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Sophie Lowe Gives a Double Dose of Punch Prints on the TCA Summer Press Tour

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As one of the few remaining people in the world who have us reconsidering our stance on ombré, it’s obvious Sophie Lowe is in possession of some serious style chops. The girl knows what works on her – and last weekend it was vibrant prints in graphic neon and blown-up florals.

On Sunday morning, the Australian actress brightened up a panel discussion during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in California, where she’s promoting her upcoming fairy-tale saga Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Lowe faced the mic in a pair of trousers printed with amped up daisies, which seems an appropriate thing to wear when you’re promoting a trippy saga set in a giant garden. She kept things just the right amount of classy with a chic black shirt and patent black shoes.

Lowe then turned it up a bit when things moved over to the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Diane Kruger put her own spin on grey and neon green last month, and if three’s a trend we cant wait to see who goes there next. Sophie accessorized her own graphic dress with an even brighter clutch and black peep-toe platforms.

Which print do you prefer?

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Doutzen Kroes Covers the Vogue Netherlands September 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)

Doutzen Kroes photographed by Paul Bellaart for Vogue Netherlands

Doutzen Kroes photographed by Paul Bellaart for Vogue Netherlands

Dutch favorite Doutzen Kroes landed this year’s Vogue Netherlands September issue cover, and though the cover shot for me is just kind of okay, I’m still glad to see her there. This cover isn’t about to win any “best of the year” accolades (except maybe from Bobby153, who called it “easily one of my favorite Vogue covers of the year”), but the accompanying editorial shots by Paul Bellaart aren't too bad. Doutzen sprawled naked in some sort of milk bath with strategically hidden naughty bits? That just may be the best of the bunch. 

On the cover, Miss Dalloway noted, “The masthead bothers me, the pose is strange, it’s just not a cover image to me.”

Justaguy seemed ambivalent. “Hmmmm, it's a great shot of Doutzen, but the pose, although quintessential in modeling, is so overused and doesn't work for this cover… Overall it looks like they tried to do a Vogue Paris–type cover, but didn't succeed.”

Tigerrouge wasn’t a fan either. “I'd make everyone stay behind in the office and try even harder, before I'd ever allow a cover like that to see the light of day,” she shared.

And now that we’ve effectively buried this cover, let’s just go ahead and enjoy Doutzen’s milk bath. 

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All images: Paul Bellaart for Vogue Netherlands

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Iekeline Stange Gets Weird (in a Good Way) With Vivienne Westwood for Fall 2013 (Forum Buzz)

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Iekeline Stange has always been an unusual sort of otherworldly model. And it turns out, that works perfectly for Vivienne Westwood. Westwood commissioned photographer Jack Pierson to shoot her brand’s Fall 2013 campaign (instead of the usual Juergen Teller) in Kew Gardens near London, and the resulting images are these lush, fantastical peeks into Westwood’s quirky, wonderfully weird world. Forum members were justifiably entranced.

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“Words can't describe how happy I am to see Iekeliene back and with a campaign like VW!!” teaars gushed. “I always kind of love Vivienne's campaigns by default,” he added as a bit of a disclaimer.

AlbertNoir called it, “One of the best Westwood campaigns in years! Iekeliene looks perfect!”

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Nepenthes described the campaign as “a definite hit!”

“This is brilliant and Iekeliene is amazing here!” justaguy wrote.

Enough said, right? The images kind of speak for themselves. (See the rest of the campaign, with an even bigger cast of characters, here.)

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All images via Vivienne Westwood

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H&M Offends Aboriginals With Feathered Headdresses

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Today I was about to write about H&M's new recycling programme, where you bring in used clothing of any brand and, in exchange, you’ll be given $5 off a purchase of $30 or more. Like I said, I WAS going to write about that, until I saw this story from The National Post: "H&M faux feather headdress pulled from shelves after complaints items are offensive to aboriginals."

No joke. H&M, the fast fashion megalodon, was shilling a $15 native American-style feather headdress to its hipster customers. As per the Post, Kim Wheeler, an Ojibwa-Mohawk from Winnipeg, first brought the accessory to the company's attention in a letter that read, "Headdresses are worn by chiefs in some of our communities … It is a symbol of respect and honour and should not be for sale as some sort of cute accessory. It is not honourable nor flattering. People in my community have kind of been fighting that whole 'hipster headdressing' for awhile now."

I've been chasing butterflies trying to find a photo of the offending head piece — could it be this EBay item? — but not a store to become entangled in Urban Outfitter-style scandals, H&M has now removed it from its 61 Canadian stores.

Emily Scarlett, a Toronto-based spokeswoman for the Swedish fashion chain, said the hair pieces were part of the company's summer music festival collection called "H&M Loves Music" and flowered wreaths in honour of the Sixties were also part of the line. She also told the Post"Music festivals these days are really about experimenting with fashion and dressing your personality. And they're very heavily based on accessories, really accessorizing your look. Of course we never want to offend anybody or come off as insensitive. We're always about being there for our customers."

Kudos to H&M for acting so swiftly, but not everyone is finding the fashion fix that offensive. One commenter wrote, "Enough already, Canadian aboriginals were and are not the only people in history to use feathers for headdresses. I am offended by the fact that H&M caved in here."

This culture clash between fashion and tradition is kind of reminding me of the recent scandal over Selena Gomez wearing bindis, so what do you think Fashion Spotters? Is H&M right to remove the headbands or do you think this is PC madness and people are taking unnecessary offense? Just to add some more fuel to the fire, have you seen what's available on ASOS marketplace lately? Now head south to sound off…

Images via HM.com

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Kurt Geiger to Collaborate with London College of Fashion

The prestigious London College of Fashion is teaming up with the brand Kurt Geiger to fund some exciting shoe design programs. The college is internationally acclaimed for churning out some of the best and generally most successful people within the fashion industry, so teaming up with such a successful shoe brand can only mean even more good things are on the horizon for its graduates.

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The group behind Kurt Geiger is investing a whopping £300,000 in the program to celebrate its 50th birthday. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the business of shoes, how to successfully design, benefit from mentoring systems or even reap the rewards of a scholarship.

Kurt Geiger explained that they felt that it was time to give something back, and looking back at the success of the London College of Fashion’s alumni, they wanted to play an active part in discovering and nurturing the next Jimmy Choo. So if you’re aching to do something about your design dreams and create that pair of killer heels that you’ve always dreamt of, then you know what to do next!

As if that’s not enough, Kurt Geiger is also launching a limited-edition gold crocodile stiletto as to mark its birthday, which is set to launch in October, and can be all yours for a mere £500. So, join that waiting list now! 

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Link Buzz: Beyonce Instagrams Her Short New Hair; Everyone Loves the 90s

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Image: Instagram/Beyonce

  • Beyonce went for it. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Karlie Kloss and Elettra Wiedemann baked scones together on camera, which is how I also spend my free time. [Fashionologie]
     
  • September Issue spreads are getting leaked all over Instagram. How exciting. [FabSugar]
     
  • Lip Smackers and other reasons to feel nostalgic for your lost youth. [SheFinds]
     
  • Quantifiable proof that the 90s are really, really back: searches for "acid washed shorts" are up 50% over the past year. Scary stuff. [HuffPo Style]
     
  • How is it that already astronomical fashion prices keep rising? Meet 'demand.' [BusinessOfFashion]

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