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Ollie Henderson Starts a Riot in NYC

One of the most interesting new labels at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia wasn’t by a TAFE grad or the next Dion Lee. It was “Start the Riot,” a line of T-shirts by model Ollie Henderson emblazoned with slogans such as “Reject Racism,” “Welfare Over Wealth” and “Sexism Sucks.”

The local lady and NYC-based model had 100 shirts printed before runway shows kicked off and probably caused a few head-turns as her model friends started popping up on Getty and street style blogs wearing them. “The basic premise is to encourage young people to become politically aware and involved,” Henderson told at the time. “There’s a lot going on in Australia that I don’t agree with. I was tired of the government making decisions on my behalf, and I just felt like I had to do this.”

But apparently the political activism movement, like crop-tops and normcore, is a movement that knows no geographical boundaries. Henderson is now taking the riot to the streets of NYC, finding stockists for the shirts in Nolita's B Space and Patricia Field’s Bowery boutique. She posted the evidencing Instagram shots last week, which included Field herself and two of the less Australian-specific political tag lines – “Riot Now” and “Reject Racism.” The “brand” even has its own Instagram account if you prefer to take your activism neat rather than interspersed with selfies.

While some of the shirts probably had to be left out of the latest printing process – including our personal favorite, “Keep Tassie’s Bush/I Keep Mine” – raising general awareness of more global issues can’t hurt. Our personal styling tip would be putting an “I Am a Feminist” design on each of your guy friends. 

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Cara Cheung Summer 2014 Collection Gets a Pop-Up Shop

No doubt that until now, you’ve had a tough time getting your hands on Canadian celebrity favourite designer Cara Cheung. Beloved by the likes of Keshia Chanté, Tanya Kim, Nadia Ali, CityTV’s Mary Kitchen and MuchMusic VJ Liz Trinnear, it’s our loss that she doesn’t have a fixed abode, but thankfully that’s about to change for the Toronto designer. For a brief week in June at least. 

Until June 8, Cara Cheung’s eveningwear and jewellery collection will be available at a pop-up store at 101 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, presented by jacflash. On sale will be a sampling of Cheung’s latest collection, which oh-so-appropriately brings us to that very lineup: her Spring/Summer 2014 offerings.

Cara Cheung spring/summer 2014 collection

Having debuted at this past Toronto Fashion Week, Cheung’s collection puts off a bad-gal vibe, mixing body hugging pencil skirts with midriff-baring tops. It makes for daring, sexy eveningwear for wild nights on the town as titillating cut-outs and bodycon fabrics show off tanned summer skin. The palette is black, white with neon blasts of lime that make bold statements for the ready-to-wear separates that beg for attention.

Cara Cheung spring/summer 2014 collection

My personal favourite is the more modest, long-line, thigh-split skirts, teamed with the little leather, embellished crop, but the beauty of Cheung’s pieces is that they be mixed and matched for your every debauched needs. Because that’s how we bad gals roll!

Iamges via Cara Cheung

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Nowness Celebrates CFDA Swarovski Emerging Talent Award Nominees With Video ‘Shakedown’

Forgot the nominees for tonight's CFDA awards? Nowness magazine wants to help you remember the designers up for one of the evening's biggest honors through a little song and dance. The magazine's put together a fashion film focusing on those designers up for this year's Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. Tapping the talents of director Clara Cullen, the video "Shakedown" features the works of each nominee, modeled on dancers wearing oversized animal masks. It's kitschy, cool and a little strange, but it'll certainly help you remember which up-and-coming designers are up for the award.

Check out the video above and find out tonight which emerging designers take home the big prize.

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Jamie Dornan’s Interview Cover Gets Rave Reviews (Forum Buzz)

After landing a lead role in 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan is Interview's June/July 2014 cover star. The British model turned actor is photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for the cover and a range of 'raw' photos for inside the magazine.

