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Thomas Sabo’s Extensive Fall 2014 Collection Featuring Georgia May Jagger is Coming

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Thomas Sabo‘s Fall 2014 collection is coming, and if the campaign featuring brand ambassador Georgia May Jagger is anything to go by, opulence is most definitely back. Think extraordinary ring designs, eye-catching colours and a touch of art deco for the beloved jeweller’s upcoming range.

We’re betting it was a long day of shooting for gap-toothed beauty Georgia, with the extensive collection comprised of so many different designs and styles. Sabo has covered just about every theme in the new range, with everything from mystical black onyx pendant necklaces to elegant cabochon-cut, mother-of-pearl and rose-gold fairy twine rings.

There’s also a lot of spirituality, symbols and superstition going on, with concepts of karma and evil spirits carried out in Nazar eye designs believed to protect from evil, owl pendants and koi carps symbolising courage. So if you like to wear jewellery that has greater meaning than its carat gold count or price tag, you can shop this gigantic collection come August. (more…)

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Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin Photograph Tonne Goodman for Industrie Magazine (Forum Buzz)

A regular fixture behind our favorite fashion pictures and now she’s upfront and center as Industrie‘s latest cover subject, Vogue‘s Tonne Goodman is photographed by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for issue seven, which is now available on select newsstands. The American stylist, who has worked for the likes of Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon and Liz Tilberis, is seen in a classic black and white portrait wearing a black ensemble, which she described in The September Issue as part of her daily uniform.

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Members of our forums are ecstatic over the new cover. “Tonne deserves some serious recognition. I’m glad! Ironically she’s an American in a British ruled American Magazine. (Anna, Grace, Camilla, Hamish). It will be interesting to see what she says. DEFINITELY buying this,” commented Kite.

“I love Tonne so I’ll be interested to read this interview, esp. as she often takes a back seat to Grace Coddington, public image wise. She looks rather Philo-esque on this cover but it’s a decent portrait by I&V,” enthused Fiercification.

Forum member kikifoz shared his sentiments: “There’s something very reptilian like about her face in this photo. I quite like how unusual it is. TBH, I find her much more engaging in interviews and in articles, than her counterparts. She’s warm, genuine and talented.”

“I love the heading ‘Miss America’… I’m also looking forward to that interview,” echoed an optimistic arlekindearrabal.

Await Tonne’s accompanying interview and join the discussion inside the thread here.

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Scottish Fashion Award Nominations Announced with Christopher Kane Once Again Up for Best Designer

The nominees for the Scottish Fashion Awards have been announced with the great and good of the Celtic country’s fashion industry in the running for the most covetable prizes in Scottish fashion, celebrating everyone from fashion designers and models to retailers and graduates.

Now in its ninth year, the black tie award ceremony serves as a reminder just how much talent comes from Scotland.

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Christopher Kane is among the nominees for Best Designer (Image: WENN)

There are 11 award categories ranging from Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year to Scottish Exporter. International designers also get a look, however, as long as they have been influenced/inspired by Scotland or source textiles from the country, so the likes of Simone Rocha, Vivienne Westwood and Marc by Marc Jacobs are among the nominees. The Luxury Retailer of the Year honor will give praise to the international brands operating in Scotland and will see Burberry, Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton battling it out among others.

The most exciting awards are undoubtedly the model and designer categories. Christopher Kane alongside his counterparts Holly Fulton and Jonathan Saunders are nominated in the latter. Although seeing as Kane won it last year, it may be nice to see one of the others take the award home.

Nominations in the model category include Mary Charteris, who also won last year, and Jean Campbell, who has been a rising star this year with Burberry campaigns and editorial shoots a plenty.

“2014 is a hugely important year for Scotland from a political, cultural and sporting perspective so it’s important that we use whatever means to shine the spotlight on our incredible wealth of fashion talent emanating from Scotland and Britain,” SFA founder Tessa Hartmann told Vogue UK. “The fashion sector is often overlooked and underestimated in the Scottish business community and this definitive list highlights that that view needs to change. Our job is to highlight them to global audiences — regardless of borders.”

The awards will take place in September and they have saved the special awards, including Hall of Fame and Fashion Icon, to be announced at the event.


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An Unretouched Vanessa Hudgens Fronts Bongo’s Fall 2014 Campaign

Earlier this year, American Eagle unvieled a completely unretouched underwear campaign for its aerie brand, and it seems Bongo is following in its footsteps with this latest set of ads featuring Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens has posed for the brand before, but this time is different–this latest set of campaigns rolling out will feature unretouched images of the actress.

Image: Francesco Carrozzini/Bongo

Image: Courtesy Bongo

Billing the campaign as showing “the real Vanessa Hudgens,” the images do look pretty natural–you can see the actress’ pores, her waist doesn’t appear to be slimmed down and none of her limbs have been egregiously chopped off. Besides the makeup and hair, the images are all Vanessa.

The campaign aims to inspire young girls to love their features as they are–an important lesson considering certain retailers are “mistakenly” Photoshopping thigh gaps on already-skinny juniors models. Hudgens herself seems stoked about the project and posing for the camera sans filter: “This is my second season working with Bongo and it’s been such a treat! The clothes really make me feel carefree and confident, which is why I love that the final ad images are unretouched. It’s so important for girls to remember that real beauty shines from within and I’m so proud that Bongo is choosing to send such a positive message with this campaign.”

Click through to see more images from Hudgens’ unretouched ads, and catch the new Bongo collection in stores this Fall at KMart and Sears. (more…)

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CFDA and MyHabit Give Back With Charity Designer Sale


Image: Courtesy MyHabit

It always gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling when fashion people come together for charity, especially when it means that we can justify buying designer duds for a good cause. The CFDA and MyHabit have joined forces on a charity capsule sale, featuring products from more than 50 CFDA designers including Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and several others. Each has donated products to MyHabit which will go on sale for up to 60% off retail price.

“The CFDA Foundation has a long history of successful charitable initiatives; Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, Seventh on Sale, and Fashion for Haiti were all great examples of what we can do when the industry aligns for a good cause,” says Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA. “Giving back is at the heart of what we do and we are so appreciative of how generous our members have been to our request for participation. We are excited to announce our collaboration with MyHabit which will allow us to grow our efforts and raise funds all year-round.”

And you’re going to want to peep this sale, because the prices are goodA Botkier satchel, usually $395 is going for $159, a printed tee from Prabal Gurung is $125 (down from $250)and 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s camo printed 31 minute clutch is priced at $175, rather than its usual $350.

Basically, there is no excuse not to shop this sale–the prices are great, and you can say you’re making the world a better place, since at least 77% of the proceeds will go to the CFDA’s charitable initiatives. Now doesn’t that make you feel better about using your credit card to buy clothes again?

Check out the sale here, and let us know in the comments if you pick anything up! But hurry! The sale went live today, but it will only be around for the next two weeks. Scoop up all your favorite pieces before they disappear.


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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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