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Richard Nicoll Takes On New Role as Creative Director of Jack Wills

Yes, you read that right, the London Fashion Week favourite Richard Nicoll is taking the reigns at the University Outfitters themselves, Jack Wills.

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The Saint Martin’s alumnus is known for his clean, sophisticated aesthetic, often playing with androgynous silhouettes and masculine tailoring whilst Jack Wills, although being a ‘fabulously British’ brand, definitely occupies a different place in our fashion minds.

Famed for its social activity more than its clothing, Jack Wills is synonymous with students and laid-back ready-to-wear, yet with the demise of its older sister brand ‘Aubin and Wills’ in 2012, perhaps this is an opportunity to bring the brand into the minds and wardrobes of an older and more affluent generation.

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Richard Nicoll’s A/W14 show at LFW had a fresh, masculine aesthetic (image: WENN)

Nicoll will only be working on a part-time basis, but the British brand is very excited with this collaboration. CEO of Jack Wills Wendy Becker said, "His collections have global appeal, but he is a British designer at heart and will lead the creative direction of our brand into its next important phase. His aesthetic and talent in designing for both men and women will be a great match for our future vision for Jack Wills and reinforces our commitment to having quality and design at our heart."

Similarly, Nicoll is anticipating great things for his forthcoming new position saying, "I'm excited to be working with Jack Wills, this is an opportunity to take a successful British design aesthetic and drive forward the product and vision. Wendy has exciting plans to evolve the Jack Wills brand and I am looking forward to being a part of that."

With a combination of such contrasting creative visions, it will be interesting to see how this partnership turns out and what effect Richard Nicoll will have on the heavily established branding of Jack Wills.

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Vivienne Westwood: ‘It’s the Most Life Enhancing Thing to Dress Up’ [Video]

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Image: IMAXtree

Vivienne Westwood's London runway show is always one of the most spectacular of the season and this year, to celebrate both her Fall 2014 collection and her extraordinary career, our pals at Dazed invited Dame Westwood to take over its website. The publication filmed a series of exclusive videos dedicated to the British designer's life and loves — fashion, the environment and activism.

Below, watch Westwood discuss her role as one of London's leading punk figures ("Malcolm McLaren and myself invented punk") her fashion dream world ("The concept that you're working towards, it's a sort of bubble. A parallel world to this one, but where people look better") and her love of clothes: 

"I always liked clothes, of course. I think most people do. It's only when they grow up they decide they don't like clothes. Because they got too fat or something…Or whatever. People have reasons, for saying they don't like clothes. To me, it's the most life-enhancing thing is to dress up. "



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Prada Teams Up with Edward Enninful to Revive ‘The Iconoclasts’ Project in Milan

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Nika Cole, Ophélie Guillermand, Malaika Firth, Betty Adewole, Mariana Santana, Irene Hiemstra by Emma Summerton for Prada

Tomorrow night in Milan, Prada launches a revival of its 'The Iconoclasts' project. The campaign works with top stylists to render new stylings of the label's collections, transforming Prada store boutiques with conceptual installations.

For the latest installment of the project, W Magazine's fashion and style director Edward Enninful imagined Prada's Spring 2014 men's and women's collections in the context of the Harlem Renaissance. 

Miuccia Prada’s work always begins with a conversation," said Enninful. "Drawing from this notion, I looked to the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ for the SS14 installment of The Iconoclasts series. As the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ was a period of original thought – when creative minds inspired and embraced a new cultural identity – I felt that this was an appropriate narrative to incorporate into this season’s Prada collection."

Enninful's stylings will be installed on mannequins at the men's and women's Prada stores on Monte Napoleone through February 24. The women's store will be transformed into "an imagined 1920s club – complete with glittering art-deco bar, evoking the atmosphere of Harlem." The men's store has been set up as a backroom lounge, with game tables and a jazz trio. 

The installation will be on display through February 24 and will include new fashion images (previewed here) by Emma Summerton.

