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Clothes Show Live: Celebrity Designers’ Showcases

Opinions are always divided when a celebrity creates their own clothing line, especially when it’s a reality TV star with no design training. This week at the Clothes Show Live, we managed to grab a few seconds with fashion designer Henry Holland to ask him about the subject, and surprisingly, it turned out that he’s all for it! He believes that it’s just a different approach to things, and a great way for public figures to engage with their already-established fan bases. 

So, spurred on by Henry’s wise words, tFS went to check out showcases by reality TV stars Amy Childs and Gemma Collins (past and present cast from The Only Way Is Essex), as they’ve both recently launched their own clothing lines. Here’s what we found out.

Gemma Collins

As a plus size lady herself, Gemma explained that she’s used her own experiences to create a line for larger women. Unlike lots of celebrity-turned-designers, Gemma was also adamant to mention that she’s actually designed all the pieces herself, which has even involved her going to local shopping centres with samples to carry out customer research. Gemma believes that on the whole, the plus size market has a very restricted offering, and often just includes a lot of black items, so with her own line, she’s made sure that it’s a mixed bag of sparkle and patterns. Henry Holland singled out Gemma's range, saying that he thought that she was doing a great job. Check out some of her pieces below, or shop the entire collection at gemmacollinsofficial.com


Amy Childs

Amy describes herself as an entrepreneur and boasts an extensive range of ventures, such as her own beauty salon, and perfume. This week, she was at the Clothes Show Live to officially launch her new party range for her own clothing line, amychildsofficial, which she initially founded upon leaving TOWIE, as her Twitter fans were constantly bombarding her with questions asking her where she bought her outfits. Amy explained that she sat down with designers to create pieces that emulated her glamorous style. The range caters to all ages and has many glittery dresses which are perfect for the festive season. Check out some of our favorite pieces below. 

 


Images: gemmacollinsofficial, amychildsofficial

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Gwen Stefani Covers the January Issue of Vogue in Saint Laurent Paris (Forum Buzz)

Vogue is kicking off 2013 with a glittering gold cover photographed by Annie Liebovitz featuring Gwen Stefani in a look by Saint Laurent Paris. Putting Gwen on the cover always seems like a smart move. A rock chick with her own sense of style that generations of girls can look up to? What’s not to like? As Fiercification described, “Gwen is someone who I really love for relatively nondescript reasons; she seems to follow her own line of thinking as far as music and her image go without alienating the mainstream.”

Other forum members seemed equally smitten with Gwen and the cover. “I love this, Gwen looks incredible,” MulletProof commented. “Such a childhood/teenage years legend and [she] only keeps getting better as time goes by.”

“Oh I really love this one,” Marc10 posted. “Gwen is one of my favorite celebrities and that Saint Laurent outfit is one of my favorites from the season, so it's a winner combo me.”

I, myself, have a total girl crush on Gwen, so this cover is great despite my lack of enthusiasm for Hedi Slimane’s much-hyped debut collection for Saint Laurent Paris. The fact that Gwen is kind of making me like the look is a testament to how likable she is, and how well she works the clothes she’s wearing.

In addition to Gwen, you can expect to see an editorial featuring Carolyn Murphy and Karen Elson photographed by Steven Klein, and styled by Grace Coddington; Edie Campbell and Karlie Kloss in a 60s-style editorial photographed by Craig McDean, and styled by Camilla Nickerson; and Cara Delevingne in an editorial photographed by Boo George. There are plenty of reasons to get this issue, and all of them are good.

Images: vogue.com

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Lover’s Rosebud Dress Gets Reincarnated as an Exclusive Capsule Collection for Net-A-Porter

It’s been a busy year for Australian fashion industry linchpin Lover. They launched their flagship Sydney boutique in The Strand Arcade, then they churned out a concept collection re-envisioning 16 white lace dresses from their archives. They also delivered the ethereal goods for Spring/Summer 2013, a collection which included a particularly Lover-y Rosebud dress that sold out in Australia in one week.

Now the Rosebud dress has spawned three other dresses, two blouses, and a skirt in the shape of this exclusive capsule collection for Net-A-Porter. Designers Nic Briand and Susien Chong were approached by the luxury e-tailer to create a small collection based on the original dress. They said yes, as you do when you’re approached by an all-powerful force of fashion like Net-A-Porter, and came up with the aforementioned items in typical Lover guise.

The capsule sticks with the signature Lover colour palette of black, red, and cream, and each piece is made from that romantic French they do so well. There’s even a black version of the Rosebud that is pretty much identical, right down to the subtly padded shoulders.

This capsule follows the one Net-A-Porter did with Zimmermann last year, and makes it clear that Lover holds big sway outside of Australia. That also means it won’t stay “in stock” for long, so act swiftly if you happen to be looking for something both romantic and party-appropriate to wear on the 31st. 

 

Images: Net-A-Porter

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Link Buzz: K-Stew’s Still Putting It All Out There; Gap and Intermix Would Have Scary Babies

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Maison Martin Margiela for H&M is Not Really Selling

According to Page Six and its sources, H&M would not call its Masion Martin Margiela diffusion line a success. The precise word used to describe how the collection was selling: "Tanking." An H&M designer collaboration not selling well? It's like a cat picture not being cute. 

Sources (for the record, these sources could be anyone from a disgruntled intern to a backstabby employee competing against the MMM project director for a promotion to a sad, stressed executive too tipsy to stop talking when a reporter started asking questions) say the middling sales could be attributed to several factors:

1) High prices. Items cost as much as $399 which, yeah, seems way steep for a mass retailer whose brand is predicated on its low prices. 

2) Overly avant-garde designs which consumers couldn't connect to.

3) H&M ordered the collection in a larger volume than it has before, due to colossal demand for its past designer collaborations. 

Apparently, the Maison Martin Margiela collection is on sale now at the retailer's stores. Sweet. H&M's loss is our gain. 

Image courtesy of H&M

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Is This American Apparel Ad “Offensive and Irresponsible”? The Brits Get Ban-y Again

Britain's ad watchdog agency, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), just banned an American Apparel ad (pictured) which appeared on the back of Vice magazine, after the group received two complaints against the image for appearing to sexualize a child. The ASA is oddly vigilant about age-appropriateness in British advertising, having previously gone after Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs for similar reasons. Here in America, we won't even buy toothpaste unless there's a pair of pleading Bambi eyes pictured on the tube. 

Responding to the ASA's charge that the ad was “offensive and irresponsible,” American Apparel said the image was actually quite “tame and tasteful" by fashion and underwear standards. You say potato, I say potahto.

I feel torn. On one hand, I've long felt that American Apparel's whole schtick is "offensive and irresponsible." But for once, the retailer does have a point: apart from the grimy basement aesthetic, which lends American Apparel ads a sleazy porny vibe, the content is not especially provocative. The picture shows a pantless, knee-socked girl sitting on a chair, wearing an I-really-like-that-sweater sweater. It looks like she's in the process of undressing more fully, maybe even for the purpose of Having the Sex, as the kids say. Let it be noted, for the record, that the position of her legs does reveal a flash of pantied crotch. 

If the model were very young, I would feel differently, but American Apparel confirmed to WWD that she was over eighteen. Also, bear in mind that the ad appeared in Vice — hardly a bastion of taste and decency to begin with — and targets, like, insufferable 23-year-old alt-bros in bands, and the girls who want to date them. 

Aaaaand I've just defended an American Apparel ad. Please, please never put me in this position again. 

Image via WWD

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