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Got Ruffles? Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda Collection Sure Does


Looking for a little twee — unisex twee in particular? Look no further than Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda Spring 2015 collection. 

Formichetti calls it a perfect marriage of “Harajuku meets downtown New York” — but you don’t need to take his word for it. Peep the threads: Simple street silhouettes, slouchy hoodies, baggy pants and caps are given the kawaii treatment, an injection of froufrou yielding organza-festooned hoodies, giant bow-embellished tees and plenty of frills.  

The collection is on sale in the U.S. exclusively at Opening Ceremony, whose New York and LA brick and mortar locations include installations heralding the collection. So if there is a stylish scenester on your Valentine’s Day gifting list, this collection would be a great place to start scouting the perfect present.

Check out looks from the range below. (more…)

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Does Suki Waterhouse Resemble a 70s Porn Actress on Vogue Turkey? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey has come under fire from our forum members recently. We noticed a dramatic downgrade in layout, text placement and fonts after a recent change in the magazine’s staff. Now, the actual cover images are failing to impress. The February 2015 issue features Suki Waterhouse. Photographed by Tom Craig, the British model goes 70s glam as she sports Farrah Fawcett waves, a pair of jeans, a black top and is draped in fur while reclining on a sofa.

Vogue Turkey February 2015 Suki Waterhouse


As always, the real question is: Are our forum members impressed? Not particularly. “I implore Vogue Turkey to hire a new art director. What is a rather serviceable cover image is monumentally let down by the layout/text. Vogue Turkey had the strongest art direction when it first launched — what happened?” asked AL92.

MON was also full of advice and commentary: “Whoever thought that this is a Vogue-worthy layout needs to be fired ASAP. How many fonts must one use to put emphasis on the taglines? Isn’t there a reason why bold, italic and underline were invented… At the rate they are going, Vogue Turkey makes the layout of Vogue Taiwan look rich. At least they focus on 1 font. Vogue Turkey used to slay other Vogue editions with their layout but now, they’ve fallen out of the competition. Not even worthy of being considered.”

“It looks like the cover of a cheesy 70s porno,” declared GivenchyHomme. Ouch!

In agreement was fluxxx, who posted, “It looks pretty porn-ish and the position of the tube top is really awkward.”

Vogue Turkey started off so promising and now this is what we get. And yes, it does look rather porn-ish, but not the good kind,” responded justaguy.

Wowza. See more of the discussion and add your own two cents here.

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Selfridges Is Going Gender-Neutral

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

We hear a lot about gender neutrality these days and Selfridges is taking the idea to a physical level by combining its men’s and women’s departments into three floors of unisex clothing at the Oxford Street store.

The retailer is trying to break free of the bonds of gender norms and create a shopping experience without boundaries. It will be selling “agender” clothing from March 12 though April, is planning on getting rid of current mannequins and will mix men’s and women’s accessories and beauty products. 

Selfridges says it has seen more and more women opting to buy menswear, so for the store, the changes make sense. It also promises that this “agender” project isn’t a gimmick or “about harnessing a trend,” as Selfridges Creative Director Linda Hewson told WWD. “But rather tapping into a mind-set and acknowledging and responding to a cultural shift that is happening now. The project will act as a test bed for experimentation around ideas of gender — both to allow our shoppers to approach the experience without preconceptions and for us as retailers to move the way we shop fashion forward.” The Birmingham and Manchester stores will also be included in the project as well as the website. 

Selfridges will sell pieces from its own unisex lines as well as brands like Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda, Hood by Air, Gareth Pugh and more. 

[via WWD, Daily Mail]

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Narciso Rodriguez Debuts Video Series Inspired by the Iconic For Her Fragrance


IMAGE: COURTESY OF Narciso Rodriguez

Inspired by the New York City woman behind his iconic for her fragrance, Narciso Rodriguez debuted the first chapter of a six-part video series titled A Vision For Her. Each chapter in the series will give viewers a glimpse into “her” life in the Big Apple and show Rodriguez’s love for New York City. In a press release, the brand stated, “A Vision For Her, the first video in a multi-chapter series, culls from Narciso’s original sketches to explore, for the first time since its 2003 release, his vision for the woman behind his iconic fragrance, for her.”

While we don’t get to see her face, the first installment shows her spritzing on her perfume before heading out to walk in the designer’s show, presumably during NYFW. At the end of the night, we see the chic model walking through Manhattan with the Empire State Building in focus. 

The short videos will be released on a bimonthly basis on Rodriguez’s Facebook and YouTube pages.  (more…)

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Marc Jacobs’ Kinky New Accessories Collaboration

If catching a showing of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t enough to satisfy your thirst for kink this Valentine’s Day, Marc Jacobs is here to help. He’s teamed up with accessory designer Zana Bayne for a cheeky collaboration to satisfy any leather fan with a taste for fashion. 

The line boasts S&M-inspired accessories — a collar and chain, pasties, tassel keychains, a mask, handcuffs, a crop — and all the essentials to please your naughty side. Many of the items are decorated with hearts and studs, adding a tough dash of sweetness to the cheeky range. The line is already available for purchase on the Marc Jacobs website, nestled in his section reserved for “special items.”

Peep some of the collection below. (more…)

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Harper’s Bazaar Germany’s February Cover Is Perfect for Spring (Forum Buzz)

The German edition of Harper’s Bazaar has become a fast favorite of ours. The publication scored Naomi Watts for its double December/January issue and now Malgosia Bela makes an appearance on the magazine’s most recent installment. The Polish beauty dons an eye-catching one-piece by Max Mara as she poses on location surrounded by manicured gardens. The magazine treats us to even more Malgosia as she is featured inside the issue for an accompanying spread, shot by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello. Basically, Harper’s Bazaar Germany has nailed its first cover for spring.

Harper's Bazaar Germany February 2015 Malgosia Bela


Most members of our forum agree that the cover is a success. “Stunning, I love seeing her on covers, always a great choice,” enthused Miss Dalloway, setting the tone for a few more comments to come.

“Malgosia always looks amazing and this is no exception. Also I love how spring-y the cover is, I’m tired of winter. This feels fresh,” contributed KateTheGreatest.

Also full of admiration and hopeful for a warmer climate was burbuja8910: “Beautiful cover, Malgosia looks great & that means the spring is coming soon.”

GlamorousBoy simply described it as a “stunning fresh cover.”

Others aren’t so sure. “I love Malgosia but this just isn’t her best shot. She looks uncomfortable; I think we’ve all seen her at her best and this is not it,” wrote a disappointed Nepenthes.

“I’m feeling Spring! Malgosia is always a good choice for a cover but I’m not sure about the styling,” discredited narcyza.

Benn98 shared the same sentiments. “I do like the shot, but I’m not too sure about the green dress against the green background, with white fonts for a cover. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the content which is almost always solid.”

He’s right, the content is worth a look! Take a peek inside the thread for Malgosia’s full cover story and join the discussion here.

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