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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!

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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!

Editorial Preview W Magazine June July 2014 Amber Heard Steven Klein

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Employee Files Suit Against Tiffany & Co. for Racial Discrimination

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We've barely made it halfway through the year and another major luxury retailer is being accused of discriminatory practices. Michael McClure, the lone black person in about 200 management positions available in the company, is filing suit against Tiffany & Co., whose practices he says show “racial bias in the belief, conscious or otherwise, that African-Americans are not appropriate ambassadors for the iconic, luxurious and sophisticated Tiffany brand.” Ah, here we go…

McClure has been working for the company since 1993, most recently as a group director whose responsibilities covered more than one Tiffany location. McClure said he'd never received a negative performance review before the company appointed senior vice president for North America, Anthony Ledru, last fall. Ledru requested photographs from all store and group directors, claiming that he would be using them for reference when he traveled from store to store. Come spring, McClure said he'd received a negative review and had been placed on warning for termination, in spite of the fact that the year before one of the stores he was responsible for experienced a 15% boost in sales, and at another, a 1% the following year. His bonus, he adds, was also withheld in spite of the work he'd done. 

McClure was clearly none too happy about the review, which he suspected was part of an “apparent agenda to get rid of him from the start and racial bias at Tiffany." He then hired his own lawyer, compelling Tiffany to conduct two internal investigations of their own. But McClure's suspicions of racial bias were confirmed when he  received an anonymous internal letter reading: “Shortly after Anthony Ledru visited your market he made a comment to a small group of male market vice presidents that I think you should be made aware of. In reference to you, he expressed a surprise that ‘a black man is representing the Tiffany brand.'”

As you've already guessed, Tiffany firmly denies any kind of bias. “The lawsuit allegations are completely without merit, and the many mischaracterizations will be addressed through the legal process,” the statement said. “We welcome and value diversity in all forms and emphasize personal accountability and professionalism in a respectful and fair work environment.” We'll have to see what unfolds as the case proceeds, but at the very least, perhaps this suit will encourage Tiffany to be more diligent about recruiting people of color in their upper management. 

[via NYT]

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