It’s officially autumn next month in Australia, which means now is the time to summer like you’ve never summered before (yes, this includes replacing meals with ice cream and margaritas). And you’ll find few things more appropriate to wear while doing so than We Are Handsome’s latest collection of swimwear.
Tropic of Babylon sees the brand’s signature cuts and hyperreal digital prints inspired by an Edenic paradise. The collection as a whole is nomadic, with individual pieces featuring prints from a variety of tropical locations from The Bahamas to Hawaii. Like usual, you can take your pick from tried-and-tested shapes, including the scoop one-piece, bodysuit (the most seasonally-ambiguous piece), surfer girl’s zipsuit, bikinis and oversized silk cover-ups.
The campaign, however, isn’t so foreign, staged at the familiar Redfern Pool. It shows your own neighbourhood can be just as decadent and exotic as any far-flung island paradise. This collection marks the debut of We Are Handsome’s first beach towels, just in case you needed another incentive to make "poolside lazing" a salient part of your daily routine.
Head to its site to see the campaign video, directed by Tony Prescott and photographed by Sebastian Kriete, set to Down in Mexico by The Coasters.
Jemima French and Sadie Frost at The British Fashion Awards in 2010 (image: WENN)
It’s a refreshing hooray for struggling celebrity fashion lines as Sadie Frost and Jemima French announced that they are relaunching their label FrostFrench in September.
The pair established the ready-to-wear and lingerie line in 1999, although closed their North London flagship store in 2010, only three years after opening. With news of singer Lily Allen’s vintage store venture with sister Sarah Owen, Lucy in Disguise, closing its doors in January, the landscape for independent celebrity-owned stores was looking pretty bleak, so this news is welcomed by all.
Speaking to Vogue.com today, the pair was extremely excitable, with Sadie saying, "We have our first design meeting next week so it's hard to imagine what it will be like until we're actually back in a room together working on it again. It doesn't seem real yet!" "The collection will be a progression of what the brand was before; because I still think there is a gap in the market between casual and dressy. I've loved fashion all my life — I love Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Isabel Marant — but I'm still wearing those dresses that I wore 20 years ago. I still just want to wear dresses with some personality that look good on my body."
FrostFrench was famed for its wearable designs and cheeky lingerie designs, as well as parties attended by their close friends including Kate Moss, Sadie's ex husband Jude Law and Matthew Williamson, who also were stalwarts on the duo’s FROWs.
With an exciting year of planning ahead, lets hope that their new relaunch will share the success of former celebrities turned designers, like New York Fashion Week darling Victoria Beckham, and global success ensues.
You probably would have seen Annabelle Cosmetics on the shelves of Shoppers Drugmart and you definitely would have seen Torontonian Shenae Grimes-Beech on your screens in Degrassi and 90210. What do they have in common? Well, Shenae has recently been unveiled as the new face of the Canadian cosmetics brand.
Given her penchant for all things beauty and lifestyle — just check out her Two Halves blog and Instagram — Shenae was a natural choice for the Montreal-based company. “With her vibrant personality and great fashion sense, Shenae personifies exactly what the Annabelle Cosmetics brand stands for," said François Lafortune, vice-president marketing for Groupe Marcelle, Inc. "We are thrilled to have a strong and talented young woman to represent it."
Shenae (pictured wearing an electric blue mascara) and Annabelle Cosmetics share many great characteristics: Canadian roots, a youthful and trendy flair for fashion and an eclectic yet feminine look. “For me, the brand feels nostalgic in a way — I’ve grown up with it, and still buy it today," explained the actress. "I’m super proud to be affiliated with a big piece of home.” Her most important beauty tip? “Be confident and never apologize for being yourself!”
Indeed, the nostalgia element is rife as Annabelle Cosmetics is undoubtedly one of those brands you first turned to when starting to experiment with makeup. It’s playful, vibrant and perfectly pocket-friendly (keep your peepers peeled for Shenae’s limited-edition lipgloss for just $9.95), but best of all, it's homegrown. It only makes sense that they would enlist a fellow Canadian to rep the brand. Kind of like a new Team Canada for beauty, don’t you think?
