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Jil Sander is Leaving the Jil Sander Label — for the Third Time

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

Surprising news this morning: Jil Sander is leaving her namesake line for the third time. The German designer returned to her eponymous label in February 2012 after an eight year hiatus, to replace Raf Simons, who later headed to Christian Dior. (A lengthy article in the Wall Street Journal last November found that the Sander comeback was negotiated ahead of Simons' departure to Dior, when it was still rumored that the Belgian designer might move to Yves Saint Laurent — meaning, the Sander hire was a strategic decision on the part of the brand's executives, and not a simple scramble to replace Raf.)

WWD reports that the label's Spring 2014 collection was Sander's last; the range for Fall 2014 will be designed by the in-house team.

Despite a strong reputation for minimalist design, the Jil Sander label has struggled to find stability in recent decades (the line was launched in Germany in 1968). The brand's founding designer made her first exit in 2000, one year after selling the majority stake of her company to the Prada Group. Sander returned to the label in 2003, and left again after designing two collections. The Prada Group sold the brand to Change Capital Partners in 2005, who passed it forward to Onward Holdings after two years. 

WWD reports that Sander's departure is for "personal reasons." The designer turns 70 in November. 

Read more:

Jil Sander Departing Namesake Brand — WWD

Jil Sander to Depart Namesake Brand for Personal Reasons — BoF

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Here’s Karlie Kloss on the Set of an Upcoming Campaign for Coach Handbags



Yesterday, Karlie Kloss was photographed um, being photographed (slow news day, okay?) at a photoshoot in the Meatpacking district, an oversized blood orange tote dangling on her shoulder.

Yes, that's a Coach bag and yes, that brown leather strap around her wrist displays the brand's logo. When I visited the Spring 2014 ad rumors thread in the forums, members had (of course) already shared similar images from Corbis. The photo service confirms that the shoot took place for a Coach handbag campaign, photographed by Craig McDean. Kloss posed alongside Will Chalker (below), Liu Wen and Freja Beha Erichsen.



RelatedLindsey Wixson Will Appear in the Chanel Spring 2014 Campaign

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Link Buzz: Kate Middleton Wears McQueen to Christening; Conde Nast Eliminates Internships

  • Image: Getty

    Image: Getty

    Kate Middleton attended the royal baby's royal christening wearing a dress from Alexander McQueen. [SheFinds]
  • Katy Perry looks quite so very gorgeous on the cover of W's November issue. [Fashionologie]
  • Planning a high fashion costume? Halloween makeup inspiration from the runways is over here, right this way. [BellaSugar]
  • Best booties for under $200. If you're anything like me, you'll look. [FabSugar]
  • More than $100,000 in Saint Laurent merchandise was stolen from the Rodeo Drive store. That could have easily been just a couple babydoll dresses. [LATimes
  • Condé Nast will eliminate its internship programs, which will either make it even more impossible for hopefuls to break into fashion/magazine publishing or it'll generate many new entry-level jobs, creating opportunities for talented candidates (who couldn't previously afford to work for free) to enter these competitive, high-prestige industries. [WWD]  

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Bliss Out in Style With Sunday Somewhere’s Latest Eyewear Range

No hard-and-fast plans, no expectations and no rap over the knuckles for being hungover — it is a truth universally acknowledged that Sunday would be the best day of the week if it didn’t precede Monday. And while Sunday Somewhere can’t halt the cruel passage of time, it can put a halcyon Sunday glow over even your midweek activities.

Sunday Somewhere’s Summer 2014 offering is an extension on their un-fussy mantra: "No requirement for catch slogans. No need for by-lines." And while not fussy, their selection is extensive. To their favorite frames like the Soelae and the flip-lens Matahari, the designers have added new styles equally primed to gather a cult following. The female-specific Laura (most of their frames are unisex styles) combines chunky frames in black, tortoiseshell or metallic pink with a subtle cat eye edge. As per, the Italian acetate is of the highest quality and the vintage influences are referenced in a way so fresh it feels futuristic. 

See five of their most stellar frames below and head to their website to shop.


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Toni Garrn Smokes a Lipstick on the Cover of Allure Russia

Toni Garrn for Allure Russia

Image: Twitter/womenmgmt

Since launching in 2012, Allure Russia has consistently attracted some of the modeling industry's top talent (Natashy Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anne V., Vlada Roslyakova, Crystal Renn) for its distinctive, bold covers.

This November, the beauty publication continues its winning streak with Toni Garrn, who poses as a makeup addict — a slave to her lipstick, she smokes it like a cigarette. The styling and beauty concept are clever and well-executed (kudos to photographer Paolo Kudacki, stylist Anya Ziourova, hair stylist David von Cannon and makeup artist Lisa Houghton). The image highlights the 21-year-old German model's versatility as a canvas for makeup, but raises questions about her actual modeling skills.

Garrn also appeared on the cover of Numero China this month (below). The images are polar opposites in terms of styling — Numero China's is a black & white wide-view photo with an ethereal, wispy mood; Allure Russia's cover uses tight framing and bright, highly saturated colors to produce a glamourous, slightly retro effect. But the difference between the two photographs lies entirely in the styling and photography: Garrn's heavy-lidded, open-mouthed expression is nearly identical in each shot. 

Toni Garrn Smokes a Lipstick on the Cover of Allure Russia

RelatedNuméro China’s November Cover With Toni Garrn Is Stunning (Forum Buzz)

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Your Mercedes-Benz StartUp Winner is…

Now in its third year, the Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition aims to draw upcoming fashion talent from across the country, culminating in a World MasterCard Fashion Week showdown to select the winner of a coveted prize of mentorship, a Fashion magazine spread, a runway show in the next season and, more importantly, exposure. Previous winners have included Martin Lim and DUY, but let me tell you that this year’s competition, which took place on Day Two at the tents, was a humdinger!

The 2013 MBSU show kicked things off with a parade of tropical vintage summerwear from, my personal favourite, Dreamboat Lucy, before moving into Eliza Faulkner’s athletic linens. Following suit came fellow finalists Faded Lifestyle, Hip and Bone, Pedram Karimi and HD Homme, each showing a strong presence of menswear, while Malorie Urbanovitch and Matière Noire both played with minimalism and structure in their respective collections.

After eight designers sent their troops down the runway, it was then down to the judges to make their decision. A call that was easier said than done for Editor-in-chief at Fashion, Bernadette Morra; fashion director of Holt Renfrew, Barbara Atkin; fashion personality Jeanne Beker; global production director at IMG Fashion, Jarrad Clark; director of communications and public relations at Mercedes-Benz Canada, JoAnne Caza; and president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, Robin Kay.

This is where things got interesting and the audience got restless as, in an unprecedented move, the judges were deadlocked in their decision to name just one winner and so the award was given to two: Edmonton’s Malorie Urbanovitch and Celine Raizonville of Montreal-based Matiere Noire! It seemed they loved Urbanovitch's command of natural fabrics equally as much as they adored Matière Noire’s bold horizontal striping, snuggly knits and visible fraying. I would contend that the judges couldn’t pick between the two because they were somewhat similar, but each upped the wearability ante more than any of the other six designers.


You can see something of the winners' style in the photos (left Urbanovitch, right Matiere Noire) and, in case you missed the going-ons at Day 1 of World MasterCard Fashion Week, check out the highlight reel here,


Images via WMCFW

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