesca’s sophisticated femininity at play, though. (more…)

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