2014 is already being trumpeted as the year of everything. The year of the Winter Olympics. The year of the modest sheath dress. The year of the horse. The year of the spaghetti squash. We could go on because everyone has an opinion on what’s in store over the next 12 months. Of course, it’s all speculation, but one special occasion you can expect in 2014 is Yorkdale Shopping Mall’s 50th Anniversary. And heck, do they have a way of celebrating it.
When Yorkdale opened its doors for the first time in 1964, it was the largest shopping centre in the world and, fifty years later, it still stands apart. Now in 2014, Yorkdale plans to celebrate 50 years in style with special events, special guests and special anniversary-edition must-haves created exclusively by brands and labels. One such collaboration was recently tweeted by Toronto label favourite Lucian Matis, who has designed a very special dress to commemorate Yorkdale’s gold centennial.
Modelled by fellow Canadian Coco Rocha (a Yorkdale campaign favourite), just check out this opulent gold silk and lace bodiced gown, a custom creation that heralds the luxury of Toronto’s largest mall and makes the fierce model look like Queen Midas. Eagle-eyed shoppers will also notice that the image has been shot in the stairwell running between the subway and the mall, albeit with a slightly Photoshopped golden makeover to correspond with the anniversary tally. 50 has never looked so good!
Image via Yorkdale
Today is the first official business day of the new year and wow — not so good! Bad already. Maybe it's the impending blizzard or the accelerated volume of post-holiday Tweets, but right now the Internet feels especially soul-crushing. How are we going to make it?
I was worried. I worry about Kim constantly. Sometimes I stay up at night thinking about her, wondering if she's safe, if she has enough to eat, if she's warm, whether her latest selfies turned out okay.
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So is our creator deity.
THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF A CANINE IS VERY ENDEARING
Omg, they should probably take an Advil to bring their temperature down.
What, Miley Cyrus doesn't follow Perez Hilton on Twitter?
Clicking on this will lower your monthly health insurance premiums.
NYC's new first family, Chirlane McCray and Chiara de Blasio, wore Nanette Lepore to Bill de Blasio's mayoral inauguration yesterday, in a nod to the city's garment industry. Hurrah hurrah hurrah. [WWD]
Olivia Palermo is engaged and I am so happy, like a blissful butterfly flying through the sky, soaring on the wind of Olivia Palermo's heavenly love, a love I myself will never know. [FabSugar]
And now, a moment of silence out of respect for Rihanna and Cara Delevingne's New Year's Eve festivities. [BellaSugar]
Sophia Webster was not happy that NastyGal seemingly copied one of her designs. [SheFinds]
Inez and Vinoodh want to be household names, lifestyle brands, Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, icons. [NYTimes]
Inside Lululemon's cultish employee culture: "You’ll be so healthy you won’t even need to worry about health insurance!” [Salon]
From this month's issue of Vogue: a spotlight on Chanel's bricolage backpack, seen on the runway at the label's Spring 2014 show.
According to the copy, the high-end item was inspired by a DIY punk aesthetic: "Picture a young art student spray-painting the blank canvas of a classic backpack and then personalizing it with loops of haphazardly woven ropes and heavy chains — just the kind of punk appropriation Karl Lagerfeld employed [in this instance.]"
How much does it cost to carry a piece of Lagerfeld-designed rebellion? $3,400. That might sound a little steep for a horrific canvas backpack, stenciled with an oversized Chanel logo, but it's only a fraction of the cost of art school tuition. Not to mention — if you want to dress punk, you have to be willing to spend.
As we noted earlier this week, the Spring 2014 ad campaigns are popping up all over the place through unofficial channels, which is fun news for the letters l, e, a and k.
Take the photo above, said to be an ad from the upcoming Isabel Marant campaign, which first appeared on the long-running French shopping and street style blog, Maydele. It stars perennial Marant muse Daria Werbowy, styled exclusively in items from the label's Spring 2014 collection, exuding the brand's signature je ne sais hot mess. If it looks like an Isabel Marant ad, walks like an Isabel Marant ad, quacks like an Isabel Marant ad…
We reached out to Isabel Marant for comment but have not heard back.
Related: Chanel, Dior, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Fendi: Spring 2014 Campaigns Leak to the tFS Forums
Julia Nobis has capped off a lucrative 2013 in the most perfect way possible — scoring a cover of one of the world’s most influential fashion magazines.
Nobis fronts the January 2014 issue of Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel. Meisel worked with the model on multiple editorials throughout 2013, further suggesting that this cover was only a matter of time.
The classic, portrait-style pose and ghostly lighting let Julia’s strong features stand out, an accomplishment considering she’s covered in giant Chanel pearls and a rainbow-colored dress from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection. If those headphone-like ones in particular look a little too familiar to you already, you’re not alone – they’ve already been featured on the covers of Vogue Australia and Harper’s Bazaar UK, plus debuted on the red carpet by zeitgeist-capturing celebrities Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus.
But there’s one brand in particular being brought to mind here, and it isn’t Chanel, but Louis Vuitton. If it weren’t for the pearls, forum commenter testinofan might be correct in calling this cover an outtake from Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2014 campaign, also shot by Meisel. Fiercification agrees that the similarities distract from the cover’s merits: "I quite like the coldness of the cover (esp for January), although it is far too similar to the LV campaign indeed.”
While the chilly aesthetic has left some commenters cold, the majority are in favor of the moody, classic style — reminiscent, as Mat Cyruss points out, of Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. *Ana* adds, “I get an early 2000s vibe from it, the pose the hair, Julia’s features. I like how the cold blues and whites make the Chanel outfit look more sober instead of creating a big contrast, and love the use of accessories…” Cottonmouth13 agrees the iciness and expression “are what makes this cover a good one.”
We’re also getting Louis Vuitton and giant Chanel pearl déjà vu, but besides that, it’s a gorgeous cover. Seems timing really is everything.