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LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize: London Designers We’re Tipping for the Top

It’s been widely reported that luxury powerhouse LVMH is looking to support emerging designers from this year with its new initiative, the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.

With a judging panel consisting of leading fashion industry players like Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, the standards are going to be insanely high. Entrants had to be under 40 years old and have sold or presented two ready-to-wear collections, with one lucky winner receiving a grant worth €300,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring.

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The winner isn’t set to be announced until May, but recently works by all 30 of the shortlisted designers were on show in Paris for one very fashionable inspection, which included Anna Wintour. The task at hand is to now whittle the list down to 10 finalists from which an overall winner will be selected.

We’re excited to see that several London-based designers have made it into the final 30, and we’re crossing everything for at least two of them to be recognized within the final set. Our money is on either Simone Rocha or Meadham Kirchhoff.

Both are Central Saint Martins alumni who have gone on to receive an accolade of positive mentions following their Fashion Week collections and are steadily building their design houses. Watch this space to find out who makes the final 10! 

Images: ImaxTree 

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Link Buzz: Target is Practically Giving Away Its Peter Pilotto Collab Leftovers

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    twitter/NETAPORTER

    Those of us who are rooting for the swift demise of designer x fast fashion collaborations will be heartened to hear that Target is practically paying people to take its Peter Pilotto leftovers. (By "paying people" I mean giving them a 30% discount, but considering how fast these collaborations typically sell out, it's a bad sign.) [SheFinds]
     
  • London's digital fashion scene is thriving. [HuffPo]
     
  • Buzzfeed's Jonah Peretti expounds on bundling and the role of advertising on the site: “The way we think about it is, it goes back to the best of advertising in magazines, where you pick up a women’s fashion magazine, and you take all the ads out, it would be a worse experience for the consumer. The advertising is high-quality fashion photography and so are the editorial spreads, and that’s something to aspire to for the Web.”

    The last time I looked at an issue of Vogue (not sure if it was the February or March issue), I must have flipped through 200 pages before I even hit the table of contents. Just saying, fashion magazines are maybe not the best model for thinking about how to balance editorial and advertising. [WWD]
     

  • New York City's "top" tech start-ups are sooo sooo … nauseating. [Refinery29]
     
  • Sky Ferreira speaks out against abusive Internet trolls. [DazedDigital]
     
  • Fashionista speaks to costume designer Janie Bryant about her post-Mad Men career aspirations. [Fashionista]
     
  • Paris Fashion Week may be over, but these photos of what the runway beauty looks were are probably forever. [BellaSugar]

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See How Katie Shillingford Styled Gareth Pugh’s Fall 2014 Collection for AnOther Magazine

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

For AnOther magazine's current issue, stylist and fashion editor Katie Shillingford collaborated with her longtime friend Gareth Pugh (the pair met when they were both studying at Central Saint Martins) on a fashion story featuring the designer's Fall 2014 mens and womenswear collections.

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Referring to the collection as a turning point, Pugh and Shillingford named the editorial, 'A New Perspective.'

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

As the designer put it, "This show was my attempt to begin to see things differently – to try and find some sort of truth in a constant swirl of opinions and ideas. This sounds very grand indeed, but essentially I felt the need to take things back to zero: to hit the reset button." 

To see more on AnOtherMag.com or check the newsstand.

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

Images: Dimitri Hyacinthe for AnOther

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Katie Holmes is UK Elle’s Latest Questionable Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

UK Elle is usually the first of the British monthlies to surface but this month is an exception. Elle has landed Katie Holmes for its April 2014 cover wearing a Prada coat, photographed by Thomas Whiteside. She looks radiant and is a refreshing cover choice for a British magazine.

IMAGE CREDIT: DIGITALSPY.COM

IMAGE CREDIT: DIGITALSPY.COM

"Just saw this on the newsstand… Random! It's a nice cover though, I like it," wrote honeycombchild

KissMiss questioned Lorraine Candy's (UK Elle's editor-in-chief) choice in cover subject and posted, "Really? The cover is nice though… I find her so intensely uninteresting though…"

Catherine88 also didn't seem to understand the cover choice, "Why did they choose her?" But Luxx reassured her, "She has 4 movies coming out in 2014 – though I don't feel like one is scheduled for release ASAP so I'm not sure. The picture is nice though and she looks refreshingly adult — she should embrace this style in her day to day life."

I do agree with the comments theFashionSpot members are making towards this particular appearance, but it's a refreshing one. It's a pleasure to see a different face on the cover of a magazine. We often get the same recycled celebrities over and over, I like this. The composition and overall look of the cover is excellent.

Join the discussion and take a look at some previews here.

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Topshop x Adidas Originals are Brightening Up Your Gym Kit

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Before you give in and let your New Year's resolution routines slow down a little, there is a new line to pick you right up and back on the treadmill as the eagerly awaited Topshop x Adidas Originals collaboration launches on March 20.

The high street giant tweeted an excited link to the site, telling fans of the infamous sportswear label to get ready for the 20-piece collection that will be released in-store and on the website, available worldwide.

Delving into the Adidas archives, the two brands have come up with a collection that reimagines vintage designs with a fresh twist. There will be a real emphasis on femininity throughout the collection with a fresh, spring palette that can be worn in the gym or simply out and about.

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image: Topshop

Loose tanks featuring a floral Adidas logo feature alongside tailored sweatpants and soft cotton sweatshirts in dove greys and peach melba hues, as well as retro-style running shorts perfect for any holiday wardrobe. With prices starting at £25 for clothing up to £90 for the collaborative footwear styles including Tech super trainers.

No excuse to wear that old T-shirt and leggings combo at the gym from now on then.

Sign up to get updates on Topshop x Adidas Originals on Topshop.com now.

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Anu Raina Designs in a Toronto State of Mind

Anu Raina 1Toronto-based designer Anu Raina will be showing her eponymous World MasterCard Fashion Week collection in the Studio on Friday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. It’s not the most prestigious of locales or timeslots, but those who aren’t yet decided on attending the Fall 2014 shows can reconsider their decision after hearing of Raina’s inspiration.

Like the vision behind her popular Toronto subway scarf, Raina is again set to channel her favourite city, paying homage with a collection that focuses on the rich hues and textures of Toronto’s autumn season. Entitled T.O², the lineup will include signature prints featuring original artwork of city-inspired imagery.

“In this collection of prints, I sought to recapture the joyful experience of falling in love with Toronto,” says Raina. “The rich memories of my first fall here have been a great source of inspiration for me. I recall an experience beyond words, where it seemed someone had filled a bucket with warm hues and splashed it across the city.”

Woven together by a common thread of black, the palette is punctuated by Malachite green, ochre, cobalt blue, prunes, purples and teals, inspired by the changing colours of nature and the passive-but-pervasive backdrop of the city’s signals and signs. Raina’s trademark prints feature stylized and abstract city scenes, including fall on Lake Ontario, gleaming high-rises, downtown at night, rides on “The Rocket” and long walks around North York.

I have only seen sketches of what’s to come — one of which is included here — but expect this collection to be a real flag-waving gem that will embody the changing nature and backdrop of fashion week’s host city.

Image via Anu Raina Designs

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