Last Thursday ASOS wrapped up the last of its three runway launch events celebrating Australia's obsession with online shopping. In a first-ever for the brand, the soon-to-be one billion sterling company is launching region-specific lines, and since an Australian shops ASOS once every seven seconds, it only makes sense that we’re rewarded for our fiscal spontaneity by being the first country ever to get a customised collection.
In Your World consists of three Australia-specific collections: ‘Beach,’ ‘Salon,’ and ‘House Party,' with the first two geared at the ladies and the last at both sexes (actually House Party is technically all menswear, but it does include a really very unisex Emma Mulholland meets Keith Haring meets Fresh Prince backpack).
The three collections also get rid of our perennially annoying season clash with the Northern Hemisphere, fast-tracking trends from the recent spring shows into swimsuits, dresses, and separates. Beachwear is all about short shorts, kimonos, paisley, embellishment, and excellent sandals. There’s a pair of rubber-soled neoprene “Pool Slide” sandals for the brave, and a series of flat leather sandals that will make your inner Roman-wearing school kid very jealous indeed. ‘Salon’ plays it relatively safe with florals, silk and more embellishment in a variety of sweet housewifey silhouettes.
The three lines are available to purchase until the end of October, then you’ll have to go back to raking through 1044 styles of winter frocks to find something sun-appropriate. Not that that has ever been much of a deterrent in the past.
Images via asos.com/au
To be really honest, the Hackney district doesn't generally have the greatest of reputations, but it does seem that the area is finally getting a much needed revamp. Not only was it home to the British Film Institute’s film festival at the weekend, it’s also been exclusively revealed that officials are planning on transforming the area into a luxurious fashion destination. In fact, they are set to inject a huge £5 million into the venture. The kind of news that we’d like to hear every frosty Monday morning!
Already home to Burberry
Hackney is already home to Burberry’s factory outlet located on Chatham Place just by Hackney Central Overground, which continuously welcomes droves of international tourists who are looking to grab a British heritage bargain. The sad truth of the matter, however, is that after they've finished splashing their hard earned cash at Burberry, they immediately leave the area, as there are currently no other appealing luxury stores within the vicinity. Though fashion designers JW Anderson, Giles Deacon, and Christopher Kane do have their design studios located in London’s east end, that’s not very helpful information for those tourists who are on a shopping mission!
Image via IMAXtree
What’s the plan?
Firstly, a brand new Pringle store will open next door to Burberry’s factory outlet, and then, the facing derelict railway arches will be transformed into retail spaces and cafés. Undeniably, this newly created fashion hub will emulate that of the Bicester Village, and will definitely pull in the shoppers.
What else does Hackney have to offer?
Hackney is also typically defined by its struggling creatives, as of course, it’s one of London’s cheaper areas to live, and so emerging fashion designers alike tend to initially establish themselves there. For those of us shoppers who don’t have that much cash to splash, Hackney is also a great spot to grab a bargain, or even visit an alternative fashion show, where the garments are actually affordable with no need to remortgage your house as to make a purchase!
Karlie Kloss and Travis Smith costar in the Versus Fall 2013 ad campaign photographed by Daniele Duella and Iango, and the images do not disappoint.
“This is what Versace should look like. The vibe is reminding me of their ads from the early 2000s. Karlie is working that blonde hair,” LabelWhore4 commented.
“Love it! It also reminds me of Versace ads circa 2000,” Elfinkova wrote. “The second shot of the male model is fantastic. That stare…it just commands your attention.”
Razzer posted, “A little too much photo editing for my taste, but I super like the mood and direction for this campaign!”
The Versus ads seem like a more colorful, less gritty version of the main line’s Fall 2012 ad campaign, which seems fitting for a diffusion label. Either way, Versace and Versus are making it work campaign-wise this season.
Images: thefashionisto.com and twitter.com/LuigiMurenu
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Image via Barneys
Last night a select group of fashionistas gathered on the third floor of The Bay to heed the style gospel of Suzanne Timmins, HBC's Fashion Director. In her charismatic way, Timmins took us through the must-have fall trends and offered her choice picks for the coming months.
Yes, it is a bit late in the season to be discussing Fall 2012 trends, but nonetheless, the evening gave a valuable insight into what to wear now. Some of the key trends presented by Timmins were: Rich Colour, Statement Prints, Luxurious Texture, Black and Bright, and Baroque Nouveau.
Pictured: Black and Bright
Rich Colour is all about wearing color-on-colour, but by that we don't mean colour blocking. This season is all about wearing one colour on top of the same, but in a slightly different hue. Bottle greens, violets, and deep reds are the hot shades to wear from head to toe.
Statement Prints have become de rigueur, as has clashing them against one another. To pull off the trend without looking like a clown car crash, Timmins recommends teaming small patterns with larger floral designs.
Luxurious Texture entails a very Lady of the Manor feel. Teaming tweed, with fur, with leather is a must, as is keeping the palette warm with shades of fawn, brown, and burgundy.
Black and Bright is just that: teaming something black with something bright. This is easy to do since everyone has something black to which they can add one staple piece. A neon satchel, bright tights, or a colourful knit perhaps?
Pictured: Baroque Nouveau
Finally, Baroque Nouveau calls for more black, but this time teamed with gold. It's a very festive trend and I can definitely see it becoming a staple look for the office Christmas party. Again, black is the easy part and Timmins merely recommends investing in one gold piece, be it a skirt, dress or jacket. A statement jacket is always a good choice because more often than not, people will only see/photograph you from the waist up. This is what Timmins calls "waisted beauty!"
I know it's hard to let go, but each of the four major Fashion Weeks has ended and you're just going to have to find something else to enjoy about this fine October Friday. You could take a walk or read a book. How about a seasonal treat? Have some apple cider.
I know what you're thinking: "Life can't be all walks and books and apple cider, Nika! There are other things."
Too true! There are also computers and trunk shows and gorgeous patterned overlays for the person who would rather buy Fashion Week than get over it.
Image courtesy of Calvin Klein
I'm a small fortune short of being that kind of person, but if you aren't: 1) Give me some money. 2) Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013 is just one of the many fashion week offerings available for pre-order on Moda Operandi and you could be shopping it right now.
The collection went on sale yesterday with many of the now-familiar pieces we saw at the September show. Yes, you can now own* that controversial conical bustier (I am a fan!), but more importantly, you can buy the black patterned lace-like overlay (worn by the model to the right of designer Francisco Costa in the picture above) and tell me about it if you want to make me jealous.
The item is listed for $9,995 and sold separately from the cream strapless dress ($3,795) which completes the look. I never said my envy came cheap.
*Sort-of-own: the item won't ship for several months.