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Watch: Do Bloggers Belong at Fashion Week? A tFS Roundtable Discussion [theFashionDish]

Robert Verdi and June Ambrose / Image by Chiun-Kai

Robert Verdi and June Ambrose / Image by Chiun-Kai “Chunky” Shih

Today, we're excited to share the first-ever installment of theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS. Last weekend, we brought together six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

Below, the panelists discuss the role of bloggers at Fashion Week, a critical subject this season in light of IMG's reported efforts to bring more exclusivity to Lincoln Center by inviting fewer fashion bloggers. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 

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Louis Vuitton Drops Its “Spirit of Travel” Campaign with Karen Elson and Edie Campbell

Louis Vuitton dropped it's new advertising campaign entitled "Spirit of Travel" via WWD earlier today. The campaign was shot in South Africa and embodies the French brand's travel heritage. British models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell were photographed in a South African desert by Peter Lindbegh with styling by Carine Roitfeld. The images are set to appear in multiple April issues, starting with Vanity Fair. A video is also going to be released to coincided with the campaign — stay tuned.





Join the discussion on theFashionSpot here.

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Kate Moss Wears Ziggy Stardust Fashion History



It was an extremely busy week in London town, with the residency of London Fashion Week coinciding with the arrival of the BAFTAs, and all topped off with the British music industry’s biggest night out — the BRIT Awards.

Filled with highlight upon highlight, there’s no denying that it seems like quite the task to choose just one favourite moment, well, that was until Kate Moss stepped upon the stage at the awards wearing one of the legendary Ziggy Stardust’s outfits. The reason for Moss’ appearance was all down to David Bowie who was awarded the Best British Male award and decided to decline the offer of accepting the gong in person. So, as you do when you’re the iconic Bowie, you ask one of the world’s most famous supermodels to collect it on your behalf.

And if the surprise appearance from Kate wasn’t enough, we had to love that she was wearing a piece of fashion and music memorabilia. The extra fashion savvy among us will know that the piece is referred to as Woodland Creatures, and this awesome bunny rabbit playsuit was originally created by Kansai Yamamoto in the 70s for Bowie (or should we say Ziggy?).

Does this mean that playsuits are officially back in vogue for spring?

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Does This Chanel Ready-to-Wear Dress Really Cost $122,000? (Forum Buzz)

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

According to Vogue, the dress pictured on the Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 runway above costs $122,000. Model Heather Marks was photographed in the item (Vogue March 2014, p. 600) for a feature about designer Karl Lagerfeld's Dallas-themed Chanel Metiers d'Art collection; the price appeared in the backpage fashion credits (p. 647) and was first spotted by MelancholyBaby in the tFS Forums

Chanelcouture09 couldn't believe it: "That must be some sort of typo? That's on the same level as haute couture prices and only haute couture customers will be able to afford that."

"Perhaps," said Melancholybaby. "I just remembered this dress [pictured below] from the Fall 2013 RTW collection, listed in US Bazaar for $130,045."

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

Although I couldn't track down the price listing in Bazaar, I was able to locate the item on the brand website, which offers the price breakdown for most Chanel ready-to-wear runway looks. Disregarding the accessories, the outfit above is made up of two pieces: an embellished crepe dress priced at $8,520 and a "tweed caban fully embroidered with wool and pearl flowers." The price for the latter item — which also appeared in the collection campaign — is only available upon request.

Lagerfeld does include a select number of couture-level pieces in his ready-to-wear collections, especially in the annual Métiers d’Art show. The Pre-Fall collection serves as a showcase for the house's ten specialist ateliers (this was the subject of the aforementioned Vogue feature). These studios, which specialize in everything from button-making to feather work, were acquired by the French fashion house to preserve endangered craft traditions that are vital to couture. Although these ateliers are owned by Chanel, they are open to any luxury house.

So, writes Vogue (p. 602), "although the Métiers d’Art collections are ready-to-wear, it is of the most luxurious kind, with great dollops of haute couture-type grande luxe poured into them by Chanel's ateliers."

We've reached out to Chanel for comment and will update when we hear back. 


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Back to the 60s: Edie Campbell is Vogue Japan’s April Cover Girl (Forum Buzz)

Yes, you've read the title right — April issues are starting to come out. The first cover to surface online is Vogue Japan. Patrick Demarchelier shot British model Edie Campbell wearing a Prada dress, which was styled by Nicoletta Santoro. Campbell's hair was styled by James Pecis into a 60s pixie cut, with makeup by Aaron de Mey to complete the look.



From my personal experience on the forums, most members either love or hate Edie Campbell. While I'm not her biggest fan, I do think she looks fantastic here and the direction the team behind the shoot aimed for has done Edie justice.

"After so many months of grunge Edie, 60s Edie is certainly welcome," agreed Melancholybaby.

TREVOFASHIONISTO commented, "I love this cover, reminds of when she had bangs and was marketed as the mod 'it-girl.'"

Nepenthes also shared the same sentiments, "The cover layout is too cluttered but the shot itself is really beautiful. I agree that seeing Edie styled like this is a welcome change. Sometimes I wish she'd grow out her hair again but keep the dark colour and the bangs even though I do like how they styled her hair for this cover."

Not everyone was on board with Edie's revived look with Bertrando3 writing, "Edie is bland for me but here I like the pose/hair/styling by Demarchelier but I still believe she doesn't bring anything to her modeling pictures, she just hangs there."

Check out the thread and voice your own opinion here.

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Fashioncan’s Fall 2014 Collections Put Designers on the Matrix

Fashion can be many things. It can be a new image, a boost of confidence, a protective shell or a shopping experience. Fashion can be, a new online boutique that specializes in the development and management of emerging fashion designers. You see what I did there?

Rachel Sin

Featuring womenswear and jewellery from designers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, the shopping hub brings brands with a strong retail presence to the online shopper, compiling all the best of our local designers online.

“The brand names may be familiar to boutique shoppers, but it was my goal to give the labels a wider audience by getting them online,” says Fashioncan owner Leigh Thompson, a Toronto-based innovator who first dabbled in e-commerce through her former online store, Paper-Doll, in 1998. Now she shares her knowledge by developing and managing online boutiques for independent Canadian fashion designers. This includes the online stores for all of her trendsetting designer clients as well as the Fashioncan Shops page. “I’ve been working with Canadian fashion designers for over 15 years so I know the talent that exists from coast to coast.”


Pictured Right to Left: Birds of North America, Rachel Sin, Oyuna, Valerie Dumaine

For the Fall 2014 season, Fashioncan is showcasing Canadian-designed seasonal trend pieces and collections from Allison Wonderland, Pillar, Birds of North America, Broken Doll Clothing, Dagg & Stacey, Jennifer Glasgow, Laborde Designs, Mia Melon, Oyuna, Rachel Sin, Skinny Sweats and Valerie Dumaine.

It’s an absolute treasure trove, as you can see from a few of the favourite looks I’ve pulled from the site, all of which can be snagged with the knowledge that you're supporting local products.

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