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Catherine McNeil Smoulders in Kookaï for Harper’s Bazaar Australia

catherine-mcneil-kane-skennar-harpers-bazaar-australia-november-2013-3Another day, another case of Catherine McNeil being a smouldering glamazon. This time it’s for Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s November 2013 issue, in which she models the new Kookaï collection and inadvertently steals the thunder of cover girl and Australia’s Next Top Winner Melissa Juratowich.

As the new face of Kookaï, a role she usurped from fellow Australian model Nicole Trunfio, Catherine models moodier pieces of the brand’s new summer collection, which she recently shot the campaign for in Tulum and Mérida.

The Summer 2014 collection marks a new high-fashion direction for the brand, incorporating bold Aztec prints and glamazon skirts with risqué hem lengths. Though for those of us not so generously endowed in the leg length department, they’re probably still daytime-appropriate. There’s also plenty of leather and black, such as the mesh tank, cut-out swimsuit and hoochie chic dress featured in the shoot, which all reek of McNeil’s own personal style.

In the accompanying interview, she talks about her stellar season on the international Spring 2014 runways, where she walked a total of 22 shows, and of her two-year hiatus from modeling. But it’s free from any juicy revelations. “I did nothing. It was great. I moved to London and hung out,” she says, adding, “I’m a bit of a nerd and a homebody.” Well, hey, if we had Miles Langford at home we’d probably stay in pretty frequently too. 

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Jeremy Laing Spring 2014 at The ShOws

Marking the unofficial start of World Mastercard Fashion Week, The ShOws recently held court as a rare chance to catch Canadian designers who’ve moved on to bigger ponds. This week’s lineup included a buzzy guest list of such icons as Bellavance, Calla Haynes, Vancouver native Steven Tai and Toronto’s own Jeremy Laing, who really had it going on for Spring/Summer 2014.

Claiming notes of “90s summertime reminiscences,” Laing embraced what he calls a “street-but-sweet R&B influence” that included tone neon jumpsuits, ponchos and Bermuda shorts for spring. Colourful swirly prints engulfed billowing blouses and maxi dresses, while a key palette of pink, tangerine and baby blues were mashed together like a sickly sweet candy-store binge.

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Some looks screamed athletic apparel to me, while the long blue outerwear kind of gives off a hospital gown (or even prion jumpsuit) vibe, amiright? Elle Canada has gone so far as saying Laing’s “Spring 2014 line felt disjointed, veering from structured, bodycon pinstriped numbers to Dexter-style raincoats in one fell swoop.” Hmmm…

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The raincoats can only be described as a “Hell no” and I’ll also agree with Elle’s bodycon criticism – will this budget trend ever leave? Meanwhile, some of the more urban-influenced garbs simply looked like they’d been jacked from Rihanna’s closet, but one thing that was both pretty and wearable was the draped, fan-printed dresses, featuring a kaleidoscope of colour reminiscent of the NBC logo. Both dewy and fresh, I think this print was probably collaborator Julia Dault’s work – truly the star of the show – while I was also kind of digging the earthy tones of the geometric maxis (also her fabric design).

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See This Year’s $10 Million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, Modeled on Candice Swanepoel

Image: Facebook/Victoria's Secret

Image: Facebook/Victoria

Ahead of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which is scheduled to air on December 10, People StyleWatch got a preview of this year's iteration of the brand's "Fantasy Bra," a gem-encrusted emblem of our declining civilization. This year, it will be modeled by Candice Swanepoel, who is honored by the opportunity to wear $10 million worth of precious stones on her breasts on national television:

“They had to mold my body to be able to make [the bra], and I was really excited. I tried to imagine after they’d done the mold, how would they make it, how it would look. My imagination didn’t do it justice. My favorite part is this beautiful 52-carat pear-shaped ruby. Every part of it is exquisite.”

The last time one of Victoria's Secret's "Fantasy Bras" reached a double-digit value was in 2005, with the "Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra" worn by Gisele Bundchen, which was worth $12.5 million. Since then, the highly-publicized undergarments have hovered ("modestly") near the $2-5 million range. According to the most recent report, from 2009, no one has ever purchased a fantasy bra. 

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Designers at Debenhams Enlists Todd Lynn

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British department store Debenhams has gone and done it again – it's bagged yet another designer to take part in its Edition concept as part of the Designers at Debenhams range, and this time it’s Central Saint Martins Graduate Todd Lynn.

Now, it may have been quite a few years since he was a budding design student, but he’s definitely not lost his daring touch. He’s been showcasing his work on the runways at LFW since 2006 and has come to be known for creating daring aesthetics, with razor sharp androgynous tailoring. Todd’s collections are also distinguished by the fact that he often features a relatively large amount of leather and fur. We can’t wait to see how he translates these design features into his Debenhams capsule collection. 

Todd Lynn's Debenhams winter collection is set to launch on October 21 and will feature all of our favourite winter essentials but with his typical edgy touch. So, join the queue now and snap up your own designer leather skirt or winter coat.

 

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Teenage Dream: Here’s Katy Perry’s CoverGirl Ad

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Image: Facebook/KatyPerry

Forty-seven minutes ago, at the time of writing, Katy Perry posted the photo above to her Facebook fanpage, along with the message that she had "BEAUTIFUL news to share w/ [us] all."

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It could have been anything: An end to the government shutdown and easy resolution to the looming credit default crisis; News of an unprecedented scientific breakthrough in the cheese industry; An actionable proposal to bring the listicale-bubble to a breaking point. 

None of that. Here's what the "Teenage Dream" performer actually wanted to share with her ardent fans:

Today is my 1st day as a COVERGIRL! See what happens when you let the light in?

When … you … let the light in … you … become … a CoverGirl?

And there I always thought becoming a CoverGirl was a matter of beauty and exceptional luck — but all it takes, it turns out, is a positive attitude. 

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Daria Strokous Graces Vogue Russia’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

Daria Strokous on Vogue Russia November 2013

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Russian topmodel Daria Strokous, who’s a muse to Dior designer Raf Simons and photographer Steven Meisel, has landed another Vogue Russia cover. The November cover marks her second appearance on the cover of her native country’s edition of Vogue. The cover was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and shows Daria wearing natural makeup and an opulent Christian Dior Haute Couture runway outfit. Opinions on the styling were divided on the tFS forums.

“Inspiration from Babushka? Don't get the styling…” admitted BBBBB

Nepenthes couldn’t make much of the styling either. He wrote, “I like the Babushka reference however the styling is very confusing. That said, Daria looks stunning. But I think the cover could have been a lot more striking had the styling been different.”

A more positive reaction came from MyNameIs who posted, “This is gorgeous. I'm not a fan of Daria, but she looks really lovely here. The styling works for me. Love the composition and the colors too. Very fresh and crisp.”

True, the composition and styling are very unusual, but unfortunately that special wow-factor is lacking here anyway. It’s always a delight to see the beautiful Daria, who’s ranked #6 on the models.com Top 50 ranking, on a cover and there seems to be many good ideas behind this cover (maybe too many?), but seemingly the result falls flat. 

 

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