Friday, former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld's biannual fashion journal, CR Fashion Book, released its Issue #4 front and back covers. On the front of the book, it's Lindsey Wixson photographed by Sebastian Faena; she is either channeling E.T., the extra-terrestrial, or Michaelangelo's The Creation of Adam. The back of the book stars Gigi Hadid (an IMG model who first entered the public eye when her mother joined the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast) and Shayne Cureton (Elite); the pair is styled like flower children and photographed by Bruce Weber. The theme of the issue is "Fairy Tales."
The wait is over (well at least for me, personally); the magazine of the season has arrived: Porter, which is powered by fashion website Net-a-Porter. Gisele Bundchen fronts its first Spring 2014 issue, photographed by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadain and styled by Alex White. Gisele wears a red sweater by Chanel and an emerald ring from Inez & Vinoodh's jewelry range.
The issue consists of 282 pages and talks about fashion, beauty and travel. Articles include interviews with actress Uma Thurman, designers Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada and many other influential women. Fashion stories include spreads from Cuneyt Akeroglu with model Bianca Balti, Camilla Akrans with model Julia Frauche, Ezra Peronio with model Nadja Bender and a very 80's luxe jewelry story by Katja Rahlwes with model Karmen Pedaru.
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Members of tFS have posted positive and enthusiastic comments regarding the effortlessly beautiful cover.
"Beautiful! Love everything about this cover! Perfect!" said jeffandtheworld
Kanna wrote, "I really love that cover. Gisele looks more beautiful than ever, on it."
Gossiping questioned Robbin Derrick's design of the magazine commenting, "That cover is terrible..the text just ruins it. Bad design, love the editorial though," and went on to further say, "I looked inside today..wow the design is so boring. Looks just like every other magazine."
I managed to grab a copy of Porter on Friday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how immaculate the magazine looked on the newsstands. The cover is printed on glossy card to enhance the shot of Gisele's beauty — it's simply immaculate in person.
Why don't you check out Gisele's editorial inside and read what else tFS members had to say? Click here.
We don’t tend to hear much about Montreal-born actress Jessica Paré, who you may know better as Mad Men’s Megan Draper. Unlike the show's hustling Christina Hendricks and January Jones, Jessica keeps a pretty low profile, even for someone as forward and pushy as her character can sometimes appear. She lays low in Hollywood, but it’s nice to see her finally on the March cover of Fashion magazine, waving the flag for Québécoise talent and looking hawt while doing so.
In the cover shoot, Jessica wears a $2195 white dress by Kaufmanfranco and $650 statement earrings by Tom Binns. Her hair is back-combed into an almost 80s-style blowout, while her eyes are lined with a smoky, midnight blue kohl. Overall it’s a rather nostalgic ensemble, which I’m not too sure is the best look for someone who spends so much time in period costume anyway. Nonetheless, Jessica has her own views on style, which is divulged in between the gushing love for her hometown.
On her fashionable upbringing:
Dressing up is a big deal in Montreal—there is some wacky sh*t that goes on in that city, fashion wise– but it’s really all about being an individual and having your own voice and expressing yourself.
On her idol:
I’m a huge Marlene Dietrich fan. She’s got this raunchy kind of strength. It would be hard to find a man who could come up with something hard for her to handle. She’s seen it all and done it all. I read her biography as a kid and it stayed with me since.
On starting a family:
I do want kids. I am dating [musician] John Kastner—who is also from Montreal. We’ve been together for 4 years so we have discussions. There’s something about meeting someone from your hometown… you have a lot in common with them. Montreal is a special place in the world to be from—there is nowhere like it so we understand each other.
So I guess that explains her aloof Hollywood existence — she’s just too busy hanging with the artsy, fashion-forward folk of Montreal. Doesn’t that make you love her just a little bit more?
Extract and Photo via Fashion magazine