Watson x Watson are the latest Aussie brand to test the waters of the USA, embarking stateside with their Spring 2014 collection.
But unlike fellow Sydneysider Phoenix Keating, whose harsh materials and couture-like detailing might have failed to resonate on the sunny shores of Bondi, Watson x Watson have been quietly building up a loyal following during the last six seasons they’ve showed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. The fan base they’re hoping to build here is probably more in tune with Zimmermann’s — Americans who want to inject a nonchalantly sexy Australian attitude into their downtown cool wardrobe.
Fittingly, for their latest range, sisters Somer and Liberty Watson explore between charismatic black tie and everyday casual wear. The collection’s signature print is a muted plaid featured on silk cotton jogger pants, draped dresses (the strangely named “Boyfriend” dress is all flowing silk and a feminine X front) and also a check long-tail shirt. At the other end of the spectrum is a sequined lace that winds up on camis and a glitzy formal maxi skirt, while other pieces dabble into the athleticism trend. A hand-stitched mesh tee and a pair of leather jogging pants (paging Kanye West) sit alongside the season’s unconventional fabric du jour — a fancy version of neoprene.
And don’t forget to check out the shoes. Those Jerome gladiator sandals are sure to strike a chord with any modern sartorial warrior.
Image: The Collective PR
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Talk about an overload of gorgeous people all in the same room. For the brand's Holiday 2013 campaign, H&M cast so many gorgeous top models, I won’t blame you for feeling a little overwhelmed when looking at these supposed family portraits. Cora Emmanuel, Tess Hellfeuer, Sean O'Pry, Ryan Burns, Erik Andersson, Maximiliano Patane, Catherine Loewe, Simon Sabbah, Marcel Castenmiller, Liu Wen, Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are shown gathering in a living room that’s excessively decorated with festive kitsch.
“Great campaign with a great cast!” exclaimed justaguy.
Tarantino likes that the campaign is “homely and traditional." She also said, “It's nice to see a return to this look in a winter campaign.”
And KINGofVERSAILLES nailed it with the observation that this was reminiscent of a Tommy Hilfiger campaign, "Except with a better cast and more personality. I like it very much.”
“These are the less wealthy but much more fun relatives of the Hilfigers,” agreed Urban Stylin.
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski captured the personality of these top models perfectly. Radiant smiles, relatable styling, a warm atmosphere.
image credit: facebook.com/VogueNL via the tfs forums
A festive theme and a lot of silver and gold almost seem like a requirement for December issues, and we've seen many examples of this being done right. Vogue Netherlands, however, delivers a perfect example of how it shouldn’t be done. A group of mostly unknown models, incohesive styling, a confusing variation of facial expression and very poor editing. Members of the tFS Forums were amused by the disastrous effort.
“Horrible, looks like the Addams Family is in town," laughed Nymphaea.
GivenchyHomme wrote, “It looks like an advertisement for a television series. 'The Party Season Premiere.' The photoshop is killing me. This type of crap is unacceptable for a high fashion magazine.”
“Someone needs to shake them (vogue.nl) up!” posted DutchHomme.
“Hahaha nobody is positive about this issue, and of course not, it's dreadful! It's a nice group of models, believe me I would have done a better job with styling hair make up and photography," summarized peter1980.
Some members made the effort to identify all the models on the cover. Anlabe32 recognized Agnes Nabuurs (2nd from left) and Cato van Ee (far right). Mr-Dale identified Justine Bakker (far left) and Sylvia van der Klooster (front, center).
It’s hard to believe that a country that spawns a staggering amount of top models every season and is home to some of the best fashion photographers and young designer talents fails to establish a solid edition of Vogue. But with this cover, this publication is not doing itself any favors. Next!
Previously: Doutzen Kroes Covers the Vogue Netherlands September 2013 Issue (Forum Buzz)
Ugh, where do we begin? Maybe first and foremost we should say sorry for the coward Rob Ford, for his crack-smoking ways and his inebriated drunken rants. Second of all, we’re sorry for Justin Bieber, his bratty antics and mission to sleep around the continent of South America. Now on to our final request for forgiveness: Lululemon.
This stretchy pant yogi has always been a cause for concern in recent years, what with production moving offshore, their fabric accidentally becoming see-through and, as Jezebel called out some time ago, a distinct lack of large sizes. On that note, the Canadian brand’s founder, Vancouver-born Chip Wilson, recently touched on some interview with Bloomberg TV.
"Quite frankly, some women's bodies actually just don't work for [the pants]. They don't work for some women's bodies," said Wilson. "It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there, and over a period of time how much they use it."
If you’ll recall, Lululemon was forced to pull thousands of pairs of yoga pants from stores over complaints the pants were too sheer. In response, the company said part of the problem lay in customers not trying the pants on and buying sizes too small for their bodies. They later redacted this comment and said the fabric used in the pants did not meet its standards and promised to make production changes. Now Wilson is once again back peddling, blaming 'problematic' women's bodies, for wearing pants that aren't, apparently, made for them.
Customer complaints over the comments are piling, and some are even refusing to part with their $10,000 bills (that’s how much Lululemon's product cost last time I checked, no?) for a pair of sub-grade stretchy pants that only cater to select sizes. In the meantime, we wardens of the North can only apologize for the yoga discrimination, and hope that all involved can move on to a happier relationship with GapFit.
Image: Facebook/Victoria’s Secret
Although the taping of the show is still 5 days away, the number of models who have confirmed that they'll be walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show via their various social media channels is stirring up excitement in the tFS Forums. Like always, members are keeping track of models who could potentially end up in the show and have been reporting every update in the Victoria’s Secret thread on the tFS forums.
The latest list, posted by MissLimaVzla, reveals that the following models are confirmed to walk:
The entire Angels roster: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel (who is slated to open the show, wearing the $10 million fantasy bra), Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson.
Additionally: Elsa Hosk, Lais Ribeiro, Barbara Fialho, Izabel Goulart, Jessica Hart, Jourdan Dunn, Josephine Skriver (newcomer), Ming Xi (newcomer), Sigrid Agren (newcomer), Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Kelly Gale (newcomer), Hilary Rhoda, Leva Laguna, Martha Hunt, Jasmine Tookes, Devon Windsor (newcomer).
And a separate list posted in the Forums (by member vivalakenna) names all the models who were spotted in casting videos, so we can still hope to see some of them strut their stuff at the show, which will be televised on December 10.
Who are you most excited to see walk the Victoria's Secret runway? And which unconfirmed model do you hope to see in the show?
Previously: See This Year’s $10 Million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, Modeled on Candice Swanepoel
Earlier today, Bib + Tuck, the recently-launched online marketplace for swapping clothing, hosted a Google Hangout panel on the high costs of fast fashion.
Fashionista Editor-at-Large Lauren Sherman led the conversation; participants included Zady co-founder Soraya Darabi, journalist Elizabeth Cline (author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Costs of Cheap Fashion) and sustainability writer Amy Dufault.
Panelists agreed that public interest in ethical fashion has surged in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory fire earlier this year, but suggested that there isn't yet a true alternative to fast fashion, one with mass reach. The conversation also touched on the dubious legitimacy of some mainstream eco-initiatives, the radical possibilities of upcycling and why we should all be optimistic about the future of sustainability.
A YouTube video of the live panel was just posted:
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