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A very elated Miss Dalloway is a fan and writes, "Yes, yes, yes! Not sure about him taking up the Fifty role, but it's nice seeing him get major mainstream spotlight. I enjoyed him immensely on his show The Fall, and was surprised how good he was. LOVE this shot, it looks like a vintage very private photo, and of course always appreciate when guys don't go all Ken Doll on me, some of us like body hair!"

"Wow, I'm very impressed. He's incredibly beautiful, so yes to that, but also for the cover itself. I'm sure this will be the first issue of Interview I buy in a long time," comments honeycombchild.

"Great cover! He's so ****ing hot," enthused Thefrenchy.

Wolkfolk also shared positive views: "Great cover and such an amazing editorial. Jamie is pure sex here. He's a good actor but he really is an amazing model. Mert & Marcus are really nailing those very sexy male shoots lately. I love it. Kudos to Interview once again. I can't wait to see who's featured in the Up & Coming Hollywood spread."

Are you a fan? Check out Jamie's accompanying cover story within the thread here.

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Desert Designs Raids Its 80s Archives for Sustainable New Capsule Collection

Desert Designs' confident debut at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has positioned the label as one of the most interesting new designers in Australia. But presenting a runway show wasn’t all it was doing that week. The designer also got involved in the eco-conscious ‘Clean Cut’ concept show, which inspired it to create a whole ‘nother collection. We are not complaining.

‘The Collector’s Collection’ is a sustainable dive into the label’s vast collection of vintage 80s fabrics. “All the fabrics were made and printed in Australia during the 1980s, the prints were revolutionary designs for their time and are now sought-after collectable fabrics,” the designers told Oyster magazine recently. “We were inspired to create a collection that gently used the archival fabrics to hand-make a collection of collectable pieces, paying respect to the quality and artistic integrity of the fabrics and the artworks.”

The archival collection has also allowed the label to showcase other local artists, in addition to Jimmy Pike, whose works are the only ones featured in Desert Designs’ most recent incarnation. Doris Gingingara, born in 1946 in the Northern Territory Aboriginal community of Maningrida, was said to have been taken by Mimi spirits as a little girl and put into a tree to be taught basket weaving. Trevor Woodward, born just a year later in West Australia (he still lives in the forest there) is a painter and printmaker with a prolific oeuvre that has won him major awards.

And it’s not just oldies Desert Designs are putting in the spotlight. Emerging talents Phoebe Woww and Grade have both been given the chance to hand-craft silhouettes for the new collection.

The Collector’s Collection is available at the Desert Designs Siberian Desert Store as of last night, so get thee to Chippendale for a very solid mash-up of Aussie style, stories and culture. 

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Amber Heard’s ‘Disconnected’ Cover Of W Magazine Fails to Impress (Forum Buzz)

W magazine is hailing Amber Heard a triple threat: actress, model and the future Mrs. Johnny Depp. The 28-year-old actress is photographed by Steven Klein for the double June/July 2014 edition of the American magazine wearing a green coat from Burberry Prosum, which Edward Enninful styled over a La Perla bra and Deborah Marquit briefs.

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Miss Dalloway set the tone for the thread with her post: "She is gorgeous, and can photograph so amazingly, but Klein really didn't do her justice here. Such a bland cover shot of her."

TREVOFASHIONISTO agreed and wrote, "Her face isn't strong enough for the overall mood this image is trying to portray."

"This could have been a great cover, but I almost didn't recognize her, and she seems too disconnected from the background. In the edit, what Klein made with the perspective looks so weird to me, I don't like it. Too bad, the setting and the light were good," commented Emmanuelle, who was another unsatisfied member.

Bobby153 thought Amber didn't look like herself: "If you're gonna make your cover subject look like a carbon copy of Rooney Mara, why not just get Rooney Mara?"

The contents of the issue have been posted within the thread. Be sure to check out the "fantastic" fashion editorial featuring Raquel Zimmermann too!

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