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RIP: Designer and Model L’Wren Scott Reportedly Found Dead from Hanging

Image: Daniel Deme/

Image: Daniel Deme/

L'Wren Scott and Nicole Kidman / Image: Getty

L’Wren Scott and Nicole Kidman / Image: Getty

Multiple outlets are reporting that L'Wren Scott was discovered dead in her Manhattan apartment at 10 a.m. this morning, by her assistant. The 47-year-old is said to have hung herself with a scarf. Police suspect no foul play

Scott established her fashion career by working as a stylist with photographers like Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti. She worked as a costume designer for movies like Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen. After she launched her first fashion collection in 2006, her line quickly became a favorite among celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have also worn her clothing. 

This February, Scott canceled her scheduled London Fashion Week runway show.

Scott has been linked romantically to Mick Jagger since 2001. 

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‘Unfiltered’ Shailene Woodley Explains Why She Deleted Her Instagram Account

Image: Jan Welters for Marie Claire

Image: Jan Welters for Marie Claire

Shailene Woodley, the lead actress in the upcoming YA movie franchise Divergent, appears on the cover of Marie Claire‘s April Issue, styled in a Tommy Hilfiger cut-out swimsuit and matching pants set. The accompanying caption describes the actress as “fresh, fun, unfiltered.” 

“Oh and,” says the magazine in a disingenuous parenthetical aside, as if it were an afterthought and not the sole motivating factor for Woodley’s appearance on the cover, “[she's] about to be mega-famous.” The main feature appears online with the headline, “Shailene Woodley: This is What Badass Looks Like.” If by “badass” you mean, “manufactured celebrity” then sure

That being said, Shailene doesn’t need so much help in the likability department. In all her interviews, Woodley comes across as a sweet, sincere young woman who cares about living in a principled way. Talking about deleting her Instagram account in the Marie Claire interview, Woodley says: “Everything I was posting was for a story—like, ‘Look how interesting I am.’ It felt disgusting to me. It feels as though we’re so detached from actual human connection. And I got rid of my phone, too. We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.” There’s an Instagram/unfiltered pun in here somewhere, but I’m not going to make it.

Shailene Woodley in a black and white outfit on a pink backdrop

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Five New Labels to Watch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia


Amidst a string of store closures and some of our biggest designers emigrating to the U.S., Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has released its 2014 schedule. And while we’re all about the continued international trajectories of Dion Lee, Sass & Bide and Zimmermann, the result is a lineup heavy on emerging talents. Here are the newbies we’re most excited to see break in Carriageworks next month:

Desert Designs: This might have only joined the MBFWA schedule recently, but their story goes back to 1985 in the unlikely setting of Fremantle Prison art class. Art teachers Stephen Culley and David Wroth were so impressed with the vivid felt pen drawings of inmate and Walmajarri artist Jimmy Pike that they had the idea of marketing the prints on fabric. In 2013 they launched afresh with a psychedelic collection exploring themes of love and water. 

Leroy Nguyen: TAFE grad Nguyen combines brave shapes with beautiful digital prints. There are strong elements of sportswear in his recent collections, but they’re definitely not normcore. Padded fabrics contrast with sheer ones, and oversized bombers come splattered with prints both photographic and abstract.

UNIF.M: “Simple is as simple does” is the motto of the designers behind this street reinvention of industry-grade workwear. Utilitarian techniques and fabrics are fused with quality leather and silks, with everything designed to fit into an existing wardrobe. Amen to that.

Hayley Elssaesser: We first got a taste of this QUT grad’s trippy prints when she was picked by Sportsgirl as one of 12 designers to show on the runway in their LMFF 2013 National Graduate Runway Show. Her new collection is titled Redneck Nostalgia, injecting the 50s with a heavy dose of pop culture and modern attitude. It’s Magic Eye IRL.  

NLP: Repping the newcomers in the swimwear category are NLP, who will join We Are Handsome, Talulah and SUBOO in making us wish it was summer forever. NLP’s gear is high on neon and neoprene, and tough as sh*t – because not every bikini needs to fall off when it comes into contact with a wave.

