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Jean Paul Gaultier Taps Drag Singer Conchita Wurst to Close Couture Show

Jean Paul Gaultier‘s couture show is always one of the most lively displays during couture week (or any fashion week for that matter). This season, the designer cast Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner Conchita Wurst to take a turn down the catwalk. The bearded Austrian beauty closed out the show in vampire bride regalia: a gorgeous black gown with red and gold accents, complete with a black mantilla-like veil.



Conchita, who goes by his real name offstage, Thomas Neuwirth, sparked quite a bit of controversy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year because of his drag schtick. He took home the title after performing a rousing rendition of “Rise Like a Phoenix,” and it looks like even through the criticism he (or she, as he goes by when he’s in Conchita-gear) continues to rise just like the mythical bird.

Designers have been keen on using gender-bending models — Lea T, Andrej Pejic and Amanda Lepore are particular favorites of the fashion set — but it’s always great to see some commitment to representing different types of beauty in different people, especially in this industry.

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Renegade Collective Explains Decision to Put Lily Cole on Cover

Entrepreneurial magazine Renegade Collective has chosen British model Lily Cole to front Issue 12 of the growing glossy, but Editor-in-Chief Lisa Messenger admits it wasn’t a decision she took lightly. “When my team suggested Lily for the cover, my initial gut reaction was no,” she tells theFashionSpot.

The editor explains that she “didn’t really know much” about Lily at the time, but after being invited to meet her by the British Council, the redheaded beauty became an obvious decision for the cover. “I was blown away by her candidness, maturity, insatiable lust for knowledge, desire to give back to the world and serious kick arse entrepreneurial spirit. The girl has some serious swagger!”

As for the magazine’s boxes of game changers, thought leaders, rule breakers and style makers that need to be ticked, Lily seems to tick all four. Lisa explains that Lily is changing how we consume and shows thought leadership with her “social ideologies and will to change the world.”

“She’s a bit of a rule breaker in terms of not really giving a damn and living life the way she wants to live it and not according to other peoples expectations.” Of course, the whole modelling thing has the style maker section covered.

And even if you think you know everything there is to know about Lily, Lisa thinks “people will see a really different and unexpected side of Lily” from reading this issue. “I think there are some great lessons around following your heart and passion,” she says. “If the first three days of sales data is anything to go by, people are just loving the decision.”

We’re thinking the captivating cover helps, too, with the porcelain-like model wearing a contrasting black and navy pleated dress by G-Star Raw and a simple, delicate necklace. The look is polished off with her strawberry-blond, tousled locks and bronzed makeup by celebrity makeup artist Max May, making her blue eyes pop.

Renegade Collective has pulled in quite a few fashion icons for its highly-anticipated issues, with Lily joining the magazine’s list of fashionable cover girls, including Rumi Neely of Fashiontoast and Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper.

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Baz Luhrmann Sits Front Row with Anna Wintour at Chanel Couture

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin Chanel haute couture

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It’s an absolute honour to sit front row at a fashion show, and an even greater privilege to be placed next to fashion mogul Anna Wintour. While anyone with the slightest interest in fashion would be well and truly chuffed to be in Baz Luhrmann’s position at the Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture fashion show in Paris, the Australian director had business on the mind.

Baz told WWD he’s completing the new Chanel No.5 perfume campaign, a 58-second advertisement that was filmed with Gisele Bündchen in Sagaponack, New York. “Gisele has been a revelation for me, just in the fact that she’s given a real performance and a beautiful performance,” he informed WWD.

The man responsible for repeat viewings of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby in our lounge rooms also added that he tried to incorporate the supermodel’s busy, multitasking way of life into the ad.

“It isn’t her, but it’s definitely a little story that evokes Gisele, who I think is probably the Chanel woman now — that modern Chanel woman who can absolutely be doing a sport one minute, have a private moment to herself, have a career, have children, have a relationship but also have love and romance,” he explained.

Although we have to wait until the end of the year for the ad’s release, we have an idea of what to expect, with the Australian director having worked on the first ad in 2004 with Nicole Kidman.