Image: Prada

Image: Prada

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Vogue Australia’s Mia Wasikowska Cover is Delicious Kitsch


After going overboard with the Photoshop for two months in a row, you might expect Vogue Australia to have gone into safety mode. But it's taken more than a few risks with its March 2014 cover, which stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska shot by Emma Summerton.

For starters, there’s simply a lot going on here. That Prada dress has already scored a few covers, and is normally left to do all the talking (it’s undoubtedly loud). But Vogue Australia has thrown in an equally sparkly background, some blown-up, surrealist flora, and makeup that wouldn’t look out of place at a child beauty pageant. It’s Summerton’s fairytale kitsch to a T.

The forums are divided on whether the risks paid off. GlamorousBoy says, “I think it is too much… the dress, the background, the makeup, the flowers, it is just too much.” GIVENCHYlover doesn’t like the background, and Nepenthes, while a fan of Mia and the styling (by Jillian Davidson), agrees it’s “just overkill.”

But others love the cover’s surrealist magic. AL92 voices our thoughts exactly: “I think this is a phenomenal cover. The composition, the styling and art direction makes the image so arresting – it’ll definitely stand out at the newsstands.” Vogue28 agrees that Vogue Australia is really nailing the concept of fashion as art: “Art issues are often pretentious and defeat the purpose of the magazine but this one looks brilliant and the focus is still on the fashion.”

Of course it helps that Mia photographs like a model, and manages not to disappear into the background without looking like she’s trying not to disappear into the background. Well played, Vogue Australia – we’ll definitely be picking this up at the newsstand. 

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Mark Your Calendars: Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014 Schedule

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We can’t let New York and London have all the fun, now can we? While British fashionistas brave the raindrops of jolly old England (both indoors and out), we Canadian snowbelles are getting excited about the release of Toronto Fashion Week’s (aka World MasterCard Fashion Week’s) Fall 2014 schedule.

So how is our March looking? Well, from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, both returning and emerging Canadian designers will amaze within the tents at David Pecaut Square. Kicking off the whole affair will be Mikhael Kale in the studio, while the closing march will be handed over to Matthew Gallagher for the runway’s final show.

In between Mik and Matt, additions to the calendar include newcomers like Montreal-based designer Brit Wacher and Vancouver luxe label Madame Moje. Meanwhile Mackage, Joe Fresh, Beaufille, VAWK, David Dixon, Pink Tartan and Thomas Bálint will be some of the more familiar names on display, while the shOws — an offsite fashion event featuring designers like Steven Tai and Jeremy Laing — has also solidified its dates for March 12 and 13.

Oh, and do you remember last spring’s Mercedes-Benz Start Up winners? Edmonton's Malorie Urbanovitch and Cecile Raizonville of Montreal-based Matiere Noire were both named as recipients of the top prize last October and will be returning to the tents as victors with their own shows.

For the full, but still tentative, Toronto Fashion Week schedule, you can check it out below or visit the official site. In the meantime, best start planning those street style ensembles.

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A Gleeful Arizona Muse Covers Vogue Spain’s March Issue (Forum Buzz)

It's not every month we get to see a smiling model on the cover of a fashion magazine, so it's during times like this where I revel in the fact that we have an energetic expression from the cover subject. Vogue Spain has enlisted Arizona Muse to cover its  March issue, photographed by Cuneyt Akeroglu. Arizona wears a sequined dress from Prada's Spring 2014 collection.




tFS members took to the thread to voice their concern regarding Arizona's smile. "I hate it when she puts on such a fake smile, so so so unappealing," said Avagadro

Kokbombon also agreed, "What is that psycho fake smile?!"

"Ugh she looks so forced, such an ungraceful pose and I hate that fake smile," exclaimed Nepenthes

There were very few members who admired the cover, however Miss Dalloway commented, "I see nothing remotely fake about her smile, and how can anyone claim it is, is beyond me. It's exactly like any of her smiles you see in post shows interviews, etc. And she has a great one!"

Why don't you have your say? Do you like the cover?  Click here to visit the thread. #TeamArizona

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