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16 Sizzling Instagrams from the David Jones Summer 2013 Fashion Show

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Last week, David Jones held its first fashion show subsequent to that juicy breakup with Miranda Kerr. Taking over the reins as runway queen was Perth-born stunner Jessica Gomes, who’s held the David Jones’ ambassador post since March, opening the show with a Willow bustier and birthday siblings Camilla and Marc Freeman. But though the event’s star power was considerably less than the previous year in light of the department store losing that household name, the bevy of upcoming Australian models (plus Kiwi Holly Rose Emery) on the runway provided plenty to get excited about: Montana Cox, Gabby Westbrook-Patrick and Maddison Brown to name a few.

Of course, the clothes were great too. As a summer showcase during winter warms the coldest of fashion hearts and makes us even more itchy for beach weather. Romance Was Born’s kaleidoscopic prints, Ginger & Smart’s summer suiting and Zimmermann’s 70s floral swimsuits were particularly enlivening. Ditto for the Camilla’s kaftan finale – never mind that Gomes almost tripped over one of the hems.

See below for runway and backstage highlights captured through fashion’s favorite medium – Instagram.  

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For the Beach Bum Bachelor: Bather Trunk Co.

Or not necessarily for the "bachelor" man — I simply like the alliteration — as Bather Trunk's roster of unique street-wear-meets-swim will make a perfect addition to your hubby's wardrobe. Founded, designed and manufactured on the beaches of Toronto, Bather Trunk is a relatively new brand that seeks to appease the pool hopping weekenders among us.

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Its trademark line of slim cuts can certainly be pulled off on the street, especially when considering its debut Summer 2013 collection, which comes in seven unique designs. The trunks are made from 100% quick drying nylon with a velcro fly and snap closure back pocket. They have a 6.5 inch inseam, which hits a little just above the knee, making them the perfect style for having lunch on a patio before heading poolside. I think they strike a happy medium between the short European suit and the longer surfer’s board shorts. Oh and they retail for between $75 and $85.

Owner and founder Kyle Kaminsky’s first summer collection features pin dot and leopard prints for the brave, as well as solid colors of forest green, grey and navy. I'm not sure if the price point is a little high, but I guess it can be justified by the timeless styling of the skivvies (they would definitely last more than one summer), as well as the "100% Made In Canada" tag. I'll let you be the judge as you head south to post your comments after ogling some more hot male models. Hey, couldn't we all use a Monday pick-me-up?

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Images via BatherTrunkCompany.com

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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. Your Next Statement: The Collar Necklace - What do you get when you mix the spirit of a statement necklace with the silhouette of a choker?
     
  2. How Skinny Are Skinny-Branded Food Products, Really? - Find out which foods are truly deserving of the "skinny" label and which ones are the beneficiaries of good marketing.
     
  3. Justifying a $1,000 Haircut: Closed Set with Julie Bensman - Editor-at-large Julie Bensman sets out to find if all haircuts are created equal at the Rossano Ferretti salon.
     
  4. The Dos and Don’ts of Perfectly Bronzed and Contoured Skin - Using bronzer isn't just about creating a healthy complexion without the sun. Here's how to do it right.
     
  5. theFashionSpot’s Summer Must List: What to Do, Wear, Drink and Listen to Right Now - Favorite NYC summer hangouts, female artists, chic retro looks and yummy cocktails.
     
  6. Who’s Really Driving the Thin Trend? Some Believe Consumers Want to See More Body Diversity - We talk to Modcloth, H&M and JAG Models about whether or not there's growing consumer demand for more body diversity. 
     
  7. Keeping It Together: Molly Sims’ Top Tips for Finding Work-Life Balance - Our August guest editor, Molly Sims, has a few things figured out. 
     
  8. Sophia Bush Makes an Impact in Monique Lhuillier and Other Best Dressed Celebs of the Week - The red carpet is the best carpet. 
     
  9. When to Eat Organic: How to Shop Smart and Buy Healthy - Easy tips and apps to help you know when to eat organic, shop local and how to avoid GMOs.
     
