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Buzzmachine: A Year of Designer Knockoffs, Saint Laurent, Ethical Fashion & Curing Bad Moods

Big news: The year is over. Done with, done-zo, finished, finito, kablam. We will soldier on into the brave future — but first, let's reflect on where we've been. (By we, I mean me.)

This year, we tackled some of fashion trickiest, stickiest subjects. We goo-be-goned them, as best we could. I'm referring to designer copyright, luxury pricing, the real costs of fast fashion, body diversity and bad moods.

I've included the most compelling topics in the slideshow below, but then there's moar, moar, moar on the second page. Don't miss any of it!

Keep going onto the next page!

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Terry Richardson Photographs Jourdan Dunn, Ming Xi, Jessica Stam and Lily Donaldson for Aldo

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Happy holidays? Nothing says 'tis the season like models styled in glittery mesh minidresses and lethal stilettos, snuggled up with gleaming silver pillows and photographed by Terry Richardson. Jourdan Dunn, Ming Xi, Jessica Stam and Lily Donaldson star in Aldo's Holiday 2013 campaign. 

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

Image: FashionGoneRogue

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Link Buzz: Eva Herzigova Covers Vogue Thailand; Poppy Delevingne’s Selfless Selfie

  • Image: Forums

    Image: Forums

    Czech model Eva Herzigova covers Vogue Thailand's January issue. [Forums]
  • One of the best dressed men of 2013 wore jorts. [Fashionologie]
  • Etsy's most "adorable" holiday hair accessories. IDK I am sleepy. [BellaSugar]
  • Santa Claus-inspired fashion. Just please don't. [FabSugar]
  • Poppy Delevingne: "This is selfless selfie." Lol, ok. [Page Six]

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Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen Return as the Faces of Coach for the Spring 2014 Campaign



Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen return as the faces of Coach for the Spring 2014 campaign, photographed by Craig McDean. The pair also appeared in the label's Fall 2013 campaign, which was billed as a rebranding: "Expect to see a refined, modern look across all of our collections as Coach continues its transformation into a premier lifestyle brand," the American luxury house announced in a press release.  



Like previous campaigns, the Spring 2014 ads play up the label's NYC roots with the setting, "a backdrop of gritty New York neighbourhoods," as L'Officiel Singapore described it — though to us, it looks less "gritty" and more like Greenwich Village. 




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Ksubi Feels the Wrath of Australia’s Fickle Retail Landscape


Bad news, denim junkies of the antipodes: Beloved Australian label Ksubi has gone into receivership.

The youth market staple, founded by George Gorrow and man-about-town Dan Single 13 years ago, has appointed receivers following a financially rough few months. Ksubi’s parent company Bleach (now trading as Mentmore) was placed under voluntary administration just this past August.

The brand’s six stores nationwide will continue to peddle stock while receivers decide the fate of the label.

“While there has been some necessary rationalisation of overheads including staff at head office, the companies are continuing to trade seven retail outlets throughout metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, in addition to a popular online retail store,” the firm said in a statement.

But if you’re feeling bummed about the rocky future of your wardrobe’s denim component, spare a thought for the thirty employees at Ksubi’s Rosebery headquarters. With just a week to go before Christmas, they’ve not only lost their jobs but are apparently being denied their final week’s salary and their superannuation.

“A lot of people who have been there for quite a while who have left and are owed a substantial amount of super,” a source at the company told the Daily Telegraph. Nor can they drown their sorrows at the company’s expense, with the staff Christmas party also being abruptly cancelled.

The news follows a string of closures within the local industry. Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan have all recently announced the closing of their doors, though Dinnigan will continue with her diffusion and children’s lines.

Meanwhile, Single still has his new General Pants-parented baby Daan. And affordable fashion fiends will have plenty of options in the way of overseas youth market chains – the continuing prevalence of which has no doubt played a role in all these shutterings. 

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Pink Tartan’s Collaboration Binge Continues…

I have to say that Pink Tartan — the Canadian ready-to-wear luxury brand from designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran — is one of my favourite labels this side of the border. That said, I can’t help but notice its gone a little collaboration crazy lately.


The first pairing came back in October 2012 with the Pink Tartan x ALDO RISE collaboration for Spring/Summer 2013. This particular collab was both suitable and expected given most label’s tendency to branch into footwear. Plus, as far as Canadian shoe stores go, ALDO was the most obvious choice. But fast-forward a year and we come to…

PT x Tide

Pink Tartan x Tide Pods. Sure, I see the connection between beautiful clothing and wanting to keep it so fresh and so clean, but this September 2013 campaign was a little more on the nose. You see, for the collaboration with Tide, Pink Tartan designed a 10-piece capsule collection of streamlined looks that were fully washable. A “washable wardrobe” may have been a first for PT, but teaming with a laundry detergent kind of took away the squeaky sheen from the novelty. But we’re not yet done…


Next up, PT has teamed Keurig brewers, those single cup coffee makers that offer oh-so-many choices. What could a luxury clothing brand possibly have to do with a coffee maker? Well, Kimberley Newport-Mimran has now designed a limited-edition collectable designer cup for $19.99. I will give credit that profits from the mug will go to Toronto’s East General Hospital, but why Keurig? I fail to see the connection and just hope Tide pods remove coffee stains in case of spitting out my surprise on a wearable PT shift. In the meantime, do you recall any other strange design collaborations? Like that time Kate Moss worked for Sushi Box…

Images via Pink Tartan/ALDO/Tide/Keurig

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