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld Fronts Maniamania’s New Campaign

Cult Australian jewellery label Maniamania has just announced that French-born, New York-based model Julia Restoin Roitfeld is the new face of its latest fall campaign dubbed “Obscura.” Shot by Bjorn looss with a set designed by Anna Karlin, the shoot for the new season takes inspiration from the 1977 horror film, Suspiria.

The video by Hendrix & Belle debuted exclusively on, with just over a minute of Julia’s borderline-creepy performance. Although the short was inspired by Suspiria, her dark, vampire-like lips, wet locks and disconnected movements reminds us a little of our favourite supernatural 90s film, The Craft.

Julia joins the other big-name faces that this beloved label has secured, including Abbey Lee Kershaw and Bambi Northwood-Blyth, who both have that special bewitching aura Maniamania craves.

We can tell the daughter of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is pretty chuffed about fronting the campaign having posted a couple of images to her Instagram already, describing one shot as her “best #dontmesswithme face.”

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Suetables Teams Up with TV Stars for Patriotic Jewelry Line

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Sure, Canada Day was last week, but who’s to say we can’t celebrate everything red, white and maple leaf every day of the year? On the back of Canada’s birthday, local jewelry company Suetables has teamed up with homegrown actresses Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue) and Rachel Skarsten (Lost Girl) to create a range of personalized and patriotic pieces.

Suetables is a Canadian company best known for its custom pendants and charms that have been worn by the likes of Coco Rocha and Missy Peregrym. To celebrate the company’s 10th  anniversary, it’s now partnering with Lauren, Enuka and Rachel to show off each woman’s reflection on national pride and “what it means to be Canadian.”

Fusing influences from their youth, heritage, culture and family, Enuka designed the sterling silver Enuka Kiss Canada Cuff, claiming, “The ‘kiss’ is an expression of my love for Canada.” Meanwhile, Vancouverite Lauren sought to celebrate her “Van-groovy” roots with a woven macramé friendship bracelet. Finally, Rachel honours her Canadian heritage with a simple Skarsten maple leaf charm, which can be personalized with any initial.

My personal favourite is Lauren’s boho chic bracelet (available in linen, black and red) with a silhouette of a sterling silver maple leaf, which The Listener actress described as a friendship bracelet that’s “a great piece to remind yourself (or a friend) to remember home.”

But whichever is your vice, all three items can be purchased on the Suetables site, where 20 percent from every purchase will go toward the national nonprofit Evergreen, which helps to create greener, sustainable Canadian cities.

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Christian Dior’s Fall 2014 Ad Campaign ‘Emotes Nothing of Dior’s Elegance’ (Forum Buzz)

After showcasing his most recent couture collection only yesterday for the French fashion house, Raf Simons‘ Fall 2014 campaign for Christian Dior surfaced today. For the new ready-to-wear advertising campaign, which is slated to break in August and September issues of various fashion publications, the designer kept Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre to lens his vision of the season. The photographer has been shooting Dior’s fashion spots since Simons’ debut back in Spring 2013. This time around, we see models Julia Nobis, Helena Severin, Fei Fei Sun and Kasia Jujeczka modeling pieces from the collection, ranging from bright, primary-colored dresses to tailored jackets and, of course, the iconic Lady Dior bag with a Simons’ twist.

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Our forum members have mixed reactions regarding the campaign. “No matter how great the collection, the campaign always manages to make it extremely boring. I haven’t liked a single one since Raf took over,” wrote gossiping.

“I don’t like this, it emotes nothing of Dior’s elegance. It’s just another merry-go-round of bored models hanging around, the ultimate fashion platitude. They look strung out in mommies clothes. I expected way more refinement from Vanderperre,” proclaimed a disappointed Vitamine W.

An unimpressed dodencebt questioned, “Oh I’m sorry, was this shot backstage?”

Not everyone was left uninterested, though. “Willy and mid-century furniture? Couldn’t be happier! Love this campaign,” enthused Thefrenchy.

“Excellent cast! I wish Kinga was included too. But I love this campaign. Julia is on a roll once again when it comes to ad campaigns,” commented TheoG.

Check out the thread for the full campaign, including an eyewear shot with Julia. Don’t forget to have your say, too!

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