  10. Summer Wardrobe Remix: Inspiring New Ways to Wear Your Same Old Stuff - Here are some ways to mix up what's in your wardrobe to stay inspired until it's time to pull out your fall favorites.

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Link Buzz: Kate Upton for David Yurman; Alexander McQueen in Trouble Over Unpaid Internship

Image: Facebook/DavidYurman

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  • Kate Upton makes me want to buy a big gold watch just so I can wear it with an oversized black cable-knit sweater while lazing about on the beach on a breezy day. [FabSugar]
     
  • Tommy Hilfiger cancels his New York Fashion Week menswear show because you're not paying enough attention to the men's shows. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Even more than I love the lob, I love saying the word lob. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Here's a fun test: Can you tell which black leather tote costs $3,338 more than the other? [SheFinds]
     
  • Robert Pattinson maybe has a secret girlfriend and it isn't me. [CelebDirtyLaundry]
     
  • Sales of child heels are up! How does that make you feel? [NYTimes]
     
  • Alexander McQueen is very sorry for advertising a full-time, unpaid, 11-month internship. I'm sorry too, but about some other stuff. [Telegraph Fashion]

 

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Ruby Rose Does Drag for JAG Jeans’ Androgynous Campaign

At first we were a bit surprised by word of the partnership between Ruby Rose and JAG Jeans. Especially since it appeared there wasn’t going to be any toning down of the former's boundary-pushing personality. But the label that's known for making fancy mum jeans got exactly what they needed when they hired Ruby to breathe new life into the brand. 

And it appears JAG doesn't have eyes for anyone else these days. Not only have they signed up Ruby for another round, but they’ve fired the dude she was dancing around and making out with in the first campaign. Because why hire two models when you can just play the androgyny wild card and have Ruby be the girl and the guy?

For the brand’s latest campaign, Spring 13/14’s aptly titled ‘Androgynous’, Rose shows off her feminine side in stiletto heels, sequins and a sweet peach blazer before releasing her inner tomboy and making us do quite the double take. As Ruby says in the behind the scenes video, this could make a lot of boys seriously confused about where their sexual tendencies lie.

JAG has admitted that what they were missing in previous years was relevance, and considering fashion’s obsession with boys being girls and girls being boys is bigger than ever, their latest campaign couldn’t be more on point.

Now tell us, do you prefer Ruby with or without the Y chromosome?

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Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards to Create Stronger Appreciation for Local Designers

The CAFA award as designed by Karim Rashid,

The CAFA award as designed by Karim Rashid

The UK has the celeb-studded British Fashion Awards, the U.S. has the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, so why doesn't Canada have anything similar? That was my question until recently when the first Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards gala was announced to take place this February.

Created to give recognition to outstanding achievements in Canadian fashion design, the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) gala will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto.  Billed as the first event of its kind in Canada, nomination categories for this debut CAFAs will include designer of the year honours for womenswear, menswear and accessories, as well as model of the year, stylist of the year and an outstanding achievement award to celebrate the career of an established designer.

Of course, the awards agenda is all about keeping homegrown talent on Canadian soil and, by shining a spotlight on these artists, the CAFAs hope to create a stronger appreciation and market for local fashion. In turn this will help create an economic landscape in which creative business models can flourish so that Canadian talent can afford to remain here. Sounds very promising and, to make sure the event is a success, the CAFAs are backing themselves with an enviable roster of big name fashionistas.

Confirmed panel members include: media maven Jeanne Beker;, Elle Canada editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan, Fashion Magazine editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra, Flare Magazine fashion director Tiyana Grulovic and Holt Renfrew’s vice-president, fashion editor Lisa Tant.

For the event itself there will be a VIP cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, the awards presentation and an after party. Entrance is via ticket — which doesn't come cheap at $10,000 for a table of 10 or $100 for individual entry. That's not the kind of dollar anyone can drop on one night of fashion and frolics, but if you'd still like to contribute in some way, the category for the Emerging Talent Award is open to self-nomination. If you think you have what it takes then head here to get in on the action and, if you win, remember where you came from!

Image via CAFA

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