Carla Zampatti will kick off MBFWA on April 6, with the remaining 71(!) shows spread thickly across the following four days. Names you’ll already know include Alex Perry, Maticevski, Bec & Bridge, Maticevski and Michael Lo Sordo. Ellery will also be coming home for Spring/Summer after just having presented her Fall 2014 collection in Paris.  

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Do Recycled Fashion Shoots Belong on a Magazine Cover? (Forum Buzz)

I have always believed that a publication can compile a decent issue and cover through recycled fashion shoots. After a recent discussion ignited in the German Elle thread this week, however, I began to question this point of view.

The cover of Elle Germany's March 2014 cover features model Daria Werbowy wearing a red Lanvin dress, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The image is originally from the April 2011 issue of U.S. Vogue, making the cover shot three years old.



Members flew quickly into a blaze, deeming the cover a "tacky old reprint," as GlamourousBoy wrote.

Gossiping also failed to agree with the use of a three-year-old image, writing, "This is from so long ago…why? That Lanvin dress is years old!"

"Reprinting three-year-old images should be illegal," exclaimed OliviaObsessed.

We have witnessed numerous reprints in the past that have provided excellent cover shots for international editions of Vogue. Australian Vogue would often publish covers with reprinted images from sister editions. I vividly remember the cover of Vogue Australia with Anna Selezneva from October 2009 which was the perfect example of making use of a reprint.

This won't be the last time we see a recycled fashion shoot and I applaud the fact that these expensive shoots are given a new lease on life with another publication.

Check out the original shoot by Mert & Marcus here, and read the German Elle thread here — feel free to join the discussion.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Photograph Their First Cover for Vogue Hommes International (Forum Buzz)

The Spring / Summer 2014 issue of Vogue Hommes International landed this week via Photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott photographed their first cover of the men's biannual magazine with model Filip Hrivnak, wearing a Calvin Klein vest.



Members of theFashionSpot have given the cover rave reviews with Naen writing, "Bold & sexy cover, love it."

"Finally, something different! This colour is going to burn down all the newsstands," wrote DanielWP.

GERGIN shared the same sentiments: "I'm just in love with how bold this cover is, OMG the Calvin Klein tank and deep red background is everything," he wrote.

Heelscatchfire also noted the colours and commented, "The bold colors will stand out on the newsstand very well. Of course the model helps too."

Although Bertrando3 wasn't so sure and wrote, "I don't like this at all!! It looks very 80s and it doesn't suit the Vogue Hommes readers I think."

His opinion was shared by GIVENCHYlover, "Horrible…I'll save 10 euros."

I don't usually take notice of men's fashion magazines but I always like to see what Vogue Hommes International produces. I look forward to seeing the contents of this particular issue. Be sure to check out the thread and await the contents here.


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Christopher Bates Expands to Vancouver Holt Renfrew

A little something for the snappy male Vancouverites out there? Acclaimed Canadian contemporary menswear designer Christopher Bates has finally announced his Spring 2014 line will be available at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver (737 Dunsmuir St.) alongside select elite international brands. Yay for bi-coastal fashion accessibility!

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While the Toronto-based namesake brand only launched in 2008, Bates has already gained traction with retailers, media and celebrities. He’s a fixture at World MasterCard Fashion Week (see his show this Wednesday at 3 p.m.) and can boast of the fact that 80 percent of his line is made-in-Canada from the finest materials imported from Europe.

Bates designs with the style-conscious man in mind; creating dashing, urban looks perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. “I’m thrilled to have my line available at Canada’s leading luxury retail destination, Holt Renfrew,” says the designer in a recent release. “With Holt Renfrew’s support, my line will be able to reach a broader audience of stylish men in this country, and it demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to Canadian designers.”

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Along with setting up shop in Vancouver’s Holt (literally), Bates will also be hosting a trunk show to showcase his Spring 2014 collection, inspired by the elegant lifestyle of the French Riviera. This collection will reportedly boast Bates’ strongest pieces to date: a series of superfine Italian merino wool sweaters, which include exquisite detailing and use of colourblocking, naval-inspired blazers and shorts, windowpane and camouflage patterned trousers, and his signature cotton and linen short and long sleeve dress shirts.

The invitation-only trunk show kicks off on April 3, but the collection will be available to purchase in-store thereafter.

Images via Christopher Bates

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